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Love, peace, unity on New Year 2013

28 Dec

My latest article which got published on Huffington Post is about spreading Love, Peace, Unity in coming New Year 2013. The link to it is here.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/purnima-ramakrishnan/spreading-love-peace-and-unity-this-new-year_b_2361990.html

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 FOLKS !!!

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MY PEACE

13 Jul

MY PEACE  
                                  

The following are the 10 things I could associate with my peace . 

  1. Five years ago, I visited Satkol, a small town at base of the Himalayas. It was meant to be a spiritual journey. And no true seeker returns empty handed. Yes, I did inherit vast spiritual treasures; I also felt so at peace amidst the snow clad peaks. It was a wonderful experience to just be in the most serene and tranquillest of all places ever. I have uploaded a pic of the place here. 

    Satkhol

    Satkhol, Himalayas

  2. When I gaze at the sleeping form of my four year old. They say the most peaceful sight is that of a baby sleeping. I think whoever said it, said it true. I can keep watching him sleep for hours and hours together and think of absolutely nothing. It’s really stand still experience.
  3. Laughing with my son while playing his most favorite game – urundi vilayathu (basically translated to roll over game). He and I just roll over each other on the bed with really no rules or scores for the game. I do not know how he came up with the game. But on weekends, we get around to playing this game at least for a dozen times for stretches of half an hour each. It’s basically senseless.
  4. Visiting my childhood home of 25 years. I grew up there. Those rooms, the backyard, the kitchen, the terrace, the compound walls, the bathrooms, the store rooms, the garden, basically even just the air around in that place share so many of my secrets, my joys, my hurt, my fears, my worries, my happiness, my pain, my pleasures, my risks, my treasures, my learning, my loving things and people, my losing things and people, my friendships, my trials, my tribulations, my successes, my failures, my LIFE. Some things in life are always cherished only fondly, can never be traded for anything, never be forgotten and just is, what it is. It can never be explained ever too. My babyhood, my childhood, adolescent life, even the most significant thing in my life till date – entry to motherhood were experienced within those walls. Perhaps, happiness is the word for the feelings I experienced there, but then I am so grateful to God for really those wonderful years of my life. Like Bryan Admas’, Summer of 69, I could also start singing, “Those were the best times in my life”…  Those rooms of my ancestral home know each and every tiny bit of me and myself. Oh well, I will put a full stop to my gushing. This topic deserves a separate post of its own. 
  5. I have this really feel good feeling every time I read the book, “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. His oft quoted words – “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” is so much more powerful and subtle all at the same time than most of the self help books and positive thinking books. I mean, don’t you get this “All is well” feeling when you listen to those words? And I have this immense sense of well being after reading any really good book, even the likes of Hobbit, even though it’s for a younger audience.
  6. Watching the rain from my balcony, getting my palm and feet wet, enjoying the rain with my son, sometimes getting drenched too and giggling crazily 🙂
  7. Yeah, Food. Woman and Man born need to live to be blogging everyday. So after a hearty meal of vathal kuzhambu satham, butter roasted potato curry, Thayir satham and avakai oorugai (Traditional South Indian vegetarian delicacies), one could call life peaceful and fulfilled.
  8. A way to man’s heart is through his stomach. So, the look on my DDH’s face after I serve him with the above mentioned food on a weekend afternoon is definitely a gift from the Gods. I am planning to take up cooking everyday, shortly soon and hopefully I impress him everyday.
  9. A long hot bath after a very hectic day. Nothing like just relaxing in a steamy bath with eyes closed.
  10. Awaiting DDS and/or DDH and when they arrive from wherever they went to, at the expected time and without further delay, the day is definitely blissful.
  11. I did promise only 10 points. But I just could not resist this last one. After I receive at least 10 comments to this blog and every other blog from DDH,  Ram, Yuv, the other Ram, Nar, Vij(she rarely logs her comments, the cons of being her cube mate, she just voices it and gets on), Sha, Mik, Vid, Kar and the rest of the gang 🙂

Funny “bedtime story” incident

12 Jul

We have this habit of speaking of Krishna, the very little boy, who plays pranks and is very naughty and steals butter and curds from neighbors. Oh, yes, the very Lord Krishna. And the toddler just loves Krishna and thinks Krishna is some enigmatic friend of his. So, bedtime stories are usually some stories of the Krishna. And mommy, that is me, has completely exhausted all my resources of Krishna stories and at times have to make up.

So, well, in one such story telling session, I was telling the story of how Krishna’s mom once tied him onto a grinding stone, because she got so tired of all his naughty pranks. And Krishna in all his might and valor pulled the huge grinding and on the path, he encountered 2 trees, close together through which he could pass through, but his grinding stone couldn’t. And in all his might when he pulled, the trees fell down and the grinding stone came through. So, one night after listening to this story, umpteen times, my son asks me, amma, why dint Krishna use a scissor to cut the ropes binding him to the grinding stone? I say, he dint have a scissor with him then. He was in the backyard. And then he says, why dint he call for help, why should he go to all the extent to pulling it? I said no one was around to hear him. Then in all his brilliance he says, amma, but if he had so much of strength and valor, why dint he bite off the ropes connecting him to the stone? Or why dint he snap it off himself? Surely he dint have to tire himself out, right?

In this age of Spiderman and Superman and Jackie Chan, where things and actions happen in a jiffy, I am sure our little kiddo is wondering what’s the big deal with Lord Krishna and the mighty Hanuman spending so much effort and energy on seemingly trivial things. Maybe thats why we have movies like “The return of the Hanuman” and cartoons like “Chota Bheem” in cartoon channels.

Anyways, coming back to our topic at hand, how do I explain the reason and purpose of incidents of the past to our little guy who is bright and intelligent (that’s the proud mommy speaking)? It is not as if our dear Krishna was trying to show off his might. There is a difference between letting people know, showing off and simply doing things the way they are done for a specific reason. OH, of reasons and explanations. But our little guy insists that we should not have to go all the way out of the way to do something which can be done in a far simpler way. If only life were so easy and simple. And our little guy will be full of 3 years old in a month! So, can we as well conclude that babies are far intelligent and mature than us, highly skilled and professional fellaws??!!

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