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Happy Dussehra

October 24, 2012

I am wishing a little late in the day, but isn’t the highlight of Dussehra really in the evening when the effigies of Ravana and his brothers are burnt. These days in big cities Dussehra evening celebrations are usually large scale and take place in big maidans. But not too long ago when I stayed in a small town we used to burn smaller Ravanas, put together by children in each colony. So each lane in a colony would sometimes have their own Ravanas made of tree branches, twigs, old clothes and a matka head with markings for eyes and mouth :). What pleasure it was to see them burning bright orange in the evening, sometimes a few crackers would burst from inside the effigy and we would yell in joy.

 

 

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The birthday update

July 25, 2011

So, the birthday came with a bang and was celebrated with much aplomb. The day started at the Dubai Dolphinarium where Cuddles clapped loudly each time the seals and dolphins managed to twirl a ball on their noses and danced and dived into the water.  It was followed by a visit to the church to receive blessings on the blessed day. By then it was noon and we headed home for lunch and to prepare for the evening. We had decorated the house with a banner, bright balloons and  butterflies that hung on ribbons from the ceiling. Cuddles had been away the night before, so he was quite enchanted with all the decor at first. By now, he couldn’t wait to blow the candles and cut his Barney cake. Before it could erupt into a nasty tantrum session, better sense prevailed and Cuddles agreed that birthdays happen in the evening. The last few hours ticked by in hectic preparations in the kitchen and frequent trips to the supermarket with happy notes of Cuddles singing the birthday tune in the background. At first he was the shy boy when guests came in, but, in a short while he was back to being what he is  — a brat — the damages included two spillages of beer cans, cushions on the floor, sitting on the dining table loaded with food, presents opened, inspected and then discarded in full public glare and refusal to eat anything except slices of cucumber. But then whoever said terrible twos and toublesome threes knew what they were saying. The cake was chocolate truffle, the birthday outfit was red check shirt and denim shorts, the main course was Indian. All in all an enjoyable day and a very special one too.

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A Christmas update

December 28, 2009

Each year as we celebrate Christmas it fills me with the joyful realisation that God has once again given me the opportunity to enjoy this special day. This xmas I felt that gratitude even more, days before I could barely get up from bed and I wondered how Xmas would turn out. But my fears were laid to rest as slowly I gained my energy and I was able to spend a wonderful Christmas among my loved ones.

When we stayed in Delhi Christmas was usually spent with friends. We would get rich plum cakes baked from the local bakery and usually have some wine to go with it. There would be friends for lunch or dinner or at both times. The food would usually be north Indian considering my abysmal south Indian culinary skills. But I always missed Christmas at home, gorging on mum’s excellent goodies. Since our shift to UAE last year this wish has been granted and now I am able to enjoy a great Christmas with the entire clan.

On Christmas eve we went to church for night service, listened to carols and had some yummy plum cake and got home by midnight. Cuddles wore a red Santa cap with twinkling lights, which he refused to take off the entire time. He was very happy to stand near the carol singers and was even tapping his foot.

Christmas morning started rather late as we slept till mid morning. We got up to a sumptuous breakfast of appam and egg stew. Lunch is usually a traditional Kerala spread, but that means mum gets over-worked. So, sis and I decided to make things easier for her. The day before we stocked the fridge with several ready to cook goodies. There was Greek salad, assortment of kebabs, mum’s special Chicken biryani and raita, plum pudding with vanilla ice cream, apple cake and carrot cake. Not too lavish, but mum was really breathing easy and we were happy to miss the aveeyal, thoran, meen curry, beef fry routine J for once.

Evening was spent shopping. All in all a quiet-stress-free merry xmas. Here’s a silent prayer to many more xmasy times with my loved ones.