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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Tummy blues

Was waling out of the house in the morning last week, and saw this flower just about to release...

Somehow the word "bloom" doesn't fit this flower. It almost looks animal like, the way the thin film pulls back as the flower emerges leaving behind a shell like coating. Reminds you more of a chick coming out of an egg!

I wish to be this flower. That after all the much promised analysis!

Last week ended with me being very sick. So sick that the kids were alarmed at seeing me like that. I made the mistake of eating in a local Indian Restaurant (under new cook and new management.. more on that later!) and my system could not digest a simple Masala dosa from this place. The end result? I was like a steam engine with a serious clog!

My stomach had bloated to proportions that even I had not seen. Jr. came to me and said "Daddy, you look like a mommy, daddy! Like when they have big tummies and the baby is going to come out." That was funny and depressing at the same time. Funny because she was so innocent, depressing because I was in lot of pain.

Thanks to San's grandma, I was saved. On her last visit, she had sent us this special version of "Deepavali marundhu" which works on my insides much the same way Draino works on clogged plumbing. Took an overdose of the stuff and a few hours later, I was not looking like a mommy anymore.. not that there is anything wrong with that! On a side note, please remember, we are not talking about San's mom aka my MIL. We are talking about her Grandma who happens to be my MIL's MIL aka my GIL!

I have no clue what the ingredients are in this stuff she made. It seriously warrants a study by the likes of Pfizer, Merck, etc.. and needs to be mass manufactured and be made available to middle aged dudes like me!

On serious thought, I need to do some serious readjustments to my lifestyle..

Summary of a conversation with San on Sat:
1. Should start eating healthy again. Less oil. More greens. Less carbs. More protein. (whatever you can do, while still being veggie!)
2. Start exercising at least for 20 minutes a day
3. Get at least 6-7 hours sleep every day.
4. Meditate at least 15 minutes a day.

What actually happened on Sunday (it was cold, windy and lousy outside):
1.Told San that it was the perfect weather to make Bhajji (so I made some nice deep fried delicious potato bhajji's)
2. Too cold to go out and exercise!
3. Catching up with work for missing out on friday afternoon. No nap as planned.
4. Attempts to meditate were interrupted by my angels who were worried that daddy was going to sleep while sitting. They would effortlessly put Rambha, Urvasi and Menaka to shame. Viswamitra would not have had half the chance of finishing his penance, with Jr. and the little one around. They physically open your eyelids and stare inside!

Yes, it was 0/4, but tomorrow is another day, or so they tell me. Still dreaming of being that flower....


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I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 12:50 AM, Blogger Kavi wrote...

I hope you have recovered now & the steam engine is going without any clog !!

Maybe thinking about some kind of time-lapse photography of understanding how you are 'blooming' is happening would help !!!


I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 10:05 AM, Blogger mitr_bayarea wrote...


hope you are completely out of the stomach bug now, yes, deepavali marunthu works wonders. We always have a stock at home- thanks to patti from India.

Flower looks nice after blooming.

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 8:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Gil what a new word. If you end up being that flower how will you blog?

We wont let that happen to you. I need you blood to clone you 1000 times and make you write hollywood, bollywood, tollywood, kollywood movies and sitcoms.

Take care dude.

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 8:44 AM, Blogger Terri wrote...

You're probably one of the lucky few blessed with a flat stomach. Bloating would not be apparent in some of us.
On a serious note, do slow down on the work front, unless, of course, you love what you're doing.

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 12:14 AM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan wrote...

Kavi, recovered. You don't want to see a photoblog of what happened. It was gross.

Mitr, the marundhu recipe(s) should be well documented so we dont lose them ..

V. thanks.

Terri, do love what I do at work. you dont have to worry abotu work life balance if your life is your work.. but then again....



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