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Sharing Your World

Thank you Cee for this week’s questions.

How many languages do you you speak? I can speak in Tamil and English. My second language was Hindi in school but I am tongue tied when it comes to speaking in Hindi.

What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating? Reading a fiction after a long long time – The Mothers. Watching – reruns of Frasier. Listening to – hardly any music, mostly podcasts. Eating – bakshanam – adirasam and badhushah from a wedding from back home!

What was the last photo you took with your phone? Ram taking his turn to hit during his baseball game this weekend.

What is your favorite time of day? Dawn. I love love getting up at 4:30 A.M. and having the world to myself. Of course, that would mean that I would have to go to bed at 8:30 P.M., which I would glad do if I could!

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Grateful for change in pace of routine. Took a couple of days off as we had family visiting. Looking forward to some breakthroughs for a good friend.

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Celebrating unconditional love

I am immensely grateful for the unconditional love that my amma and my children shower on me. Day in and day out.  Amma, I accept you and love you for who you are, without any strings attached. Happy Mother’s Day to you. Hari and Ram, I hope you will continue to tolerate me and love me for who I am because quite frankly that’s the only way I know to be.  Being your mom has been a privilege. 

To those of you that celebrate the hallmark holiday, Happy Mother’s Day.  To those of you that care less about it, Happy Sunday.  I wish you TLC in whatever form and shape you like to receive it. 

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Sharing Your World

I am itching to write detailed posts but I am up to my eye balls for the foreseeable future. I am thankful for Cee’s weekly questions. It is getting me into the habit of reflecting and writing at least once a week. Thank you Cee!

When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot? I really wish I could walk barefoot at all times when I am at home. But I get cold very easily, so you will find me in socks 10 out of 12 months. The remaining 2 months I walk barefoot at home, whether I am alone or with company.

What was your favorite food when you were a child? Hot piping sathumadhu sadam with avakai orugai – used to love the sight of the vizhudhu floating on my soupy rice! I will confess though as a grown up the tangy hearty sambar/khozhambhu has become my go to food.

Are you a listener or talker? It depends on the  person at the other end of the conversation. If he or she has the need to talk/share/express, I am happy to just listen. If he or she would like to know my thoughts/opinion/general life updates, I get into talking mode. I strongly believe that listening non-judgmentally to someone is the best way to be there for that person.  So I  take the business of listening very seriously. I have noticed that I tend to be eager to talk when I come from a place of conviction. .

Favorite thing to (pick one):  Photograph?  Write? Or Cook? I am interpreting this question to mean what is your favorite thing to photograph, write, and cook (ok I changed the question a bit). Photograph – candid pictures of children, I particularly love to capture the expression of intense focus and unbridled joy on little faces. Write – people stories. Cook – condiments (chutneys, dips, pickles, podis, and sauces).

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Grateful for the first new friend that I made in the US 15 years back. I assimilated into this culture as I bonded with her. Her friendship is a assuring presence in my life that I don’t take for granted.  I met up with her for a movie and dinner (watched Gifted and had Thai) last week . Felt like us from 15 years ago!  

Looking forward to less mental chatter and clutter this week.

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Sharing Your World

Here is this week’s dose of  Sharing Your World from Cee.

Would you rather live where it is always hot or always cold? Having grown up in places where the only seasons I have known are Summer and More Summer, I am going with always hot. I don’t like to admit this but if cold frigid temperatures depress me, hot sultry days get me hyper cranky. So really, my answer should be neither. But as I said, I am in denial.

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself? Long jet black silky hair is what I would love to have if I had a choice in the matter.

What is your favorite month of the year? Mid march is my favorite time of the year. When the winter is behind and there are spring, summer and fall to look forward to. I also like the period between mid Nov. and end of Dec. when our routine slows down a bit and we have Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year to look forward to.

What is the easiest way for your to learn something new?  By reading, by seeing and doing, in a classroom?  Reading and doing. Reading because I like to know what’s ahead, doing because that’s the only way I know to internalize something.  What I only read, I mostly forget.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? From last week, I am grateful for all the folks that took the time to connect with me on my b’day. The relationships and friendships I have developed over the years mean much to me, so it’s heartwarming to hear from folks that matter. This week, I am looking forward to have my Netflix binging under control and figuring out my sleep routine.