Saturday, December 22, 2012


Heavy Discussion in Class X was the last working day of 2012!

With a happy heart another year comes to a close. The day started at school by wishing DP a very happy bday. She looked bright and happy in her beautiful outfit and for sure has enjoyed her Bday at school. Though a busy day, it was indeed good. It was fun to see the kids running around with so much excitement. At least for a while, I took a deep dive into my school days.

2012 has been a great year, a year filled with zillions of memories, some stockpiled in forever memory and some on my blog. So, there is this happy Me whistling my favourite tune and dancing my way to glory…feel blessed and stay blessed you all!

Friday, December 14, 2012

So, Where had I been?

Kinda busy – sounds a nice way of justifying the break; but that is not entirely true – I have been plain lazy also in between. Let me try coming out from this shell of laziness! 

I used to think that writing comes naturally to me. If I just sit, I thought, I could make a post. How false was this notion of mine! Many times I tried to write, all went futile! The result - my well-nurtured blog went dry. I heard this repeated query from different corners -“Hey, what’s happening to your blog? Why no updates?” Though I posted something in between, according to some , it was all "mokkai"!!!!!!!!And I admit it too....

Finally, today I found some longing to write……..

Recently, I made a discovery, a discovery about myself! What sparked this discovery was Haritha’s query, “Miss, wont you get tired of listening?” There is every reason for her to ask this question. Most of my leisure hours are spent with commerce buddies (sometimes others come too) and each one will want to keep telling something about themselves. Most of the time, I talk less and clearly give them an ear. The topics are varied, sometimes silly, sometimes deep, and sometimes hilarious. Whatever be it, I enjoy these sessions and you can obviously see their interest when there is someone to listen to them. All the while, you get to know more about them and get to be friendlier with them.

I generally like people whom I can joke around with and at the same time have really deep/serious conversations with. I guess I am blessed such a few students and I do enjoy these sessions with them! 

And, that was a discovery!!!!!!! I have mastered the art of listening! When it comes to patience, I am just NIL! So, the skill of listening cannot be really attributed to me! Yet, I am happy to see that I make a patient listener. Thanks to many students of mine for bringing out this hidden trait in me! 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Gun - Yeah, we loved it!

Finally, I kept my promise today!

Took the lil guy to watch “Thuppaki”, the Vijay Blockbuster. And, yes we liked it!

Both of us are ardent fans of Vijay, for different reasons – me a great fan of his dance and cute expressions and he loves his fight sequences! Vijay shines throughout the movie and steals all the attention!

So, the weekend was made bright with some Vijay Touch! The Google Google song rocks too!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dear Bloggie

Though I missed you, I never ventured this way for almost a fortnight now! There aren’t zillion things happening out here for me to be busy! You crossed my mind several times, yet I never found time for you! 


Even when I sit here now, the mind is blank. Though I thought I would be able to come up with some post today, it isn’t really materializing. 

Guess that's it for now. I am at a loss to find words. My bed is seriously calling my name!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

It is just a thought, 

It is darkness indeed, 

It feels like a never-ending night, 

And, you never feel asleep! 

It sparks a lightning, 

A sudden bright feeling, 

Then it is gone again, 

And, you feel lost again! 

It makes memories into demons, 

It makes dreams into ghosts, 

Too vague to remember, 

But too important to forget!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

And, that was some good time out there.....

Sharing a few pics from our rocking performance on Children’s day at school. Had a wonderful time, loved every bit of it………. A peep into the yester years.....

Ponmakal Vanthal.....
Ah Ah!
Obedient Students...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Today, I have to write. If I don’t, it will be confirmed that I have changed 360 degrees. Oh! Can’t believe it is a week since I blogged! But, why? No reason as such! I wasn’t that busy! I almost had a perfect week too! 

Reens kept asking me about the post on Exhibition, she is just waiting for the pic of me proposing to Shakespeare, Awwwww! So, Reens, here is it for you!!!! B/w, I too love this pic!

Love Sana's expression
Urvy at my desk, love this pic of hers!

I ask the FB question now – what is on your mind now? 

I guess I can write about the short dream I had yesterday as I sat in the library! Usually, I am never alone there, there will be someone or the other coming for a chat there, but yesterday I happened to be alone there for quite some time. I was planning to take up Twain, but suddenly there was a drift and I was taken into a dream. A dream with eyes open! This was about my dream place, which I think I will make someday! 

