Weekend update

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 http://www.caferati.com/eventblog), 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!

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