AajKalKeBacche???


note: this post contains conversation between my daughter and me majorly. My daughter is 4 years old. 

“AajKalKeBacche”, I am not sure how many times I used this Phrase in past one year.. may be more than 5 times  everyday.

It started with My daughter demanding a “Tablet” for her birthday. As usual, being a guilty parent, my husband who stays away from us got her” the gadget ” as gift. From then on, my life changed a lot..


Me: Bunty pack your bag for school.

Bunty: Why so many books amma.. I wish I could just take the Tablet with me for school.. I can Play when teacher is not looking at me. trace alphabets than writing on book so many times.

Me: what???AajKalKeBacche??know to use gadgets and relate it to everyday life. 


Me: Bunty, come write Homework

Bunty: I don’t want to write

Me: you have to write dear..

After so many talks, bribing, crying she agreed to write. and she was not writing properly, as in not touching the red line in her four line book.

Me: Bunty write properly. ( in a harsh tone, as I was losing patience)

Bunty: why are you behaving like a “stepmother”.

Me: ( all shocked) what? from where do you learn such things??

Bunty: yes, Cinderella’s stepmother keeps troubling her and gives her a lot of homework.

checking the YouTube history gave me an insight that she has been watching in YouTube . AajKalKeBacche?? learn from stories and use it in their vocabulary. 


we are using Dishtv at home. I didn’t expect her to handle two remotes. But she just remembers the channel number and explores the cartoon channels with up and down button.. my MIL in spite of teaching her so many times couldn’t gasp it.

we had gone to hospital has my second child was not feeling well. It was 6.30 in the morning. we didn’t want to wake Bunty. So, we decided to keep the door of the apartment open, and leave her informing the neighbors. She had woken up before we returned . it seems she searched the house, didn’t find us. she climbed the dining table to find my MIL’s mobile phone. she called to my number. I was really overwhelmed. She had so much of maturity to control her anxiety and search for a tool to reach us. she was  happily watching TV till we came back. AajKalKeBacche?? know to tackle situation beyond our expectations.


Bunty is extensively using my phone and tablet. So I decided to switch off the Wifi at home. Smart girl found it out and just switched the button on immediately after I switch off.  So, I went a step ahead and stared disabling it in tablet when she is not looking. unfortunately, she learnt the trick too. then I put a password. Dint know she is such a good observer, she unlocks it too. So, I need to be really techie to handle these days kids.AajKalKeBacche?? keep us motivated to learn and keep updated.

Apps.

There are so many educational apps. so had installed few for her. went little ahead and added few games. But now, with related search history she had installed 78 games and tried playing most of them. lucky that it has parental control. it has so many games that manicure for Barbie, haircut, baking, changing diaper for baby, what not?? crazy game designer I say..


one day, she was really getting late for school. I was at door holding her bag and shoes. she came out to wear them, suddenly she ran inside. I was really anxious , didn’t know what I forgot. she went inside, just to out a lip balm.. ( she assumes it to be lipstick, gave it to her as it was winter) .

Me: was it necessary to wear it now??

Bunty:  I can’t come out without wearing lip balm.

Me:( faints)AajKalKeBacche?? observe us getting ready, and of course TV advertisement teach them a lot . 


At School:

Teacher: all of you bring your notebooks.

Bunty: I don’t want so much of homework.

Teacher: you have come to big class. so you need to learn more.

Bunty: If you give me so much of homework, I will not come to your school.

Teacher: ( before she could recover from the shock)

Bunty has managed to pool in other kids and all of them shouted saying ” we don’t want homework”. I am sure she is going to be a Union leader. Teacher lost, and didn’t give homework that day.

Teacher: Bunty do exercise.

Bunty: ( after doing for 5 or  6 counts) I can’t do it anymore.

Teacher: why?

Bunty: when my grandma was young she worked a lot. all her joints have eroded. If I do exercise, then I will also have pain when I become old.

Teacher: AajKalKeBacche….

These are just few glimpse. But there are many more instances where i had felt ” Kids these days” syndrome. Hope God gives me all energy to tackle this kid.. :P


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Creative toilets..