It is perfect, it can fill me with joy, I can feel alive there. A well-lighted, spacious room – painted in powder blue, with only CANE furniture (I am crazy about cane stuff, ppl who have visited me would obviously know it!). A room with French windows and white curtains, where the walls invite you with the beautiful paintings on them and a very comfy arm chair. A simple room with a lot of books, a place where books are arranged with love and care, a place where melodious music overflows, a place which can take me to some other world – Wow! I can get the smell of those books! 

Hey you, are you coming to me soon?

Sunday, November 4, 2012


I guess I have erased it all. Every facet seems to have its own lifespan, and it is done with. But to be honest, it takes a great deal of effort to put it out. I remember writing this earlier, we need to find our own ways to be happy! 

Sunday seems to have gone by pretty well. Nothing really nagged me and I was fully into the preps and planning for the week. Children’s day celebs are to be planned, so gave it some time. Household chores are never-ending, but managed to deal with a lot many. The game session with the little guy was fun. Today,  our fight was with Puzzles and Mechanix! It is nice to hear him say – “Amma, you don’t know anything”, that too very proudly! Not to mention the answer scripts, they are always after me! Too many calls… 

Oh! Yeah! I made cutlets!!!!! Yummo!


But calling up Kuzhoor, at least for a few minutes, melancholy struck me. I have not been able to make it this time too…

The hands of the clock are gonna meet! Isn't it too late to call it day???

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Frailty, thy name is woman!

Aha – Usually its MarkTwain whom I love to quote, today the Bard compels me! 

Blessed Sleep, you still seem away...plz come my way!

It is almost 10 and as I drop into my cozy chair, I have an unshakable faith! I can always rely on blogger to come out from which ever depressing state of mind. Yeah, I am here! I always expect this miraculous transformation, when I come to this little space of mine, where I can write whatever I like, where I can express whatever comes to my mind, where no one will ever restrict me from saying what I like! I feel blogger understands me well. Expressions always hold a very significant role in our lives. This space offers me the freedom that no one else gives me! That’s why I simply stay connected to this space. 

The weekend is here, but I really don’t feel it. It was a pretty good week, I can say! Strangely, I feel I am thrown off the balance, with rebellions within and thoughts running wild! I can see many cobwebs woven around, I make a pathetic effort to clean it, though! A FUTILE attempt! 

There is a burning desire to kick out this dark and wintry state of mind, but how? I guess I am looking for an easy way, and that doesn’t work! My subconscious tells me, rather instructs me to put all these silly thoughts into the dustbin. But, are they really silly?  Jobs, I decide to follow you, I am not ready to waste this crisis! 

As I write this, the song I am hearing gets over and I am hitting ‘refresh’button to get mesmerized again. 

Just a thought - Wouldn’t it be really fantastic if we could refresh our minds just like the way we refresh our web pages with just a 'right' click ??????????? A perfect "pun"!

Let me try doing it with one pic I love. It was taken at school, today. Chetan, love you for this pic, perfectly captured!

The Best Buddies......
Gauri n Apu in their B'day costumes....

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Voyage with Pi...

Not really raining cats and dogs, yet hols declared for schools in Pondy! Seems, just like me,  rains have decided to be in love with Pondy for a while! A cyclone hitting Pondy was also predicted! Pondy still holds the disturbing reminders of “Thane”, hope this one is not so devastating! 

No usual Monday Blues - may be that's why, I woke up feeling energetic. I felt something had induced positive vibes into me. I allowed, rather requested it to fill fragrance into my day! 

Frankly speaking, I wasn’t really in for a holiday today! It feels like ages after we had a full school session. Also, there was nothing much to do, couldn't plan to go out, all that I could see was the dull weather outside, obviously a holiday didn’t make much sense! 

“Sense” – is one word I cannot really come in terms with, most of the time. Oh again - I don’t wish to digress!!! 

Answer scripts would have craved for my touch, but I was in no mood to fall for them. While I sensed the need for something out of the routine, I wasn’t really able to decide on what it should be. What could be enticing for this day? It seemed to be a perfect day for picking up a book and staying all day in its company. Books are always a great company, when no one else has time for you. People are busy, they have their own priorities, and we can't compel anyone to give us their time.Books never betray you, ignore you or make you feel down, instead they make you emotionally rich and help get you out from the weird mood swings. Better hang out with them!

Browsing through the collection I hold, “Life of Pi”, the one that Flavia had given me, caught my fancy! “Yup, today is with Pi, the 16-year old survivor from a wreck”, I made up my mind! It is an old one, I had planned the read a long time ago, but it had never happened! Today, with mind going in this direction, I would make it happen, SURE! In no time, I did with everything I had to do for the day + made some beetroot juice which I thought would add taste to my voyage with Pi! It proved to be perfect combo later! 

