Gurgaon

Happy Birthday, Mimi!

You are 6 today.

6! 6!… keep saying it and it really sounds like a big number. Just like you’ve started showing signs of growing from a small child to a young boy. Your questions are different. Your answers are different. Some times you back answer as if trying to show that you are an individual by yourself and sometimes you follow me like a mouse as if you couldn’t do without me.

You are now in grade 1. It can be tough to get you to sit down for your homework sometimes, but once you sit down you finish off your work quickly. Your spellings are not so great, but I guess you’ll soon get there. But you love doing math. ๐Ÿ™‚

Your friends love playing with you and you are a compassionate friend who will play along with what ever others say. But will come later to me with a sad face and say ‘They only do what they want and don’t let me have my way’. The most I can tell you is to play with someone with whom you enjoy playing, no matter who takes the lead. I do hope you make some friends who will be for keeps.
You are not possessive about your toys and will easily share even the most precious toy in your toy box, with your pals. And it won’t worry you if they break it. You’ll just come up to me and say ‘Galti se toot gaya’. Well, what can I say?

Your dad and I are very happy that you have a thing for sports. You love playing all games, be it cricket, badminton, table tennis, football or hockey. I was telling your dad that it’s time to get you into a proper training class for a sport.
Oh! How could I forget that you are already very good at skating and did your school proud when you won a gold medal at an inter-school skating competition.

Hmmm what else..?? Yes! You love making cards and drawing. Here’s a photo of the card you made for ‘father’s day’. It’s a different story that ‘mother’s day’ was not even mentioned by someone (a.k.a your dad). Hmph! Anyway, the way you shower me with your hugs, kisses and love… everyday is a mother’s day for me.
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The drawings are explained here: Top left is a pizza in a box. A very, very colourful box. Just below that is a heart. Bottom left is a drawing of dad and son sleeping. On the right hand top is a sketch which has been crossed out because it came out all wrong. The next drawings are dad playing cricket and the last one is dad doing his favourite pass time- watching TV. Finally, that’s a traffic signal but I can’t remember why a traffic signal was placed there.

You can make us laugh as effortlessly as you can break into a giggle. And you can make some kick ass inventions.
Take this alarm for example.
You tied a skipping rope around the bedroom door handle and told me that when I have to wake you up in the morning, I am to bang the door really hard, so that the skipping rope handles will clank against the door and you will wake up to that sound.
I don’t who will wake up first – you dad with a fright, you after the melodious clanking of the skipping rope handles against the door or our house owner who’s far away (who’ll probably not be able to sleep at all knowing that we were banging his house doors just to wake up one another)

A couple ofย  mimi-ism:
We were just coming back home after a walk. You and I reached home a little faster than your dad.
Me: Where is your dad?
Mimi: Phone se latak rahe hai

{Translation: Dad is hanging from his phone. Apparently dad was listening to music on his phone you used the ‘latak rahe hai’ cause it was looking like dad was hanging from his phone}

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Mimi: Amma, from now on you will refer to me as ‘dadaji’ and I will respond to you by calling you ‘naniji’
Me: Laughing out loud to even react

But we did try this and it was fun for a while
Me: Dadaji, lunch is ready
Mimi: Ok Naniji, I’m coming

Me: Dadaji, move it now, come for your bath
Mimi: Not now, naniji, I’m watching TV

Me: Dadaji, if you are done with your business on the pot, please wash up and come out
Mimi: Naniji, can you please wash my bum???
{*With all due respect to all the dadajis and nanijis in the world, no offense was meant}

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For your birthday, we decided (read ‘convinced you’) to have a private celebration. And you agreed. So your dad and I got a cake and a present for your birthday. When you got back from school, I was ready with a treasure hunt game for you to lead you upto your cake and present. Here is the sequence of clues for your hunt.
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Clue no 1. Go to skates cupboard

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The clue that he found in the skates cupboard said Go to the Fridge

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Here’s where the cake was hidden. We ate the cake and then we turned over the clue found in the fridge

4

It said, Check behind the clock

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The clue hidden behind the clock had a picture of the A/C

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Hidden next to the A/C was the birthday present

7You’ve grown fond of the ‘transformers’, seen the movie and loved it. So we thought this year, we’ll buy you a couple of transformer robots. Needless to say, you’re in love with them already. {p.s. I myself love Optimus Prime}

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Finally a picture of the cake…. 9

Before I close this post, I just want to wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness, peace of mind and the strength to face tough times and emerge out of them with more confidence and courage to face further challenges.
Most of all, may you be blessed with the ability to know what is right and wrong. May you grow up to be a good human being and a kind gentleman.

Happy birthday, my love…..

Dilli ab door nahin

Literally, Delhi is about a 30-40 minute ride from where I stay now (Provided there are no traffic jams any where). The whole of last month has been exciting, tiring, thrilling and more tiring. Our move from Bangalore to Gurgaon has been a big one in terms of distance and a big development in life.
Both hubby and I are born, bred and have lived in Bangalore all our lives. So moving out of the city I have loved and hated was a tough decision. But that’s why they came up with the proverb ‘Man proposes and God disposes’.

Things are so different up north. The people, the environment, the way things work, the prices(these are literally up north) and not to mention the weather. Extreme heat and cold.

The major worry was getting a school for Mimi. The first few school even refused acknowledging us. The one school that agreed wanted to see how Mimi was. He was given a picture of a Lion and asked what it was. ‘Tiger’, Mimi replied promptly. He chose a green colour and coloured the full ‘tiger’ from top to toe.

Lady luck was with us and he got admitted. They probably were happy that at the age of 3+ he was calling a Lion as a Tiger and not a Truck.ย 

Next was house hunting. Never having to go through this exercise in my life, this turned out to be a nightmare. We saw umpteem houses, but to our good luck we found a nice cozy apartment in a complex. Just like everyone else, we too first looked for a school and then for a house near the school. Apparently in the ‘extreme’ weather conditions, it becomes difficult for the children to travel very far.

Next were the home appliances and other stuff. A fridge, TV, air cooler, mixie and we were set (kind of set). I had brought along some basic vessels from home. Another two days later the stove and cylinder came and yes, now we were set.

We got a small study table and chair for Mimi.

I’m far away from my mom and sis. Just after a year of my dad passing away, I think this is the time when we need each other more. But then, it’s a part of life. I want to take this experience to learn more in life. Each day is a learning experience.

The new chapter has begun….