I wrote a post long back on toilets here..  this is another post which caught my fancy.. here..

check it out and please do tell me how do feel ?? I mean would you like to use such toilets??

Check out this video..  I appreciate the designers idea.. but just worried how the pubic will react to it??  Do people in India accept such ideas??  Please leave your feedback.

Good NEWS..


Hey, let me start back blogging with the good news. ya ya, its just not one, but many. I delivered my second baby on 6th of October 2014. Its a boy,weight 4.25kgs and measured 50cms.

As I was at chennai for delivery , I escaped the HUD HUD cyclone. looks like people at Vizag suffered a lot with No power and water. Image what would happened to me with my due date nearing and no water, power or transport.

Then within a month, i was called for a promotion interview. With  2 months old, I traveled to Mumbai and cleared it with flying colours. The interview committee was so impressed with my performance that, they wanted to give me two additional increments, but they don’t have powers to do it. It’s ok, I got promoted, that’s enough right now.

Hubby finally changed his company. so, there is a good salary hike. though it’s a midsize company, his position is good.

finally I am getting transferred to chennai. thought the process might take few more months, but it’s on papers. I am totally relieved.

Dad got upgraded to a two bedroom apartment from one bedroom by just paying 2 lakhs  more to the builder as he wanted that particular house which dad had bought. so, everybody in the family are happy.

my younger brother-in-law, who was kind of dependent on us, finally decided to try his luck by going to Kuwait. he got his visa. his tickets are booked. hope he gets a good job. now we will be vacating the chennai house. good thing is that my in-laws will not have a house in chennai and cant threaten saying they will move back to chennai leaving me alone with two kids.

finally everything is falling into place. hope good things will continue. now it’s time to introduce the new member of the family, SRIADVAITH. we call him Arjun at home.

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Day-3.

MIL being her, would have heavy breakfast at resort, as its complimentary and would have only curd rice for dinner. We tried all that was there in the menu card for breakfast and filled our bottles with coconut water as it was compliment. For the prices they charge, you need to be little shameless also. only problem was they had only powder milk and Bunty is not used to it.

We went to elephant beach on a private boat. it was fun, as we were all alone as a family in a boat. we took as many photos as we could on the boat, the water around.  This particular beach didn’t have any waves . it was a perfect still beach for swimming and see underwater thing. They had so many water sports happening in this particular beach. But, I could go on anything because I was not allowed.

I couldn’t resist, so I went on snorkelling. Was not sure if Pregnant women are allowed or not, I just made myself comfortable and went ahead. I felt so happy that I didn’t it. How could I miss such beautiful corals and life under water. me and hubby were busy playing in water. Bunty didn’t trouble us, she was playing with sand all by herself, didn’t cry for us. She too enjoyed playing in water.

By the time we came back, we were damn tired. on the way we stopped at a restaurant we served us proper south- Indian food. It was bliss to eat Rasam rice after two days. It was only day bunty had proper food. Somehow throughout the trip she didn’t eat much. she survived on biscuits and curd rice. Thank god that, I had carried snacks for her, or else I would cried seeing her not eating.

We were supposed to visit kalapathar beach in the evening, but gave a skip as we were really tired. we had early dinner and slept peacefully watching our TV serials.

Best part of Andaman was, they have RO treated in the places. You don’t really have to buy mineral water everywhere. you just have to fill the bottles. the Hotel also insist that we fill the water from filters installed in the reception. MIL and FIL were happy that Bar was closed on all the days as it was election time. They assume that none of their sons drink alcohol. We give them the benefit of doubt by acting innocent.

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our boat, which took us to elephant beach. we were late, so we missed the glass boat ride.

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the cottage in which we stayed. thank god all the cloths were removed while taking the photos.. or else you would have seen sarees and lungi’s there.

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Bunty enjoying in water. She thinks this is called swimming.

