Tag time

Its been a while since I’ve done a tag. I normally reserve it for occasions when I dont have anything interesting to share otherwise. And this is one such occasion :).

Amrita has tagged me to share a few tidbits about my life. So here’s how it goes…

1. Indebted to someone for life:

Jayanti, without a doubt. Many of you know who she is. In fact I’ve even written a letter telling her how indebted I’m to her. She has been with my parents for close to 4 years. She is not just a care-taker or a helper to them, but a daughter in many ways. Someone who is very sensitive to their needs, who knows what their likes and dislikes are, who looks after them like her own parents.

Everytime I leave Delhi with a heavy heart, my only concern is Achan & Amma’s welfare. But its her ever-smiling face that gives me an assurance that I’ve nothing to worry.

No amount of thank you’s will be enough for what she has been to me and my family. I’m eternally grateful to her for being there for us.

And today and everyday I pray to God that she is blessed with all the happiness in the world that she so rightfully deserves.

2. A gesture that left me speechless

This was in August 2007. We lived in Muscat. R was away on a business trip. Namnam was suffering from fever. Although she had a history of febrile convulsion, it had been a while since it had relapsed as we had been able to regulate the temperature whenever she had fever. So it never struck me that she could have her bouts again.

I still don’t know what went wrong that day, but she had her convulsions again. It was late evening. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to drive, who to call for help as some of our friends were either out-of-town or lived away. I was as helpless as could be. I took her in my arms, ran to the next door and rang the bell. I couldn’t even wait for the person to answer the door. I rushed to our landlords’ house who lived in the ground floor.

To tell you a bit about out landlords, they were not a very favorable bunch of people to be around. They were a rude lot who had had at least one altercation with whoever came in contact with them. They were very difficult people to handle. Our friends from Muscat would vouch for that.

But your landlords’ behavioral problem is the last thing to cross your mind when your child is convulsing in your arms.

Anyway, when I went down for help, what I got to see was not the rude, brash side of my landlord, but a noble and kindhearted one. When he saw Namnam’s condition, he immediately called for his driver(who, thankfully stayed in the same house), and asked him to take us to the hospital. He even told him to wait in the hospital so he could bring us back home once she was treated.

That one gesture has stayed with me ever since. Thats when I realized the true worth of having good neighbors. They were truly God-sent for me.

3. Say ‘Sorry’ to someone

To all my friends from whom I’ve drifted apart for whatever reasons- be it my childhood friends, friends I made in school, college and at work, those I made in Muscat and Doha, all of them. I want to say sorry to even those virtual friends who I ‘met’ through the beautiful medium of blogging, but with whom I lost track as I moved on in this journey making newer friends.

I want them all to know that even though time and circumstances may have drifted us apart from each other, yet I treasure each of the friendship close to my heart.

4. Say ‘Thank you’ to someone

To God for giving me the most precious gift. My Namnam. My family and most of my friends know how much I yearned to be a mother. I remember spending many a nights crying my heart out for not being able to conceive. There were days when I’d pray endlessly for that one signal from Him that would quash all sorts of unpleasant doubts creeping into my mind.

And then after much yearnings and prayers Namnam came into our lives as the most precious gift from God.

5. Most cherished possession till date

It’s a wrist-watch gifted by my father when I passed my 10th class board exam which was way back in 1992. And it has been with me ever since.

6. A special moment that brings a smile to my face

Now that’s a tough one! Only recently I was going through some of the old snaps of Namnam and I realized each one of them made me smile. So let me share one of them with you.

This was taken in when Namnam had just turned one. She was at a stage where she had begun to identify her body parts. We had taken a whole sequence of pictures where she identified her ears, teeth, eyes,etc.

The image I’m sharing below is one where she responds to us when we asked where her nose was πŸ™‚

Did that make you smile too?? πŸ™‚

I’m leaving this tag open to anyone who would like to take it up. In case you do pick it up, please share a link too πŸ™‚

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38 thoughts on “Tag time

  1. First thing first – That picture of Namnam’s is the cutest! I can’t stop looking at her πŸ™‚ She is looking so so so very cute :)Hugs and ummas to Nammukutty!

    D: R & I had a ball clicking those snaps. The memories are still so fresh!

    Your experience with your landlord was so touching. It is certainly at times like these that we discover the hidden aspects of people.. It is certainly a blessing to have good friends one can depend upon.

    D: Oh yes, Smits! Especially when you are away from home. The saying ,’friends are the family we choose for ourselves’ becomes particularly relevant at times like this πŸ™‚

    I can never forget Jayanti – your letter to her was the first post of yours that I read πŸ™‚

    D: Yes yes yes..I remember πŸ™‚

    That was a lovely tag, Deeps! And you have done it so so well!

    D: Why dont you do it too, Smits?

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  2. :):) The sweetest pic ever! :):) Loved the tag, Deeps! Will take it up sometime..
    And I still have my first watch too. It was a gift from Dad πŸ™‚

    D: Do take it up, Mish! Would love to read what you share πŸ™‚

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  3. Choooo chweeet… what a little doll πŸ™‚ Nice tag Deeps. God bless people like Jayanthi πŸ™‚ Btw, love the new look on your blog.

