Screams the kitchen magnet. At times, I feel it echoes my thoughts, asking people at home. to give me a break from the daily monotony of cooking. No mistaking me, for there' s another one which says' Mom's Cafe, Open all 24hrs'. I will always play the hospitable host to any guest showing up at my place.
My fascination for these cute little magnets started almost 2 decades back. The pretty, colourful ones on fridges in American soap operas on TV had captivated me and I gazed at them open mouthed. Collecting magnets has been a passion, an obsession ever since. Their amazing variety, beauty and numerous pithy messages they can convey mesmerize me.
I’ve been collecting different textures of magnets like ceramic, wooden and the unbreakable ones made out of cardboard and soft fur. Also different varieties ranging from cartoon characters starting with Mickey Mouse, Power-Puff girls to Phantom and Superman. The ‘chumbak' brand of magnets with their bright fluorescent shades and Indian themes hold me spellbound.
Hailing from Chennai, I have the Chennai Gaga magnets which speak volumes about the place and why every Chennaiite is proud of his city. Chennai holds the pride of place for being the centre of Carnatic music and drawing tourists from all over the world during the annual December music season" Chennai goes Gaga over Raga" proclaims a magnet in ample proof.
I've always picked up magnets as souvenirs from every country I’ve visited. Near and dear ones are well aware of my addiction for magnets and have gifted me lovely ones on various occasions. Koala bear from Australia, cuckoo clock from Switzerland, windmills from Netherlands , camel and sheikh from Dubai, chairman Mao from china , the little mermaid from Denmark, and the Norwegian troll are all such typical national symbols of their respective countries.
I also have an assorted variety of vehicles like car, Ship, jeep and truck. And a whole lot of insects like ladybird, dragonfly, snail, crab , butterfly find a place on my fridge.
For those with a passion for cooking, you will find the tomato cookbook also as a magnet adorning my fridge.
There have been times when I had my heart in my mouth when some naughty little brat arrived on the scene and pulled out my pretty magnets unceremoniously from their places or when the maid swished her mopstick carelessly knocking them down. I always resurrected each and every one which suffered a damage by a fall with loctite or araldite. Sometimes when the fridge occasionally went on the bum, or when we’ve had to move houses, I’ve always carefully stashed them away in storage boxes and carried them personally. Every piece has been bought or gifted to me with love and i cherish every one of them while my craving for magnets keeps growing by the day. Possibly I may need to put a special magnetic board for there’s going to be a space constraint on my fridge soon. I wouldn't want a mutiny by the existing ones to conspire and throw out new ones. The day is not far when they' ll start crying out HOUSEFULL. I will then need to start finding a new place for my increasing collection, as i find it irresistible when I find magnets beckoning out to me 'Buy me please, take me home with you' at exhibition stalls and airports and tourist spots. They are so tantalisingly cute, they just trap me in a trance! Their magnetic attraction is so strong that I am ensnared and enmeshed in their grip and just can’t extricate myself! Hope you can visualize how that feels.....
about the Author:
I wanted to try out my language learning skills and so undertook the basic Japanese language course at the ABK-AOTS Dosokai Japanese learning centre and also taught the language as a"sensei"( teacher) for a couple of years.
Iam passionate about housekeeping and also love the ethnic indian art forms and their use in fabrics as well as in interior decoration.
I confess iam not an avid reader but I do enjoy books dealing with socio- domestic issues. I also have an abiding interest in short story not only because of the sheer range and variety but also because it can be enjoyed at one go and requires a short attention span .
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