Microblog Mondays – The barter love

Strange are the ways, these Ad makers think. The only thing is, the ad should make an impact – it can be any kind of impact, positive or negative. They are not bothered by it.

And Airtel’s new ad stating that “Be nice to your dad, it’s the only way to get him to share his postpaid plan with you” is done in bad taste, where dad’s love towards his children or the child’s love towards their father is established as a simple means to get the postpaid plan of your choice. It can’t get cheaper than this.

Barter love – bad taste !!

And then there are ads like these, which touch my heart, every time I watch it !

See the contradiction and judge for yourself !

——————————————————————-

Microblog_Mondays

Posted in Word Challenges | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Desi Foods Organic Cafeteria

Recently, Desi Foods, the food Company I run with my husband, has ventured into Organic grounds :)

And we get to sell our Organic Snacks at the Cafeteria of Jaycee Greens Organic Store, Kottivakkam branch.

Please visit the store and the Cafeteria for your organic requirements.

Cafetaria @ Jaycee Greens

The Jaycee Greens Organic Store at Kottivakkam.

 

DSCN1054

The Cafeteria where you get to eat our Desi Foods Organic Snacks :)
Please do try them – you’ll not be disappointed !

 

Cafetaria @ Jaycee Greens-001

 

The Organic Snacks available at the Cafeteria.

Hope you visit the store and the Cafeteria !!

Posted in The Beginning | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Microblog Mondays – Dreamcatcher

My elder one recently learnt to make a Dream Catcher from one of her friends and gifted this for her father on New Year’s day.

dreamcatcher

 

Isn’t it pretty ?? And she told us to hang it above the bed, nearer to the head side. It is supposed to shoo away the bad dreams.

And when I started reading about it online, it sounds all the more interesting.  Here are some from Wiki:

The Ojibwe people (the Native Americans) have an ancient legend about the origin of the dreamcatcher. Storytellers speak of the Spider Woman, known as Asibikaashi; she took care of the children and the people on the land. Eventually, the Ojibwe Nation spread to the corners of North America and it became difficult for Asibikaashi to reach all the children. So the mothers and grandmothers would weave magical webs for the children, using willow hoops and sinew, or cordage made from plants. The dreamcatchers would filter out all bad dreams and only allow good thoughts to enter our mind. Once the sun rises, all bad dreams just disappear.

Traditionally, the Ojibwe construct dreamcatchers by tying sinew strands in a web around a small round or tear-shaped frame of willow (in a way roughly similar to their method for making snowshoe webbing). The resulting “dream-catcher”, hung above the bed, is used as a charm to protect sleeping people, usually children, from nightmares.

The Ojibwe believe that a dreamcatcher changes a person’s dreams. According to Konrad J. Kaweczynski, “Only good dreams would be allowed to filter through… Bad dreams would stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day.” Good dreams would pass through and slide down the feathers to the sleeper.

Another explanation of Lakota origin, “Nightmares pass through the holes and out of the window. The good dreams are trapped in the web, and then slide down the feathers to the sleeping person.”

After last week’s weird dream post, am hoping the dream catcher will make me get good dreams only :D :D

—————————————————————

Microblog_Mondays

Posted in Word Challenges | Tagged , , , , | 14 Comments

Imperfect women and Perfect men huh ??

I got this as a Whatsapp forward; you may have read it somewhere too…

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam:
“When I was a kid, my Mom cooked food for us.
One night in particular when she had made dinner after a long hard day’s work, Mom placed a plate of subzi and extremely burnt roti in front of my Dad.
I was waiting to see if anyone noticed the burnt roti.
But Dad just ate his roti and asked me how my day was at school.
I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember I heard Mom apologising to Dad for the burnt roti when she noticed.
And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I enjoyed what you made.”
Later that night, when I went to say good night to my father, I asked him if he really liked his roti burnt.
He wrapped me in his arms & said:
“Your momma put in a long hard day at work today and she was really tired.
And besides… A burnt roti never hurts anyone but unpleasant words do!”
He continued:
“You know son – life is full of imperfect things…& imperfect people…including me and we all make mistakes.”
What I’ve learnt is :
Accept Each Others Faults and imperfections & Choose To Celebrate the Relationships we have.”

I was going Awwww and how we should respect others and not worry too much about imperfections.  Here is a man, who lived by example to show Dr APJ, on the morals of humanity.

Burnt rotis are not personal affirmations to imperfection.  It just happened on a particular day.  And to throw a tantrum just for that would’ve been a shame.

And then I happened to meet a neighbor, who came home to buy some chapatis.  I tried to hide the overflowing clothes on the sofa, which were plying high and in need of folding. She said not to worry and she loved homes which are a messy and natural, how a home should be. At her place, no thing can be placed in the wrong place or clothes left out for long – everything is prim and proper and perfect because that is how her husband likes it !!  I was too shocked for words…

Come on, everyone likes a clean house, but too much of restriction to maintain one doesn’t help in the long run.

And the talk drifted, as usual to food – that is our business, you see :)

I was shocked and gaping with open mouth, at how happily she was explaining her husband’s high handedness, related to cooking and other general stuff at home.

Gravies cannot have onions – he doesn’t like it.
Egg plant needs to be fried nicely on all sides – if any part is left less fried, he points it out and tells her that she needs to be more generous with oil !!
Dinner should be served at 7 at any cost – no excuses !!
While her sisters-in-law can visit them anytime, they still pull a cross face when she wants to visit her parents !!

OMG !! Stop it, I said. But she seems to have taken it quite easily, without any resistance, while I would’ve fought tooth and nail for my individual preferences.

