Karthik’s Dasavadharam

Karthik is turning 10 this June 18th.  It is hard to see that TEN full years have passed by.  With the first kid a boy, I was expecting a girl inside by tummy during 2002 June.  But Vythi’s close friend was sure that it is going to be Lord Muruga who will be born, because without him, we weren’t a complete Shiva family(Vythianathan – Lord Siva, Uma – Parvathy, and elder son, Vignesh – Lord Ganesha)!! So, Karthik, who was expected by me as Kirthiga, happily came into this world on June 18th 2002.

Karthik, as his name suggests Lord Muruga, should have six different faces.  But my Karthik has more!! May be it gets difficult to count as he keeps growing…

Let me try to highlight the TEN AVATARS of my cute little Karthik:

  • EEE (Ever Energetic Extrovert) In the past ten years, I have never seen Karthik awake without doing anything. Right from the moment he gets up until he hits the bed, he cannot remain idle even for a second.
  • A Shane Warne in his cricket class: Karthik had been going for Cricket coaching class for the past three years..Initially, he used to switch between fast bowling and leg spin bowling. Finally, his coach said that he can practice to become a leg spin bowler as he was better in that.  His bowling style had impressed his coach who now calls him as “Shane Karthik” comparing him with the legendary Shane Warne.
  • Notorious Karthik in School: This avatar requires a separate series of posts to describe every event that made me and my better half to stand in front of Karthik’s teacher/school principal on several occasions for various reasons…To highlight one, while in UKG, Karthik’s class teacher had gone out of the class for a few minutes during the first period of the day.  He immediately formed a gang, and started singing and dancing to a popular Vijay song at that time, “Pokkiri Pongal”. The kids refused to go their places even when the teacher had returned.  The class teacher complained to the principal. And she rang me to come and meet her immediately.  I had just left the two kids at school and reached office when the call came.  I had to rush back to school to meet the authorities…Till date, not even a single year has passed by without any complaints at school!!
  • A enthusiastic dancer: He loves dancing…Waits for stage and wherever he finds one, we can see him dancing to any tune that his played.
  • Mridangam player: As a kid, he was over energetic and his Pre-school teacher advised us to put him into something which might drain some good amount of his energy.  Being a music lover, I thought I will make him attend Mridangam classes. At 3, he was the youngest in his group to play Mridangam…He has got it into his heart and soul that his hands involuntarily keeps playing upon his body some musical note or the other!!
  • A decent swimmer: Although, we have a swimming pool in our apartment, we never taught the kids formal swimming. Vythi was initially with the kids for a few days until they came out of the fear towards water. But Karthik grabbed every opportunity in the pool, made friends with elders around and mastered the art of swimming in various styles.  His everyday activity this summer holidays, has been swimming for hours together with his friends.
  • Art/Book lover: He loves art and craft work – does them with great passion….Loves to read a lot…(may be taken after me!!)
  • Beautiful Brother: The two boys fight with each other quite often, but cannot be without one another’s company! Whenever Vignesh goes out somewhere and is not seen for a few minutes, Karthik would get tensed and keep on nagging me about Vignesh, until he sees his brother coming towards us!
  • Great friend: He is a guy who can win friends easily.  He is the most wanted kid in our apartment.  Be it a small five year old girl who lives opposite our house or a fifteen year old boy calling to play cricket, he has friends in many age groups and adjusts himself according to the group he is in.
  • a Loving son: What else do, we as parents need?? He is always concerned, loving and at the same time pestering to play this or that or buy some stuff or the other. He is IRRESISTABLE!!

Would love to see many more avatars of my cute little darling!!

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Is it really a holiday season for my kids????

It has been a month, since the summer holidays had begun for my kids. They were just waiting for the holidays while at school, preparing for exams, and shuttling between school, other classes and home.   I was worrying as to how to engage them during the two month period.

One thing is that everyday they have to travel to their maternal grandparents’ house at Tambaram Sanatorium in the morning and later in the evening, travel back home to Kodambakkam.

