Friday Fun-Chutku Speaks and we are speechless

Some of the latest updates from Chutku land…

On a sunday morning while Im making dosas for brkfast for everyone and hubby is feeding Chutku – I came out to watch some song on TV on the Rangoli program – and the little man says”Amma, neenu hogu voLagaDe” (You go inside) I asked him where inside I should go and why. His answer “Neenu aDigemanege hogu, nange bisi bisi dose maaDbekalla” (You go inside the kitchen, you should make hot hot dosas for me)!! Sigh! Im already being delegated to the kitchen.

Some night last week, my calf muscles were hurting really bad, no idea why but for the first time in our married life, I asked the hubby to press my legs. While he sat up to do it, the little fellow who until then was sleeping between us-pops up and holds onto his legs crying “Nanguuu kaalu novuthidde” (My legs are paaainnnniinnngggg) and didnt let the husband press my leg even a single time. Instead we both ended up pressing his legs and I just went to sleep like that. And it didnt end there-he woke up 2 times that night whining that his legs were paining and he insisted that his Dad press his legs to put him back to sleep. Talk about attention seeking behaviour!

Ever since we got that email about his school interview, we had been discussing at home-with parents and inlaws and just between hubby and me about having to take the day off and then what they might ask him and what they might ask us.Never did we tell him the date of the interview but we did tell him that we will go see his new school and teachers. On the previous day, he has inturn told everyone in the daycare-the care takers,the owner,the kids and their parents that he will be going for school interview tomorrow and that he wouldnt be coming to daycare! When I went to check on him during the lunch break-they all just started bombarding me with questions and I had no clue what this fellow had told them all!!! Lesson learnt-NOT to discuss anything in front of him!

He wants to be out of the house-ALL THE TIME! When we pick him up after work he says “Amma, angadi hogoNa” (lets go to shop) or he apparently told his
grandparents when they took him out to someone’s house and were returning “Mane beda,yelladru hogoNa,yaavudaadru oLLe hotel ge hogi,yenaadru thinkonDu hogoNa” (no home, let us go somewhere,to some good hotel, eat something and go) – like the little fellow eats anything outside. Hhhmmppphhh. When we did go out last weekend to a place called ‘The Village’ where the whole ambiance was like a village and there were loud drums, he decided to keep his ears closed with his hands and refused to get down from his Dad’s arms. Saturday,sunday are tough days for us. He hates staying at home and has to go out- he begins in the morning as soon as he wakes up – Amma, naavu yelli hogtheevi ivatthu” (where will we go today?) . Last weekend we took him out to a shop and once done we were discussing about going home-I was telling hubby that we need some groceries and hubby was saying that we will go home now and go out again in the evening so immediately the little fello pips up “Mane beda appa, angadige hogona,manege tarkaari thogobekallava” (No home,lets go to shop,we need to take vegetables for the house”. Mom has therefore named him Thirgaal thippa. Someone who is always roaming around like he has wheels in his legs.

Yesterday night, hubby had to work from home and was waiting for the little fellow to sleep. Mom was feeding Chutku dinner in the living room while hubby and I were at the dining table eating dinner.So I told hubby “You finish dinner and go, I will take chutku up to sleep” – in english and instantly the little monster is at my side screaming at me “Naanu mele baralla, naanu thaachi maadalla” (I will not come up, I will not sleep) And we were just dumbstruck – he had an ear on what we

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Blogger Book Review-The Krishna Key

Well, I had requested Blog Adda for this book and then didnt check my mail for quite a long time. But then Harish of Blog Adda dropped me a second mail asking me if I wanted to review it and I grabbed the opportunity. And by the time I came home last Friday-the book was at my doorstep! 😀

Having read The Rozabel Line and Chanakya’s Chant, I was expecting the book to be as good. Especially I had enjoyed reading Chanakya’s Chant and recommended it to all. So I just ripped the book cover and began reading immediately.

The amount of research that has gone into this book is amazing! And to sell the fact th

at Krishna was not a mythological character but a reality and part of history and the linking of Brahmastras to today’s weapons-those thoughts can only come from a very fertile mind and imagination!

I liked the current story line but somehow couldnt relate to the Krishna story running in parallel. I mean-ofcourse that is Krishna’s story but how were those specific snippets in those exact places related to the modern story-I couldnt understand-maybe I just need another read? Im not even sure if they *need* to be related.Like in Chanakya’s Chant – the 2 stories always ran in parallel-but here I couldnt get the connection. (Yes, I am comparing because they are both from the same author with history interwoven with the story).

