Vacation Diary: Day Two

Towel Art:

The Marriott at Kochi really is living up to its name of customer delight. Barring the food and service, they leave you delightful little animals made with towels when they clean your room.

Another young man named Pintu, quite like yesterday’s Rinse the chef, is the creator of these animals. He has a smiling countenance and even went the extra step fashioning a tail out of tissue paper for the brat when he was told that his towel elephant was lacking one πŸ™‚

Two thumbs up for creativity!

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A Chef Named Rinse…

I kid you not! I’ve met quite a few people with interesting names but this guy was something else!

A young man who is a chef at the Marriott in Kochi, specializing in salads. And he totally knocked out of the park a lovely fresh raw papaya and mango salad!

I was unfortunate to have eaten a sad, sad version of a Thai papaya salad at an eatery a while back. It made me all blah. Stuff you like to eat getting tweaked till it no longer has the essence of what it’s supposed to be like; is just messed up.

But the salad I had for lunch after a mini-swim was really the right note to strike on the first day of the Christmas break. Palate cleanser 101 and full of flavor.

I am joyous.

Amen.

When You Can’t Sleep…

in the middle of the night, you catch up on stuff you’ve recorded on tv for just such a situation.

Red and I’ve been watching The Voice for a couple of weeks now. We usually end up watching movies or sitcoms and usually avoid the singing and dancing competitions but while surfing channels on a Saturday some time back, we heard some utterly beautiful voices singing and we were hooked!

Some of the things they sang were known to us and some we had to look up on Youtube to hear the original but The Voice had become a weekend staple by then.

When this guy won the 9th season of the show it was no surprise to anyone! His voice is clear, rich and powerful and he can do crazy things with it. Not Freddie Mercury tonal range crazy but the kind of stuff that wows you when you realize that he’s just 22 years old!

I’d conked off extra early yesterday putting the offspring to bed but when my mandatory 6 hours of sleep were up I got up restless and started prowling around the house. And you can count sheep only for so long without thinking lamb chops and becoming hungry in the bargain so I opted for entertainment instead.

Hearing good music is a liberating experience in itself. Whether you can appreciate the technicality of a song, the chords or tone; just the sheer feeling evoked when a person’s voice seems to travel right down your body and spark an indescribable feeling of joy and contentment. It’s almost like being in a rapture.

As a person who’s a second-rate shower singer on her best day, it’s fabulous listening to voices belt out notes which capture my attention and make me think, “Oh my god…someone can actually DO this! Someone is actually capable of bringing out this kind of a sound from within themselves. Damn!” Some of them get looped in my head and I keep humming them till the brat says enough and takes me though the painful-pleasure of listening to his perpetually-looped musical choices.

But getting back to The Voice and Jordan Smith and his scrumptious coach, Adam Levine, it was well worth not getting back to bed because that boy can sing and how! And when someone that good gets that perfectly-well deserved award it’s entirely like the icing on a particularly good cake.

And while his parents cried into Adam’s jacket and the other contestants thought about what could have been for them, Jordan belted out a line of Climb Every Mountain (kinda cliched if you ask me)…I had just one thought going on in my head….who’s going to clean all that damn confetti off the stage?!

Good night and good morrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloglet: From Highs to Lows

It’s my personal view point that very few things have the kind of power to reduce us to feeling tiny and insignificant like technology does.

Take this particular case…I got my brand new laptop. Tis pretty. It’s not black but I let it slide. Lovely big screen, faster RAM and more memory for me to store all the delicious little junk I end up storing…like squirrels and acorns…

Anyhoo…it’s all good, we’re bonding and I can’t get the @ sign to work! Instead it ends up giving me the ” sign again and again.

I call my 24/7 tech support aka Red aka The Hubster aka He Who Married And Repented et al spewed forth and finally while typing out this post I “accidentally” found out that the bleeping symbols had been switched on the laptop. They were in their usual spot but the keyboard functions required to get them to do their thang were switched.

