The peace and joy and wonder of childhood!

You know what day it is today? It’s my yearly blog post update day! Yay! Look I just wait for something to really move me before I type. So some of you know that I am setting up a new business, this post is not about that, since if I were to start writing about that I will not be able to find time to set up the business any more. All I can say is its much more resource, money, time intensive than you first imagine it to be, but more on that later, maybe or maybe not. Back to what moved me.

So, Jahnavi is now about 2 & a half and terrible twos would be a huge understatement, one dialogue between me and Ashu doesn’t go by without some background score of a-b-c-d-e-f-g-h-i-j-k-l-o-meno-p-q-your-s-t-u-v-double-u-x-y-and-zee or some other song from that genre. Dance and music is a large part of every toddler’s entertainment and mine prides herself in being a self-proclaimed ‘balina’ (meaning ballerina). We were filled with mixed emotions when her pre-school sent a letter about her participation in the annual concert, mostly we were excited but we were also sad mainly because the costume charge, ticket costs and video recording would set us back by over $100. Anyway, so that happens of coming Friday.

Now if you don’t have a toddler (you would probably not read this) let me tell you that teaching them a dance, or anything, is a HUGE task and the key is practice and more practice. Beginning of this week Janu fell ill so she couldn’t go to school, which meant she missed her practice, today was her dress rehearsal. So, giving it due importance I thought I would take her to the concert hall and get her familiar with the place, loud music, big lights etc. a tiny voice at the back of my head was telling me that wasn’t the best idea but I went anyway. You get an idea where this is leading right? Yes, it wasn’t a great idea, she cried all through the practice, did not dance at all and hated the entire experience and understandably I was extremely sad as well. Only silver lining for me was she had a very grumpy face, while all others were smiling in all her photos, which I thought I would buy at some atrocious price per print (in this era of digital photography) to show her when she would challenge me for being emotional or stupid or other such stuff few years later. Need to be prepared! You might have judged me by now as a mean parent, but I heard lately on Ellen show, ‘What you think about me is not my problem‘, so living by that these days.

She is a very thoughtful person, my little Janu! When we came back home from the concert she slept off and then when she woke up she gave me a photo opp that would save me quite a few  dollars, its a pity the powder-pack was only half full or we would have had a whiter Saturday than that! Notice how she refuses to look into the camera.

 

OMG - One Mad Girl!

 

This incident and especially this picture gave me immense joy for many reasons one of them is, as I am told, I did the same thing decades ago (I am that old! boo hoo!) with kajal and on a beautiful & aspirationally expensive dress which my folks bought to dress me up for diwali. When I did this, my mumma let me just enjoy, the dress was already painted in black with kajal smeared all over, but she let me soak the moment. Some might think that my mum at that time and now I, should have disciplined our child but I think sometimes we should just let them live as they want, not singing or dancing for other’s entertainment but their own, sometimes being covered in powder all over, or blowing bubbles on a very rainy evening aren’t these the joys of childhood that we all yearn when we grow up?

I won’t really change my parenting style but just for curiosity tell me:

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I like it on…

If you are here to find the secret of the FB status updates of your female friends that says “I like it on…” then I’m sorry I can’t let out the secret of my sorority, though I think its a bit stupid and I seriously don’t know how updating the status of your handbag can increase breast cancer awareness… oops! Sorry ladies! On a completely different note and a tad bit late, I want to say that the And then… contest was awesome fun and I thoroughly enjoyed conducting it 😀

What I am going to write about today is KBC (Kaun Banega Crorepati) and Amitabh Bachchan. I have to say the old guy is the God of Indian Film Industry and he knows what he is doing – its an awesome show and though I am an ardent SRK fan I can’t help but admit Big B rocks the show like no one else can. Now maybe its because I’m a huge Bollywood fan but the whole recreation of hit scenes from Big B’s movies – what an idea sirji – nope, no one pays me for this gibberish!

When he did the Agneepath scene I completely forgot that I was sitting in front of my TV in the drawing room in Singapore with one nostril choked and other flowing like a tap – that scene tele-ported me to a cinema hall in India – I tried to whistle and shout to cheer but my sore throat did not support me – Big B! The man can still create magic. I’m not surprised that KBC 4 beats all other reality shows on TV read it here.  The show created a huge buzz with teasers ‘koi bhie sawal chhota nahi hota’ and is now delivering up to the noise it created. I specially liked the crispness in this season and the time limit to questions made it super-exciting.

Big B, of-course is like a bottle of wine aging makes it taste better, at 68 is an eye candy. His finesse, language, stature, personality, laughter and sense of humor among other things make him a league above the rest, make him, Him. I say – Deviyon aur sajjano its only a 9 week season and one of those is over so catch it if you can… coz when its about KBC I like it on Amitabh Bachchan – what say you?

And then… the winner is!!!

Alright Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the award ceremony this night… After counting 25 votes I have here a clear winner and 2 awesome runners-up. So without killing you with the suspense I’ll disclose the results:

This was the most discussed write-up in the contest and it presented a chick and revengeful Liz which was loved by most, specially the ladies… Put your hands together for our  Second Runner-up Minstrel Incognito for A Second Shot – Minstrel Incognito will take away today this beautiful trophy and a runner-up certificate:






Moving on to a twist that is bound to touch the heart of every Indian and is the most discussed event in India (not counting the IN-AU cricket match today 😛 )  Though the author took the scene far away from where it started the scene swept the readers off their feet. Give a huge round of applause to First Runner-up Pallavi Sambamoorthy for A Game of Shame & Revenge – Pallavi will take away the silver trophy and a runner-up certificate:






And now ladies and gentlemen the write-up that changed the whole picture of the main character – Liz and declared her a Kleptomaniac, this post was enjoyed by most and was even considered informative by some… give it up for our WinnerGunjal Bhansali for The Flight of Death – Gunjal takes away the Gold Trophy, a Winner’s Certificate and a Rs1000 Gift Voucher from Landmark (sponsored by me not Landmark – mind it!!!)





Congratulations to all winners and participants!!! 😀 😀 😀

I will email all the prizes to you all in the next couple days. Every participant gets a certificate. 😀

Here are the Write-ups and Authors also the number of votes each writ-up received 🙂

Write-Up
Author
Votes
1. A Meet with known or Unknown?
Pramod Lohia
0
2. A Second Shot
Minstrel Incognito
12
3. Camisado
Priya Dabak
8
4. A Moment to Forget (or Remember?)
Sakhi Shah
1
5.Strangely Famous, Strangely Familiar
Maithili Pai
8
6. That night changed my life… (chuckle)
Funnybone
0
7. Flash of Thunder… Lightning Struck … And then it Rained…
Aishwarya Ananth
0
8.Hate to love you
Minstrel Incognito
7
9.Life – Lost and Found!!!
Aashish Sood
1
10.The Flight Of Death
Gunjal Bhansali
17
11.And then…another U turn to complete the circle!!
Gunjal Bhansali
8
12.A Game Of Shame And Revenge
Pallavi
13
13.Bruised Memories
Smita Paul
0

It was great fun hosting this contest and I hope you all also had all the fun, I hope you all like your prizes and certificates and listen… psst psst… if you thought that its too much effort writing a story – look at the awesome prizes and think again I think it was worth it you could be the winner of the Golden Trophy, Winner’s Certificate and Rs1000 gift card from Landmark – So the next time when I say “exciting prizes” up for grab – do believe me!! 😀 😀 😀 😀