A Wonderful Combo they made!

Gauri also picked up the book Pappu gifted him, so we had some absolutely good reading time! I was indeed happy that much of time was spent with this extremely adventurous and audacious novel. Four and a half hours of pure ADVENTURE! No wonder, it had grabbed the Booker Prize. ‘Terrific’ is the only word, I can think of to describe this absolutely compelling story! Hats off to you Yann Martel…

The background score for the day was the much-loved parayathe ariyathe....

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Accha, Amma, Chetta, Kalyani, Babbbbbbbyyy!

It would be perfect if I say, she came, she saw and she conquered. We absolutely had immersed ourselves into “Kalyani”! I love the way she calls me --- Mmmmmaaayyyyiiiii! 

Gauri's welcome to Kalyani...
It really felt good to have people around. I feel, their visit was indeed a perfect drug for my mind! It felt good to have so much to talk, so much to share, and most of all hear so much Malayalam all around!  It felt good to have baby talks with Kalyani! It felt good to have long beach strolls with them! It felt good to click pics with them! It felt good to go around the town shopping with them! It felt good to have late night talks with all of them! It felt so good to sit around, as if in a round table conference, jumping from one topic to other, and then getting into the game of chess! Jayan Uncle-Sankunni chess rounds were the best of all this season.

The lil munchkin mesmerized us with her ways and we were in no mood to go to sleep, she used to be awake till the break of the day!!!!!!!!! Jayan uncle is so much fun to be with. Listening to his stories from his childhood, college days and bank days is indeed a treat! He possesses s special knack for narration and it is one thing that attracts you. And, aunty can charm you with her smiles! Ammavan-Sankunni is the best combo! It’s a treat to see them sharing their news and playing around! Kalyani and Jaya fit in so well!It would have been gr8 if Syams, Aavani n Manus were here!

Kalyani enjoying her stroll along the beach!
As we waved bye, I knew today is gonna be different. With a smile on the face for pretence, I tried saying bye, but I knew it is gonna create an emptiness in the house! Just four days ago, it was the long wait that kept us going, and the past three days had been so muuucccch FUN! Our little sweetheart was here, needless to say, it was gr8 time out here! The only name reverberating through the house was “Kalyaaaannnnnniiiiiiiiii”! You ought to hear Gauri calling her! He, sure is in love with the time spent with her! We too! So, when are we meeting next Kalyanis? 

Now, back to the Pavillion! 

Have to move on to school and household chores! Yeah, it should be fun too, else I should make it fun! Wooooooooohhhh! Mind being mind, will not really allow me to, it will surely get entwined with thoughts, sometimes useful and sometimes useless, but I should be able to opt, I know everything will not happen the way I want it to be! I guess I should literally spoon this fact into my mind, before these thoughts envelop me!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Incessant Rains!

It has been a while, 

Since this drizzle started! 

A gentle, lovely drizzle, 

That brought in fresh, new ways! 

Time passed by, 

It couldn't help turning a heavy downpour! 

It now brought in a greener world, 

Around Me! 

I gazed around, 

Just to see the whole world greener and brighter! 

I ask and ask, 

With a question-marked face! 

Where do I take refuge? 

Where do I get a cozy shelter? 

Inside or Outside? 


A wise thought props in! 

Run Inside, 

A Cozy Shelter awaits you! 


A Shout within, 


A Happy ‘Drench’ awaits you! 

Me, not in a fix at all! 

Getting Drenched is better than the Safety indoors, 

After all, this life is in Pursuit of Happiness! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Day's Wait, Now.......

Trying to chuck out the shadows of melancholy! No idea, where it has barged in from! There is no reason as such! Even a little inch of my mind isn't really ready to listen what I wish to do or say! I guess it may take a little more to settle down! Okie, let me give its own ample time! B/w, let blogging help to revive the sleeping spirit in me! I should be driven by better thoughts and better moods! I should venture into stretching my imagination, to pen down something or the other! There is no point in requesting the raindrops to fall on you, it has its on time and mood to come down! Whatever, hardly have I come across such a state of mind!!!!

Bloggie, can't wait any more...I 'm rushing in there!!!!!! Even a glimpse into this space is enough to drive away these clouds.....

From Day 1, they have fallen for each other! Their eyes well up, when they say bye, after our vacation at Aluva! Then again, it is a long wait to get to be together! Yup, the time has come for another of those lovely times together – Ammava-Kuttappi-Ammayi and the one and only Kalyani!!!! 

Our Pooja hols have started and we have been doing nothing , but waiting for them! Gauri can't contain the excitement and he keeps asking me every five minutes - “Amma, how many more hours?” 

