Thursday, 17 April 2014


Thank you for all the caring/enquiring/helpful/threatening/wonderful mails and comments that you all wrote to me. I know I’m a terrible, horrible person to have not responded immediately but I existed in this vacuum where even reality didn’t penetrate for some time.

Anita from Mirroring my thoughts asked me to guest-post on her blog a few months back. I laughed it off but she was so insistent that I had to take her request seriously. I protested I’d never written one before but that didn’t deter her. I told her I needed time and she gave me all the time I needed.

It’s one thing to post casually on one’s own blog but when writing for another person everything comes under the microscope and all the doubts in the world plague you[me, in this case].

I really hope I haven’t disappointed her. Here’s the link to the post if you’d like to read it. 

p.s: I’ve already warned her that my blog-friends are all miffed with me and may have boycotted me by now but she seems quite sure nothing of the sort has happened. 

Monday, 13 January 2014

Up and Running

After being away for more than a month I’ve forgotten how to blog. Seriously I have. I wasted a whole morning trying to put together one paragraph.

Going to take refuge under bullet points till I get my rhythm back..
  •  My Christmas and New Year's Day was GOOD. We had 2 families visiting us at the same time. My friends were like wtf until they found out it was my sister and sister-in-law’s family;-D. It was organised chaos and lots of fun for 2 weeks straight. Itinerary for each day and menu was planned before-hand to make it easier. We never managed to get out of the house before 11am how much ever we tried. And never came back home before 11pm. And never slept before 1.30am. Having a sister-in-law who took charge of the meals HELPED. Eating 1 or 2 meals outside everyday ALSO helped. And having a sister who didn’t mind washing a mountain of dishes helped. A LOT.
  • Naina celebrated her 10th birthday a few days back. She managed to keep her birthday celebrations going on for a record 3 days[don’t ask].  She had too many expectations which we realise does not bode well for the future. She also refused to help around the house claiming it was her birthday tomorrow/today/yesterday. And here’s some gyaan about the occasion ‘Everybody's so nice to you on your birthday but the very next day you are treated like dirt’ says the birthday girl bitterly;-P.
  • We are hoping to relocate back to Bangalore this year. The problem is that nobody believes us. While it is true that we've been trying to go back for the past 5 years and not succeeding very well, this year we are very serious. We are looking at schools & admission details very minutely. If any of you have any recommendations to make, please feel free. And if any of you and your have influence/own/work/deal with schools please do tell us. We need every help we can get.
  • I’m hoping to post more often on the picture blog this year. I have a DSLR but don’t use it all that much. I know:-(. My phone camera is my latest fancy.  Click, click, click & post a 100 pictures on my picture blog is my this year's resolution. Do take a look when you have the time. 
  • The Dubai Shopping Festival is going on. Crazy sales all around town. You’ll think shops are giving things away for free the way the people are trampling over each other to get at the stuff;-/. Better-half got me a pair of adidas running shoes amongst other gear. They are a dream to wear…so light and fit around my feet instead of the other way around. Never again will I look at branded stuff with prejudice. Simply awesome. With this I've run out of excuses to not exercise;-(

What's news at your end??? Once again wishing all of you a wonderful year ahead:-)).

Monday, 9 December 2013

It's a long story

I picked up 2 Stitch kits from Bangalore when I went for vacation last August. When Nikita saw it she also expressed interest. So everyday after lunch we both sat together and worked on it for an hour or so.

If it was just me I would have listened to music while stitching. But since my offspring’s taste in music didn’t match mine I had to give way to audiobooks. Audiobooks are recordings of books being read aloud. Nikita is a big fan of audiobooks. Other than when she is studying, having her meals or sleeping, audiobooks is ALWAYS on. She listens to audiobooks when she is art/crafting, she listens to audio-books when she is cleaning her room…the list goes on. I don't put up too much of a fuss because she gets to catch up with the old classics in Literature something she'd never get to do otherwise.

We were half-way thru a book by Eleanor Porter when Nikita lost her needle. It fell through the narrow gap on the side of the sofa & could not be retrieved. Then we decided I would work on my piece in the morning and she would use the same needle to work on hers after lunch.

