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No Longer 18

I’m no longer 18. I can feel the difference. After decades of celebrating my 21st birthday, the strain on the bones, tendons, joints, muscles and ligaments is obvious. Every time I submit an ID document or fill in a form, the fact that I’m from the previous century hits me hard. With my bank balance smaller than my slim waist, my retirement seems too close for comfort. So how do I cope with the huge void that is created as my youth creeps away to give way to greyness, baldness and presbyopia.* My friend zips around in a BMW as he takes us to his beach facing holiday apartment. And me?  My trusty Hyundai Xcent is smaller, but has taken…

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Wilted….. Revived

I have a small balcony garden that has made it to my blog on a couple of occasions. Summers in Vellore are harsh and the plants don’t like it since the sn sun shines directly on this side of the building through most of the day. I usually water the plants in the morning before I go to work. However, there are days when I can’t and by evening a couple of them start to wilt and droop. What surprises me is how they revive soon after I water them in the evening! I tried a time-lapse video over an hour or so and you can see how they perk up: Now there are some downsides. By allowing it to…

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Desert Rose

We’ve got a narrow balcony behind our home on the fifth floor. This was my second attempt to grow some plants there – the effort included dropping into a nursery and picking up whatever JJ thought looked good. Pots, some soil, some vermicompost, some accidents and they mostly survived (My previous success rate was 17%). I know one was a rose plant, there were a couple of cacti and the rest were mostly green with one which was a fancy shade of purple.So when a friend dropped in and excitedly said, “Wow you have a desert rose!” She stared at it like it was a pot of gold and said, “This will survive. Water it once a week. Blah blah……

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60 to 120 in 24 hours!

We’d just reached Chennai after the long drive from Trichy and just as we were cleaning up and taking some rest it started. My dad’s tummy suddenly did a flip and he literally collapsed vomiting recurrently probably due to food poisoning. He could not even take any tablets or a sip of water and within an hour his blood pressure crashed to 60 systolic. My father-in-law and I decided to treat him at home and within a few minutes set up an IV line and rushed in some IV fluids and gave him some injections while the others rigged up a make-shift IV stand, etc. The BP improved to 100 systolic and after several hours the vomiting subsided after which…

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Posted in Becky cooking fun general home Trichy

Impress your wife: Lessons 1 and 2

As the best husband in the world I will now run you through a crash course on how to impress your wife in 5 minutes! Follow these steps carefully!Lesson 1:1. Arrive home from work 15 minutes before your wife (The hardest part!)2. Boil some water, add the tea leaves, add some milk and sugar – i.e. make some tea (If you can’t do this step you’re in trouble dude!)3. Look at wedding gifts received and pick out the cute blue tea set with a cute tea pot and cute small cups (Duh…. didnt you get one on your wedding??!!)4. Set it up just in time to hear the doorbell ring.5. Give cute wife warm hug (she needs one after a…

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Barriers!

We finally had our Home Fellowship (aka ‘The Pitstop’) today. I decided to talk about the topic ‘barriers’ and built it around a musical skit I saw on YouTube. Here’s the story:A few days ago one of my friends Jebahar on Orkut had added a video on his profile. At the end of the video, a usual, YouTube showed related videos and a link to a video entitled “Everything by Lifehouse – a skit”. Curious, I opened it and waited patiently till it opened completely. The next 6 minutes blew my mind away and almost brought tears to my eyes. The skit with its simple message so powerfully portrayed touched me so much that I decided to use it at…

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Birthday Baby Becky

Today was Beckys birthday! And that meant a lot of things to try and make it memorable for her (and me!) to be executed by this blog author – me!I simply threw in a standard cocktail – her favorite cake and some snacks (including her favorite Mysore Pak sweet!) and called up the other docs to barge in at 12 MN! That would be a great way to start. So there we were 12 Midnight – Praburam and Rajendran at a movie theater; Arun and Catherine sleeping beyond chance of waking and Gokul and Prakash not responding to SMS/Missed calls. My plans seemed to be ready to vaporise. Finally at 12.15 there was a hushed knock on the door –…

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Letter from Appa – Gods Miracle

Its always very encouraging to get an email about Gods miraculous ways and even better when its from your parents.Appa sent me this email today. Hope it encourages you too!“Dear Children,This morning we went to Indian Immigration department and met the Deputy Director. After verifying the papers he wrote a note to Immigration officer to extend the Visa till 07/09/2008. We got the token and waited for our turn. The officer (a lady) seeing the Deputy Director’s note was upset and said “why you want to extend your visa…there are people waiting for more than 3 years and your approved papers have not yet come from New Delhi”. We just kept quiet. She was arguing with other Immigration officers and…

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Birthday!!!

Am I too old for this??!! Considering the fact that my last few birthdays have been quiet affairs spent alone/at work/on call/writing exams/travelling etc the statistical probability that the latest one would also be another similar one was high. So was it?Nope – statistically speaking a confounder stepped in and that changed the predicted path of the day, whipped it off trajectory and took it soaring to new heights of excitement! Yes – marriage and my pretty wife made today unforgettable!!So what was in store – Seinfeld, Treasure Hunt, a shirt, a surprise birthday cake, a pacifier, fried rice, sausage, french fries….. the list wont stop!It’ll be too difficult to go through the entire day with a blog entry/

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Room with a view!

How romantic and refreshing! The very thought of waking up in the morning or coming back home after a tired days work – and throwing open the bedroom curtains and gaze out of the windows; sipping on a cup of hot coffee with soft music floating down from the speakers. To dream and plan your day, your future and your life. It should‘ve been that way – but one look at the album here which shows the view out of our bedroom window and you’ll understand why the above thoughts are just a figment of my imagination!!Its gut wrenching – the window looks onto a garbage pile across the road and there are usually a set of eager animals feasting…

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