My daughters are answering !!!

 

Tagged again, by Nancy. God bless you, Nancy for doing this favour to me.

But there is a difference. I am not answering those questionnaires, but my daughters are.

Wanna know what I did ?  I prepared a Question paper for both my girls and when they were busy with their school work, quietly slipped this question paper to them and instructed them to answer without discussing with each other.  Both of them thought for a moment that I’ve given them some Maths question paper. But when they read thru the questions, they exclaimed – Mama, whats this ?  Are you tagged ?.

My girls came to know abt tags, from the way I was bla bla bla-ing abt it in the house.  And they absolutely enjoyed Nancy’s tag on the same lines. My younger one was rolling on the floor laughing away and the best she liked was  – Nancy’ll become famous for watering plants.

Anyway, coming back to my tag, I Thank God from the deepest point in my heart for blessing me with two wonderful girls !  I am thrilled beyond expectation at the way they adore me, admire me, respect me, cuddle with me and most importantly for the highest place they have given in their hearts. Thank you God !!!

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Let me introduce my daughters before you start, as you’ll understand their answers better then. My elder one, Sruthi, is in Class 9, and is just a darlingto have. She is very innovative, matured, diplomatic, sophisticated and too much loving. The younger one, Shalini, is in Class 7, and is the mischievious one. She smiles a lot to hide her naughty stuff.  She is very frank, a temper queen, cuddly, childish and oh so lovable.

Mama: What is something I always say to you?

SRUTHI :Dont fight with Shalu. Learn to adjust and share. I love you so much. Clear your room and study table – its a mess. Enough of home work, go and play !!!
SHALINI: “SHALINI”, Dont do that / Kannamma, enna da chappai ? ( The second part is cuddly talk in tamil)

Mama: What makes me happy?

SRUTHI: A smile.   When me & Shalu dontfight and we share and when we appreciate everything you do for us.
SHALINI : When I do something good like getting full marks.

Mama: What makes me sad?

SRUTHI : When me and Shalu fight. Also when I am sad or angry or unhappy.
SHALINI : If I trouble you or irritate you by not doing my work at proper time.

Mama: How do I make you laugh?

SRUTHI :By tickling us or by telling us funny incidents in your life.
SHALINI : By tickling or cracking a joke.

We also have tickling sessions as punishments !!!

Mama: What do you think I was like as a child?

SRUTHI : Very caring, lots of fun, loves to enjoy with friends and family, sometimes a bookworm, never got angry….
SHALINI : An intelligent scorer (just like me) HA, HA, HA.

Mama: How old am I?

SRUTHI : Say about 36
SHALINI : 37

Girls, u let me down, by revealing my secret no.

Mama: How tall am I?

SRUTHI : Shorter than me by 2 cm. I am 164cm and you are 162cm only.
SHALINI : As tall as me, except that I am 1 inch shorter than you.

They are absolutely proud of being taller than me ! Shame on u, Uma. Grow up (I mean taller).

Mama: What is my favourite thing to do?

SRUTHI: Hang out with me, Shalu and Dad and go out together.
SHALINI: Cook, Swim, Blog.

Mama: What do I do when you’re not around?

SRUTHI : Maybe some work at home or go to the Bank, but you always tell us what you do.
SHALINI : Something special (cooking, what else)

Mama: If I become famous, what will it be for?

SRUTHI : Best Chef, Best Artist and the Best Mom on Earth (UNIVERSE).

SHALINI : Cooking, Swimming Champion, Best Mama.

Best Mom – Thank u girls.  I do swim reasonably well, but to be a Champion in my Shalu’s eyes, its simply gr8.

Mama: What am I really good at?

SRUTHI : Everything you do. U R Awesome.
SHALINI : Drawing, Cooking, Trying out new things.

Mama: What am I not really good at?

SRUTHI: Mmmm….. Nothing.
SHALINI : I dunno.

I am speechless. I really dunno what to say !!!!

Mama: What is my job?

SRUTHI: You dont have a job. You do things for us becoz you love us. ITS NOT A JOB.
SHALINI : To take care of two little stars.

Two contradictory statements – two girls who are extreme opposites.

Mama: What is my favourite food?

SRUTHI: Hyderabadi Chicken Briyani, Home made curd rice and Mavadu*
SHALINI: Curd Rice, Rava Dosa, Vella Adai**, Chicken 65.

Do I look like a gr8 foodie ? Of course, I am.

Mama: What makes you proud of me?

SRUTHI: Becoz you are awesome and you totally ROCK.
SHALINI : When you try something new and it came out very well. When ever you promise me something and keep it up.

Mama: What makes me proud of you?

SRUTHI : Whenever I am disciplined, good natured and somebody appreciates that, when I achieve something really awesome like the Best Student Award or House Prefect.
SHALINI : When ever I promise you something and keep it up !!

Mama: What do you and I do together?