After a week or so she lost my needle the same way she lost hers. Since no other needle could be used[the needle eye is large as the thread is thick] we lost 2-3 weeks until I hunted around and found almost the same kind of needles from the super-market. Back we went to our old routine & finished the book[22 chapters] we were listening to.

Then Nikita lost her needle again. The same way. She got a nice shelling from me this time;-/. And I forbade her to touch my needle until I finished my piece.But it was no fun doing it alone. And I had to finish it soon. By now Audiobooks kind of grew on me and I started listening to ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ by Alexandre Dumas which I last read during my school days and had forgotten much of. Somehow listening to a story being read does not give me the kind of satisfaction I get when I hold a book, turn pages and follow the plot with my eyes. But all the same I continued listening and am hooked to the story now. 

The above is Nikita's unfinished work. She is planning to frame hers as soon as it's finished and hang it in her room. I'm planning to frame mine and gift it to my sister when she comes to spend her Christmas with me:-)).

I completed my picture today[yaayyy] but I still have around 40-45 chapters[there were 119 altogether] of the book to go. I want to complete the story but cant see myself listening to audiobooks just like that. Any suggestions???

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Make hay while the sun shines...

My dear blog-friends,

How are you??? Doing better than me I hope.  I know you are wondering[atleast I like to think that] why I'm not posting all that much nowadays. Thats because there is nothing much to say really. Yes, really. How much can I go on about cooking, the kids exams and the weather. 

I'm particularly miffed with the weather;-/

They said it’s going to rain whole of this week and I’m still waiting… far we have 1 huge cloud looking like it’s about to burst.
[and why do I make a noise about seeing a cloud?? Because in the middle east we rarely see big clouds....the sky is always very clear with tiny clouds scattered here and there. So when we see a ominously dark, cloudy one, we get excited:-P]

...gloomy weather

…thunderstorm forecasts

…after 4 days of waiting now, the weather forecasters are warning us to carry umbrellas cause it’s going to rain in 1 hour.

It’s been 3 hours and there's still no sign of it.

It rained in Abu Dhabi, it rained in Sharjah, it’s raining on & off in Fujairah but Dubai sees none of it.

It’s been 2 YEARS since it REALLY rained out here.

Can u blame me for getting hyper????

I know what u r thinking.

“N get a grip will u, there are worse things to worry about” is what u r thinking, right???

Well ofcourse there are worse things happening.

Did u know I sprained my leg 2 weeks back and was hobbling around for more than a week???

Have I complained about it to u till today???

Nobody thought much of it and kindly let me do all the work until they saw my feet swelling to double its size.

Even then I didn’t get much sympathy.

Instead the better-half was tight-lipped about the whole thing.

I knew he was bursting to tell me off.

It happened when I was in church and praying [now look, I hate to show off but facts are facts]. When I finished there was nobody around and I panicked. So I quickly rose to my feet while my feet were still numb. In that split second between numbness and pins-and–needles I tried to walk. 

So alright now I know that it was a stupid thing to do. I was supposed to wait for a minute[or two] till blood circulation resumed and then try to walk. Mistakes happen right?? Can’t we just be grateful I didn't break my leg. A cousin of ours fractured her foot trying to clean the ceiling fan. A friend’s son broke both his ankles falling from the 1st floor. Actually he didn’t fall, he jumped to avoid a friend who was chasing him. And here, all I was doing was minding my own business. See, what I’m trying to say is that problems come when we least expect it. Why can’t we just be thankful it isn't worse and make the best out of it.

I did

...I had a ball making everybody fetch and carry for me.

...I made loud owww and ouch sounds just for the heck of it.

...I propped up my feet and watched movies back-to-back.

..My children were very concerned & I lapped up all the attention.

...My friends and neighbours sympathised & suggested various remedies. Which reminds me….I tried all kinds of medicines like moov & massage but a simple home-remedy a friend suggested worked out best: 2 tsps pf turmeric pwdr, 1 tsp salt, 2 drops of oil mixed with enough water to make a thick paste….apply this to the affected area & bind it with cotton or cloth. Believe it or not it made an immediate difference[like in 4-5hrs][well after 2-3 days of pain 4-5hrs does feel like immediate] and the pain reduced drastically.

Just looked out of the window now and guess what....the ever-faithful sun is back in its favourite place.

Rain in 1 hour, my foot.

The weather forecasters better find themselves another job before I get at them;-/.

