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Beautiful people

Why did we go to india.. many have asked that question.

My grandparents (mothers father and mother) got married! In the south indian brahmin community, when the man turns 60 and 80 the couple get married all over again. This is similar to people in the west renewing their wedding wows after 50 years of marriage. The kids arrange the whole ceremony, an entire two day ceremony, just like a regular wedding.

My grandfather and grandmother got married when she was 6 and he was 11. That is how it was arranged in those days. She had just had her hair shaved off (SineadO Connor style) and story goes that he refused to marry her. Only after he was promised his favourite snacks, did he agree ! They went on to live with their respective folks till my grandmother became a woman , meeting only during religious functions. My mother was born when my grandma was 15. Here is the first ever photograph of the couple (my mom is the kid with the ballon)

Here is a picture of them getting married again,
same three people in this picture.. the difference ?

59 1/2 years of time passing by.

beautiful ? ain't it ?

- happy grandkid.


Raising Miss USA

Sunday Morning and we are still not fully awake. Our daughter is singing

happy birthday merry cow
happy birthday merry cow

and then says

"merry cow has happy birthday too !"

One of my technical instructors at work (an american born and raised in Ukraine) once said "guys, I dont just talk with an accent, I also listen with one !".

We were listening to our daughter with an indian accent. Finally my wife figured out that our daughter was singing ...

"happy birthday to A-meri-ca "

"america has a happy birthday too"

Guess they had taught her the song the week before at daycare for 4th of July and she decided to unleash this one on us this weekend..

Man! We got to learn that accent now !


Too much "Anniyan" at home ?

We came to the living room in the morning and were shocked ! Our daughter who had been playing there the previous night had left barbie in this position.

I told my wife, "barbie garuda puranaththin padi Dhandikkappattal " . This was a lesson for us, not to expose an impressionable kid to "garuda puranam" ...


ps. if you are not a tamil movie buff , you wont find this post amusing. Sorry !


Insulting your audience

Went to the indian grocery store today. Asked the owner for the latest tamil movies. She said "anniyan" and "ullam ketkume" are the new releases in tamil but only "anniyan" was available. We had seen this movie already. I made the mistake of asking her if any other recent tamil releases are there. She gave us "azhaganavale".

I am sincerely hoping Balaji views this movie and writes a review (we will leave review writing to the Pro). We watched the movie is 40 minutes flat and at several points in the movie burst out laughing. But the laughs werent for the comic scenes.

To all tamil movie reviewers out there, we have a message. If you are in a foul mood after watching a really bad movie, please watch "azhaganavale" and you will instantly feel much better on your previous movie selection.


Dorothy "seththu pochu" ( has died!)

For people without kids in the United States reading this post, Dorothy is a goldfish. She is Sesame Street Fame , Elmo's pet goldfish.

After a lot of demand from our daughter, we decided to buy her a Dorothy. We set up an elaborate aquarium and got some conditioning fish to get the tank ready. My daughter was exposed to the concept of death with the conditioning fish. Later, a beta fish (called "fighter fish" in india) and Dorothy were added to the tank.

Yesterday evening when we came home, my daughter exclaimed "dorothy seththu pochu". Sure enough Dorothy had passed on and was lying at the bottom of the aquarium. In what reminded us of the 2nd Bill Cosby show where he conducts a funeral for his daughters goldfish, we promptly flushed Dorothy after a prayer that she be reborn in our aquarium.

I am sure our prayers will be answered by the local PETCO store !