Saturday, November 22, 2008


I dont understand why people cannot respect other people names. If you dont know to pronounce it and you are saying it wrong, its a different thing. But atleast after the correction from the person, you ought to pronounce it in the right way.
My name is usually not pronounced right, even after multiple corrections. I just lose and let it be as it is. If somebody asks me what is the right way to pronounce it, I happily proudly tell them what it is. One good habit Americans have is ask the other person how the names are to be pronounced, as they dont want to offend us. I totally appreciate this effort.

My dad's name ends with Murthy.A few days back, one of my collegues came to my desk and this is what happened

Collegue (C): Arathi NarayanMurthy
Me : Its not Narayan Murthy, its ...Murthy
C:How does it matter
Me: It does, this is my dad's name and narayanmurthy is not my dad's name

I became so furious. How can you not respect some one's name?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Children's Day - Nov 14

Had this thought for 2 days now, but the pen (ok... lets say keyboard) dint want to work on this front.

It was Children’s Day on November 14. Since I was the youngest among friends, they still consider me a kid. I got a wish from one of my friends. It was good to see that we are still the same, inspite of so many changes in our lives.

There is one Nov 14 which will always remain etched in my memory. This was a few years back. I was in 11th that time. Our school celebrated tiny tots’ day on this day. Since Bro was still in the school and was participating, I had planned to go. Just a few days back Dad had to go to Delhi for Delhi and since mom never used to go anywhere coz she had to take care of us, we forced her to go this time. So I had to help bro for the drama which he was a part of.

Till this date, anything we ever wanted mom or dad got it for us. Be it a small pencil or a big costume for any of the events. All of a sudden I felt the responsibility of getting things done for his event. I had never felt happier before since I was never completely responsible for such a big event in my life. I went and met his teachers, found out what was to be done. Since I was part of the same school earlier, I dint need introduction with the teachers. I then had to get him a fake sadhu kind of look. I rushed to the shop where they gave these stuff for rent. Just the day before his event, I went to the place where I had booked for this fake hair and beard. This was on the way back from my college. The next day I had taken a off, since I had to help bro and I loved to see him perform on stage. And to add to all these was I was the only one present for him to look upto. Our pati (granny – mom’s mom)) was staying with us for those days. She and me went to see the event. It was a huge success, and bro looked so cute in that outfit. We cheered for him. Since the event happens in the morning, by afternoon all this gets over.

Pati, bro and me went back home and in the evening I went with bro and returned the fake hair and beard. Well I was content that I could manage my responsibility well. Of course this wouldn’t have been possible if mom wasn’t virtually with me. She used to call every now and then to find out I am safe and if I have any problems. Well I had to do things right, after all its not so easy to convince parents that you can be responsible, not just you alone, but also your kid brother, living up to the expectation was the priority. I would thank mom for giving me that opportunity to feel confident about my capability.

This was and will truly be the best Children’s day of my life.

Friday, November 07, 2008

USA to ....

Everybody is talking about Obama being the president. This information is being forced into so many, irrespective of interest in politics. This might be as its just not American politics. This affects the whole world. Its presidential elections in US, but the whole world is waiting for this. I am not much into politics, but curiosity made me check the status of elections on D-Day. The whole world rejoiced this incident. History was made. Obama became the first African American to become the President of USA.

I hate to compare USA and India. It’s like comparing apples and oranges (now I can’t say which one is apple or orange). I am proud of both the countries. Both have their good and bad traits. But for now I just think about Indian politics. Do we even know what our President does…? I am sure half the people don’t even know who it is (IT was a different story with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Azad). Does the whole world eagerly wait up on who becomes our President? Well let’s leave the rest of the world, do we Indians have any say on who will be our President. Of course we have the right to choose our government. But do we even exercise that vote? Is it right on our part to just blame the government? I hate such people who don’t do their part and are very prompt when it comes to criticizing.

Some day I would like the whole world to wait to see who our Prime Minister or our President would be. But before that, I would want the Government to work more on the welfare of the country, not take advantage of innocent people. Not to blow small things out of proportion and have control over our evils of society.

Well it seems like mind just flew from USA to my social studies text book in school. But there is no harm in dreaming of a better society, a better tomorrow.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Bro's first trip to our house

Since I have a brother, it dint come as a surprise for me, when my husband and I argued over petty things. But I always felt, that these 2 guys should gel with each other. I am really thankful to God, hubby (G) and bro (Aj) that both of them have common interests.

When Bro had his semester holidays, he had come over to Mysore. G went to railway station and picked him up. By the time they were home, it seemed like they had made plans to pull my leg. I was busy cooking as my cousin (Ar) and his fiancée were to come for dinner. And as expected, neither Aj nor G offered to help. But yes, they were helpful by not supervising my cooking. They were busy with discussion of games, setting up Dish TV and other stuff, so that I could peacefully do my work. Occasionally I would go to them so that they could taste stuff which was getting ready. Aj has always been my tester. He is honest too, so I could expect correct judgment from him. The dinner went really well and we enjoyed ourselves with poori, chole, gajar halwa, fresh mangoes. Ar was quite surprised, when he came to know I could actually cook. We then went to Chamundi Hills, for the view. It was a spectacular view. We went back home. G, Aj and Ar were then chatting and I was off to bed (extremely tired). Next morning Ar was supposed to go out with his fiancée and her parents. So, I got up to make him breakfast. By afternoon, G was to leave to Chennai, so we were busy packing his papers and others. In the afternoon it was just me and Aj. I asked A if he wanted to go around, and he says I am very busy today – F1, cricket and tennis finals. I watched most of the stuff with him… It felt good like old times, when we used to watch TV together. I slept off watching TV, also had to get up in the morning for office.

Monday morning, I cooked breakfast and lunch for both of us and was off to office. Aj had a gala time at home with gajar halwa, ice cream and PS2. When I came home, he dint seem a bit bored as he was alone. I felt a little relieved. I cooked some nice rice n sambar. G was coming back that night. Me n Aj had fun watching TV that day. The best was “Kahani Humari Mahabharat ki”. We had such a good laugh at this.

Tuesday, I promised Ajay that we would go out somewhere in the evening. So we came back from office and went out for some fun. We went to Planet-X. Aj and G did karting and then 3 of us fun bowling. We had dinner and came back home tired. Inspite of this G and Aj had some energy left in them to play on the PS2. I was watching them for a while and I don’t know how my eyes drifted from Mortal Kombat to my dreamland.

Wednesday, we thought of going to KRS, as they would have lighting and musical fountain. Though we left a little late, we were in time to catch the last musical fountain. It was ages since we saw musical fountains. We had hot Jola (corn). After KRS we then went to restaurant Jungle. After the yummy food, we came back and again Aj and G continued with Mortal Kombat. After I while I got involved in the game and started giving strategies to both of them.

Thursday, we just went to Devraj Urs Rd, had chat and roamed around and back home and again PS2 games. This shows how much of TV I would have seen in the whole week. On Friday, we were supposed to go back to Blore. But this whole week, I got a chance to pamper Aj. I always wanted to take care of Aj, pamper him with my cooking (he does like it). I always wanted G and Aj to bond well. And they did bond at my cost. They had a leg pulling session daily and I would just get tired of it. They both were happy that they had company to tease very well. It was a happy week for me to see my husband and brother just behaving like friends.It was one of the best weeks we had.