Rainbow Days – Who is walking Who?

I went walking up the neighborhood hill with Rainbow today. I don’t know whether a dog is a man’s best friend or not. I can only tell you that a dog is a woman’s best friend.

Training a puppy is like raising a child. Every single interaction is a training opportunity.
– Ian Dunbar

Rainbow Days – The Dog Whisperer

“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” — Dean Koontz

“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character” ― Arthur Schopenhauer

The Dog Whisperer - Ambal Balakrishnan


Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

1993 Ganesh Chaturthi Puja:
20 years ago, Daddy completed Ganesh Chaturthi Puja at our house in Chennai. Then, we both took the bus to Tiruchy to start my under-grad journey. With a heavy heart, Daddy dropped me off at my under-grad school and waved good-bye. He had no long list of do’s and dont’s. He always treated me a friend. Then and now. He just said “Try your best. Make us proud”. I stayed strong until he boarded the bus back home. I even managed a fake “Don’t worry Daddy” smile. T

2013 Ganesh Chaturthi Puja:
Now, how much ever I dread making kozhukattai for fear it might be too soggy or too hard, I realize it is my duty as a mom to continue the tradition. So, I asked Kumar to help me mix the dough. He, as always, helped me with a happy face and an encouraging tone “I am sure it will be good. Let us try it.” We made the kozhukattais. We did the puja. We sung a few slokas with the kids.

How far my life has come?

Here is to your new beginnings!

P.S. Adi said “Amma, Super kozhukattai”. Made it all worthwhile.

What is this Brown Translucent Thing?

May you live in interesting times.

Adi found this in the closet that I store some of my most precious belongings (photos, hard-drives containing photos, photo albums, more photos, more hard-drives containing photos, more photo albums etc).

He asked me “Amma, What is this brown looking translucent thing?”

As always, I am going to try to patiently explain to him that it is a Photographic film. I am also going to explain to him there were no digital cameras when I was growing up. I am sure he is going to be shocked!


The other day he asked –  “Oh wow. Is that an actual chalk ? I haven’t seen one of those.”

Somehow, today, I do feel we live in “interesting times”. Don’t you?