Afternoon, when everyone out here was blessed with a lovely slumber, I was awake – of course noon-nap is never in my schedule! I kept browsing through the old pics, which is one thing I always like! I found a few  from their previous visits! I simply love these pics, these can always help leave a smile within! Putting up those......

The Best Combo!
Cenci Times

Pappu's Bday @Pondy
One Fav Pic!
Singing Phoolom ka Tarom Ka Sabka Kehna hei.....for Kalyani on her B'day!
Punch line....This song is for you my dear Kalyani...

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Uninvited they turn up, 

But, reluctant to go away! 

Drifting away from them, 

Is the most difficult task! 

Save them, 

They make you over! 

Like them, 

They embrace you! 

Love them, 

They cuddle you! 

Thoughts are that which make you, 

Save them, like them, love them, hug them, 

A colorful life would be bestowed with! 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Flashback Mode!

We have entered that phase at school when things get busy by the day. The Exhibition is almost at the doorsteps and I guess we too are almost ready for it! Preps are going on as per the plan, kids too are really into it. 

Much to my relief, I have done with all the ten bundles of answer scripts!! But much to my agony, today I got blessed with another Grade X bundle! I guess, at least for a while I have to forget about it and go ahead with Shakespeare. 

Today was one day I loved! Exhibition Fever is all around the campus! Much of my time was spent in my fav haunt at school, the senior library! Finishing touches are those which matter for an event like the exhibition and we have been doing only that today!

Though there is a big crowd to help me out with it, I should admit a few facts! At times, especially around this time of the year, though I try very hard not to, mind gets into the Flashback Mode! 

The fun times that ‘Dew Drops’ offered are unforgettable! 

Flavieee, I miss you here! It would have been gr8 to have you around! The Casuarina times are missed! 

‘Daffodils’ is still missed and talked about! 

Hema Miss, you are much missed! Remembering the lovely times we had for Daffodils! 

Rheu, Miru, Arvind, Swa n Sunil, you ppl are missed too! 

Novi, the wall is missed too! I miss him calling me Sunie Miss! I miss his usual queries “Miss, Wats next?” 

Though they are around, I miss my X, for they are busy with their Revision Eggjamz! 

And Vaibhavi, you are gonna be missed on 20th!!!!!!!!! How could we expect an event without the poetess? 

Anyway, I am trying to shake away this “miss mode”! Better to dwell on to something that is ready to offer beauty to the eyes and peace to the mind! I don’t wish to ask for more! I guess it will be showered soon!

Yeah! Purple Times are ahead! And of course, Celebration is in the Air!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

When the Quill is stuck!

I had a huge block in getting into the blog last week. In fact, I didn’t even think of making a post. I could not get into that frame of mind at all! 

Today too, there is nothing that can be penned, but I wanted to post something. When there is nothing, only recipes can help! So posting this – Home-made Baby Corn Cheese Soup! Yummo!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Oh! I sooo HATE you!

Eating up so much of my time 

You make me sick! 

I so hate you 

But, you chase me every other day! 

Every trick I try to kick you out 

But, you chase me wherever I go! 

I try to evade you 

But, you come looking for me! 

Why do you bang my thoughts 

When all I wish is to push you out? 

Only You 

Yeah, Only You 

Can provide me 

What I wish for, 

Yeah, your ABSENCE! 

I doubt,

Are you a Hutch Puppy

To follow me where ever I go?

Please do put in mind,

There is no network here,

So, I plead Thee 

Do get out of my sight, YOU! 

My “lovely” Answerscripts! 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Best-Loved Songs....

There is no time that can just be allotted just for songs. Be it kitchen work or some school work, there should always be some background score. It has become a way of life for years now…..Indispensable! 

Gauri and Me had a terrific time with evergreen Hindi songs, today! Earlier he used to ask me, “Amma, why do like only old songs?” But now, he too enjoys them and sings along. It’s amazing to see him picking up the tunes so fast. As I listen to some of the songs umpteen number of times, I guess he was forced to come up with this question – Amma, are these your fav songs? Yeah, a much-awaited question, I wasted no time in listing out!!!!!!!!!!

