Saturday, April 27, 2013

I long for a simple cup of Chai

Tea drinking has become very confusing.  My grandfather and I used to share a cup of tea.  It went like this: take a simple yellow Lipton teabag, immerse in 1 cup of boiling water.  After 3-5 minutes remove teabag and toss.  Add milk to taste and a bit of sugar.  Voila !  Then we would each take a biscuit, sip our tea and chat.  Perfect.

Now, I can get a vente soy chai tea latte.  What is that anyway?  A ginormous soymilk tea tea ??  Translated into English, its a carafe of soymilk with a few teaspoons of some processed powder.

Buy  herbal tea, be prepared for the unsoclicited self-help tips. Relax.  Unwind. De-stress. Calm.  Sleep.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Be careful; its natural

We didn't read the fine print.  Our mistake.  My new husband (see previous blog entry) and I  enjoy those sweet little oranges so we bought the economical bag last week.  In my post-work, what shall we have for dinner haze, I happened to glance over at the bag and read the warning disclaimer, " may contain occasional seed"  --- um, its an orange; where I come from they ALL contain seeds, sometimes many of the!  Now, looking on the positive side,  it is a useful hazard awareness tip for the very young and very old and those who have swallowing problems; (though they may or may not be able to read and understand the fine print).........

What is next?  Will my banana have a sticker affixed that says "slippery when peeled?"

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Weddings and Marriage in a Digital Age

Something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new.........

Well now, its something interactive, URL, CD, invariably starts with www and doesn't even rhyme!

It all started when I didn't know where to get "Indian wedding cards" Lo and behold, "Indian wedding card dot com!"   Then we had a wedding website at, (a sarcastic moniker as I now know, weddings are never simple ) with photos, music, descriptions of our ceremony.  People we are not sure we know knew more about the ceremony than one could imagine.  They were able to buy bindis and Indian clothes on-line from links on our site!

The tablescloths were found on a website from Petaluma.  The table chargers and lily bowls also ordered from a website.  The engangement announcement cards, the thank you notes, the programs, wedding favors, bags, tissue all found on cyber searches.  We took virtual tours of many reception sites before finding the right one.  We needed plates that would suit Indian food and thought that Thali plates would be perfect;  as fate would have it, we ordered 1000 plates from  Cups, bowls, cutlery, napkins were all from

Our registry was on-line and we virtually suggested we wanted trivets, backpacks and frying pans.  Our Thank you list is being partially kept by Wedding channel and the rest is at under the "Your Thank you list" tab.   My parents', his parents' and Keith's invitee lists are very handily saved as excel databases and can be exported into labels.  My addressess were scribbled in a little book which was unceremoniously stolen when my car was broken into 2 weeks before the wedding.  I resolutely resort to the Indian tradition of hand-delivering invitations and the soon to be written thank you notes.  When we had no idea about a gift card so generously given to us,  we logged in to to check the balance on our gift cards. 

Our photos are on our friends' iphones, picassa links, and the expensive photographer sent us a CD in a very nice box.  My parents and 95 year old Grandfather want to know where the old fashioned "photo album" is - that thing you hold on your lap and flip through.  I tried to explain that they are photoshop-ing my blemishes out.  We have yet to view any video as we are transferring the little tapes into DVD's.  If we want to show any of our friends pics of the wedding, we must first drag them them to the nearest computer.   People have stopped asking to see photos now.

Luckily, I registered at the all-you-need-to-know-about-planning-a-wedding site "The knot" .com  They have now thoughtfully continued our subscription to "The nest" .com which has many helpful lists on how to set up a household. Should things go as we hope, we could soon find ourselves with a complimentary subscription to "the bump" .com. 

We have logged in to the SF county site to order an extra copy of our marriage certificate and I have logged in at work to download the latest benifiary form for my new husband.   It turns out the more important announcement is on Facebook!  When my then fiance changed his status to engaged, I had to "accept" his invitation.  No worries, I had a real time proposal prior to the virtual question, "Do you accept Keith as your fiance on facebook?"  After our wedding, as a testament to my commitment to our marriage, I changed my status first.  Keith graciously accepted my facebook invitation "to be married" and we are officially wedded according to our mutual 200 plus facebook social network.  

Something borrowed: my father's printer to print our lists and drafts
Something blue: the screen when my laptop overheated
Something old: the version of microsoft office I have so I couldn't read the draft of the program
Something new: a husband

I guess the cyber world has its place in love;  after all, despite having mutual colleagues and working 2 blocks away from each other, we first met when Keith gave me a virtual wink on

European sports announcers in the World cup......

I had started watching the world cup for the global football sportsmanship.   I continued to watch because I was rooting for Spain and the sports announcers were so entertaining!!

Here are some of my favorite quotes:
  1. He gave so much notice, He fairly sent a telegram that the ball was coming
  2. we are watching a 90 minute drama
  3. This is stranger than fiction
  4. Well, if the referee is going to be so persnickety
  5. He is fit but not so sharp
  6. he was a bit too cheeky
  7. The player fell in such an unceremonious fashion
  8. That is some obdurate defense
  9. Its beginning to look as though even one goal would be enough
  10. It loks as though the referee was going to blow his whistle and thought better of it
  11. He serves his country nobly
  12. I think he is trying to sort his feet out
  13. the promiseland of world cup winning is still in never never land for netherland
and my personal favorite:
14. It would have been a glorious goal, had it been forthcoming

Can you imagine this sort of announcing for the Patriots or the SF Giants??

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Sachin's Green Birthday Party

Sachin's been around the sun 7 times!!

It was such a lovely birthday celebration for Sachin today....all the kids had so much fun in the redwoods in Saratoga--they were all exploring the woods and trails! I was so proud of how my sister raised her kids; they are so comfortable and happy in nature! And she told the other kids to only make things for him-no gifts -- and he was so happy with that--so kids made him drawings and poems and gave him flowers. Then she gave them all herb plants as party favors--the kids loved their plants and were so careful to already start nurturing them. Nature and its inherent purity is a child's natural state--it was so wonderful to see them a part of the outdoors, smiling, learning, exploring --as it should be.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Do what we can do...

Objective: take my 94 year old grandfather to the beach

Caveat: we are taking Auto Rikshaws and he needs his wheelchair

Task: you bring the wheelchair and I'll bring Grandpa

The result is priceless!

Natural or Novelty

Amazing to me that the United States has made a most natural daily occurance around the world into a novelty for talk shows and debates. Michelle Obama, the First lady has decided to plant a vegetable garden in the White House yard. And now news pundits are debating, can "normal" people plant gardens and eat vegetables. Mrs Obama, to her credit, is having to justify and explain that fresh grown peas and tomatos taste better.

I can imagine trying to have this conversation in India with my relatives:

Me: I think fresh vegetables taste better than frozen, canned or otherwise altered ones
Relative: um, yes. That is why we buy our vegetables fresh for each days' meals
Me: And kids should know that vegetables and herbs come from the earth and can be grown
Relative: um, yes....the children see the farmers growing their crops in the fields along the main roads
Me: and people are healthier if they eat fresh food
Relative: ah, yeah....that is why there are less obese children here

pause and then I can hear the whispers....."I don't know what happened to her; she went to America when she was very young; maybe they live in some uncivilized concrete jungle; I feel sorry for her, maybe she never saw a garden; poor thing, they said she went to a good college"