The Changed ME !!!

Shilpa’s Ten on Tuesday is the inspiration behind this post.

I know it’s not Tuesday, and is surely not at all like Shilpa’s post. But this thought suddenly hit me today morning, while I was having chai and reading my newspaper.  You see, its such an inspirational time, for me. The chai does wonders !!! ;) ;)

OK, here are the eight things, which I’ve never faced / done / attempted, before my wedding !!! And how I changed later !!! ;) :)

1. The first and foremost of all is this. In my parent’s home, Egg is considered as Non-veg and is strictly not allowed inside the house. So, cooking Egg is certainly out-of-bounds. Me and my sister used to smuggle one or two eggs on a lazy sunday, to condition our hair. But, no one will come near us for the next two days..he he he…but we enjoyed doing it…and I love the Egg smell in my hair !!!! :)

After marriage, the first cooking lesson I learnt, was the famous omelet !!! The Master Chef was none other than my husband. On one evening, I did the omelet, scrambled eggs repeatedly till I got it perfect. I was scared to break the egg without disturbing the yolk, you know…. LOL !!!  Then began the tiring class – to get the perfect bull’s-eye !!!  I would’ve tried so many times, till the Chef was extremely happy with the results.

Now a days, he sits and enjoys the lessons well taught. ;) ;) :P :P

2. I love to walk and shop, a lot. Before my wedding, it was me and my sister, roaming the streets of Luz Corner, Mylapore, T Nagar and finding out those small shops in even smaller gullies, which sell awesome stuff.  Huh, those are the days utter bliss of shopping. :)  People will ask our suggestion, on what to buy as gift and where to find that !!! We were experts in that, I tell you. :)

But now, the protective husband, is worried – probably becos of “no balance in account” probability. ;)  He insists on accompanying me to all my shopping escapades….what escapade, with hubby tagging along…. ;)   And sometimes, owing to parking worries, he gives me 5 mins to choose, pay and get back in the car….HHHmmmpppppffffff…….  While going in the car, he prepares me – sort of – What are u planning to buy ??? What color u have in mind ?? So many questions to make me, decide and make up my mind on my requirements. High end scheming and planning by the innovative husband, have led to total lack of fun during shopping.

3. I used to travel by bus or train a lot. Of course, I’ve even used a cycle – I was trim and fit those days of cycling. :) ;)

Now, the hubby is like the Vodafone pug, singing along “wherever you go, I’ll follow you” and he insists on dropping me, picking me up in the car,…..uffff….read this post to understand it better.

4. In my home, my parents, especially my Mom is very strict about dress codes – she never allowed us to wear pants, during teenage. However I got one for a school play, and continued to use it, till my college…. ;) Of course, the frequency of using pants was very minimal – to get permission from Mom will take some days… ;)

The moment I got engaged, the first gift from S, was a wonderful blue denim pant and I still have it and treasure it. :) My mom was aghast at the gift. But she couldn’t do anything, after all it was her future son-in-law !!! ;) But she refrained me from wearing it, till I got married…LOL !!! :)

5. The Beauty Parlor was out-of-bounds, for me, before the wedding. Becos of my friends insistence, I had visited the Parlor, but didnt go over board in doing any of those facials and all.

One week before my wedding, my future co-sisters, pounced on me and directed me to a beautician, whom they think was first class. And I underwent all the beauty treatments in one go…My God, it was confusing as to what they were doing and why. ;) ;)  But the end results were not so bad, so I gave in. ;) ;) Now, I go whenever I need to relax myself and get pampered a bit. ;)

6. We used to converse a lot in Tamil and Tamil only. :)  Not to forget the Chennai Slang Tamil, with friends. :)

English became the spoken language, after marriage, I don’t know how and why. ;) So, my girls are more into English, than Tamil. :)  Even though me and S enjoy Tamil movies or comedy scenes or debates in Tamil, it’s always English with the girls…dont know why !!! ;) And they watch, Star World, AXN and other stuff… ;)  BTW, are u watching Master Chef Australia on AXN ??? Its damn good…. :)

