Onam Day

So how did you celebrate your Onam day today? I bet it was a lot more interesting than what I did. I woke up as late as I could. I didn’t take a shower or take a bath – as of yet and it’s after 7 in the evening. I had my coffee and went back to bed and read and listened to some songs. I read blogs and watched some videos on Youtube. And I had to reply back to numerous Onam greetings as email, orkut & smses.

Ok so food! By 1:30 I was getting hungry and I wanted to have lunch. Dad, mom, Sherina and her baby Geethanjali were all sitting down and we ate. For those of you who understand what these names mean, we had rice, sambar, oalan, avial (I hate them and I won’t touch that), lots of poppadoms, mango pickle, pulinjee (so delicious) and cabbage thoran. And desert was palada payasam that my father had picked up from…who knows where.

A heavy meal like that deserves a proper nap, though I tried in earnest to watch a movie on my computer. It didn’t work and about 20 minutes into the movie, my eyes were closing. It was almost 4 by then and I dozed for a solid two hours. Still listening to music and reading other people’s blogs.

As boring an Onam as I expected!

Song for the day – “The Messenger” – THE TEA PARTY

Happy Onam

So all you Malayalees out there think you know the truth about Onam? This is what actually happened

The Devas : Hey Vishnu, the people of Kerala are so upset right now?

Vishnu : Yo dudes! How come?

The Devas : They don’t have anything to celebrate. All the festivals are of the people from other states. They don’t have any festival to claim as their own. This brings out depression & suicide rates are so high. You gotta do something, amigo! The humans think that you are useless. It’s affecting your popularity.
Vishnu : Ok, Ok! Don’t get your knickers in a twist! Let me think of something  compadres. Hey, I think that king dude, what’s his name, is down there? Maveli. Let me pay him a visit. Servants, give me a disguise!

A few days later….

Maveli : Ha, see that little shit over there? That pygmy walking about like he knows it all. That is Vishnu in disguise. I bet he has come here for a favour. Every time he comes down to Earth, it’s either to kill someone, have sex with numerous females or ask a favour. He has already done the first two things this year. It’s gotta be a favour.
Vamana aka Vishnu aka pygmy : Greetings Maveli. Yo man, I need a favour. Can you, like, go to hell, so that the people of Kerala can mourn you? Then you can come back once a year, so they will be happy and celebrate it. They love you, homie. They can make it a festival and look forward to it and eat lots of food. What do ya say? Please dude, I don’t know what else to do. I’m begging you. Let’s do it.

Maveli : Ok, alright don’t cry. But you gotta make up some story. They won’t believe that you had to sink so low and come here to beg me a favour. The last stupid thing u did was dress in drag and get Shiva all so horny and then you guys did it and had that son. So think of some story to go along with it.

Vamana aka Vishnu aka pygmy : Yeah , yeah. Don’t worry. My slaves will write up a story to fool people. They won’t know what hit them. It will be a grand success. So you ready. Bend down!

Maveli : Whoa! Dude, I don’t know you that well!

Vamana aka Vishnu aka pygmy : No, no! Not that. Shiva can do that for me. I just need to push you down to hell. And don’t forget, come back every year around the same time.

Vamana pushes Maveli down with his foot and sends him to hell.

And that’s how we came to celebrate Onam!

Like father, like son

I got my first look at 20 year old Kasper in Manchester City’s 1-0 win over arch rivals Manchester United last weekend. City’s goalkeeper was excellent is keeping United’s potent attack at bay and rightly deserved the plaudits on keeping a clean sheet against the defending EPL champs and favourites to win again. Notice the familiar face? See something familiar in the way that he carries himself and plays on the field?

You would because Kasper is the 20 year old son of former Manchester United & Denmark goalkeeping star Peter Schmeichel! Yes the great Dane & star goalie, who left United in 1999 has a son and he is a good goalkeeper himself. Isn’t that ironic that the son plays for his dad’s former club’s crosstown rivals? Absolutely the stuff of legends. I again managed to catch him in the 0-1 loss to Arsenal but he played really well and stopped a Robin Van Persie penalty. Hope to see more of the younger Schmeichel in years & years to come. He has massive shoes to fill – dad Peter was twice voted the World’s Best Goalkeeper and is often considered among the all-time top 3 goalies ever. Well, he has had a good start!

Arsenal 1 Man City 0

Arsenal continue their good start to the new season by beating Manchester City 1-0. Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side again looked impressive, with Martin Petrov and Emile Mpenza missing glorious chances. But Arsenal took control, with City keeper Kasper Schmeichel (former Danish & Manchester United keeper Peter Schmeichel’s son) saving Robin van Persie’s 65th-minute penalty after Micah Richards fouled Alexander Hleb. Arsenal lost Philippe Senderos in the pre-match warm-up when he aggravated an ankle injury, forcing Arsene Wenger to draft Gilberto Silva into central defence. But Cesc Fabregas pierced Manchester City’s defence for the first time this season with a late strike to give Arsenal a hard-fought victory.

Arsenal are placed at 6th on the standings chart on 7 points, having played 3 games in the league, winning 2 and drawing one.