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Unconditional Love...

... is a concept that has fascinated me since I first heard about it...that was several years back when one day my mom reassured me that no matter how naughty I am or how weird I looked she still loved me... Over the years I have moved from longing for that elusive knight in shining armour who would epitomize unconditional love to vociferously defending the fact that there is no such thing as unconditional love... Steps in between this transition involved: - Being spiritual and reading yogic text books that preach how God's love for mankind is the only form of unconditional love. My fascination with the concept ended when it started advising on how you should love everyone alike. (i.e. without placing any conditions for choosing your object of affection) After all, I am no angel and even if I don't manage to extract an eye for an eye always, I never go back on my desire to do so...Forgiving and letting be is not exactly my strong area!! - Thinking that romantic love is true and p…

Aesop's Fable - With a Twist

I am sure all of you out there would have read the famed Aesop fable about a father and son trying to travel with a donkey and how the whole show got spoiled by advice from all and sundry...And well, for those of you who haven't read it during childhood, someone or the other would have recounted the story to you at a very frustrating moment in life and given advice (unsolicited, ofcourse) on why you should never go by someone else's advice....(by then, you would have made a royal mess of things and the gleeful look of superiority on the storyteller-advisor's face is the last thing you want to see!!)

I was reminded of this fable recently when I launched into an easy and fairly quick step(or so, I thought) of changing my profile picture in orkut! It originated with an innocent wish on my part to give myself a fresh look in orkut. I thought I had the freedom to portray the way I look especially if it is not offending anyone's religious/moral/ethical sentiments...But I soon…

Adventures - Of a Different Kind

These days I am experiencing an adventure of a different kind. The less imaginative among us call it cooking !!!

The whole process starts off with a very complex decision making exercice - what do I cook today? This decision is complicated by the innumerable dependencies that needs to be considered before reaching an optimal solution, such as how much time do I have, what vegetables are available (and ofcourse, which of these will last just one day and hence have to be definitely included in the day's menu).

The next step is cutting the vegetables. Here the villian is onions, which form an integral part of most recipes ! Once upon a time, in the not so distant past, onions were one of my favorites, but have since quickly fallen out of favour, keeping in line with "anyone who makes you cry is not worth the effort, however nice they might otherwise be" Advice from pros in the field ranged from wrapping a towel around my nose to cutting the onions after placing them under wat…

Malaysia...Truly Truly Asia !!!

My honeymoon was in Malaysia !!! Thoroughly enjoyed myself....went to Langawi islands ,Genting Highlands, KL and Terranganu. The last one was to visit my aunt who is stationed there. There is nothing much else to that place. Fond memories from the other 3 places were: 1. I went parasailing and jet skiing. I am not really the adventurous and sporty types...but these activities really boosted my confidence...thnks hubby, for encouraging me!! 2. The sea in Langawi was as quiet as a sleeping baby. After being used to the passionate Arabian Sea in my hometown, this was initially a disappointment. However, this helped me to learn swimming and thus my hubby kept a promise made years back to teach me swimming! 3. In Genting, I realised I still haven't fully overcome my fear of adventure rides and chickened out from two of them at the last moment. My hubby celebrated the trip by promptly paying a fortune to purchase a snap of us travelling in a roller coaster where I am screaming my lungs out…

My Best Friend's Wedding

I was away on vacation to attend my best friend's wedding. That was the reason for this reasonably long silence. It was one of the happiest moments in my life. Have known him for almost ten years now...It was great to see him sit on the mandap waiting patiently for the bride to arrive. (I couldn't help smiling to myself, as he finds it extremely difficult to sit cross legged but not only was he doing it then, he was doing it with a smile!). Our common close friends from school days were present...so were teachers...was amazing to meet up with all of them... All his relatives were present at his place almost a week before his wedding...so though I reached my home quite a few days earlier, I couldn't really talk to him until the day of the wedding...as he was busy hosting parties at his place for family and friends. And they were all pitching in to make it a memorable event for him - one relative helped him shop for his clothes, another family friend was in charge of the kitc…