Anyways gotta go now….

I might as well go dry some clothes while the sun shines.

U guys takes care and thanks for listening:-)),

Lotso luv

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Life in the fat lane

Patient Name: N
Diagnosis: Overweight
Prescription: Need to lose weight ASAP

Now N has already confronted her problem...

...and 'gasp' found the solution too...

But nothing is as easy as it sounds...if that were the case N would have shed all the excess weight 10 years back. N is not motivated enough to address the problem seriously.

Medical experts say that the first step towards losing weight is accepting the fact that one is overweight.

Then we must try to understand what causes obesity...

 Also understand and accept that all what we have been doing till now has been just for the sake of it....

or are just quick-fix methods.....

The experts also say losing weight need not be stressful.
They shared a few of their weight-loss tips...

If that doesn't work...

Or use their specially-manufactured cutlery to eat meals...

But if our heart is not in it, there are always ways to get around these things....

And N will win 1st prize for excuses.....

N needs your valuable advice.

As well-wishers what clever tips do you have to offer her????

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Four, Two ka One

4 things I’m grateful for…

My family/food/clothing/roof over my head
My friends
The ‘no pets allowed in the apartment’ rule
The 10 minute run walk to/from the school bus stop
[the only exercise I get some days]

4 questions I often ask myself..…

What is the purpose of my life??
Is there any way I can avoid cooking today???
Now where did I keep my phone???
Why do I feel guilty for wanting more out of life???

4 I wasted a lot of time over the years pondering over…

I’m actually married!!!
I’ve got TWO kids!!!!!!
How do I get the dishes to wash themselves??
What goes on in the better-half’s mind???
[But now when he replies ‘Nothing’, I believe him]

4 things I want to do...

Lose weight
Climb a mountain.
Visit New Zealand.
Win a Piano
[since I don’t play, it doesn’t make sense to buy one]

4 I wish I knew earlier..

Marriage is not the destination, it’s just a shaky start.
My kids will grow up to be teenagers.
[somehow I thought they all grew directly into adults]
I’ll see my parents only once a year.
Freedom is a state of mind.

4 reasons for this post...

It’s Halloween
[honest it was when I started this post]
My sleep is precious to me.
I have to get it out of my system
I needed to post, period.

What are the 4 questions you often ask yourself???

Monday, 21 October 2013

The games we play....

One Thursday evening….

[It's start of weekend for residents in the Middle East incase you are wondering...]

“Let’s go to the mall” suggestion was met with cries of “It’s boring, we don’t want to go”.

“But why???” 

“We are always going to malls, it’s soo boring.”

Huh since when….they had the maximum fun out there; there were toy stores to be explored, bookshops to be visited, gaming zones to run amok in, freebies to be collected while the parents were usually found hurrying behind trying to keep up.

I would have been happy to hear this any other time but that day I wanted to go out.

I sat them down and stressed how lucky they were to have parents who didn’t need to be coerced into taking them out.

They looked at me unimpressed.

I told them about my childhood where I was taken out just twice a year.

That got some response.

“You are joking……only twice a year???” Nikita flabbergasted.

“Yes, on Christmas day and Easter……

……to visit relatives.” I added for a punch.

Both looked horrified.

Nikita pretended not to be affected and was like “Your time was different Mama so don’t compare then and now”


“How different” I challenged not willing to let it go so easily. “I was also a kid like you and would have loved to go to a mall[never mind there were no malls then] but my strict, authoritarian father decided we’ll visit relatives and so we went visiting.” I said woefully, mentally apologizing to my father for the way I was portraying him.

Two shocked faces stared pityingly at me and my deprived childhood.

Kids nowadays are funny I tell u….I so clearly remember jumping up and down for joy when my parents planned trips to visit relatives.

“I always obeyed my parents and did everything they told me to” I said grandly.

Nikita didn’t want to hear anymore….I think I over-acted a bit and the lost the bit of ground I had gained till then.

“We don’t feel like going to the mall, we want to stay home. Didn’t u say we’ll rest this weekend, so we want to rest” the siblings on the same page for once.


For a change the better-half & I wanted to go out and these two were playing party-poopers.

