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…Boss Baby, hereabouts! The title will easily be understood by those who know said Boss Baby (a better version of the Movie, even if the vocab and dress code may differ 😛 ) The original title of this #blogtradition was Boss Baby, which is, yes (I hear you loud and clear!) cringe-worthy and cliched; hence, this is…. so, just so.

It’s always the little things, isn’t it, that strike you, about a person you should have met way way earlier?The yearning, the long long patient wait, to meet him, in person, was finally quenched on 13 February, 2022. Meeting Grandbeta Dhruv, at almost 20 months of age – when he arrived across oceans, continents and a hemishpere 😀

Grandparents, doting and otherwise (there’s a story for another day, right there!) go overboard when it comes to the grandkids. The once strict parent is a puddle of joy with the grandchild – I speak from experience. Whose? Duh…. 😛 And yes, I know this to be true of most grandparents I know. From the moment I held him (very very very briefly on that said date!) my heart has grown bigger that I thought it would! I still don’t rank very high in his affections, but I do get to hold him longer and closer, and that, in itself is blessing enough! 😀

This is …. is Dhruv, to those who know him well! Inherently curious, a quick study, getting more mischievous and articulate by the day, his favourite phrase is still This is… and we get to finish the statement! He might take his time to articulate comprehensively, but for now, this works just fine, so why bother to say more, is probably what he thinks, I think! 😛 Ah! Time enough to say more, and then have your folks tell you to put a lid on it 😀 😀

Dearest dearest Dhruv
Here’s wishing you happy happy times and rides in Ckaaaaaa ….s
Here’s wishing you more sunshine days, and the company of loved ones…
Here’s to you, who gives such joy in your toothy grins, in each act of mischief, and each word you utter!
Here’s to you, darling Dhruv, a toast to you, for good health, ever-lasting love, laughter and happiness, in the colours of a gazillion glowing rainbows!

The Ckaaaaaaa…..s

Happy Birthday Dhruv! Welcome to the terrific Twos!

All my love

Achu aka Achamma!

15 June, 2022

Link to his first birthday blog – Click here


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A Luminous Lodestar

It’s been a year, for the stars, you and your nearly 3 weeks older cousin, hasn’t it?

A year to mark, the first of the tally-count of yearning, to simply see you.

A year, a whole year of watching you grow, gurgle, giggle, glow! A year, dearest dearest Dhruv, A YEAR!

We meet almost each day though, through smiles, songs, squeals and sillinesses. The kind that Achammas and Grandbetas make their very own, for we’re exempt, aren’t we, from keeping rules-schmooles!!!

I wish I were holding you right now, instead of sending you these word-hugs to tell you how much I love you! How much I wish…. No no, Achamma won’t just wish, she shall make it happen… She’ll sing “Just you wait ‘enry ‘iggins, Just you wait” (Pssst… Your mom and I watched it a long time ago, together, and laughed so hard – let’s watch too, sometime, with your siblings, the N gals! Naina is going to roll her eyes I know 😂)

Darling Dhruv, here’s wishing you a happy happy FIRST! And here’s my wish:

The stars in my eyes
Glow all the brighter
Because you’re YOU!

May the naughty sparkle in your eyes always shine 🤩

May the innocent smiles you give so easily, never fade!

May your gurgling laughter ever bubble
Lending wings to happinesses…

Your tiny chubby fists
Hold our hearts!

Make us breathless, make us love you all the more!

May each day be a confetti burst of all you wishes
With laughter and tears, sometimes
Smiles and sounds
Friends and family
Birds, trees and animals
Books and stories, and warm sloppy hugs and kisses
And an ever happy wagging tail
That’s Bowie’s!

May these be yours!

Stay blessed, dear one. Love.

15 June, 2021


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Sassy Sweet Seven

“Oh! So you can do it and I can’t?”

“Don’t you talk to my Panda like that!”

“When are you going back?” 🤨

“Uhhhhh!!! Arrrrghhh!!!”

Her angelic face
Belies the sass
Sweet Seven (only!)
Is she, but oh my!
Spice and Sass,
Teen-wise, she already has!

“Errm… Ammumma?
How can I be a Youtuber?”

Is her latest quest.

Ammumz is open-mouthed
In awe and annoyance (some
But glad, all the same
She has sass on her tongue
Something she needed
So much
Once upon an aeons-ago time…

Gladder yet
That the now-sassy Ammumz
Finally has a sassy Granddottie!

19 April, 2021, Day#19 of #Napowrimo 2021 celebrates, nearly three weeks on, Naina’s birthday (28 March 🙂 )

Blog Tradition here, that the kids and their kids have a space on their special day! However, Naina’s birthday was a busy busy time and this rambler saved the words for the S 🙂

The art is her inspired 🤗 Her doodles are expressive and epic at times. She has stories for everything she draws! Her stories… Sigh. Soon she’ll be hosting a blog here, I hope! I can’t wait!

