Friday, August 19, 2005

Done for this year..

The ritual for the year, accomplished. Avani avittam, and yagnyopavetha dharanam done.

Woke up at 4.30, had Vapanam done.[3 finger thickness ;)]followed by all regulars.

Reached the temple by 7.00[as scheduled].

Very surprised to see abt 50 people assembled today! Reiterated that the world is small.
"Naa Trichy, neenga?" "Naanum dhaan"
"Naa Andar veedhi!" "Naanum dhaan!"
"Naa Tiruvanikovil Ayyan Theru" "Wow!, Enakku poorvegham Thekku theru"
" Naa RECT", "Mee too!!"

Lot of mobile number, email id, business card xchangings happend ;).

According to IST[S-Stretchable], the proceedings started only by 8.00am. [supposedly the gurukkal had later agreed on a grahapravesam assginment till 7.45 am].I knew this would happen, and had told the client and my managers that i will be working from home ;) today. Aadi asanju poonal pottundu, aathuku varumbodhu 10.15.

Namba oora irundha, it wud be abt 13.00 hrs that we come home. Vaasallaye harathi karachu vechundu ppl will be waiting. Ullae nozhanju ellorukku namaskaram panni, one round of collection will happen. Pakkathathu aedhuthathu maama, ellor kitteyum colleksion kodi katti parakkum. Appuram vadai payasathoda oru kattu kattitu sogamma arattai adichundu.. hmm.. adhu vaazhkai..

Today, i came home, nobody there to receive, naane kadhava thirandha, mailbox la 10 junk letters. Apporam, nothing to eat :(, The only feasible option was to order pizza, but Oh-no-not-again feeling was overwhelming. So decided to cook and eat.
Before that logged into the office network to see if anything urgent was pending. Thankfully, as usual and typical of a friday, everything was calm.

Suddenly got great enthu and went in to the kitchen at 10.30 started experimenting with my culinary skills. Finished by 11.30. I was surprised with my creations and took a snap of it.

Clockwise from left. Kathrikai Ennai Curry, Vendaikai saambar, thakkali rasam, saadam, paruppu+paal payasam, thayir, vendaikkai thayir pachadi, Ghee, thanni. [No vadai ]

Aasai theera saaptutu, ippo dhaan logging back to start working.

Now you are asking me was the food tasty? rite?.
My dad used to say, that food is always tasty on avani avittam and sraadham days. According to that thumb rule the food was very tasty. slurp slurp... [The logic behind is that, on those days we have a late brunch and the hunger makes the food appear tasty :p]

Till I wake up, sorry work up, please enjoy the food!!


At Fri Aug 19, 08:44:00 AM CDT, Blogger Ganesh said...

Done here also
tomorrow is more exciting Gayathri Japam. I am looking forward to that.

BTw checkout

At Fri Aug 19, 09:17:00 AM CDT, Blogger Ganesh said...

TJ London vandhakka unga aathukkudhan varaporen amam :)
Samayalellam nala bagama irukkum polairukke :)

At Fri Aug 19, 09:29:00 AM CDT, Blogger WA said...

Nice account TJ. BTW working from homennu sonna idhaan arthamaa? :) Cooking looks good.

At Fri Aug 19, 11:35:00 AM CDT, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

You should have invited me for lunch man!! Btw - do u know what's avani avittam special news..rajnikanth has announced his latest film with Shankar!!! Check in my site!! Kalakal news!!

At Fri Aug 19, 11:41:00 AM CDT, Blogger Saravana Kumar said...

TJ excuse my ignorance ... What is Avani Avittam and Yagnyopavetha Dharanam

At Fri Aug 19, 12:02:00 PM CDT, Blogger Kasthuri Srinivasan said...

Nice TJ. I followed the link u gave me and felt satisfied compared to previous years. Did samitha daanam too. :-)

At Fri Aug 19, 01:47:00 PM CDT, Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

I wasn't planning to do anything much for Gayathri Japam. I meant the eatables... but after seeing this post, I am looking fwd to tomorrow. Our Avani avittam is still few weeks away.

At Fri Aug 19, 02:40:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Yes Ganesh, Gayathri Japam is highly rejuvenating. Some weekends, GJ is my saturday evening hobby. And for last 17 years, i have been doing GHomam. is a nice site. They already have vinayka chaturti mantrams. ;) London vandha, you can always drop in. Welcom sir.