SRUTHI : Have fun, go for shopping, sit and talk for hours on various topics.
SHALINI : Watch a movie.

OMG ! How many movies Shalu made me watch in this summer break ? And how many times we watched each movie ?

Mama: How are we the same?

SRUTHI: V both are patient. If there’s a problem, we analyse it properly before taking any decision. We are artistic and creative, very systematic and neat, dontdo anything in a hurry.
SHALINI : In style (Western clothes) and in temper !!!

Sruthi, you are too much a darling.  And Shalu, she is very proud of her temper as she is a Leo.

Mama: How are you and I different?

SRUTHI: I dont get excited at things while you do.
SHALINI : In so many things. Like you are patient and I am so impatient.

Mama: What is one thing you wish you could change about me?

SRUTHI : Nothing. U R Awesome, awesome and totally awesome the way you are. May be you can avoid the high excitement, sometimes.
SHALINI : Your temper.

Sruthi – very diplomatic. Shalu – absolutely frank.

Motherhood, JAIHO !

Darling Daughters, JAIHO !

 

 *Mavadu – The tiny raw mangoes soaked in salt and masala.  Its a gr8 combo with curd rice.

**Vella adai – Its the sweet form of adai (dosa). Vellam is jaggery in tamil.

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Dosa Lover

What’s about this Dosa that makes me eat this wonderfully delicious crispy rice pancake, every morning without a dot of boredom ? OMG, I just love this Dosa.

Being a Tamilian, we were brought up with Idlis and Dosas, in our childhood years. WOW, it is such a amazing tasty combo of Idlis / Dosas with the awesome sambhar, especially made by mom. How much I miss my mother’s sambhar made with those tiny onions (shellogs) !!!!!!

Actually there are so many varieties of Dosas we make at home and along with the tasty accompaniments like sambhar, chutneys, milagai podi*, it is sure to be a melody of tastes. Just writing about them is tempting me eat dosas again – You know, I had them for today’s breakfast too.

The regular dosa can be made into so many varieties, just by changing the topping on them, like a pizza. We have the podi dosa, tomato chutney dosa, pudina chutney (mint) dosa, grated cheese dosa, onion chutney dosa… to name a few. Some people also do an egg dosa, which is sooo tasty.

When I was younger by age, I used to relish the Rava Dosa, which were my mother’s speciality. And it goes very well with an awesome coconut chutney done with very hot green chillies. Those times we used to live as a joint family with my uncle and grand parents. So, we counted a little over a dozen – that’s the whole family’s size. For the taste of my mother’s rava dosa, each one of us will surely gobble about 4 or 5 of it. So, my mother will plonk herself onto the kitchen top, sit there and nicely make the rava dosas so crisp and tasty for the hungry dozen. This rava dosa is a delicate dish, which has to be made with such care and it is a time consuming one. That is the reason that my mother chose to sit on the kitchen top, to do this tasty job.

Another favourite of mine and my daughters is the Masala Dosa, which has the potato masala in the center of the dosa. I love the way we have to roll the dosa around the masala, so that it looks like a tube filled with delicious aloo. Sometimes, it is also done in the triangular shape. Whatever shape it is, this dosa is one of the best with the sambhar and chutney.

And then there is this Methi Dosa, which is such a coolant for the stomach. Small children, breast-feeding mothers and the grandparents will all benefit from this absolutely soft, tasty and easy-to-make dosa. When we soak the rice and dhal for the dosa, the methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) are also soaked in warm water and ground with the rice and dhal to make the batter. This dosa is best done when it is fat and thick, instead of the regular crispy ones. It’ll look like a sponge with lot of holes in it which is because of the fenugreek seeds added to it. Now, when the dosa is hot, just spread some ghee on it and while it is melting, sprinkle some sugar. You will be engulfed in the wonderful mixture of tastes, which I am sure about.

We also have the Dhal Dosa (adai, in Tamil), which is a delicious blend of rice and all the dhals (toor, chenna, urid ) in proportions. Such an amazing invention by our ancestors that I thank all those who were involved in this wonderful creation. The dish that’ll go well with this is called the aviyal (which is a blend of vegetables cooked in coconut and green chilli paste and mixed with curd finally).

There’s a saying that says that the people belonging to the banks of the River Cauveri, are those people with a impeccable taste and value for word. The human tongue performs the dual role of taste and talk. These people who have been brought up by drinking this Cauveri water are sure to keep up their words and are great foodies too. I am very proud of this fact, as I belong to one of the towns on the banks of the River Cauveri, in Tamil Nadu. I love food, particularly Dosas and I value the word very much.

Three cheers to the variety of Dosas and to all those people who make their families happy by making this wonderful Dosa.

* Milagai Podi – Roasted red chillies and dhals ground to a coarse powder. Should be mixed with ghee or til (sesame) oil for better taste.

Think Strong

Swami Vivekananda says

” A person who does not believes in God is not an Atheist.