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Port Blair – Havelock + Radhanagar Beach #7

Next day we were heading to Havelock. I was excited as well as tensed. excited as I was going to see the world’s best beach, tensed as i was not sure what the travel agent had in store for us. We took private ferry , Makruzz to Havelock. we were disappointed as we didnt get window seat. They screened videos on all the islands in Andaman,, activities to do in Andaman. I slept off. it seems Bunty tried to wake me up many times to show me fishes and underwater creatures on TV.

it was Nice to see crystal clear water when we landed. I could clearly see all the fishes swimming underneath the clear water. luckily this time the driver was waiting with the name-card. it was 15 min drive to the hotel. The cottages were simply awesome, though they said it was overlooking the sea, we had to cross few bushes to reach there. Again we had half a day for ourselves. MIL being her, washed all her cloths looking at other tourist drying their cloths on fence and wire provided outside each room.

Evening we went to Radhanagar beach. Bunty was sleeping. So, we left her with in-laws and got into water. First times I went so far inside the sea. Wasn’t scared as my love was next to me. Hubby was enjoying all Bikini scenes . oh yes did i tell you, this was first time i wore shorts in front of hubby’s family. Nobody cared about it. why did i stop myself from wearing it all these years?. We played in water till we got tired. Bunty was scared of water. She was busy making her sandcastle. when it was almost time to leave, she wanted to play in water. we stayed there till we were thrown out. after sunset, nobody is allowed inside water. The guards chased us all out.

by the time we came back we were damn tired. we ordered food and went for bath. bathroom was a mess with all sand particles. BUnty had fun roaming from one cottage room to other. after the food was delivered, the housekeeper said, its 20% extra for room service. first time i heard of such thing. but we were too tired to bother about it.

MIl was happy as she could catch up all her TV serials in the hotel room. We enjoyed our privacy staying away from In-laws, and letting BUnty be with them when ever required.

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Sunset at Radhanagar Beach.

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The ferry in which we traveled.

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The clear beach in front of our cottage.

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Me and Bunty in water.

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Bunty playing in sand.

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After Reading Holiday post of LiFi, I thought I should too write about my Andaman trip.

We had an early morning flight. Since the journey was just 2 hours from chennai, and we didnt have anything to do till afternoon, we all decided to skip bathing. Yes, we ( me, hubby, bUnty, MIL,FIL,BIL and co-sis) just brushed our teeth, by then the cab driver started honking in front of our house. We just changed, ran downstairs with our luggage . early morning drive is bliss with no traffic in Chennai. We reached the Airport just on time. After all the procedures, I realized that mine and Bunty’s ticket were 10 rows away from rest of the family.Which meant I had to take care of Bunty all alone. Bunty was all irritated because of her disturbed sleep and ear pain in flight. She was not ready to have the breakfast served to her. I wish Air-India flights had some cartoon channel too in the list for kids.

Finally we reached the destination. To make things worse, the person who was supposed to pick us up didnt turn up. We had to make so many calls to the travel agent to get it sorted out. Finally the driver came. the hotel was just five minutes drive from the Airport. Again, receptionist couldnt find out names in the booking list. The travel agent didnt give the time of our arrival it seems. The category rooms which we booked were all filled. We were given spare rooms for an hour and then we got upgraded to Suite in the hotel. That was just not one room but all three rooms got upgraded. Isnt that great?? may be we deserved it after so much of waiting.

After lunch we went to Ross Island. First time in my life I wore a life jacket. It felt really weird. I felt that i would die out of suffocation wearing it than drowning in water. In-laws couldnt walk in the Island, so we got split into two couples and went exploring the island. Bunty enjoyed seeing deer, peacocks,rabbits and monkeys. It became difficult when Bunty asked us to carry her after a while. Bu then it was time for us return boat ride. ( not sure if its called boat). luckily we got into upper deck this time.

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BUnty posing with the Deer next to her. She was scared to touch it.

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Me and Bunty walking towards the church.

Then We waited outside the jail for sound and Light show. Anybody would get the patriotic feel when they step inside the compound. I would say Nobody should miss this show in Cellular Jail.

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We went back to our rooms with tears and proud feeling in our heart. Day one was kind of mixed. Again this was first time, we as a family were eating outside together. We had to shout at out in-laws for constantly looking at the price and ordering.  They are never going to change. :P.