Dearest thatha

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Thatha on the left corner with me on the rightmost corner; bro right next to thatha (taken during our trip to Nepal in 2010)

 

Dearest thatha,

I know you are never going to read this, but I wish you could. Really!

After all these years of sharing stories and experiences, it’s hard for me to believe that you are not around to listen to what happened in my life today, tomorrow, and for the years to come… Why did you lose interest in my life, suddenly?  Do you know that you’ve left behind a deep void?

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You’ve always been around, for as long as I can remember. I remember being that kid in LKG refusing to go to school unless you’d comb my hair; while returning, you would be at the bus stand waiting with your cycle to pick me up; those memories will never fade, thatha…

You’ve always delighted me! Do you remember telling bed-time stories, every single night? I learned Shakespeare through your stories… How could I forget the Tempest, Comedy of errors, or even Merchant of Venice, or Hamlet? (You even used to subscribe to a Telugu children’s magazine to read new stories whenever you ran out of stories to tell me…The stories of Ali in the Glass house, Kuchelan, Rajaji and many more will remain etched in my memory forever)…

You took a personal interest in my life… Be it Wren & Martin grammar, or Set theory, or making the lens camera with the agarbathi box , or even the art of covering books with brown paper; I learned it all from you…

I always meant to learn how you made that special Rasam powder, your pickles, the Vetha Kuzhambu, and many more; I never got a chance to document your cooking specialties. How will I ever learn to make them your way, now?

Last but not the least

You smiled from your heart, and you’ve always liked seeing people around you happy. For you, “All was always well”; an optimist, and an eternal well-wisher. You were a charming man  thatha, and you inspired everyone to remain positive…

You were silent, and yet, your presence was deep in all our lives. At 87, you never took anybody’s help; rather, we all depended on you for different things…You have left an indelible impact in our lives…

While I miss your presence deeply, thou shall always live in my heart. You are a special man, thatha- then, now, and forever.

In your loving memory,

Swetha…

 

P.S:

Shrawan wrote this for you:

He was a man with very few words; Never showed much emotion as a person.

But you knew he cared deeply about his family. He just suffered in silence when his family suffered

Always a gentleman till the end. He enquired About Everyone’s well being . Secretly proud of their accomplishments. It was personal and he took it to his heart to take care of others.

He was greatly adored by his friends and family alike. Cheers grandad for the memories that we’ve shared.

It was a great ride. On your bicycle. Yes it was a special ride. With you it’ll be always be a bicycle ride.

That’s what made the ride fun.

Because they don’t make them like you no more.

RIP-

Your grandson – shrawan

 

P.P.S:

Thatha (granddad) went by the name: U.Ve.N.C. Parthasarathy Iyengar- S/O N.C.Singarachar when he lived. On Setpember 14, 2016, he attained acharya’s thiruvadi (as he may have liked to say)…

 

Taming the Taxes

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As a huge fan of the superstar, I didn’t want to miss out on watching the movie- First Day First Show (FDFS). As I nervously browsed through the various ticket booking sites trying to grab myself a seat, a chartered accountant friend of mine- Sheela- casually remarked:

“I wish people are half as worried about filing their taxes, as they are about watching the superstar!”

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6⁰- Game of Blogs Book Review

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I’ve often wondered what a crowd-sourced piece of work would sound like. How can disparate artists come together to create a quality product without having those creative differences and the artist’s ego? Would that even work?

Six degrees- Game of blogs: Blogadda’s edition of 3 different stories with similar characters, written by a team of writers dispels those notions about “being the creator or the artist”; more importantly, it shows how “team work” works!

Before we delve into the review, let’s take a look at the characters across these stories (all 3 stories have common characters).

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Hey There, You!

Inveterate notions surround our lives.

Think about this:

We believe in some things because our parents, their parents, their parent’s parents and so on believed in it.

While development in technology and social media has exposed us to different perspectives from around the world, we still continue to hold on to some of these beliefs- sometimes for sentimental reasons and sometimes, for convenience.

What if people could break out of that inertia and act differently for the better of the world? What if future generations could enjoy a life- free of gender discrimination, societal judgments, nit-picking and ego-triggered decisions?

Here are some 55 fictions- crisp stories that could show all men and women how normal the life of “equality by choice” can be.

These stories are applicable to all. While it may seem like there is a greater favor towards the women, remember this: “It is she who is fighting the harder battle against the society, and her own clan now”.

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I hope you enjoy these stories while also relishing the subtle message hidden in these tales:

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SHE

As a child growing up in the early 90s, I remember watching this movie star with awe; I was a huge fan and would watch all his movies with my mouth wide open!

In 2016, I still am a big fan, but, if I could go back in time to change that 1 thing about his movies, I would change those male dominated dialogues that featured in most of them. Not just his movies- umpteen others’ featured such dialogues. Situationally, those  might have made an impact on screen, but, objectively, those dialogues were pertinent even to a man- a message seldom conveyed in those movies. This in turn, led to the penetration of ideas on ‘how women should be’, ‘what they should do’ and so on in some ways …

As Indians, we are immensely influenced by the movies that we watch; we idolize our stars who are nothing short of demigods for many of us. And, having grown up watching these male stars dominate their female leads -sometimes in an uncharacteristic and yet an imposing way, we are tuned to believing that that is how it should be.

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