Friday, November 04, 2005

Verbose. or not

Diwali was so unlike one this year. I usually spend a few days making sweets to send off to friends. This time, we got some boxes of sweets from India, but they are sitting in the fridge. Somehow, this year seems to be a low key affair for celebrations. Wonder why! Ennui, perhaps?

Talking about diwali sweets, this is something I read recently. I like looking up etymologies. Surprised that sugar and candy are from the great subcontinent. Shakkar was dried and preserved around 300AD or so. The Persians, Arabs and then the Crusaders spread it around the world. Until then honey was the universal (well, western) sweetener. And another sweet note, Candy originates from Tamil. Now, who would have guessed that!

Email is 34 years old and so is someone else! Someone well known personalities born today - Laura Bush, Walter Cronkite, Will Rogers, Tabu and Markie Post (of Nightcourt fame). Hmm!

14 comments:

Me too said...

Many happy returns of the day! (Unga Fridge-ai remote access panna vidunga! Otherwise "sweets to send off to friends" list-la ennai sethukonga!)
No wonder most Indians are so sweet-toothed!!!

Kaps said...

Happy Birthday Cine Muni

Did u see this?

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/02/dining/02diwa.html

Munimma said...

me too - Thanks. Sweet toothed? Then I think I am sweet teethed ;-)

Kaps: thanks. yes I had seen that one earlier.

Anonymous said...

Belated Bday Wishes to you...

Swapna

Padmasani said...

Belated but many many happy returns of the day. May god bless you with the choicest of things that you desire for you and your family.

That one is an interesting information on sugar.

Ganesh said...

Belated bwishes Muni

thennavan said...

Happy B'day Munimma :-)

Balaji said...

Belated happy b'day :)

WA said...

WOW!!!! Happy Birthday Munimma

rads said...

o cool, hope your day was good. email's 34, wow, that's interesting. So it all started in 71 eh?

Arvind said...

Munims,

Journey stopped abruptly ?

Munimma said...

Thanks all.

Arvind, coming soon. indian railways koncham delay normal ;-)

Hawkeye said...

happy birthday munims. u will live longer than email.. i am sure

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