Xmas - and D was expecting a Tatoo barbie from Santa, well I tried in multiple stores and it was out of stock
so we settled for Doctor barbie..

The cycle /scooter is a new year gift - was too lovely not to get it for D
She is worried about putting her feet on the princesses on the foot panel

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D to me : Write a letter to Santa
Me : what do you want to say
D: Santa to give me Tattoo barbie doll
Me : after some scribbling ( not that santa will be able to read my handwriting) : Written and posted
D : Sure ?
Me : Yes

D after Five minutes - repeats the same conversation with her mom and gets a much neater letter for santa created...

Yesterday :
D : Papa, if Santa is getting me Barbie - What are YOU getting for me

Me : speechless.....

D has been improving her coloring skills for some time now and this was what she did totally un supervised :)
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So we set out to get a "barbie" bag for D
First went to Forum's landmark , no luck , then to another couple of baby shops no luck
Finally went to Lifestyle and thankfully found a bag that fulfilled all requirements
  • Should be Pink
  • Have barbie
  • Have Princess

Then D wanted a toy, so she got Guess who and the butterfly shaped balloon

Yes, I was ranting about falling behind in the course work , so how come the Third post in a day..

Well friends its due to various factors

  • D woke me up at 7 AM ( I slept at 2AM) - and आज तो आ बैल मुझे मार हुआ | Had woken up at 7am to take a leak and thought it would be a good idea if D also does the same , so that she can sleep longer... HA!!! ( I guess I don't need to spell it out )
  • She always threatens me that
  • आप मुझे स्कूल वाले दिन उठाते हो और मॆं आपको छुट्टी वाले दिन उठओंगी (You wake me up on school days, I will wake you on Holidays) - and she carries out the threat every Sat / Sun
  • Her favorite line on weekends / holidays - Early mornings is
  • सुबह हो गयी क्या ? मुझे छुट्टी के दिन नींद नहीं आती ... unfortunately मुझे बहुत आती है :(
  • Avoidance - yes I have to study, but guess what blogging and writing about D is much more pleasurable than studying
Today we need to take D to get her a new school bag - The requirement from D is - IF I get a bag with both Princess and Barbie in the same bag - I will settle for one, else I will buy 2, one of princess and one of Barbie
And knowing how savvy the Barbie/Disney folks are - I believe I might end up buying 2 bags...

Oh well it is childrens day and I have only one to pamper (read spoil :) )

In India, 14th Nov - today is celebrated as Children's day.
This was the birthday of Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first prime minister of India.
Children used to call him Chacha Nehru, as he was very fond of kids and did a lot of work for the betterment of kids in India.
Come Friday - 13th, D was supposed to go to school dressed as Nehru -
White Kurta - Pajama, Topi and the Red rose (trademark of Nehru)
We managed to get one ready made kurta pajama, which was a size bigger, but the practical person in me advocated that next year it will come in handy too - hehehehe

I have deliberately morphed Ds face - I know am a little paranoid when it comes to D.

In class they also made this Rose out of clay, D's teacher helped and sure looks pretty

This whole week was fun filled , kids went dressed in colored clothing of their choice, no uniforms!!

Fun Week Highlights
• Magic show
• Messy play
• Puppet show
• Tattoo making
• Outdoor picnic
• Entertainment and party day

Go DPS, for making kids look forward to school

GuruPurab, the birthday of Guru Nanak ji was celebrated on 1st Nov 09
(yes this post is delayed - but have been too much stressed at work and I started another course , BugAdvocacy from AST - smart right :(, especially after the IIM course was done had said no more, no tests no exams - and guess what within 2 months am on another course - I guess I will never learn)

What I really like about the current curriculum of D is that the school ensures the kids are aware of all the festivals and by making them color the drawings, I feel they will learn much more and absorb more

Today 7th November is the 11 wedding anniversary of D's younger Bua.
Bantu Phupha is always pulling Ds leg that I want your Pink - Frock, Jacket, Doll etc (yes pink is omnipresent) and D gets all worked up because of that

So yesterday when we were out looking for the anniversary gifts, D came up with a priceless gem

D: Papa, I want to tell you something (पापा मॆं आपको कुछ कहना चाहती हूँ )
Me : Yes
D : Please get Phupha a pink shirt, so that he stops hankering after my stuff (फूफा को पिंक शर्ट ले कर दे दो, ताकि वोह मेरी चीज़ों को छोर्ड दें )

The way she said it , I was chuckling away for some time

PS Happy Anniversary Shalu Bua and Bantu Phupha

The Rajyotsava Day or Kannada Rajyotsava is celebrated on 1st November every year to commemorate the formation of State of Karnataka

Ds school celebrated the function today 11/2 , as 1st Nov was a Sunday
D too went dressed in the flag colors, Yellow T Shirt and Red Pants (ala Govinda ...)

D painted the flag with a lil help from her teacher and has placed it in her doll house

Today is 31st Oct 09 - incidentally our (Ds parents) 8th Anniversary
Thank you for the wishes in advance :)

We had planed to go out for lunch rather than the traditional dinner , well that is till D refused to join us :(
Every Saturday - after her Abacus class she wants to go and visit her friends (B) place
usually she is the first to want to go to restaurants /eating out, but this time friend and the lure of playing proved stronger

At her friends appartment, they had arranged a Halloween party and D too joined them
Tatoos and paints courtsey B's mom

I went to collect D in the evening, and she actually was v glad to come running to my arms, turns out she was a lil frightened of a boy who was all dressed up
She did collect a bag full of sweets and candy :)

PS our lunch was good, though we missed D, we both each had a sizzling sizzler , was great...had to walk for an hour to walk off the food :)

D got her report card for LKG Ist Term , along with a lot of A+, there were a few B+ and 3Bs (writing, number quantity and peer interaction)

so for writing and number quantity we now put in work , whoever said schooling / trying to get kids to study was easy...

