Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Have feet , will dance, be it Bombay or Hyderabad. 

Caught on camera just before her Shaimak Summer Funk tribute to Backstreet Boys.

School finally reopens!

Inside, the bus seats remained unoccupied with kids almost standing in excitement, pieces of art shown around- fancy tiffin boxes, jazzy pencil boxes & the works! Awkward smiles & hesitant mannerisms in seconds gave way to full fledged glees & camaraderie.

And Outside, the bus stop was buzzing with full attendance of anxious parents, beating the airports & railway stations with its overwhelming farewells.

Ahh how these kids reduce us with such happy vulnerabilities.

She & Me

While tucking her in bed...

She: Mumma you know this position... how you hold me & sleep is very uncomfortable..so less space for me.

Me: Shifts, makes more room for her & ask, better now?

She: Yes much better.

And then a parting shot in the dark.

She: I have been meaning to tell you this since I was born but kept it inside me for last 9 years.
Saturday night live with Jenga — at Whiteboard Cafe.

28 years old maid. A widow, only earning member, hand-to-mouth, coming to work, leaving her kids back home at the mercy of neighbours.
Keeps singing softly while cleaning & washing. Breaks into a shy smile every time I catch her, humming her Telugu songs. And I smile back.
Thanks Laxmi for my daily morning reminder dose...” I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.”
10 am & someone is still in bed celebrating her freedom with her Harry Potter.. Independence begins at home 


Caught backstage...

Disclaimer: Just stumbled on this one...

I know this video has been floating around for a while but those who haven't seen yet, pls do. Especially working women. So much similar stuff I, as a working women could resonate with. Validates my dozens of checklists & WhatsApp instruction manuals for my family.
On a lighter note, when Sarah takes my 4 pm daily call after school, she starts with, "mom the highlights of the day are... " so that if I have to rush half way for a call or meeting, we both dont miss exchange of important & urgent updates.
And BCP named is my WhatsApp group for Hakim Badshah & Neelam Verma put together :-)


She & Me

Me: ...some insects have only a day's time as a lifetime.

She: (disbelief) So they die in a day?

Me: Yup, they live for only a day.

She: (with a worried look) "Oh, so then how do they get time to make babies?"

Blame it on the ongoing science chapter on life processes.

Some things never change

No matter how many stage performances your kid has had, you as a parent would always be a jelly. Heart fluttering with anxiety, pride and hundreds of other emotions while your misty eye never leaves sight of your kid till she leaves the stage. 

Ahh, the heart-warming vulnerability of parenthood.

Time to grow up mom...

You know your little one has grown up when you send her for a school outing, all “prim & proper”(in your eyes) ; oiled & neatly tied hair, jacket all zipped up & her sturdy specs in place…
And then what you find in the pics pouring in, throughout the day from the group whatsapp- jacket on the waist, hair let down (literally), specs tucked away & glares perched on the head. With her “Harry Porter Gang of Girls” at Bhongir Fort Camp.
Time for me as a mom to grow up !

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

When mumma returns home to her kiddo after a week's work trip, the creative bug bites them both. 
smile emoticonHere's a little arty work from us; a mobile holder made from an empty Tresemme shampoo bottle... a gift waiting for dadda Hakim Badshah

Friday, December 18, 2015

“How much more time to bring a pencil, Sarah?”, I cried out irritably. Seconds turned into minutes & still radio silence. Not a big fan of interruptions during our “homework-time”, got up & stormed to her room, all ready to rant. Finding her standing in the middle of the room, motionless like a mannequin, my heightened irritation, in a flash, gave way to concern. Thereafter only our eyes spoke.
Hers, raised an alarm seeing me still not taking the cue to turn absolute motionless. Transfixed, I too almost froze into a mannequin. Momentarily recovering from the spell, mine hesitantly asked hers for an explanation for both of us being in the state we were. In response, hers ordered mine to just comply & continue being a breathing statue. And I did, hypnotised by the determination in her eyes. Seconds turned into minutes & radio silence from our end.
Until the loudspeaker of a nearby school finished playing Jana Gana Mana.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Religion but for what?

This time when I returned from my official trip, mom insisted I watch the recording of Amitabh’s new serial, ‪#‎AajKiRaatHaiZindagi‬. (She records what she thinks I will or should like).

After watching the rather longish episode, googled about it. Enough is written on the packaging of the episode, being the maiden one. Not getting there. What stirred and shook us, were the bunch of people who were celebrated for Making a Difference in the truest sense of the phrase. Each story, humbling & inspiring. Brought lumps in the throat.

And suddenly, people who spend their lives, clinging to their respective religions only for self gratification seemed smaller and their energies spent in proclaiming their own religion as thee one, seemed pettier.

Alas, if only these beliefs and energies were channelized towards the religion of Humanity. What a future we could have given to our kids!

Monday, August 10, 2015

While schooling and students outside, are all on a vacation mode, one, here in my house is all ready with her book, eager to learn and speak in English like her "madams".
26 year old Zakhira has planned to finish her daily chores in all the houses, she works in, by early evening and sit with her equally enthu 8 year old teacher.
The daily dose of English will be revised at night with her own young kids. BTW, yesterday was the first day of school and here's first day's homework.

Recent Randomness

  • When every second verdict given, starts with " Since my birth..." and ends with "...throughout my entire life." by a 8 year old.
  • "Thank God, its Monday" -- Working Mom whose kids are on vacation.
  • How do you respond to a compliment like "You are world's best-est best and one of my most most most favourite mummas"
  • Parents' Day @ School with Hakim Badshah: Teachers on tenterhooks, exchanging nervous glances from the corners of the stage. All along, murmuring the lines with the kids. We parents, like jelly, constantly shifting in our seats, waiting to exhale. Our eyes relentlessly seeking out our kids from the various acts on stage, like it’s been ages we have seen our own kids ( after spending the entire morning, perfecting makeup & hairdo of our still dissatisfied kids). All of us, all along, holding onto to our mobiles & tablets with our dear life, clicking & recording. (The professional photographer present there seemed to be questioning his existence). And the kids...all oblivious to the world, confident, happy and having a blast! Looked like it was Children's Day instead
  • Contrary to the essence of most of the Woman’s Day greetings & wishes which poured in and splashed across social media, I expect an equal status and not a ‘special’ status. My take as a woman.
  • To set the record straight, women are not good at or enjoy multitasking, they simply don't have a choice!
  • Companionship. Sought more by people who have a companion than those who don’t have any.
  • .When I was a kid, home & school relentlessly drilled in my tiny head till I had no choice but to believe & blindly follow.
  • “Do good & good will come to you.” “Ache logo ke saath acha hota hai”.
    Looking back, was a nice feeling to grow up with.
    While Gratefulness & Positivity are still the names of the game, time & tide has certainly dimmed the belief. Wish could go back in time
  • #HyderabadHues . As I flew the miles, left behind the lush greens of Hyd to be greeted with a halo of grey. Wish my city takes a leaf or two. Literally.
  • Funny how in one way or another, it always boils down to being at the right place at the right time.
  • "In life, everything happens for a reason".
    Can we please, once in while, have justified reasons?