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Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

We bought a new stereo player 10 days ago – Navin bargain-hunted it from Richie Street – so I won’t drop any (brand) names here! This purchase was prompted by the failure of our branded two-in-one (how obsolete that sounds in today’s 6-in1s and7-in-1s) in playing our old cassettes, more about which we have plenty. We use it only to listen to FM Radio, that too occasionally.

So I’ve been listening to some of my “Everlasting Love Songs” and other such collections on the new player. So much sentiment and mush – I love it! But I think it’s more because each cassette takes me back to the time and circumstances in which it was recorded or bought. But it was so sad that I could not play one of my fav collections called “20 Super Love Songs” (from somewhere abroad, flicked from a friend). It has some lovely songs like “Power of love,” “Endless love” (oh, this one can haunt you) and of course “Hello” and “I want to know what love is.”

Here’s a bit from Patti Austin’s “Smoke gets in your eyes” on deception and betrayal. Love the logic behind the imagery!!

“When your heart’s on fire,
You must realise
Smoke gets in your eyes…”

Right now, I’m listening to Air Supply’s “Lonely is the night.”

Weekend update

Monday, April 18th, 2005

The Zine5 fourth anniversary get-together on 16th was a disappointment with only five of us being present. But most writers informed us beforehand that they would not be able to make it. Mina of Mina’s Musings and her hubby Dilip (who has also written irregularly for Zine5), internist and Arun Ranganath of Arun’s Corner arrived one after the other. We had a good time swapping stories. My cook Kanaga made moong sundal and we had soft drinks to go with it (yes, the food is important).

After Arun left, the four of us went and had dinner at “Pasta & Noodles” at Besant Nagar. We have always loved the continental food there, but much to our dismay, this time both veg and non-veg dishes had liberal amounts of Indian spices, which made them quite unpalatable.

Reading about Caferati’s Chennai meet (check out their upcoming events at, I told Navin that we should do something similar – a reading or some activity that will bring our writers together and be meaningful for them too. Surprisingly (or not so surprisingly), our friend and writer GVK of Dateline Mysore wrote in with a suggestion to have Zine5 writer meets in smaller towns. We must explore options.

Sunday, made our first “managed publishing” proposal to a retired sales & marketing hotshot. Let’s see if it works out. Then off to T. Nagar for saree shopping. I wanted to buy a new saree for Dhana’s brother Montu’s wedding that’s coming up on 28th. I’m shopping for a saree after years. Much parking hassle later, we landed in Chennai Silks. I bought a semi-raw silk saree in ‘Fanta’ (as a saree-crazy ex-colleague would say) orange with a golden beige border – yummy. Can’t wait to wear it. Geetha recommended a tailor in Mylapore and hopefully Priya (N’s colleague) will get it to him to get the blouse stitched and the other paraphernalia done!

After dinner, we kept our dessert appointment with Nithila and the Baskarans. Nithila couldn’t wait to bring out Alli’s three cute furry bundles. All of 20 days old, they are just beginning to walk, their hind legs not fully cooperating on the mosaic floor. Here’s a pic:

After a bowl of fruit salad with ice cream, Nithila showed her pics of the villages and kuppams from her tsunami work. Navin was fascinated with her pics and stories of the nari-kuravas. It was eleven when we finally left!

First post

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

Hi, viagra 60mg thanks for stopping by. I have to admit right at this stage that this is my second attempt at blogging. My first blog lasted all of one week and 2 rather long posts. This time, I’m going to be sensible and try to write short posts, but keep it up every day. Let’s see… Navin’s probably the happier of the two of us 🙂 – he’s been urging me forever to blog, especially after he started blogging regularly.

Watched The Grudge last night. Based on the Japanese horror movie “Ju-on” and directed by the original director, the movie was touted to be similar to the very scary The Ring. But for me it was too gimicky, without real emotions, no acting (Sarah Michelle Gellar walks through her part like a zombie) , and not much scary. Navin was yawning through the second half of the movie and we were cracking “Scary Movie” type jokes about the alleged “ghost”!! “The Ring” was definitely a class apart.

We have another DVD – Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” – to watch tonight.