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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

From one thread to another..

Ones commitment to learning may be directly measured by ones receding hairline and loss of hair density.

You live, you learn. You learn more, you live less?

There has been a lot of learning on the personal and professional front in the last year. At least that is the annual Avani-avittam report!

Granted the regular sandhyavandanam is restricted to twice a month, plus some days when I feel like it and it is done in the bathroom for the most part, but the avani-avittam thread changing is always done.

Reminds you of good things from the past, and somehow deep down tells you that as long as you keep the learning process alive, all will be well. This ceremony always brings about mixed feelings. It becomes a once a year atonement event, but one has to look past feeling bad for not doing rituals and prayers everyday and go with "work is worship" and "worship is just more worship"!

Vedic learning is not going to feed the kids and it is a given that the concepts have to be fit to context.

My only take on the "being a brahmin" part is somehow we were taught that "knowledge is power". It is very much possible that this is an over simplified myopic filtered view of the caste system scaling down to affect me as to who I am....and this is not the first time this is being said in this blog. At least that view has remained consistent over four plus years of blogging..

In my understanding of 7th grade history of India, we were taught that there were four classes of people who had different interpretations of power and their roles in the world. They were valued in society for their quest for

a. knowledge
b. power, control, territory
c. money and all things material
d. a daily paycheck

Roughly translated for today's urbanite, you would aspire to be CTO, CEO, CFO or a dude doing the actual execution of work... today you can beat the system and be anything you want to be, as long as you don't get stereotyped!

Considering my parents were not well to do and the only thing they pushed me to do was to get grades and their biggest achievement (prior to their getting me married to their top seed pick aka San) was performing our Upanayanam ceremony in a grand way, the choice was very clear. Study and you will get somewhere in life and be valued for something.

That has been sent into deep permanent memory somewhere. So this year the commitment to learning has been extended by another year.

As usual, some pictures..

The little one was slightly upset that there was no "bell ringing" involved in today's occasion, but was consoled once she saw the good eats.

It was just daddy doing prayers and everyone getting to eat vadai, paayasam and sweet poli.

The paayasam was very very yummy and this post ends on that note..and we go eat some more paayasam.


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I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 2:33 AM, Blogger Swatantra wrote...


it is great to know that you are making your kids learn about your religion and culture..

The picture is very nice.. I was looking for the daughters mom also in the picture.. as Siddharth says family picture!!

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 7:27 AM, Blogger Kavi wrote...

"You live, you learn. You learn more, you live less?"

Is a scary question. A question that would put numerous L&D professionals out of job. :)

Life is about change and constantly adopting ourselves to change. And learning helps all the way !!

And it helps also, that someday, they invent sending yummy payasam through the blog !


I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 6:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Kavi or else at least the recipe would help right ????


I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Upananyam, the one important function for brahman male folks...the wider generation has forgotten that there is something called samitha dhaanam. I love this bit. My brother used to do, my friend's son does it everyday with atleast 100 g japam. I am very proud of you Sundar that you are doing and appreciating what parents installed in your mind. Well done Sundar...I could see that Kallai in you


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