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Full Circle!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I grew up in Chandigarh----but my mother hailed from Bombay as it was then----she was a total Bombayite!!!All through my growing years I heard about how "one could do anything in just 24 hours---arrange a marriage with all the trimmings-----get clothes custom made in just 8-10 hours" and what not---Bombay was the place to be!!!Specially the eating out options were innumerable-----all hours of the day or night--Bombay was a city that never sleeps--even then!!!
I grew up on home cooking---healthy Food habits began early---besides I was taught never to waste any Food on my plate--"waste not,want not"---was the Maxim.The Air surrounding us then was unpolluted and crystal clear----besides we lived simple lives---"Early to bed,Early to rise---Makes a man Healthy,Wealthy and Wise" as my father used to say.As a result of this I grew up thin and wiry but very strong and healthy with great physical strength and stamina.Restaurant Food became a part of my life after my marriage-----Chandigarh had very few Restaurants those days---barely 3-4 in all.My children loved that Food and though I cooked at home during the week,weekends always followed the " eating out" pattern!!!
Today I realise what damage the "Eating Out"culture has done to our bodies---unaware of things like excess Sodium,Saturated Fats we indulged our taste buds without any knowledge of what we were doing to ourselves.Unrestricted use of both Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils and MSG has been the bane of my generation as well as Hybrid varieties ofCereals, Vegetables and Fruits.The Chemical Fertilizers used and the Pesticides may have ensured bumper Crops but badly scarred the Nutrition in the Foods available to us.We abused the Earth's generosity badly and are paying the price for it today.
Today our Grand children have to learn to eat the right Food,Organic Farming is coming back--trying to improve the Nutritive Value of Food Grains,Vegetables and Fruits and the Restaurant Culture is slowly waking up to the need of proper Nutrition----more people are becoming aware of their basic needs and necessities!!!We are trying to retrace our steps-----The Circle is complete!!!!

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RAGGARWALAX 7/26/2010 3:46PM

    I totally agree with your comments. The more we go back to the basics, the better off our bodies will be!


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MESSENE 7/23/2010 6:36PM

    emoticonon cutting of MSG and bad oils. I get very sick with MSG, last time I had some MSG hidden in Koren Dumpling I ended up with a swollen eyes, the next day was worse. I had muscle aches, and couldn't eat at all. I cried in pain, and took about 6 hot showers. emoticonLater in the evening I started to feel anxiety, and was lucky to have some Xanax. I felt much better that evening, but took 3 days to recover back to normal.

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REKHAKAKR 7/22/2010 1:53AM

    Very true .... looking at conditions now we have to go back to the food our parents used to have and we grew up on not like we are getting now most of the things infused with Pestisides or GM .

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DRASADAF 7/21/2010 2:51PM

    thats why they say parents are always right and our new generation is too wise...

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BOVEY63 7/21/2010 12:56PM

You are so right.

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SAASHA17 7/21/2010 11:31AM

    I hear ya on that...was just talking to mom about that:)...

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*MADHU* 7/21/2010 9:44AM

    I agree emoticon

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I started Yoga in January this year---could barely keep my butt firmly on the ground,had trouble sitting cross legged on the Floor Mat,each and every muscle and ligament used to make it's presence felt-----my body was truly in such a stiffly pitiable state!!!
Slowly things started changing--from pushing myself to do Yoga I began liking doing it--it relaxed me and calmed me down mentally as well as ironed out the twinges and discomforts of a body that had become used to staying idle.Today it has become a part of my Life and has insinuated itself into my mind to such a degree that not going through my daily routine unsettles me and leaves me edgy and disoriented------disturbed!!!
It imperceptibly began changing my outlook towards Life--once again I have become more alive-----the lethargy and dis interest is slowly fading away--I sleep better,my body is turning more supple day by day---today I hate missing my sessions---morning and evening----such is my Yogaddiction!!!

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MESSENE 7/20/2010 5:21PM

    emoticonWow! emoticonThat is so emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAJASHREE108 7/20/2010 5:11PM

    Please rub it on me too.. As soon as I start feeling better and a little toned up, my laziness creeps up.. Back to square one again. emoticon

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ATMANI 7/20/2010 1:08PM

    Me too. I love yoga.

