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Another of the “this happened to me” posts. This is one such incident that makes my mom endlessly angry even today, because of the harrowing time she faced, all thanks to me.

 I was around 4 years old at the time and used to be curious about anything I saw. My grandmother was ill most of the time and she had a huge collection of different medicines near her bed. And that was my favorite hunting ground at the time.


The routine went like this. Everyday, I used to finish playschool and immediately run to ajji for my afternoon nap. My mom says that I was a docile kid and generally dint trouble her to put me to sleep.


 One afternoon, ajji made several attempts to put me to sleep, but failed. Since she was tired, she dozed and that was my opportunity to put my searching skills to test.

I was particularly curious of all the different colored liquids in Ajji’s medicine bottles and so I went on tasting one after another.


I dint like the taste of the first couple I tried, but the third one interested me and I poured the entire bottle down my throat. It was a harmless cough mixture that ajji used to consume. I was playing for a little while and then the medicine started to take effect and then I got knocked off and slept. Ajji, meanwhile woke up and saw that I was sleeping, almost dead to the world, and so felt that I must have got exhausted and slept. Initially she did not find anything amiss, but soon she found that the cough mixture was empty, even though she had opened a new bottle just the previous evening. Immediately she realized that there was some connection between my sleep and the missing cough mixture. She understood that I had consumed the entire bottle and was shocked for a moment. She recovered soon enough and called my mom who took me in the same sleepy knocked off stage to the doctor who assured her that it was common for kids of that age to do something like this and I would be all right soon enough. I woke up, feeling terrible and not aware of what havoc I had unleashed.


The relief Ajji and my mother experienced is something that cannot be bound in words.


It was from then on that all medicines were kept away from me, and even today, it is an unwritten rule at home that I inform someone about any medicine I consume.


Have any of u faced similar situations? Do write in.


Lucky me….I was pretty upset with my lethargy of not posting regularly, and now, the threat of exams looming near made me postpone things for a little longer. As I was browsing for some study material, I thought I would check my mails and saw Sanjay’s comment on my previous post which also alerted me about the tag. So, this post plays a dual role, I have answered the tag, and also put something up for my visitors to read.  

Q1. Are you happy/ satisfied with your blog, with its content and look?
      Well, regarding the look, yes. Regarding the content, if I were to rate myself on  a scale of 1-10, I would say 7.0

Q2. Does your family know about your blog?
    Yes, they do, but have just a passing curiosity, (which I am thankful about) and are always warning me about being too vehement on certain issues. I wouldn’t want people at home lecturing me about my style of writing and the issues I choose etc.

Q3. Do you feel embarrassed to let your friends know about your blog or you just consider it as a private thing?
No, I like to let people know that I write, and I want a response from most of my blog visitors, and so I do advertise …ahem ..ahem… J

 Q4. Did blogs cause positive changes in your thoughts?
    Yes, blogs caused a lot of positive change not only in my thoughts, but also my personality, I was a shy, hesitant person before I was introduced to the world of blogs that too quite by accident, and blogs helped me change for the better.

  Q5. Do you only open the blogs of those who comment on your blog or you love to go and discover more by yourself?
Not always, though there is a tendency to only read blogs of those who read my blog. I generally have a select list of blogs, and though these bloggers do not know me, or rather I haven’t commented on their blog, I visit them because I like the content.
Q6. What does visitors counter mean to you? Do you care about putting it in your blog?
It did, at some point of time. Not anymore, since I myself have become quite irregular at posting. I do have a “Blog Stats” widget, but do not bother much about it now.

Q7. Did you try to imagine your fellow bloggers and give them real pictures?
 Oh yes, and it was fun meeting up and finding out that the mental picture and the physical being were pretty different from each other.

Q8. Do you think there is a real benefit for blogging?
Ask me, and I’d say yeah, at least just to vent out my angst about issues, share my thoughts and gather people’s opininions.

    Q9. Do you think that bloggers’ society is isolated from real world or interacts with events?
No, we are not isolated from the real world. Far from it, I think we are more responsive to issues that occur in everyday life and many blogs have also played vital roles in calamities and the like.

