Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Bringing the kids back from school-their last day 
of the year. They are a noisy bunch, ecstatic, thinking 
of the long vacation ahead. Home is just a few blocks 
away. The kids just cannot wait to get in and throw 
away their books-for good!

Huff and puff
huff and puff
I can hear Anju slogging at the myriad machines
trying to melt away her ample derriere
and all those protrusions at the wrong places.
That was a couple of months ago..

The kids’ summer holidays are over
at last to pack them off to school..
after the struggle to keep them occupied
for two long months..
what a relief!

After the razzmatazz of the past few weeks,
chaos reigning supreme everywhere,
suddenly the days seems to have grown longer
with time on my hands to call my own.
That’s when I decided Ill drop in at Anju’s place
With Anju around, time definitely flies
There is no end to what she knows about others
probably she knows others better than she knows herself
or even better than they know their own selves!

I decide to buy her a diet drink
after all I don’t want to be the temptress
to break her fitness regimen
She must have gotten herself an all new wardrobe by now
After all, at the pace of her work-out
it would be impossible to wear her old clothes
that would surely flap about her.
I feel rather self-conscious of the flab that Im carrying
around my waist. May be I can ask Anju to teach me a
few tricks to melt it down in real quick time.
I can hear the chimes of the doorbell echo inside Anju’s house.

I feel my eyeballs popping out of my head
Anju has bloated to twice her earlier self
She gives me a guilty look and I feel equally silly
with the cans of diet drinks which seem to mock her
Over a cup of very sweet milky coffee (may be that’s
the secret of her girth) she confesses how she resolutely
stuck to her workouts but ended up bingeing on twice
her normal quantity of food later. The cycle went on
uninterrupted until one fine day Anju realized this wasn’t
taking her anywhere and she was much better off without
her punishing work out schedules.

Now the machines are neatly stacked in a corner of 
her room. But of course they aren’t wasted
They make good clotheslines and shelves!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Its one of those days..
the argument begins..
Husband wants to go watch a movie at the multiplex
Being my slothful self I prefer curled up in my
favorite chair with the DVD version of the movie
Kid is being the unbiased referee-
not taking sides, game for either options.
Ultimately female decibel power wins
the verdict is out-DVD it is!

The credits start rolling, the opening scene…
The lead actor enters with a swish and a swagger
the heroine flutters her lashes coyly
in her purple and pink ensemble-
so much like the one I wanted to buy the other day
but which both my husband and kid
ruled out firmly saying I may have to
rewind at least twenty years to carry it off-
when all means of dissuasion- pleading,
cajoling, wheedling, sweet-talking failed-
threatening me with tears-to spare them the
embarrassment of being seen with me in this costume-
well, that’s another story altogether..

To cut a long story short, that reminded
me of the call to my friend which was long overdue.
I told them I would be back in a minute after
making that call and to continue watching the movie
My gentlemanly husband said he would wait
for me to finish the call and we could all watch it together.
Luckily for me, my friend is at home all bored
and brimming over with juicy bits of gossip..

Two long hours have passed and
there sits my husband remote in hand
looking visibly aged and covered slightly with dust.
Would anyone blame him for preferring the highly-priced
movie ticket to the easy-on-the-pocket Rs. 20/- DVD?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

If I Knew...

If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Ever noticed how the TV Remote triggers our basic instincts and brings out the stone-age war skills in us? The most common areas of dispute are:
       1) Ownership of the TV Remote: this is signified by its being on the arm of the chair/sofa closest to you - it is more important than life itself.
2) On those blood-freezing occasions when you look up from your seat to discover that
the TV Remote is still lying on top of the TV, then one of you must retrieve it; who shall it be? And how will this affect (1)?
3) Disappearance of the TV Remote: Precisely who had it last will be hotly disputed, witnesses may be called. Things can turn very nasty indeed when the person who isn't looking for it is revealed to be unknowingly sitting on it.

4) The TV Remote is a natural nomad and sometimes, it goes missing for heart-stopping minutes. During these dark times, someone must actually get up to change the channel; International Law decrees that this, "will not be the person who did it last" - but can this be ascertained? Who will be the referee in such peace-shattering disputes?
Life is tough indeed!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Is this generation missing something? No doubt today’s
kids are better off than us in every conceivable way, be
it technologically or economically.
But arent they ignorant of the little pleasures of life?

In my childhood I could spend a whole day just watching
the hustle and bustle of a railway station-the trains
chugging along, the babble of a million voices, the
mélange of smells, attacking our senses all at the
same time. Train journeys were meant to watch the
ever-changing landscape swish by through the celluloid
of the window. Sure, books, cards, board games were
taken along, just in case, but never saw the light of the
day in the coach.