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BOVEY63 7/20/2010 11:55AM

    It is so wonderful that you have found a source of exercise and meditation that you love.

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SAASHA17 7/20/2010 11:36AM

    yikes..i don think i can ever do Yoga for more than 2min..lol...

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DRASADAF 7/20/2010 10:27AM

    i love yoga too..i didnt know how to do it so got a DVD from a nurse and then i did it and the first effect it had on me was amazing..it calmed to my inner core..then it helped me lose inches too..on my waist ..wow..i love it since then...

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Reflective Nostalgia 2!!!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Those tiny contractions were the beginning of a prolonged labour----took me 7 days of active Labour--shuttling between my Special Room upstairs and the Labour Room downstairs----the dilation process was painfully slow------pun intended!!!The dilation literally took so long that finally on the night of 15th July the Doctor warned me---that I better deliver by 9 a.m. next day or else a C-section was inevitable!!!
To tell you the truth, my conviction that I was dying was slowly turning into a fact for me-------and thanks to my inbuilt resilience decided to go out in style!!!In the Labour room I had watched the way Women approached the ultimate process of giving Birth---screaming on the top of their voices----I couldn't imagine doing the same thing so I had decided to bear the pain--no matter how terrible----without uttering a sound!!!Here too God pipped me at the post----all those Painkillers that had been pumped into me during the Week came to the rescue---Lotta's actual birth was totally numb and painless----I literally pushed when the Doctor told me to----she kept a hand on my stomach to feel the contractions and would tell me"Komali Darling---Zor lagaakey haeeya" as if she was some Chain Gang Leader working on a Road job!!!At exact 5.25 a.m. our daughter was born---I heard her cry and just collapsed---bleeding and haemorraging badly!!!
For the next 4 hours I was out for the count------and when I came to -----the Staff wouldn't tell me at first what my baby was---a Boy or a Girl-------due to my weak physical state and thanks to the fact that Girls were not being very welcome those days---till finally my BP began fluctuating--I thought that since I was in Labour so long something had happened to my Baby!!!Luckily the Doctor arrived just then and broke the news that we'd become the parents of a beautiful baby girl!!!!I was over the Moon---and then they laid this beautiful grey- blue eyed Baby next to me----she was everything that I'd dreamt of through all those months of waiting---a real live doll from God to me!!!
Then she took a good measured look at me---and guess what????She screwed up her face and with a grimace turned her face away from me------my own daughter had rejected me instantly without any qualms----at first sight!!!Later in the Room Sudhir stood by the cradle gazing down at her----I have hoarded the sight of his face filled with such Love,Awe and Happiness----that it made everything I'd undergone really worth while---specially when he touched her petal soft cheek tenderly and tentatively with his Index finger---- and she just reached out with a tiny starfish hand to grasp his tentative finger in a firm grip----a seriously solemn expression on her tiny face------I cried like a baby at the extreme Beauty of the Sight!!!
However the tune of our relationship----hers and mine---- had been set in the Recovery Room------and till she became a mother herself we shared an uneasy truce-----I have never doubted the fact that both my daughters love me far more than they show----but the fact that they've both been staunch Daddy's Girls was established the moment they first laid eyes on their father---and I wouldn't have it any other way!!!!
Happy Birthday Lotlikar Darling----may The Almighty Bless you with His Choicest Blessings and keep you safe always---gathered close to His Heart!!!

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SRITHI97 7/17/2010 8:54AM

    Wonderful Description, loved reading your blog.
Happy Birthday to you Dear Daughter.

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MESSENE 7/17/2010 8:15AM

    emoticonMany more wonderful memories, And Birthdays to come! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAASHA17 7/16/2010 11:45AM

    awww.thats so cute....

Have u seen the movie " nine months"..I am a sucker for dad baby moments..and that movie had the best one and it comes in the last 90seconds of the movie...he holding the baby and dancing to a tune...and another one is "jack and Sarah"...huh...cant wait...I always wanted 3 kids..lol..but I guess I am overshooting..hehehe....