7. At my amma’s place, we used to cook only twice a day – the morning’s straight brunch and the evening tiffin.  There’s always some reason for the tiffin – the adults don’t eat rice in the night on Mondays (Fast for Shiva), Tuesday (some reason), Thursday (really don’t know why), Saturdays (??????) and of course, amavasya, ekadashi, dwadashi, shashti – they were actually left with a few days when they can really binge on food…he he he…. :P  Rotis and puris were a treat and we’ll pester amma for one week, to make her to do it…. ;)  It’ll generally sambhar, rasam, some veggie and pappads. Simple yet delicious. :P

Now, I make 4 meals a day and if required 5 sometimes – all small in quantity and great in variety. :P :P  And rotis have become our staple diet. We wake up as South Indians eating idly, dosa, upma, pongal kind of breakfast and end the day as North Indians with rotis / pulao / briyani  !!! :P :P  And the foodie I am, I love to cook and feed people too. :)

8. I always thot watching a movie in the theatre is damn fun and I used to watch almost every movie that got released, before my wedding. Thanks to the office building being located on prime entertainment area, my whole team will attack the theatres during weekends !!! :)

Now, I don’t visit the theatre at all – it’s very rare. S doesn’t enjoy the crowd, the chit chatter (My God, he is just the opposite of me !!!! ;) ;) )  and also he hates sitting in a chair for 2 to 3 hrs….so, all the cinema dreams went down the drain. But I still make it up by watching them on Tata Sky or DVDs !!!!

To finish the post, let me say : Life was good then. Life is wonderfully happy now.  :) :) :)

About Uma Srinivasan

A Stay At Home Mom trying desperately to make a difference, in whatever I do !!!
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53 Responses to The Changed ME !!!

  1. Swaram says:

    Woohoo first!

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  2. scorpria says:

    LOL…so many changes!!! you should make this a tag and tag ppl !! ;)
    You’ve changed a LOT!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Chatterbox says:

    Wow! a wonderful post Uma :D :D

    So you are loving Masterchef Australia , me too love it, try making the dishes they make for they actually turn out well :razz: :razz:

    I am totally with you on #2. Wow! you are one daring soul to love the aroma of eggs in your hair. Blame it on my extremely strong sense of smell or anything, but when I use eggs (if ever) in my hair, it has to follow something fragrant :D :D :D

    A very interesting post, now I need to think of how have I changed over the years :D :D

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    • UmaS says:

      Of course…we take inspiration from MasterChef Australia….like my Sh has copied these lines, which she tells me after tasting – HHmmmm, interesting, nice mix of herbs and spices… LOL !!! :lol:

      Oh, yeah, I love the smell of eggs in my hair. ;) ;)

      Come on, CB, do it….its fun. :)

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  4. shail says:

    Uma, I can’t believe this: “and I love the Egg smell in my hair !!!!” Ugh ugh ugh and ugh!!!!!! I did that once and that was the first and last time. Yuck, what a horrible smell! :P

    I used to love watching movies, but I couldn’t do that while with my parents. But after marriage… L & M takes me to almost all of them that time permits :) I am not that keen now, preferring to pick and choose those I like. But I go anyway when he takes me even for the dhishoom dhishoom ones :)

    Loved this post immensely :)

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    • UmaS says:

      ha ha ha ….Shail, not only you, I’ve faced this so many times before. Of course, I dont do that hair treatment now….but used to. :)

      See, sometimes life changes in the extreme way, in small things too. If we enjoy them all, life is good. :)

      Thanks. :)

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  5. Scribbler says:

    Fun tag Ums…you know I’m currently doing one-about to finish and publish :D

    LOL @ vodafone pug ;) But how sweet of S to give you chauffeur services :)

    How sweet of the denim pant gift and that you’ve treasured it till today is the sweetest part :)

    point no.7 true for me too…cooking has only taken place post marriage :)

    Wow S and H are totally alike me thinks like you and me are like sistahs !!! H also doesn’t like visiting crowded places much specially on weekends…