I made the mandala for she’s our universe while being in an alternate universe of her own with her imagination! She added a few elements of her own because she wanted to collaborate 😀 but the selfish Ammumz wouldn’t let her touch the mandala. Therefore, here’s a hamster looking cute, a bunny and an owl looking at the mandala, she said! I love love love her spirited responses these days, after I’m done being flabbergasted, of course!


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Laugh…

Belch
Pull my crab clip off my hair;
Drink up your (or any stay
Cup of tea!
At home
Demand coffee. Tea.
(If both unavailable, cocoa)

Go on well intentioned diets
Give it about six weeks
Then… Duh!

Type in from malfunctioned keyboard
Just what I need to hear
Just when I need to hear it

Fneham alle felith 😂
(Clue: F appears for s/v)

He’s part of the first poems
I wrote… (My Sun Child)
Long before he was born!

He’s a paean, an Ode,
A ballad,
There’s rhyme, rhythm,
He’s a metaphor for laughter
A simile too, as cool as they come…

He’s playfulness personified
A paradox, an oxymoron
Workaholic fun lover!

He’s a book
That’s writing itself,
And may it continue to be
An action packed adventure
Filled with
Love, laughter, liveliness
Life.

That’s my wish, on this day
His birthday.

My Sun Child
My first born
Arjun ❤️

12 April, 2021 Day#12 of #napowrimo 2021

For my Son Child 💗
🙂

More from the previous years, here 

2017

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2017

2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011, and this 2011 again!
2010
And more if you just click HERE 


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Starlit Days!

The best part of the year gone by was the time with Family. The time with a certain family, really, watching Modern Family! I still crack up thinking of the many evenings, or lunch times, we shared with those three families, the threes of us, and Bowie looking quizzically at us. So, today, I cannot think of a better way to say it, than the words of Manny Delgado (while initially I thought he was rather too much of a whiny nerd, the seasons, as they happened, made him personable and even adorable!) And his mother, the drop-dead gorgeous and very very fierce and real mother, Gloria! But yes, I love all the others too! (That’s enough digression, but before I stop, just a word: If you have not watched Modern Family, please do?)

So there I was for most part of the first half of 2020 with both of them and their fur baby, with the next baby on his way! I should have been there to welcome him, along with his parents, but the Vande Bharat Mission rescued a person, unwilling to return, and so, the remaining part of the year was spent with the rest of the family, back here!

Their days, were now lit by a Star, a Sun of their own, Dhruv. Neeti and Ashwin and Bowie and Dhruv, which the quintessential joke maker of our family, as a whole has captured in the acronym BAND family – Neeti and the BAD bois – that is him, my second born, Ashwin, talking of Neeti his partner, and B and D their bois!

These words below, from Season 8, of Modern Family, I think, when the season for me, was maturing like fine wine, says a lot of what you mean, to me, and as I see it, what you mean to each other 🙂

“What qualifies someone as a hero? Obviously, a hero has to be someone we respect. A person we look up to. A person who is generous of spirit. Who’s willing to grow and learn. Maybe it’s the person you love most in the world. Or the guy who makes he most out of life no matter what anyone thinks. For me though, the hero of my family is my family, because of who we are together.” – Manny Delgado 

 “It’s scary to let people see the real you, even when these people are your own family. But aren’t they the ones we should be least worried about? The ones who will love us without judging, who forgive our faults and celebrate our imperfections, maybe even encourage us to let our true selves shine through.” – Gloria Pritchett

I cannot think of better heroes, than you both, Neeti and Ashwin, in a world unravelling, you have woven a fine, beautiful tapestry (sleep deprived as heck, of course! 😛 ) that shines, for us to see!

Today it will have been eight years to their wedding day, and an aeon more of love. I cannot better express myself that I have over the ways in which both Maney and Gloria have, above!

Your resilience, your partnership, the buoyant love, the utter faith in one another, the way you second guess each other, and have each others’ backs! The laughter, the tears, on occasion, the giggles, the smiles, the way Dhruv and Bowie adore you, all the more, and the adoration of each other. Sigh.

To the most beautiful of partners, Neeti and Ashwin! Happy 8, me dearest darling bacchas!

May these starlit days continue to comfort and and wrap you all in the indefinable warmth and glow of love.

May the Sun shine bright upon you two, and cool wins blow the blues away!

May rainbows crown each little storm that you revel in

May blessings pour, unabated, and fill and flood your lives, ever…

May you be happy, healthy, and always as in love

All my love.

Amma.

For 14 January 2021

Over the years, this blog has celebrated them, in the links given below 🙂

(2020 got a miss! Given what the year turned out to be, it seems as if my not posting something is in keeping with the kinds of things the year threw at us! 😀 )

2019

2018

2017

2016 

2015

2014