Friday, January 26, 2007



SUNDRY RAMBLIMGS

I was doing the laundry the other day and the smell of clean fresh laundry took me back to my childhood when we would run around playing in the yard amidst the clothes drying in the sun. Occasionally one or two small clothes would drop down from the clothesline and we would be yelled at for making the freshly washed clothes dirty.
Then my mind wandered to my teens when with the setting sun, my mom would ask me to bring the laundry in and fold the clothes and put them away in their respective places. I loved folding laundry, but the putting away part was what I hated. I grumbled and made a list of all the most hated chores including drying the dishes and putting them away.
Today as I gently fold my kids clothes and put them away in their closets, I smile to myself and think its not so bad after all. The memories of childhood and adolescence come back to us, sometimes, unbidden and other times, we fondly recall them. The topic at the dinner table in our home usually revolves around my husband’s and my childhood and the kids love hearing our escapades and of course, how we got in trouble.
Whenever I feel lonely and isolated, living so far away from our families, it is these memories that bring a smile to my face. These memories are what keep us close to the hearts of the ones we love and to our home. I hope my children have wonderful memories of their childhood when they grow up too, for it is these memories that make the present bearable-knowing that someday the present will be memories of things past.
Why this post, you ask…its all in the title, sundry ramblings! And yes, my friends and family do think I’m weird because I love doing laundry!!

38 Comments:

At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Vijay said...

TP: I think good memories are very important. I have recently been blogging about my Vijay High days and boy we had fun. Interestingly enough my class teacher at VHS has been reading it as well... I ran into her yesterday at a function and she told me "So this is what you guys did behind my back" ...

Sometimes I know what my son is going to do (some tarale kelasa). I let him do it so he can add to his memories.

Great post.

 
At 8:07 PM, Anonymous bellur said...

Whenever I feel lonely and isolated, living so far away from our families, it is these memories that bring a smile to my face.

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.

I am thrilled at seeing the latestpost at Happytraveller!

Waiting for a loads of others. :)

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger Ravenbajan said...

It is ironic that I read this today. Last night I had a dream about my childhood, and just today at lunch I was telling my daughter stories about when I was her age.

Memories are important to me as well, and I hope that I can succeed at giving my child memories as great as the ones my parents gave me.

 
At 8:25 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Hi TP, welcome back to blog writing.
You did a nice writing job on your thoughts and memory recall here.
My thinking is that now you are doing those chores out of love, as a teenager it was work you would rather not be doing.

Keep us posted on your school things. I hope you like to write papers, you sure do write a pretty blog.
..

 
At 10:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The next time I'm in the US or you're here in Bangalore, you can do my laundry. I'll save it for you. :).

Nice to see your post after such a long time.

Annayya

 
At 9:57 AM, Blogger Dusty said...

Hi. Considering that you posted this on Republic day, belated republic day greetings. I love the smell of freshly washed bedcovers - zzzzz.

 
At 10:11 AM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Vijay,
I think school days are the best time of life. Its such a great idea to blog about school days. Yes, I too let my kids get away with stuff sometimes:)

RK,
I love the way you said it, "Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose." You've summed up my whole post in this one beautiful sentence. And as always thanks so much for being supportive.

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Ravenbajan,
I too hope that my kids will have great memories of their childhood.

Jim,
Thanks so much for your kind words. I will keep you posted about school. In fact, I am a writing tutor and work with other people on their writing assignments. Its a great job. I also love writing my own papers. It is wonderful to see our thoughts rolling out on paper.

 
At 10:15 AM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Annayya,
Ha ha I'll look forward to your laundry. Thanks for always being there and believing in me. BTW, do you recognize the picture in this post?

 
At 10:16 AM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Dusty,
Thanks. Aah.. clean bed covers...hmm..you're making me sleepy now:)

 
At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I do recognize your backyard and the deck. You have a good eye for color. Why don't you think of turning pro with a good camera? Stock photography is a good option to earn a few dollars for practically nothing.
Annayya

 
At 11:20 PM, Blogger couch potato said...

Yes, I do recognize your backyard and the deck. You have a good eye for color. Why don't you think of turning pro with a good camera? Stock photography is a good option to earn a few dollars for practically nothing.

 
At 12:40 AM, Anonymous Veena Shivanna said...

Very light but very touchy post. sakkat neevu, allowing your kids to have the lovely memories. Even I keep talking too much about my childhood & increase his J factor :-)
I am sure you would be a nice parent to the kids. Keep writing more, its really so insightful.
Laundry reminds me those beautiful smells which represents freshness, its may the surf excel/ Ariel/ Rin...
We got a new baTTe ogiyo kallu instilled at the back yard recently, laundry list is anytime a topic to talk about...

A laundry list of things to be now written on your blog..
Take Care,

 
At 7:29 PM, Blogger Pooja Aggarwal said...

Nice post. I am still nostalgic from my recent trip to India and this brought back fond memories.

 
At 7:24 AM, Blogger christine said...

I loved reading this post. It was all at once happy, comforting and nostalgic. And you're not so wierd, I love manually doing the dishes. I find it therapeutic.

 
At 7:25 AM, Blogger christine said...

BTW, it's so nice to have you back posting again! :)

 
At 8:34 AM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Annayya,
Yes, the picture is of our backyard. But what I meant was that this pic was taken with your camera when you were here visiting us:))

Veena,
Thanks:)Batte Ogiyo kallu brings back so many memories. Many a lazy afternoon were spent on the batte ogiyo kallu. Maybe I should do a special post about it:)

Pooja,
Thanks and welcome back:)Hope you had a great trip. I can't wait to go to India...

