Tuesday, February 25, 2014

First year birthday party - Yay or Nay!



Indians are popular for making everything grand – be it weddings or funerals. Sometimes I wonder why weddings are the way they are! In all the grand weddings, if you see, the bride and the groom are tired wearing heavy jewellery and attire and posing for photographs while others have tasty food (which the couple don’t even get to enjoy) and gossip around.  But inspite of it, we do not regret having a grand wedding of ourselves. We simply hope to enjoy looking at the photographs and videos someday and showing them to our children and narrating our love tale.

Similarly, the idea of first year birthday is quite controversial. If you see, children barely enjoy the day. They are confused why they are being dressed and put in the crowd. The parents get to enjoy meeting people and having food. The guests get goodies for their children and have fun. But we still hope that the children will enjoy looking at the photographs when they are grown up. Infact I remember that my sister used to ask for photos of her first birthday party which, sadly, got lost when we moved from Bombay (now Mumbai) to Nagercoil. So the idea is to just have a party, grand or not, and bring the baby celebrating birthday to spotlight, so that we can capture some good memories which we can share with the children when they grow up. And almost all children ask about how we celebrated their first birthday.

With that note, we have decided to host a first birthday party for our twins, who will be turning a year old in a month.  But there are lots of questions that need to be answered before the party. For example, will we sing the "happy birthday" song twice? In that case, will we have to let the twins cut the cakes back to back and not together? Regardless, I am hoping to create good memories for the kids to enjoy later...

Update:
We celebrated first birthday of our children at Hotel Residency, Trivandrum. Posting pics of rainbow-themed cake and decorations we had. The idea of this cake was taken from pinterest. 




SSN

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy new year!



2013 was a great year for me with my twins. And life has become more interesting now as they have started to communicate and play with each other. Hoping for an interesting and adventurous year ahead! 



SSN

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Labels



I got to speak to one of my old friends recently. She was married and had a kid and so many questions running inside her head. She said that there were times when she felt that she should have stayed single but still chose to stay married for the sake of unclear future and anxiety of being lonely. Also she did not want the labels that would stick to her if she gets a divorce.
Later, I took a stroll at the Jimmy Choo store at UB City mall here. The sumptuous display and the glitters in the ‘Abel’ pumps made me try them out. Then I asked the ultimate question- about the price. Though it was not difficult to afford, I did not buy as I considered it to be over-priced. But why would I spend so much for no one would even recognize my Choo as I am not walking the red carpet. But if not spend for the Choo, what am I going to do with the money. I will put this money for the apartment I would purchase or may be save it for the future or blow it on buying a new car or something . I am not sure. But if people can spend their valuable life for the sake of an uncertain future, why not simply spend on a lousy Choo? But again, I wondered, do the labels matter?
But then I got into thinking- I am sure I will be labeled as “spendthrift” if I had bought the Choo. But if a guy spends his money to buy the latest expensive cellphone as soon as it gets launched, he is a “gadget geek”!
This issue with giving different labels to women and men is not new to us. A woman is called “crazy” if she says something that the accusing man does not want to hear. She is “over-reacting” if he does not want her to react. If a man is playing pranks and joking around, he is “fun” but the woman who does the same is “immature” or "not a lady". Mostly, these labels are meant to suppress her from showing her emotions and expressing what she thinks. This reminds me of Bree Van de Kamp from Desperate Housewives who says that women need to wear a “mask” to hide their emotions to have power over men – quite debatable though.
While I was thinking about all these labels women have to carry, I came across this recent Pantene Ad Campaign coincidentally which for sure would strike a bell to almost all women.



"Don't let labels hold you back. Be strong and shine."

SSN 

P.S. I did not buy 'Abel' as I discovered similar looking ones in Zara and it is not as expensive as Jimmy Choo's. And ofcourse, labels don't matter.
 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Why wait...



... till the new year to eat healthy or hit the gym or stop smoking?




Tomorrow never comes, but the new year does?