“I know exactly why you want to stay home” I said sternly. “You want to play on the tab right….right”

Two guilty faces confirmed my doubts. Well I didn’t blame them. If my father had downloaded 2 new games on the tablet for me that evening I too probably wouldn’t have wanted to go out anywhere. Too bad their mother was not so understanding.

“Alright we’ll stay home but both of you will not touch the tablet….
….or any other gadget in the house for the rest of the day.” I said closing all loopholes.

Two dismayed faces stared back.

Naina opened her mouth to protest but Nikita stopped her and said “Alright we won’t touch the gadgets, but we can read books right”

How could I refuse to let them read books without coming across as petty?

So they settled down comfortably to read.

I think Nikita realised that we wanted to go out more than them and was in her “two can play at this game” mode.

The better-half and I sat facing eachother, wondering what to do. I wanted to go out and by hook or by crook we were going to. What the heck…..I had already scrubbed and cleaned and closed the kitchen for the day thinking we were eating outside. No way was I going back in there to make dinner.

“In all other houses children are asking but their parents are too busy to take them out. Here we are telling we’ll take u out but you want to stay home to play some silly game.” I said in irritation.


You two are so lucky…..even before you say it you have parents who get you what u want. Go on, just look around you, you have everything, instead of counting your blessings and staying happy…..”

“But we do thank God for everything and we are happy…..we just want to stay home and not go anywhere out today.” Nikita says reasonably.


Silence reigned in the house for a few minutes.

The better-half started drumming on the dining table to hide his impatience.

I was hopping mad now.

Desperate times called for desperate measures.

“Alright, we won’t go out if that’s what you want. You are right, it’s not good to go out all the time. I’ll make something ‘nice’ to eat and we can all laze around at home”

I discussed the dinner menu with the better-half.

“What do you think I should make for dinner???? I’ve got Rice, Rasam & stir-fry in the fridge or should I make Kanji*???”

The better-half’s fingers faltered for a few seconds and then resumed drumming when he realized my game plan.

The children who were merrily swinging on the recliner till then froze in shock.

“I think Kanji is better because it’s healthy and also it will take me just ½ an hour to make it.” 

The better-half drummed a tune on the table approvingly.

The recliner creaked to a halt.

Sensing victory I pressed home my advantage.

“It's too late to make a side dish but we can have it with some yummy pickle.”

Books lay forgotten as two white faces watched us like hawks.

“Ofcourse if we were going out, we could have had Burgers or Pizza or Chinese” I smashed the point home.

The ball in their court now, we waited nervously.



“We don’t want to stay home, we want to go out….we love going to the mall” wailed Naina.

Game. Set. Match.

*rice gruel

Monday, 7 October 2013

A Review

I got a few mails in the past month asking me for the details of my hotel stay in Rajasthan. I replied to them ofcourse and then I thought I'll also put it up on the blog for your information. Just think of it this way, I'm helping you in advance to plan your trip to Rajasthan whenever you decide to go there. Instead of wasting hours/days/weeks researching on the net where to stay you can straightaway zero in on your location especially when it comes from a ermm...reliable source like me;-).

Like I said earlier we did a lot of searching on the net to locate a good hotel without going overboard or scrimping. We finally zeroed in on three of them Trident, Chunda Palace and one more whose name I forget now. We also had Taj Lake Palace on our wishlist but the prices were so steep that it remained just that..a wish;-). 

Now Trident which is managed by The Oberoi Group had this 'Discover India with Trident' offer which we found very tempting not to mention suited our needs. We could stay at any of their hotels at all the places[if there was one ie] we visited in Rajasthan. The offer was flexible and we could plan our own itinerary. The staff were very informative and helped us make up our minds with all the little comforts they threw into the offer at no extra cost:-).

Front View, Trident, Udaipur
We stayed at the Trident, Udaipur first. Until one reaches the destination there is always this doubt whether we have made the right decision. There was a feel-good feeling as soon as we entered the grounds of the hotel; the architecture & the well-kept lawns won us over in the beginning itself. 

Lobby, TridentUdaipur
The reception and lobby[pic above] were designed keeping the Rajasthani aesthetics in mind and gave us the 'feel' of the place we were visiting for the first time.

