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About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!

TWO HOURS TO DINNER..PN

A: Hi B: Hello! B: Hello! Hello! Are you there? A: Hmmmmmmm! B: What’s the matter? You don’t sound very enthusiastic? Anything the matter? A: Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! B: For heaven’s sake…..what are you doing? Just hmmmmmmmmming away! A: Standing in front … Continue reading

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A Letter to Santa..NN

Dear Mr. Claus Usually all children and even adults are full of fond expectations from you as the year draws to a close. In every household you are seen as a father/grand father figure. So it was, last year. For some reason you … Continue reading

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A Letter to Santa–PN

Dear Santa In my 71 years of existence I have never ever written a letter to you. Well! In my childhood Santa was just a roly-poly, white bearded, grandpa like figure who appeared in Enid Blyton books and comics. We … Continue reading

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Best, Worst, Probable Scenario of the World in Five Years

My husband Raju Natarajan talks of a crystal ball into which he looks and sees the future. I look around, and see the optics of where life is going to take me and you. My Vedanta teaches me to live … Continue reading

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My Best, Worst and Most Likely Case Predictions for the World in Five Years..NN

My Best, Worst and Most Likely Case Predictions for the World in Five Years In the corporate world prediction of the future is a routine matter at each stage of doing business. This Crystal ball gazing comes naturally at every … Continue reading

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A DAY IN THE LIFEOF NN

Corona virus has knocked the day light out of me, if not everyone. By nature I am an out-door person. In retirement I have rarely spent a whole day staying at home. I usually go on errands to buy one thing … Continue reading

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Recipes for my granddaughters, grandnephews and grandnieces

Food always tastes better when you recollect childhood tastes. That is because food is inextricably linked with love, security and familial feeling. When you look back and remember the dishes cooked by your grandmom or if you have eaten meals … Continue reading

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POWER–NN

Power is something human beings constantly seek to do things and to get something done. When you are powerless you feel helpless. Constantly you have to seek someone else’s help even for trivial things. You become totally dependent.  The first … Continue reading

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POWER

The forceful thrustWith which a motherPushes out herReady to be born baby The howling thunderingForceful gusty windsThat bring sheets of rainTo a thirst arid earth The hidden faultA line of disasterThat meshes deep withinAnd causes tremors, quakes The mighty roarOf … Continue reading

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LIVING IN THE NOW..PN

You only have control over the present, so live it to the fullest. Bhagavad Gita These are troubled times. We have an equal number of members who can look out for tomorrows and others who are glad for their todays. I … Continue reading

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