A collection of blogs

by Vimala Ramu (7 reviews, add another)
Type: Print Book
Genre: Entertainment, Humor
Language: English
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Description of "Colors"

resfreshing and soothing...
by: Isabel in Iww.

This book is a sort of therapy for me, that's why I always bring it with me [in the car/bag] it keeps me sane after a crazy day at work or when encountering lunatic drivers on the road. I would pull up on the side of the road and would read 1 or 2 entries/blogs... I felt stress free and fresh again post reading and ready once more to face the world! :)

Sneha S K in Flipkart. com
02 November 11
An engaging read
Vimala has managed to publish her 4th book, which is as engrossing a read as her earlier 3 books, published from Writers Workshop, Calcutta. This book is a MUST READ for lovers of humor and people who love anecdotes about life. This one has them in large numbers and how!

It is a delightful collection of blogs. I had read many of them before but re-reading them was great fun. Each one leaves a smile on the lips. Like I always say, "You have style!" :)
Smita.luthra @gmail.com

About the author(s)

Born on 27 October 1937 as the seventh child of late N. Narasimha Iyengar, Executive Engineer, Mysore PWD, Vimala Ramu is a Science and Mathematics graduate trained as a teacher. She married Wg. Cdr. B.S.Ramu (retd) in 1958 and has three children. She started writing in her late sixties. Her ‘middles’ to Deccan Herald and blogs to e-zines and blogsites have been compiled and published as 3 books, Rainsong, Dew drops, Wind chimes through Writers Workshop, Kolkata. These books have been made into audio cds for visually impaired by Mitrajyothi, Bangalore. The 4th book Colors is also a compilation of e blogs. Humour is her forte.

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Vimala Ramu
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5.5 inch x 8.5 inch
Interior Pages: Black & White
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
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Re: Colors by vimalarm
10 June 2012 - 8:23pm

Review by Geetashree Chatterjee

Once a staunch abstainer, I have caught up with on-line reading quite fast. Thanks to my fav bloggers who kindled my interest and led me on to graduate to e-books and such other up-dated versions of readings.

When Vimala Ramu, whom I tailed (pun intended), of course on-line, told me that she had published a collection of her blogs, I did not lose much time in grabbing it. Colors did not come as a surprise because I had already read most of the blogs that were bunched together in the book. But what came as a greater gift is the repeat read which enthralled and amused me afresh and more. Simply unputdownable, once I began reading Colors, it was my constant companion, readily available in my hand bag. There were occasions when, while reading, I would suddenly feel self-conscious as I’d burst out laughing in the crowded Metro or in some other public place where I was made to wait because that is what Vimala intended you to do. Laugh out loud at the quirks of life.

In Vimala’s own words, “As the ‘naughtiness’ of my forties had continued into the ‘fifites’ also, I was game for trying anything for a thrill…” No frivolousness here but just the insatiable thirst for adventure and trying out something new which makes life so much fun-filled for Vimala even in her seventies. In “The Family Treee”, Vimala’s prankish humour manifests in” I hurriedly checked up the names of my two spouses (or is it spice in plural? It is certainly spicy in real life)” The conservatives need not fear an allusion to bigamy here. It is just that “This blasphemy was committed by a website dedicated to the genealogy of its clients” thereby mistakenly attributing two life-partners to the authoress.

Infecting the readers with a generous dose of joviality, Vimala also has the rare capability of putting one firmly down on the ground when she writes, referring to her husband’s noisy morning rituals, ”On a more somber tone I can add that, at our ages, these noises are not exactly disturbing. On the contrary, they are a source of strange satisfaction that the other is alive and kicking!” One cannot help but silently agree to that.

In “Noise Is Good”, Vimala once again reiterates,” Silence or noiselessness signifies death. My husband loves my habit of dropping things in the kitchen with a noisy clatter every once in a while”, because it’s an assurance that “his old lady is “OK” and in “working order” Does it give you the heart-warming picture of growing old together? It does.

