30 March, 2011

My garden is bleeding love!

My garden seems to be in the pink of its health - or maybe its just bleeding pink with love! Look what I woke up to see!

India is Bleeding Blue

Every time I watch a cricket match these days, I keep thinking if Aarti is watching too. She moved to the US after her wedding and has recently started following the Green Bay football team I think. She even finds the quarter-back cute. I remember those days when Zaheer Khan and Kunal Kapoor used to be cute. Kunal Kapoor as in the Rang De Basanti guy. Aarti, are you gonna watch the match today?

Well, mother of all matches is today - I think its better to stay home and watch it. Now I wish I had said yes to Padhu when he insisted we buy the home theatre set up in Singapore. Whattan amazing way to watch a match! Popcorn, pepsi, chips... and all friends together. When I have a house of my own, I'm gonna do that! A good widescreen TV, a few bean bag chairs, a couch with a leg-rest, and a million friends to enjoy a match like the one today!

Good luck to the Men In Blue! Now who wants to pray my mother-in-laws eye doctor cancels her appointment because he wants to watch the match? Any takers?

28 March, 2011

The red rose blooms again!

The red rose blooms once again in my garden. My mom keeps saying - if you have a perfect rose
in your garden, it just means your plants are happy! Here is my second perfect red rose. Non-edited version of the picture - except for my name. Here is the first one!

25 March, 2011

Drop of hope..

The sudden rain this evening that hardly wet our lands and hearts! But thanks to the additional winds you brought along - we have to sweep our front porches now! grump.

Child Marriages, still?

Between waiting for my husband to come downstairs for breakfast and finishing my morning tea, I opened up the paper. When I read the paper I scan the first page for anything but the words 'Sonia, congress, M.Karunanidhi, Raja, 2G' these days. Anything else is acceptable. Well, the first article that caught my eye was the the one about the rumor that Dr.Abdul Kalam died in the Coimbatore Military Hospital and how Shobaa De had already posted a condolence message on Twitter. I laughed for a minute. Sometimes Shobaa De needs to really wait for the news rather than hurry to be the 'first' one always! Seriously!

Scanned through the next page and there it was - 'Ask the Cop' section. Ask the Cop is a section allows people of Coimbatore to question and interact with Sylendra Babu, the city commissioner of police. Land problems, dowry harassment, gunda trouble - anything from the commissioner. I personally think this is an amazing way to reach people and tell them where to go when something went wrong.

Just below this section was another article that featured child marriages. Apparently, 22 child marriages were stopped in the Coimbatore district in the past one year. That line made me shiver. When I got married last year (I was 23), my friends in Google thought THAT was child marriage. And here I'm reading about a 14 year old girl who was forced into marrying her elder sister's husband because her sister could not bear the 'fruit of the family!' What rubbish! When I was 14 I was riding a bicycle every evening and watching The Popeye Show and grumbling about how TNT cuts off most of the show to start at 9pm! And here they are forcing a kid to marry her sister's husband. What kind of a sicko is that guy anyway! I was furious.

Didn't they stop Sati and child marriages long back? Aren't we in a world where parents wait for their daughter to finish college and work till they found her an 'America mappilai' and send her off at the Peelamedu airport? Either I've been away from home too long or ignorant. I choose ignorant, and the first one also. Both true.

Wow, child marriages. Still. Hmm. Going back to the article, the little girl's friends gave her the commissioner's number and she called! She spoke to Mr.Sylendra Babu and the police stopped this ridiculous wedding and took the girl to school where she wrote her final exams. Relief. I felt better when I read that. But I couldn't help wondering about what would have happened if she hadn't called. Man, that kid would have borne the 'fruit of the family' and if she couldn't then her husband would probably be looking for another younger sister if any. If you cannot have a child, go to a fertility clinic. Don't go sister shopping in your wife's house! What a prick!

Its good to know how kids are aware of what's right and wrong. At that age many wouldn't understand that impact it would have on their lives later. If I were this little girl, I would thank those wonderful friends and take them with me lifelong!

And all you men out there marrying chunnus and munnus, wait till I get my Kiran Bedi hands on you!

24 March, 2011

Happy Birthday Remo!

Its been two years since this adorable Dalmatian walked into our lives. He has chewed my shoes, torn my sheets, peed at the foot of my bed, scared Padhu, bullied Chitti, eaten door-ends, shooed post-men and more than that - brought the home together! Every time I visit he is the first one to receive me without any expectations! Happy birthday to my adorable little buddy Remo! Hope mummy gave you the leftovers from her cake and pedigree soaked for an hour in milk - the way you like it! ;)

23 March, 2011

21 March, 2011

Happy Birthday Amma!

March 20 is Mumma's birthday - yeah, every year. And this year I think she turned - hmm I think 16!

Back to the grind

With the start of the academic year here, life is almost back to the grind. School is priority uno for both G boy and me. This year looks pr...