“I won’t give up on you”

Today I saw this cute Mother’s day message on Instagram. One of my amazing blog friend’s daughter has gifted this to her. Its cute and touches a chord inside…esp the last line of the wish.

“You don’t give up on me”

This one…touched deep inside.

Looking from the child’s point of view, it is so very important to them that we, as mothers, don’t give up on them, for their worthiness or for their love of doing things or anything that makes the child.

All children are not the same. Some are very quiet, they rarely discuss what they want to do in life, they are happy to leave the decision making part to their parents and are also happy in taking what life has to offer them.

And then there are others, who want to create their own path. And in that process, try out varied stuff like a sport or a musical instrument or arts. They might not find what they wanted in all that they tried. But they are trying hard to find that particular thing which resonates with their inner being. And that’s the time they value the mother’s “We won’t give up on you…keep trying” attitude!

It’s very important for a child to blossom from her own experience – good and bad inclusive. As a mother I would have warned / counselled my girls about umpteen number of things – this friendship is bad or this hobby doesn’t suit you or it helps to stay cool or how to take care of your health or this and that !

The most important thing which I learnt in the process of motherhood is that all these counselling sessions don’t have any impact if I don’t follow them in real life. I cannot expect my girls to be someone by preaching and not following an iota of what I preach!  And that’s why we see a lot of our mother’s qualities in us, in our actions, in our personalities; may be with a slight modification of what we want to be as mothers!

As we keep wishing each other on Mother’s day, let us not forget this important aspect of being a mother, which is to keep our faith strong in our children and to never give up on them; with all the morals which we’ve imbibed in them, I don’t think they’ll become insensible decision makers in their life.

Edible Cloud :P

Is it my love for clouds which makes me see such things, I wonder ! How else do you justify the occurence of a Doughnut or probably a Vada in the sky ??!! 😀

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Edible in the sky!

When I sailed thru the clouds…

There’s a staunch train lover in me, esp by the 2nd class. The wind that hits my face, the flying hair, the changing scenery and the non-stop chatter – yup, Iam a big fan.

But love for air travel happens when the cloud-gazer in me gets ample dose of amazing white and grey scenery, high up above the Earth. Sigh…absolute bliss!

To begin with, it was a comet that flew with us for sometime!

There was this mammoth in a funny clown’s cap with large eyes looking up at the flying object. Swarms of fish, a long black snake, a proud lion, Aslan, like the one in Narnia – absolutely fun time identifying different things in the cloud patterns. Not to forget the many mountains which kept changing shapes every now and then.

Remember Avatar movie? And how the whole landscape was – flying rocks, sea, a huge tree and all. It was like watching a similar scene high up there but all in the form of clouds.


I was breathless in wonder!

It was like I sailed through the clouds, sitting in a window seat while the fluffy cottons passed beside me! How I wish that I was able to catch hold of some and bring it back to reality to show it to all 🙂

The Clouds that captured me…

Am not on a forced break but there’s less time for online presence. That doesn’t mean that I’ve no time to stare and click these amazing patterns. Actually they capture me and I just capture them onto digital space.

Its always what I look for and I get to see it in the sky. That moment makes me happy and the joy permeates into my whole day of getting one perfect cloud pattern.

And with these pictures I pass on the joy to you 🙂

Wonder Wednesday

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The glowing Sun
In golden
Turned all of them in white
To this beautiful golden…
So that they resemble
Tiny golden butterflies
In the sky!

Food is memories

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I had made rava upma the other day. While S loves it with pickle or chutney, his favorite indulgence is to have it with a sprinkle of sugar on top. That’s exactly how his grandmother used to eat it and all his siblings still follow her food combination, unconsciously.

Just like how thayir sadam always makes me want mavadu or dried narthangai – its a memory now but it filled my childhood days mainly because of patti doing such things. She loved her pazhaiya sadam (yesterday’s rice soaked in water so that it ferments overnight) with one watery buttermilk and narthangai or maavadu…sigh…am drooling while typing this.

Similarly, rava dosa kindles in me the comfort of a mother’s hug – my mom does it the best! Also, milagu poricha kuzhambu, milagu kuzhambu, arachuvitta sambar…sigh…endless !

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S will surely go for an extra helping if it’s his mother’s recipe for masala kuzhambu, parval fry, pagarakai nool katti fry (bitter gourd stuffed and tied with a thread and fried)! Not to mention her amazing dal poori – that’s something to drool for !

The other day, my brother wanted the recipe for thakalikai kootu, just as our Amma makes…see – childhood footprints playing again !

And when we grow up with such yummy foods, which related to our taste buds, its a hard thing to let go of it.  We might relish a pizza or a burger or a North Indian kulcha, but the food we grew up with has a special place in our heart, ok…the tongue and the taste buds !

The other day, my elder one was drooling for thavala adai and thengai chutney, while she gets awesome rotis and dals.  And when I made poori yesterday, the younger one was drooling for it. Even though they get awesome food wherever they are, sometimes the simplest of upma or dal will rekindle their memory and they’ll feel like coming home.

That’s where the root is formed and it needs to be simple and strong !

That’s why brought up is very important – both for cultivating food habits and moral habits too !

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So, what childhood food memory are you thinking now – to enjoy over the weekend ?


Picture courtesy – Google

Wishes are precious

Last year this day Chennai was flooded.

But that is not what this post is all about.

Last year; when S turned a sweet half century, we – me and the girls, wanted to do something different for him. Actually I had planned on blogging about it too.
We asked 50 people – close friends and dear relatives to write a birthday message to him. We had planned to print and courier the same to him. So it’ll be a damn neat surprise when he opens up a parcel to see 50 msgs inside for him.

Nature has its own ways.
The rain played havoc.
Courier plans were changed last minute.

I took it on me to take th print out and seal the individual msgs in envelopes. I remember running dripping wet with a plastic folder with printed msgs literally plastered under my higging hands.

But there was no power since 1st evening. With a hand held torch, I managed to do the envelopes so that I could give S his 50 bday wishes when the clock stuck 12.

And he too had to read them all in that torch light.

The point is what we planned as a great bday gift became the only wish he got as the phone networks were all gone for a hit for nearly a week and after that the birthday was forgotten.
Luckily, everyone of them had their wish in writing much earlier than possible to the bday boy. 

Some wishes are wrote and lost
Some reach the person sought
While some are meant to cherish
Some close friends can pull a leg
On the whole, its something to hold on forever.

And I found a treasure trove in my shelf yday. 

This one from the girls in their baby handwriting datex 2K is probably something he’ll cherish always.

Here’s wishing my man yet another great year where he is his happiest ever!