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anoushka anecdotes

May 6, 2010

Its been a while since I blogged! We bought a new house, moved and are still unpacking. Thats kind of hard when you are working full-time, have a toddler and nobody to help other than dear husband. But, now thats it is all behind us, we are loving the new place. Anoushka loves the space and is enjoying spring in her backyard.

I did feel sad leaving the old house. Mainly because that was the house Anoushka has so many of her firsts. It was her first home. It will always be captured in our minds and in the gazillion photos we have taken of Anoushka there.

In other news, Anoushka is talking, a lot. She is quite advanced for her age. She says about 50-75 words, She can count 1-10 in english and upto 4 in Marathi! She seems to have taken from her dad because when young kids typically learn to say easy words first, this little girl says watermelon, strawberry, engine driver! Her first complete word was kabootar. She also has very clear speech quite different from what I have heard other kids talk with a baby lisp or kiddie talk. She goes Poonam, Poonam if I don’t respond to Mummy!

The other day we had the sprinkler on in the evening and Anoushka would walk backwards counting 3,4,6,7,8,9,10 or until she felt some water droplets. She screams and then covers her mouth with her hands in traditional “i-won-the-miss-universe-title” style and comes running to us.

She is beginning to get the hang of hot and cold. But its hard to believe her when she says hot, hot to really pleasant bathing water! Or a nice meal of waran-bhaat-tup-limbu that I could devour if only it wasn’t hers! 😀


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daycare anecdotes

March 10, 2010
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The other day, A and I went to pick up Miss A from daycare. Ms. G, the daycare provider, said that Miss A did something she had never seen before! Apparently, Miss A picked up a book, held the book in front of her face as if she were reading it and was walking around the house with the book in hand!

For anyone who knows A, knows that he was called “Phantom – the ghost who walks”; precisely because all through his academic life he has studied on his feet!

Some things do run in the family!

In another incident, we were unable to find Miss A’s jacket on our way out from daycare. Ms. G said that A was wearing it when they were in the backyard and when they got in, Ms G asked her to put it in her bag. Ms. G thought that A would just leave it on the couch or by the bag. But when we were unable to find it, we thought some other kid may have accidentally worn it home thinking it way theirs. After we left, when Ms. G went to the washroom to clean up, she saw the jacket in the trash can! Apparently, Miss A is asked to throw the stuff she “finds” off the floor into the trash can and she must have used her growing brain to dump her jacket in there too!

Someone is learning to clean up a little too efficiently 🙂

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contagious is a good word – Kiran Bir Sethi

January 27, 2010
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I was blown away by this revolutionary who seems to have brought back the fun in school education. She is educating India and the world on how you can motivate little minds and be surprised at the change they can become !

kiran bir sethi teaches kids to take charge

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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!

i think she is dreaming

January 18, 2010

I don’t know if infants have dreams but I suspect Anoushka has been dreaming these past few nights. Yesterday night, she woke up crying, arms out-stretched and saying “ball, ball” and almost trying to follow it while I held her in my arms. I felt like someone took her ball away from her and she was upset and following it and calling out to it. My poor baby. For someone whose world is her toys and ofcourse the favourite bhoo-bhoo and ball, it must have broken her heart!

The other night she woke up said – kaboo, mamma and went back to sleep. Wonder what she was dreaming then! 😀

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is it good or bad luck?

November 23, 2009
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just read this. Either the couple is extremely lucky to survive 3 terror attacks or they are harbingers of impending doom.

I have two requests for the lovely couple –  

1. announce where you are planning on vacationing next so that others can avoid these places

2. try to stay at home!

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the saga of forwarded emails and moi

October 15, 2009

They seem to annoy me!!! Why?

1. I don’t like large attachments, unless I requested you to send me something. I feel bad for the poor electron running around with such a large load.

2. I am not interested in seeing the video of some trick performed by some tike some place I don’t know. Send me a link, I don’t want to download the damn video! Yes, people send videos in emails!

3. I don’t want to write down my name in some excel file with countless other self-proclaimed geniuses because I could solve a puzzle that contained the password to that excel file.

