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!!


“இந்த குளிரிலும் மழையிலும் ஸ்கூல் போகணுமா மா?”

சில வருடங்களாகவே, மனிதனின் இயல்பு மட்டும் மாறவில்லை. இயற்கையின் இயல்பும் தான்…ஐப்பசி மாதம் அடை மழை, மார்கழி மாதம் கடுங்குளிர் என்று தான் பார்த்துள்ளோம். அதிலும் சென்னையில், மழையும் அதிகம் இருக்காது, குளிர் வெடவெடக்கும் படியும் இருக்காது.  மிகக் கடும் வெயில், கடும் வெயில், வெயில், இது தான் சென்னை வெப்ப நிலை.  இந்த வருடம் மழை ரொம்ப நாள் ஆட்டம் காட்டிவிட்டது.  மழை பெய்ய வேண்டிய காலத்தில் பெய்யாமல் டிசம்பர் மாதம் கூட பெய்கிறது.  குழந்தைகள் இருவரும், காலையில் எழுந்திருக்கும் போதே “இந்த குளிரிலும் மழையிலும் ஸ்கூல் போகணுமா மா?” என்று கேட்கின்றனர்…. ஆஹா, அருமையான யோசனை.  ஆனால் நடக்காதே! கிளம்புங்கடா ஸ்கூலுக்கு என்றேன்!! வருத்தத்துடன்….

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!!!

ஊருக்குப் போயும் கரண்டி பிடிச்சேன்!!

சென்ற வலைப்பதிவிலிருந்து, நாங்கள் நால்வரும் கோடைக்கால விடுமுறைக்காக உத்தர்கண்ட் மாநிலத்திலுள்ள “பின்சார்” என்ற இடத்தில் க்ளப் மஹிந்தராவின்  ரிசார்ட்டில் தங்கியிருந்தோம் என்பதை அறிந்திருப்பீர்கள்.

விக்னேஷ் குழந்தையாக இருந்த காலத்திலிருந்தே நாங்கள், வெளியூரில் ரிசார்ட்டில் தங்க நேர்ந்தால், சமையலுக்குத் தேவையான பொருட்களை கொண்டு சென்றுவிடுவோம்.  முன்பெல்லாம், அந்த ரிசார்ட்களில் எலெக்டிரிக் அடுப்பும், சில முக்கியமான சமையல் பாத்திரங்களும் இருக்கும்.  இங்கிருந்தே, தோசை மாவு, அரிசி, கோதுமை மாவு, பருப்பு, புளி, சாம்பார் பொடி, ரசப் பொடி, கடுகு, தாளிக்கும் எண்ணெய், அப்பளம், என்று, யோசித்து, யோசித்து, நிறைய சாமான்களைத் தூக்கிச் செல்வேன்.

இரண்டாண்டுகளுக்கு முன்பு, கோவா சென்ற போது, அங்கு சென்றவுடன் தான் தெரிந்தது , தற்போது, வெறும் மைக்ரோ வேவ் அவென் மட்டுமே தருவார்கள் என்றும், இட்லி, தோசை, சப்பாத்தி போன்ற பண்டங்களை செய்ய வாய்ப்பில்லை என்று. இருப்பினும், அடங்காமல், கிளம்பும் நாளன்று, ப்ரஸ்டிஜ் ஸ்மார்ட் கிச்சன் சென்று, “இன்டக்க்ஷன் அடுப்பும், அதற்குரிய பாத்திரங்களும் வாங்கினேன்.

அங்கு தங்கிய நாட்களில், கிட்டத் தட்ட அனைத்து நாட்களும், நாங்கள் எங்களுக்கு வேண்டிய பலவற்றை நாங்களே செய்து உண்டோம்.

பானை பிடித்தவள் பாக்கியசாலி!!

Kids’ summer vacation began with a trip to Uttarkhand

As with most mothers who are terrified with the announcement of summer vacation, especially with more than a kid at home, I was also, wondering what I was going to do with the duo, to beat the heat.  Luckily, when Vythi was trying to book for our long pending holiday, we got a week’s stay at Club Mahindra’s Resort at Binsar, Uttarkhand.  We had an adventurous holiday over there, and our week’s stay deserves a separate post for itself.

We are back and the kids are already missing their adventurous holidays at Binsar.  Added to that, the heat at Chennai, the shifting of their maternal grandparents’ house, and ever nagging mommy’s instructions via phone, mobile, live etc. makes them feel the heat more!!!

Hope the holidays fly away and the school reopens for the next academic year!!