April 28, 2008

Alone in OPD

Praburam was off today as he was down with a bad fever and cold and scratchy throat and I was left to fend for myself in OPD. Luckily, even though it was busy, I managed to finish off all the work with not many problems. Just another day and another reason to praise God for!

April 26, 2008


Goofy day! Thats what today was. Can you imagine - 5 goof-ups in one day? Yup.... I did it. Luckily they were all minor and we ended up with a few laughs!
1. As the official teamaker of the house I quickly went through the motions - heat the water, sprinkle in the tea leaves..filter.... blah...blah and 5 minutes later I was stirring the cups vigorously..... only to realise that I was supposed to be doing it to dissolve the sugar but never actually put in the sugar. Minor hiccup and a funny smile on Beckys face.... thats all.
2. We decided to go out shopping and then to Joyce Auntys house. We got on the scooter and Becky went through a quick check list before here eyes fell on my empty wrist - I'd forgotten my watch
3. I scooted up home and came back with my watch and Becky greeted me with a sheepish grin - she'd forgotten her wedding ring! Things were getting more exciting.
4. We reached Nakoda's safely and bought a skirt and some baby clothes. I stood at the counter and once the billing was over gave the salesman my card to settle the bill - my PAN Card!! He politely returned it and asked for my Credit Card - left me red-faced but we were both laughing! Becky gave me the - "I'm not surprised" smile.
5. We had a great time at Joyce Aunty's house and spent some time with Shirin and her 2 month old baby. We gave them the baby dress we bought and as we were on our way back at 10 PM I realised that we left the bill for the dress and the skirt - we needed to alter the skirt and the bill was essential to collect it back! A phone-call and a return trip saw the bill back in Beckys handbag.

All's well that ends well - no major loss or incidents! I wonder if there is a Guiness Record for such things - I'll need to apply for that one!

April 21, 2008

Goodbye Valli

Valli's baby has been with us for a month now. She is frail, premature, weighs about 1 kg and today we finally had to make the tough decision - she wouldn't make it. The parents have been very, very caring and even today they were hoping... but all of us knew that the baby wouldn't make. She had showed great endurance and courage - ventilation, jaundice, apnea, sepsis, recurrent intestinal bleeds, a failing liver, oxygen dependancy, hypoglycemia, anemia...... the list is looooong.... but finally her frail body was giving up - she was just too premature and sick. the parents were out of money and we were out of medical ideas and options. They left sad but not disheartened - I was amazed at the amount of time, effort and money the parents had put in to try and save her.
Once again I couldnt help but realize that we were merely human and inspite of all medical treatment a lot of babies would not make it.
I actually dont understand why the baby, the family, the nurses and we went through this all only to come to this point. Its blurry, but I guess God still has a plan in all this...... and one day it will be crystal clear to me

April 6, 2008

Call on Jesus

I've been doodling with Windows Media Player ever since Jitto told me about it when he was here. I decided to try and make a video presentation of asong I like a lot - Call on Jesus by Nicole C Mullen. Well the process took a lot more time than I expected and the end results are now blogworthy.
I'm not embedding the video here as it usually slows down the pageloading.
Click here to see my maiden attempt with Windows Movie Maker: Call on Jesus!