SSN

Thursday, November 21, 2013

From 1 B.C. to 1 A.D.

It has been two years since my last update in this blog. Lots of events and updates to share! Lots of travel, then pregnancy, holding my twin babies, post-pregnancy blues, keeping up with my career, the list goes on. It has been a roller-coaster ride, I should say!
Life is totally different now- I am in my A.D. phase now, "After Delivery" that is. My B.C. (Before Children) was pretty much packed with days which had no proper routine and we had the freedom to go-anywhere-anytime without much of planning. All I had to do was grab was my favorite handbag and a matching pair of shoes. But now, who cares about matching shoes for the diaper bag that I carry around! I barely fit into my old clothes! Life is really busy with my office work and chores at home. I sometimes wonder what I used to do with all this time earlier. And my experienced friends say that it will never settle down and is going to be an uphill. Though it scared me initially, I have started to make peace with this fact. Since then, I am enjoying this life.


When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.   - Theodore Roosevelt

Hoping to make more posts.

SSN

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mix n' Match

Old temples had tall gopuras (monumental towers) which had sculptures and cravings of Hindu mythology or the deity of the temple. But this new temple has a gopuram with a police-man and a police-woman sculptured in it-


Found in one of the temples in the 'Temple City' aka Madurai

SSN

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Why I prefer Facebook to Google+

Google+, the most happening site of the month, somehow doesn't impress me as much as I had expected! To me, Google+ profile is merely my old 'Google Profile' with friend groups and all my gchat, Youtube, Orkut, Buzz, Maps, GMail and Picasa accounts linked to it with fancy names like "circles", "sparks" etc. And yes, not to forget about "+1", which is just the same as "like" in Facebook.

But, the whole idea of having a single account to use all our Google widgets is cool. It has its own set of pros and cons. With a single sign in, we can have the entire web experience- social networking, web search, mails, photo sharing, video sharing and everything possible in a web, which is good! Given someone's name in the web, the complete history and geographical detail of that person can be tracked. Not to forget that ads will be beautifully placed as Google will pretty much know all of our interests and everything we do in the web world. Those details will in-turn be used for page ranking and ads placement by Google for obvious reasons. To know more about Google+ in an advertiser's perspective, click here. But people who are worried about privacy might not like all of these.



You would have noticed that all photos in Google+ is shared using Picasa. But a big mistake is that Google+ profile pictures have become "public" in Picasa web album. Looks like Google image search on someone's name will return his/her photo, which is highly undesirable to many. I just wish that something is done about it by making the 'Privacy settings' better.

And what's the big deal about "circles"? It is just the same concept of friend groups but with a fancy user-interface! Moreover, selecting a circle for every post is just tiring to me! Please let me know if there is a way to set a default to this. The default should have been "Your Circles" instead of "Public". And, People can just randomly add me to their circles irrespective of me adding them to mine. This might hurt sometimes when I add someone to my circle, and that person doesn't, but I still appear as his follower- This was something that I hated in Buzz and now they have propagated here too. I've always preferred the classic way of sending friend request to get into someone's network.

"Hangout" is something which is interesting, I should agree. I can create group of all my friends and just "hangout" with them. Let's see how far people would use this feature though.

BTW, what about communities/pages? Isn't there something similar in Google+ or did I miss it somehow? But people can just open a separate Google Account in the name of the community they want to start and post/share things in Google+. Others can follow them and they need not follow any. But not sure if there is any alternative to 'Discussion forum' here. But overall, wish there was something similar to the 'Facebook Pages'.


And Google should also find a way to facilitate use of Apps for games, quizzes and others to improve the social experience. We are used to having fun by using an app and publishing on the Facebook Wall and seeing people comment on it.

Overall, except for "Hangout", I am not moved by any other feature in Google+. Moreover that is the only new thing introduced here and we had everything else already, just that they were in different names. And the greatest irony of all time is that Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is the most followed user in Google+ !

SSN