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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Nostalgic moments today!

School reopened today for Vignesh.  He is into his 8th standard.  He was wearing full pants for uniform for the first time!! My memories went back ten years….In 2002, he  joined Pre-KG at Vel’s Vidyashram.  His school opened on June 12th and I was expecting my second kid anytime then.!! In spite of elders at home opposing to my visit to his school along with Vignesh and my husband, I went to the school to see how Vignesh was!

There were 8 sections with around 40 children in each.  Parents were crying along with their tiny tots in many cases(read myself too!!) At the stroke of the bell, all parents were asked to move out of the class and each class was under the control of two teachers and two helpers!! The class lasted for less than an hour.  Most kids came out highly relieved to see their parents or other known faces.  Vignesh cried for almost the entire year!!

Today, he didn’t even bother to wave “Bye” to me while waiting for his bus to come….The moment his bus came, he jumped into it to see his schoolmates whom he had not seen during the summer holidays…

Love you my darling!! It is great to see you grow up. It has been wonderful ten years that has passed by and I am a proud mother of a young boy who is stepping into his teens!!

Monopoly – Credit card version?? Heard of it!!

Hope we all might have played Monopoly aka Business during our childhood days.  We used to wait for our summer vacation for playing all the group games.  Afternoons would be indoor games like Monopoly, Dice, Ludo etc etc., while our evenings would be mostly Outdoor games.  My brother and our cousins would not like most of the cities listed in a typical Business Board Game and hence would design their own board with their choice of cities.  We girls would be asked to stick the rupee notes onto a small thick card board, so that the life of the rupee gets enhanced.  I remember learning lots of calculations as well as making strategic moves by playing with those fancy dummy rupees and building houses etc etc.  But the world of monopoly has changed today!! I learned from my younger one Karthik.

Last month, when my kids’ school was about to close for summer, the kids were allowed to bring Board games from home and play in the classroom.  It was on one such occasion that Karthik has the Credit Card Version of the game Monopoly.  Here, we no longer need money to do transactions with each other player or with the bank.  Instead, each player is given a Credit Card and there is a swiping machine too!  He says it was fun playing the game and especially when having a chance to swipe their cards, they felt as if there were grown-ups!

I got caught by Karthik today morning when I gave him a blank promise to do some work.  The next moment he completed his work and calmly asked me to get the Monopoly – Credit card version when I am back from work today!! Imagine small kids, below 10 years all playing with credit cards and such similar stuff!! Our kids belong to a totally different world!

“I am a BIG Boy!!” says my elder one, Vignesh!

Yesterday was Vignesh’s 11th birthday.  Every year, for both our kids, we used to host small b’day parties, inviting all their friends in our apartment as well as kids of our family friends.  This year, yesterday being his birthday, we thought we will finish our shopping for Vignesh as well as for the birthday party on Sunday.  When we asked Vignesh about the party arrangements, and ordering for cake etc., he said, “Appa, I am not still a small kid, to celebrate my birthday with cake cutting etc.  I think I have grown up and would stop such celebrations from this year onwards!”.  More than me and my husband, Karthik and his Paati were upset on hearing his words.  Paati and Karthik loves to party. Especially Karthik would feel at his best when he is left to be himself, and is among his friends playing and running around.  Karthik even tried pacifying his elder brother saying that, “Dai Anna, I’ll do all the preliminary work, like calling out friends, helping Amma and Appa arrange for the party etc.  Please daa, we’ll celebrate daa…”  Nothing went into the elder one’s ears and he was stubborn on his decision.  Thus, went Vignesh’s birthday without much celebrations….Anyways, Happy birthday my dear son, Vignesh, We are proud to hear that your are growing up…

வெகு நாட்களுக்குப் பிறகு சந்தித்த தோழிகள்!!

இன்று மாலை, எனக்கு மிகவும் பிடித்ததாய் இருந்தது.  ஆபீஸ் விட்டு வந்தவுடனேயே, என் இரு பிள்ளைகளும் பள்ளியிலிருந்து வந்தனர்.  அவர்கள் மிகவும் பசியுடன் இருந்ததால், அவர்களுக்கு மாலை சிற்றுண்டி தயாரித்துக் கொண்டிருந்தேன்.

அப்போது, என் இணை பிரியா தோழி விஜியிடமிருந்து போன் வந்தது.  அவளை நான் என் வீட்டிற்கு அருகிலிருந்த தையலகத்திற்கு என்றாவது அழைத்துப் போவதாகக் கூறியிருந்தேன்.  அவளுக்கு இன்று நேரம் அமைந்ததால் என் வீட்டிற்கு வருவதாகக் கூறினாள்.

எனக்கு பயங்கர சந்தோஷம்!! அவளைப் பார்த்து பேசப் போகிறோம் என்பதே எனக்குள் ஆவலைத் தூண்டியது.  விஜி வந்தசவுடன், தையலகத்திற்குச் சென்று, அவளுக்கு ஒரு சுடிதார் தைக்கக் கொடுத்துவிட்டு, என் வீட்டிற்கு வந்து சில நேரம் பேசிக் கொண்டிருந்தோம்.  ரொம்ப நாளைக்கப்புறம் நாங்கள் இருவரும் மட்டும் பேசுவது இருவருக்குமே பழைய ஞாபகங்களை வரவழைத்தன.

