Wednesday, April 20, 2016


When the dog bites, when the bee stings,
when I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
and then I don't feel so bad.

The lyrics of a song in the movie, 'The Sound of Music'.

I am not an extrovert! Not completely introvert either! Moody, you can say! It keeps fluctuating! And I tell myself when I am frustrated that the mood will change soon and it CHANGES with a small action or a pleasant word from people around me. Huh, I forgot always changes my moods! However tensed up I am, I start humming when I hear my favourite songs in the radio (I am a radio freak!)

I heard this song in the radio a couple of days back and it is still running in my mind.

I have watched 'The Sound of Music' many many times and I notice new things to admire every time I watch.  All the songs in the movie are my favourites!

I attend yoga classes 4 times a week and we do the exercises on our building's rooftop.  2 classes in the mornings and 2 classes in the evenings.  We can watch sunrise in the mornings and sunset in the evenings, while doing the exercises!  We, ladies, 10 of us, always feel happy to watch the sun.  Every time we see it, all of us say in chorus, 'yevlo azhagaa irukku! Means 'How beautiful it is'.  And we say the same thing the next time!  I have noticed that I am always happy after the class, for a long time.  The exercises or the pranayama make me feel happier always.  My friends also say so!

I met my old maid who had been with me for 18 years (now retired!) after a long time.  She took me home and showed me her house.  It is a small house built on one cent of land.  One room plus kitchen...3 floors!  One floor for her and her younger son.  One for her older son and another for her married daughter.  When she joined work at home, she looked pathetic.  Her youngest son was sitting on her hip...both of them looked dirty.  She stood in front of our gate and asked for a job.  I felt bad for her and asked her to come home the next day, having a head bath and with a clean sari.  Gave her an old sari of mine too! I told her not to come for work without taking bath! And she did come a little bit neat the next day.  This was in 1990.  We had shifted from Hosur and were looking for a maid.  Her kids were small and studying in a government school in the next street.  She got work in 3 other nearby houses.  She used to collect food from all of us and keep on the window near the staircase.  In the afternoon, her children would come for lunch.  She used to mix all the food together, make balls of them and give them to the children, one by one! One more mouth used to wait, our dog Andy.  We were so careful not to give him salted food at home and pampered him so much but he was happily gobbling up the saambaar and rasam rice, our maid fed him.  I was shocked to see her feeding him in her hand and then giving the next ball of food to her children with the same hand! She used to say, 'nothing will happen' 'Onnum aagaadhu'! All of them used to giggle, tease each other, eat and run back to school.  The children grew up...the sons finished 10th and started working.  One daughter married an electrician.  He was very smart and changed the entire family.  Our maid also got some money from her mother's side, a couple of lakhs.  In between I had shifted to the outskirts of the city.  She came there too and worked for another 10 years.  Then as per her son's wishes she quit the job.  I gave her a good amount of money when she left.  I used to take care of the children's uniform and books during their school years.  Now, when I saw her after nearly 6 years, I was so happy seeing her happily living in a proper house! All the children came to see me and gave me cold drink. The eldest daughter had brought up the family well. My maid also worked hard (in 4 houses) to bring them up.  The elder son used to distribute newspapers in his school days, then took up the agency.  In daytime, he was selling mobile phones.  Now, he has got a small printing press.  Felt so happy, seeing all of them living happily.

I feel happy when I see my plants bloom...while watching birds...when I see the stray, but happy dogs in front of our complex gate...cats on the roads on our way to our morning walks...sunrise at the Elliots beach...the list is long.

Sometimes, a small word from our friends or relatives change our moods to depression or happiness. I always tell myself that the mood will change from depression to happiness does for will do for you too!

Be happy always!

(Lyrics are here...very interesting!)



Destination Infinity said...

The story of your maid is gratifying. Just proves to show that if one works hard, it will lead to better living conditions sooner or later.

Destination Infinity

Jeevan said...

Very true! When things happening around us in favorable there’s nothing to feel down… but music can be a great companion when there’s none to cheer about. Even today our maid used to collect food for us and others and take it to home for her kids. And she doesn’t like wasting anything. Glad to know u get to admire both sunset and sunrise frequently

Currently I’m listening to prema parichayame... from upcoming Tamil movie 24. I feel pleasant and heart-warming listening to this song, along the Tamil version Naan Un arugini by Ar Rahaman. If possible pls give a try :)

SG said...

Your maid is a hard working honest employee and a responsible parent. And, you have a heart of gold.

Sandhya said...

DESTINATION INFINITY: Yes, she is a good example! She was and is a happy person...always smiling! Some of her words are used in our daily routine like 'Khushboo' was 'Pusboo', 'pant' was 'fant'...I never say Khushboo nowadays! It is always Pusboo! She can discuss about politics. Even my sons used to make her 'talk' politics, just for entertainment!

You are first here, thank you!

JEEVAN: Music has been a therapy for me from my childhood. Will listen to the songs you have quoted here! I must make separate posts for MSV, Ilayaraja and Rahman songs one day. Now, Imaan also seems to be good.

SG: No, I am nothing! She was working in our house and I helped her. I will write about one more person in my next post. You have triggered for that post now, Thank you!

pallpakk said...

The definition of extrovert is someone who derives energy from the environment. An introvert is someone who derives energy from inside themselves - and can be independent of their surrounding environment.
I believe that there are very strong introverts and extroverts, but for the majority of people - we are all extrovert at sometimes and introverts at sometimes - it depends on the situation and our emotional state.

Lovely story. I love the song too!

Loco mente said...

I felt happy hearing about your maid and the way she progressed in life... You lifted my mood too :)

ram said...

music is always a remedy for bad mood or to keep your senses at best.below is the link for my fvrt song.this song brings best out of me when am mind becomes flawless or super-human when i write while listening to this song.

umsreflections said...

Your post should be titled "A happy me" :D :D
Such a heart-warming post...its infectious too...
Hugs Sandhya :)

Onkar said...

An inspiring post

Sandhya said...

PALLPAKK: I like your definition for extrovert and introvert. I agree with you, Pallavi! Thank you!

LOCO MENTE: Thank you, Loco Mente!

RAM: Thanks for the link, Ram! Lovely song!


ONKAR: Thank you, Onkar!

Rama Ananth said...

What a lovely write up, sure to put anybody on a good mood. I really enjoyed it. I also cannot remain in mood off manner for a long time, and music sure does change my moods very easily.

Bikramjit Singh Mann said...

BEautiful.. we need such lovely people as you and as hard working as your maid and imagine the whole nation will be so GREAT.


Rahul Bhatia said...

A lovely post, Sandhya and the small gestures like yours can make a big difference in someone's life!

sm said...

beautiful post
sound of music great movie
will be back again to watch the trailer

Sandhya said...

RAMA ANANTH: Yes, music always changes our moods! Thank you Rama!

BIKRAM: Thank you, Bikarm!

RAHUL BHATIA: Thank you, Rahul!

sm: Thank you, sm!

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