For crying out loud! It’s enough to drive a person to commit a crime.

 

2015: A Retrospective

2015 is about to come to a close and yet there were times it seemed to drag itself out unendingly!

Biggest news from our side is that the brat is now in a big kids’ school. He’s only in first grade but he seems to be changing perceptibly in front of our eyes. He’s learning loads, expressing himself more and socializing way more. He’s a year older, more specific in his tastes, choices and behavior as well. He is also acting up a little more; not something we are thrilled about. Of late, during some particularly stern parenting moments, he has packed his bag and threatened to walk out of the house.

While the temptation to laugh out loud at his antics is difficult to tamp down; the fact that his little face gets solemn and he scuttles around dragging his trolley bag full of his favorite things is also something we mull over. Seeing the way our child thinks and expresses himself is always a learning experience for me and Red. Even the parts we aren’t crazy about.Β He’s still quite naive and childlike compared to other kids I see his age but no complains there. Last thing a parent wants is for their babies to grow up before their time.

We took our first holiday abroad as a family this June and loved it! In fact Singapore has become the de facto destination in the offspring’s mind; that’s how much fun it was!

There have been solemn moments too. The incidents that have happened and continue to happen around the world and in my country have given a lot of us pause and certainly given me a lot of food for thought. Whether atrocities and hardship happen on our doorstep or not; it’s a sign of the times we live in. And no one is insulated beyond a point. When my best friend and her family were stuck during the Chennai floods and storms I remember standing on my balcony and thinking that a couple of hundred miles away there were people who literally didn’t know where the next drink of fresh water was going to come from or the next meal. And how unfair it was that they were caught unprepared and terrified beyond comprehension. Really gives you perspective. Not that you should feel guilty for what you have but how you should enjoy and appreciate the stuff you have good, down to the last atom! God knows when the tide turns. But moving on…

The year has been interesting too. Good songs,good food, movies (good and bad), memorable times spent with family and friends, less than good times have also cropped up but what’re you gonna do? Shit happens. You learn to skirt around the shit in the future. Read this to for more funny shit (‘cuuuse the pun)

While we wait for December to end on a funky note, we are geared up for another family holiday with my folks and plans for more getaways are already being made for 2016. God knows if they’ll materialize ultimately but the fun part is in the planning.

Knowing me, I might not blog till the new year or just have a blogging burst suddenly..so on that wonky note…happy holidays everyone.

Here’s hoping you wake up in 2016 without a heavy head!

 

 

A Bloglet: A Mother Realizes…Yet Again

When you’re sitting in front of a mini monster with curious and wandering hands, make sure you forgo the quilled earrings. It doesn’t take long for little buds to become danglers.

Wear in haste and rue in leisure.

Movie Review- Tamasha

I went and saw Tamasha yesterday. And here’s why I liked it:

  • Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor work. Totally work. Their chemistry is palpable. Helps that Kapoor isn’t an aging Khan and an actual contemporary of the lead actress; playing his own age.
  • Corsica is beautiful. And the fact that they moved away from Capri and Greece is a novelty also.
  • The premise of the movie is always relevant for those who have been raised by overbearing albeit well-intentioned Indian parents.
  • Makes sense because the course of “love” doesn’t always run smooth and neither do people always know what they want in this day and age.
  • Because people do change their minds or it is changed for them so often about crucial things in their lives that they lose touch with who they are.
  • Because we grow up too quickly and childhood remains a dream.
  • Because life is extremely exacting and we aren’t always up to the challenge it throws down.
  • Because we all may have fantasies about that other person we could have (should have) been; in a different time and place.
  • Because getting into a relationship is the easy part. Staying in it, is what becomes tough.
  • Because the line dividing expectation from reality sometimes becomes too firmly etched to be erased or altered.
  • Because it was entertaining and I’m a soppy romantic deep down πŸ™‚