Really Random Tuesday – a Day Early with a Gush Fest!

I hope you all are having a great day and with holidays coming up, I am sure you all are very busy with all the things that need to be done. We went to Aarya’s rice eating ceremony at the end of November. Or parents were already there and it was fun minus the travel in the car to Kerala (8 hours). We have decided not to go by car anymore J

Rice eating Ceremony is generally held in the 6th month, but because of the death of my Hubby’s Granny, we postponed it. I had vowed in my heart that if everything went well with my pregnancy and my baby is safe and healthy, we will go to Guruvayoor Temple in Kerala, for the baby’s Rice Eating Ceremony. It is a big Krishna Temple. For the ceremony the baby is made to sit on his Dad’s lap and mom sits beside him. The Priest first comes and tells the Dad to whisper in each of baby’s ears his name 3 times. Then the priests give the father some holy water which the baby has to drink. After which a big Banana Leaf containing, a spoon of rice, Jaggery Payasam (sweet), all the different curries is served. The father first gives the baby the sweet, followed by the rice and all the curries; just a pinch that’s all. Then I do the same (feeding him) and the any relatives who are there can also do it. This is done sitting facing East and once this is done, the baby and one of the Parents can enter the Temple ( Aarya and I went in).

The Priest (bent forward) giving Hubby the Holy water.
Aarya after eating his very first meal 🙂


Next day we went to the beach and as we could not go later, we went in the afternoon (wrong time) but I think Aarya was fascinated by the Sea.

 

Aarya's first feel of the Ocean!

I know I have been absent from blogging a lot and I am sorry about that L in other news I got an iPAD as my Birthday Gift (Dad. I loveeeee YOU! ) YAY! I am super excited and have already read 2 iBooks on it. It is fantastic and I love it. I just need an internet connection and then I can start using all the other functionality as well.

In queue, 2 days back I received a HUGE packet and I was surprised. So Aarya and me jumped at it and tore it open, before checking who it was from. Oh my!!! It was from Bhargavi (Bedazzled) – if you have not visited her blog, please do, she has a fantastic blog on books – and she was my Secret Santa! She sent me some really AWESOME stuff which includes…


Peek-a who book for Aarya 🙂 4 coasters and 2 lovely bookmarks from Chumbak.in (this is a fab store, if you have not been there you ought to right away!); awesome earrings;  a beautiful New Year Card; Persuasion and Tales of Passion and Tales of Woe by Sandra Gulland.

Aarya with his Peek-a-who book 🙂
A Lovely Frame which was also there in the lovely loot I had; it is lovely 🙂
A closer look at the coasters!

Aren’t those Coasters absolutely Classic?! And that frame? hmm… actually each and everything is so awesome, right? I LOVE THEM. And you know the best thing I LOVE when I think of these gifts is the amount of thought she has put into finding the stuff for Aarya and me. She made my day, my month and I am so darn HAPPY! Still can’t stop thinking about it, I was so happy! The gift I sent is not full of such awesomeness but I do hope my Santee like it 😉

Right now I am going to stop this post right here, before you guys tell me to shut-up 😉

Have an awesome week ahead 🙂

This is yet another installment of Really Random Tuesdays hosted by a very beautiful  blogger, SukoReally Random Tuesday is a way to post odds and ends–announcements, musings, quotes, photos–any blogging and book-related things you can think of.

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  1. Thanks for sharing with us on the rice eating ceremony! It’s always interesting to know more about other cultures. 🙂

    That’s a lovely gifts you have received, Veens! And Aarya is a very beautiful boy! 🙂

  2. Love reading about the rice ceremony! Thank you for sharing that and the pictures with us. Can I ask, I notice some people are wearing white, is that part of the tradition or was that just a coincidence?

    Baby Aarya is just so precious!
    Glad to hear you are doing great and don’t worry about not blogging. I think a lot of us are going through just hectic lives so it’s easy to be a bit behind. And, congrats on the gifts! You have been spoiled lately. Haha…

    1. Iliana, White with the Golden border Sari is the traditional wear for both men and women in Kerala (South Indian State). I am wearing a Sari and Aarya and his Dad are wearing Dhotis (Kind of a wraparound for guys). We generally wear it to temples, festivals and all that. The Priest in the pic is also wearing a Dhoti!

      And yes I am spoiled crazy 😉

  3. Veens I am so honored that you did RRT and featured these incredible first photos. Aarya is so beautiful–his big eyes will win many hearts, as will his curls! He is very precious. 🙂
    Happy (belated?) birthday.! Enjoy your iPad!!

  4. Tell you to shut up during a random post? But those are the best! 🙂

    I’m so glad you shared with us the Rice Eating Ceremony. I’ve actually never heard of the tradition before so it was fun to learn a little bit about it. And the ocean is just gorgeous!

    And finally–Happy Birthday! Sorry I missed the day…when was it?

    An iPad? I’m SO jealous! I want one but am afraid that if I get one I’ll spend even more time online and I’m trying to amend that for 2011. Hard but necessary. And your other gifts from the Secret Santa are just lovely.

  5. Oh gosh,this is a gush-fest!..Lovely pics of Aarya for rice-eating ceremony..reminds me of the one we had for my bro when he was little.that a flashback worth almost 22 years..You must post about your ipad experiences soon.When was u r bday ? Nov? Dec? nyways, so glad that you liked the stuff. ;-)Have a lovely time.

  6. Thanks for sharing with us Aarya’s rice eating ceremony — how awesome! What a fantastic gift you got for your swap not to mention the iPad. You’re doing great. Aarya is a beautiful boy Veens! I’m so happy for you.

  7. Wow! Such a cute post! The pics of Aarya and you guys at the ceremony are very nice. Glad the ceremony went off well. 🙂 Thanks for sharing little Aarya’s first pictures. He looks adorable.

    The Christmas gifts from Bhargavi all look lovely. Those coasters look superb!

    Wow @ ipad. When was your birthday? Wishing you a belated happy birthday!! 🙂

  8. Loved this post and thanks for sharing the traditional Rice Eating Ceremony, I’d never heard of it so it was lovely to learn a little and see photos. I’m sure Aarya gets cuter every photo I see 🙂
    Lucky girl, your secret santa gifts look awesome … enjoy and PS happy birthday too!!!

  9. Wow!!! What an absolutely awesome Secret Santa package. Everything is lovely and perfect. And thanks so much for writing about the rice ceremony — that was something I didn’t know about. I loved your photos and learning about something new.

  10. Aarya is sooo cute! Too bad that he and Gage can’t get together and play. I love the pic of he and Daddy in the ocean 🙂
    And the rice ceremeony sounds like a wonderful tradition.
    You had an awesome Secret Santa. Enjoy 🙂

  11. He’s looking more like a handsome little boy every day. Just wanted to say hello, and see pictures of Aarya of course. I’ll come back when I can spend more time looking at what you’ve been reading. Take care.

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