    Nice list Ums :) Any change which brings in happiness in our lives is so nice to have :) Loved your last line of the post :)

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  6. Anu says:

    Wow! Lovely tag Uma..Am enjoying it!
    Yes..marriage has brought in a lot of changes in me too….sometimes making me a little more perfect and sometimes by spoiling me :)
    Eeeeks, you love the smell of egg? I cannot bear it on my hair. LOL @ Egg breaking! I am not perfect either :) You know those who get converted into Eggatarians after marriage will have such tough time I guess..When I boil them, I take around 20 minutes to break its shell :(

    So adorable is your S, following you and accompanying you everywhere ;)

    Am amazed at Pt 7. You cook 5 times a day! I am not able to manage to cook for twice a day! May be I’m yet to change on this :)

    Am way inspired to write one like this dear :)

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    • UmaS says:

      Now, this is getting interesting…ppl are really willing to do this as a tag…. WOW, now why didnt I think of it, before ??? ;) ;) Waiting for your version, Anu. :)

      But I am the expert in cooking Egg, here – from Egg briyani, egg sabzi, fried egg, french toast – u name it, I got it. ;) :P

      Thank you…and write yours soon. :)

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  7. Butterfly says:

    I enjoyed reading this.

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  8. Smitha says:

    Wow! Those are some changes! Amazing Uma :)

    Your husband comes along on all shopping escapades :) Nice ! Mine will run in the other direction, but in the last week since we got back from holiday, I was the one who did not want to shop and husband was ready for even window shopping :) Some genes got altered during our holiday I guess :)

    5 meals a day! Where are your feet, Uma? How do you manage that? So impressed :)

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    • UmaS says:

      What nice Smithu…I dont get enough time to just look at new things, which I am not buying that time. ;) ;)

      LOL @ Then such a holiday is a worthy one, I guess…. ;) ;) Let me take mine too for a holiday. ;) ;)

      I’ve to do it Smithu, with 2 teenagers at home, where the stomach is a well…. :P :P :P I think either the moms will do it or train their kids to cook diff things. :P :P

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  9. Rashmi says:

    I want to say same what smitha said above “5 meals a day! Where are your feet, Uma? How do you manage that? So impressed ‘ :lol:
    for me just thinking what to prepare 2times in a day is also tough thing :-(

    Luv the last line….i too feel same..before marriage life was good and now its wonderfully happy :-)

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    • UmaS says:

      I know Rash…I was like that too….when kids are young, its only dhal, rice, veggies. Its only when they grow big, you invent new cuisines, different presentations and what not – to provide for the ever-growing hunger !!! ;) :P

      Thank you Rash. :) :) Hugs. :) Hows the little taklu baby ???? :)

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  10. oh this is such a lovely feel-good post :)

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  11. Garima says:

    Nice nice…t he change is for the better… and whenever we do meet. I will give you enough heads up- I WANT IDLY’s!!!! :-D

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  12. Pallavi says:

    LOL! so interesting, Uma. Btw, I NEVER go shopping if the boys are around.. I make sure I leave them behind, so I can have fun :-) And did you say you ‘used to be’ trim and fit? You still are, lady!! You are the fittest of us all :-) And guess what? I hate going to the cinema these days, its just so humid and crowded and awful. Much rather get a DVD and watch at home!!

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    • UmaS says:

      Oh Pal…I was like a stick, you know…OK..OK…graciously accept the compliment. Thanks. :)

      This man follows me like…ahem…already told in the post… ;) ;) when I go shopping… ;)

      But there are some movies, which needs the theatre ambience to enjoy it thoroughly….we enjoyed watching Avataar, as S had promised his nephew that he’ll take them all to the movie..its a wonderful feeling….I love it. :)

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  13. what a lovely lovely post

    loved reading it

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  14. Lakshmi says:

    :) Enjoyed knowing more about you Uma. I look up with lot of respect at people who enjoy whipping up dishes. I always manage to find friends who are like that :), this reminds me of a close friend of last several years.

