What you don’t know?

What you don’t know?
My son, is that behind…
Every cuddle, there is an irrevocable experience
Every smile, there is a  jubilant energy
Every scream, there is a conscious mom
Every timeout, there is guilt
Every hug, there is a prayer for your well being
Every bye, there is a positive prayer
Every meal, there is a healthy vibe
Every good wish, there is strong hope

Every good night, there is a gratitude to nature

My son, as I see you grow, my gratitude prayers to the nature are more persistent. God bless you with good health, immense opportunity and a good nature to be a nice human being, rest of the things will fall in place!!!

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I am participating in Bar-A-Thon challenge. This is Day 2 of the #BarAThon Challenge
Today’s prompt: What you don’t know?
 
 
 


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Stranger than fiction

Living by the sea
looking at the stars
calming by the winds
hunting in the woods
Chirping birds, naughty squirrels,
windy nights, horny hugs
full moon tides

new moon kisses

Is there a world merrier than this?

I, for one, like many other teenage girls hated to visualize the future.I had a dream island where the order of the day was to live, love and live. ( God knows why I never dreamt of how will I earn the livelihood, well, dream is a dream right?)

Of course, this is fiction and I am sure most of you agree reality is Stranger than fiction!!! and yes it is. In reality, the mornings are driven by hectic schedules, running on the invisible shoes, coping up with the pace of life, competing with ourselves, balancing the work, home and zillion other things go on.

Perhaps, sometimes, it is good to take a break, pause the speed and share some sweet memories and make the moments merrier!!!

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Last week, we had been on a family vacation to Pondicherry where we created some beautiful memories!!! This picture is captured there 🙂
I am participating in Bar-A-Thon challenge. This is Day 1 of the #BarAThon Challenge
Today’s prompt: Stranger than fiction

No more !!

“Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am no more!!!

You missed the days

You left loose the time

Bygones are in fact bygones

And they don’t come back”

“Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am no more!!!

You did not care

It was not in wear and tear

Cozy kisses, warm hugs were never there

It was only shrieks and thumps everywhere”

“Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am no more!!

You never owned me

Nor did you value me

Life is not just time we live

It is about the memories we make”

This was written long back inspired from couple of my other blogger friends who took up a poetry challenge but never did I get a chance to post it.

Chi..pa!!

Yesterday on our way home, there was a self help audio played on the radio and I love listening to such. There was an interesting take away from the show which I am compelled to share  and here I go!!

The speaker in the show says no matter what you are going through in life, develop a “Chi..pa…” attitude.

Let me explain it.

“Chi..pa” colloquially means “That’s ok!!”. We humans are not easy going. We whine on things that are supposed to be ditched in the past or about the things that might happen in future and on which we have the least control of.

How true!!!. So, he says develop an attitude where you take things easily, ignore the mistakes and move on. No one is perfect in this world and we can still live happily.

If the blanket is not folded the right way, if the tooth paste is not pressed at the right place, if the plate is not kept at the wash area, if the toys are not packed up, if the dress is not washed, just say “Chi..pa…” ignore and still live happily with all the imperfections.

Vow!! It made complete sense to me.

The moment of epiphany struck!! I realized most often I tend to argue only because I expect perfection. I expect certain things to be done a certain way. After this, I have decided to try “Chi..pa” approach and make ignorance as my companion. After all, ignorance is a bliss!!

Try saying “Chi..pa” ( You need to say it loud to feel it guys!!) and you will realize what a fabulous lesson of life this is. Would you??

Linking to Daily prompt “Companion”

Vow Summers

So, as my life had been terribly busy with myriad things happening, this space got a sluggard treatment.  Realizing this and being better late than never, I decided to take up a trigger to push myself to write on a regular basis if not daily. After all, nothing except cuddling my little son gives me as much love as this space.

So, today’s prompt on Daily prompt is “Summer”. And I read it as “Summer Vacation” and not as “Summer season”.

Summer vacation revives those sweet memories of my childhood days.

  • That was the time, when we cousins visited each others houses to play, eat, cry and do nasty things together.
  • We always gossiped about the ghosts, stars, played devil games, enjoyed hide and seek in the dark rooms, made Maggie noodles in the midnight and had loads of fun.
  • It was the time when we all friends in the neighborhood had no worries about home works, class assignments. We packed our lock, stock and barrel to the playground nearby and competed in cricket, shuttle, running in the hot sun.
  • Summer afternoons were supposed to be spent at home to avoid the scorching heat and it invariably turned to be ours. We had a gang of friends who were those naughty chipmunks and who loved to experiment making lemonades only in the neighbor’s houses.
  • This was the season of the year when the power cuts were a part of our day and we enjoyed those times by singing songs, dancing to the latest numbers.
  • Those were the days when we did not own a bicycle and we used to rent it out. An hour of the bicycle costed Rs.5/- and my parents were generous enough to approve it all throughout the summer vacation.

As I write all these,it makes me feel that childhood days are wonderful memories in one’s life and cherished forever. Today, as a mother I am trying my best attempt to make it memorable for my son too.

