Wednesday, October 31, 2007


They trespassed, they survived and so they were SHOT!!!

...By our camera, that is :) We came across this impromptu performance by cub senior and had to capture it.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Pet, Please?...

Petty Issues!!!

Cub senior's latest craze is Neopets, a site dedicated to virtual pets, where you can create your pet or buy one. Once that is done , you keep it alive by giving it all kinds of food, making it duel with other pets, giving it extra powers and so on...I'm sure its more interesting than the way I've made it sound and cub senior is hooked on to it...

These two boys are quite fond of anything that moves. Holidays are spent gazing at monitor lizards, birds, turtles. Cub senior is quite good at identifying birds... polishing his skills for a bird-watching of a different kind, later in life, perhaps?

The cubs have been pestering me for a pet...It all started with the arrival of Blackie, the fish...He/she was a present to cub junior from his playschool!!For a long time I used to observe Junior sitting there for hours looking out for something...(he was not even three then!!) A few days later he comes to me and says,'When will Blackie drink up all the water and become a big fish?'Turns out my 'drink up your milk and you'll become strong' dialogue was the culprit...

Now he says he wants a bird...I point out to the ones flying above and ask him whether he really wants to keep a bird in the cage. So he's gravely weighed the issue and has decided on a dog, after me rejecting a tiger cub(but amma, it won't bite) a rabbit and a duck...Though G may not be too excited about the puppy 'cos he is not exactly a dog lover...his 14 stitches bear testimony to that...

I remember my golden pom, Richie, of years ago. We used to live in Poona, then. I remember his wagging tail, his moods, his soft fur. Dogs wag their way into your heart and then one day, its time to leave and your heart gets broken...After him, I've really not felt like adopting another pet.

A pet does teach you how to love someone unconditionally and that is what I think the kids of today need. Looking after a pet gives you some kind of responsibility and kids generally love it. Sometimes, I really think i should get a pet for them but then i remember that both cubs are unanimous in their view that they will do the loving part and i should do the cleaning bit...because amma, it's going to smell...!!!

And now i'm 'pet'rified that junior's practically adopted an egg (waiting mournfully for it to hatch )... sigh...

Perhaps when i get back to Delhi, i should get a pet...hey...but they have me, don't i do everything they tell me to do?

Monday, October 15, 2007

Twin Trouble...

My sis has adorable twins - a girl(D) and a boy (A) day, understandably irritated by their demands at meal time, she moaned, ''nanna pranaa thin beda'(roughly translated as "don't eat my head")
perplexed D looks up and says,'I'm eating bread not pranaa!!!'

Friday, October 12, 2007

I'm Hanuman!!!

My cub getting ready for his second stage appearance...It's always a proud moment to see your kids on stage...This particular one was close to my heart 'cos it was based on Hanuman and his friends...a topic the kiddos totally related to!!!Thanks to the movies, the Gods have become more 'cool', though you hear them saying the Monkey-god, or the Elephant God!!!

Speaking of Gods, cub senior had this to say (when he was three)

We were going through an Amar Chitra Katha comic on Lord Rama.Fist comment: Chee, shame, shame, he has hardly any clothes on!!!"

Next comment: "He's going to feel cold."

On being reminded that he was in exile hence the clothes, S1 replies: "But isn't he a God, he could have got some clothes for himself!!"

it's a good thing his granma is not reading this!!

Current Passions

Its cricket, cricket and nothing but cricket...For Cub senior's sake, i try to follow the game, though why would any one watch a bunch of people chasing balls all over the place is beyond my comprehension!!!

A chart of all the cricket related stuff that he could gather!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Who is Gandhiji...

Date Oct 2nd, 2007, Singapore

S2 stops what he's doing and says, 'Do you Know that it is a god's birthday today? My teacher said so.."

me: 'Which God is this?'

Shocked that I didn't know, he stands up and says "Gandhiji, of course"

me:"Gandhiji was not a God. He was..."

Interrupting, he says," Last month it was Krishna Bhagwan's birthday and we got a holiday, then it was Ganesha Bhagwan's b'day and we got a holiday, now it is Gandhiji's B'day and we have a holiday...So That makes him a God, doesn't it?"

Hey Bhagwan!!!

