Kaiku’s Haikus

I am in so much trouble.
I woke up an hour later than usual today. Still, I am standing in my kitchen ignoring lunches that need to be packed (quickly), and am trying to finish up a haiku that just popped in my mind about Memorial Day.
Hmmm…. obsession is a sweet (but typically unproductive) thing.
Plus, I feel that I am cluttering up my blog with one three-liner after another.
Worry not, I am not retiring my haiku-ing within 24 hours.
I am merely organizing my pearls of wisdom elsewhere.
Check out https://momto2cuddlebugs.wordpress.com/kaikus-haikus/ for my daily updates.
Can’t wait to churn out more today! 🙂


Told you that I would be back, didn’t I? Didn’t expect that I will be back in 10 minutes, but that’s where we are. You ready?

I was called kaiku
When little. Did someone know
That I will haiku?
Paruppu saadam
With green cabbage and keerai
To top off, baadam.
Learnt something today
Haiku-ing makes me silly
All play, no work, yay!

I LOVE it, if I say so myself. 🙂


On a recent podcast, Gretchen Rubin recommended writing a haiku. Really caught my attention.

You know what’s coming next, don’t you?

Oh oh, you say? Correct.

Here are a couple that I just wrote.

Starting to Haiku
It will be super fun; you
Try too, no saaku

(who said it should all be in one language?)
Teen on her iPhone
Engrossed in what, I wonder
Best leave her alone
Ugh, dirty dishes
Calling out my name, oh no
Time to feed fishes

Ok, the last one is kinda petty, and just my immediate to do list. Still. You get the idea.

I am finding it quite tough to follow the 5 syllable – 7 syllable – 5 syllable rule. Not a lot of room there, forces you to be creative. Think I will rhyme the first and the last lines (for more fun).

I am liking this haiku-ing. Makes me focus with a lot more intention on things going on around me. Hmmm…. Think I will write at least a few haikus a day and publish them here.

Don’t go away, I’ll be right back. 😉

Baahubali 2

Watched Baahubali 2 last night with the family. What rock have you been living under, you ask? Well, getting to a movie within a month of its release is pretttty good for me. Was quite surprised when, early last week, both little N and little A agreed to go (almost never happens). N and I immediately rushed to advance purchase the tickets just in case (i) one of the chickis changed their mind at the last minute; and (ii) the considerable desi population in our neck of the woods all decide to land on B2 at the same time as us.

Reached the theater half an hour in advance with me fretting that all the good seats would surely be taken. Entered the theater to find that we were amongst the first there (and later realized that the desi population had all come and gone in the past month). Anyway, settled in with a bucket of popcorn and too many mozzarella sticks to enjoy the second coming of Baahubali.

My impressions:

1. Amarendra Baahubali way more impressive than Mahendra Baahubali. Same dude, but Baahubali dad somehow had better presence than junior.

2. Tamanna had a miniscule role in B2, which made it a big win for me already (sorry, that chick resembles Angelina Ballerina too much for me to take her seriously).

3. Anushka seemed more in her element in B2 than in any of the Singams. Perhaps it helped that Baahubali is roughly a foot taller than the petite lion. 😉

4. Cast of a million in B2, but a lot of them had weighty roles. Quite something, how they managed that.

5. Lots of violence, but like little N pointed out, when too many people get killed in a movie, it’s somehow less violent than when only a couple of people get murdered. True, that.

What I personally found v. impressive?

Baahubali standing up to his formidable mom in support of his fiancĂ© saying “Amma, you were wrong.” Powerful message. Finally a movie from Desiland with incredibly strong women characters, and a too-good-to-be-true valiant and super supportive husband. This chick dig.

Bachelor boys, take note and learn! 😉

Multitasking Mania

Surely something’s wrong when I am standing fully dressed in work clothes and:

  • Making dosais for my breakfast
  • Eating aforementioned dosais while hovering between the stove and the nearby countertop
  • Making mini-trips between dosai bites to the fridge and microwave to plan and pack my lunch
  • Brewing my coffee on the side to take with me on my ride to work

And still giving sidelong glances at my laptop sitting on the kitchen table, with a nagging feeling that I should be more productive and get a head start on my work rather than waste time on inessentials like food.

It’s going to be a busy work day, but really, my first meeting is not for another three hours.  So what’s up with the constant drive to be productive?  Che!

Are you this crazy too?  Please tell me you are. 🙂

Blackboard Wisdom

Blackboard wisdom has been going strong for two years now.  I don’t change the quotes every day (not so much vetti), but have been changing them pretty consistently once every week or so.  My cleaning lady, H, totally enjoys reading and commenting on them, so I remember to change my quotes at least before she shows up.

Here’s the latest.

Nice, no?

I am currently in fantastic oasis situation (mentally, of course).  Just got through two weeks of intense craziness at work, and am looking ahead at (and dreading already) a couple of really crazy weeks coming up at the end of April and in early May.  However, at this moment, I am poised at the beginning of a (relatively) light week and working from home (spring break!).

Think I will use this fabulous (and rare) idle time to sprout lots of blackboard wisdom.  And hopefully remember some of it when s&^t hits the ceiling in a couple of weeks. 😉