But a person who does not believe in Himself is an Atheist.

Its a great sin to think yourself as Weak.”

Here’s to a Strong ME !!!!

A Questionnaire on ME, again.

One more TAG for me !!!!! And thanks Swaram, for asking me to do it.

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
Looking at the few grey hairs, I wondered whether to put henna for my hair today or not.

2. How much cash do you have in your wallet right now?
A 500/- note and a lot of coins (Trying to be the CHANGE I want in others)


3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?
SOAR – As my is heart is doing right now, doing the tag. I spent a whole 1 hr on what to blog, today morning. Just at that moment I read Swaram’s comment, to take up the tag. Thanks, yaar.

4. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
Airtel Customer Care – I never answer this call, as it’ll be a recorded message on some new promo or scheme.


5. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone?
A R Rehman’s Nokia tune.


6. What are you wearing right now?
One silly pyjama, which is absolutely out of size but so comfy and my fav Tee.


7. Do you label yourself?
Perfect Passionate Yoga loving Feminine Chef


8. Name the brand of the shoes you currently own?
Reebok, Nike


9. Bright or Dark Room?
I prefer the bright ones, unless I’ve the splitting headache.


10. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?
Funny, Smiling with a great love for life.


11. What does your watch look like?
I still hold the Titan watch my S gifted me close to my heart, for my first bday after marriage. Its diamond shaped with a gold dial.


12. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Dreaming that I was being felicitated in some grand function. But couldn’t remember, when / where /why.


13. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?
It was an order for the Tupperware business I am doing from home. My friend had smsed to order lunch boxes, fridge bottles among others.


14. What’s a word you say a lot?
Muruga Muruga or Rama Rama, but I think it’ll be Thank you God.


15. Who told you he/she loved you last?
My S before leaving to office, 2day morning. He better say it everyday !!!!


16. Last furry thing you touched?
My daughter’s teddy bear which she sleeps with, when I cleared her bed.


17. Favourite age you have been so far?
24 – I got engaged, painted the town red for 3 months with my S, got married and had a super duper honeymoon. Wish those days will come again.


18. What was the last thing you said to someone?
Hey Munni (my Beautician who comes home), When are you coming to put henna for my hair ?


19. The last song you listened to?
Mandram vandha thendralukku, manjam vara nenjam illayo ? kanne en kanne ….. A beautiful tamil song by S P B (Am a gr8 fan of him) in the movie Mouna Raagam.


20. Where did you live in 1987?
Hot and humid Chennai.


21. Are you jealous of anyone?
Yes, all those people who flaunt their flat tummy, while I am furiously working out on it.


22. Is anyone jealous of you?
Not that I know of.


23. Name three things that you have on you at all times?
A To DO List in my mobile which stays in my pocket all the time, My favourite Titan watch, A smile and a hug for my daughters.

24. What’s your favourite town/city?
Hyderabad / Secunderabad Twin cities.


25. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?
To LIC for change of address – not too sure. Its been a very long time….


26. Can you change the oil on a car?
Total dependency on the car mechanic.


27. Your first love/big crush: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?
Big crush was Ravi Shastri, when I was in college. It died a silent death, when I got to meet so many real men in life.


28. Does anything hurt on your body right now?
Yeah, my right heel. Should consult a doctor.


29.What is your current desktop picture?
My hubby with a scenic backdrop – I took this picture, when we had been to Srisailam last week.


30. Have you been burnt by love?
Hurt by love, Burnt by passion.

What, is that all ? Only 30 questions ?????
Anyway, it was fun doing it.

Let GO !

Let GO ! If you really want something in life, please let GO of it. If it is meant to be yours, it’ll come back to You !

Wow ! What a philosophy ! I think that the more attached we are towards people / things, it sure is going to cause a lot of pain. Because we want to love and be loved in our own way. By doing away with the possessiveness, we break the terms and conditions we attach to love. And when the person or the thing comes back to us, it is meant for us and will stay that way.

So, LET GO !!!!!

Contentment in relationships

Having found the real YOU is the first step towards happiness.
(Pl refer the post – Find your qualities)

It is not only the first step but also the biggest step in the journey towards happiness. As you explore your own qualities, which you didn’t think you had in YOU, you become aware of your inner self more and more. You get to discover your ambiguities along with your positive spirit.

The hard challenge for you now, is to accept YOU as you have discovered yourself to be. Come to terms with your weaknesses and strengths. It is a difficult task and will take time, but take it slowly and get to know the real YOU.

What are relationships ? They are just like mirrors.
You show love and you get love back.
By showing anger, be sure to get it back.
Such a simple principle, isn’t it ?

Once you achieve the inner peace by accepting your strengths and weaknesses, it is easy to pass on the peace process to all our relationships. The more you share this strong side of you, as you build on your strengths, you’re encompassed in a sphere of love and positive spirit.

In other words, ACCEPTANCE BRINGS IN CONTENTMENT IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS.