Back then, we didn’t even know how we spelt it. I thought it was Aashik-Q ( ending with a Q) !

..and we hated the lanky hero and his friend. Week after week they made their appearance on Wednesday through Chitrahaar.

..and then I don’t know when and how we started loving the songs.We even had a cassette at home with the iconic cover – see here

And amma was such a strict disciplinarian that when I hummed Hoton ki Zaroorat hain  at home, she didn’t quite like the lines !

Thanks to Aaashiqui 2, I have been playing Aashiqui 1 non stop all day.

The 90’s are unforgettable – thank you Anuradha Paudwal, Gulshan Kumar, Kumar Sanu. You leave me with pleasant memories of school , and of Neyveli and buying those cassettes from Gandhi Bazaar in Basavanagudi

..and Rahul Roy is handsome and not all that lanky and all ! Yes he is handsome ! especially in the songs from Phir Teri Kahaani Yaad aayee

..and it is indeed surprising, that we not only mastered Hindi in a small town such as Neyveli but also got to enjoy songs such as the ones from Aashiqui .I mean, tell me how many Tamilians can even utter a sentence in Hindi !

Often , people are amazed with the Hindi I speak. They say it sounds a lot like the Hindi the North guys speak. They get all the more surprised when I say I am Tamil

…So may be I should thank Bollywood songs for my Shudh Hindi.

Presenting you this , before the son asks for Transh-formers on my laptop . grrr


Its Magic. Its magic

It is  a Monday morning

I summon my son for a bath

He asks back : But where are we going”

My heart skips a beat, and I nonchalantly tell : Its Monday, we all go to school and office !! ( half dreading the Nooooooooooo’s and tantrums )

We reach the bathroom., He refuses a bath. Keeps saying no to school.
I remain calm. Atleast I try to.

I talk of germs on the body etc etc, fully knowing I am fighting a losing battle

But I did brush teeth he says. So no germs ..see !!! he says

…But somehow along the way the tantrums disappear. He has a bath. Is cheerful as I dress him up

On most occasions, I don’t know whom to thank to.

I don’t want to do a “I did this ” I made it happen jig.

It works today, It may not work tomorrow.

..But along the way I have mickeys and spidermans and chota bheems and goofeys that appear on school bags, on tooth pastes and even on under garments to thank for , for making Mondays less maddening

Yes I will call it magic when a child can turn from no-school-today to – see-daddy-I-had-bath-I am-ready mood.

..and I only pray that the same magic remains for formal school – to boring school uniforms  , to school buses and to new teachers

I only hope !!

.. and I seriously cannot thank enough all those cartoon characters that appear in tooth pastes, under garments  and T shirts. THANK YOU !!! .

Now can some one answer why a 3 year old needs to dress up in school uniforms for school????





We had an offsite at work and we had lots of fun playing in water. It was a water theme park , somewhere near the new airport in Bangalore. But  the best-est take away was not the water sports we got to play there, but a game a senior member of the team devised.

So 13 of us in total sat in a circle in a Jacuzzi  The game we played is a popular kiddie game. One person stands and goes around and discreetly drops a hanky behind a person’s back. The person has to then chase the one that dropped the hanky before he occupies the vacant seat

Now this is one simple game when played on the ground. But try playing in water.

Try chasing a friend around a circle in water . The fun doubles – no ! it triples.  And your legs would give up. And your lungs would ache – with your squealing and running around chasing the opponent in water.

..Do it amidst cheers and loud cheering and clapping.

And do try playing when you are in the 30’s

And get back to me and say if you enjoyed this game in water !

Thinking out of the box

A small boy heads back from school to home. He has to cross few maize fields. The sun is setting and he is all alone. Suddenly a giant holds him and declares  he wants to eat the boy. The boy gets into a understanding that the giant should eat his friend’s dog, which the little boy dislikes.

Does the giant get to eat the dog?

How do you think the story ends?


A man is seen enjoying applying lipstick and checking himself out in a mirror. We are shown a lady open the door. What do you think happens next?

Do you do out of the box thinking or are you plain boring and dull like me ?

In the former, even as I was reading the book , I was excited to know how the story ended. The ending had a out of the box thinking

..and the advertisement on TV too .


When the civilian and authorities get together…

An email from the Ugly Indian !


Hi fellow Ugly Indian!

Hope you had a fun fix.
Lots of pictures have been uploaded through yesterday afternoon on Facebook, and the response has been fantastic. Attached are a few Before-After pictures. If you have any pictures to share with us, please send to this email address and we will post on FB.
Some points about the Fix:
1. The impact of the work has been excellent. BBMP sent 1 lorry to clear the garbage yesterday from inside the fields, and they are sending 2 more today. The Executive Engineer has promised to send an earth-mover today to clear up the place too – if you are around in the morning, drop by to see the action. The best way to get the authorities to act is to come out and work quietly.
2. There are a few homes in Kora3B who still dump their garbage here – a few volunteers are going house-to-house to make sure they stop.
3. The kids have started using the newly created space as a playground – creating daily activity is always the best way to keep a place clean..
4. That corner used to be the place where BBMP sweepers dumped garbage every morning and used it as a transit point. Not any more. The pigs and cows found no food here the past 2 days and have moved deeper into the field for their foraging.
In our experience, it will take at least 7 days of daily vigilance and poking about to make a permanent difference.
If you have the time to come by for a little time on any days this week (ideally mornings), please let us know – so you can join the Follow-Up team to ensure this spot stays fixed!

The Ugly Indian Initiative

I was one amongst 20 other citizens of Bangalore that landed on a dump site in Koramangala to do spot fixing as part of the Ugly Indian initiative today.

905267_501248136601113_1766433512_oLook at all that trash ! Unbelievable isn’t it .

DSC_0232We started work at sharp 8 AM and finished by 11 AM. In 3 hours, we dug, collected piles of trash ranging from tooth paste covers , to used sanitary napkins and Durex covers. The stench was  unbearable

And no there wasn’t any anger about what I was touching. What was going through my mind was that napkin could very well be something I used . It made me realize one important question – What happens to the environment and our surroundings when we dispose napkins and condoms? Is there a better way they can be disposed off without being a nuisance to the surroundings and being a health hazard?

At around 10 AM, when the cleaning was complete, we picked huge stones, painted them and drew smiley faces and erected a board that read “Men at work”

DSC_0239I helped clean and repaint the pathway with yellow and black paint

Do you see new plants ? The team had planted them yesterday.

We were served coconut water which was indeed very sweet and refreshing for all that digging and collecting we did .

A midst all that mess and stench, the one that put a smile and a ray of hope is this bright graffiti – signifying HOPE for this city and this country


Right next to this yard is a family that sells cane baskets. The urchin kids looked on and  after about a hour or so helped clean the pathway for us to paint

These guys are homeless and just because we cleaned up the mess, does that mean they will not defecate there  again ?

It would be interesting to see if this plot remains the way we transformed it today

May be this project will have a phase 2. And I hope I can take part in Part 2 too. Me being a working mom to a 3 year old ,  have to think about Charity at  home too 🙂

How do you become a Ugly Indian

A)Like them on facebook.

B) Their upcoming events would then show on your news feed. You write to them showing your interest on the specific project

C) There you go ! they send back a email with their do’s and don’ts.

D) You fix breakfast and lunch @ home , waking up at 5 :30 AM and dash off by 7 AM  . As simple as that !

You aren’t in Bangalore but want to start one ? Go ahead and start one in your city. All you need is ideas and a facebook page – says the Team Leader !