So, what do they think ?? That he, the husband, is perfect and the wife needs to mend her ways and keep adjusting to what all he says and does.  And these are people, who are married for at least, 20 years (judging by the age of their daughter).  So, she has adjusted and mended her ways and never thought of her own way of doing things – her own way of running a household – her own way of making her house beautiful  !

My point is not that women should not be homemakers and all. But the choice to be a homemaker should be theirs.  And running a household needs every one of the family to participate and not one woman running behind the needs of every individual in the family.

There are some families who live by this and everyone is happy among imperfections.

And then there are others and every time I meet one of them, I am shocked at the difference in their thinking that women are imperfect and only men are perfect !!

 

Posted in The Beginning | Tagged , , , , | 14 Comments

Microblog Mondays – The Dream

I look at the bride. OMG !! I know her…she is my ex-neighbor’s daughter, but she looks all grown up and all. And what she says stuns me. She is getting married – that too at the top of a 50 feet tall tower. While she sits on top of the tower, the groom is at the bottom of the tower, looking at her (actually looking at her direction) ;)

The groom sends the ring through a motorized lift to the top of the tower. She wears the ring and sends another ring down for the groom to wear.

And I am literally gaping at her, as she is describing this wedding ceremony. What kind of wedding is this, where the groom and the bride don’t look at each other when they exchange the rings ?? I try to explain to her, but she is adamant.

I try talking to her parents and there….behold….I see my patti (grandma).  I wonder what is she doing here !!

And I snap out of my dream….sigh….that was weird.

Who gets married like that, now a days !!

The only happy part of the dream was seeing my Patti :)

And who gets weird dreams like me ?? :P :P

—————————————————————

Microblog_Mondays

 

Posted in Word Challenges | Tagged , , , , , | 25 Comments

Microblog Mondays : Farewell parties

Last Friday was my daughter’s farewell party in school, organised by her juniors. If there was one thing she was excited the whole of last year, it was this Farewell party. What to wear, being the sole question always :P :P

Actually, she was talking about her 4th grade memories, among which the most predominant one was the Farewell party. She has been longing to be all grown up and be a part of the 12th class, and enjoy the school leaving party, given by her juniors. And finally, it happened.

Even though we all love our school days, our school friends and all the memory associated with it, there is this tiny part inside us, which keeps longing for this party.  While all we do the most is click pics and giggle continuously, this moment is special and is close to our heart.

While I helped my daughter to dress up, there was a ting of nostalgia for me, as I traveled back to my school days.  I still remember how we sang and danced and had loads of fun at school.  Sigh…one of the best parts of my life has been in school and I cherish it so much, even though farewell was fun and exciting.

Any farewell party memories ??

———————————————————————————————————-

Microblog_Mondays

Posted in Word Challenges | Tagged , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Microblog Mondays – A proud moment

A typical cold day in Delhi, accentuated by the rains. The Republic Day parade started off in the usual way. I am a great fan of the Parade. Love watching those uniformly moving hands and legs and the whole battalion marching in sync – truly amazing.

I’ve been part of the Parade in Chennai, during my school days – so, I literally know the difficulty of such synchronized marching.  I love the parade, the colors and the whole patriotic flavor that’s attached to it.

Today added an extra dimension to my emotions – a goose bumpy moment, when Wing Commander Pooja Thakur, representing Indian Air Force commanded the Inter Service Guard of Honour for Mr.Obama.  Watch her interview here [LINK]

Added to that fact, I had goose bumps when our National Anthem was sung – it always happens for me.

Here is the video link too….

——————————————————————

Microblog_Mondays

Posted in Word Challenges | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

Microblog Mondays – Dressing up

Yup….you got it right ! It’s the dressing up season, what with the advent of the Tamil month Thai, weddings are happening just everywhere.

And I love our weddings where we get to meet all those aunties, uncles with their typical question – “Do you remember me??”  And I’ll be LOL-ing at that question, which repeats at every wedding !! :D :D

Of course, the most wonderful part of wedding is the dressing up.  To choose among the crispy kanjeevaram silk saris, the matching jewelry / accessories makes me all delighted and fills me with such josh.  The weekend was spent happily dressing up and attending a wedding. And I look forward to another one this week.

It’s such a happy time for me, dressing up :D :D

How about you ?? Do you like weddings and dressing up for them ?? :)

—————————————————————-

Microblog_Mondays

Posted in Word Challenges | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Microblog Mondays – When I crossed 40…

When I crossed 40, I knew I was nearing the stage when my girls will finish school and go their own ways. Now I am facing and preparing myself for the Empty Nest syndrome !

What I didn’t anticipate was…
– My eyes aged  40 even before I crossed 40. So had to go in for reading glasses earlier than others.
– I keep papers /documents safely but forget that safe place…sigh….this has become a big joke at home !
– The most important paper in my life has become my To-do-list sheet, which I make almost everyday. Without that, I feel that I’ve not done anything efficiently.
– And I’ve become forgetful. Sometimes I stand in front of a open refrigerator and think “Why the hell did I open it?” Yes, its pretty bad sometimes.

If you are in the forties and have had similar experience, hi-5 with me :D

—————————————————————-

Microblog_Mondays

Posted in Word Challenges | Tagged , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Wonder Wednesday

Our Food Company has been covered in Indian Express and Deccan Chronicle Newspapers, which is indeed a great and thrilling moment for us.  This year has certainly started with a damn good news. Please check it out :)

http://epaper.deccanchronicle.com/articledetailpage.aspx?id=1831681#

http://epaper.newindianexpress.com/c/4172255

Its a great moment for us and am so happy to share with you all :D

Posted in The Beginning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments