Times have changed, and so has the title. But, it is still the same place where reflections of my colorful thoughts are scribbled. They are sometimes crazy and sometimes deep, but most often they do make sense when I pause and take a moment to write.
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Day 272: Waiting to be born
This poem is dedicated to a special friend and little sister, 'D' as she waits for her little bundle of joy in a couple of months. As she celebrates her birthday this month (later) and she also had her 'seemantham' or baby shower end of last month, this is a special gift from me to her. As she thinks it is going to be a bonny boy, I have used 'he' in this poem.
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Represents 'D' and her 'I'
A child in you has now bloomed,
And he is still cooped in and tiny too.
Yet it is a wonder to watch an itty-bitty person like him
Just scoop out a large part of your heart just at his will.
He has you smiling even before you get to see him,
And now, the wait becomes even more beautiful
with each passing moment.
He knows you too well and so do you,
As, he has now walked almost many miles with you.
These past few months have been so different
That you now have to eat for two instead of one.
You are not sure if it is you who is waiting
To get your first look of him,
Or is it he who is waiting for you to just cuddle in.
It is so wonderful to watch him grow,
And see him sense every single beat.
He can watch your words and even remember at times,
Even as he swims inside just having fun.
Every time you smile, he is doing his moves,
And every bump you get is a high-five truce.
The sugar and spice keeps him happy and buoyant,
That even as you see a cake, you start drooling.
With each passing day, he is growing
And soon that day will come,
When he is ready to just pop out.
First thing he will do is seek a soft hand,
A small kiss and a cuddle,
And sometimes a sweet song.
He will learn the coos and will woo you,
With every little smile and even those real cries.
Soon he will grow up well and will wobble,
Take you for a ride as you run around nigh.
Sometimes a fiery word and a taunting look
Might trick him to stop scribbling the walls.
He will be your world and a handsome little champ,
For every day he grows he will wave his magic wand.
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.