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NICE125 7/16/2010 9:53AM

  Congratulations and many happy returns of the day for your daughter!! Kuch meetha sheetha ho jaaye?!! emoticon

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ATMANI 7/16/2010 9:40AM

    Beautifully described! Komal, Happy Birthday to your little girl.

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DRASADAF 7/16/2010 5:13AM

    happy birthday lotta....

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Reflective Nostalgia 1!!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tomorrow is an important day in our lives---it's our older daughter's Birthday---she turns 39 years old!!!The entire period from her conception to today seems like it just happened yesterday---each and every tiny detail stands out in my mind----totally crystal clear---then I realise---all this was almost 40 years ago!!!
I conceived Lotta almost immediately after our marriage---my paternal side of the Family prides itself on their quick results----and though the rule is that most children are born within 10 months of the officiation there are some like my father who take longer to produce the results---so exceptions to the rule do exist!!!I was just 17 ---having completed it just a month earlier and my eyes were full of Stardust----I wanted lots of babies---and I wanted them fast.The first period itself was missed after the Wedding----a fact that left me deliriously happy!!!I did not suffer any ill effects----just a mandatory bout of Nausea each early morning--then I was set for the day!!!My cravings also during those first 6 months were pretty strong----I loved eating all that street Food---things like Pungent,Hot, Spicy Bhel,Paani Puri and Ragdaa Patties--- that too from different locations each day---I drove poor Sudhir mad with my demands of specific outlets at specific locations----no other would do!!!-The funniest thing is that Lotta loves gorging on all those things I ate then----she's a total "Chaat" maniac!!
The result of all this gorging was an extensive burheoning in my girth---I flew from 90 lbs. to 165 lbs. in my 7th.month!!!When my parents saw me at the Railway Station they were so dumbstruck---they just stared at me for the first 2 minutes with their mouths open----literally stumped for words!!! The Doctor was my mother's friend and her daughter was both my friend and classmate---was also flabbergasted to see me!!!"Devi"she exclaimed"what IS this???She looks like a Ship in full Sail----the baby will be at least 11lbs. at birth if she continues this way----nothing else to do----she goes on a strict Diet from tomorrow!!!" and the very next day my torture began.Breakfast was a measly Bowl of "Dalia"(Porridge),the midmorning Snack a Veg. Sandwich,Lunch 2 dry Chappaties with a bowl of Yoghurt,plenty of Salad,Vegetable Curries and Dal,Tea again a Sandwich and dinner slightly better than Lunch----a cup of rice was added to it!!!I could graze on Fruits all day long---but those tongue tickling "Chaats" were TOTALLY forbidden!!!
That did it-----Mummy became my worst enemy-----and I began throwing Tantrums right left and centre-----but no matter how much I raved, raged and ranted---that lady just stood firm and shut her ears,eyes and mouth---she was like all 3 of Mahatma Gandhi's Monkeys rolled into one!!!The second grouse was waddling around for a mandatory walk---excercise was a MUST---but my increased girth and added weight had dampened my inclination to indulge in my favourite activity-----besides the "Maali"(Gardener) had warned us of a Cobra lurking around in our Garden---so that was that!!I hated Reptiles---specially that variety---with a passion(still do) and so every evening and morning our next door neighbours had free entertainment---both my parents holding me up by my arms firmly marching me up and down for 45 minutes on my walks twice a day---morning and evening!!!
By this time I was convinced that i was going to die in childbirth---who could survive the amount of torture I was undergoing----and being starved and ill treated to boot????I wrote copiously piteous letters to poor Sudhir--- volumes of them-----not to mention the Trunk calls I made for him to come and rescue me------even the Telephone Operators had a good laugh at what I had to say-----I blackmailed Sudhir emotionally absolutely mercilessly-----he later told me how fed up of all these Histrionics he was!!!
However as a month passed I became resigned to the" ill treatment" meted out to me by my parents and began waiting for my release with trepidation and longing---imagining the result----of how my baby would look like--whether it would be a boy or a girl----and praying desperately for the Baby to be healthy and fit!!!The due date given was 20th July but 10 days earlier I began to get tiny contractions----and Sudhir came rushing over to be with me!!!!

