28 July 2005


What else can be done when AF has the "Nambikai" in you and asks you to take part in the "Kavithai Competition" by
Narayanan Venkittu. So here is my last minute entry!!!

engo ozhinthu kondirupavanai
thedi kandu pidithu

erandu cup theneer koduthu
yezhupinanen - kavithai vaendum

Kavithai piranthathu
Nambikai valarnthathu

ini thaedavendum
Tamil font-ai, valaipoo valara!!!

Thanks to Adengappa!!!

எங்கோ ஒழிந்து கொண்டிருப்பவனை
தேடி கண்டு பிடித்து

இரண்டு கப் தேனீர் கொடுத்து
எழுப்பினேன் - கவிதை வேண்டும்

கவிதை பிறந்தது
நம்பிக்கை வளர்ந்தது

இனி தேடவேண்டும்
தமிழ் Font-ஐ, வலைபூ வளர!!!

21 July 2005

Medical Tourism

India has great potentials of becoming a tourism hub. With its varied climatic conditions and cultural diversity, it has something for everyone. If advertised properly and with better infrastructure, Indian tourism can become a thriving industry providing jobs for millions of people.

Saw an article today about Visas for Medical Tourism The Indian Government is taking the right step towards tourism. But it would be encouraging to see them provide such visas for other countries too. Especially to countries like UK where the Medical cost is very high and already there is awareness about Medical Tourism in India.

19 July 2005

An Intro

We were looking for a maid, and this is how a Maid agency introduced us to the prospective maid:

"XXX, This is Mrs and Mr.yyy. They have come to employ you. They are also like you. They too have left family and friends behind and have come here in search of money...blah blah blah"

13 July 2005

Akkarai patchai

Why are they not sending you on overseas trips often? My friend's daughter who works for XYZ company has been to the US twice last year and this year she is going to UK.

Life is not just flying around to other countries. When are you planning to have kids?

06 July 2005

Kannadasanin Ponnama

Kannadasan, one of the greatest poets in Tamil, penned a song for his wife on their 25th anniversary. We now have the privilege of reading this through the post of their son Venkat Kannadasan.

Thanks to him, we have another GEM from Kannadasan. This song touched my heart and had me thinking about it for a long time.

05 July 2005

The Cookin' meme

Thanks to Af for tagging…

What's your first memory of baking/cooking on your own?
The first time I cooked was when I was in 5th Std. My sister and I prepared stuffed chapattii, with radish stuffing. It was very nice. Learnt it from a neighbour.

Who had the most influence on your cooking?
My mom and aunty. Both of them have different styles and tastes in cooking.

Do you have an old photo as "evidence" of an early exposure to the culinary world?
Nope! God saved the world!!!

Mageiricophobia - do you suffer from any cooking phobia, a dish that makes your palms sweat?
Rava Uppuma (yep, that's true, the most easiest dish to prepare). It never comes right for me. Maybe because its the one dish that I don't like much too.

What are your most valued or used kitchen gadgets and/or what was the biggest letdown?
Most valued kitchen gadget: Sumeet mixie.
Biggest Letdown: The knife I got from a big store recently, doesn't cut anything except my fingers.

Name some funny or weird food combinations/dishes you really like - and probably no one else does.
Mix any fruit with sambar/rasam and curd rice.

What are the three edibles or dishes you simply don't want to live without?
Rice, sambhar, rasam

Your favorite ice-cream
Ice creams are not one of my favourites. Nowadays I restrictmyselff to the Vanilla or chocolate flavours.

You will definitely never eat...
All that flies and walks (and swims--- Venki is it ok now :))

Your own signature dish...
Idiyapam and sothi (a coconut milk curry), Fried Rice and Basanthi.

What is your most memorable meal?
The dinner we had for one of my hubby's birthday.