Environment – Science project

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My girls were to do a project on the topic – ‘Environment’. After a lot of discussions, they concluded on doing a model of 5 elements of Nature and its natural disasters.

Air – Tornado

Water – Tsunami

Fire – Forest fire

Earth – Earthquake

Space – Meteor crater

 

One week of hard work by my girls, from idea validation to preparing paper mache, doing the model, drying it, painting it, preparing a box for it, fixing them all together, all these in addition to other school works.

Two of them were working models.

1. The tsunami was done as a sliding box with before and after effects of the disaster. The small buildings and the wave were done using paper mache and painted. Then assembled in a sliding box, which was also handmade using a cardboard box.

2. The earthquake was a simple motor mechanism. 2 motors fixed to the same switch and assembled in a box and fitted in a way to produce the shaking effect on the paper kept above it. Then, the paper was painted as a road with buildings made of cardboard to be kept above to demonstrate the shaking effect of the building, at the control of a switch.

Others (tornado, meteor crater and forest fire) were just models from cardboard and paper mache. Forest-fire has a lightning in the centre of it, that has caused the fire.

To place all these models, cardboard boxes were done and assembled and labelled. All handmade. My girls were very cautious that no plastic and no thermocol was used. All eco-friendly materials, except for the 2 toy wheels for the motor. That also, they didn’t accept. I didn’t have any other choice and had to convince them to use it.

After all the efforts, everything was ready and then found out that, there was a spelling mistake in the heading. (Disasters was misspelt as Disaters). Oh! NO. Then, again last minute changes and corrected it and it was all ready.

Super satisfied with their hard work.  Good job my girls. 🙂

Ilam & Polish language

45175844_10155702866491479_6367479317730951168_n Ilam comes to me with this new rough note that I had bought for him and says “Amma, you are crazy. Why did you buy a notebook that had things written in Polish?”

I was like, “What? Come again?”

He continues, “Yes. This is Polish, the language spoken in Poland.”

“How do you know this is Polish?”, was my next question, like any of us would have asked, for which he goes on to explain the alphabets in Polish and reconfirms his statement.

Still not convinced with his explanation, (because I don’t know the language) I did silently use google translator to actually reconfirm that it is Polish.

No idea as to what other languages he knew, all of them being self-learning.

What do I do with this guy? I just squeezed him with a tight hug. What else can I do? 🙂

Navarathri-2018

IMG_6956Navarathri is always a special festival for me. It is a time where you get to meet lots of people.

This year was a fun filled one. I managed to visit all those who invited me. While most of the golu visits were within the apartment, I did travel to far of places to meet and greet friends.

Our apartment also had a grand gathering every day, with a lot of cultural programs, dancing, singing, instrumental, bhajans, prayers and the hall was full of positive vibes. From tiny tots to senior citizens, people of all ages gathered together for the function. Of course, plenty of sweets and sundals too. Altogether, a happy and content feeling. Wishing all my friends, loads and loads of happiness, love, peace and prosperity.  Pictures of some of the golu’s that I happened to visit.

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Daily 5 KM Walk – 100 days & counting…

How do I start this post? Well… Let me just jot down the bits of information that I wanted to share.

IMG_5192I am a fitness freak. I cautiously spend some time for physical fitness. I have tried various classes too. Power yoga or aerobics or regular training in the gym or even walking. But many times have to miss on them and feel bad for it. All of us do it right.

So, a few days (almost 100 days) ago set a personal goal for myself. A simple one. But, have to do it DAILY. NO EXCUSE. It is a self-challenge. Let me try it, was the thought then.

In these past 100 days, I have been in different places, across geographies, across time zones, for work, official events, interviews, customer visits, meetings, work schedules, kids exams, various functions, family get together, outing with kids and what not… I have been sick, down with cold, cough, fever, headache, leg pain and sometimes emotionally down too. But, nothing stopped me from my regular routine.

 

 

Goal: Minimum 5 KM walk per day, continuously on all days. 

I used the RunKeeper app to keep track of my schedule. There were 3 instances where the app crashed and couldn’t record correctly. 🙂  Well, the app is only a facilitator. It is more in the mind to get your schedule done. There is no fixed timing for my walk. I have walked in all times of the day. Early in the morning to late in the night.

There were lots of crazy instances where my friends/colleagues/people around, looked at me like a specimen from a different planet when I had to keep up my schedule. 🙂

But, I am happy to have done it continuously for 100 days now. I plan to continue as far as I could. It is easily said than done. But, I will try and do it regularly. Wishing Good Luck for myself. 👍

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 7th Birthday Ilam

Happy Birthday dear Ilam. Can’t believe he is 7 years old. Time really flies.

My darling boy


He is such a bundle of joy and is the centre of gravity of our house. He just attracts everyone around him.

He is a highly energetic child and it is a real challenge for me to keep him occupied.

Books are his favourites. He can/will spend hours/days reading books. He is a good companion for our apartment librarian.

His quest for knowledge is unbelievable. Anyone who interacts with him will be awestruck by the amount of information he gives. We fondly refer him as ‘Chitti the robot’ or ‘Wikipedia’, because, he processes and stores so much data.