    It is amazing that you have taken time to spot the changes in you :) The lazy me thinks that I have not changed much, but I bet I have. Hubby and I both enjoy movies in theaters – we watched “Boss Engira Baskaran” last night :)

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    • UmaS says:

      Why dont u do it too, for me to know more abt you ???? ;) ;)

      Oh, you’ll eventually come to it…whipping more dishes per day, when children grow up !!! ;) :)

      WOW, you watched that new one ???? Great !!! :) Did u like it ???? :)

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  15. That is such a nice read Uma..

    And he comes shopping with you :o ..here we both looking at each other to see who can go grocery shopping

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    • deviantwave says:

      or look into the fridge to see if the food in there is edible enough .. even if it means one pack of dahi 7 days old????? !!!!

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    • UmaS says:

      Oh Comfy….Thanks dear. :) But S doesnt come for grocery shopping…he knows it cannot cross a certain bill amount…he is worried abt the other kind of shopping…he he he, thats when he comes along…. ;) ;)

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  16. Ashwathy says:

    Life changes a lot after marriage isnt it? Great…you have given me fantastic inspiration on how to continue my Matrimonial Mish-mashes posts!!! :D :D :D ha ha ha…

    Man, you have one over protective hubby alright!!! :P :P

    BTW I LOVE Master Chef australia…its an awesome show!! :D :D

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    • UmaS says:

      LOL Ash…if all these can be inspiration to your hilarious posts, please be welcome to ideas. ;) :)
      I would love to read more on that series… ;) ;)

      Soooooo protective….LOL…..thats why I am a rebel….LOL….. ;) ;)

      Hey, you too watch it, huh ??? I love the amazing dishes, the excitement around…. :)

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  17. Agnes says:

    Great post Uma! I did notice that some veg-restaurants in Tamil Nadu just don’t serve eggs.

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  18. Shilpa Garg says:

    Wow!! Wonderful changes you have made in your life!!
    You love smell of egg in hair!! OMG!! ;)
    Smart shopping strategy that is!! :D
    Hubby as chauffer! That’s cool! :)
    Cooking 5 times a day!! Hats off to you lady!! :D

    A wonderful post! :)
    Cheers :)

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  19. Vimmuuu says:

    Lovved the moral of the story, the last line that is ! :D :D :D

    1. If egg is non-veg, what is milk then? both come from animals !!! (oh, im not supposed to be serious in this post, le? ok ok)
    2. So whats new? Every woman walking on this earth loves shopping; some of them like you admit it, some of them like laxmi dont ! every husband has a….you get it ! :D
    3. ok, indirectly blaming your hubby for all the weight gain, huh? heres another idea; eat less !! :P
    4. you still have that pant??? LOL !!! keeping it for your grandchildren or what ?? :D :D :D
    5. So all that we saw was the after effects of extreme pampering at the parlours, eh ?
    6. ya, I knew this when you said your daughters dont know any tamil songs ! :P
    7. What all excuses they have to avoid rice, le ? :D :D :D
    8. Dont even remind me of movies !!! Sob Sob Sob !!!

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    • UmaS says:

      You liked only the last line of the post – I like the first line of your comment…. LOL…. :) :)

      1. Oh…dont ask….there is no way those ppl will relate like that….
      2. You are being terrible with her..thats why she is not admitting to it… ;) ;)
      3. No…not at all…who said I’ve gained weight ??? ;) ;) :P :P
      4. Yeah, my daughter uses it sometimes… ;)
      5. Oh no….that was the make-up less Uma…. ;) ;)
      6. See, I always tell the truth… :)
      7. So many…actually it all made them invent some super tiffins at home… :P :P
      8. Why ??? What happened ??? Didnt u see Dabanng ????

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  20. DI says:

    Nice read Ums :) Things do change huh? I liked the then and now way of putting it forth!
    Oh , and eggs are a life-saver, omelettes are the bestest! :D So good thing you learnt the art of egg making!

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    • UmaS says:

      Yeah, DI…we all change, lets see the good things in the change… :)

      Why dont u list yours too ???? It’ll be interesting to note how we have changed. :)

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