18 April, 2014

O for Organized way #AtoZChallenge

Organization is important in every phase of our life. But, it needs lot of patience to organize things around us without keeping them as mess. It saves time.. If you always keep your keys at the same place, can't you save one minute of time that you spend on searching it before leaving to office?

An organized home office
I used to be very organized from childhood. I don't remember things easily, so it is impossible for me, if iam not organized. :) 

It's not only about keeping things at the same place always. It is also about making our routine life easier. This influences a lot on our own behavior at work / at home. How many times you got angry and irritated when you can't find something you are searching for? It influences your attitude as well, right? So, this is a pretty quick post delayed by one day, but this word is very important throughout our life. Don't you agree?

Until next time,

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17 April, 2014

N for Naughty Kids #AtoZChallenge

Being a mother of 3 year old kid, i can correlate only naughtiness of kids for letter 'N' :) 


My Son loves crayons. Usually, i stay with him when he does painting. Once, i left him with crayons and was busy in Kitchen and when i cam and saw, he painted floor also with colours along with painting on paper. Iam habituated to all these mess though :) Iam afraid to give sketch pens to him. Since he experiments a lot with sketch pens, obviously his whole hand will have pen colour and you know how difficult it is to wash these from hands :( He also enjoys being at wash basin washing his hands again and again with Dettol hand wash, leaving the water (sigh).

This was one year back. Whenever we go to any restaurant, he will be the center of attraction to the whole restaurant. All excited, he would be speaking loudly, playing with spoon, forks and glasses, almost banging them on the table. Taking out paper napkins, playing with salt and pepper etc are most common. Now he understands how to behave in restaurants, but one year ago, we almost banned going to restaurants. 

So, these naughty stories are many.. My grand mother used to say, " who else will do naughty things other than children?" Ok, agree with this statement. Sometimes, even though naughty, kids are adorable with their innocent minds. Isn't it?

Until next time,

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15 April, 2014

M for Make it on your own #AtoZChallenge

M signifies many important words in our lives. So, it's difficult to stick with one.

Money blah blah..

So, i chose a simple one instead. M for 'Make it on your Own' :)

Did you ever try art/ craft making in childhood. In our school, we used to have a specific class for this. Objective of this class is to make something useful from unnecessary waste. It would be real fun. We also had classes on Japanese craft of paper cutting and making designs in school. We get satisfaction when we make something on our own without buying it. What do you say?

 For every new year, my sister and myself used to prepare greeting cards on our own and used to send to friends and relatives. Process is simple. 

1. Buy a colored chart paper. Preferably, light green/ yellow so that our drawing / painting would be clearly visible and dominating.
2. Cut the chart paper and fold it like a book to look like a greeting card.
3. Draw some lovely simple picture like a mickey mouse or a scenery or cut some painting and paste it or prepare a photo collage or a simple flower filled with small cut papers pasted.
4. Paint with colors. Decorate by sticking glitters/small beads wherever required.
5. Draw boarders with any good design, stick some glitters so that it gives overall good look to the card.
6. Choose a cover, write a personal message wishing friends/ relative with names inside and send them.

Since we studied in a christian missionary school, we had enough Christmas holidays in December to try on all these activities. Of course, there were half yearly exams ready in Jan/ feb to spoil the fun :(

Until next time,

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14 April, 2014

L for Library #AtoZChallenge

L is for nothing else but Library. :)

I started going to library in my school days with my aunty. Initially, i read many story books, later graduated to technical books. But, after i graduated from college, my love for story and cartoon books increased. Did you see 'Adventures of Tintin' in television? Wonderful series, interesting throughout. I used to read these series of books like a craze. Then, started a time, when i used to rent good novels and complete 1 or 2 novels per 15 days and return them, when i was in Chennai. It was such a jolly time, going to Library with friends, selecting books and discussing stories. Iam a good story teller from my college days, so, obviously used to read stories to my roommates. Now, i don't have time for library, except to buy few good books or order online and complete them slowly once in a month or so. 

