Horoscope


 In Retrospect : Yesterday you invented a new astrological sign. Today, write your own horoscope — for the past month (in other words, as if you’d written it October 1st).

October is a busy month for Astraeans. ( https://ripplesnreflectiontimes.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/791/ ) You are likely to have guests and a heavy social scene with friends as well. Your family will demand attention and get it too. A few important decisions regarding your children will be made.For those of you in the medical profession, it turns out to be the busiest month of the year.  The good news is that you will earn  blessings and satisfaction on that front. Travel is on the cards and  family bonding increases as a result. Your siblings will also be happy with your company. If unattached, romance is on the cards. If Married, you will spend a lot of quality time together and be nostalgic. The bad news is that you are likely to attend a lot of functions and socialize at home and so will add a lot of weight. It is therefore suggested that you exercise and diet towards the end of the month.  For those of you creatively inclined , you will be appreciated by peers and will bring a lot of satisfaction. wpid-img_20141027_012309.jpgone-lovely-blog-award022414-feature-bannerAll in all a good month for Astraeans.Yaaaayyyyy!!!

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An Ode to a Mother


Now republished as  Amma

The day a child is born , so is a mother… Being  the eldest child, this is doubly true, I guess, for my mother, who I call Amma.  A mother is your first teacher,  your first refuge, your eternal panacea for all troubles whether you are a one year ‘old’ infant or a 50 year ‘young’ woman. There exists an extra special bond between daughters and mothers which intensifies the day the daughter becomes a mother. An obstetrician by profession, I have lost count of the number of times I have witnessed the miracle of birth yet the novelty never wears thin.

My mother, a “simple homemaker” by definition, was and is easily one of the earliest and strongest influences of my life,as she inspired, coaxed and at times, literally dinned into us, her 3 daughters, the singular importance of being independent and self-reliant in the truest sense of the word.  That we were  “girls” never dimmed that determination even the slightest. I remember once on hearing  that she had 3 daughters, a lady at a local club get together remarked ” Oh I am so sorry!” Pat came my mothers reply… “Why? I am not!! In fact I am proud! ” She would go on to instill in us the courage to follow our dreams, never believe that there was anything that we could not do because we were ” girls”. The fact that we belong to a matriarchal society may also have helped.  The fact that we spent our childhood in Idyllic Goa also did.  Gladly supported by my father, we were allowed  tremendous freedom of choice and were vested with the power to choose from  a very young age. This manifested in me at a very early age when I refused to repeat a class because I was too young to be promoted to the next despite having topped that class.( Class I ) Continue reading