This summer, we visited Coorg for a 2-day trip. We enjoyed an elephant ride, a toy train ride. We visited Hyderabad for a couple of days and had fun eating mangoes, ice creams, making new friends. And we visited the Golden temple at Vellore and were astonished by the massive construction and spent some leisure time on the couches at home and lazied around.

Hope you had a blast too!!

So, what did you do this summer?

Linking this to Daily prompt “Summer”

The tender wings

“Radha was an intelligent girl who was consistently good at her scores in the school. Since childhood, she had high aspirations to pursue her Phd in space technology and earn a name as a scientist.  She finished her schooling and got admission in a meritorious college for her graduation and topped the ranks. It was the time for her to study her dream degree.

As she started her preparations in identifying a good college, she was bombarded with exorbitant tuition fees. It was not too late before she realized that they belonged to a middle class family and her parents could not have a substantial saving for her to pursue her dreams. Her dream castle bundled down and she had to settle for a mediocre job.”

As I read this story in a novel, many thoughts triggered in my mind. When I was a kid, I was questioned “What do you want to become when you grow up?? An Engineer? Or a Doctor??” Back then, there were not too many options one could choose.

In today’s framework , the situation essentially is unconventional. The kids of this generation have umpteen options to choose from. My thoughts took a projectile motion and made me realize that by the time my son finishes his schooling and ready to set his wings in the dream field he wants, we must be equipped enough to provide him with the required support. We must be financially, emotionally ready to let him allow to chase his dream career be it being a service man or  a scientist or a radio jockey. We need to be open to accept his choice and support him financially and emotionally.

It so happened that once when I introduced my son to a DIY kit with nuts and bolts to fix a machine up, I inferred that the toy will help him to grow up to become a scientist who invents new machines but not a mechanic who fixes the things up. Yes, we insist this at every step and teach them to think big, develop passions, have goals and run after them.Don’t we? Now, this makes me think how prepared am I to face the D-day.

As in the story narrated in the beginning, many of the today’s middle class families end up in compromising the children’s aspirations  due to lack of proper financial planning.Apparently, I also find out from a google search that in a recent more than 3/4th parents are of the view that education costs are going to rise significantly over the next few years and not surprisingly, most of them do not have an exact view of how much it would cost It was also observed that many parents are not fully prepared to handle the high fees. And in case of foreign education, it becomes all the more difficult since one has to take into account living expenses in addition to tuition fees.

I also happen to incidentally land at  the home work site and  ‘The Homework app’ .Through the Homework app, parents can find out the costs of education across a multitude of courses in various countries at their finger tips. The app not only gives info on the future value of the course which their children want to pursue , but also the estimated amount to invest to reach that goal.

For all of us parents, google is the master guru and the  scores of information available not only for us to analyze but also for us to perplex with the options available. I preferred to read through a reliable source of information which states that recently, an earlier investor education campaign was conducted to educate people of right method of saving for us to understand the right way of investments.

Iterating the fact that small drops make an ocean, our small little savings today build for the child’s future. Today’s small investment in the right way takes us to the right goal at the right time. Imagine the proud moment when your child comes home fulfilling his dream education with an elite career. I am sure that is moment we all are waiting to see, aren’t we?

With the skyrocketing inflation and innumerable options and our children’s aspirations, it is right time we pledge to save in a systematic way and support the tender wings growing into stronger ones to see them fly high above reaching their aspirations.

#2. Chetpet Eco Park

This is the second post in the Out-V-Go series. The newly inaugurated Eco Park at Chetpet, which was opened to public 2 weeks ago.

I learn that not long ago, this was just a giant water body with over grown and un-maintained plants. This lake is maintained by Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department and it has been renovated into an eco friendly Park with boating as the main attraction.

Below is some information that may be useful.

Visiting Days: All days, except Tuesday

Timings: 9:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M

Entry: Adults – Rs. 25/-, Children – Rs.10/- ,

Boating: Adults – Rs. 50/-, Children – Rs. 25/-

Car Parking: There is a multi level car parking, charged at Rs.20/- per hour.

This place is just over the main road, can be located easily. It is precisely, opp to Ega Theater.

So, the park welcomes us with the lush green grass and beautiful paintings across the walls.

There is a 1.5 kms walking track for walkers and there is a subscription for walkers on monthly basis.

The major attraction of this place is the boating.  It is one of it’s kind where the kids can have the experience of boating, right in the center of the city. My son liked the experience. He had various doubts like what is a life jacket? why are sharks and whales not inside the water? Why the waves are created artificially? and many more, all through out our time at the park and I have been considerably saved, as this time my grey cells co-operated to a good extent.

Another attraction of the park is the children’s play area with slides, swings, rope climbing etc.

There is also an angling spot, were one could catch fish, with an option of selling what you catch!! ( Looks like a good part-time job option).

They are also coming up with amphitheatre, a roof top restaurant I was told.

Overall, it was a good experience, my son loved both the boating and the park. He did not mind the hot sun at all 🙂 and that’s what makes them kids!!

I only hope the park is maintained the way it is today by both the authorities and the public and it does not lose it’s initial glory.

