Wednesday, August 27, 2008

2 Awards!! How much better can it get?!

When this blog started, it was my personal place on the wide Tundra called the internet. The url was difficult, so only the most determined readers could come back here (obviously, i never thought anyone would favorite this place or try to remember it)
A few years later, this is my friends' place - like a daily cocktail party with conversation that one likes.. a sounding board and a suport group, all rolled into one.
And now, there are also awards - 2 of them so close to each other! Does that make my day? You bet it makes the whole of my motherhood year and more!

and Mampi's Brilliante Blog Award

Thank you! And Thank you! And Thank you!

This award is for blogs whose content and design are brilliant as well as creative. The purpose of the prize is to promote as many blogs as possible in the blogosphere.

1. When you receive the prize you must write a post showing it, together with the name of who has given it to you, and link them back.

2. Choose a minimum of 7 blogs (or even more) that you find brilliant in their content or design.

3. Show their names and links and leave them a comment informing they were prized with ‘Brilliante Weblog.’

4. Show a picture of those who awarded you and those you give the prize (optional).

5. And then we pass it on!

Here is passing on the Brilliante awards:

1. Adi - His imagery with words defies description and is among the best that i have ever come across. What is more, he has been producing this kind of poetry consistently!! Brilliant is just the word for what he writes.

2. Law and other things - One of the more sorely needed blogs in India.

3. All the mommy bloggers that i have met here in the blog world. Before i went to these blogs, my idea of a mommy blog was a place where children are discussed. Correction: Children are discussed, being a woman is discussed, not in hushed tones, but in open asserted pride. Intelligence and the ability to articulate make a wonderful reading combo.

4. Nabeel - He has not posted in a long time, but every single post they make is wonderful. Nice. Informative. I am partial to this blog.

5. Soulbrush: The Giggles series is truly, genuinely brilliant!! The other series on this blog - One Word, is pretty awesome too. That's a sharp mind behind a soft veneer - a very, very sharp mind.

6. Solitaire: Quick and easy and entertaining does it. Her other blogs are nice too, but this one totally takes the cake!

7. Twisted DNA: This one goes out with a groan. Because no matter how much i try, this blog cannot be avoided if we are talking about brilliance. Not all posts are politically correct, but almost all of them are side splitting funny. This blog has also been consistently awarded every time one had the opportunity (yes, thats boring), but consistency does it - again!

And now for the I Love Your Blog Awards:

These are the rules:
1. The winner can put the logo on their blog
2. Link the person you received your award from
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you’ve nominated.

This one is personal, and can be, to some extent, biased. However, if u have got the brilliance award above, consider this one automatically awarded. These are the blogs in addition to the 7 above.

Mampi: Yes, i like both - her wordpress blog and the blogger blog. I love them both.

Z: I like her, have liked her warmth, her quiet, Brit sense of humour, and the impeccable language on the blog. I love this blog - always have.

Aurora Sky: Yes, she writes well. But its more than that. its the way she forces you to see your own ghosts in a mirror that she draws in front of your eyes. She is almost.. unreal, and yet, so real.

Cyberkitty: I just like this blog. period.

Human Being: I love the blog, and i love the person behind the blog. This is a marriage of rare interlligence with even more rare empathy and genuine human warmth.

And last but not the least, i really like my Esha blog. it helps me talk, however rarely, and i love the fact that there is a place where i can write what i feel about esha, though one does not really update that place so much any more..

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

More on Ishaan

Sorry I have been away.. as can be expected, was busy with Ishaan, and then we had to travel to another city for his mundan...hence the long gap.

Ishaan is better now.. and i can only hope that this was a one off allergy. We started his homeopathy treatment right after the comments on the previous post about Ishaan..

Thank you, Village..and time to celebrate! (Ishaan had his mundan- the traditional shaving of the head, and his Birthday by the Indian calendar) - So, who wants to come for the party? :-)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Belated... Happy Independence Day!

Couldnt find anything appropriate.. till this one came along..

कभी माँगता है मन भी
थोड़ी सी दवा
नींद से जागने की...
और जाग कर,
फिर वही सवाल...
तुम क्या कर लोगे अकेले?

सोये रहो.... सोये रहो....
नींद में मनाओ खुशियाँ
आंखों पर लगाओ सुंदर से चश्मे
सोये रहो सोये रहो॥

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

More on Ishaan

The diagnosis is confirmed. It is a respiratory tract infection brought on by an allergic reaction of the respiratory tract. Both the upper and the lower tract are involved (i.e., everything from the nostrils to the lungs).

That part, we know of. It is the unknown that is worrying me. The doctor confirmed that he looks pale. He is still not eating or digesting anything that he eats. Last night, we managed to get 3 spoons of dinner into him, and it all came out an hour later. All of it was completely undigested. Exactly as it went inside. His eyes are puffy and he is gritting his teeth too much.

He needs extra care, bcs children with Atopic dermatitis are expecially prone to Asthma , and this is his first allergy.

There are times when i wonder why a little child has to go through all this. At other times, i am fighting other people at home to do certain things for him.