Working from home na, ellam serthu dhaan. Arasiyalla idhellam.....
Apporam 'Cooking looks good', appadeena ennanghaa?? Ok, lemme complete it, 'it also tasted tolerably okay. ;)'

At Fri Aug 19, 02:41:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

It was just off the fly decision to treat myself to a feast. :( Surea oru naalaikku meet pannuvom. U said u will show me ur garden as well. ;)

At Fri Aug 19, 02:45:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Avani avittam is the annual ritual that falls on the full moon day of Aavani month. Brahmins, Vaishyas and some Kshatriyas, change the poonal. This act of changing is called yagnyopaveetha dharanam.

This is the barest minimum, which should be executed to satisfy oneself saying that 'i am still inclined to learning vedas or lead a life prescribed by the vedas'.

You can refer to my earlier posts on aadi pathinettu, avani avittam, Now get back to work, where the significance of this has been touched upon

At Fri Aug 19, 02:46:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Kasthuri, Wow! Did samithadhanam too!! Doing samithadhanam gives me a lot of confidence. I had been doing it twice daily from 1988 to 2001. From then on only when i go to trichy. It deserves a seperate post in itself :)

At Fri Aug 19, 02:49:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Come on, neengalum unga menuva post pannunga.. ;)
Also, i remember my sama veda friends, who didnt have to take leave for upakarma, since it mostly falls on a holiday[ganesh chaturthi], where as we had to go stand before the campion school principal and get leave or permission.. :(

At Sat Aug 20, 02:29:00 AM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey TJ
super sapadu ponga...chumma va sonnanga worlds best cooks are male...enakku suttu potalum samaika varathu....among u r list i could do parupu, rasam well....kalakaringa ponga...nanum trichy than...RECT entha year 2003 pass out...and now in US...doing my Masters in Ohio the way entha from ECE..great to know a lot of RECT the way I am from Srirangam....good to know u

At Sat Aug 20, 05:07:00 AM CDT, Blogger Archana said...

I quite dont know what you are talking about...I little understand Tamil. But did you cook all that food? just for yourself??
The Rising is a simple film but it doesnt make sense at all :(

At Sat Aug 20, 08:24:00 AM CDT, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

TJ - I guess all RECT aluminis are meeting through ur blog :)..

Anonymous - Me too from RECT - 2000 pass out..I guess TJ also passed out the same year - he did his MBA there..I did my Compsci there!

At Sun Aug 21, 12:45:00 AM CDT, Blogger krishna said...

Thanks TJ 4 taking my thots back home ..I share ur thots on Avani Avittam back in India..

Relished ur post just like i relished my moms food after performing all the rituals..May be it is because this is my only "blog read" on avani avittam..;)

just kidding..

At Sun Aug 21, 07:53:00 AM CDT, Blogger Slice Of Life said...

seems like a feast

At Sun Aug 21, 10:55:00 PM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey swami,
looks like you have started excelling in your cullinary skills as well.
Have fun


At Sun Aug 21, 11:33:00 PM CDT, Blogger Ram.C said...

assortment looks nice... hope you had a nice workout after that.. I mean sleep...

At Mon Aug 22, 12:46:00 AM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

aavani avittam aachu.. Krishna jayanthi vandunde irukku. 26th annikku adiyenudaiya blogikku varavum...

At Mon Aug 22, 02:49:00 AM CDT, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...


Our Captain has featured in the latest edition of TIMES magazine!! Check my blog!!

At Mon Aug 22, 11:52:00 AM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Samayal is a simple deal. Necessity is the mother of invention. I guess anybody would be able to make better food the Opal mess.[as heard from friends].

Yeah, it was just for myself. I wanted to treat myself the way it wud have been back home. I did not want to have the feeling 'Had it been back home, i wud have ......'.
Only thing i wud miss here is my ppl. Wud like to live as close to how i would be back home.

We can have a RECAL meet here. I know a big mass is out here.

At Mon Aug 22, 12:01:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Thanks. Good to know that u relished. :)

ChennaiPages Uma,
It was a feast, and i was officialy working from home.. not working in home. :P

All samayal xcelling with due tips and trainings from my sisters back home.;)

hmm.. i had a nice work out.. all through the extended weekend :)

looking forward for the gokulashtami/krishna jayanthi, seedai, thattai, murukku, thenkozhal...
And looking forward to your post as well!!

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At Wed Aug 24, 04:16:00 AM CDT, Blogger ioiio said...

Naanum arisi payasam, araichi vitta sambhar, urulai kizhangu curry, vendakkai poriyal, arisi applamnu oru pidi pidichen..

Aana enna rendu guest.. 6 room mates.. By the time I finished cooking.. Kitchen was a ranakalam.. andaaa andaavaa cook panninen

At Thu Aug 25, 07:29:00 AM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

yappa Sathya,
naa orouthanukku samaikardhukke naakku thallittein. around 10 perukku samaichirundha nee King paaa.


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