Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Mummy is now fine...

Mummy's surgery took place on May 16. It was longer than expected - 2 hours instead of 45 minutes. More problems were discovered in the operation theatre. However, by grace of God, the procedure went off smoothly.

Priti was undergoing dialysis at the same time in another room on the same floor. Paro, Eugene, Panvi, Piya and I were camping in the common lounge on the same floor as the operation theatre and the dialysis room.

Doctors kept calling me to sign consent for additional procedures. In retrospect it is good that all the problems were discovered and resolved in one shot - but at that moment, it was a bit scary.

Mummy returned home on my birthday, May 19, and gave me a birthday cake...which I cut in her presence (Piya clicked the cake cutting photograph; so she cannot be seen).

The birthday celebrations, that night, were additionally joyful!

Friday, May 8, 2009


There are days when the
clouds move in clusters

There are days when the
clouds move alone

There a days when the
clouds follow the lightening

There are days when the
clouds precede the storm...

Clouds do not themselves
define the darkness

But clouds can clear the way
to a new dawn...

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Every time I hear a beggar cry

I quickly look the other way

Very rarely do I fumble for a coin

And throwing it down, hurry quickly past

Ashamed of my own rashness...

Saturday, April 18, 2009

When monkeys go on a fast - a folk tale from Karnataka, India...

A group of monkeys decided to go on a day's fast to celebrate a religious festival.

“Before we begin, I think we should keep the food with which we’ll break the fast ready,” counselled the old monkey chief.

The monkeys nodded their heads in agreement. The youngsters were sent in search of food. They returned with huge hands of delicious-looking bananas.

“I think each of us should keep our share of bananas with us before we begin our fast, so that we don’t spend time distributing them after we break our fast. You can imagine how hungry we all will be by then!” said the chief minister of the monkey tribe.

The monkeys liked the idea and they all immediately collected their share of the bananas.

“Why don’t we peel one banana and keep it ready to eat? ” said one of the youngsters.

“Yes, let’s do that,” shouted a fat monkey in agreement. Just looking at the bananas was making him hungry.

“All right,” said the monkey chief. “We shall peel the bananas but under no condition should we eat them.”

So the monkeys peeled their bananas and carefully kept them ready for eating in the evening.

“Can I keep the banana in my mouth? I promise not to eat it till evening. Please!” a little monkey asked his father.

“Why don’t we all put a banana in our mouth? That way we can chew it immediately when we break the fast,” said his father, who had agreed to go on the fast only because his wife had not given him a choice. “As long as we don’t eat it, it should be fine,” he added.

So, the monkeys put the bananas in their mouths. One by one they eyed each other uncomfortably as they began their fast — and as you can imagine, within no time at all, the bananas disappeared down their gullets. And that was the end of their fast!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wishing you a very happy Holi...

Best wishes on the occasion of the Festival of Colours. Have a great day!