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Gaurav Joshua Vaz - Merry Christmas!

Dec. 25th, 2006

11:13 pm - Merry Christmas!

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As Christmas day ends here ... I just wanted to put down a few things I've been wanting to talk about ...

1. It was a lovely Christmas this year and all of us had a nice time at mass and afterward ... Shilpa and Sheila came with my family for the midnight mass and though most of us slept through most of the mass, it was quite a nice thing! The gathering after was fun and the 'Kuswar' tasted very nice ... the wine rocked and all in all we had a blast! I should mention the crib that was made there .... was a total riot!! most creative mix of tradition and modernity!! with a live hamster and a toy train and a ping pong ball balanced by only a fountain of water from the ground ... It just rocked!!!


Disclaimer: There are no pics of Geeth here because he left early coz he had to play the guitar at another church and joined us only much later ...

  Dad shining through with his new shirt! Shilpa, Shwetha and I went shopping for shirts for Geeth and Dad. Finally Shilpa and Shwetha picked this shirt and it was worth it! He looked like a total rock star in it!

    Sheila trying to 'study' before going for mass' ... that was her excuse in the beginning for not coming ... she wanted to study! so Shilpa convinced her to get her books along and study while at my place. What you don't see in these snaps is the trays of 'kuswar' and lime tea and chocolates on the bed which she was munching on!

        Mom decked up and posing by the crib she made! She just loves making the crib and the tree etc .. and this time round, I will ahve to shamefully admit that she did it all by herself! :( ... I swear I will make it in time and help out next time round!

    My granny 'Mai' all set to rock and roll :) ... My granny loves these festivals and she is deeply traditional and is an absolute sweetheart!

    The crib we made at home ... The pink seems to be Shilpa's influence spreading far and wide :)

    Shilpa all set to leave ... she looked stunning :) ... (did I hear a lucky me somewhere?!)

    The crib at church ... This is a picture of the main section of the Crib ... the actual crib I mean.. There was an entire town built around this crib!

    The train I was talking about :)

    The capuchins have established themselves in many parts of the world and in almost all parts of India .. this is a pic of Shilpa showing her roots on a map of India!

    The altar in 'Sacchidananda', the church we have been regulars at for the past 7 years or so ... the roses in the front you see that are in the vase ... are my mom's contribution .. she woke up early in the morning and went to KR Market and bought these gazillion roses for very little amount and used them for decorating the altar!

    Everyone is ready for the mass to begin... My mom is shouting at me in the background to stop taking pics in church!

    Sheila 'praying' just before the mass started ... a little after the mass started, she assumed many more 'prayerful' poses :P ... and sounds I should say ;) !!

    After mass, it was a 'party' with a LOT of homemade wine ... this is taken after the entire congregation has helped themselves to the wine and then some more ;)!

    Shilpa stands in line for Kuswar ... well .. lets just say ... when she finished her first parse through the stack ... the buffers were overloaded :P

    This one is for the 'cliche' category ... but is such a lowely picture no?!


2. RadioVeRVe put out Christmas songs that Atul and I had started producing as part of the Christmas wishes to all listeners. So If you've been away for a long time ... its about time you got back there. These songs were recorded by The Cruz Project a long time ago ... and the project due to a variety of reasons just wound to a grinding halt and has stayed that way for over a year now. This is an effort to get back the momentum and get your opinion on what you think of it ... so feel free to respond here or on the Cruz band page ...

3. Music is becoming a very very integral part of my life now ... more so than ever before .. and you will hear details soon :)

4. We miss Shwetha!!! A LOT!!!

5. For the first time in my life today ... I actually saw someone use all their 7 letters for one turn during scrabble!! I did help a bit .. but its something that is just so amazing!! the little things :) ... and Shilpa you rock!!!!

6. The bass guitar is the best thing ever ... I used it quite extensively and have lots of things lined up with it ... more as they unfurl ... till then .. you just have to take my word for it :P

7. The day ended on a downer with one of Shilpa's good friends from Mangalore passing away in a bike accident ... Laurel Lasrado ... May your soul rest in peace ...

