Can’t believe summer holidays are almost over..

It has been a remarkable two months.
These are the things I have done.

Made most of the pickles and fruit preserves that we would be consuming the next 6 months. It feels good to see all the bottles filled and sealed.

I found that the thrift shop near home sells Harlequin novels.. 5 for a dollar! and they take it back after I read it..Super deal, there is no other words to describe it.
I read 38 Harlequin novels and still counting..

Read Michael Yamashita’s Marco Polo photographer’s journey. Envied him and I wish I could do the same trip. Somehow of all the things that I didn’t know, I must add that I didn’t know Marco Polo had visited Kerala.

Tried to read ithihyamala again..the language is too difficult for me to comprehend( and I passed SSLC Malayalam!)

Re read Little women again!

knitted a poncho for yaya.

As for the kids

Yaya passed level 8 swimming.
Toothless passed level 5 swimming. (It took him one year to pass level 5).
Baby is still in level 3.

All of them got the medals for completing the summer reading club.

Since they agreed to a summer without cartoons and didn’t watch TV since the last day of school, I will be taking them to the Fair at PNE this week.They look forward to going for all the rides( and I don’t look forward to an empty wallet! Besides I am also afraid of heights)

How was all of your holidays?

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  1. Hello pengale,

    My summer was sour and sweet. Sour there was a “maranam” (in kerala).Sweet – I took off for 2 weeks in that name (still guilty) and spend time with family..

    Read the rest and enjoy..

    These are not my wisdom but jokes going around :

    You may be in agreement on one or all of following;

    If you can fit four passengers in the front seat of an Ambassador taxi, while in the back there are eight passengers and two children with their heads stuck out of the window, chances are, you are a Mallu going to attend your cousin’s wedding. –

    If you can run, ride a 100 cc motorbike without wearing a helmet, and play football, all while wearing a lungi tied halfmast, Malayali status!

    If you have more than 5 relatives working in Dufaiii, Big Time Malayali..
    – If you have the words “Chinchu Mol + Jinchu Mol” written on the rear window of your Omani car, Yes, You ARE a Malaayli.
    – If you refer to your husband as kettiyon; ithiyan, pillerude appan, guess what? You’re a Central Travancore Syrian Christian Malayali.
    – If you have more than three employee trade unions at your place of work then ask no further, you are indeed a Malayali.
    – If you have at least two relatives working in the US in the health industry(Nursing! !!), Yes! Syrian Christian Malayali!
    – If you religiously buy a lottery ticket every week, then You’re in the Malayali Zone!
    – If you describe a woman as “charrakku/ Commodity ” Yep! Malayali.
    – If you constantly refer to banana as “benana” or pizza as “pissa” you’re a Malayali.
    – If you use coconut oil instead of refined vegetable oil and can’t figure out why people in your family have congenital heart problems, you might be a Malayali.
    – If you are going out to see a movie at the local theater with your wifey wearing all the gold jewellery gifted to her by her parents, you are a newly married Malayali.
    – If you and your wife and three children dress up in your Sunday best and go out to have Malabar biriyani at Kayikka’s on a 100 cc Bajaj mobike, you an upwardly mobile Malayali from Cochin.
    – If your idea of haute cuisine is kappa and meen curry, then, yes, you are a Malayali.
    – If you have beef puttu for breakfast, beef olathu for lunch, and beef curry with “borotta” for dinner, yeah, definitely Malalyali.
    – If your name is Wilson, and your wife’s name is Baby, and you name your daughter Wilby, have no doubts at all , you are a standard Malayali.
    – If most of the houses on your block are painted puke yellow, fluorescent green, and bright pink, definitely Malappuram Malayali.
    – If you tie a towel around your head and burst into a raucous rendition of the song “Kuttanaden Punjayile” after having three glasses of toddy, then you are a hardcore Malayali.
    – If you call appetizers served with alcoholic beverages as “touchings” then you are one helluva Malayali.
    – If you’re sick and your wifey rubs “Bicks” into your nostrils and gives you “kurumulaku rasam” with chakkara, (grandma’s recipe) to help relieve your symptoms, Damn!! You’re Malayali.
    – IF YOU DON’T NEED ANY EXPLANATIONS FOR ANY OF THE ABOVE,YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE THE REAL McCOY, A BLUE BLOOD MALAYALI. LAAL SALAAM !!!
    – All meant in fun, don’t get all “SIMBLY AGITATED” and pass it on so another Malayali can laff too.

    – Ennu Swandam mattoru Kolayali.

  2. whoa! 🙂 u ve had a cool holiday! and u read harlequin :d whoa! i read it once in a while….. but then it would be a lottt better if there was a crime in it, a small one would do for me to love the books… :d. happy times at the fair sarah chechy! 🙂

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