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Day 113: Thanks to a great person
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This is a personal post. This is to thank a wonderful person I know. He is my A's uncle. The one person in the family who is different (yeah, all of them are unique, but he surely is) and special. He is a great and distinguished professor. He has won prestigious awards for his service to the student community and contribution to research. A genius mathematician and computer scientist, he is the most humble person I have ever met (of course, after my dad). He reminds me of my dad in many ways of being very simple and humble. He has varied interests in old movies, books, and of course, puzzles. Despite his quiet demeanor, he does make his presence felt. I remember a family dinner meeting we had at A's cousin's place and one of our friends was invited for that. Even though my uncle-in-law just stayed for the conversation for about 10-20 minutes, he left a mark and in fact after that, our friend was keen to know more about him than others. He never boasts of his achievements and is a patient listener. He is very nice and I am glad my A got some of his traits :D and interest in science because of him. He is also wonderful with kids and all of A's nephews and niece love to spend their time with him more than anyone else. I don't know how he does it but he amazes me how he can keep them hooked and curious with fun and interesting experiments. He also shows little magic tricks. He is a great person and this thank you note is for his kind and thoughtful cards he posts every occasion. He was very kind enough to even send a nice gift and a lovely note for even getting through an exam. Thanks to him, Thanks to A for giving me a great family and thanks to God.
Today is Chingam 1 (to be read as onnu). It is the new month according to the lunisolar calendar. This month is also called as Avani and Shravana. So, why is this month special? This month marks the beginning of the festival season back home and the it is fun to have small celebrations through the months until mid- December. It is also the month of Onam (Harvest festival in Kerala).
The first festival we have this month is the 'sacred thread' changing ceremony for men/boys who wear that. This is followed by usually the birthday of little Krishna and then the elephant-head god, Ganesha. Then comes Onam followed by the beautiful month of Navaratri or Durga Pooja. So, the big set of festival season is here and here is a wish to all of you on Chingam 1. Wishing you all blessed and excellent months ahead. Have fun!
Do you guys know about Manjadikuru ? They are the little red seeds. For anyone who is from God's own country or is familiar with Kerala wouldn't have missed this. There is something special about holding them, playing with these seeds. Usually, most homes will have a small 'uruli' or a bowl filled with these beautiful and shiny red seeds. In most Krishna temples in Kerala, you will come across a small 'uruli' with Manjadikuru. People believe that it is lucky to take these seeds with both hands and just play with them when you visit a temple. Some even leave a couple of coins as they do this. In Guruvayoor (my favorite place), you can see a big 'uruli' with manjadi.
So, why and how did this become prevalent ? It goes back to a story from the past. Many years ago, there lived a poor lady in northern Kerala. She was an ardent devotee of Lord Guruvayoorappan (Krishna) and always wanted to visit Guruvayoor. She could not afford to buy any offering (nived…
Bucket List. A term that has become popular much after the famous movie with the same title in 2007. The term would have probably taken after the euphemism 'kick the bucket', which was again popularized in the movie, 'It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world'. The 2007 movie was a massive hit and how would it be not? It had Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in the lead. The term was meant to have a list of things you wish you can do before you leave this world.
It is like a goal list that can evolve as you grow and change perspectives in life. I used to have a wish list that worked as a to-do list mostly like a work list for short-term goals. However, off late, I have decided to make one and keep it as an ever evolving list.
The first one on my list as of now (that was from the past too) is to get my biggest degree in life. Hopefully I will tick that one off my list soon.
Do share your thoughts on your list and how do you plan on getting it all checked out.