The story couldve been more (pardon my lack of English language) Crisp or more gripping. I found that I really didnt feel the need to read it at one go. And I also felt in couple of places there were editing issues-

Page 301-after the Krishna’s snippet about Arjuna being overwhelmed by the Kaurava army- the first paragraph talks about Radhika and Saini’s rescue by the Sherpa Dorji.And then immediately the next paragraph instead of Radhika – there is mention of Priya and Saini together –Priya had then been lowered from the base of the mountain from where she had been carried by Sherpas and Saini to a small helicopter”. – Isnt this an editting error? I got confused for a minute,went backward, reread the piece where Priya and Taarak escape and then concluded that it must’ve been Radhika that was saved…

Page 389- Saini and Radhika are discussing about the Radha Govinda temple by Raja Man Sigh in Vrindavan when Taarak comes. The sentence is “Priya and Radhika put their hands up in the air and slowly turned around from the table to face Taarak Vakil” – That should’ve been Saini actually instead of Priya-here again, I went back to check if I skipped some sentence mentioning Priya in the conversation…

Such small mistakes kind of let me down from the expectation I had on an Ashwin Sanghi book 😦

Finally-Is it a good read – Definitely a good read-especially the scientific explanations and the knowledge on history.

Rating-3/5 – because of the above mentioned reasons.

Friday Fun-Chutku’s first school interview

I cant believe that its been 2.5yrs since the little monster was just this little mite and today Im writing about his first school interview!

There was an online announcement for applications to this school close to my parents’ house where most of hubby’s cousins have studied and now this generation too is studying. Though it is quite far for us right now, we have been thinking that maybe we can change houses and move closer to my parents and the area that Im really familiar with. Atleast the kid would not have to travel too much like how he does now for 3 hrs every day…Anyway, I took the day off and submitted the online application form about a month ago and we were waiting for the short list to be announced.Many told us that the number of applications are many so we might wantto think about using some influence while the hubby and I werent really keen on it. On thursday last week, we got a mail saying that we have been selected for the “Interview” today, with the both the parents and the child. Yipppee! First step crossed, we thought.

We took the day off again, started telling Chutku that we will go to school and that there will be miss there, and he should tell them “Thank You” if they give him anything, or he should tell his name when asked… The grandparents too pitched in with questions and somewhere in the process one of us has mentioned to him that if they give him Chocolate – he should say “Thank You”…
Like always, nothing works smooth for us-He fell ill-with cold,cough,lot of phlegm and ofcourse fever. Then yesterday evening, on the way home I noticed that his sandals had opened up in the front. Whew! So we had to go buy him new sandals in the morning on the way to the school and I was getting nervous that we might not reach there on time! Thankfully, we managed to keep our cool and more importantly his and we reached the place on time…So many kids there, all of them sitting quietly with their parents. But ours – Oh No!! That just cant be-right? He began to pull and push all the chairs around making a lot of noise with the parents giving us stares that said: “Oh My God! Look at this kid-so misbehaved!”We then went in to wait, and he happily wandered all the classes and identifying pictures, staring at kids until we were called inside. By this time I was just blank!

There were 2 ladies sitting inside-one was the principal and the other was the director of the school (Who refused to smile even at the child). They asked his name and he very shyly without opening his mouth said his name, which ofcourse they couldnt hear. And then he scrutinises the ladies and very loudly asks:”Miss yelli?” *yelli=where* and I told him that the 2 ladies were “Miss”. Then he proceeded to very nicely sit on the chair between hubby and me and very nicely crossed his legs on the chair! which he hardly does otherwise 😦 And then we told him to sit properly which he disliked and while they asked us a few questions (and I feel my answers werent convincing enough 😦 ) he just got out of the chair and began
wandering around the room, trying to peep out the window and stood next to the older lady-gave her his widest stupid grin while the hubby and I were asking him to come back and sit in his chair.

Done, 2 mins were up and they said they will let us know and as we were getting up to go the little fellow’s voice is up-“Chocolate yelli?” and he starts to stand on his toes and search for the chocolate dabba!! The husband and I were mortified – I did not even look up and the head mistress gave him a couple of biscuits saying we dont give chocolates. And the little monster decided he did NOT Want the biscuits-he wanted ONLY Chocolate!(The teachers must have thought that he eats a lot of them 😦 – Another minus point for the parents?) He refused to accept and didnt budge from there until I told him that I will get him a chocolate outside :-O Only then he began to move towards the door all the while telling me “Amma chocolate kodlilla miss…” *Miss did not give chocolate” Gah! This boy is born to embarass me!!  And I overheard the headmistress telling the director lady “He looks so disappointed” *Eeessshh*

NOW you all tell me where shall I go hide my face!!