Saanvi Stories – Photocccch and much more!

I’ve wanted to write this post, the more I gather – the less I remember.
Below are the few of my personal favorites in the countless traits she’s been acquiring, now that she’s just one week away from turning 2.

1. “Aaaadi…”

The phrase me and Vinod dread the most. What this means in my mother tongue is “That”. In my daughter’s language, it means – “that specific thing you and I can see, and you don’t want to give to me – but I want only that”. so, we start giving her things, and she keeps repeating the phrase – every time louder and finally we go “Eeedi……….??” , which means “Which one?”. The battle ends with she getting her “Aaadi…”.

2. “Photochhhhhh”

My dear daughter is not a favorite of drinking milk, and it’s a known fact that both mother’s and bottle milk hold no joy for her. So, when she was just milk-feeding baby, we had no choice but to put on the mobile and show her some rhymes and get done with drinking milk. Now that, she’s grown older, she just says ;

” Ammaaa Mobine…”

Which translates to – ” Just get my mother’s mobile if you want me to open my mouth to drink milk”. Dad’s Samsung S2, And all the other mobiles/ gadgets at phone are rejected at their plain sight. “NOOOOO” with head nodding and finger-pointing. Once she gets hold of my Mobile, the next scream..


which translates to –  “show me my videos”.  If you are 3 seconds late, she grabs the iphone, open the “Photos” Icon, and then comes her final request..


Here you go. If you give me mom’s iphone, put on the balls video –  you can get to open my mouth. And the whole thing is an AND condition, the mouth closes the moment the condition becomes false.

To test her out, we gave her all the gadgets one after one – Apple Iphone, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Ultra Touch and a really old Sony Ericsson Mobile. In every phone, she remembers the exact steps she needs to do – to open her favorite video in each of the phones.
Gods can just think of a creative way of saving me,I guess.

3. “XXX Vadduuu ”

“Vaddu” means “do not want” in my mother tongue. So, out of the 4 people available for her service, she gets to choose which one will attend which duty of hers. It’s because she knows which one will oblige what request of hers dutifully. When it’s reading books or let her jump mercilessly on the bed:

“Nanamma Vaddu ( I do not want grand mother )”
“Tata Vaddu (I do not want grand father) ”
“Nanna Vaddu ( I do not want father)”
“Amma OK ( Mom, you just won the lottery, what are you waiting for!? )”

All the above 4 sentences, come like bullets out of her mouth.

An interesting thing happens when sleeping every day night. I wait for her to say “Amma vaddu ( I do not want mother)” so that she sleeps at the place her dad sleeps, and god knows where he sleeps. The one she selects, is going to have a sleepless night. We congratulate the one she denies, and the denied person happily sleeps. Interestingly enough, she decides it’s the other person’s turn right in the morning and starts “xxx Vaddu” where xxx is the person who she wanted to attend her at night.Sigh.

4. “Ummm Good Girl. Aaaa Good Girl”

This is the most recent one she picked up. She sits on her cycle, keeps coming to one of us, and suddenly decides that she is being a good girl. She yells out –  “Umm Good girl. Aaa Good girl”. And when we ask her, when did she become a goo girl, she promptly replies –  “Now”.

5. ” Aaeee Aeee”

On a particular night, when my motherly instincts were at a high, I decided that I should sing a lullaby for my daughter. And I sang one of the famous lullaby in our mother tongue – “Laali Laali”. What i didn’t knew was, my daughter isn’t in her first few days of life where she couldn’t make any sense – but a naughty toddler who’s going to dissect my song , like we dissect cockroach in biology lab. Gross analogy, apologies for that. Anyway, after my lullaby that night, instead of sleeping, she gets up cheerfully and says – “Aaee Aaee” and gives my mobile in my hand. I show her the video, and end up playing the same song for 15-20 times.

And the next days are no different. Once she says “Aaee Aaee” and keeps insisting I play it, all my family disappears from the front room, with me and her watching the video over, and over and over.

That’s all I can think for now, more will keep coming for sure.

Have a good day, and keep rocking!!


Book Review : Feeling Sorry for Celia


Feeling Sorry for Celia is a letter-book. I mean, the book is full of letters written by real people and some imaginary institutions. Written in 2000, pretty easy and interesting YA ( Young Adult read). It captures the essence of a Aussie teenager’s life so beautifully. You will fall in love with the narrative – feel as if you have been given permission to get into a teen’s head and just watch what’s going on.

The central character, Elizabeth Clarry has a friend Celia, who keeps running away. For one time in this book, she joins a circus. And then Elizabeth aka Lizzy is into long distance training, letter writing to a girl from another school few blocks away, meeting her long gone dad, writing to her never-met-but-exists step brother, and of course – the best letters are from her mum. She always writes in !!!CAPS!!! and keeps asking her to think of some weird things or bake something for her, by following the recipe on the fridge.

The smile on your lips will consistently stay – as you read letters from imaginary institutions like young teenagers association, best friends club,
THE COLD HARD TRUTH ASSOCIATION, the Secret and Mysterious Institution, People who will fail High School (And probably life) Association..and so on. It’s just hilarious.