Telling it like it is...

Ever since we've moved to Singapore, a few precious things have made their way here too as well : favorite books, toys, possession et all. We have photos of the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins... we also have a portrait of the four of us - the Family portrait - taken few Diwalis ago...

S2 is in a why? phase right now. Everything is why is your hair long and ours short, why is the sun so name it, he's asked it!!!

Spying this family portrait, he says"Why?" S1 and i look at each other and shrug' What do you mean Why?"
"Why do we have this photo here?"asks S2
"Why Not?" asks S1

"Photos are kept of those who are not there with us, so that we remember them... We are all here, why do you need photos of us when we are already here?"

Did that make sense? I guess so!!!

Crash...Bang...Splat !!!

S2 had just got back from school; my fav.time because that's when there's a tussle between S1 ans S2 as to who will tell me all the news first...It so happens the one who gets in first ends up blurting it all out...

"We learned about helpers today...about nurse, doctor,and you know, I'm a student"said S2..
..."That's nice": I replied...
"When M'am asked me, I said i wanted to be like u when i grow up"...I swelled with pride, I went all the way up to the ninth heaven, wherever that was,..My boy wants to be like me, :)!!!

"Because," he continued," I can then do nothing the whole day, I can watch tv when I want, i can play computer when i want..."

Crash , Bang, Splat what a fall from that heaven!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Just for laffs...

This was sent to me...These were original endings made up by school kids!!!

As you shall make your bed so shall you ... mess it up.
The original proverb: As you shall make your bed so shall you lie there.

Better to be safe than ... punch a 5th grader.
The original proverb: Better to be safe than sorry!

Strike while the ... bug is close.
The original proverb: Strike while the iron is hot!

It is always darkest before ... I open my eyes.
The original proverb: It is always darkest before the dawn.

Never underestimate the power of ... termites.
The original proverb: Never underestimate the power of a kind word or deed.

A rolling stone ... plays the guitar.
Type the correct ending here:
The original proverb: A rolling stone gathers no moss.

A bird in the hand is ... a real mess.
The original proverb: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

It is better to light one candle than to ... waste electricity.
The original proverb: It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.

The squeaking wheel gets ... annoying.
The original proverb: The squeaking wheel gets the grease.

I think, therefore I ... get a headache.
The original proverb: I think, therefore I am.

Early to bed and early to rise ... is first in the bathroom.
The original proverb: Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

There is nothing new under the ... bed.
The original proverb: There is nothing new under the sun.

The grass is always greener ... when you leave the sprinkler on.
The original proverb: The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

You can lead a horse to water but ... how?.
The original proverb: You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

Don't bite the hand that ... looks dirty.
The original proverb: Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

No news is ... impossible.
The original proverb: No news is good news.

A miss is as good as a ... Mr.
The original proverb: A miss is as good as a mile.

If you lie down with dogs, you'll ... stink in the morning.
The original proverb: If you lie down with dogs, you'll rise with fleas.

The pen is mightier than the ... pigs.
The original proverb: The pen is mightier than the sword.

Where there's smoke there's ... pollution.
The original proverb: Where there's smoke there's fire.

Two's company, three's ... the Musketeers.
The original proverb: Two's company, three's a crowd.

Never put off 'til tomorrow what you ... should have done yesterday.
The original proverb: Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and ... you have to blow your nose.
The original proverb: Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone.

Children should be seen and not ... spanked or grounded.
The original proverb: Children should be seen and not heard.

when little ones grow...

it all seems so recent...the pregnancy cofirmation, the nine months of carrying a new life inside and the shock of actual birth!!!After cub senior was born, i told myself this is it and spent my time with him trying to be the 'ideal' mother...five years later, cub junior made his presence known...this time round, i thought I was better prepared...Didn't I have experience??? It was a memorable delivery for two reasons: 1)I really labored for two days (the lil cub just wouldn't leave his cozy den )and 2)the papa was there to see him being born...:)(and no!!he didn't faint!!)

I had this habit of storing little things which they did on bits and opieces of paper...I used to think when i have time, I would compile it in a better format...

It's been five years cubs are growing up... I guess there's no time like the present to preserve their innocence...while it's still there...It could be somethinbg to show the grande kids someday...