Sau Saal Pehle ...........
- Jab Pyar Kisise Hota hai - 1961

Aapki Nazrone Samjha 

Kya Hua Tera Wada..... Gauri's favourite too!
Hum kisise kam Nahin -1977

A 'wow' song by Rafi Saab....
Darde Dil Darde Jigar Dil ne....
Karz -1980

Hoton se jhulo tum.....
Premgeet -1981

Ae Mere Ham safar......
Qayamat se qayamat tak.....1988

Is jahan se nahi he tumhari aankein....Rendered beautifully by Nitin Mukesh and lata Jhankar
-King Uncle-1993

Sambhala he Meine ..
Naaraz -1994

Tujhe dekha to ye jana sanam 
- DDLJ-1995

Aaye hu meri zindagi mein tum bahar banke........
-Raja Hindustani -1996

Ek Din Aap u hamko miljayenge....
Yes Boss-1997

Meri Mehboobaa....
Pardes - 1997

Tumse Milna Batein ....
Tera Naam -2003

Kyon ki ithna pyar...
Kyon Ki -2005

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Travelling with the Thoughts...

Many of my students have their own blogs and I am a regular visitor to these. Most of them are excited about making posts and every time they make a post, they ping me to tell they have made one. Even if I am busy, I make it a point to visit them and comment. Some have tech blogs, some on poetry, some on daily happenings, some on photography and it goes on…….I have pasted the links of these blogs on the school blog that I run, so that they get encouraged to come out with more of their ideas. …. 

Well, I am not gonna talk about these blogs and their content here. While these kids who have come up with their blogs are quite confident about what they do or write, there is a group which would really be happy sitting inside the shell! 

Yeah, I am right on that point. Outside academics, when I talk to them, I can make out that most are really interested in coming out, but there is one phobia which is pulling them back into the shell. They are scared to express themselves, just for one reason – what will people think of me after reading what I write!!!!!!!! Or what will be the impression formed about me if I comment? 

My thoughts take a trip this way! These thoughts had been niggling up in my mind for a while, and now I put it down here.........

Why should one hold back himself /herself from expressing his/her thoughts, especially when there is nothing wrong in it? Or even if there is a negative comment or criticism, why should one get perturbed and lose his sleep over it? People have their own preconceived notions and no matter what happens, they will never change. They have a general habit of slotting in brackets for every other person they spot. Calm seas will never make a good sailor and that explains it all. Sometimes in life, you ought to face violent seas to makes yourself a good sailor!!!! 

Expressing oneself is very important to lead a peaceful life. There is no point in depositing everything in mind and then struggling with it. Over a period of time, you tend to lose yourself and you will end up with a lot of regrets in future. I guess the present generation has a better say in matters that concern them and so they should be able to come out of these shells to make their lives beautiful instead of alienating themselves. I feel we aren’t here to hold on to pain and hurt, after all, it is a beautiful world. ‘Miserable’ isn’t the word you would be looking forward to, let it be ‘blest’! May be, at least a few who read this will get a drift of what is said! If so, I am delighted! 

Can’t really understand, how I came up with such a ‘somber’ post! I wonder if it has something to do with my time with Shakespeare, the ultimate philosopher!!!! 

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Not bad, Sunie! 

Just patting myself for the amount of work I have completed this week. 

It is only Thursday and I am almost done with the things in my to-do-list for the week, despite a few unexpected outings! Usually when I get into such a work mode, there is not a zilch that can stop me, and it has happened again! This week had seen me going deep into the Shakespearean Era and bringing its treasures. The 90s had seen me there, but then I had put it into the back burner, for a while!

Initially I wasn’t really sure, if it will interest the kids, but just one session with them shooed away all my doubts. Now, after having worked on it for almost a fortnight, I can see that it is turning out to be really intriguing for the kids. Old times are gonna be recreated, and the best part is that the characters from that Era are gonna come alive here! Last year, if it were the angels who pulled the crowd, this year it is gonna be the witches and witchcraft. No doubt, given a chance, I would have volunteered to do one of those, bringing back some wonderful memories from my UC days!!!!! I have always loved the witches than the fairies, for they don’t put up an appearance!!!!!!!

What else has been happening? Songs and Songs only! I guess I derived a lot of energy from these. B/w, after a long time I got fascinated by a mallu song - Aatumanal fav ppl like has become  a fam fav! Most of the time, it is the tune on the lips.....

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hubby's Special..

Salads are a hot favourite at home. 

Tried out a new one today - Cottage Cheese Coconut Veg Salad! 

- Purple cabbage, Coconut, Beans, Carrot,
Cottage Cheese, Toamto, Capsicum, Lemon Extract, Salt!
Syamalu  n Lechus - try it out soon!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Missed it!

