Friday, January 2, 2015

Spiritual Philosopher!!

God as obscure object; questionable subject enforced ritual and beautiful feeling has entered into my little ones life.  I have tried  not to be forceable on the subject yet have made possible steps to promote the enchanting ideas believing in an higher conscience.
His attractions towards have God have had many ups and downs. But the recent questions and mode of thinking is very thought provoking. In general, Nature has made him a great thinker.
How questions makes me think he is budding scientist/Engineer.  But his Why questions are making me go crazy.
He had questions as these in various situations.

Why does the tree grow?? (This was clearly not a How question)

For him, King and God are one for the way their style of dressing.

Why God does not talk??

I told him. Stay quiet and you will hear him. After brief moments, he said he still cannot hear him. ;-) I said to myself "Thank God. He is still a budding philosopher"

Yesterday, when we went to temple. He had million questions on the God.
"Why is God saying hello". It funny to notice to the eyes of the little one, the blessing pose with one hand seemed like a hello.

Hail the king! Hail the God!! Hail our ancestors and their philosophy!!!

Ringing around the buzz words

Ringing around the buzz words

.com and internet are buzz words with my little boy. He wants to search internet for Cake recipes and passionate about cooking.

Abhinav got his first watch this weekend. He did the selection by himself. He finalised a red watch with Spiderman dial amidst my repeated distractions and temptations .We did not realise that it flashes light until we got back home. He was all excited about it until he discovered a small owner's manual with the Disney logo.
Somehow, that disturbed him, " When did Spiderman become a Disney guy?". Looks like the question was constantly nagging him that he kept asking that same question to my mother who called from India, his dad after he came back home and repeatedly to me. I was happy about two things apart from his observation

  • the aspect that he could not digest or accept against the thing he had already believed deeply.
  • the point that he kept nagging and was disturbed until he got a promising answer to it.

Finally, I had to breakdown the complex terms like acquisition to buying and further simper explanations. Adding to his existing confusions, there was this MARVEL logo in the package too. It took around three to four rounds of explanation before he seemed convinced.

The Best part of it is when he asked, "How did you come to know this?" Love you my boy!!
Then I had to explain that I had the same doubt when Divya aunty shared the same information with me that they went to Spiderman ride in Disneyland. He was convinced well "only" when I said I checked in internet also. After the double confirmation, he seemed completely convinced.It seemed that the word internet ringed the bell to change his deep (belief) understanding :-) 

(Dated: Sep 17 2014)

Hero and Villain

Nowadays, my little hero is very big fan of tamil movies especially the masala ones.

He was big fan of "Ko" even while he was  2 years old. He always used to love to run across the hall for the introduction theme music when hero chases the gang of robbers. The next on list was Thuppaki. He loved the stunts, music and heroine ;-) I remember that we were very excited when he watched the whole Singam - 2 movie with us on a movie night. He had few lots of favorite songs depending on the period of concern.  Neeram, Endrendrum punnagai, Singam dance tops that list.

Now, he has new outlook on tamil cinema. All this happened with the watching Kaththi movie in theaters. He loves the songs, the hero with the red shirt(that's how he calls it) and most of all the theme music and coin stunt. As the outcome, we enact the scene with lights off; music at the background and laundry coin box everyday evening. Abhinav is hero, me - the friend who switches off the lights and Nambi being the villain. It is so much fun seeing the little one so serious (with the music on) and of course hitting  hubby ;-)

He loves dancing for the dance numbers. So Nambi introduced him to "What a Karuvad" song  from VIP movie. He absolutely loves all movements that the actor makes in the song. He loves the high pitch "what a Karuvad" and the terminology "Sutta vadai". There are days where one could hear him continuously murmur the song. From the song,  the attention moved to that movie. He wanted to see the movie. He could not sit still to watch the whole movie. But he loved the way the actor reacts to the yells and scoldings of his father and highly attracted towards the word "Dhanda soru" meaning "sluggish person". (Uff!! It was tough to explain the meaning of the word)

Along side comes the movie Pokkiri(pronounced as Pokkidi), were he loves the Vadivelu comedy. He calls him "silly guy" and loves every comedy track of the movie. Fortnight back, I saw those scenes atleast a dozen times). I am made to enact the whole scene sequence where he is hit by the 2 guy and the girl(thats how he narrates it).

This morning during his daily chores, he narrated his favorite scenes of which each character in that movie. Following was the conversation we had:

Abhinav: That movie where the hero drinks the flower vase.
Me: ?!?!?
(After recalling all the movies he knew of.....found that) it is Pokkiri...
Abhinav: huh...yes...Pokkidi...
Amma...what is pokkidi pongal like??Is that a pongal? y do they call it like that...
Me: (Gave all evading answers.. He interrupted in the middle)
Abhinav: My favorite scene is when the hero  shouts "Help, help and help" in the elevator.
 Me: Why is that favorite?
Abhinav: That is silly.
Me: What is silly about that?
Abhinav: Hero shouting for help is very silly. Does hero shout for help?
Me(dumbstruck): Mhmm...huh!
Abhinav: Tell me...does hero shout for help?no...right...Thats why it is silly....
Me: uff!!
Abhinav: (Laughs) For the silly guy, I like when he is hit by 2 boys and the
Abhinav: Also i like the heroine
    (in that scene.?always. Before i could question further)
Abhinav: (smirks) You know when I like the villain??? (continues to Laugh) 
When he is dead...
Me: ?!?!###$%%

