Saturday, May 15, 2010

Shyam at Livermore Temple

Shyam took his second trip to the Livermore Shiva Vishnu temple, this time with his ammumma and appuppan.

Shyam at Livermore Temple

Shyam in Big Basin

We visited Big Basin Redwoods State Park to see the giant Sequoia's with my parents and Shyam last Saturday. Some pictures from the trip.

Amma, Achan and Shyam in Big Basin

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Shyam's Annaprashan

Shyam, as baby of two cultures, will probably have two of many ceremonies. Here is his second feeding ceremony, this time at Ishani's parents' place in Guwahati.

The irony is in spite of two ceremonies and many people putting many spoons to his lips, he is still not on solids.

Shyam Annaprashan

Updated with minor tweaks to the language of the post, removing improper pronoun reference: "A baby of two cultures, I expect Shyam...." which suggested I was a baby of two cultures. Vestige from the GMAT days.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Shyam's Choroonu

Today we had a ceremony for symbolic feeding of solids for Shyam. He has a teeny taste of a mash of rice, banana, payasam, papad and salt. He also got to dress up in a kurta and wear some jewellery. He was a well behaved baby through the entire ceremony and even did some singing at the end. :)

Shyam choroonu

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Most of you know, so will just add a link to the photo album.

The first impressions

Baby Dictionary

Main Entry: bond·ing
Pronunciation: \ˈbän-diŋ\
1 : green baby poop overflowing from the diaper on to the father's jeans and polo shirt while the father tries to burp the infant

Main Entry: 1sleep
Pronunciation: \ˈslēp\
1 : the natural periodic suspension of consciousness allowed by lack of baby's crying, and parent taking a break from obsessively looking at the sleeping child, downloading pictures and blogging about it.
2 : is overrated

Main Entry: food
Pronunciation: \ˈfüd\
1 : material to be demanded from the mother at the threat of heartbreaking wails, every two hours.
2 : the wonderful creations of the mom's mother sustaining the grateful parents

Main Entry: 1ba·by
Pronunciation: \ˈbā-bē\
1 : a feeding-pooping machine in a cloth bundle
2 : also refers to a little bundle of joy

("main entry" and "pronunciation" from Merriam Webster)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween, Babyshower, Birthday and Two Launches..

.. quite a week. Though no excuse for me being awol from my blog for a long time, it has been quite a busy few weeks, culminating in this one crazy week. While the work week was consumed in making search more social and musical, the weekend was for Halloween themed baby shower and my birthday. My last minute Halloween costume choices were a monk and Che. I decided to do them both - Che who was a monk. And someone at the party aptly named my setup as Chesus. Ishani dressed as a pumpkin and gets more credit for custom self made costumes.

More pictures to come, but here is a sampler....

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Matrimony packages for Pakistanis...

Could not pass up the opportunity to blog about this. The International section of a prominent and serious Indian news papers, The Hindu, had an article about how online Indian matrimony sites are putting together "packages" for our neighbours across the border in Pakistan.

It was also interesting to diverse set of Google ads all around the article. The users have three ads targeted at Muslim. One for Iyengars, if that's who you are looking for. Either way, you could also get on to a cruise to Europe. :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Assam Road Trip 2008 Map

I created a custom map with the locations we visited as a part of the road trip in Assam. The locations indicated with the blue markers are places we visited. We are also using this map to add locations associated with the family in Assam. For example, Ishani's grandparents on her mom's side live in Moran (green marker).
  • Guwahati
  • Tezpur
  • Kaziranga National Park
  • Jorhat
  • Sibsagar

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Fish for Lunch!

An advantage of living close to the ocean is that you get fresh fish closeby. We got some King Fish (locally known as Vajram) from the market and then recorded amma cooking fish curry and fry.

I put together a video of that below. The ingredients of the paste were not very clear in the video. I have listed them below:
  • Paste for the fish curry - coconut, chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, shallots and curry leaves
  • Paste for the fish fry - pepper, fennel seeds, shallots, chilli powder.