When I say the best of my childhood days the first
thought that enters my mind is the power-off nights
when the entire neighborhood spills on to the streets-
the adults exchanging notes about their day, the
adolescents sharing their secrets away from the eyes
and ears of their parents, the kids outdoing each other
in creating a racket-a festive element in the air that
lasts until the EB bestows its kindness on the locality.

As kids we used to accompany my father to the
vegetable market. The compensation for putting up
with the discomforts of the noisome cacophony of the
place was usually a parrys toffee. But if the trip takes
a longer time or the load is heavier than usual we were
treated to a gas-filled balloon each. The bags would be
weighing in both our hands and the balloon’s thread
held by the teeth. Throughout the long trip home we
took care to hold on to the precious thread. Father
would deliberately keep asking us something or the
other provoking us to open our mouths and let go of
the gas balloon. Bringing our spoils home was in itself
an adventure.

I cannot imagine today’s kids sitting idle on a train
without their books, ipods, laptops and whatnot
and still complain about getting bored.
Walking to the market, what was that??
Its as if we run on electricity too,
no-power days are literally so.
Where have all the little pleasures gone?
Do our kids even realize it?
But then only if you have something
will you miss it when its gone
Ignorance is bliss after all!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Give me a book…

Give me a corner & nook…

I can forget the people around me….

Nothing matters beyond the book….

But Sometimes it does.....

Monday, November 9, 2009

Reality is bitter...

I live in dreams...


Obesity is one of the biggest health problems of the modern
age. It is the main cause for many serious, incurable and fatal
diseases. Blood pressure, heart problem, diabetes and other
dangerous diseases are caused due to obesity.
Our body weight gradually increases when focus is not given
during childhood. Over time, this leads to obesity.
It can be cured permanently with the intake of balanced food,
proper life style and regular practice of yoga asanas.
This will also cure the above-mentioned diseases, as well as
many others. Regular practice of yoga asanas cure all types
of disease. A few asanas very useful for overcoming obesity
are given below:



1. Lie down straight on your back with your hands beside
and below the hips. Stop the breath. Raise one leg, bending
it at the knee, and then rotate it like you are riding a bicycle.
Repeat this for 10 to 30 times as per your capacity.
Similarly, repeat the exercise with your other leg.
Rotate the legs without touching the ground. Make a circular
shape with the legs.

2. When tired lie down in shavasana and rest for some time
and repeat the exercise in the opposite direction,
again resting when tired.

3. Inhale, and then repeat the exercise by rotating both
the legs simultaneously in a circular motion, as done when
you ride a bicycle. After, repeat this in the opposite direction
continuously like a bicycle.
5 to 10 times according to your capacity.


1. This is the best exercise to reduce weight. Regular practice
of this asana for 5 to 10 minutes sheds out unnecessary
weight, and obesity can be reduced in a very short time.

2. It gives proper shape to the stomach. It activates the
intestines. It cures constipation, dysentery, acidity etc.

3. In case of backache do the exercise with single leg,
it is helpful for backache as well.



1. Lie down straight on your back. Raise the right leg and
make a circle by rotating the leg clockwise. In this way make
5 to 20 circles without touching the leg to the ground.

2. After rotating in one direction, rotate the leg in the opposite
direction Rest in shavasana when you become tired.
Alternate between legs.

3. After doing this exercise with single legs, do it with both
the legs simultaneously. Rotate the legs in as big a circle
as you can. Rotate the legs clockwise and then again

1. This asana is also for reducing extra weight.

2. It reduces the fat accumulated in the hips, thighs and
waist and gives proper shape to the stomach.

Ardha Halasana


This asana is like uttanapadasana - the only difference is
that in uttanapadasana the legs are raised up to
30 degrees whereas in ardha halasana the legs
are raised up to 90 degrees.

1. Lie down on your back. Keep the palms of your hands
towards the floor;your legs should be straight and both
the feet should be together.

2. Inhale and slowly raise the legs straight up to 90
degrees and remain in this position for some time.
Do not bend the knees when you raise the legs.

3. While bringing down the legs, rest the legs on the floor without jerk.
Rest for a while and repeat it again at least six times.

4. Those who have backache, should raise one leg at a time.


1. This asana is especially useful to reduce weight.

2. It makes the intestines flexible and healthy, increases
the fire of the stomach and cures constipation, gas and obesity.

3. It is also beneficial in shifting of the navel,
heart disease,
stomachache and respiratory problems.

4. Raising one leg at a time is especially beneficial
for backache.