    D: Thank you, Pals :). I’m still exploring this theme’s features, but I love the look and feel of it too πŸ™‚

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  4. beautiful touching post deeps

    naman looks so so so so adorable in that, i could just eat her up

    big kala tikka

    D: Awww..thank you, Monika πŸ™‚ .

    and yeah people like jayanti are so hard to find, god bless her

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  5. Cud see Nammu’s pic in the reader n came running here πŸ˜›
    So so sweet Deepu πŸ™‚ Gng to read ur post nw πŸ˜‰

    D: Why haven’t you given your blog-link here? It would have been so much easier to hop by your page, Swar

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    1. This is a beautiful tag Deeps .. so touching and heartfelt. I might flick it sometime too πŸ˜‰

      D: Do pick it up Swar πŸ™‚

      Jayanthi is def. a blessing. We hv one such lady Sunderamma in our family too who hs looked after grandchildren right from when one of my cousins ws born [he is now 19!!!] and is still with us. She keeps forcing me to hv 2 kids before she becomes weak to look after them πŸ˜› πŸ˜› God bless such ppl πŸ™‚

      D: Ha ha ha! God bless Sunderamma and people like her πŸ™‚

      And ur landlords .. that ws so sweet of them. Sigh! I ws gng to write something similar here too. Lest I end up dng the tag here, let me take it bk πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

      I hope that state in Pt.3 does not come to us. Hope we cn be friend forever πŸ˜€

      D: Awww…never, Swar! You’re one of the sweetest souls I’ve come across in this blogosphere. We ARE friends forever πŸ™‚

      Nammu’s pic .. I wil b bk to this page to see it again whenever work gets to my head πŸ˜› Cho cho chweet πŸ™‚

      D: πŸ™‚

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  6. So nicely written tag, Deeps. Esp, the thank you and the sorry part, touched something deep inside me. Maybe its my time to say sorry to a few.

    God bless that wonderful Jayanthi – may there be more ppl like her.

    And beneath the hard stone, there is wetness – your landlords proved that. Its hard to judge ppl by a few incidents, right ???? Lesson to learn.

    D: Precisely what I felt too, Uma. I was so wrong in judging him.

    Namnam is so adorable in that pic – So cute !!! And one more thing – this theme is awesome !!!

    D: Thank you πŸ™‚

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  7. cute pic… seriously kids can make any day seem worthwhile with their smile…

    D: Oh yes! Absolutely agree with you, Rakesh πŸ™‚

    And nice header pic. too

    D: Thanks!

    And yes, sometimes, ppl just are God sent.

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  8. Namnam is looking so cute with the yellow cap,hugs and kisses from me.

    Heartfelt post deeps,god is great,he is with your parents in form of jayanthi.In this world who will be there to take care of parents,even their own kids are not able to stay with the parents.

    D: I know Sari. Not a day passes by when I dont wish I were nearer to my parents. People like Jayanti truly are a blessing.

    If ur landlord is a omani,then omanis are nice people compared to any other arabs.I have lived in oman for 1 1/2 year and used to have omani friends,they are wonderful people not like other arabs.

    D: Yes, they are Omanis.

    Nice header and loved this theme,just today morning saw this theme on the dashboard.

    D: I stumbled upon it when I was drafting this post and loved instantly πŸ™‚

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  9. Awww!! That is such a cute pic!!! πŸ™‚

    And I shud say this is a cool tag! Makes you think about life and gives u an opportunity to thank ppl!! The incident about the neighbor shows us that we can have different kinds of perception about ppl but it is ones personal experience which should makes us form an opinion πŸ™‚

    D: So true, Smita. At times we form opinions of people far too quickly only to realize later how wrong we could be.

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  10. Aww.. Namnam is so so cute in that pic!! Hugs to the little darling!
    πŸ™‚

    This post touched me in a lot of ways… difficult to explain here,
    but, I loved what you have written.

    D: Awww,Pix

    Thank God your landlord was helpful! Touchwood!
    I have hopeless neighbours that way! I don’t even know who lives next door and whenever I smile at them, they act all weird!!

    D: I have come across such people too, Pix.I know what you mean. Such people are a major put off.

    My granny had given me a watch for getting good marks in 10th…
    It was so special, but, it was misplaced by the repair guy when I
    had taken it to get the strap fixed… 😐

    Saying sorry and Thank you are so important na… there are a couple of people I want to say sorry… but, never got the chance to say it except to one person…

    D: Then you take up this tag πŸ™‚

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  11. Namnam is looking super cute …and children ..they are true gifts from God ..you can never thank enough for them..

    Your landlord really did a wonderful thing…must be so scary that time ..
    People like Jayanti are so difficult to find these days..

    D: It was very scary. Even now thinking about that incident shakes me up.

