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My friend has been diagnosed with Cancer. And it was found out recently. She has sinus problems since childhood. All the time when she had a bad cold, nose bleeds, numbness and difficulty to breath, she thought it was the sinus disturbing her. After a nose block removal surgery, her biopsy spelled out “Cancer”.

Just pondering how careless we are with our health. A small issue(?!) sinus has just turned her life around. The word cancer scares us all ,and we are alarmed when we hear it. Cancer can affect anyone Doctors say. Here is a little insight into cancer.

Cancer (medical term: malignant neoplasm) is a class of diseases in which a group of cells display uncontrolled growth (division beyond the normal limits), invasion (intrusion on and destruction of adjacent tissues), and sometimes metastasis (spread to other locations in the body via lymph or blood).

These abnormalities may be due to the effects of carcinogens, such as tobacco smoke, radiation, chemicals, or infectious agents. Other cancer-promoting genetic abnormalities may be randomly acquired through errors in DNA replication, or are inherited, and thus present in all cells from birth. (so u cant really be safe, it can affect anyone)

Any organism, even plants, can acquire cancer. Nearly all known cancers arise gradually, as errors build up in the cancer cell and its progeny.Most forms of cancer are sporadic, meaning that there is no inherited cause of the cancer.

Cancer is NOT a transmissible disease.

The cancer-fighting components of food are also proving to be more numerous and varied than previously understood, so patients are increasingly being advised to consume fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables for maximal health benefits.

People with suspected cancer are investigated with medical tests. These commonly include blood tests, X-rays, CT scans and endoscopy.

 Cancer can be treated by surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, monoclonal antibody therapy or other methods. The choice of therapy depends upon the location and grade of the tumor and the stage of the disease, as well as the general state of the patient (performance status).Complete removal of the cancer without damage to the rest of the body is the goal of treatment.

Cancer has a reputation for being a deadly disease. While this certainly applies to certain particular types, the truths behind the historical connotations of cancer are increasingly being overturned by advances in medical care.

(Thanks to wikipedia) 

Lets take a little more care and pay attention to the wealth we have – our health! My friend’s surgery is scheduled tomorrow. Am praying. Take care people!




Posted on: September 7, 2009

A – Available/Single? married (drat!)

B – Best Friend? I’m sure he/she is reading this (lol)

C – Cake or Pie? The Apple pie made during thanksgiving ’08 🙂

D – Drink of choice? Amma’s filter kaapi !!!

E – Essential item you use every day? Lipstick & Moisturiser

F – Favorite colour? White

G – Gummy Bears Or Worms? Gummy,Yummy

H – Hometown? Madurai

I – Indulgence? Oryza in Chennai

 J – January or February? Jan, love the new year celebrations

K – Kids & their names? Son, A Jr

L – Life is incomplete without? Friends

M – Marriage date? 23/May

N – Number of siblings? 2 sisters

O – Oranges or Apples? Apples, hands down

P – Phobias/Fears? Hate class arachnida

Q – Quote for today? Live the moment!

R – Reason to smile? Darling son

S – Season? Breezy

T – Time ? Now

U – Unknown fact about me? I can live on apples for 3 days at a stretch.

V – Vegetable you don’t like? Gweeeeeeens

W – Worst habit? Shopping like there is no tomorrow

X – X-rays you’ve had? Just one, my little finger on my left hand, a month ago.

Y – Your favorite food? My mom’s “vathakina kari” (lamb gravy)

Z – Zodiac sign? Undoubtedly a scorpio!