Extract from his rough note


He has commendable memory power, that he can recollect dates and times at ease. History exams are meant for people like him.

The beauty of all these is, he doesn’t even know, how much he knows. He is still an innocent adorable child, loved by all at home.

I haven’t even written 1% of all that he does/knows. That summarizes his capabilities.

Now, I have only written nice things about my boy. But, for every nice thing he does, there will be 100 tantrums or tough situations to handle. That is the additional challenge for me. But, that is how any child would be.

Anyway, here is our birthday wish for our bubbly boy. Be Happy. Be Healthy. Be Energetic. Be Enthusiastic. Love and Care for all people around you. Be a good boy. May all your wishes and dreams come true, our little sweetheart. 🙂

With loads of love,

Amma, Ovi Akka & Pani Akka.

Europe Trip – Part 4 – Italy – Florence

After Paris, Switzerland and Venice, our next destination was Florence in Italy. The ‘floating city’ of Venice was still floating in our minds, all through the 2 hours journey from Venice to Florence, without the slightest idea that, very soon, we are going to fall in love with Florence (and the Gelateria ice-cream in San Gimignano :-)).

Come on girls, let us take the next flight to taste Gelateria ice-cream in its place of origin. 🙂

 

Day 11 – 07/05/2017 : Venice to Florence travel, roaming around locally.

After the 2 hours train journey, we reached our hotel and settled down. As usual, we quickly went through the local sight-seeing maps in the hotel, talked with the receptionist to get some basic idea and with the background work which we had already done, decided on the plan of action for the next 2 days. We searched, enquired and booked the ‘Tuscany Bus tour’ for the next day and set out to explore local places.

The bus stop was just at the door steps of our hotel and it was bus number 22,  that we took up and down our journey. We had ‘2’ in our bus number in most of the towns we visited, not sure whose lucky number it was. Also, by now, it became our regular habit to lookout for ‘Tabachi shops‘, as much as we do for Pizzerias. We surely visited ‘Tabachi shops’ before or after food, as it was a mandate part of our travel.  😉

By the time we reached ‘Duomo‘, the drizzle strengthened and we had to take a temporary shelter. We used that time for a short cappuccino / hot chocolate break. We couldn’t get tickets to enter into the ‘Duomo’, so took some pictures from outside and went into the Cathedral.

To escape the rain, we had to settle with museum visits and we visited Palazzo Vecchio.  Then walked past ‘Ponte vecchio‘ (had a feeling of walking through usman road in T.Nagar with jewellery shop on both sides). We continued to walk a long distance with a short climb to reach ‘Piazzale Michelangelo‘. We were fortunate enough to see a rainbow along the Michelangelo statue.  Also, the view of the duomo dome and the entire city was awesome. We waited to see sun set and it was one of a kind experience.

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Ponte vecchio & Michelangelo square

 

Day 12 – 08/05/2017 : Tuscany tour – Siena, San Gimignano, Province of Pisa

We have booked the Tuscany bus tour via https://www.walkaboutflorence.com/tours/best-tuscany-tour and that is the best thing to cover all the places. Our tour guide Gloria was awesome. She walked us through the history and the beauty of Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and finally the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Siena – Guided walking tour around the beautiful city and the cathedral visit.

 

We stopped for traditional Tuscany lunch at the Chianti Farm and the went to the hill-top town, San Gimignano, to drench ourselves in the taste of gelato ice cream.

Finally to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, for some crazy snaps.

Ciao Florence and Ciao Rome..

Part 5 – Rome – to be continued…

 

40 – The Beginning

Birthday’s are always special. As always, I was overwhelmed with wishes and gifts from near and dear ones. Feeling blessed.

Off all, my kids never fail to amuse me. My son gave me the following hand written card, with a tight hug and a kiss. So sweet of you baby.

My younger daughter, conducted a treasure hunt for me. Series of clues and gifts. First clue starts as an alarm message in my mobile, which she set it a-minute before my usual alarm. But, as usual, i stopped the alarm without seeing the message and slept off. 🙂 She then asked me to read the alarm message again and continue the hunt from there.

A butterfly model, art work in ice cream stick, a book mark, a pouch and some coins from her piggy bank. All for myself. Very cute, my dear darling.

Now, my elder daughter’s turn. She gave me a pouch. Opening it had some puzzle pieces. Solving it formed to a beautiful picture with a beautiful message. 🙂

She took all the effort to take our photo, put the message, then took color printout of it, pasted it on a foam sheet, then cut it to puzzle pieces using normal scissors. Cutting into perfect puzzle pieces using plain scissors is not an easy job. Wow.. was amazed by her skills. My dear sweetheart. She has her touch in everything she does.

And then, from Nammu. She is more like Ovi and Pani to me. Very Emotional. Very much loving. She took all the efforts to record video messages from all my friends and knocked my doors at 12 in the midnight with this cake. Was really moved with all the messages.

And, Finally from my beloved team. Photo frame with my photo collage. And it captures that i give equal importance to my work, my kids and my own interests. Very nice.

Can’t ask for more. Life begins at 40. 🙂