Whats your Omanaperu?

Clueless about the title?? My Malayali readers would have understood what I’m asking though.

Lately the blogosphere has been abuzz with posts on real names and pseudo-names, which made me think about another type that contributed a great deal in identifying us. Its the pet-names or nicknames that our family and friends give us or know us by.

I want to particularly touch upon the pet-names that our parents address us by. Hence the word ‘Omanaperu’ in the title which means pet-name in Malayalam.

Not that nicknames are not special. They are, indeed. They are what you are known by in your circle of family & friends. They are what your friends christen you with mainly to pull your leg. Like I was given by my childhood friends.

I was often called ‘Teepatti'(match-box) as it sounded a lot like my real name :D.

Some have really cute nicknames. One of my oldest childhood friends’ nickname is Rinki. I know another girl who’s called Pankhudi, the sound of which I absolutely love. I also like Saritha’s daughter’s name, Pinkuda :).

Having said that, pet-names have always held an extra special place in my heart. I always felt doubly cuddled and pampered when my parents addressed me as Molu, Malu, Muthey(Pearl), and so on. Or when my maternal grandmother called me Molunni. They effused so much of warmth, affection and love that many a times a mere Deepu, my other nickname, missed to convey.

I remember how I used to gauge my mother’s temperament by the sheer way she used to address me. If she called out with a stern ‘Deepu’ I knew I was being summoned for some serious talk. And a signal to a massive blast was when she would call me out by my real name(I still dread this signal!! ). But a soft ‘Muthey’ was all it took to soften the mood and make me run to her for a tight hug.

I strongly believe cuddling & pampering should be a vital part of your growing up. If a parent can reprimand his/her child for any misbehavior, then he/she should also cuddle the child and make him/her feel loved and cared for. That I feel, will go a long way in making the child emotionally secure and stable.

R & I are doing whatever possible to make sure Namnam too grows up in a cuddle-filled environment just like we did. Hence we have all sorts of pet-names for her from Ponnu to Cheeku to Shonu to Jaanu to Chakkara apart from her regular nicknames Namnam and Namnu :).

So tell me,whats your pet-name?

10 on 10

Mushy mushy post ahead…

10 on 10….

For the love that has grown over these years and that continues to grow still

– For understanding each other’s needs and respecting each other’s space.

– For accepting each other’s drawbacks while always taking pride in each other’s strengths and achievements.

– For never forcing one’s opinions and beliefs on the other, instead respecting each other’s views and decisions.

– For being able to make each other laugh even at times of distress.

– For learning to speak a thousand words merely by looking into each other’s eyes.

– For being the best of friends.

– For always managing to bring a better person out of each other.

– For sharing a dream to finally realize it and relive our childhood together in our precious little daughter.

– For placing this undying trust in each other that we will be there for each other no matter what.

Today, R and I complete 10 years of marriage. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs together in these years. While thinking about the ups always brings a smile on my face, thinking about the downs makes me proud that we always gave each other the strength and determination to face them head on. And I have this faith that, with each passing day, the love will grow only deeper, the bond will grow only stronger.

I’m blessed to have found my soulmate in my husband with whom I feel complete, with whom I can open my heart and soul out without any inhibitions whatsoever, with whom I dont have to be someone I am not. And with whom I fall in love over and over again just by watching him smile( yep! that smile still takes my breath away in the same way it did the very first time I met him 🙂 ). So here’s looking forward to spending the rest of my life with my soulmate and growing old yet feeling as young and fresh as always with him 🙂 .

This day that year!

HE is calm.He is cool-headed.He is reserved,an introvert.He is a man of few words.He takes his time to open up with people.But when he does,he silences everyone with his insightful thoughts.He is well-read, opinionated.He has lived all his life based on his principles.He still doesnt compromise on them.His principles are what his children always look upto him for.

He may not have a vast circle of friends,but the few he has are placed on a high pedestal and cherished for life.

He is not an overtly emotional person.He is practical.In fact he brands himself as being calculative.He believes in thinking ahead of the situations and making alternate propositions.Despite this,at times his emotions overpower him when his children come into picture.Else how can one explain a person who had to reprimand his daughter,many years back,for a very grave mistake she did and when sent to her room to ponder over the mistake,the very next minute he was sitting in a corner crying uncontrollably for the harsh punishment he had to give much against his wish?

He is not very expressive,yet has the unique ability to make his wife feel immensely special in the most unexpected manner.

SHE is friendly,an extrovert.She is talkative,with words flowing out of her.She is an orator.Teaching is her passion not just a profession.

She is strong-willed.If she sets her mind on doing something,she will make sure she accomplishes it.She is honest and doesnt believe in condescending to any kind of arguments if she knows she is right. She has strong values in her life which have been instilled in her children too.

She is a romantic at heart,a true Piscean!She is expressive,emotional.She values her friendships and relationships very dearly.She is an anchor to her children and students alike.She is always ready to give advices when needed,always willing to offer her shoulders to anyone in despair.

Her heart and soul lie with her family.There’s nothing that takes precedence over them.

HE&SHE,despite being so different from each other,having varied interests and characteristics,after more than 3decades of travelling together,have learnt to compliment each other perfectly well.They have learnt to love each other more and more despite their weaknesses.They have learnt to appreciate their common interests,yet acknowledge and respect each other’s differences of opinion.They have learnt to weave life around their two children and strengthen their relationship even further.

And they are still learning!

Today,when my country appreciates and honours all the teachers, my brother & I dedicate the day to the two people who brought us into this world.The two people because of whom we are what we are.The two people who are our strength & weakness alike.

Have a great day,Achan&Amma!

Happy Anniversary

PS: A Happy Teacher’s Day to all the esteemed teachers!