Born in a large family and married into a larger one, there is no dearth of humorous anecdotes for Vimala to share. In “Variety Is The Spice Of Life”, Vimala recounts, “ Sometimes, when my brothers-in-law come to meet my husband, I almost expect a Tala Vaidya Kutcheri ( a Rhythm Concert) to start any time as they all have the habit of slapping their thighs with their open palms whenever there is a lull in the conversation.” It is not difficult to visualize the quintessential Indian Joint Family re-union. Vimala brings in a whiff of the long-lost family get-togethers which once used to be the singular source of socialization and entertainment – much craved for then, much longed for now.

But Vimala is her regaling best in “The Divine Surgeries” where her long bus journey to and fro work gave her sufficient time to steal a nap. The result is Brahma wanting to get rid of his extra three heads and Rama, ‘a normal six pack handsome fellow’, wanting to check on a doc who could repair Shurpnakha’s nose while Ganesha looking for the best lipo-suction surgeon to trim down his pot belly. By the time one closes the book one can almost see Vimala impishly winking at you from the back cover!

As Jayanthi Madhukar says “that every family should have a Vimala Ramu”, one cannot agree with her more. At her age, instead of pining and mourning over an empty nest, Vimala has found a novel way of reminiscing her olden times through blog bytes drawing the world closer to her into one big Haa Haa Laughter Club. Thanks and hats off to you Vimala!!

It’s high time the publishing world recognizes that blogs are just not a commoner’s electronic scribbles but a mode of creative and artistic expression epitomized by the likes of Vimala Ramu. As Isabel Cecilia Pascuel chronicles on iww, Colors”…keeps me sane after a crazy day…” the therapeutic value of Vimala’s style is irrefutable and gets endorsed time and again.

The book Colors is available on Flipkart as well as Pothi (www.pothi.com).

Grab it fast, if you are down or otherwise, coz this gonna be a sure shot sparkler in your life…more fizzy and chilling than the shot that you have a mind to down to make you feel ‘up’! -:)

26 May 2012 - 5:07pm

Blogs, the online forum for muse sharing, get elevated to an art form in the hands of certain creative minds. 'Colors', one such collection of blogs, by Vimala Ramu, is a reflection of her lively spirit, witty outlook and exuberant persona. Life for her is a gift which is to be enjoyed as well as honoured and its surprise happenings are added perks which heighten the excitement of living. Written with gay abandon and a generous dash of infectious, impish humour, even simple anecdotes, reminiscences and experiences of her life become stylized penning, worth a read, no, repetitive read, whenever one feels like 'upping' a dampened mood.

Review by dhvani.co.in by vimalarm
17 April 2012 - 12:36pm

The beautiful, malleable English language will not stop surprising us, especially if there is a sharp observer handling it! Try this for instance.

In how many ways can you describe your better half? Husband? Bah! Soulmate? Not quite what we are looking for. Well, at least not half as impressive as wondering if "spice" is the plural of "spouse"?

Here is a book that you can read in leisure time, a book that you can read on-the-go, a book that you can read end-to-end or a book that can be read with randomly chosen chapters! The book is Vimala Ramu's new book Colors.

We had spoken to the writer a while ago, she is dedicated as a writer taking her craft seriously. Yet the book Colors can be best described as a quirky take on everyday life. Moving to different cities across India along with her family and balancing a life as a teacher and a homemaker, she still found a time dedicated to writing. This discipline reflects in these writings. Yet these reflections are not just meditative but funny, witty or at times plain hilarious.

Far from the definition of a distance and lonesome writer, Ramu draws her resources from the froth and bubbling of daily life. It is truly evident, as she, herself admits that her involvement in the events is absolute. Without any urges to get preachy, the book makes statements on marital life or society's expectation of a woman.

The book has all the elements that make up Indian middle class living, noisy family get-togethers, arranged marriages, nosy neighbours, and malfunctioning gadgets! All madness, no method, we have all wondered how it all has any synchronisation, if at all. The book offers no help but makes observations without the burden of judgement. Reminiscent of R K Narayan at times, the book has various anecdotes from various characters that tend to cross our paths in our life.

