Posts Tagged ‘kalyan’

Life with K2

October 25, 2017

K2, as I call Kalyan Mohan Shaffer, is an original thinker as all children are. Some examples:

K2, while getting ready for playschool: I want to be like the old pwesident of Amewica.
Me: Who’s the old president of Amewi..sorry, America?
K2: Obana (sic).
Father: The present president is older than the old president.
K2: Oh, Donald Twump is older?
….the things four-year-olds know!

K2: “Spell ‘thousand’, Deepamma.”
Me: “T-H-O-U-S-A….”
K2: “No! You are WONG! Thouzend…you have to spell it with ‘z’ and ‘e’. You don’t know ANYTHING!”
Me (humbly): “Yes…I am afraid so…”

K2: “You are WONG. You are saying ‘night’. There is a ‘k’ there, so you should say ‘kanight’ not ‘night’, Deepamma!”
Me: “OK, have it your way…”
K2: “No, it’s not MY way, it’s the WIGHT way!”

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The blanket comes to life, 080717

July 8, 2017

Sometimes a blanket is quiet…

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But sometimes it becomes active…

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And soon shows its face!

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Life is made up of such joyful moments. This has been his favourite game with me since he was two!

Kolkata, Jorhat, Kaziranga, 07-130517

May 19, 2017

We visited Kolkata

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had an evening admiring the Victoria Memorial,

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enjoying puchka

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jhaal mudi

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and visited the family who brought me up.

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We visited Pradeep and Sulakshana Barthakur at their home in Jorhat, where they run a centre for children. (Pokamura, 7km from Jorhat)

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The location is

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Their home is a veritable garden of Eden which they share with all kinds of beings:

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Bronzeback Tree Snake

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Blue-throated Barbet

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We went to Kaziranga National Park, staying at Wild Grass resort.

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Hog Deer

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Red Jungle Fowl

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Elephants

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Rhinos

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Swamp Deer (bArAsinghA)

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Here’s K1’s beautiful depiction of the elephant safari,

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where we saw so much of wildlife.

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The Flickr albums are:

Blr-Kol and visit

Kol, Science City and Gariahat Mod

Kolkata-Jorhat

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Wild Grass, Kaziranga, 11,120517

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Jorhat-Guwahati-Bangalore, 130517

It was a memorable trip and I enjoyed it very much, through my own experience and that of my family.

To live without love

February 9, 2017

Who will drop loving kisses
On the cheeks of motherless children?
Who will hug them, tease them, scold them,
Tickle them, cuddle them, laugh with them?
Children need food and sleep…
And so much more, to thrive.
I sing two little children to sleep.
Tears fall from my eyes as I think
Of every child without parents in this world.
The refugees, the orphans, the lost children….
Surely the greatest cruelty in our world
Is to let children live…. without love.

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Coming Out, 270914

September 28, 2014

Some people have trouble coming out of the closet.

But our Kallubhai has none at all, coming out of the kitchen cupboard.

The size of those feet amaze me!

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The proud “out-comer”

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The cupboard was NOT empty, by the way!

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Bubbles, 160914

September 18, 2014

We played with bubbles last evening.

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Bubbles in the sunset:

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I blew the bubbles, and Kavya hunted them down:

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Kavya did her share of blowing:

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Some bubbles rested, ever so delicately, on the grass:

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Some even survived landing on the concrete:

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Mother and son arrived, and he joined in:

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What can define “delight” better than a child looking at a rainbow bubble?

A birthday card….STL, 310514

June 5, 2014

KTB drew these for her father’s birthday…

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KTB is on the right, in her “Elsa” dress (made for her birthday by her father’s mother), giving the card to her dad; her mother is between them. Her little brother is very little indeed, and her friends Ananya and Aditi are only slightly larger!

This one seems to have a lot of hearts in it, and a nice message!

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The flowers of my life, and my hope for travel….

May 27, 2014

My daughter just posted this on FB…so I cannot resist sharing the flowers that fill my life with beauty, colour, fragrance and sometimes a lot of peskiness…

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I went through a fairly thorough personal interview at the Swedish embassy about my proposed (and already paid for!) visit…and I told the lady about , , and …she even took down everyone’s LJ id’s….and how I hope to meet all of you in Sweden.

I am not sure I did right in saying that my plans for travelling in the Schengen area are a little fluid. But that’s the way it is…so…that’s votIsed.

Oh well…hope to meet all of you….I may not be able to see your LJ’s all the time or comment…but you lot are true friends and you are one of the main reason why I am visiting (or trying to visit) Sweden!

Also add Deepak and Sumana Vastare (who live in Goteborg with their 7-month-old son Advik) to the list….

Can’t type too well because I have my fingers crossed, and my eyes, too! The decision will be made, and the yes or no stamped on my passport, which I can collect from the Embassy tomorrow, at 3pm…

News about The Boods, STL

April 8, 2014

On the 31st of March, the siblings had water fun:

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On the 6th of April, they went to a friend’s Minnie-Mouse-theme party:

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A little more, and he won’t be a cutie, he’ll be an electrocutie:

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I’ll be going to visit them in the not-too-distant future!

How The Booda grew up before our eyes…

March 17, 2014

Amazing what a difference hair makes to the appearance of a person…even when that person is just 14 months old!

That was Kalyan being shorn of his hair. My daughter wrote

this

about the first haircut…

Traditionally, the hair is offered in a temple, but the parents didn’t want to do that.

So here we are at the haircutting “saloon”, where “gents” get their hair cut:

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AM admires the baby hair one last time:

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Checks its length:

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The hair is wetted down:

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He touches his wet head!

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He isn’t bothered at all:

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The shearing begins:

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The process is nearly complete, and is being documented by his father:

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It was the elder sister who was more upset, and sitting with a crumpled-up face in a corner!

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I had to come out and get her some mango juice and some chips; but then everyone came out, and we all had “orange kucchi ice” (orange juice sticks, utter sugar bombs!)

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Our friend got a share, too:

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We went to our friends’ home, where he was bathed, and sandal paste applied to his little head:

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He played quite happily, wearing his new shoes:

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Within a few minutes, he went from being a little wispy-haired baby to being a little boy:

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The full moon that night reminded me of his shiny, sandal-coloured head!

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