The art of multitasking: Happy Mother’s Day!

Multitasking is an art that comes naturally for some and is a challenge for others. Whether it is work or personal life, multitasking is definitely an asset. I often find myself juggling between tasks as a routine. I usually come up with a process to tackle the tasks and prioritize my work. I have seen experts in my life who expertly handle their work and personal life in an artistic manner. One of the experts who I admire and the expert who is still taking care of me as a special task is my mother. With two kids I often find myself in the same situation. My wife has a special touch and is one of the most patient people I know. Some of the other experts I would like to note here are my aunts, in laws, grandmother, cousins, friends and colleagues who are all special people. I grow older learning, loving and multi tasking. To those special ones…

Happy Mother’s Day!

The art of changing diapers!

Changing diapers or unpleasant duties as stated by Adriaen Brouwer has been my latest hobby for both my children. Diaper or nappy (commonwealth English), a geometrically shaped cloth or disposable material used to collect and discard baby’s poop and pee (my humble definition). However it is made or shaped, I must admit it is a genius invention and always helps to have enough stock (of right sizes) at home.

Currently I would say my skill set is in between a novice to an intermediate expert at this. I still lack some capability with the newborn largely due to unpredictable nature of the baby to pee or poop while the diaper changing process is in progress. I have a method to the madness i.e, a process which works best for me. Hope for the best and expect the worst. The worst being a poop job, I like to prepare for the poop job by keeping the wipes, diaper cream and changing pad handy. Then I try to briskly get through my project as fast as I can. In a situation where the baby has another planned attack then its time to get messy (God be with you). My second born has a habit of peeing while the diaper is being changed. While that can be frustrating, its something I am ready for and can cost me an extra diaper and more laundry. Occasionally during a big poop job extra help might be needed. With my skill set being novice at times and my lazy nature, explains the reason for extra help. Lastly I would like to mention about the diaper genie. That’s another invention that marvels me which basically collects all the diapers and contains the bad smell(stink). The genie uses a different bag that has to be emptied periodically.

Feel free to reach out to me for any advice in the cumbersome but enjoyable process of diaper changing. For a detailed instruction check out the Baby Center Page: Step-by-step instructions. Good luck and I looking forward to hearing only your success stories. 🙂

My Daughter Abi – 2

With the new member in our family (Akshu) taking up most of our and time, we make sure that Abi gets her fair share of focus. Abi and I went to the park at our local library where she had loadsa fun swinging. Abi loves the swing with the bucket seats (I think that’s the real name). She did not want to get off the swing and I had a tough time convincing her that we will be back.

I am always amazed at the progress of my child/ren over the days, weeks, months and years. Every new thing that makes them adult like amuses me. The thought of some of the things like them growing up makes me happy and nervous at the same time. Nervous about how they will be when they are teenagers, the uprising, rebellions…..wait a second… that’s a thought for 10 years down the road. For now let me enjoy the good times while I can. The terrible 2’s!

My Garden Corner


In the past few years I developed an interest for gardening. Despite the allergies, in the past couple weeks I tried to spend some time with my garden. This involves germinating the seeds, preparing the soil / pots, allocating a sunny area to keep the plants and protecting the plants from bugs / squirrels / rabbits or other pests that could kill the plants.

I find it to be a relaxing project majority of the times. When the plants survive it is a good feeling and when it doesn’t, it’s a learn in progress feeling (frustration). I was not so successful in the past 2 years due to inexperience and various reasons.


This year I planted strawberries in a bag, marigold, zinnia, green pepper, cilantro and tomatoes. Wish me luck for this year’s harvest.

The places I lived in!

I have lived in a few countries in the past and each one has captured my memory in a unique way. The countries I would like to mention are rich in culture and diversity. I admire the rich history and natural wealth of every place. My interest in history and anthropology intrigued me in many ways. My presence in the various places made me a proud citizen or resident of those countries. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude towards those nations that supported me in my progress.

A lottery win!

Google defines lottery as “A process or thing whose success or outcome is governed by chance: “the lottery of life”.” This is the very chance which every person looks forward to taking advantage of in life. The success does not necessarily have to be materialistic but in majority of the cases it is about the money. Many people I know are against lottery for personal, religious and other reasons. I am not for it or against it. One thing I can say for sure is that it has changed my life. The Green Card Lottery is a wonderful thing. What is your stand on lottery?

It’s Spring!

Its spring time in the northern hemisphere. We experienced summer like temperature last few weeks in NJ. This week is back to spring temperatures again. 🙁 We were surprised with the temperature jump from winter to summer like weather conditions. The plants and trees might be confused with the crazy weather I guess. When I went on recent photo walks, I took some pictures using my iPhone. Below is one I would like to share.

 This tree amused me because of the number of flowers it had. I think it is a cherry tree of some kind. It was an amazing site to see the spring blooms in a row. Some areas have a heavenly feeling with the blooming flowers. When I think about my favorite season, I believe spring spring would be my be.

Over the weekend I attended a HDR workshop. I learned a lot about processing photos and the different techniques. More over the valuable lesson is post processing could make a good picture look better. Other than the few apps like Photoforge2, color splash and painteresque, I have not used Aperture on my iMac yet. Keep an eye in my next post for my experience with Aperture and the minor tweaks to my photographs.


As we were anxiously waiting for the arrival of my second born this party was a pleasant surprise for my family. I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to all my friends who gave us a special surprise on Saturday. The planning, decoration, entertainment, gifts, video messages, etc were all amazing. It was a memorable event and you all made it a very special night for us.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my manager and colleagues at work who gave me a surprise baby shower party last week. It was very kind and thoughtful of my team to arrange this for me. It gives me immense pleasure to think about how my family, friends and colleagues treated me for the arrival of the new born. I feel I am lucky in many ways. Thank you all again.

Worked in a mine?

Brakpan Power Station (Courtesy Eskom)

Have you worked in a mine? No one  has ever asked me this question before. I worked in a mine while I was studying my bachelors. South Africa has many mines and I had the opportunity to work for an automation company which had contracts with coal mines. There are strict regulations and medical certifications that one has to get before getting the permission to work in the mines.

A Miner in Uniform

There is a specific dress code that has to be worn by miners when entering the mines. There are many safety protocols that is followed at the work place. My work responsibility revolved around the control room or the brain of the mine. It was a very interesting experience and I had/have great interest in automation. One of the few drawbacks I experienced for this job is the long travels to the area where the mines are located. There are other safety procedures that can be time consuming so a lot of patience is necessary. Preparing for work can be a tedious process unlike a regular white collar job.

From my short working experience at the mine, I am not experienced enough to provide any detailed analysis of long term medical effects or possible work place accidents. However it was a really cool work experience and I would love to do it again.

Your life is in your hands!