One down!

One year ago today, Sri and I (literally) tied the knot.

πŸ™‚ Happy Anniversary and all! To monkeys, potatoes, movies, daags and a little russian dancing!

Note – Anniversary sounds so formal no? Kids can’t say Kalyanam (trans. Wedding) so they are told they are going for a DumDumDum. The Dumdumdum of course refers to the sound of the Mridangam Thavil. In the cacophony of relatives, jasmine fights, screaming cousins and prayers – the dum-dum-dum of the Thavil stays clear in the head!

This is our DumDumDum Day!

P.S – Between Sri and Me – This is the only anniversary we can actually celebrate. Over five years, the first email, date, phone call, fight et al is lost to the winds.

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0 Responses to One down!

  1. Varun says:


    I was wondering if you were a Mallu. Or does the word ‘Kalyanam’ mean wedding in some other language(s) too?


  2. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Neha – long may it continue.

    Lee B


  3. Happy Anniversary

    You’re a special couple
    sharing a wonderful bond,
    understanding, caring and trusting,
    spreading joys all around.
    And so on your special day,
    you’re wished the very best,
    For a life that keeps
    you together always and all
    that makes you the happiest.

    Happy Anniversary.



  4. Suraj says:

    πŸ˜€ Happy DumDumDum!

    The Dumdumdum of course refers to the sound of the Mridangam

    You guys use Mridangam in your marriages?! We guys only use the Thavil. Interesting, if it is really the Mridangam, I must attend some Mallu-kalyanam.

    I hate the loudness of the Thavil but otherwise its ‘okay’. Quite a ‘mangalagaramana’ sound, I suppose.


  5. neha vish says:

    Varun: Kalyanam – wedding in Tam too.
    Lee and Dr Politics: Thanks!πŸ™‚
    Suraj: Yeah. The name Thavil escaped my head, so I decided to go with another percussion instrument instead. Was gently rebuked/ reminded by my dad to change it! The Thavil is loud.. but during the wedding – the balancing act really takes your mind off the noise!


  6. km says:

    You two have a “First email” anniversary? Back in our days, we had smoke signals and tom-toms (and not dumdumdums)




  7. Arun says:


    Jaathakam ellaam paathu thaano kalyanam panneettel ?

    oru varsham ayidutha..en iniya vazhthukkal…

    Thats a great day. Enjoy !! Btw…gimme some crazy ideas write like i used to. bye.


  8. chandni says:

    Happy DumDumDum!!!!

    good goin…wish Sri also on my behalf….must be hell of a guy to be putting up with u for so long!!! just kidding!!!!;o)

    wish u guys all the best! :o)


  9. thennavan says:

    Happy Anniversary NehaπŸ™‚


  10. Rohin says:

    Happy Cotton Anniversary Neha! Congrats on your dumdumdum day.

    I’m pretty sure the first is cotton, I used to know them all.

    I hope you have many more.


  11. NaiKutti says:

    Happy Anniversary NehaπŸ™‚


  12. Ash says:

    Happy Anniversary to you and Shri ! Wish you may happy year together aheadπŸ™‚

    Hope you guys did something special


  13. Abi says:

    May we have one more jugalbandhi of poems (kadai is okay, too!) to celebrate the occasion?

    Happy Anniversary!


  14. REFLEX says:

    Happy Anniversary. kuzhandaiku puriyudho ?, it means Happy Dum Dum Dum dayπŸ™‚.


  15. Kaps says:

    Hope you spent some time offline. Wishing you and Sri a great first anniversary.


  16. Anonymous says:

    I salute that great male soul Sri. seems, he has no idea of what’s a happy and peaceful life, yet.


  17. neha vish says:

    km: What to do – some relationships start online!πŸ™‚
    Arun: Jaathakam pakkavilliye! For crazy ideas – you’re an unwitting student in one of the most twisted cities in the world. Look no further!
    Chandni: Yes. You have seen him put up with me for quite a while now. Haven’t you?πŸ˜‰
    Thennavan, Rohin, Naikutti, Reflex: Thank you!
    Abi: Excellent idea. We’ll work on it.πŸ™‚
    Ash and Kaps: Yes. We both were offline and loving it!
    Anonymous: Lol!


  18. anthony says:

    Wish you a very Happy Anniversary Neha …

    We call dhong dhong( lol sounds of the drum, too)


  19. Premalatha says:

    Happy anniversary NehaSri. Wish you many more.πŸ™‚


  20. Ishwar says:

    Whoa. You changed your surname after marriage?

    Your popularity just took a huge dip hereπŸ™‚


  21. radhika says:

    hey!! my sister celebrates her dumdumdum today tooπŸ˜‰
    happy anniversary neha and sriπŸ™‚ here’s wishing many many more dumdums to come!


  22. neha vish says:

    Anthony and Premalatha : Thanks
    Ishwar: I’ve been Neha Viswanathan all my life. Neither Sri nor I changed names. NehaSri was because initially both of us supposed to write here.πŸ™‚ As an aside – you really think my popularity matters to me??
    Radhika: Best wishes to her too!


  23. charu says:

    Neha, best wishes for many many more anniversaries…
    and how come you have not mentioned the pee-pee-pee before the dun-dum-dum?πŸ™‚


  24. Ishwar says:

    neha, all bloggers like to claim that their popularity doesn’t matterπŸ™‚

    and ya, my bad! misinterpreted the name of the blog.


  25. gawker says:

    Nice. Best Wishes. I had mine 2 days ago heh.


  26. MumbaiGirl says:

    Happy anniversary! Did your heart beat in time to the drums? Mine did!


  27. neha vish says:

    Gawker: Same to you! :))
    MumbaiGirl: Oh well..
    Ishwar: Yeah. Though I don’t get why someone exercising their choice to take a new name or to stick with their old one should make a difference to their popularity. Perhaps readers can be very judgmental?


  28. KamLA says:


    I wish I could write this Tamil phrase in English, but my spelling sucks….so here is the English version:

    May you live long and have a dozen kids…(or is it sixteen? My Tamil is fast turning rusty!)

    Did that come out right? Somehow it sounds better when you say it in sen tamizh!




  29. LAK says:

    Happy Anniversary, Neha and Sri. The first Anniv is special. Wish you many more years of happy togetherness!