Beautiful Corridor, Trident Udaipur
 The door you see in the picture above led to the restaurant where we had most of our meals. The breakfast buffet which was included in the offer was excellent......seriously it was a grand spread with Indian, continental, European, so many choices. The food was warm, tasty and with just right amount of spice. The servers attentive and quick to get us dishes which were not served[like eggs without yolks, waffles, etc] on the table. 
When I scanned through the menu card later I realised ordering A la carte was not a great idea as most of the dishes were high-priced individually, so if there were more than 3-4 people  in the group it was better to opt for the lunch and dinner buffet. In our case it worked out fine because kids below 10 years of age went free:-).

They also had a very good complimentary tea with snacks every evening but we weren't able to advantage of that everyday since we were out sight-seeing most of the day. 

Mesmerizing view, TU
The children really enjoyed their stay here; there was lots of space to run around and play and ofcourse the swimming pool. There were Peacocks and deer to be sighted, not to mention the tame squirrels darting about to keep them entertained. There is also a Childrens Club where they could paint pictures, play chef and try their hand at pottery. The staff were all very friendly & patient with them.

The extensive grounds, Trident, Udaipur
On the downside, the hotel rooms were a bit small but since we were hardly in there except to sleep it was okay and room service was always on hand to keep it tidy. 

Barah Mahal, inside TU grounds
There is a real palace[a teeny one;-)] called the Bara Mahal right inside the Trident grounds. Not a huge place but nevertheless exciting to explore. Seems like it was built by Maharana Fateh Singh in the 1800's for his hunting pursuits. But now it is just a sanctuary for birds, deer, monkeys and reptiles. We climbed up to the open terrace and were able to get beautiful shots of the place and the surrounding areas.

There was also a curio shop right outside the hotel gates which was very convenient for our last minute shopping. When it was time to go to Jaipur we did feel a little sad to leave and contented ourselves by taking pictures, lots of them:-).

Trident, Jaipur
Facing the beautiful Mansagar lake, Trident Jaipur had a enchanting front view. The mountains you see in the picture above are the Aravalli mountains; a beautiful sight to wake upto if you are staying in a room facing the lake.

Trident, Jaipur 
I have to tell you honestly here that after Trident Udaipur, Trident Jaipur was a bit of a letdown. They didn't have a lot of space, the quaint charm & holiday atmosphere which we enjoyed at the Trident, Udaipur was missing. This one was more a business hotel....the kind, people travelling on work would choose to unwind in at the end of a hectic day.

But the staff here made up for it with their service. They were very attentive to our needs...ALWAYS. Any wish of ours was their command, literally. They very often went out of their way to make us especially the kids, happy.
Puppet Show[sorry abt pic qlty]
They also had some kind of entertainment happening most nights. We managed to catch a charming puppet show and a kind of handicraft display. There was this old man & his assistant selling trinkets....while the assistant helped us choose the accessories we wanted, the old man was making the very things in front of our eyes. It was fascinating and Nikita didn't budge from his side all evening. I too watched him make colourful bangles out of resin collected from a particular tree. He told me the name of the trees too but I've forgotten now. It took him 30-40 minutes to make 4 separate bangles & I for one couldn't blame him for the exorbitant amount he charged for them;-P.

Trident, Jaipur
And I have to mention this particular incident which makes us shake our heads even now whenever we think about it. On the last day we were at the bar[at Trident, Jaipur] and the men decided to live it up a bit as it was the end of the holiday and all. I was there solely for the mocktails/chicken tikkas & other tasty titbits;-P. We must have been there for almost 2 hours and quite enjoyed sparring with eachother about the highs and lows of our trip/ culture and traditions of Rajasthan/ the state of the economy and other subjects. At the end when we asked for the bill we were told by the waiter who served us that it was on the house. With various expressions ranging from 'Oh' to 'eh' we stared at him. He explained with a smile that the General Manager of the hotel was there at the bar for a while and he had personally told him to. I groaned thinking about the conversation which he must have heard[which we did more to irritate eachother than out of any belief;-/] while the better-half chided the waiter for not telling us earlier. His logic was that we could have ordered the more expensive bottles if we had known;-P.

And while I'm at it let me tell one more incident and this I tell you was really embarrassing. One particular employee was particularly attentive and served us well and so I decided to tip him on the last day. He refused the money saying it was against the hotel's rules to accept tips. I cringe at the memory could I have been so thoughtless especially when I had already seen the notice which stated that the hotel didn't encourage the practice of tipping individually;-(.

