Miss V and I headed over to the Thiruvanmayur coast early this morning. This was her first longish bike ride (~10 mi) and she thoroughly enjoyed it. Riding on the roads here in India calls for a totally different skill-set. If living in a city, you need to ride through traffic to get to the trail/viewpoint and more often than not other vehicles drive totally oblivious of your existence. Miss V weaved in and out while navigating the traffic signals and it was a pleasure seeing her learn the ropes from the corner of my eye. We’re also using bikes that are 20+ years old! So she had to deal with skipping crank-sets and loose chains! I got them to a ride-able condition a few weeks back. However, bike maintenance is overdue and now’s probably the best time to get her into that too.

April 18, 2021 15:28

Whoa..That’s awesome! Bookmarking this for a visit when I’m in DC next!

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I did not know there even was a National Postal Museum!
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April 18, 2021 16:40

I reworked how posts are displayed on my site – essentially moving over the micro-posts to a page of it’s own. Over time with different publishing workflows and experimentations, the site’s taken the brunt. Over the next few weeks, I plan on tweaking things further to make publishing posts quick and seamless.

April 17, 2021 17:29

“Oh wow, Appa. Nee romba beautiful aa irrukai” – Shasta’s impromptu response on me wearing the white checked shorts

April 16, 2021 23:50

Today I learnt, Vishu is not the Kerala New Year (Since 825 CE!) and it essentially is the celebration of the vernal equinox (at Kerala’s latitude?).

I added in a few non-traditional items to the Kani this time: A watch to symbolize ‘time’, a USB stick to symbolize ‘memory’, different currencies to symbolize ‘travel’, nuts and dates to symbolize ‘health’ and of course a digital card to purchase freedom. Towering radiant lamps in the darkness and tranquility – I could take this in everyday!

As always, Vishu and setting up the Kani brings up fond memories of Amma. This day is also a salient reminder for me to re-prioritize family before everything else. Happy Vishu and here’s to celebrating yet another Solar cycle!

Posted while listening to We Didn’t Start the Fire

Vishu Kani