At her last parent teacher meeting the teacher had mentioned that she is only friends in class with one - Sakshi, who incidentally lives close by and they share the same bus too. The teacher said that despite us making both D and S sit seperately , these two then stand from where ever they are seated and start talking.. persistent...

When D asked about her report card, and when informed that teacher said more work required on writing and numbers, started crying.. we are v touchy...

D is a big fan of Shin Chan and wants to watch it back to back to back
(Even I like him :) )
Beneath all the naughtiness, there is some good hidden...

On our last visit to school , they had a book stall and D pounced upon a coloring book featuring, who else , Shin Chan

She has been hard at it, the first image is when she had patience and I guess its evident that by the end of second coloring session she was running out of it fast
and to think of it, her name is supposed to mean patience (HA!)

D came back from school super excited.
Called up her mom first thing, with help of Dadi (of course) and said

D: Thank u bolo mujhe ( Say thank u to me)
A: Why
D : I got your prize
A : For what
D : For your cooking, Madam gave me your prize

Her teacher had given her a prize for Sundays Non Fire Cooking

Yipeee to the power 10

Details once I reach home

PS turns out we won the third prize, D insists its first prize so we are going by that one

Ds class teacher had sent the note

There were 140 odd entries :)

D's School had organized a non fire cooking for the parents and kids today
So we landed there bright and early, carrying 2 bags filled with chopping boards, graters, peelers, knives, mixing bowls and loads of ingredients
This was after we (primarily D's mom ) having spent ages searching for something appealing to make

Following is the finished product, the bread is filled with yummy salad ( I can attest to the fact)

This drew rave reviews and comments and our creation was among the most photographed ones at school :)

Besides ours there were quite a few interesting ones that other parents had rustled up, and it was fun event overall

Wishing all of you a very Happy Diwali

Being her 5th Diwali, D had much more awareness this time around
List of demands pretty specific
  • Barbie dolls as Diwali gift ( i think we can just replace the festival / occasion , keeping the gift constant)
  • ROCKETs..and loads of other crackers - no bombs though
  • Her favorite sweet - Kaju Katli

The day passed with D pestering her mom to get out of bed and make the rangoli , burning the crackers through the day and in the evening a quick pooja followed by further bursting crackers...

D's Mom was expecting that D will start using her things in about 10-12 years

Turns out D already has her eyes set ...
Being Diwali, D's mom dressed up in a Saree for office with the heels
Back home we realized that D had commandeered the heels and was strutting away happily...

At Karvachauth, D had taken exception to the fact that her mom put on nail polish but didnt allow D to do so

At that time , it was mutually agreed that D will get nail polish done on Diwali
So come diwali, D got her wish and was mighty pleased about it too

Diwali is round the corner and D was all excited to make sweets with her mom
So they decided to create Nariyal Barfi

Sorry don't have snaps for the finished products, errrr - it vanished pretty fast :)

D has recently really taken pains to keep the doll house in pristine order
she is very meticulous and ensures that its in order and dolls are in their designated spaces - per her wishes

can you count the # of dolls?

D got a double star :) for her writing of the U alphabet
I realize on a daily basis, The importance of encouragement to kids cannot be emphasized be it from parents and especially from teachers, who kids like D hold in very high esteem

Tried another template and after heavy customization like it better :), widgets are less cluttered and it uses the breadth of the screen
Pasting the snapshot of previous template for record

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Today is KavaChauth
D's mom had gone to get mehandi done on her hands, so Lil D being a girl and a very perspective one at that , also wanted to get mehandi on her hands
Below is the art work which her mom did on her hands

It was looking much better after it had dried and was washed :)
You can see a peacock on her right hand, the left one well....

Below pictures are the more professionally done hands of D's Mom

Update wrt Fishes

I had mentioned that we had 5 fishes in the aquarium
Now we are down to 4

Blacky was lying on the floor of the aquarium, and D was trying to get her to wake up to eat
D realized in a while that Blacky is no more, and big tears started rolling down her cheeks :(

I guess this would be among the first times she saw death...

Anyways on a slightly cheerful note, the hunt is ON to replace Blacky, but turns out that particular fish is not available
so D has kindly agreed to adjust to a gold fish, I think I will buy her a couple

D's friend has been going to dancing classes for some time and obviously D too wanted to join in.

Thankfully there were slots available now , and today was her first dance class

I was lucky enough to be back from office and saw the lil angels and a couple of young devils dance and have fun

2nd October, Holiday - we took D to Innovative film city
Was her 3rd trip there, but she enjoyed herself much more, due to newer rides and a room full of colorful balls, she had fun on the beach, star ship and the shark attack

It rained there and I was able to take a few cool snaps of flowers :)

Closeup views :)

Water Wonder views
Photos taken at temple, Belur

Scenic Splendours

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We, along with friends had gone out for a weekend outing at Kalasa, Chikmagalur
The views were simply breathtaking and amazing snaps followed from 3 digital cameras, between the three of us around 1300 snaps were shot in 3 days...

Sharing the first batch of photos here

Wanted to try my hand at photography, read a couple of books and off I went to my neighborhood park
all of these are the initial attempts of an amateur photographer
Comments ?

D's Dushehra holidays started day before yesterday, so having a blast..
(above picture was colored by D @ school)

Dora is a hot favorite : Above is D's coloring of Dora and the one below is what D chose to dress Dora in on the nick junior website

Happy Onam

Wishing everyone a very happy Onam
D colored this at school today