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  12. 1. Your parents must be really nice people too; or else Jayanthi wouldnt be this happy ! πŸ˜€

    D: Thank you, Vims..for that sweet comment no leg-pulling till point no.3 πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    2. People are not like how we perceive them to be. I have had similar experiences in my life too πŸ™‚

    3. Ok, ok, I pardon you for all the mean things you have written about me too !! πŸ˜€

    D: whaaat?? Who’s seeking pardon from you?? 😈 . That ‘sorry’ was for people who I am not in contact with anymore. You and I have a lot more battle to fight with each other, Vimmushthaa!

    4. To God ??? and not your hubby ??? heyyy bhagwaaan !!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    D: Poda chekka πŸ˜† !!

    5. Thanks for mentioning that you had been to school ! I was always under the impression that…..aaaah, neva mind ! πŸ˜€

    D: oh my God was that supposed to be a joke?? hee hee haa haa

    6. Ohhh, thats a blessed child ! πŸ™‚

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  13. That is such a cute coochi coo picture!! *hugs to Namanam*
    Living far away from ageing parents is osmething I can totally relate to and can truly see how you are thankful to Jayanti……it is very hard to find such people.
    Enjoyed reading this tag πŸ™‚

    D: Thank you, sands, glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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  14. Ayyo please let me bite that cuty nosey of namnu :mrgreen: i love it when kids show their body parts all with action. One of my fave pass times with kids under 1 year old coz after they turn 1 they have this ability to hide it the moment i go to bite πŸ˜₯

    god bless Jayanti.

    Ahaa so you planning to cut off ties with me? Well by now you know that I can send horrendous long threatening mails if don’t hear from you and Namnu? Btw still waiting for that reply πŸ˜›

    D: cut off ties with you??? Never!! Marna hai kya 😈

    Will say my part of thank you to god too for giving us the precious Namnu and thus entertaining us all.

    D: Awww,Saksh..tight hugs and ummas from Namnu to her Sakshididi πŸ˜€

    Mine too mine too…it’s a Disney Mickey Mouse special edition watch which my dad gave when I passed 10th (me thinks he was too relived to see that I made it through)

    Wokay now that you have used this tag for your come back…when is the next post due?

    D: Right after you publish yours πŸ˜›

    Ps: your header pic is awesome.

    D: Thank you, Saksh πŸ™‚

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  15. That was a nice tag…Jayanti is a valuable person for sure..and to tell the truth only some would say that so openly, just shows ur nature…
    And Namnam’s pic is so cuuute…

    D: Thank you, Sindhu πŸ™‚

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  16. I love Namnam’s pic. She is looking like a cutiepie..and yeah made me grin just looking at her. πŸ˜€

    D: Hey, long time, Indy! Good to see you back πŸ™‚

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  17. Deepu, Nammu is just to cute. I am hvng a daily dose of her pic πŸ˜› πŸ˜› Nazar utharo plssss

    D: Here comes lots of kisses from Namnam πŸ™‚

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  18. Hi Deeps…first m really happy to b back to the blogging world, missed a lot i supp :)!!

    D: Welcome back, Nazish πŸ™‚

    Its a lovely pic of Namnam…u rally hav a cute daughter!!!
    Its a nice tag n i supposes it kinds of makes u realize of all the good things that around that happened that u may hav forgotten which one should cherish!!
    take care….n give my love to Namnam :)!!

    D: Will do.

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  19. Hey Deeps, I just loved this tag of yours, it so straight from the heart, and my younger daughter also does exactly the same when we ask her to show her nose

    D: Awww..how sweet! This is such an adorable phase,na?

    take care dear and hugs to namnam

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  20. Thats one of the cutest pictures I have ever seen… hugs and kisses to Namnam πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Jayanthi.. they are angels on this earth, don’t they???

    Sometimes we live in pre-conceived notions without knowing them completely… 😦 😦 me too had such opinions on some people…

    somehow I don’t have any possession… Keep that wrist watch safe deeps πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    A very nice tag deeps… me too take this sometime πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    D: Do take it up, Kanagu. Would love to read what you’d have to share πŸ™‚

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  21. Deeps, will come back to read it. Couldn’t resist chakkara’s photo. I want to squeeze that little thing. Ummas. (I still do it with Peanut and she hates it. ) πŸ˜€

    D: he he

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  22. I like this theme my only problem is with the fonts at the top. The huge fonts spoils otherwise beautiful theme. It’s the same case with Structure theme too. There quote has huge font.

    D: The look and feel of the them was too good for me to let go. Loved it the minute I previewed it. Plus this particular colour option was quite attractive to me. Pink is my favorite colour πŸ™‚

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  23. thanks to the chocolate fondant i came here and read the post. as always y have a way of touching the heart of ur readers. umma umma kutta. and that pic of nammuttan….!!!!!!!!!!umma umma to my nammuttan

    D: Thank you, Ma..ummash!

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  24. The picture is absolutely adorable!! So you know now exactly where her nose is!! πŸ™‚

    D: ha ha ha ..I sure do πŸ™‚

    I also feel having good neighbours is important – they are the ones who are there when we need them. Best wishes and blessings to Jayanti… I can understand how you feel!!

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