I always say, Pondy is the best – but at times, I feel, it is a pain living far away from your folks. It makes me feel a bit down when I think I was not able to make it to Aavani’s Choroonu! Everyone else was there and I could feel their excitement from the way they spoke over phone! Every time I tried to shift my thoughts from it, my mind flew to her....... Hmmmm…… Missing you cutie pie!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Unposted Letter

Books are always a fascination, but this was falling in love. May be, I can go to the extend of saying falling in love at the first sight. I don’t go by looks, but this was something more than that. When the first acquaintance can create so much impact, you certainly can’t help falling in love. Yeah, I instantly realized that I have to hold it tight to me. 

Frozen Thoughts, till date, is the best magazine I have come across in all these years. Now renamed as Infinithoughts, it can even be called a life-changing magazine, for it gives you answers for all your thoughts. Every article in it is a solution to some problem or other. Being a teacher, I find it very useful with students too. 

What made me think of a post on FT, is a gift from a very special person today. “Unposted Letter” – a compilation of the articles by the Voice of Love/ Rangarajan is sure a gift for life. This may be the only book that I read through, at a stretch without taking my eyes off! I just drowned into it! The book itself appears to you as person with a beautiful smile talking to you with soft, kind words! Can’t find words to express the feel! A must-read book for adults and kids of this era! Get hold of a copy if you can and for Rosebuddies, it would be available in the senior library from Monday! 

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Lovely Visit

Just yesterday, we had talked about her and today she was here. She came around 3, I was in XI, with my students. 

Did I notice this? 

Was she all flared up? 

Was she a bit furious? 

Was she yelling at us? 

She came like a whirlwind, but in no time calmed down! 

Realizing her folly, she smirked at us, she made us feel bright, fresh and cool. She hanged about with us for some time, and then bade good bye. Though we parted, she left us a different feel. All I can say is – she gushed in, illuminated and boosted our spirits and then left in a jiffy! Her visit wasn’t really anticipated, for she hadn’t given any clue! 

Yeah, it rained in Pondy today. Thanks to her lovely visit, I can’t but thank her for the cool, soothing effect that she showered on me! Looking forward to her visit again……….. I have started liking her presence! 

Blogging has become a routine. It has become one of the most pleasurable pastimes now. Whenever I get a small thinking space, I ruminate on what I should blog. When I pry into the corridors of my mind, I find that I prefer writing about the little things from daily life. Aren’t these little things that make our journey pleasant and worthwhile? Don’t they shift us to a totally different plane? 

I dedicate this post to you Hemhs! But for your query today, I would not have thought about a post on RAINS!

The Campus looked plush after the rains today!
A soggy looking Gazebo!
Anbu sir was happy to pose!
The sun smiling through the foliage, after the rains!

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Finally, I have come up with a name .....

Thought the b/w mode will go well with the Shakespearean Era....

Preps are in full swing.....

Location chosen .........

Materials bought.........

Work allotted........

Charts prepared............

Color code decided..........

Costumes announced.............

Flex ordered................

Students chosen.........

Kids are excited.............

Me too excited!!!!!!!

Watching out for a gr8 show!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mallu Sari Rocks!

Come October, I am gone!!!!! Revision Exams for Grade X and XII, Midterm Exams for the other grades and the Grand Finale with the English Exhibition! Ohhhh…. gonna be hectic right through….obviously a lot to complete – question papers, research for exhibition, organizing with the kids and lot more….yet I am sitting in the blog dome! Hey, ought to applaud me! 

Into the day’s post now……. 

Like a pendulum, I changed sides before coming up with this post! No doubt, it is pretty silly to write about saris here. I have never done it, I had never planned one too. Yet, it surprises me how I have gone in for a post on saris! Perhaps I should be proving that women are always the same, but NO! It isn’t a post on my love for saris………. 

You may ask, what is there to write so much about a sari? No, it is not just a sarI, it is the Mallu sari! Like Mallus, Mallu Sari also rocks and I experienced it. Yeah, it tells me that it is too difficult to hold yourself from falling in love with the Mallu sari! 

In the Indian context, sari is supposed to be the most appreciated, elegant and the most beautiful clothing a woman can wear. It gives a special look to the wearer. But at work, most of us don’t prefer it at all – the reasons are many, different to different people. Most teachers in our school have their own reasons to be happy about one thing out there. I bet you are wondering what it is! Yeah, our school doesn’t really have any strict rule on uniform or they don’t even stress on the teachers wearing sari. We go in about kurtis and salwars. I guess the introduction has turned out to a bit long! 

Okie, getting to the point here! 

I remember wearing the traditional Kerala set-mundu, for the Onam celebrations at school, the very first year I joined this school. I also remember ppl pulling my legs for wearing it, as it was all new to them. They had never seen a two-piece sari!!! , I was flooded with requests to buy a few of those by my colleagues who were fascinated by the Mallu sari. This is what I dredge up from the first year. 