And then, i think of you - of friends in this virtual world who hear me out, send good words my way, and perhaps also a prayer or two (I strongly believe in the power of prayer), and an involuntary smile comes along.

How many times can one say, Thank you.. and yet, each time comes as heartfelt as ever, if not more.. I dont know what i would have done without you.. and my dependance on u grows... :-)

Monday, August 18, 2008

Update on Ishaan

He was put on antibiotics immediately( the day of the last post) and was recovering well till the 16th (Saturday).
The UTI test result came up negative (????)

And then, on the 17th morning, he woke up with a runny nose and phlegm loaded cough. This was new. The other symptoms appeared to be under control.
We opened a new bottle of the oral antibiotic. He ingested just a bit and reacted very violently. He threw up immediately - the medicine and all the meagre quantity of food that we had managed to put into him.
By afternoon, the runny nose was worse, the cough had become insistent and heavily loaded with phlegm. The doctor and the parents were both confused.
Then, i gave him a home made concoction to control the runny nose and the phlegm. It worked and he was almost normal by evening. We tried to give him the second dose of the antibiotic, and then our nightmare began.
He threw up the first dose that we tried, and coughed up a lot of phlegm, which was funny. The runny nose came back in full force, and the boy was totally lethargic for the next hour that he was awake. Then we made the mistake of trying to give him the antibiotic a second time. All the consequences of the first time were repeated, with a fever that ran up pretty quickly and stayed that way for most part of the night.
We managed to put him to sleep nearly an hour after the second effort of the dose. And then spent the rest of the night sponging, holding, comforting him as he spewed more and more phlegm(where WAS this coming from?) or cried out of discomfort / body ache - we won't know which.
He finally slept peacefully at 8 the next morning, for 1.5 hours.

His diagnosis this morning is that he has an upper respiratory tract infection. (????)

Am taking him for one more opinion.

And people, thank you for being my village one more time! :-)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

My village... Once More! aka Please Help!!

There was a blog post somewhere that said "It takes a village to raise a child" and the post ended accurately with "You, my blog friends, are my village" - I went "Bingo!" When i read that line.. so true!

There are these symptoms about Ishaan that are troubling me. He is now 11 months old.

1. He has a under the skin smegma deposit in his penis . (3 weeks ago)
2. Appetite badly hit for the last 2 weeks, to the extent that the boy is now pale and the apple anaar juice we are using is not working.
3. Has difficulty passing urine.
4. For the last 2 weeks, some random part of his body gets very warm, stays warm and then cools on its own in about 15 minutes or more. This part is usually the arms or the legs.
5. For the same period of time, he becomes hot in his sleep, hot to the point of suspecting fever, and this is all over, not just in some parts of his body.
6. For the last 10 days, the boy has been more restless in his sleep than he usually is.
7. Today, the boy is running a mild fever, is active and playing, but i m worried.
My gut feel tells me that there is something here that we are not able to put a finger on. Has anyone ever faced this with their child? Anyone has anything to say? Please say it..

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

All tyrants are hated by those who are tyrannised. This is as true of Idi Amin as of the Man of the House.
Be careful, even tyrants must some day be old, or infirm, or unwell.

Most men retire to find that while they were away being loyal to their work, their families have created a life without them. And the office is merrily chirping away- the hole they thought they created was made in water.
Why am I writing this? After seeing many men in close circle who have retired and live a rather lonely life. In the house and all that, but lonely.
Not altogether their fault, because in their generation, no one taught them any other way. But men(and women) of our generation? What's their excuse for wishing the same loneliness upon themselves?

Well, forget it. This is just a rambles and ruminations post..

Monday, August 11, 2008

Don't be in a hurry to erase people from your life, to junk things you no longer need, to avoid events that you are invited to be a part of..

One day, you will grow old and wish you had a souvenir of that day, wish you could pick up the phone and talk to someone you stopped talking to, wish that you had enjoyed things more instead of being petty at the time..

Love day you will be old, you will crave to be with people, and people will not be there..

On an aside, here is something that brightens up my day and makes it lovely to be alive:

Does anyone want to replicate the business idea in India? I think they accept franchises outside Europe.. anyone who has eaten here? What was it like?

Monday, August 04, 2008

Tag- Favorite Literary Characters

किताबों से कभी गुज़रो , तो यूँ किरदार मिलते है ,
गए वक्तों की ड्योढी पर बिछडे कुछ यार मिलते हैं

This tag is about your favorite literary characters. Comes to me from ~nm.

The problem with the tag is, my memory with names and faces. So the list will be very small, but not necessarily the complete list of friends made in the pages of books.

Here is my list:
1. Dominique Francon and Peter Keating from The Fountainhead. (not Roark)
2. Alka from Nagmani and the lead lady in Arial - Amrita Pritam.
3. Most women characters in Amrita Pritam's books.
4. Its Always possible - Kiran Bedi. (you never said fictitious literary characters)
5. All child characters in Ruskin Bond's works. But there was this tribal girl in one of his short stories - Madhu, i think.
6. All child characters in Premchand's stories.

Who do i tag? Anyone who likes this tag, but i'll be very happy if Aurora Sky, Adi and Thought Safari take this up.