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DRASADAF 7/16/2010 4:09AM

    LOL...cannot omagine u doing that....hehehe

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ANU_20 7/16/2010 1:26AM

    LOL!!! ... That was so funny! ...who would have believed u were gonna be a mom while u were throwing all those tantrums! ...hehe...Happy Birthday to Lotta!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 7/15/2010 12:19PM

    Happy birthday to Lotta!

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SAASHA17 7/15/2010 11:44AM

    hehehe..I cud picture u throwing a fit...lol...happy bday to Lotta:)


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ATMANI 7/15/2010 7:30AM

    thanks for sharing.

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Sudhir and Me----Tom and Jerry???

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sudhir and me are two people who understand one another very well and are on the same wavelength----well that's usually---sometimes one of us turns into Tom and the other into Jerry!!!Here I must say that both the Comic characters are mostly evenly distributed-----say 55% Jerry with Sudhir and 45% with me and vice versa.
This morning there was something that needed to be done urgently----and while Sudhir is quite peaceful---today he was a bit hassled.Actually he had some Papers to be delivered urgently to his clerk Babu and himself had a Conference to attend to before going to Court.Our nephew Nikhil(Milind's son) who lives a stone's throw away from us had agreed to carry the Papers only he was leaving for Court a bit early-----so the Papers needed to be sent to him as soon as possible.Sudhir has these idiosyncrasies---it was HIS work so Nikhil was to get the Papers delivered to him---even though he'd offered to pick them up on his way!!!Our chauffeur Pradeep is always here by 9 a.m. sharp---today he was 5 minutes late----this set off His Impatient Highness hopping from one foot to another like Tom on a hot Tin roof------so I just suggested that since Nikhil had offered to pick up the Papers anyway what difference would it make if we took him up on his offer?
That really ticked him off----"I don't like it----it's my work so why should he waste time when he has to leave early?Pradeep should have been here by now!!!" he snarled turning into Tom-----and just then the Doorbell rang---it was Pradeep!!!The Papers handed over,Sudhir turned around sheepishly to give me a really wide beatifically sunny smile------but it was MY turn to turn into Tom now!!!"Not impressed" I said" you can turn off the charm---it's not going to get you anywhere!!!"and I stomped off.
However since I hate letting him go to work on a sour note because I feel wretched afterwards even though it's usually his fault and he deserves every bit of the cold shouldering I give him later------however as usual I was gracious enough to let the quarrel subsideNow I have an Elephantine Memory---AND I remember ALL the details----AND all of this will be raked up another day when I'm really and truly hopping mad----that's when he'll turn into Jerry and begin squeaking like him----all the while deviously planning to run circles around me---just to get the better of me----like Jerry he thinks with a cool head and like Tom I ALWAYS act first and think later and end up tying myself impossibly into knots!!!

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ANU_20 7/15/2010 2:01AM

    hehe... OMG!!! I can completely relate to that... thats me n my dear husband! And I sooo hate it when he tries to act all cool n calm over his own mistakes! Well the only difference is...I am rarely the "Jerry" in the relationship emoticon ... not that i am proud of it! Poor Tom is the victim every single time...and then also gets the label of being volatile n hot headed!! emoticon ... but I'm working on it... There will be a day hopefully in this lifetime when we will exchange places... emoticon ...hahaha (Thats the Devil in me talking!)
That was a good one as always ...Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAASHA17 7/14/2010 2:46PM

    hehe...I see it too..and i guess it happens only to people who are very close...I keep teasing my mom on this..she is hot head and dad is uber cool and she gets worse coz he doesnt react..lol...

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RAIN454 7/14/2010 11:50AM

    lol...i love it!! Just like my parents too...i know in the heat of the moment, its probably not as humorous to you...but I cant help but giggle at this story. You guys are tooo cute!
love the tom and jerry analogy as well!

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ATMANI 7/14/2010 7:22AM

    thanks for sharing

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