But, what made me make this post was some ‘out-of-the-blue’ requests this year. 

Listen to this! 

This year too, I had worn it a coupla times to school and then started the pouring in of requests! Few of my colleagues came up first! 

One fine day, an aayah approached me, “Miss, neenge ennekku orookku poringe?” I wondered why she was enquiring it. Very shyly, she said, “ Mudinjal neenge varunbothu enakkoru kerala sari vangi varuveengala?” I agreed. That was done with there! 

A fortnight ago, when I was almost ready to pack my bags for Lekshmi’s marriage, I received orders for at least 6-7 saris. I assured to bring them all. I enjoy shopping, so it is a pleasure. 

That was also over! 

I guess, it is this last request that made me think of a post on sari. I was just astounded, when my autowalah asked me, “Madam, neenge ooruku poreinnu kelvi pettein, Veetkarrikku randu Kerala sari vangi varuveengala?? Neenge kettara mathiriye pothum!!” 

Was a there a smile on my face then? I nodded in affirmation! 

Hey Hey, Mallu Sari Rocks! Who would not get bowled over by its ethnic look!!!!!!! 

B/w, Excuse me for my wonderful Tamil, you all…… 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

William Shakespeare
The Bard of Avon
The greatest playwright of all times

Just a coupla days ago I said, I am turning out to be an addicted blogger. Hmmm… when I sit on my best-loved seat, I am unable to get any fodder for a post. Yet, I hope to make one. 

The exam season has started. Probably, the only thing I can look forward to on the creative segment this year is the “English Exhibition”. This inevitably triggers a memory recall – Dew Drops-2010 and Daffodils -2011. So, what would be the English Exhibition called this year? It is quite surprising that I haven’t finalized on a name! 

My heart springs up for sure, when I think such an event, yet I haven’t named it- that’s is Quuuuuaiiiiinnnnnntttttttt! Though I haven’t really zeroed in on a name, I have settled on the theme. 

If you are a student of English literature, the Bard of Avon can always be close to your heart. Teaching Shakespeare is pure pleasure, but sadly I have not been fortunate enough to get much chance. Usually, the higher graders have it on their supplementary readers, but that is not really the real Shakespeare, but just abridged and rewritten versions. 

ICSE offers ‘As you like it’ and ‘Macbeth’, but we have opted Modern Drama. So that is to say, I have missed this wonderful opportunity of teaching it. So to make up for this, I made up my mind to delve into the Shakepsearean World and bring him closer to my lovely students. This way, I plan to salute this great literary genius of all times! English Exhibition-2012  is gonna be Shakespeare and only Shakespeare. Hope it would turn out to be a good one with the students! 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Realization Dawns - Better late than never!

Despite being super-busy with the usual Sunday schedule of cooking, cleaning, mopping, ironing, chopping, shopping, and listening to my favorite songs,  I thought I should blog today. I never had any plans for a post today, but the desire was too much! Let me ask myself - am I becoming an addicted blogger? When I say so much, you may think I have had some dream like Coleridge who poured out ‘Kubla Khan’, when he woke up from it!! If you thought so, you are grossly mistaken! 

Read on to find out!

Sometime back, I got an eBook to be edited. When editing was in progress, I came across a chapter where the writer had listed “What I realized about life in my 40-year old life”. I read it, but didn’t give it much thought then, but today, it sprung back into my mind. Enthused by that article, I tried putting down a few things I have realized about life! But before I share my views/ observations, let me make it clear, these are just my thoughts, inspired by life experiences! Any resemblance with anyone or anything is purely coincidental!!! A Caution, a Disclaimer! 

- Retrospection happens at many points in life, if you are a person who thinks “the past was glorious”. There is a well-known quote on nostalgia – “Nostalgia is almost like a grammar lesson – it finds the present tense and past perfect”. Whoever had quoted it has beautifully connected it to the ‘tenses in English’! Most of us believe this, but eventually we are sure to find ourselves wrong! What usually happens is that when we dwell in the glorious ‘past’, we neglect the splendor of the ‘present’! 

- The most dominant thought patterns in us decide who we are. So we have to simply put together the most fruitful/efficient thought patterns! Or else, you stand every chance to dash into a depression mode. 

- Enthusiasm is everything. You need to tell yourself that you are excited to go on with your journey.

- Only if you think you can, you will be able to do something. That’s absolutely true. But, you also have to put your heart and soul into it, if you wanna achieve something. 

- The first step to finding a solution to a problem is accepting that a problem exists. Many of us don’t do it and move on believing that there isn’t really any problem. We usually take it for granted.

