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Priya belonged to a middle-class Indian family, well-educated and married off by her parents to a textbook "well-settled" boy in the land of dreams USA. Thanks to rules, she couldn't find herself a job, so she learnt the ropes of being a home-maker. Day in and day out, she cooked, cleaned and tended to the house. That was 4 years ago, but even today things were no different. Childless, "corporate" jobless and tired with the burden of housework. Although they went for frequent vacations to nearby states and countries, things weren't all that great between her and Vikram.

And then, Vikram changed jobs, he got into one and he had to travel a lot to UK as a part of the new job. Now she had even more time on hand! What would she do, apart from housework, meeting friends, the very few that she had. All alone in the whole house, she started watching some movies on the Internet. She started off with Telugu (her mother tongue) and then moved to Hindi. She was not v…
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Go green.. how we reduce, reuse and recycle

Hoarding - I do that a lot, sometimes I feel my mum is a hoarder too. She does throw away bad "chi" - unwanted stuff from home on and off, but she does hoard a bit.

Now what does she hoard - sarees! Yes, she has got quite a number of them, she recycles a lot. Believe me, you will be amazed.

She would take the faded, older plain sarees to her friend - she does block printing on those sarees. Tadaa now you have absolutely new patterns and a new saree that cost her very less!

Now what about those cotton sarees that get faded and need maintenance - there's a tip for this as well. If it is a cotton saree that's not torn but just unwearable, try not to dump it in the dustbin. It only adds to the landfill.

Now what my mum does is - she reuses these cotton sarees as lining cloth for new clothes that we stitch. This saves you money, you know the fabric, the colour wont run on to your new clothes and you dont need to prewash the lining cloth. All advantages in one. You are do…

A letter to JK Rowling from a mother - Pottermania!

Dear J K Rowling,

I write this to you as a mother of a 7 year old girl. I introduced one of my favourite series, well it is an unwritten fact that almost every household in this world knows who a Muggle is and we pretend to not be one. So I introduced her to the fascinating world of magic through the first instalment in the HP series - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone when she was around 6 years of age.

Well, needless to say, the magic worked and guess what she is hooked! So since she is still little to understand life's philosophies and tragedies, I made her stop at Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Oh well, she did continue to watch the rest of the series, she still can't read so fluently and understand everything so the movies help.

Now she went one step further after this - she recently started keyboard lessons and that Eureka! moment struck her. She pestered me to find the notes for Hedwig's theme, the background score for the movie (for those that…

Why I enjoyed watching Vaalu...

Ah, after watching this one movie, my hands were itching to type out this post... This one had to be written...
This movie has been in the making for quite a long time, and after seeing the trailers and emotional appeal by Simbu on tv, we had to watch it in the theatre!
The hero Simbu, had given an interview which was telecast the previous day (15th Aug) on television and had said that fans can get to see what they expect him to deliver - pure entertainment.
And that was what we got- whole 3 hours of sheer entertainment - there was no logic, nothing practical in the story - it is the usual run of the mill - boy loves girl, tries to woo her, bashes baddies story - but this one had SIMBU written all over. Right from the word go, it is an out and out comedy, action movie with some romance, awesome dance moves, some nice locations - yes they shot around my area in chennai... was very happy to see some annanagar locations on screen haha...
Now why did I have to write this post - why did I…

Utama Villain - take a bow sir!

After a really long time, I come back here to my first blog and make an entry back to the world of blogging - all types. I recently started a travel blog and am very happy with what I am doing. I just thought why not start penning my thoughts on topics that I feel are close to my heart...

Last week, the much anticipated movie Utama Villain starring Kamal Hassan was released and we booked tickets for the movie at a cinema just about a km away from home. Awesome ambience, and popcorn in hand, we went in. I had no idea about the movie except something about a movie in the film as mentioned by a friend. I had been wanting to watch this one ever since the trailer was out - mainly for reasons such as 1. The man himself 2. Theyyam - an art form popular in Kerala and 3. Subbu Arumugam, the Villu paatu hero

Now you might be wondering what all this means. Yes,  I do appreciate Kamal Hassan's movies, they are different and they bring to you something that you might be knowing but bringing b…

Ratatouille and me!

Well, well... I recently got loads of positive comments (and a few negative ones) for my cooking skills... For a person who had barely cooked before getting married, maybe on a very few occasions, words like yummy, delicious were totally out of the dictionary (especially if you are on the receiving end). Now why am I writng this blog now - well, i just remembered my inspiration as I was really pleased with my cooking yesterday - made a good dinner for 5 people all by myself after a loooong time! Around the time I was getting ready to be married, a Disney movie was telecast on TV, it was called Ratatouille. A very well made animation film and very inspiring indeed. The words spoken by Chef Gusteau’s ghost still echoes in my ears… he even had written a book titled “Anyone can cook”… arey.. when a rat can cook so well why cant I? Plus I saw another cookery show on Discovery Travel and Living channel, a chef takes up a challenge to train someone who can barely cook, someone who is a disa…

A TALE OF 2 CITIES

Twenty-two years in a protected environment, in the warm and cozy shelter of my home in Chennai and then a shift of base to Bangalore, because I landed a job there… My first job and the first time I stepped out of my home, to live all by myself, away from Appa and Amma…
It’s more than a year now, since I stepped onto this nice city called Bangalore... how I hated the city during the initial days of my stay, and now, I have actually grown to like it... Although, I don’t admire it as much.... C’mon yaar, it happens... home is where the heart is... even today, if u ask me, I will definitely say I like my “hometown” is a better place than this “adopted” city.
My hometown, or rather the city where my home is - Chennai, naah I don’t like this name, reminds me of yam (the vegetable is referred to a similar sounding name in my mother-tongue) Ha-ha... I prefer calling it Madras, sounds very "princely" to me... after all it was called the Madras Presidency... hai na?? And of course ther…