Q10. Does criticism annoy you or do you feel it’s a normal thing?
It’s pretty normal, though I don’t like the usage of abusive language and touching one’s personality by way of criticism.
Q11. Do you fear some political blogs and avoid them?

I am an apolitical person, but do go and vote as a responsible citizen, and there ends my political interest. Political blogs……do we have them in India?

 Q12. Did you get shocked by the arrest of some bloggers?
Oh, I didn’t know this…and why were they arrested? It was upsetting to know that a few blogsites were blocked last year, but the ban was soon lifted, and I did not pay much attention to it.
Q13. Did you think about what will happen to your blog after you die?

Forget dying, I keep wondering what will happen to my blog when I eventually lose interest. Initially I wanted to maintain my blog like a diary, one I hoped my children and eventually their children would read and understand a bit of the queer person they had for a mom and grandma, but now, my focus is on keeping the blog active, because of my sporadic posts.

Q14. What do you like to hear? What’s the song you might like to put a link to, in your blog?

The list is huge, and my favorites keep changing. If I had to choose, I would say two songs have always remained on my list.

 1)     Tujhse naaraaz nahin zindagi — from Masoom

2)     Ae Zindagi Gale Lagaale — from Sadma 

And I pass the tag on to Neela and Su.

I am guilty……. of not posting as often as I think I should, and of not visiting the blogs I read…..not commenting on good posts….

 Put it down to lack of drive, sheer exhaustion and most important of all, lethargy.

I come across many hilarious incidents in my workplace, and feel that I must share them with my readers, but unfortunately everything, every paper and every file I handle is classified information…. I feel very sad that I am unable to share those gems on this domain…

 I have a host of ideas buzzing in my head, and am mentally trying to sort out and prioritize them so that I can give you doses of my ideas at regular intervals. Hope I can get to do that soon.

These sporadic visits would probably continue for a month more.I hope I can sort out issues much before that, and get back to serious blogging at the earliest.

I will keep writing off hand. Thanks for being patient.

Its nearly a month since I logged off from the blog world.….I had to ensure smooth transfer of responsiblities at my former work place, and had a blast at the farewell. I had a hectic vacation that lasted exactly 7 days,which were spent getting ready for my new assignment…Couldn’t get time to talk to Su who was in Bangalore…. Couldn’t enjoy the stay at home I was yearning for…but that is life, and accept it gracefully, we have to.

 I am at my new workplace now…finding my feet in the maze….it’s 10 days since I started work…10 days of new experiences. I  had the company of  ten other novices and so I was not alone as I faced the dragons there… 

Recently I met an old friend who is actually my ex teacher.We got talking about people’s needless fancy towards English and the aftereffects of such a hangover.

She shared some rare gems. I thought I can share them here:

 She said,”Each  answer sheet I evaluate is a specimen in itself. Most of the applications are written in full seriousness, but being the nit picker I am, I only see faults in them, for example, I cannot accept bad grammar or bad spellings. Initially it is anger and then the sheer nonsense sends me to fits of laughter, and most of my colleagues cannot understand what’s happening to me. My only question to most of the people writing them is why trouble yourself writing in a  bombastic language that is unfamiliar ?Why make life complicated?

  “I  have requested  all  their goodself to search the buffaloes  and back them”( notice !!)

 “I have parked my vehicle opposite Park Plaza.. It was missing when I come back. I respect it has been stolen. Homes is near to Dr XYZ’s resistance. Please stress my vehicle for me”.(letter writing!!)

 “I was coming near to Centrle Libry at 9.15 PM, some robber attacked me near my Nix Lips….” (letter to the editor!!)……”

No doubt my ex teacher still looks young and energetic–laughter IS the best medicine.

Pray, can anyone tell me which part of the body “Nix Lips” are located? 

 I mean no harm or offence to anyone here, but is our education system so terrible? 

Its Six months since White Phosphorous became reality. Six months of glorious interaction with amazing personalities… It’s been wonderful to share my musings, cribs, favorite poetry, little tit-bits of knowledge, rants, culinary jaunts and anything I felt was worth sharing, with each one of you.