Suggestions:

Just to avoid the heavy rush, we decided to visit the park in the morning before the sun was really hot. We were at the park by 9:30 A.M and had been considerably saved from the hot sun, traffic and the parking hassles.

I noticed heavy rush of people and long queue by 11:00 A.M, so plan your trip accordingly.

Since this is  recently opened, the crowd is coming over in huge numbers and so the tickets for boating is stopped by as early as 2:00 P.M.

There are only 10 boats and so the invariable rush makes them to stop issuing tickets for boating.

Outside food is not allowed. There is also a food stall near the children’s park offering you options like pani puri, chat items, fruit juices, cakes etc.

Some other interesting tit-bits:

 

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Can you spot the mistake?

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So, that’s the history

P.S: All pictures captured by me, unauthorized usage is not encouraged.

Out-V-Go!! Theevu Thidal

As a parent of a 5 year old, I am always on a look out for interesting outings for my kid during the weekends, apart from the usual malls and movies. Yes, we do go to malls as well but we don’t enjoy it as much as we enjoy an offbeat story telling or a magic show.

So, here I am starting this section “Out-V-Go” where I will be blogging about different events /places in the city for  kids. Predominantly, I will be concentrating on kids-go-out venues but would also include some interesting events in the city if I happened to attend the same.

My first post will feature “Theevu Thidal”

An exhibition is conducted at Theevu Thidal  by Tamil Nadu tourism department. This year is the 42nd year of the same. Usually, this exhibition starts in the month of January and goes on for 70 days ( and may also extend). We can have an eye on the local news papers and the hoardings all across the city to know the start date of the same.

Some important info:

Venue: Island Grounds, Mount Road, Park Town

Timings: 3:00 P.M to 10:00 P.M

Days: All 7 days

Car Parking: Ample space for car parking is available. They charge Rs.70/- for the same

Tickets: Adults – Rs.20/-, Kids ( Above 3 years )- Rs. 10/-, Below 3 years – Free

So, the main description of the exhibition goes like this:

Theevu Thidal called as “island grounds” in English  ( It took some time for me to register this name, keeping in view my non-tamil background) is where an industrial exhibition is conducted by Tamil Nadu Tourism Department.

This exhibition consists of fun rides, eateries and stalls from different parts of the state (mostly) and other states (very less) to exhibit their domestic products. The main attraction of the exhibition is the Jumbo Circus.

The stalls: There are many stalls which exhibited house hold items, electronics, food items, photographs etc. Most of them did not have anything unique and were just the ordinary items that are usually available in the local stores. My clever husband made us walk exactly on the opposite side of the stalls so that I don’t get to see them in detail and he is saved of the expense. (All husbands reading this, you get it??)

Attraction for kids: From the entrance of the venue, you find many interesting options. Some of what we enjoyed were 3D film, bird show,  snow world,  kids play pen. Each one  had a separate ticket costing Rs.10/- to Rs.50/-. Many of the options were on the lines of scary house which we do not enjoy and so did not check on it.

Rides: The best part of the exhibition were the rides which ranged from a small leap frog that my son enjoyed to the giant wheel, the tora-tora, the Columbus. All the tickets were priced from Rs.40/- to Rs. 70/-.

Jumbo Circus: The timings for the circus show were 1 P.M, 4 P.M , 7 P.M and the tickets were priced at Rs.80/-,Rs.160/- or Rs.250/- depending on how far away you are seated  from the performers. It was a incredible show by trained professionals and my son enjoyed it a lot.

Govt stalls: There are the state Govt stalls depicting their work like the minerals department, the HRCE department, the IT department. They were quite informative. Don’t miss to see them.

Special attraction: There is a lucky draw at the entrance where the first prize winner gets a suitcase, do not forget to mention your name and number and drop it in a box arranged at the entrance. We borrowed a pen and did it!! ( Who wants to miss free stuff yaaa??)

Suggestions:

  • The entire place is sand, so plan to wear proper foot wear that makes your walk easy on the sand.
  • If you are prone to cold and coughs due to the cold breeze, please carry appropriate head gear. ( This place is pretty close to the beach and the breeze is heavy).
  • There are no food stalls that offer healthy options like fruits or sundal. All you get is fried bajjis, papads, pop-corns, if you are not too fond of it, plan your eateries accordingly.
  • No ATMs available within the venue. Most of the shops, do not offer the card-swiping. Carry enough cash for your shopping.
  • Toilets are not too clean and you cannot expect anything more in a public place.
  • This will take a good 4 to 5 hours for you see all the stalls, enjoy the rides. I suggest if you could be at the venue by 4 P.M, you can enjoy the 2 hour circus, go around for 2 hours, have your dinner and  get back home. You may even avoid all the kid-shows at the entrance ( they don’t offer much variety) and directly proceed to the rides, which I am sure the kids will enjoy.

Some of the photographs I captured:

Bird Show:

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Shopping Stalls:

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Replica of Parthasarathy Temple:

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Famous Cotton Candy / Masala Appalam:

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Hope this post is informative. If you are looking for any specific info, please do comment.