- I go with Frost here – Whatever happens, life will go on, but you need to put in special efforts to make it charming. 

- It has been rightly said that Happiness lies with the small things in life, but if your happiness depends on someone or something, then you have to get ready to be hurt. Hence, you have to discover your own ways to be happy! If you don’t define your own happiness, no one else will do it for you. 

- You can never chase affection, attention, care or love. All these have to be given/received freely, or else, it is not worth it. 

- People will never be able to comprehend what we feel, unless they experience the same in their own lives.

- Ego fetches nothing but disasters in life. Ego can only shrink the scope for betterment. Ego makes you argue with people, who are more important to you than an argument. Shedding ego is a must for maintaining excellent relationships. 

- There is no point in explaining to/convincing people who can’t understand what you say! Find out if they are able to get what you say, if they are, then go ahead with it, if not, stop it then and there, or else you will end up being called a crack/ nut/ stupid!!! Beware! 

- No situation can be ideal.

- There is no point in believing that things would come to you, instead pursue it.

- We have no right to blame anyone for anything. It is better not be judgemental. They have their own ways to go about. 

- Some things are true, even if you don't see or believe it.We need to develop special eyes and ears to whatever is unseen and unheard to us!

- Avoid intrusion, interference, invasion into other people’s life!

- This is from the point of view of the teacher in me - "Marks" are not everything in life, there is much more for students to learn for their future life. Values have to be inculcated from the younger days, or else they risk themselves.

- Nothing else in life is as important and as satisfying as our peace of mind!

OMG – Have I written so many? I will stop with this last one, let it be little on a lighter tone. I am a great fan of Kahlil Gibran Quotes – but here I am trying to modify one of his most famous quotes.

Gibran says:- If you love something, let it go. If it was yours, it will come back to you, or else it was not yours!
I say: If you love something, let it go. If it was yours, it will come back. Once it comes back, if it starts eating up your time, and makes you happy, hold it tight, or else it will go again! Lol!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Wholesome Experience

Years back, when my maternal uncle chose to name his daughter “Aami”, I wondered what that meant. Later, I came to know that it was the pet name of the legendary, iconoclastic bilingual writer Madhavikutty alias Kamaladas! He is an ardent fan and hence the choice.

I too am a passionate reader! While I am into the world of English literature, and teach English, most would assume I enjoy only classics. There was a time in my life when I really desired to take up my main subject as Malayalam. But for various reasons, I had to leave behind the idea. Just like the many things that I have allowed to let go in life, I had to give up this passion too. But, my love for Malayalam Literature has never faded. 

Of late, I find myself glued to malayalm books, and one writer whom I would like to read and reread is Madhavikutty. I got acquainted with her books and poems while doing my PG. Later, I got to meet her when she came to UC, as a special guest for the English Day hosted by the English Department. Clad in a simple jet black saree, she just took the audience with her with elegance and speech. I still remember the way she spoke, just like an innocent kid. 

She was quite good with histrionics (or generally what we call as histrionics?????) A lot is being talked about  her works. Many people consider her a maniac, for she has written very openly about love and lust! But I feel, if you read her books in the real sense that you should, you can never look at her with those eyes. People who can’t really comprehend her are the ones who are hypocritical. She was an eternal lover, a feminist in the typical mould, and a very independent soul who was hungry for love. Her autobiography "Ente Katha - My Story" was almost a shock to most critics, and she was labelled a rebellious and unconventional writer! 

Loved the time with it!
Any time, would love to read again!
For me, she can be loved in all the ways, for her works have always made me believe I have at least some broken fragments from her! Most of her works are autobiographical, but the one which I took up to read now, “Neermathalam Pootha Kalam” is not just her story. I loved every single minute that I spent with her, for it gave me the feeling of listening to it, directly from her with all her passion. This was one book which I missed reading earlier, and so was very happy to find it on my ammavan’s bookshelf, this time when I visited him. No melodrama, and nothing extraordinary, just mundane life. It is just the plain diary of the young Aami. I confess, there were many points where I felt I was Aami. Neermathalam gave me a feel of journeying with Aami. 

If you are a Mallu , you owe this read to yourself. It is surely a wholesome experience! 

Well, my resolution of being more regular on the blog has really found some success. I love the time I spend here,  but now, I am not sure if I would be hibernating for a while. Exams are getting started next week and I would surely be thrown to my cozy seat with a bundle every other day! I just hate this period, for evaluation is really boring, still I have to do it with a great deal of concentration! 

Whatever be the case, I have to grow to love those sessions! Let me try looking forward to it.....