April 5, 2008


We finally had our Home Fellowship (aka 'The Pitstop') today. I decided to talk about the topic 'barriers' and built it around a musical skit I saw on YouTube. Here's the story:
A few days ago one of my friends Jebahar on Orkut had added a video on his profile. At the end of the video, a usual, YouTube showed related videos and a link to a video entitled "Everything by Lifehouse - a skit". Curious, I opened it and waited patiently till it opened completely. The next 6 minutes blew my mind away and almost brought tears to my eyes. The skit with its simple message so powerfully portrayed touched me so much that I decided to use it at "The Pitstop". I struggled to download the raw format of the video from youtube but failed to get it in the format I wanted. There were a couple of links to downloads of the original video but they were all corrupt or failed to download. After a day of trying I managed to get a WMV version of the skit and then converted it into the AVI format. I then hunted for a way to make it a VCD playable on my DVD/VCD player but realised I didn't have any (Where's my Nero??!!). Finally I decided to try out the AVI format as my DVD player claimed to be able to play it. After a nervous 5 minutes of burning I popped it into my DVD player and there it was .... playing on my TV!! Success?? Not exactly - the picture quality was poor and a few portions of the skit were too fuzzy. I had another version of the skit but the choreography was not as good.
Not willing to give up I looked again and then saw a link to a WMV version of it with better resolution - a file of 60 MB. I downloaded it from the site only to find that downloading it somehow corrupted the file and the download stopped halfway. I usually use an online convertor for files and when I went to media-convert.com I saw it gave an option to convert the file directly from the source URL. I tried it and got an error after 10 minutes. I persevered and finally after watching the screen intently for 10 minutes there it was - 60 MB of the AVI file ready to download! Now the next obstacle - 60 MB takes me at least 5 hours to download on my internet connection!! I decided to download it and leave the comp on, go to work and then come back. Not too complicated eh? Except that when the download started the file was racing at a speed 20 times the normal!! I realised that my ISP was testing a new feature for a few hours that allowed me a 2MBPS connection and that meant 60 MB was done in 15 minutes! I nervously burnt it and soon - a crystal clear video playing on my TV.
Now tell me - how on earth could technology become my slave exactly when I needed it? God not only controls the storms in the seas but also the data over the internet I guess!
Today I showed the video at the Pitstop - only Juliet and Ben turned up but it was a blessing to all of us.
You can see the video of the Lifehouse: Everything ; a skit here.

The points I brought out in my talk after that were these:
1. The video shows the girl dancing with Jesus and then while dancing subtly switching partners with another guy even without realising. Many times in life the first step to a sin almost seamlessly integrates with our life and we dont realise we are drifting.
2. The skit shows that each of the five sins portrayed puts one barrier between Jesus and the girl and suddenly the girl finds herself very far from Jesus and facing a barrier five times bigger! In life every little sin and temptation can take us a little away from Christ everytime and before we know it we are really far away. Does this happen to you or do you know someone you know who is slipping away?
3. The girl gets attracted by fashion and then falls into sin. Looking good or beautiful is by itself not a sin. Its when you get obsessed with it and fall into traps surrounding it that you sin. Many things in the world today may not seem sin - TV, movies, internet, work, money etc. But when these capture all your attention and effort you lose sight of God!
4. Throughout the skit when the girl is separated from Jesus, He is waving to her and asking her to come back. Even when you stray God is speaking to you and trying to get your attention so that you can come back to Him. Watch out everyday for these signals and shouts from God!
5. Only when the Girl looks back at Jesus and then tries to run back to Him does he actually come in and break the barrier. God is waiting for you to simply look at Him and want to come back to Him. He will do the rest. We can never break the barrier ourselves!
6. Even though the girl had sinned so much Christ still gave her the biggest hug! Yup - we're never too guilty of sin that Christ will not accept us! He is just longing to hold us in His arms again!

I've just briefly mentioned what I spoke about. I hope the video and this blog entry blessed you! God loves you..... just as you are! Have a blessed day.

April 3, 2008

The "Guessing" Game

We went hunting for game today - yup through the streets of Trichy and we were hoping for a prize catch to satisfy our appetite!
Now don't get us wrong - the appetite was for an intelligent board game!
Our appetite for a game stemmed from playing CatchPhrase, Cranium with Sheba & Jitto and also hearing about a word guessing game called Taboo!
We'd already checked out "Odyssey" and "FSM" and today decided to drop into a sports store to see what they had. They had a pretty impressive collection. We patiently scoured through what they showed us before Beckys sharp eyes spotted the game we finally bought. It was called Guessing and I guess its the Indian version of Taboo. The cost was under 5$ (Rs.220) and we're pretty sure this is what we wanted!!
Now to wait for someone to play it with... he ... he .... heee! D'you wanna drop in for a cup of tea and play with us? You're welcome!