பேசப் பேச பல விஷயங்கள். நான் சொல்ல, விஜி ரசிக்க, அவள், தன் செல்ல மகள் ரக்க்ஷனாவின் குட்டிக் குட்டி குறும்புகளைச் சொல்ல, நேரம் பறந்தோடியது.

மீண்டும் ஒரு முறை, சிறகடித்துப் பறக்கும் கல்லூரித் தோழிகளாகி விடமாட்டோமா! என்ற ஏக்கம் இருவருக்குமே!

சற்று நேரம் பேசிவிட்டு விஜி சென்றது, மயிலிறகாய் என் மனத்தை வருடுகிறது……

முளைச்சு மூணு இலை விடலை, அதுக்குள்ள facebook, hacking!!

சாதாரணமாய், என் லஞ்ச் கேங்கு நண்பர்கள் என்னிடம், உங்க வலைப்பதிவில் எப்பப்பாரு கார்த்திக் இதை செய்தான், அதை சொன்னான் என்று தான் இருக்கிறது என்பார்கள், ஆனால் சிறிது நாட்களாய், விக்னேஷின் ஜகதளப் ப்ரதாபங்கள் தான் இடம் பெறுகின்றன….

நேற்று, பள்ளியிலிருந்து வந்த குழந்தைகள், மாலை சிற்றுண்டி சாப்பிட்டுவிட்டு ப்ளாட்டிலுள்ள மற்ற குழந்தைகளுடன் விளையாடச் சென்றனர்.  நான், காய்கனி அங்காடிக்கு செல்ல முடிவெடுத்து, காரில் பயணமானேன்.  அனைத்தையும் வாங்கிக் கொண்டு திரும்புகையில், ரெண்டு மூணு  போன் கால்கள். அனைத்துமே, விக்னேஷின் பள்ளியில் படிக்கும் சக மாணவர்கள். திரும்பத் திரும்ப, நான் வெளியில் இருக்கிறேன், வீட்டிற்குப் போய், அவனை உனக்கு மீண்டும் போன் செய்யச் சொல்கிறேன், என்று கூறிய நான், கடைசியாய் செய்த பையனிடம், “என்ன விஷயம்?” என்று வினவினேன்.  அவன், “விக்னேஷிடம் ஒரு சந்தேகம் கேட்க வேண்டும்” என்றான் அசராமல்.  சரி, இதற்கு மேல் கேட்டால், நம் மானம் என்னாவது என்று எண்ணி, வீட்டிற்குள் சென்றவுடன், விக்னேஷிடம், “என்னடா, உனக்கு இன்னிக்கு போன் மேல போன் வரது.  என்ன விஷயம்?” என்றேன்.  அதற்கு அவன், “ஒண்ணும் பெரிய விஷயமில்லை மா, அந்த பசங்களுக்ககெல்லாம், Facebookல அக்கவுண்ட் ஓபன் பண்ணணுமாம்.  அவர்களுக்கு சில doubts இருப்பதால், எனக்கு போன் செய்திருப்பார்கள்” என்றான் சர்வ சாதாரணமாய்!!

“டேய்! உனக்கே நான் Facebookல அக்கவுண்ட் ஓபன் பண்ண விடலை, அப்படி இருக்க, இது என்னடா புதுக் கூத்து!! என்றேன். அதற்கு, “அம்மா, நான் ஏற்கனவே, உன் ஆபிஸ்ல இருக்கற என் ப்ரெண்ட்ஸ் கிட்ட கேட்டு ஓபன் பண்ணிட்டேன்”. மேலும், தொடர்ந்து, “அடுத்து, நான், வெப் சைட்களை எப்படி ஹாக்(hack)  செய்வது என்றும் கற்றுக் கொண்டுவிட்டேன். இன்னும் செயல் முறைப் படுத்தவில்லை, இந்த சனிக்கிழமை உங்க ஆபிஸ் வந்து சில நண்பர்களிடம் கலந்தாலோசித்த பிறகு செய்யப் போகிறேன்!!” என்றான்.

அவனது, வேகம் என்னை பயப்பட வைக்கிறது.!!!

June comes and back to School, Back to School!!!

Once again, June has come, and Vignesh and Karthik are back to school.  This year, both kids, will be traveling together by School Bus to Gerugambakkam, (which is 12 kms from my house at Ashok Nagar, situated in the Porur-Kundrathur Road, approximately 2.8 kms from the Porur Junction).

The kids were happy about one thing in connection with the school.  The previous week, we went shopping, in the name of school, till our legs ached, and our purses were almost empty.  I made it a point not to use my credit card, and swipe, because, i knew, i will overdo with my shopping using the card.  More than my kids, I get attracted with the new stationery items, as well as water bottles, and snack boxes.  My elder one, Vignesh, is a real charm here.  He is a mini version of Uma.pre 1999 , as that Uma was known in her circle to be very stingy, and tight pursed.  He keeps his school bags for a minimum of three to four year period in contrast to the younger brat Karthik, who makes me buy at least two or three bags per academic year.  Vignesh’s pencil would resemble Gandhiji’s little pencil.  I think this guy would take just one pencil per year.  On the other hand, karthik would come asking for pencil, eraser, sharpener etc., on a daily basis.They got lovely water bottles endorsed by Dhoni and Yuvaraj, to show their love towards cricket.  Karthik got himself a Yuvaraj pencil box.

School reopened on 7th June 2010.  There has not been much classes yet.  The children are feeling bored, and are not happy to go to school.  I would love to have someone there who would make my kids yearn to to go to school.  Teachers!! please do something to make school interesting…