There is a lot more to write ... and I will as I remember ... but for now ... Merry Christmas!!

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From:twostupidogs
Date:December 25th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
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I miss shwetha too :(
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From:derherr
Date:December 25th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
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I know!! it sucks .. but its time to start getting used to it I guess!
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From:fox2mike
Date:December 25th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Merry Xmas to you too!
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From:derherr
Date:December 25th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
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Thank you saar! Hope you had a good one!
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From:twostupidogs
Date:December 25th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
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super pics boss!
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From:derherr
Date:December 26th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
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Its Christmas!! you have to make an effort!

Atleast now you have to admire Shilpa's foresight! She saw the statue in the huge boulder when she started out ... it just needed a few rough edges being chipped :D
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From:derherr
Date:December 26th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
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Thank you Thank you .... I will be sure to mention it to her .. she might want to meet you though :P
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From:steila
Date:December 26th, 2006 10:05 am (UTC)
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See i studied !! I have proof! Don't listen to josh!
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From:derherr
Date:December 26th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
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Belted ?!? me?!? why?
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From:derherr
Date:December 26th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
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But i already am a good boy ... so that part of it is done!
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From:amoghavarsha
Date:December 26th, 2006 06:22 am (UTC)
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Merry Christmas to everyone there!!
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From:nithya
Date:December 26th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
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Lovely pictures.. merry christmas dearie.. shilpa looks stunning
and man... i have never seen you so tidy in a while now..
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From:derherr
Date:December 26th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
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Thank you madam!!!

and me and tidy?!? you must be kidding me ... but for christmas i can make an exception!
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From:nithya
Date:December 26th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
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hows u doin celebrity???
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From:derherr
Date:December 26th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
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me no celebrity madam ... jesht a zimble bass guitarist!
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From:nithya
Date:December 26th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
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well i will be the decider of that..
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 22nd, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)

This is Laurel's sister

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Hi,

This is Laurel's sister. Just looking for everybody who knew Laurel to gather some insights into Laurel's life in the past year. I have been working abroad and had not met him for a year and a half and was in touch with him only on long telphonic conversations. Was waiting to see him this Christmas but I guess this was not in God's will. Just put a search on his name on the internet and your site came up. Would you please send me Shilpa's email address with her permission so that I could get in touch with her. Appreciate your help and please do pray for Laurel and also our parents who are very distraught due to his untimely leaving us.
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From:derherr
Date:January 22nd, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)

Re: This is Laurel's sister

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How do Shilpa or I get in touch with you? Could you please leave a message here or write to me at mail at gauravvaz dot com and I will put you in touch with her?
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 16th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)

Re: This is Laurel's sister

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Hi There... I am not sure if you are Jennifer or Pearl Lasrado... I was Laurel's classmate till the 6th Std. in MES. I was looking for him for a very long time and after googling, I found this out. I was immensly shocked to know this. I called the number provided in his obituary and called right away. I talked to your father and also e-mailed him. I rec'd a reply too.

Anyways, I just wanted to express my condolences. I have not seen Laurel since 1994. Oh, by the way, having said that, If you are Jennifer; I just wanted to let you know that my sister was your classmate in MES.

Thank you and God bless!

Regards...
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 10th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)

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Hi, If your are Jennifer or Pearl. Just unbelievable, everything is possible thru networking( thanks to google). I don't know whether you gals remember me, This was ages back. I cannot forget those lovely memories & moments which I had spent with you all.I always cherish those moments.

Was shocked to hear about laurel, I had seen him when he was a kid. It was really touching & couldn't believe such a thing. My heartfelt condolences. I wanted to get in touch, but couldn't get any source. I pray that this soul rest in peace.

Hope you may have got a clue about me, Yes this is Allwyn from Bombay, but currently in DXB. my email address is: allwyn70@hotmail.com incase you remember me.


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From:joylita
Date:February 17th, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)
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Looks like I have been out of touch with the happenings in the blogosphere...

Wow! what lovely pics u have up there. And yes, that pic of u and Shilpa is Beeyootiful :D
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