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It’s been a while since my last post? This year after the Blogathon, I had vowed to be regular throughout the year. Almost everyday, I have had a blogpost drafted in my mind but somehow other mundane chores take priority on most days. On remaining days, it’s my slumber!

I just want to write down what’s been happening in our lives in my favourite bullet points:

  • First things first, We got the  much awaited council approval of plans for our home on 20th of Feb (Co-incidentally the same day 3 years ago we had got our Australian visa grant letter). Subsequently, we also received the letter of authority to commence construction by the end of February. We were thrilled and couldn’t wait for the construction to kick start. But as the old adage goes, “Man proposes and God disposes”, March dawned with heavy and continuous rains. There has been no breather since and it’s going to rain cats and dogs till the end of this month. In summary, we are just waiting while paying our monthly installment for a piece of land. Sigh!!
  • I have been practicing driving with Abbas (only to increase his blood pressure everytime he sits in the passenger seat). I have booked my test on 31st of March. I booked driving lessons too, just to be thorough with rules. Although I have no hope of passing in the first attempt (No human that I know of has passed in my suburb in their maiden test), I am determined this time to keep at it. Thanks to RM, Maya, TP, Roopa and some of my other friends here who were as scared as me but went ahead and gave the tests till they achieved that lucrative Licence. I am hoping for the best but prepared for the worst.
  • This year when we went to enroll Mantam to the swimming classes, Abbas told me that the adult beginner class has slots too and we grabbed the opportunity with both hands and got enrolled. I must write a separate post on our journey.
  • Mantam’s school music band conducts try-outs for kids when they enter Year 3. Mannu was sleected for flute and Tammu for Clarinet. Mannu had already completed her basic course in Drums and was so passionate about it, so we requested if there was an option for her to do drums instead of flute. Initially they denied but later told us that there is a spot available for drums. Tammu had also done keyboard last year but we saw that her interest in keyboard had hit rock bottom by the end of the year, so we let her go with Clarinet. They have lessons every Monday after school and rehearsals every Monday morning before school.
  • I had joined a bootcamp near office and went atleast twice a week but ever since the Monsoon season started, workouts have taken a back seat.
  • While we are talking about learning new skills, I have learnt to make the heart pattern on coffee that the baristas make. We have a professional coffee machine at workplace where we start from the scratch by grinding the coffee beans. After several failed disastrous attempts, I am now able to make the heart pattern and planning to slowly graduate to the leaf pattern.
  • Mantam are continuing with the gymnastics classes this year too. But they don’t have the same enthusiasm as last year. Abbas and I are wondering if we should let them continue or quit. We did ask them a couple of times but got very neutral answers.
  • Mannu got selected in her school’s dance group this year while Tammu got selected in the T-Ball team.
  • Too many things going on our lives and we are loving it. 2017 has been a great year so far and we hope it continues to be so

How have you all been? How’s this year treating you so far?

 

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Random Raaga

This draft was written in the first week of Nov, I’m publishing it now. More updates to follow soon.

Life’s at its craziest best. We have all been down with cold and cough one after the other in vicious circles. Weekends are passing at lightning’s speed with us mostly out hunting for schools. With very less time spent at home, the usual chores are conveniently getting procrastinated. Our home looks like Sealdah Railway Station and staying in the clutter is suffocating me. But my health is not permitting me to muster the strength to go about cleaning the mess we are living in. How I wish I had Mrs. Weasley’s wand to chamkaofy my home without moving my bulk!

Couple of weeks back Abbas spent some hours in our balcony garden to tend to the plants with fertilizer, changing the soil etc. A few plants which were on the verge of dying have regained life, seeing new leaves and buds on them are brightening our mundane days. Yesterday morning saw me jump like a kid when I saw a lone green chilly in the pot where we had sown chilly seeds almost a quarter ago and had given up hopes.

Update on the birds is that Potli laid 4 eggs again rather reluctantly. Poor girl, Potla is always hovering around her showering bouts of love whenever she is out of the pot. Two of the eggs haven’t hatched. Among the two young ones that were born, one expired within a couple of days, lots of tears were shed yet again. Abbas says that frequent laying of eggs results in unhealthy babies. The only surviving chick is growing at a firm pace. I’m having my fingers crossed and praying for it to be the Black Bird that we lost. Abbas is gonna remove the breeding pot as soon as the chick grows up to give Potli a break!

Have been reading a lot although at a snail’s pace. Completed The Twentieth Wife, The Feast of Roses and The Shadow Princess – the Moghul trilogy by Indu Sundaresan. Was completely transported to a dream world all through the course of these books. Liked the first two better than the last, I grew to be an ardent admirer of Mehrunissa. However cunning, power hungry or sly she was, she sure was a woman of substance.

A post after a long gap will certainly be incomplete without updates on Mantam. So here goes:

In a departmental store:

Tammu picks up Garnier Men’s Face Wash and insists on buying it for Abbas.

Tammu: Baba ke liye ye le lo na Mamma? (Buy it for Baba na?)

Me 🙄 : But Baba doesn’t use face wash!

Tammu: Lene se hi to use karenge na? (He’ll use only if you buy na?)

Me: Okay, you ask Baba tonight if he’ll use it. If he says yes we’ll buy it tomorrow. (Expecting her to forget it)

She promptly asks Abbas if he would use face wash. (And here I was betting on her infamous forgetfulness which I now doubt if she has been uncannily faking it)

Abbas: No, but I never use such things.

Tammu: Baba, then you please use na? (She pulled up such a puppy face that any person with a rock solid heart would instantly melt down)

Abbas: Errr, alright! But then will you wash my face with it?

Tammu: Yes ofcourse…

And then, next day she promptly remembers to pick it up from the shop, the biggest one at that. I almost fainted looking at the MRP. I looked for a smaller pack and convinced her to exchange.

That night she refused to sleep and waited till Abbas reached home. As soon as he entered, she hid the pack behind her and said to Abbas, “Baba, close your eyes, I have a surprise for you” The doting dad immediately obeyed. Then she slowly brings the pack forward and asks him to open his eyes. He lets out a shreik of surprise. The look on Tammu’s face was priceless.

She had Abbas wash his face with it and told me – “Dekha Mamma? How beautiful Baba is looking now? See I told you so”

 

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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