                       My first mobile phone was a Nokia 2100.. I got this for the dumb reason that every other person in my first team had this. It had a very userfriendly menu and it was my first association with NOKIA phones. Till date am not as comfy as I am with this company’s mobile, when compared to a SonyEric(most confusing) or a Samsung (2100horrible  !!).
I got this as soon as I found a job in Bangalore. Came in handy when I wanted to talk to my near and dear ones. Still a good phone and had all what we require to make or recieve calls and to message. period! No super dooper facilities in it.  I was happy with this one.
After using it for a year or so, my mind started to look for a fancy mobile,  with color display, MMS, camera,etc. I also wanted something like a slide or open out mobile handset, a little expensive and glossy. I found a really sleek one, small compact one – Nokia 6111!  A collegue’s husband had gifted her with this one from the middle east. I loved it the moment I saw it. Didnt want to buy in Bangalore, so came down to Chennai and bought it in Univercell with my friend. He drove me all the way to this outlet in Besant Nagar(that was when Univercell started up). I bought it for 11000 and loved it a lot. I exchanged my 2100 for 1500 bucks, after buying it for 6000!!!
                                                     This mobile was the first one in my mobile saga to fail miserably. The display went blank after some time and disappointed me .. Also the sim card was difficult to insert and replace. But the phone looked great from outside. I truly appreciated the megapixel camera, and the flash ! Took many memorable pics and vidoes with this !! I got introduced to MMS only through this phone 🙂
                                               Then moved to Chennai, went to Nokia priority just opposite to Satyam cinemas. We had booked tickets for a movie there, and had to while away 20 minutes. Our generation has a ridiculous habit of overspending and buying nonsense when we just have nothing else to do. We either overspend or eat when we are free I feel. So off goes another 5000 bucks for a new phone. Husband dear loved this phone and the docking system that came free with this phone which now sleeps in my attic amongst other junk! He is the reason for this expenditure – goes without saying!! A Jr broke my mom’s phone so I parted ways with my phone!! I forgot the model so cant google for the image… Nokia 6xxx I guess!! I had it for hardly 3-4 months 🙂
                               I had got this unlocked smart phone for dad on June 3rd 2007 from the US. Its a palm treo 680.I bought it in the Palm store in San Francisco Airport at around 10 pm 🙂  Dad loved it, but was a little jittery to use it owing to its size and features. He was baffled with its n many features (Back in 2007,a hifi phone like this would seriously scare any elderly person in India).So it was in mom’s cupboard cum bureau happily sleeping. treo-680
                                        After I gave my phone to mom, I was happy with my phonelessness!! hee hee… (these days when every college goer, milk man, maid, pookari (flower seller), kai kara paati(vegetable vendor) has one,Iwas looked upon as if I was an alien on this planet!  How can you be, without a mobile phone, my friends used to ask me. “You mean everytime I need to talk to you, I need to dial to your hubby’s phone and ask him to give the phone to you??????????” my sisters asked! Oh yeah -that was the practice in the good old land line days!! 🙂 Not  the husband’s phone though, it was common to every home had one land line. I still remember our first phone at home 25928! A red phone we had to put our fingers into the respective digit and pull till the end to dial! True dialing !!! STD, Trunk Calls, phonogram — lovely memories!!
                                          So my mom suggested “unga appaku nee thantha phone summa than iruku, eduthu use pannu, ilana thuru giru pudichirapothu .. lol (translation: the phone that you gifted dad is not being used, use that, else it may rust!)”.. And hence here I am using a Palm Treo 🙂 Nice one, like it. A Jr loves the concept of “Touch screen” wherever it is used. Be it my iPod Touch or this phone .. he gives a nakkal siripu (chuckle in ridicule) at other ipods/phones when he has these gadgets in hand.. These kids!! He asked my dad to gift him a touch screen TV and laptop for his birthday. Should I say dad was flabbergasted at this gift idea!! A Jr is a guy with      B-I-G dreams indeed.
                                     Thats it with the mobile saga..buzz me when you can.  adios amigos for now!!  

Nice Thought

Posted on: July 28, 2009

small round icecream cake with cherries


Read this in TOI today .. loved the quote. It set a thinking cloud in me early in the morning.. So many times in life we are treated this way.. Enjoy the thinking! Catch you soon.

