Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Attack of the 4s

I have been tagged with High 5 which is somewhat similar, so all the items here are things other than what I have specified before. Been tagged my new reader Kusum and here it goes...

4 Jobs that I have had :

  • Cashier at a coffee place
  • Cashier at a grocery store
  • Front desk staff at a hotel
  • Customer service
These were all jobs I held when I was in high school and college, but these jobs are more fun to specify that my recent jobs.

Jobs that left me:
None as of now.

4 Movies I can recommend to anyone:
  • Italian Job
  • Finding Nemo
  • Ice Age
  • Kilukam - great Malayalam movie
4 Places I'’ve lived or linger in my memory:
  • Spent a summer (3 months) Europe
  • Kerala
  • Tamil Nadu
  • California
4 TV shows I will remember: Remember being the keyword
  • Malgudi Days
  • Chitrahaar
  • Wagle ki Duniya
  • Mungerilal ke Haseen Sapne
  • Dek bhai Dek
  • Gul Gulshan Gulfaam
  • Nupur
I know the list said 4, but I couldn't narrrow it down any further.

4.Vacations I will always remember:
  • All Vacations to India
  • Again Europe
  • Singapore
  • Skiing in Tahoe
4. Foods I love:
  • Banana Chips - It is not a snack, I eat it like it is food
  • Fish Curry
  • Pani Puri
  • Anything Mom makes.
4.Places I'’d rather be:
  • Venice
  • In Tahoe Skiing
  • Hawaii
  • Houseboats in Kerala
Tagging - ROS

Friday, February 10, 2006

Are we there yet?

When we are going on trips this is one dreaded question.

In our childhood, during summer vacations we used to go visit our grandparents. Mom, Veena and I would spend all summer with them and Dad would join us during the last 1 week or so. We used to travel a lot with our mom, and we used to keep asking her "Are we there yet?" She used to get annoyed when we kept on asking so we girls used to split and ask. Veena would ask after 30 minutes she would signal me to ask. As we got older we got smarter and we rephrased our questions to "how many more hours?" and other different ones. After a while mom would cheerfully respond "We will get there, when we get there." Veena and I knew this was our que to shut up and look out of the window.

Years went by, I am in late teens and Veena in early 20s, and we go on road trips as a family. We used to take 1 road trip every year. So Veena and I would drive, dad would be in his own world and Mom would ask "Are we there yet?" Veena and I used to get so annoyed when she kept asking "How many more hours to go?" And finally Veena would just burst out with the response "We will get there when we get there." She would casually turn her face and look outside.

Veena and I would always say, see the tables have turned and we are in control. We were so happy to be the grown up now.

Years passed, I am married now. So when we go places Shekar drives and I sit in the passenger side changing CDs and I realize I am back to square one asking "Are we there yet?"

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Seek and Ye Shall Find

Don't we all end up finding something when we are looking for something else?

Other day Shekar was looking for something and he found my clip that I thought I has lost long time ago. I was planning to go out and get me another new one, but never got around to actually getting a new one. I was so overjoyed when Shekar showed me the clip. It is not one of those expensive one, but the regular Walgreens one.

That is when I realized this is what happens to most of us. When we don't see our dear ones around we assume we have lost them as friends. All we have to do is look harder and they will be right there. But, we do not want to look; we would rather go out and make new friends because it is easier to get something new than to seek something that is lost.

But seldom do we realize that what we seek is right in plain sight and find it is so much better than getting something brand new.