 I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for reading everything I wrote, and encouraging me to go forward. I have been fortunate to have so many people take interest and read everything I write.  

Now, it’s time for me to take a break………………I am in a transition phase, undergoing changes in my professional life and want to enjoy the little gap I will be getting, with family and friends. There are long due visits to relatives’ houses and temples, and I plan to make the most of this little holiday I am getting.

 I will not be able to blog as frequently for the next 15 days, hope to be back with a bang after that. Plan to get back fresh and rejuvenated, and hope to keep you entertained with more.

Ta Ta till then.

So this is another post I felt I simply had to share with my readers. I had a host of issues to write about, and had also finalized on a couple of topics, and was drafting them, when I happened to watch this program on TV, which made me stop all other things, and write about it. 

This is some local channel, whose specialty is Astrological Programs. Yesterday I was watching one such program on numerology. Now I have watched this program several times earlier. It goes something like this. 

The program begins with the compere, in this case, the astrologer/numerologist taking up one issue for discussion.

 He speaks of this issue for the first half hour of the program, the remaining 30 mins is spent taking calls from various people about their problems and how he thinks some Pooja can solve them and changing their names or whatever. 

The show on last Friday focused on the Supernatural. He spent some time analyzing why people become ghosts, and then he moved on to the classification of ghosts, yes, you read it right, classifying ghosts into several categories. Okay, now the classifications.

  • Devva
  • Bhoota
  • Pishaachi
  • ShaakiNi
  • DhaaKiNi
  • Mohini
  • Kutti Chaataan

 The first three of the list belong to the male species of ghosts; any man, who dies prematurely, i.e., without completing his complete life cycle, turns into a ghost. This may be death because of an incurable illness, murder or accidents. I don’t know why he took the trouble of making three separate classifications.

Harm Rating on 1-5 (1 signifying least and 5 signifying maximum) – 3

  Now the interesting part.The next three on the list belong to the female species of ghosts. I will take some time to define and explain each variety. 

  • ShaakiNi – This variety comprises of all those married women who die prematurely, because of dowry harassment or some accident or some other mishap.

         Harm Rating  – 3.5

  • DhaaKini – This variety comprises of all those women who die untimely deaths because of protracted illnesses , married or unmarried notwithstanding.

          Harm Rating – 3.0

  • Mohini – This is the most dangerous variety; All women who suffer a “love failure” and commit suicide or are murdered, become ghosts of this category. The Astro-Numerologist was emphatic about warning the unsuspecting viewers about them. He repeated this more than 5 times during the episode- this was the most dangerous category of ghosts.

          Harm Rating – 5.5 

  • Kutti Chaataan – These are child ghosts. They are the least harmless, and are pranksters.

         Harm Rating – 2.0

 Then he spoke of “Love Failure” and said that people who are born on 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 27th & 30th are bound to be unsuccessful in love and he recommends breaking up if the boy or girl or both are born in these doomed dates. He also asked men to be wary of girlfriends born in these dates and warned them never to antagonize their girls, lest they commit suicide and haunt them for several births to come. 

Summing up, he said that before having an affair, it is better to check the prospective partner’s date of birth and then proceed. Does not matter if he / she is having other dreadful diseases. The main idea is that the girl should not die and become a Mohini and haunt the poor chap.

 So, all you guys and girls in love out there, beware…..   

Continuing the list of Bangalore Localities, this time the focus is on the differently named areas of Bangalore.

Here is a list of them. 

  • Yelahanka
  • MadiVaaLa
  • PeeNya
  • Malleswaram
  • Nagavaara
  • Nagarabhaavi
  • Audugodi
  • Horamavu
  • HuLimaavu
  • Kadugodi
  • Anekal
  • Attibele
  • DoDDabele
  • Attiguppe
  • Kengeri
  • Kathriguppa
  • Whitefield
  • Agaram
  • DoDDakannelli
  • Kengeri
  • Hoody

Any idea why these places are named so? I know for sure that Malleswaram got its name from the Kadu Malleswara Swamy temple of the locality.

 Readers…please throw some light on this.