Poonam Talkies

to do or not to do – especially after I do

August 12, 2010

My passport expires early next year and I am in the process of getting it renewed. While I was at it, I thought why not change the name in the passport to my husband’s last name at the same time. I started filling out all the forms and I was surprised how upset I was when I filled that new name out in the application form. Yes, I use that name on my Orkut page/Facebook Page/GTalk display name all the time, but somehow the fact of always writing that name as my official name and signing it that way felt like I was leaving myself and was a new person. In some ways, I am new person – with all the bells and whistles that come with marriage and having a kid. I love my husband, my daughter and felt that we should have a common last name. Unofficially, I do. But officially I don’t. Would it be so bad to keep it that way?

What did you do? Did you change your name post marriage? Is it easier to do it right after when you are in the post-marriage bliss and things happen in a blur anyways? I thought of hyphenating our last names, but then, what would my middle name be? My name, husband’s name, maiden name-husband’s last name seemed kind of odd. And damn it, my last name is anyways 8 letters and adding a hyphen and five more puts it dangerously close to being out of space on most forms!

Maybe I will repeat this exercise some day and have the courage to go through with it. I wonder how women felt when their first names were changed too! I shudder to think!


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the one and half year+ round up

August 6, 2010
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Oh, I have never done any of the yearly/monthly round up. I don’t have a knack to write mushy things without making a fool of myself. Yes, I did write mushy mushy letters to my now husband, then boyfriend. But if I read them now, I might as well dig myself a big pit and hide in it. Anyhow, with a soon to be 2 year old and the jet age, the “terrible twos” have seemed to hit us sooner. Or, just that I have been lucky to have an easy child who is suddenly wanting more control over her life. She does have a belligerent streak in her and she is now bringing on the tear works! Sometimes she tears up so much, that with those large eyes and large puddles of tears, she is unable to see and sometimes tends to forget what she was crying for 😉

She is now quick to call out for “rescuers” in her dad or me, depending on who is refusing her something that she wants or if both of us are discipling her, then its time to call the big guns – the grand parents! How, how do these kids learn such tactics? And how do grand parents, who have been so strict with us when we were kids, say, let it be, give her what she wants, she is just a child! Hypocrisy I tell you!

We took Anou swimming a few times, and she loved it! She keeps wanting to go swimming, we have to find the right place and time for it. I guess sooner rather than later. I am also thinking of some kids music or tumbling/gymnastic classes for her. That should be fun!

In other developments, her new loves are Jungle Book title song and Lakdi ki Kathi from Masoom. She will see the computer or phone and start asking for lakdi dum or mowgli. She can be quite determined at times to watch it! She insists on watching it atleast once before we take her to daycare. We are trying to keep her away from it during meal times since we don’t want her to eat and watch TV at the same time, although we know she might eat better being that distracted!

She also loves to emote – chota tub and motha tub (small and big tub) We have two of her bathing tubs and she loves the chota/motha reference. She loves to find other things that are big and small of the same kind 🙂 pretty cute!

That’s all for now, especially after a long hiatus.

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the home jester

January 22, 2010
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Now that we have a 13 month old, we don’t need to watch TV for entertainment. Miss A is entertainment enough. The other day she was playing with this dell freebie massage thing we got at a job fair eons ago and we saw her trying to pick it up with her mouth. She turns it upside down and gingerly picks it up with her teeth. And mind you she has only 5 of them teeth to assist her. She looks on to us to see how we react! And ofcourse, my husband and I grab the camera and start entertaining her.

Sometimes I wonder if she humors us or behaves such so that we humor her running after her with a camera!

buddu at 8 months

August 17, 2009
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My dear little girl turned 8 months old this past weekend.  She is one inquisitive little creature. Now that she is crawling, she wants to follow mamma around with “mama mamama mamaaamaa” when she is in the kitchen. She loves the metallic spring door stops. It took her 2-3 days to figure out how to go from a sitting postion to crawling position without falling face flat first. She puts her hands on the floor, gingerly moves her butt and legs behind and leaves only a small angle for her to fall face down into crawling position. Once she figures the traditional crawl, she should be able to sit back fairly easily.  She is efficiently pulling herself up to a standing position and likes to stomp around while standing up. She isn’t cruising yet but will get there soon. We also think that she may be teething since she is now biting everything in sight. She is not aggressive but she is persistent.

For the last few weeks she was spitting out food and with it sticky phlegm. She used to be very uncomfortable until she spit up after which she enjoyed all that she ate. Turns out, she hadn’t healed completely from her throat infection from a few weeks ago. The doctor prescribed her medication and she is a lot better. Keeping her food in and being her playful self.

And guess what folks! She made her first painting. She had to be helped but for what its worth she did it! Its up on my fridge now 🙂

I can’t believe time has flown so fast and my baby is almost standing up! Here is a picture of her to make your day and mine (I know I will come back to this page and keep looking at her)

gummy bare

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admiration is a good thing

July 2, 2009
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between daughter and father.


Buddu has taken to her dad like a fish to the water. She adores him! The moment she sees him in the morning she gives him a warm gummy smile and leans forward so that he picks her up. She has lots of excited conversations with him and wants to be carried around all the time.

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Buddu at the theatre

April 27, 2009
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Buddu seems to like people, she is friendly, and always smiling. We took her to the Marathi mandal play past saturday and expected her to get bored watching non-distinct people acting on stage. On the contrary, the mild light reflecting off the stage was perfect for her to observe everyone without being noticed. She was quite vocal in the 2nd half for she was feed and rested. She kept waking up from her nap when everyone clapped or cheered at the play. All in all, a good fun outing with Buddu in tow.

She always lives up to being the nice kid that she is! (*touchwood*)

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Buddu meets her grandpa

April 25, 2009
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It was friday and we were excited to have Dad come to meet us and see Buddu for the first time. We dressed her up prim and proper and off she went to daycare. Dad was supposed to arrive at noon but he missed his connecting flight to IL. His luggage ironically made it. We asked the lady at the counter if he had boarded the flight and with oft-repeated quotes of “i am not supposed to divulge this information” she told us that he hadn’t. With no clue of when he would arrive, we picked his luggage from the carousel and went home only to return when the next flight was supposed to arrive. He didn’t arrive by that one either and the guy at the counter was less helpful.

Luckily Dad called to inform that he will be coming by the next flight and should be there by 5 pm! Yay! He finally arrived and sat next to Buddu who was strapped in her car seat. Introductions accomplished, Buddu keenly observed the new person in the car. Out came the pouty lips and steady stream of tears. It took her about the time that we needed to get back home from the aiport to bond with her Grandpa.

 Ajjo and Anoushka

After that she has been very happy with him, chatting with him, scratching his face with her tiny nails and trying to pluck out his moustache. All is well in budduland! Her dad said well, “there are men in this world other than me” since all Buddu has been meeting are her aunts and grandma.

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March 10, 2009
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Being an avid internet surfer, I read a lot of blogs. I enjoy reading other people’s points of view and refresh my thoughts in the process. It also seems like a nice chronicle of one’s life. With the arrival of my daughter, I thought this could help me document some of her life and the changes she has made to mine through this.

The usual suspects on this blog will be

AS – my husband
PS – me
buddu, little A or munchkin- my almost 3 month old daughter.

Let’s begin this e-journey.

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