Even though i love visiting libraries, never thought of maintaining my own personal library at home. Basically, i don't like reading the same book again and again even though how good it is. So, i usually give my books to friends and colleagues after i complete. That's the story about my bond with library.. :)

Until next time,

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K for Kindle, Gadget #AtoZChallenge

This has been in my thoughts from 2 years.. A dilemma whether to buy Kindle or not.. Iam talking about the wonderful gadget which is dedicated to download and read e-books, magazines, newspapers, blogs etc.,
Me, being a book worm, many friends suggested me to buy a Kindle fire. But, every time Iam drawn back on the decision due to may reasons.

a) Usage : Usually, I read books only before sleeping time. So, very less time dedicated to book reading per day. May not make sense to spend for less usage.

b) Less family time : I don't like using gadgets at home, which may reduce family time and affect communication. What do you say? would it be nice if all family members are browsing through phones and gadgets or watching tv instead of talking and sharing a laugh?

c) Other aspects : Kindle can be used by me alone.. other family members may like an Ipad instead so that they can play games and do other internet surfing too.. one dedicated device only for book reading? no majority votes :)

So, this is my decision till today, lets see if it changes in future :)

Until next time,
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11 April, 2014

J for Jack of All trades #AtoZChallenge

The Phrase 'Jack of all trades, Master of none' was in use from 1592. It means, an individual who is competent in many skills, but not necessarily outstanding in any one of them. 

This phrase is used both as positive and negative, because if you are jack of all trades, which is not easy, it's great. But, if you are not mastering anything and having half knowledge it's dangerous, what say?

In my opinion, there is nothing wrong in learning many skills. But, at least mastering one would be good. As a Gemini woman, i try my hands on everything possible, be it painting, writing, dancing, singing, playing instrument, embroidery, cooking etc., I wouldn't say, i mastered Kuchipudi dance, but have put more energy and focus on this art than anything else. These days, A number of skills at once are introduced to children during summer holidays by joining them in summer camps, but they get confused to learn all at one go and lose interest very fast. In case of children, it is always better to introduce arts/ sports one after the other. Also, Parents shouldn't expect them to be experts in those art forms very soon. Art forms like dance, music and painting need lot of practice and more dedicated time over years. They shouldn't be pressurized to learn them fast. 
What's your opinion? Please share in comments.

Until next time,

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10 April, 2014

I for Ilayaraja #AtoZChallenge

When i used my first Sony walkman to listen to this song in Dalapathi, i became fan of Ilayaraja. I was mesmerized listening  to the beats in this song. I feel, this can be included in syllabus of music course to give an example on rythm for students.

There are many melodious songs which are ever green hits by Ilayaraja, which iam not mentioning in this post as everyone knows them. But, will tell you one specialty in his music other than melody and beat. He uses chorus to the best in his songs! Did you notice chorus in his songs ever?

The below song link from you tube is from a Telugu movie 'Sitara'. In this song, you cannot imagine how song might be without the word 'kukkokoo' by S.Janaki . That sound itself is the soul for this song, which is pronounced in different ways throughout. Ilayaraja has experimented a lot with music to give excellent experience for audience. 

So, I is for music maestro Ilayaraja for me :) Do you also agree with me about his music?

Until next time,

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09 April, 2014

H for Halloween #AtoZChallenge

I don't know much about Halloween festival until i visited US. But, the funny and mystic decorations outside homes, trick or treats and Zombie walks intrigue me.

Halloween which is also known as 'All Hallows' eve' is celebrated annually on Oct 31st in many countries. This day is to remember dead people including saints (hallows) and martyrs. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating , attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfiresapple bobbing, visiting haunted house attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films

Trick or treat is customary practice done by children. Children wearing Halloween costumes go to every house and ask a question 'Trick or treat?'. Trick is a threat to do some mischievous thing on the property of house owner. If they chose treat, they offer some candy to the children. 

Sharing a few photos on Halloween decorations i observed when i was in US.

Hope you like these!

Until next time,

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