This is book that will not take hours of symbolic code-cracking or a book that goes on a stream-of-conscoiusness trail but it is a book of anecdotes that many of us (Indians) can relate to. Adjectives and similes do not sum up a book but just to give a sense, this is a book that can make you smile, many times over!

Re: Colors by vimalarm
27 February 2012 - 7:35pm

COLORS- A review.
“An avid fan of Anna Karenina, Madam Bovary, etc during my college days, the idea of married people having secret lovers and clandestine affairs always intrigued me. But, my own married life, busy with husband’s postings and children’s education had proceeded smoothly and chastely with no adulterous episodes, except for a random call from a drunken fellow one night in Shillong who kept slurring on the phone, “I WANT YOU” to my queries! …But the Almighty must have thought, “Well, this lady has had everything in life. Why deprive her of this final one?” Thinking thus, he did create a ‘Boy Friend’ for me, a ‘mobile’ one.
The book, ‘Colors’ portrays the author Vimala in her true colours – at her vibrant best. What more can you say of a woman, a senior citizen taking up writing at a stage in life when most people decide they have had enough and should either become religious, senile or cynical!
For most readers who have read Vimala’s blog posts, this book is a must have collection which they can dip into every time they feel life is turning into some serious walk uphill. The author has reminisced about her past regaling us with tales that occur in our day to day lives. What stands out in her writing is the fact that she does not resort to any preaching kind of tale. In spite of her growing years with the right to advise the reader, she refrains from doing so and in stead, makes them realize that life can be fun any time, at any point of your life – you just need to have your sense of humour in working condition.
Like in the post ‘Noise Is Good,’ where she says that she would prefer noise to silence any time as her husband “loves my habit of dropping things in the kitchen with a nosy clatter every once in a while, because he says that it tells him that his old lady is “OK” and “in working order..”
Or like in the post, Son Et Lumiere when she comments,
“Surprised by the rare ‘fan-off-but-a-living-body-still-available-to-feast-on’ situation, many a hidden mosquito ventures out and hums merrily around me. Next he opens the attached bathroom door which along with the sound of lifting of the latch makes a peculiar noise, a squeak combined with the ‘swoosh’ of air….When he comes out he leaves the light on and the bathroom door ajar…. And the truant light hits me in the eye through my closed lid. His utter naivete really floors me. He has the sweetness to tell me to sleep on after all this ‘Sound and Light’ show!”
Colors is a treat to read especially for people who have not read her before. More than that, the author serves as a loving living inspiration for all persons, young and old wanting to write and be read of course!
Shail Raghuvanshi

Review from Prof.K.S.Yadurajan by vimalarm
26 December 2011 - 5:36pm

Dear Ms Vimala Ramu,
You have got a talent to to make the events and incidents of everyday
life memorable. I enjoyed reading your book. Your sense of humour
carries you (and the reader) through the most ordinary events.
Yours sincerely,

Re: Colors by Jayanthi Madhukar
19 October 2011 - 6:59pm

It is evident from Colours that Vimala Ramu loves to write. This book celebrates her writing and through that, her family. Read it to catch a close look of both. Colours is a good example of how oral history can become black and white. Every family should have one Vimala Ramu...

Colors by snehas
19 October 2011 - 12:09pm

It has been an absolute pleasure knowing Vimala and her take on life. I always admired the way she would churn articles week after week, tirelessly. Like they say, for creative writers; anything and everything they see around them can be an inspiration. Reading Colors gives me a sense of wanting to be with the author in her house in Bengaluru and seeing all of it unravelling in front of my eyes. When they talk of great memoirs, they forget that humour is one anecdote; when see from its lenses, life looks beautiful. Vimala Ramu has a lesson or two for everyone and her book is highly recommended to all. Keep writing, Vimala.

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