Marky’s first night without a diaper

Alarms were set to go every two hours and for the first two alarms I had to check with the easy nappy and then woke mark to check if he wants to go to the bathroom and every time I did his response was in the negative.

Surprisingly at 8am he got up with a dry mat. Looks like he passed on the very first day. Shhhhh. Let’s see today. Hoping for the best. šŸ˜€


Matt’s first school picnic

Matt has done a few picnics in his LKG/UKG and Kindergarden but I think he really understood the meaning of it this time. He was super excited. Wanted to wake up early and he did. Around 6am and all set by 7.

He ran his way to his class after I dropped him off at school Ā the evening was filled with stories of bones and skins and dinosaurs Ā  Yea Ā they went to the Egmore Museum Ā šŸ˜ƒ





Matt’s UKG graduation dayĀ celebrations at BhavansĀ 

As always the kids put up a lovely show starting with prayers, Bhagvad Gita chanting and a talk show.

Mr. Jain gave a very interesting speech on how the kids pass through the important stages specially at 1std, 8th and the 11th standard. He also shared though provoking points on how parents spend little time with kids. Funnily he came up with the term “Google Mothers” which is in a way very true.

He also gave an insight into the recent government order of making Tamil as the second language, the representations made to the educational departments, the challenges it poses for teaching and more importantly the pressure and impact it might have on the kids who now needs to learn 3 languages at age 6. His hands were tied as it was more of a political decision.

The program was followed by awarding certificates to the young graduates and a lovely talk show which was mind blowing. The certificates were very nice with the photos of the kids integrated in the certificate.

Vote of thanks by the wonderful little one and parents shared their experiences with the school.

Some pointers for parents in my humble opinion

There is an option in the phone called Vibration/Silent mode. Please learn to useĀ it else throw your phone in the washing machine. It then goes to silent mode.

Take a shower. Remember you are in a AC hall. TheĀ parent on your next seat might die. You don’t wanna go to jail.

We know you have an iPhone, iPad, camera, whatever. Please don’t keep walking up and down with the camera. Enjoy the moment. That’s important. There are professional photographer s who will do their job. That social media share can wait.

Last but not the least, the teachers were wonderful as always. The army behind the tiny tots who are what they are today because of such teachers. Thanks will not suffice. Am positive that Ambika miss and Uma miss have made an impact on Matt’s life and will be remembered by him always.

Upgrading Sendy hosted in AWS ec2

This guide will help you upgrade your Sendy Installation on AWS ec2

You will need:
Access to your AWS EC2 dashboard
.pem file

Windows Users:

Convert your .pem file to .ppk file using PuTTYgen

Run PuTTY and login to your AWS ec2 instance

Mac Users:

Run Terminal.

Run the following command to login using your .pem file
sudo ā€Ŗssh -i /Users/selvamraja/Desktop/sendy.pem

Change the path to where you have your .pem file

Run command


You can get your public dns from your aws ec2 dashboard

Avoiding /var/www copy/write permission denied

To allow user ec2-user (Amazon AWS) write access to the public web directory (/var/www/html), enter the following command via Putty or Terminal, as the root user

sudo chown -R ec2-user /var/www/html

then make sure permissions on that entire folder were correct by running the following command:

chmod -R 755 /var/www/html


Run Filezilla
Configure Filezilla to connect to AWS ec2 –

Get latest version from Sendy and follow Instructions at –

Login to your sendy installation and check version information.

Happy Emailing!

Late night drive with Matt & Mark + Ice Cream

Dropped Village Ammachi & Trichy Tatha in the bus stand and drew around Anna Nagar, stopped over at the Ibaco Ice Cream joint around 10.45pm, had some ice cream, stopped by a old lady outside the shop requesting to buy some flowers for Rs.20 and then she wanted us to buy for Rs.50 and emptied her bag. Very old and feeble. Impressed to see her working so hard late at night to make a living. Matt offered her a blanket and we bid her farewell.


Matt’s Second Surgery – Removing the implants

After so much confusion on the dates for the surgery considering that the Insurance guys are closed for Pongal which will make us stay another day in the hospital, the doctor confirmed in the morning that we can go ahead with the surgery by 12 noon on JanĀ 13 and we hoped that Matt slept through as he has to be on an empty stomach for 6 hours prior to the surgery. As destiny would have it he would up sharp at 7am and we had to plan on an emergency plan. Fed him a chapatti and a glass of milk and asked him to hit bed. Went to sleep along with him. Woke up at 11, drove with Matt and enroute asked Matt “When did you have your last meal” and his reply surprised me. “Last night – you know I need to be in empty stomach” šŸ™‚ Ā and checked in to the hospital and was given a swanky room which had Jaguar Bath fittings, SONY LED HD TV (Ya ya – all our money – or the Insurance money šŸ˜‰ ) and was moved for surgery aroundĀ 1pm.


The most irritating part was the nurses having no clue of the surgery, prior history and asking me dumb questions like what’s his weight. Lost my cool after a few times and told herĀ to get a weighing machine rather than asking me. Asking me to sign blank consent forms and blankĀ anesthesia administration forms was pushing it.

TheĀ anesthetist was Dr.Manon Mani who was super nice. Spoke with Matt just to make him comfortable and Matt was super cool as always. matt.JPGAll set for the surgery and I stepped out while Matt bid me farewell. Ā The wait began. The Dr.Parthiban performed the surgery. Matt was out like in 40 mins. Still sedated but as always looking out for dad. šŸ™‚

There was no stretcher and the asst doctor carried Matt to the ICU while the OT nurse was carrying his drips. The ICU nurses were fighting again as they did not get the bed ready, no oxygen in place, monitoring system was not set up and after few minutes under the threat that theĀ anesthetist was going to come any minute the bed was set.

The implants (pins & wire) was finally out of Matt.Ā IMG_0051.JPG

We had a visitor to see Matt immediately.


Spent the night chatting with Matt for a really long time about his school, friends, Ambika Miss (his LKG miss whom he loves a lot) and how he will now go back to school and show his scar to everyone and brag šŸ™‚ how strong he is now that the pins are taken out.

Two days later we went for a regular check up and dressing of the wound and all seems good so far. Get well soon Matt so we can do our bed fights like crazy. Love Ya, my boy!