Archive | June 2010


Shakira croons Waka Waka and Vuvuzela blown by fans.

Fifa World Cup Football has taken over the world. My home town, Tirur in Malappuram District of Kerala, also making news with its diehard fans.






Just search the net and you will be surprised at how this town is taking part in the Fifa World Cup. And if you would like to know more, there are some people who can take you there. Just visit

Enjoy the crooning Shakira and lyrics

When I reach Tirur for my vacation next month, the frenzy and tempo will be reaching the pinnacle. And I am waiting to see my mad mad mad fellows there!!!!!!

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This is in tribute of a person whom I did not get much to know because he left this world when I was seven years old. Three times I have met him during my vacations, at the ages of two, four and six. Rest all I know about him is from my father. He is my grandfather, the beloved father of my dad and other seven children. A grandfather of thirteen and great grandfather of eleven (out of this, he has seen only the first one). He is still admired by his children and friends as a man of great moral and modern outlook, who died five years back on this day at the age of 89.This man who has seen much more than a thousand full moons, according to my father, was a man who kept his pace with changing times, many a times ahead of it and never could be termed as orthodox in his thinking or deeds. He has defied conventions right from his youth when the society around him was of feudal and orthodox values. For my father, as he states, he was not just father but a friend, philosopher and guide. What more I can write about him?

But I realize that I too have lost someone, whose presence could have been something precious in my life.


Mangoes and jackfruits are ripe from last two months and it is end of season now. My memories of mangoes are the neatly stacked ones I am finding in the supermarkets here. But from last year, it seems less supplied here; don’t know the reason may be poor harvest in India and Pakistan. The cheaper mangoes come from Pakistan which is sweeter than the varieties come from India. But Indian mangoes have a large variety to choose from comparing to fewer from Pakistan. Jackfruit mainly comes from Kerala, but not at all of quality. Eating it just for the sake of eating. A small piece of jackfruit costs you Dh.10 onwards which in fact is not worth when you get poor quality of it. Mangoes and jackfruits are very costly here but back home  we can get it free from our trees!!!

I like mangoes and jackfruit very much. May be because of getting it less here as my father puts it. Back home, we have few trees of both in our property but I am here whining.  My summer vacation starts in July and I will be at Tirur or Kuttippuram in July and August. But by that time the season will be over for both except a few late comers on those trees.Mangoes are OK but the jackfruit absorbs monsoon and will be of no taste.  I can only blame my summer vacation for this. But my father disagrees and his logic goes like this:-

In India, the summer vacation is in April and May. Mangoes and jackfruits are ripe by that time so the children enjoy it.

In UAE, the summer vacation is in July and August. Dates are ripe by that time so the children enjoy it.

So what matters is the place where we are.

Be at the right place at the right time, he says. (Ah, is it possible?)

Nature has placed certain fruits in plenty at places and other fruits will be cherished there as it goes for mangoes in UAE and dates in India, he adds.

What to do? Law of nature. Consoling. Is it?

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