May 28, 2008

Size 30 - evolution of a waist

Stage 1:
Period: College Days
The lowest waist size (28) available was still too loose.
Solution: Alter the pants and then wear them.
Alternative solution: Go to a kids store!

Stage 2:

Period: Post college
Size 28 fits!!
A whole new world of comfort and fashion opens up!!

Stage 3:
Period: Present days (post marriage)
Today I walked into a clothes store to buy cargoes and unbelievably - size 28 did NOT fit. With trembling hands and a thundering heart I took out a size 30 cargoes and stepped nervously into the trial room. A few moments later I stepped out - the size 30 fit perfectly.
My mind flew through the past 15 years - altering pants, using a belt, then slowly noticing that the pants were tight after a meal and now this - fitting into a size 30! Joy - pure joy!!

Stage 4:
period: The future
Now my mind roams through all the possibilities! The infinite world that this evolution this evolution has now opened up. I close my eyes and dream - only to see this image - will that be me!!
For a moment I shudder.... only time will tell.....

......... to be continued!

May 24, 2008

Impress your wife: Lessons 1 and 2

As the best husband in the world I will now run you through a crash course on how to impress your wife in 5 minutes! Follow these steps carefully!
Lesson 1:
1. Arrive home from work 15 minutes before your wife (The hardest part!)
2. Boil some water, add the tea leaves, add some milk and sugar - i.e. make some tea (If you can't do this step you're in trouble dude!)
3. Look at wedding gifts received and pick out the cute blue tea set with a cute tea pot and cute small cups (Duh.... didnt you get one on your wedding??!!)
4. Set it up just in time to hear the doorbell ring.
5. Give cute wife warm hug (she needs one after a long days work) and whisk her away to the Dhiwan (now don't tell me you don't have one!!)
6. Pour out the chai and cozy up on the dhiwan!
Brooke Bond Red Label Tea: Rs. 5
Milk and Sugar: Rs. 5
Tea set: Free wedding gift!

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Sitting on the Dhiwan sipping with the woman you love: PRICELESS!

Lesson 2:

1. Choose a hot summer afternoon (Plenty available here in Trichy!)
2. Look into refrigerator and take out a ripe mango lying inside (Wonder who put it there)
3. Chop the mango and put it inside the Mixie/Blender
4. Mix and blend it up and add cold milk and sugar (Drown the Mixie noise with loud singing)
5. Look into the freezer and take out the Vanilla ice cream (How on earth di
d it get there!)
6. Pour the mango milk shake into tall glasses given as a wedding gift

7. Top it up with scoops of ice cream.
8. Walk into hall with glasses and relish the sweet drink and the sweet smile on your wifes face
Cost of 1 sweet mango: Rs. 15
Milk and sugar: Rs. 5
Tall glasses: Free wedding gift
Ice cream: Rs. 10
Preparation time : 10 minutes
Sweet look on pretty wifes face: PRICELESS!

Well the simpler joys in life are the best!
Enjoy!! And do let me know if these lessons were useful!

May 18, 2008

The yo-yo effect!

Yo guys... I did it again today.... twice!
We were off to church and I quietly passed the turning we had to take - 100 metres before Becky brought it to my notice. U-turn and there was the turning... 10 meters behind me! I had overshot again. Two rights do not make a right - this is ample proof of that saying. Five minutes later we were in church.... just in time for a closing prayer!! Duh.... whats happening!! Luckily we learnt that it was the Youth meeting that was just getting over and that the Church service would start in five minutes!
Now thats too many double-surprises to take in one evening! But then as expected we had a blessed time at church and that more than made up for these nasty surprises!

May 15, 2008

A tough life

If you believe in something strongly and stand for it come-what-may it' a fact that life wont be easy for you. You gotta be ready to stare death in the face - stare at humiliation, opposition, resistance and mockery eyeball to eyeball. I wonder if I have the strength and the guts and the courage to do that for something I believe in. Will my faith stand strong - or will it break like a dry twig? If I wanna make a difference..... I gotta be more strong.... till the end.
This is how the apostles stood..... till their ends!

Matthew Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, killed by a sword wound.

Mark Died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.

Luke- was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.

John Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution in Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered from death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.

Peter was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.

James, Just The leader of the church in Jerusalem, was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller's club. * This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.

James the Great, son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.

Bartholomew also known as Nathaniel Was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey . Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.

Andrew was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: "I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it." He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired.

