Friday, October 21, 2005

this is what i feel like today. the hurricane is landing on sunday. will let you know if there is going to be any remnants or debris from what is my life

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

happy sarasvathi pooja!

today is the last day of navrathri, and it is a day in celebration of the goddess sarasvathi, who is the goddess of education, music, the arts and literature. when we were young, my mum would have a pooja in the house, and all of us would arrange our schoolbooks (and story books), my music books and my veenai before the altar , and we would pray for blessings on them (my mum used to sambrani-fy it, but how do you say this in english? what is sambrani in english anyway? incense? must find out...). shall go and do it with gitanjali this year. actually did it last year, but she kept grabbing her books and running away. prob. a tad bit too young then. we've been lighting tea lights everyday for the last eight days for navrathri, and she really enjoys herself. tulsi and sangeetha (her 2 current favourite dolls) join us during prayers and have learned to sit properly and pay attention during prayers (like gitanjali)

i guess this is my philosophy. religion should be fun. traditional customs and festivals should be enjoyed, not endured. now that i too am a parent, i realise that if i screw up the way my child perceives her religion, she will always have a distorted vision of her culture and her personal god.

i guess i have been lucky in the sense that i was never brought up to do something purely because my ancestors had been doing it for umpteen years. my mum believed that if we were doing something, we should understand the reason why we were doing it, so i always grew up in an enlightened environment where even the meanings of bhajan songs were explained to us, and everything about us was logicked to make us understand that although hinduism has a thousand gods, there is only one god, and that god is shared by us all...

for those among you, who don't believe in god, here's a photo to prove you wrong...

Monday, October 03, 2005

i had a nice weekend. went shopping with gitanjali, sham, alysha and suriani (alysha's kakak/maid) and bought some clothes for the kids. then we took them to semua house and all of us had noodles for lunch (almost all of us - sham and suriani had rice). after lunch we went up to sham's mom's place for a toilet break, then headed home. we got home and padma and mahes were waiting outside the front door. gitanjali modeled all her new clothes for them happily then finally went off to sleep cuddling padma. luckily i don't have low self-esteem because otherwise, this tendency of hers to rush off and find happiness in other people would bug me.

anyway after she slept off, mahes went to meet up with a client and padma and i watched a lovely, lovely movie. Spanglish. have you watched it? go watch it now.

by the time the movie finished mahes and ms had come back. mahes came and cooked dinner and we had a home cooked meal for dinner. v. nice.

yesterday we spent the whole day at home. v. nice as well. overall a v. satisfying weekend.