Thus I was born with
those few basic programmes.
As voices and visuals poured in
I felt I got access to more.
Later I had my own words
Making me edit, delete,
Update and add more.
More faces, words, deeds
Knowledge, experiences –
The evolving continued.
Then the teenage rebellion!
The ordeals of life
Overhauled them often.
At times they were futile
Making me look pathetic.
Now here I am today,
digging into the enormous,
tangled pile of life files
searching frantically for
my disaster management docs!
Posted in Emotions, Life, Poetry, Uncategorized, Worries
Tagged Confusion, disaster management, Files, Life, Poem, Poetry, verse, Worries
In those moments of peace
There was nothing to stir
the tranquility of her mind.
Bored by the stillness and monotony
the mind had curled up somewhere.
Then the message beep!
Surprisingly she decided to check.
OMG! How come?!
Did he…? How can he…?
The mind woke up
She could feel
the pressure build up,
the breathing quicken
the stomach cramp.
She read it again, to confirm
before the explosion.
Only to realize – her prejudices
had pulled a prank on her.
Our little environmentalists from grade five did their bit towards creating awareness among the students on the World Environment Day. Aren’t their posters cute?
Once again my favourite tree quote:
Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. ~Cree Indian Proverb
Posted in Art, Blessings, Nature, Trees, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, Awareness, Creativity, Deforestation, Nature, Posters, School, Students, Trees, World Environment Day, Worries
I never keep buckets filled up with water. Reason – I am worried about my little mermaid. But two days back I had to fill up the huge bucket in the toilet after the water supply was disrupted for a whole day.
Since then one great fear had been bothering me day and night- what if she gets in while we are not noticing? The toilet had no lock on the outside. I started pestering my husband pouring out all my fears. Usually he keeps my requests in the freezer at least for a week. He kept on pacifying me saying: You are simply thinking too much; your worries are unfounded.
Surprisingly today (right on the second day of nagging, for the first time) he came home with a lock and he fitted it without even waiting for another day.
You know why?
The shocking news had reached his ears in the morning that the only daughter of Chithra – the most popular and adored playback singer of Kerala (India) – drowned in the swimming pool.
I got my job done.
A lock on my bathroom door is all I could do. I entrust God with the rest. God save our little ones!
Posted in Childhood, Daughters, Life, Safety, Uncategorized, Worries
Tagged children, games, mermaids, parents, play, safety, watergames, Worries
Floors, wash basins, tub, sink, stove, sofas, tables etc. – clean
Gas, lights, fans, a/c – turned off
Windows and doors – shut
Everything for tomorrow – ready
(Are you a career woman with kids? To apprehend this write-up fully, you need to be one.)
Some people fall asleep as easy as closing a book or turning off the switches. Blessed are those souls! Unfortunately I am not in their pack. There would be a lot many files to close before I shut my system down. If it is forced shut down my system is going to be in trouble.
I must go by the above checklist one by one.
My girls are so generous that they leave a feast in every nook and corner for the little nasty, nocturnal invaders. I cannot think of waking up in to a morning to I find my house overrun – here on the ground floor the risk is pretty high. Once again for the third (or fourth?) time that day I clean up the floors. The toilet floor is a dirt magnet which helped me make up my mind against going for a new slimming machine.
At the end of the day when I recline on the bed, it is the turn of uncertainties to horn in on me.
Did I lock the doors, especially the main one? It takes me one or two tries to convince myself that it is safely locked. Some say that is a psychological disorder. If that is so, I am in utter ‘disorder’ because I do the same about the gas stove too.
The alarm is set? Imagine the bus driver waking me up with his missed call and my hard-earned image of a punctual teacher getting shattered in front of all the teachers and students in the bus! NO! Let me check on that once again. My conscience tells me it is done but I proffer myself a reason for seizing the mobile a second time – the doubt: ‘Am I thinking about setting it today or yesterday?’ Every other day is a replica of the previous one. How to be sure whether ‘today’ is today or yesterday? It’s all in our head or sometimes above our head – in the ‘Matrix’ way.
I have to tell my school girl a hundred times (clichéd – I know, still mothers and teachers have a liking for that exaggeration) to get the books for the next day ready. Always she waits for the umpteenth reminder. She knows I will either carp at her or do the work for her in the fear of receiving a complaint note from the teacher. I can guess what the teacher would think –‘How can her mother, herself a teacher, could be so negligent?’ Well, I decide to wait till morning to ensure that.
As I try to close my eyes, they continue to seep in: morning assembly… preparation of diary… new time table… arts fest… books awaiting correction… assessments… class observation… zzzzzzz…
As I gradually triumph over them…
‘Amma, I’m thirsty…’
I can’t hear you dear… I am far away from you, in the land of Nod!