Thomas Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the sub-continent.

Jude, Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

Matthias The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.

Barnabas One of the group of seventy disciples, wrote the Epistle of Barnabas. He preached throughout Italy and Cyprus . Barnabas was stoned to death at Salonica.

Paul Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67... Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire .. These letters, which taught many of the foundational doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.

This is a grim reminder that those closest to God will face the worst.... they will also receive the greatesest strength..... and they will also make the biggest difference in the world they live in.
But he that endureth to the end shall be saved. -- Matthew 10:22.

May 13, 2008

Sputter... sputter.... cough... whirrr... cough... cough...vrrrrooom!

I guess you know by now that it's the car. Last night saw the poor 800cc, 4-wheeled Maruti having his motor cleaned and then he needed a temporary pace-maker while his own battery got charged! And today morning he sprang back to life - I wasn't very happy with the sound as it wasn't as chirpy as his usual self. I still feel he may be having some undiagnosed problem with his wiring or that complicated array of stuff under his bonnet - but for now.... he looks like he'll make it!

May 10, 2008

Fire, Flames, Wind, Water and ...... Chocolate!

Ain't that a great, weird combo! Here's the story
The afternoon saw me riding on the scooter riding to ABT Maruti to check the car out. He said it was the battery that had conked. But poor me - scooting around under the searing heat of the sun - FIRE!
The evening saw Becky and me checking out a new restaurant in Trichy that served great burgers and fried chicken (KFC beware!). The name of the restaurant - FLAMES!
We left the restaurant and were greeted by a strong gust that churned the dust and blinded our eyes -
And then to top off the element-filled day thunder rolled and soon we were drenched - RAIN!
Finally late in the night Beckys mom landed up at home and guess what she brought with her - CHOCOLATE!
Five moments; Five elements! Another day (How could a day that ended with loads of home-made chocolate and brownies not be great!)

May 8, 2008

Sputter... sputter... cough.... silence.... DEAD!

Fortunately I'm not referring to a patient! Unfortunately I'm referring to the car - the first attempt to use it in Trichy and thats all it did! Eerie silence followed and my heart sank. My mind is now thinking of the worst case scenario - is it a total breakdown? Will it need an organ transplant? Does it need some fluids? Do we need a specialist opinion? Is the illness self-limiting? Are its vital nerves affected? Is its heart failing? Thats my way of looking at a faulty car - I wonder..... and mentally I look at my bank balance! Wish the car could speak......

May 5, 2008

Chennai Tiruchi Dubai

Today was the day Appa and Amma finally flew to the US via Dubai! Becky and I helped do the final packing and rearranging and finally through the lost keys, gifts, medicines and meals we had 2 big suitcases and 2 hand baggages looking neat and tidy. We double-checked everything at home and around midnight went to the airport. I was a tad nervous as I was worried that the queues would be long and Appa and Amma had no help. But a few minutes after we bid farewell Appa called and said that as they were senior citizens they were given priority and never waited in any of the queues! At 2 AM we drove back to Trichy - Venkatesh at the wheel. The car was loaded with the computer, guitar and stretches of the road were bad. We saw three accident sites on the way - these may have happened an hour or so before we crossed these sections of the highway. I didnt sleep much and we reached Trichy safely at 8AM. Its funny - by the time we did the 320 KM to Trichy Appa and Amma had done the 3000 KM to Dubai! Ooh... the marvel of modern transport!
I also realised that travel on roads is not a piece of cake - evryday people die on the highways; some due to carelessness and others helplessly the victims of other peoples mistakes. I really wanna thank God for the safety he provided and the comfortable journey!

May 3, 2008

Six strings!

At 4 PM there we were - on the car clutching our own six-string: a Pluto Hardwood acoustic guitar that Appa and Amma had presented to us for our Anniversary. Its an amazing story.
We'd decided to buy a guitar this weekend when we were in Chennai. As soon as we reached home Appa and Amma presented us a huge card and in it was some money - "Buy what you want" It took us 3 seconds to decide to buy a guitar. At the store we bought a guitar that cost almost twice as much - Becky and I thought we'd pitch in the extra cash! But Appa refused and paid the full cost! It was worth every rupee spent - the guitar sound was magical (even when I played it!!)
This is my first own guitar and I am thrilled! I hope I get to play it in church and a lot of places! Watch out for my guitar solos on YouTube coming soon!!
Thank you Appa and Amma!!!!