Christine,
Aah..a kindered soul.I don't mind doing the dishes too. Thanks very much and its good to be back.

 
At 2:29 AM, Blogger AJEYA RAO said...

"for it is these memories that make the present bearable-knowing that someday the present will be memories of things past." - Nice write up. Very true.

 
At 9:49 PM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Thanks Ajeya:)

 
At 7:36 AM, Anonymous Veena Shivanna said...

TP, please write up some more such ones! you seem to be very tied up I guess. Your posts are simply too good to read & enjoy them.. Mainly to relate it, its easier.

 
At 8:36 AM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Veena,
Thank you so much for your encouragement. I will surely post something soon. Just been little busy with usual routine.

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Happy Valentines Day TP!
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

 
At 1:20 AM, Anonymous Gangadhar said...

Glad to see you back,TP..And why don't you post regularly...i know you're pretty busy now a days..but i wish you post a post atleast in a week or two...

take care

 
At 5:37 AM, Blogger Cuckoo said...

Hi,
Enjoyed reading your post. Really therapeutic. I also love doing laundry so much that my mom says you must've been a 'dhobi' in previous birth. And I love the smell of freshly washed clothes.

It is good to remember those good old days. :))

 
At 9:03 AM, Blogger AJEYA RAO said...

Missing u!

 
At 12:45 AM, Blogger Maverick said...

"I hope my children have wonderful memories of their childhood when they grow up too, for it is these memories that make the present bearable-knowing that someday the present will be memories of things past."

i do not ask why this post? i loved it n think this's ur best post tht i've read.

btw wat r u doin in d spring break?

 
At 8:03 AM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Gangadhar,
Thanks. I will definitely try to post more regularly.

Cuckoo,
Aah! That explains my obsession with laundry, I must have been a dhobi in my previous birth too:))

Ajeya,
Thanks:))That's so sweet. I will be back soon. I am currently trying to get some pictures of our Sydney days. I will be uploading them soon and writing about them.

Maverick,
Thanks:)Good to see you back buddy. Where u been? Long India trip? No plans for spring break. My nephew will be visiting from Troy, NY. Also we are planning a trip to India during the summer. So, got to save up now:))

 
At 5:07 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Hi T.P. Congratulations, you are the 15,004th visitor to my blog [http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/]!

Now it was a sort of sneaky thing for you to do, not leaving a note or anything. But I forgive you for that, just study hard so we can all be prouder still of you.

I was going to congratulate the 15,000th visitor but that one and the next three got there by Googling and I have no earthly idea who they were. You were the first identifiable visitor after that 14,999.

Thanks a lot. Everynow and then I check to see if you've updated lately. Not yet but I'm waiting.
..
I don't think you have updated to the "New Blogger" yet either. Neither have I. Sometimes it is hard to post using the old.
Before I do that I want to make a CD(s) of my blogs to date.
..

 
At 5:09 PM, Blogger Jim said...

P.S. These two comments and your visit were on March 9, 2007.
Again, thanks.
..

 
At 9:46 PM, Blogger Maverick said...

kool trip to india? the god of trips :) hav fun !

 
At 7:29 AM, Anonymous Vijay said...

TP: Where are you? Missing in Action...

 
At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Veena Shivanna said...

hmm... Totally out of action.
What are your India visit plans ?

 
At 9:50 PM, Anonymous praneshachar said...

hello
I was reading your comments vijay's blog and visited this the write up on laundary is simply superb and those days childhood are golden days no doubt. always we can cherish these memories and more so for people like you who are away from home land.
welcome home sweet home you must be counting days it will be 30 days to go lot of activities must be going btb how long you will be here and when was your last visit.
bye have a great day and month and looking for leaving for home town and home land must be marvellous
all the best

 
At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Veena Shivanna said...

Travel saga, what happened actually? Account lockout issues or your email id got hacked ?
probably you can start a wordpress blog & write a connecting comment here suggesting your readers to read that from now on.
Or else check with the admin/support team of blogspot, they should surely give you some sort of work around.
Well, will see you once you are here.
Nice to see you on vijay and RK's blog quite often now a days!

 
At 9:17 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Hi TP -- Thanks for the visits and the comment. I'm glad to hear from you, I hope you and school and family are doing fine.

I'll be silent very shortly for a period of time, except perhaps for a short Wordless Wednesday post on
http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/
now and then.
..
A final wish, would you please tell me the Indian word(s) for 'goodbye.' Not a forever 'goodbye,' rather a 'goodbye for a while' if that is appropriate.
I feel that English is your primary language but that you know others.
..

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Thanks for the help, TP. You are just on top of things aren't you?
So 'Namaste' usually works for 'hello' and 'goodbye.'But the phrase "Phir milenge" means "we will meet again."
Would it be proper to say "Namaste, phir milenge" meaning "Goodbye, we will meet again?"

I don't have a G-Mail account. I have a Blogger account when Google made me do that before it let me change to the New Blogger which they made me do also.

I opened a new Google account but just used my current e-mail address, a Yahoo one, as my sign-in account.
It all works just fine.

There is a Google program to 'help' with my monitoring, I always exit from it as it slows my computer down. And sometimes it doesn't want to close when I shut the computer down either.
I intend to remove it soon, from the start up program list if I can, otherwise altogether.
..

 
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At 4:23 AM, Blogger AJEYA RAO said...

Hey r u thinking of writing again?

 

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