Archive for June 2008
The Harishs were in Chennai to spend 12 hours in the searing heat as they were getting bored of the Bangalore weather. Ok, I change that. The Harishs were in Chennai to visit Vidya’s grandmother, who wanted to see the kiddie. They came home in the evening, after spending the day with her relatives.
Ramesh and Raghu also came to meet Nano and the Harishs and to be with us for the dinner. Subru was the surprise package. He had informed no one that he is coming down to Chennai. This weekend Preethi’s parents are also here and so in all it turned out to be a memorable evening for all of us.
Nano (Vivek Krishnan) has grown up since I saw him last, and he was busy trying to learn how to turn around and lie on his stomach, though he couldn’t quite get his right hand out of the way. We all took turns to spend some quality time with him, though he kept going back to Vidya.
Preethi prepared yummy Pulav and Raitha for dinner and Harish had picked up a tin of Rasgullas. The best part of the evening was Subru joining us at the dinner table. I think this was the first time he had said no to eat something, anything!
We also witnessed the kick off of Euro 2008. I would love to see the mighty Germans win their first match at the Euro since 1996, and then go on to win the coveted Cup. But let us see whether someone again manages to refuse them the title.
I also used the occassion to fire up Preethi’s k550i and here is a collection of pix from the evening. Be warned though that the pix are a bit grainy thanks to k550i being not a very great camera phone, especially in the absence of very strong light.
Harish was returning by the 1130 train in the evening and since Raghu offered to drop them, Ramesh and myself managed to join the gang to see them off at the station.
On the way back we took the beautiful Beach Road (you were so right, Raghu. Vidhya and Harish would have loved the view and the well maintained road instead of the usual Royapettah route), and since Ramesh and Raghu were discussing about Dhoni’s new Chennai flat (though Dhoni himself has refused it as rumour), I took them inside MRC Nagar so that they could see the flat from outside. Not too sure whether they were impressed or not with what they saw.
Thus ended a wonderful day for all of us, and looking forward to the next meeting of RiceBowl Avenue kids, though when it is gonna happen, I don’t know now.
I had been to Trivandrum on 11th May for attending our beloved Sir’s Sapthathi celebration at Ayodhya Nagar Temple, Sreevarahom. Joining me were Harish (with Vidya and Nano) and Sarath (who managed to make it despite a very busy schedule with Manju and Veda mol) and Madhu.
Sir, for the uninitiated, is Mr. Duraiswamy, retired Assistant Executive Engineer, Kerala Water Authority. He started taking tuition early on in his career to help his family out financially. The habit, luckily for us, continued through the majority of his career. He played a very vital role in shaping the life and careers of many students including yours truly. I was a kind of student who was complacent and lazy and extremely prone to fits of inaction (when it comes to studies) and he worked hard to ensure that I had pretty good grades in SSLC. It was more like a gurukulam with a bunch of us staying there overnight to concentrate on studies during our SSLC days. I am sure Sunil and Sarath won’t forget those days in a hurry as we had some great fun during that time.
It felt good to know that what we did did bring lots of joy and happiness to Sir and Mami, though whatever we ever manage to pull off will pale in comparison with what they have done for us over the last 20 years. We managed to gift Sir an assembled PC and we are deeply indebted to Krishnan Mama (Harish’s father) for taking care of procurement and logistics.
The evening was mostly musical with Sarath playing the host and keeping the crowd enthralled was performances by Abhilash (who has made it a habit to win awards at events like SuperStar; a hugely talented kid who is learning Hindustani from Ramesh Narayanan), Sarma Mama (who had been with our beloved Thaadi’s Tharangini) and his daughter and son. Madhu played the spoil sport by refusing to play the violin (to be fair to him, actually he couldn’t bring it from Chennai).
People from all walks of life (Sir’s friends, former students, relatives) turned up to felicitate Sir and Mami. I am planning to start a shawl shop in the near future with his collection! :)
It was also a chance to catch up with old friends and other people from the childhood days. Met Jagadeesh and Paramesh and many others after a dozen years. Good that at least a few from the NSS batch of 1993 made it big!
Jiju and Sunil couldn’t make it since Jiju is in US and Sunil has shifted to Hyderabad.
Without further ado, here is the link to some of the pix from that musical evening and from the Ayush Homam that followed later in the week that I missed out on.