4. I think it is a waste of my time. Yes, I know I can hit the delete button and trust me I do.

5. So many myths are circulated via these forwards, that I feel obliged to dispel it and I exhaust myself. In marathi, “tondala phes aala bolun”, meaning, I am tired of saying the same thing over and over.

6. It irks me when people use company email to send me forwards. I shudder to think what all is circulated on the company’s network that does not make it to me. No wonder, social networking sites are banned in Asian countries. The line between work and personal stuff is blurred, or probably doesn’t exist.

To sum up, this video says what I want to say 😀

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10 month round-up

October 14, 2009
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playing hopscotch at daycare.

playing hopscotch at daycare.

So my dear buddu turns 10 months tomorrow! Double figures already. I know it is just in months, but hey, its a big thing. Remember the days when I used to count how old she was in weeks. She was born on Monday morning and I went into labor Sunday night. Every Sunday evening, I would relive the moments and Monday morning I would tell her, you are a week older now. But that eventually got cumbersome. We started celebrating her monthly birthdays with some sweet (mostly for the benefit of the parents, since she isn’t allowed outside junk 😉 )


And guess what, she is fake crying already! She will scrunch up her face and show her two little teeth quite like a chimp, gather a few tears in her eyes and will make pleading sounds. She waits for a bit to watch how we react and then continues, amping it up a bit.  The moment you do what she wants, its like magic! She is one nautanki, I tell you!!

She can identify herself, mumma, dadda, her beloved pankha (fan), bhoo-bhoo and ball (baa for her). I think she understands “No!” but is still testing us when we ask her not to do something.

She seems to be developing an interest in TV. She won’t be glued to it but she watches more than she used to before – maybe 2-4 minutes at a stretch. I have tried to read to her, but all the books I have are in English and I don’t know if she understands any of it. I should get some marathi story books when I am in India so that I can read to her.

She wakes up in the morning with a big smile on her face. When we go into the bedroom with a good morning, we get a gummy grin with two tiny teeth showing. She is such a pleasure. Bedtimes are all over the place in terms of how soon she will fall asleep. Somedays she will sleep in 5 minutes and some days make it 50! The fact that she has stopped napping at daycare doesn’t seem to bother her. And we thought she was jr. kumbhakaran! 😀

She also seems a bit more clingy to me than AS. The days I am out in the evenings, she gives AS a hard time. I kind of enjoy the attention I get 🙂 

Shopping with her is not fun as she wants to be carried around rather than sit in the cart. And man, she is not so light anymore!

All in all, my buddu is all fun and play!

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Pati, Patni aur woh

October 2, 2009

I watched the promos for Pati, Patni aur woh and was appalled to say the least. I admit that I succumbed to my curiosity of watching Rakhi Sawant play the part of a mom and see all the drama she is usually so good at coming up with. I missed watching Rakhi ka Swayamwar and caught it in bits and pieces on Youtube.

But, this show is absolutely annoying. For one, the kids are always crying. A crying kid is trying to tell you something. She doesn’t like the surroundings, is hungry, is missing parents or is scared. I suspect that the cast puposely gets the kid riled up and shoot such scenes to incompetency of these celebrity couples. Give them a chance, they will show it themselves. You probably don’t need to do anything! And isn’t this the same Gaurav Chopra Kiran wrote about? Who almost ran over her son and wasn’t initially acknowledging his mistake?

Don’t we have laws against such cruelty? I am seeing some positive response from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the Women and Child Development ministry (WCD). I hope they do something to stop this non-sense. Instead of infants, why can’t they have older, school going children who can speak for themselves? Or teen-agers? I can understand the show if they were trying to prove a point against teenage pregnancy or for planned parenthood. But this is just mean!

Well, if the parents don’t look out for their own children what will this world come to?

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of controversies and media hype

September 18, 2009
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For all the controversy caused in India by naming the film based on the novel Q&A as Slumdog Millionaire, it shows the hype created by the media and the short term memory of its readers when the Indian media keeps referring to Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Mohammed as Slumdog Kids.

Ironic, don’t you think?

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