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Waiting to end the wait

As infant, all the time went in  
waiting for milk , nap , or cuddle.
As toddler, every day went by
waiting for the next pizza day.
In my boyhood, the days rolled by
waiting for the holiday breaks.
As a teenger, the day blossomed
waiting for the ladylove at the corridor
As a fresh grad, everyday passed by
waiting for the interview calls.
As an employee, the efforts went wasted
waiting for incentives.
As a husband, every moment of the daylight went
waiting for the nightlight.
As a father, the most exciting days constitute
waiting for the baby to be born
As a middle-aged man, the days flew by
waiting for some good rest
As a retiree, the days staggered to move
waiting for the kids to settle down
As a grandfather, the time almost froze while
waiting for the grandchild’s vacation.
As an accomplished man, after all the waiting done,
waiting for the wait to end!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Strike the Balance

Speed is style;
slowness is safe.
Speed is thrilling;
slowness is bland.
Speed impairs insight;
slowness comprehends consequences.
Speed enhances audacity;
Slowness impedes enhancements.
Not too slow; Not too fast;
chose the best and strike it right!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Eternal Elixir

It never gives complete satisfaction
Full moon over the wavy waters;
Striking Cool breeze in the running bus;
Fireworks across the city skyline.

It never gives enough contentment
Time with innocent infant;
Serial lamps in the quiet night;
Favorite drink in the open sky;
Seeing through the eyes of the loved ones
that you are the elixir of their life;
It never gives any quantifiable pleasure
but the addictive tranquility and craving
Life gets more exciting and absolutely relevant
having trapped in few such circular dependencies

Monday, June 9, 2014

Vibrations of Vishnu Sahasranamam

It is gloomy afternoon on first day of the week Monday. There is no mood to complete the goal; no energy to drive the mind for the purpose. But there was a small (divinely) drive to initiate a good change hence I started the Vishnu Sahasranamam from one of the online sites. I resorted singing some of the (just some of the...) lines which usually excites me. Ofcourse, I did continue the work toggling to hear the sahasranamam in background.

Little flashback on my encounters with Vishnu Sahasranamam:

The very first encounter(that I could remember) was when I was pregnant. My mother kept emphasizing on (at least) hearing it. She used to recite her routine recitals when I am around. Prior to those initial exposure(of just hearing), Sahasranamam  would just mean the delicious Prasadham for me.When I moved to US, Vishnu Sahasranamam book accompanied me. But Abhinav and me used to hear lot of Carnatic and devotional songs(Courtesy: YouTube) during our years of lovely days of bonding. We never did plunge into that Sea of Vishnu's namam though.

After a brief vacation, We were invited to Vishnu Sahasranamam Parayanam at Uma & Jeyaraj's home. There was this gang of our Tamil friends who assemble in one of their houses every weekend for recitals followed by Potluck. That day was my first effort to recite the Sahasranamam completely. As obvious, I was not great but I liked the experience which urged for more concentration. We decided to join the weekly recital sessions for the comfort of known people; good prospect of Abhinav's playtime; delicious food and the relaxation that it gave. (not in any particular order ;-) ). We managed to attend enough recitals (at various friend's place) for me to read the quotes fluently (with the notes). It helped me recover from my various sickness I was recovering from. It did change my perspective (of course, positively) on cooking.

It was not even a week from the day we organised sahasranamam at our place, I got a job and we moved to Parsippany. Vishnu Sahasranamam not just gives spiritual satisfaction.
Though we missed our usual gang, our friends in Parsippany did not let us miss the Sahasranamam recitals. We had couple of College friends in Parsippany who were ready to start a sahasranamam group in Parsippany. This group slowly
expanded to few more families. Nevertheless, the gang was small enough to experiment on singing aloud confidently.

Immaterial of the mood of my day; state of my health; place of recital, Vishnu Sahasranamam has never failed to boost my energy levels. I have grown matured; risen strong; revived my chords and reborn shedding my inhibitions after my association with the Vishnu Sahasranamam. I find myself active and lively after every recital of sahasranamam. But the simple  question keeps arising...

How does that small script(ok..little larger one) give such a reverberation?

Is it the bonding with the friends that creates the vibration? - I have felt energised even during my solo recitals - REASONING REJECTED
Is it the name of God that creates the positive vibration?   - This reasoning would not please an atheist. I am 200% sure Sahasranamam would create good mood irrespective of beliefs.  - REJECTED
Is the pschology in us that believes that it definitely creates positive vibration? - This cannot be true. The vibrations hit me even before I started believing in it. - REJECTED.
Does the phonetic rhymes ring the same oscillatory chime with the blood flow rate(heart beat rate)? - I tend to believe in this science. I surely follow Hinduism. But I would prefer some reasoning.

Can someone help me?