It’s also heart warming that the book has a fantastic ending – Lizzy finally runs a marathon, finds a boy friend and a best friend. You’ll feel so good for her. The author is an expert writer – she weaves the situations happening around Elizabeth in the form of letters, and for a moment the reader’s not bored.

Managed to finish it in 2 days – as I was reading it practically everywhere – standing, sitting and sleeping(Just kidding). More so, because it’s a small book. If you get your hands on one, just read it. Or can i say – find one and read it, because you’ll absolutely love love love it?

Have a good day, and keep rocking!!

Boot camp :Week 8 Day 2

Today, we did kickboxing. I’d say I wasn’t at my best – but definitely a bit sore after the session. My partner was Danielle, and was very cheerful.
So, I did have fun 🙂

Round 1 – 8 sets for each boxer and defender.
Each set – 20 seconds of straight punches and then push the defender a bit far, i.e. 50 meters away.

Round 2 – 8 sets for each boxer and defender.
Each set – 20 seconds of knee punches and then push the defender a bit far, i.e. 50 meters away.

Round 3 – 8 sets for each boxer and defender.
Each set – 20 seconds of alternate leg kicks and then push the defender a bit far, i.e. 50 meters away.

Round 3 – 8 sets for each boxer and defender.
Each set – 20 seconds of whatever tony wishes ( either straight punch/ knee punch / leg kick)  and then push the defender a bit far, i.e. 50 meters away.

Cool down.

Tuesday is going to be fitness test. I just hope he brings a weighing machine – I’d love to see the weight drop off by atleast a kilo. The more, the merrier.

Have a good day, and keep rocking!!

Satyamev Jayate: Sunset years, sunshine life

Apt title, Apt episode. This is the lightest of all the episodes I’ve watched so far. The first portion concentrated on what went wrong and why we treat our adults in such a derogatory manner. But, the main focus was not on detailing the ill-treatments , but more on how the matured and confident elders have built up their own happy world. I giggled a lot when I saw the 79 old guy advertising in newspaper and then getting married to a beautiful lady – and staying married since 7 years. I wish we had a park in hyderabad which is similar to Dada-Dadi park in Mumbai. More people would have lot of fun.

Somehow, I think Aamir had got feedback that his episodes are making the viewer’s hearts very heavy. Which is true indeed, and who likes sorrow all the time? Give this episode a miss, if you only want to see people crying on the sets. If you are in a dull mood, this episode will sure lift your spirits up.

Satyamev Jayate: Is Love a crime?

Really? IS it such a henious crime that people literally target you, kill you and make your life miserable? Depends on lot of things actually. Aamir takes up two court cases, and digs more deeper into their stories. You will feel lot of pain when you hear the truth from sufferer’s words. And the way the gram panchayat’s shameless heads come to the show and still manage to keep their stupid traditions sound like Ramayana – no amount of beating would
bring them to their senses.

Somehow, I’m cynical when it comes to supporting or not supporting love. These things are highly situational and unless we know fair amount of the participants and their backgrounds – cannot comment on the society or lovers. But, end of the day – if the Indian constitution allows 18 year old girl and 21 year old boy to select their prime minister, it’s time their parents listened to what they have to say. As rightful guardians of their loved ones, they can then decide if their respective kids will be happy. No one can rule out the experience parents bring to their kid’s lives. But, should they guide or should they overshadow their kids lifes?

The guy heading love commandos group came and make some cheerful statements, which were the only relief in the entire show. Overall, I’d rather not watch this episode.

Smart short messaging with iPhone

Once iOs is out, the iMessage has taken the world by storm. Personally,  all my family owns iDevices, and I frequently send them messages to find out how they are doing. Although my typing is pretty good, sometimes – iPhone’s auto correct and your laziness make the chatting a bit difficuilt.

While I was browsing through the Settings, found out that you can set up shortcuts, and just typing short cuts will present the entire text in your message window. Common, say thanks to me for sharing this tip! 🙂

Go to Setting ->  Keyboard -> Shortcuts.



Boot camp: Week 8 Day 1

It was warm and sunny today, and I did enjoy the weather a lot. We did boxing, with a twist today.

The boxers and defendents were standing around  200 meters apart from each other. What we did was below:

Round 1 : Run 100m , reach the defender. 2 straight punches. Reverse paddle all the way to the beginning, touch the ground and come back. Increase punches by 2, and go back. Keep doing for 3 minutes.

The boxer  & defender exchange. Same process.

Round 2 – Same as round 1, but the boxer does a pushup when he goes to the start line, and the defender does a squat.

Round 3 – 2 lower cuts, 2 straight cuts and 2 upper cuts. The boxer does 2 pushups,and defender does 2 squats.

Round 4 – 10 straight cuts, 10 squats,. Increase straight  cuts by 10 each time, doing 10 squats in between.

Every round, we took the boxer and defender position in sequence. We had 1 minute of rest between the rounds. I was a bit sad that my boot camp will finish in another 2 sessions.

Did not feel tired at all when I was doing the boot camp, but it sure reflected in my post-lunch day. My pushups are still pathetic, time to train on them.

Have a good day, and keep rocking!!