Their day starts at 5:00 a.m.!!(Romba too much, to wake them up at that odd morning hours!!). But, their cricket coaching class begins at 5:50 a.m. So, we are justified to wake up at 5:00 to get ready for the class.  The class ends around 8:20 a.m. and I would be there at some random time between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. to pick them up.  Most of the days, their breakfast would be the routine mummy-made idlis/dosas/alu parathas/sandwiches.  Karthik would be the one who rebels against home-cooked food, and somehow convince me to take them to the near by Data Udupi Hotel, at least once a week.  We then drive to Tambaram Sanatorium.

The kids reach there, take bath, go for their Hindi class. It was my idea that they should attend Hindi classes during this vacation, because Vignesh will be having a three language formula from June, when he goes for his sixth standard class, and heard that the portions are heavier.  Since, they do not know the language, I thought, he will feel at ease, at school, if he attends the Basic Hindi class during holidays.

Around 12 noon they are back from class, and have a leisurely lunch cooked by their dear Paati.  During the course of the lunch session itself, their friends nearby turn up looking out for Vignesh and Karthik.  Inspite of my father yelling at them to finish their lunch, Karthik would somehow hurriedly finish lunch and leave with friends to play cricket in the hot sun.  They play for an hour or two.

They have their evening classes either Keyboard for Vignesh or Mridangam for Karthik, followed by drawing class for both of them. This routine is on only Tuesdays and Thursdays. So, we rush back to their classes and then head towards home.  Again, back at our flat complex, they would have a different set of friends, and will continue to play for sometime.

Back home, I will be behind them until they start their routine ritual of doing Sandhyavandanam.  Karthik will play with his paternal grandfather, a series of Chinese checkers games, and Vignesh would while away his time, by having a chit-chat with his paternal grandmother or watch TV.

Dinner at 8 or 8:30 p.m. followed by Airtel Super Singer Junior Two, and a final round of eating mangoes, the kids are off to sleep around 10:00 or 10:30 p.m. so that they can wake up early the next morning!!!

Holidays are hectic than their school days!!!

Hey, forgot to mention the list of homework for my elder one, who graduates from fifth to sixth standard:

  • A booklet on UNO and its functioning
  • A mini pocket dictionary with at least 10 words for each alphabet
  • A scrap book on Aquatic Animals (A-Z)
  • A booklet on India – important cities, culture, heritage, and places of interest
  • Math Ready reckoner for area and perimeter of certain shapes
  • Multiplication tables upto 20

Vignesh, is yet to start his holiday homework.  Hope he completes at least half of what is said!!!

கெட்டது இராத் தூக்கம், IPL போட்டிகளால்!!

மார்ச் 12, 2010 வரை, தினமும் தூங்கச் செல்ல, என் இரு வாண்டுகளும், இரவு 10 அல்லது 11 மணியானாலும்,  ஏதாவது காரணம் தேடிக் கொண்டிடுப்பார்கள். சில sample காரணங்கள் : “பசிக்கிறது!!(சாப்பிட்டு சிறிது நேரமே ஆகியிருந்தாலும்!!); அல்லது “ஒன் பாத்ரூம்/டூ பாத்ரூம் (இதற்கு நாம் கண்டிப்பாக எதிர்ப்பு சொல்ல முடியாதே!!) ; கொஞ்ச நேரம் ஏதாவது கதை சொல்லுப்பா, அல்லது சொல்லுமா; இப்படி பல.

இப்போதோ, தினமும் IPL போட்டியைச் சாக்காக வைத்து, தூங்க 12 மணியாக்கிவிடுகிறார்கள்.  காலை என்னாலயே 5:30 மணிக்கு எழ கஷ்டமாக இருக்கிறது. விக்னேஷை 6 மணிக்கும், கார்த்திக்கை 7 மணிக்கும் எழுப்புவதற்குள், என் ப்ராணனில் பாதி செலவழிந்து விடுகிறது.  ஸ்கூல் விடுமுறை தொடங்க இன்னும் பல நாட்கள் இருப்பதால், எனது இந்த புதிய கவலை மேலும் சில நாட்கள் தொடரும்.