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Its not rosy always – Contd – A twist

I couldn’t resist myself from writing about this though I am dog tired. I can’t have a peaceful sleep without sharing this with you all.

The “world’s meanest amma” continued today morning as I was waking her up early to revise for today’s assessment test and rushing her through the morning chores. Assessment test has been happening since Monday and we had the habit of giving a group exam hug and kisses before she steps out of the door. I will carry LHB and we both will hug her and in turn she will hug both of us together. A group hug as I said followed by a circle of kisses.

Today morning she refused to give me an exam hug. She only hugged LHB and left without saying bye to me. The emotional idiot in me instantly showed off my tears to the girl as she was climbing down the stairs. We departed without saying a word. I didn’t even wish her all the best. I called myself stupid a million times for rest of the day. Is it acceptable for me to get so emotional when she is going for her test? Don’t I have the very basic common sense to not to distract the kid who is about to leave for the test? These are incidents when I hate myself for not able to control my tears.

I had a long day at work today and returned home at 9pm. The girl was extra sweet for me, waited until I refreshed and gave me this. I was speechless. She promised to give me two exam hugs tomorrow morning 🙂 Now, I feel very shameful for acting as such a drama queen to a 8 year old in the morning. Will I ever grow up?  But, definitely my girl is growing up.

Love you cutie pie.. As we always say I love this, I like this and I live (love+like) this card.

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Thanks to all for your comments to my previous post.


Its not rosy always

Today was one such day 😦

I got this credit for not allowing her to accompany her friend to her home.


On a different note, I missed to update the other details in Ganesha post yesterday as it was a last minute post. I have updated the details now.

Our Ganesha

Better late than never. Our entry to this month artsy craftsy challenge. This Ganesha was made by Adi with very little supervision from me and this year we made it with home made salt dough.



Thanks to Swaram who has inculcated this idea on us. This is the second year we were making our own Ganesha.  I was not sure about making him until two days before the Chathurthi as I had no clue of where to buy air dry clay.  Even a small box of play dough was so expensive that I was about to drop the plan of  “Our own Ganesha”.  

As the saying goes “where there’s a will there’s a way”, out of nowhere I suddenly got the idea of making Ganesha using salt dough. I wanted to try it first before committing to the in-laws about our plan. So, we tried a small Ganesha on the day before which turned out good and we got approvals for the mission.


I made most of the trial Ganesha and Adi watched me with a grumpy face. She was constantly saying that her contribution is nil. So, next day for the real Ganesha I decided to let her do it on her own. As you see in the first picture, ,much to my surprise she did a pretty decent job 🙂 The painting, coloring and all details where her ideas. 

The two Ganesha’s ready for pooja (arranged by FIL. The orange hibiscus and pink flowers are from his garden)



I hope we will continue this tradition in the coming years too. Thank you again Swaram..



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Reporting from India

We have R2I few weeks ago and kind of got settled. I wouldn’t say it was a sudden move. We have been thinking over it for a while and glad that it materialized sooner. As chaos and confusion is our family’s soul sister we had all sorts of confusion until the last minute but managed to land at India in one piece.

M left one month ahead to find, shift to the new home and set it up as I was clear that I cannot handle two home shifts at a short period with two kids in tow. So, packed him ahead as I had better control on settling down things at US than setting up at India. Hectic is a minuscule way to describe the last one month at US. 

Adi has settled quite well in her new school. She has got handful of friends and a best friend too. Kids adapt so quick. Her school is fifteen minutes away from home and she commutes in school bus. She now juggles between US accent and Indian accent while conversing in English. She went for shopping with amma to the ever famous t nagar and came home drained. The duo left home around 11am, travelled to/fro in MTC bus and came home back at 9pm. Amma says Adi is the best companion for shopping and they are already making plans for Diwali shopping. She had mehandi couple of times and loves the string of jasmine flowers that usually hangs below her pony tail.

LHB had to have a tough fight with mosquitoes but who can win this tiny creature. It left red marks at all possible places in his body and we countered it with all possible options. We now have the mosquito repellent, coil and electric bat. Every evening, FIL spends one hour in battling with them. Otherwise he is good. I am not very satisfied with his solid in-take. He eats good but I feel that I am not feeding him healthy food. As of now he depends more on Lactogen and Cerelac flavors but I want to feed him real fruits and veggies. So far I tried boiled/smashed apple and carrots. He liked them. What else can I feed him? Something that I can prepare and keep which my in-laws can feed him in the evening? Please share your suggestions.

LHB crawls to every nook and corner and chews everything that reaches his hands ranging from papers to wires to all kitchen utensils. Kitchen utensils are his best toys so far. We change the color of the tupperware box when he is bored. He tries to stand up with support, fails in the attempt, falls down and cries hard as if someone hit him. A stranger witnessing the crying scene would easily think that we are the cruels tortruing the little fella. He is becoming handful for the in-laws these days.

As far as myself, I have joined my work after three weeks of landing here. My project is yet to start so enjoying the honeymoon period. The work timings here tops my worry list as the general timings are 11am-8pm but people usually come around 12pm or 1pm and stretch beyond 11pm. Talk about working for overseas client. I am driving to my work. Woww how I missed being behind the wheels every day all these years. That’s the “me” time I get everyday and totally enjoying it singing along with the FM radio.

Please read here about our book and TV experience. I am totally off the blog world as feedly is not working at my work and I am not sure when I would get back to it considering the full time hectic job that’s ahead, new work timings, two kids and everything. We have employed a maid and cook at home and in-laws are very helpful so its not that bad but still my battery drains totally by 10pm as my day starts at 5:30am. Getting up early is not my cup of tea but I have no choice and getting used to it 😦 I am hardly using the computer at home these days.

Parents are taking turns in visiting us and I have already had two get together with friends. One with my ex-colleagues and another with my school mates. I was meeting my school mates after 18 years and it felt like as if we just had our farewell yesterday.

I started this post to write about a “must-to-record” incident related to Adi and her classmates but as usual went off tangent.  Will make it as the next post..

Oh by the way I am a Chennaite now. I mean I live at “Vandharai Vazha Vaikkum” Chennai” 🙂 It absolutely feels fantabulous to be back at home.

how are you all doing? Hope to hear back from all my regular readers.