Thank you from all the mice

Dear buddies,

Yesterday, I asked Lekha to fetch me the mouse which was lying nearby.  She walked all the way across the living room and came back with a toy mouse. For a moment  I was so proud that she was still an innocent little girl at heart, untouched by the treacherous tangles of technology. Even as these thoughts were swirling in my head, the truth hit me! It is after all a finger swiping world!

Thank you mobile technology for facilitating the mouse to get its identity back.

Mouse image courtesy Snuggles


Signature for the day


(It is Halloween, you can be whatever you want 😉


Farmer’s market

This past weekend, when I said to my son that we were going to the Farmer’s market, he asked me “Are we going there to get a farmer?” Living in the city is the bane of our existence. So I decided to educate him (and myself) on the benefits of supporting our local farmers and eating fresh farm grown organic fruits and vegetables. The farmer’s market by where I live, is a place where you can find lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables, locally prepared food and sometimes crafts by people in the community. Our local library also hosts events there such as story time for kids and crafts for kids. Did you know that the market supports the local farmers by letting them keep most of the profits they get from selling their share of the produce? There is less handling, less refrigeration required and less transportation cost. To the consumer, the market offers an easy way to buy fresh and healthy produce and a chance to give back to their local community.

In support of our farmers, they are trying to make a living just like the rest of us.


Tom and Jerry

The kids and I on our recent trip to the library, brought back a bunch of Tom and Jerry DVDs. I loved watching Tom and Jerry as a kid and was thrilled when my kids started liking them as much as I did. The cartoons centered on the hilarious antics of Tom, the cat, chasing his arch rival Jerry, the mouse, often have very few dialogues and just a few characters.  Still, I cannot think of a single cartoon series with such simple background music and crazy action scenes that makes me and the kids crack up as much as we do. Each episode filled with 15 minutes of non-stop belly splitting laughs, this is one cartoon, I will be never be too old to enjoy.

(image via Wikipedia)

“The Invitation”

Anne Cherian, in her latest book “The Invitation” explores the immigrant experience and its influence on Indian immigrant parents and their American born children. Frances, Jay, Vikram and Lali, who meet at UCLA at a time when Indian students were still a rarity, form the backdrop of this story. They graduate from UCLA expecting to be very successful and raising kids that are even more outstanding. When things don’t quite work out as planned, each is forced to rethink their choices and the decisions that got them there. Compelling in its narrative as it is in its message, “The Invitation” offers a glimpse into the kind of disconnect sometimes present between immigrant parents and their US born children. Growing up in India with the pressure to succeed in a fiercely competitive academic environment, and sometimes when even the basic necessities become a luxury that cannot be afforded, immigrant parents strive to create a future for their kids, they could only have dreamed of back home. In contrast, our kids born and brought up in the US, are free from this pressure and emotional baggage, they are taught to assert their independence not only in their thinking but also in their choices, even if that means graduating from MIT with a degree in computer science and going on to become a sous chef. To first generation Indian Americans, an important measure of success is to have the freedom to pursue their heart’s desire. This poses an interesting question, can or are we willing to let go of our traditional views and give our kids a chance to be who they want to be?  Seen through the eyes of an immigrant, this book has ample moments that some of us can truly relate to. Check out “The Invitation” now available in bookstores.

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All I need to know I learnt in kindergarten

My youngest son started kindergarten this year, and it gave me an opportunity to reflect on what I was taught when I was 5

  • Always share
  • Be nice to everyone
  • Don’t take things that aren’t yours
  • Clean up your own mess
  • Listen before you speak
  • Wash your hands before you eat
  • Hold hands and stick together
  • Use the magic words – please and thank you

If we all remembered these rules and stuck to them, is there really more we need, to be a better person?

(via “All I really need to know I learnt in kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum. )

The word of the day for buddies

Acephalous –

1. Without a leader or ruler.
2. Also, acephalic Zoology. headless; lacking a distinct head.

An acephalous society (from the Greek for “headless”) is a society which lacks political leaders or hierarchies. Such groups are also known as egalitarian or non-stratified societies. Typically these societies are small-scale, organized into bands or tribes that make decisions through consensus decision making rather than appointing permanent chiefs or kings. Most foraging or hunter-gatherer societies are acephalous.

The Igbo Nation in West Africa is alleged to be an acephalous or egalitarian society.

An acephalous society is what I am interested in living after seeing the recent debate from our glorious  acephalic leaders.