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Hasta La Vista

I have decided to stop writing here.

I will be continuing on a fresh slate somewhere else. I have made the decision to not write the address down here..

In case you know me, please email me and I will send in the address if possible.

It was a pleasure writing here, but this is a burden I have decided to download and not look back.

Thanks for being here..

Margazhi Thingal!

Today starts the month of margazhi! This month is considered to be the time to be austere and spend time in focusing on God and hence not favourable for any other activities.

For me, this month is associated with the 30 days Thirupavai viradham, when I read the thirupavai and go to temple and pray first thing in morning at 5:30 am. Then have the hot pongal prasadam and be back by 6:30 am. (Can’t believe that I am the person who did all that, now waking up at 5:30 am is a dream by itself)

Missing that tradition here.. With gymming added I cannot take bath go to temple, then get to gym sweat it out and then bath again, with the cold weather being what it is!

So I will have to do a late morning prayer..

One of my favorite stanzas

வையத்து வாழ்வீர்காள்! நாமும் நம் பாவைக்குச்
செய்யும் கிரிசைகள் கேளீரோ, பாற்கடலுள்
பையத் துயின்ற பரமனடி பாடி
நெய்யுண்ணோம் பாலுண்ணோம் நாட்கள் நீராடி
மையிட்டு எழுதோம் மலரிட்டு நாம் முடியாம்
செய்யாதன செய்யோம் தீக்குறளை சென்று ஓதோம்
ஐய்யமும் பிச்சையும் ஆந்தனையும் கைகாட்டி
உய்யுமாறு எண்ணி உகந்து ஏல் ஓர் எம்பாவாய்.
“Apologies to my non tamil blog mates”

Random Notes

Hitting Gym this week on.. 3 full days of success so far! My calves beg to differ on the success part..

Lesson of the Week – No outing is better than mismanaged outing (Note from a bad Tuesday)

What makes some types of food desirable is the fact that it is forbidden (Fall out of Gym restrictions). My dietician suggests I cut on sugar, oil, coffee and outside food. Misery aptly describes the feeling I felt at that moment

Badly cooked food, Rain time pakoras, hot oil baths, Festivals and rituals related to it are all reminders of home for me. But nothing like a good head cold and sinus infection to make me miss Mom. I miss that magic concoction that is terrible to drink but gives “Instant Relief”, those vicks with steam inhalation sessions and the spoon of Sukku ( dry ginger) burning away your head while working on your sinuses. Nothing like mom’s care!! 😦 Not even the best efforts by your spouse can equal that.

That’s all for now..

The book Meme

I lifted this Book meme off Felicity .

The rules are – Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.  Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt. These are the BBC top 100 Books to read . As opposed to most people who read only 6, I am slightly better, but then what have I been reading?

Some of the books I have been intending to read but just gave a miss somehow.. Anyhow, I have a mission now.. 🙂 I will update you guys when am done with 50% of the list. May be this is my target for 2011..

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials trilogy – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18 The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia series – CS Lewis

34 Emma -Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

 36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

 37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

 38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

 39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

 40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

 41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

 42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

 45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

 46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

 47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

 48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

 49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

 50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

 51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

 52 Dune – Frank Herbert

 53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

 54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

 55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

 56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

 57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

 58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

 62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

 63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

 64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

 65 The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

 66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

 67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

 69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

 70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

 71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

 72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

 73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

 74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

 75 Ulysses – James Joyce

 76 The Inferno – Dante

 77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

 78 Germinal – Emile Zola

 79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

 80 Possession – AS Byatt

 81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

 82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

 83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

 84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

 85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

 86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

 87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

 91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

 92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

 93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

 94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

 95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

 96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

 97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

8 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

9 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

 100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Get Idea ad- Bad Idea?

I was watching the latest Idea ad-

They talk about good signal/customer service/reasonable phone bills and say if you want this switch to Idea without changing number. “Mobile Number Portability” coming soon.

Think I am someone frustrated with Airtel/DoCoMo/Vodafone. I want to change my connection provider. I see this ad. Would I switch today? No. I should rather wait till portability comes in, so that I dont have the headache of informing the new number.

Will I change once the portability is implemented? Probably yes, probably no.

Why?

a)Customer service of my current connection provider may improve to retain customers

b) I might not feel the problem is as huge as I feel it is now

c) I might find a better provider than Idea.

Just my line of thought. Wonder why Idea didn’t get the idea…