13 August 2021

 Recently my grandson came and stayed with us for around 3 weeks.  For 2 weeks the whole family was here.  But he decided to stay on for another week.  Since they are all schooling from home, and since anyway he couldn't go out to play, he figured it was better to stay on here, as there is a great deal of greenery and  space around,.  Now, he has stayed with us very often, when he was little.  But, since he turned a teenager, it has been a long while since he stayed with us by himself.  

My husband and I found ourselves thoroughly enjoying his company, when he was not studying, and since he is in high school, he has a great deal of work.  His conversation was interesting and oh. how I missed him when he went back home.  I found myself moping around as I used to when my children first went off to university.

I am so glad that he thought of staying on with us for a week.

08 March 2021


 So the vaccinations in India have been rolled out for senior citizens.  My husband and I had our first shot today.  There has been a rush to register online to get the vaccines.  Today, at the centre we went to, there were 100 people waiting for the vaccine.  But we do not have drive by vaccination centres.  Besides, they make each person wait half and hour after the shot, to know if anybody has any adverse reaction, which was reassuring for amny with allergies or other issues.

But the guidelines are that masking and hand washing have to continue.  But then I guess masking, if one as a cold is always a good idea and maybe folks will get used to putting on a mask if one has a cold.  In our state, as masking is mandatory, you rarely see anyone in  a public space without a mask.  I guess masking up will become a way of life or maybe that is just a hope.  

Anyway here is hoping that this virus will slowly become controlled.

10 February 2021

 I had a little baby staying here with his mum and older sister.  Having a baby in the house, as well as a young child makes you wake up to the wonder of life.  For a baby everyday is a new discovery and adding to his experiences.  Watching children also made me feel the ephemeral quality of a day, minute, second!  So much happens with each new day.  

The baby's older sister at times wanted time to stand still as she felt that being small seemed to get more attention.  I am sure many people would like time to stand still.  But no, each day goes by and we move into another day, month, year and then decades pass.  

The three year old asked me if I had ever been her age and when I said I had, I could see her trying to comprehend that idea and then wrestle with the possiblity that she too might get to be as old as me!

Well, as time rushes by, I hope I can spread some love and light in someone else's life as my December comes.

05 January 2021

 So 2020--the year of chaos and uncertainaties--is over.  As matters stand, Covid 19 is still very much around.  But at least now the silver lining to the clouds is definitely shining, what with the many vaccines being tested.  Presumably the many vaccines will bring down transmission of the virus.  Certainly hope 2021 will be a look up from last year.

12 July 2020

Pandemic blues

As the pandemic seems to be increasing by leaps and bounds in my country and my state ( which had earlier managed to control the spread pretty well), I started getting the blues thinking about what the future holds for younger people and for economies of the world as a whole, where those already way down the income line, are suffering and will suffer the most.  I, for one, am comfortable with the idea that I may die with Covid.  But that does not make anything better for the rest of the world.
So now I work harder on keeping myself away from the blues with my ususal activities--listening to music (top on the list), exercise, reading and playing mindless computer games.  I also realise I am very lucky to have lots of fresh air and so many trees around me.  I am truly grateful for what I have.  I only pray for all my kids and grandkids and all the youngsters I know.
Stay safe everyone.

08 May 2020

Last 13 years

I came across this blog post of mine posted in 2007.  It was a tag that Hiphop grandmom, a blogger I read frequently, had asked me to do.
When I read that list and realise too that I will now turn 70 next year, I think of what I have achieved from that and think of how much water has flowed under the bridge in those years.
The list then, and what I have managed out of that--(my achievements are in green and what I didn't achieve is in red and the in between is in yellow.)

1. Travel to South America. I love Latin music and Brazilian music particularly--what i've heard of it. (But I'm willing to take Thailand.)  South America is almost certainly out now, what with Covid-19 circling the globe and likely to remain so for another 2 to 3 years (optimistically).  But I did get to go near Thailand when my children gifted me a trip to Langkawi off the Thai coast, for my 60th birthday.
2. Hope to see the birth of at least one more grandchild, preferably more!  Have seen the birth of 4 more grandkids 😊
3. Maybe go for one spa treatment.  Did that, again a gift from the kids for a Mother's Day around 10 years back.
4. Lose around 10 kgs (ok let's get realistic here--5 kgs atleast).  I have been able to lose, since then, around 15 kgs.  (Pat myself on the back, for what I thought was totally no possible).
5. Be more active in working with under-privileged children. Yes and no.  Not good enough.
6. Learn to take negative criticism better--without feeling like I'm the most useless thing around.  Getting there.  Much better now.
7. Learn to be firm.  Not really
8. Hope to get the better of my procrastination.  I realise I procastinate depending on how important the thing I am procrastinating about is to me.

There have been many ups and downs in those years.  But I am still here, much greyer now, and the realisation that I am certainly not growing younger and now, with Covid-19 around, that life is probably never ever going to be the same again, certainly not in my lifetime.

29 April 2020

So goes lockdown.

I was asked by a friend to keep some record for my children during this long drawn out holiday.  She is making journals for each of her three children, with photos, cards and other memorablia.  But for me, I find just cooking ( I am a slow and reluctant cook), cleaning and other household chores leave me very little time other than for my exercise--an absolute must for me and a bit of time at the computer.  So I decided I would, at least occasionally, update my blog as a record.
This time of Covid-19 is weird and mostly I try to keep worry and general gloominess out of my mind by staying in the moment during my work and, very often, by listening to music, which can be anything from oldies, to Western classical to jazz, depending on my mood.  Music really is a balm to the soul. 
If I let myself go, I worry about what the future holds for my children and grandchildren.  When will I be able to see again my son and family who live in the US?  But no, I try to push these away and try to stay in the moment--Zen.  When anybody says, 'Let's plan this or that' I say, 'Please let's just live one day at a time now.  Truly we do not know what tomorrow may bring.'  This virus has really made this clear to us that each minute is new and who knows what the next minute or hour may bring.
Peace to all and may everyone stay safe.