“So, let’s put it like this: I asked for a small round ice-cream cake with a cherry on top… and I got a 3-tier German chocolate cake with an extra supply of mango soufflé and butter cookies!! Now, that’s great. But the point is… where is my “small round ice-cream cake with a cherry on top?? Is that too much to ask for?”

Another way to look at this is, be happy and content when  life offers you something more when you ask for less? If that be the case, should we be thankful for what we recieved or grieve that we didnt get what we wanted??

Thinking cloud rising ….. 🙂

(image courtesy: bbcgoodfood site)

Coz everything changes in life when you go beyond a certain limit! When I went beyond my Krishna**, my life changed dramatically. Hence the name. When you come out of your comfort zone, thats when reality will strike and you start learning what life really is. I do miss the comfort and coziness I enjoyed with Him, but walking beyond that limit has sure taught me several facts of life. I am what I am now coz I met my Krishna and he still lives in me!

Want to write a  little more on my Krishna, however cant help wondering how much a striking resemblence he has to Lord Krishna 🙂

Lord Krishna is a deity worshiped across many traditions in Hinduism in a variety of perspectives. They portray him in various perspectives: a god-child, a prankster, a model lover, a divine hero and the Supreme Being.Often, Krishna is pictured with his gopi-consort Radha.Krishna married with 16,108 wives,of which eight were chief—including Rukmini, Satyabhama, Jambavati.In Vaishnava traditions, Krishna’s wives are believed to be forms of the goddess Lakshmi—consort of Vishnu, or special souls who attained this qualification after many lifetimes of austerity, while his primary queen Satyabhama, is an expansion of Radha.Krishna is also interpreted as meaning “all-attractive one”.(thanks to Wikipedia)

Krishna & Radha



This summer like every other year made everyone in chennai say “Phew, last summer wasnt this bad, its terrible now”. It was raining cats and dogs all over the state, but not a drop in Chennai. The rain was dodging us, in the last 20 days like a cat and mouse game. It used to slighty drizzle and before we could realize it was raining, it would stop 😦


A Jr wanted to go for a swim at 5 pm yesterday. We went to the aquatic complex nearby. He was swimming happily and then it started to get dark.I alerted him to come out of the pool and take a shower. Like every other 5 year old he readily disagreed, and continued to swim 😛

It started to drizzle and he started to love the feeling of getting wet by rain and swimming in the pool.It started to rain heavily and I almost yelled at him looking at the weather. Then he finally listened to me and came out of the pool with a long face. I was momentarily guilty, for having spoilt the fun 😦

Once he was out, I asked him if he wanted to go for another dip, his eyes were gleaming 😉 He jumped in joy and went and played for some more time. And then it poured..Almost everyone left the pool due to the rain. We both were the only ones there!

The rain slashed the city. Trees were swaying and there was plenty of water running down the streets.After he was content, with his swim,he looked at me and asked if we could leave, I smiled. Then we quickly got ready and and I helped him with his raincoat and we zoomed back home in the bike.Went home, made some toast and cocoa for the little wonder, we pulled up a chair and looked out at the downpour as he was quietly sipping the cuppa,sitting on my lap all curled up! He hates to get  his feet wet(Jus like me)!  A beautiful feeling to enjoy the weather with your loved ones. 

Rain is something people would long for, but once it starts, they start to crib about hygiene, inability to leave the house and consider it as an an inconvenience 🙂 But A Jr and I love it! This evening it was so much fun to experience swimming in the rain.

What an eventful evening!

Got reminded of this bumper sticker on facebook, it says 

So there’s this boy…………. 

He kind of stole my heart

 he calls me “mom”! 



Posted on: July 17, 2009



The words we utter have a great effect. Some spilt here andthere hurt people. I experienced this today. Amidst all these repercussions, my little one A Jr, gives me a smile and an ubbbba**. I look at him and smile back. A kid knows when exactly to smile. Thanks to him, my cherub!

** kiss

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