Like I said, the staff at this hotel won us over with their earnestness and their priority that we enjoy our stay with them. When I look back now I realise that our whole trip went off so well mainly because we picked a really good hotel to stay. So very often our entire trip[which we plan so carefully] can be spoilt by an indifferent hotel or inattentive service staff. Thankfully we chose well.

Note to doubtful souls: Nobody sponsored/paid or forced me to put up this review. I just thought it will be helpful for anybody who was looking for a 'very good' hotel to stay with family in Udaipur or Jaipur:-). 

p.s: This was supposed to be a straight-forward review with a few pictures. But I should have known I couldn't keep it short;-P.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Mark my words

N&N posing in front of a funny mirror

The term exams got over last week.

[happy dance]

Now all of you can thank me one by one.

[N waits expectantly for outpouring of gratitude]


[All she gets in return is a yawning silence]

You didn’t notice???

[N put hands on hips and taps foot on ground impatiently]

Dammit, I take so much effort and u guys don’t even notice anything;-/.

I said the kids' Exams are OVER.


[N takes a deep breath & practices the little yoga Nikita taught her when she was in 3rd std]

“Didn’t u realise I didn’t bug you with any post on how fast the exams were approaching and how horrible they were going to be and how I was going crazy searching for text-books and notebooks which had mysteriously disappeared over the holidays and how the better-half was not helping and how my BP was going up and how the kids were least bothered and how….”

“Oh just forget it, I have a good mind not to tell you anything;-S”



[N imagines a crowd of bloggers pleading with her to forgive them]

Alright, alright I’ll tell you only if u answer my question truthfully???

And you ofcourse know very well that I can’t hide anything from you for long;-/.

So like I was telling u, the exams went off very well….

.....actually very badly:-(. 

Both Nikita and Naina came back home with expressions more morose than the other’s each day of the exams. I kept quiet as a mouse as they showed me all the questions they blundered on. Well it was not really their fault was it. Their exams were held immediately after school reopened after the holidays. And we as parents should have planned our holiday after taking their exams into consideration. No point talking about it after the episode:-(.

Anyways, while the better-half and I were still dilly-dallying about what is the best mode of action to take from now on, Nikita has decided for herself that it did not make sense to keep waiting for her parents to wake up from their apathy, instead she herself must be vigilant about these things. And the sweet kid that she is, she even worded it very carefully so as to not hurt our feelings in any way.

Atta girl
[N pats herself  in appreciation ]

Now I must find a way to get her to invoke the same feelings of motivation in Naina;-P

Seems like Naina took so much time over her Hindi paper that the boy next to her who had finished almost an hour before her asked very concerned “Naina, tera saboon slow hai kya???”*


Some of the questions in the GK Paper Naina attempted:

Q1. Who is Mukesh Ambani?  
A.   Mukesh Ambani is a very famous Fashion Designer.

Q2. Who is MS Subbulakshmi?
A. MS Subbulakshmi is a very famous person. He has won many awards and is very very famous.

Q3. Who wrote Malgudi Days? 
A.    RK Kipling

We just scraped through GK with minimum marks and are very grateful we passed.

On the other hand Nikita got 20/20 in GK….full marks only in GK but I’m still grinning like a fool;-D.

She too faced problems but of another kind. She is not the topper in her class but atleast she tries. So the kids who are sitting close to her during the exams are peeking into her paper to get the answers they don’t know. Seems like one kid was so unprepared that she copied 90% of Nikita’s answers. Nikita hates it but is not able to express her displeasure vocally. So she compensates by writing in a lousy handwriting.

There was one question which asked the name of the palace built by the Portuguese in Cochin?? And Nikita wrote the correct answer. 

After the exam the girl who copied everything from Nikita was like
“What a funny name for a palace???”
And Nikita was like “What so funny about it???”

The girl was hopping mad when she found out it was Mattencherry palace and not “Mutton Curry palace”;-D.

Last heard the girl is totally confused as to how Nikita got full marks while she got only 11/20 inspite of copying everything from Nikita’s paper;-).

And I haven’t forgotten the question I was going to ask even if you are going to pretend u have… 

Reflections Survey Sheet

Marks: 100
Attempt any one:

Q1. What kind of posts N writes is most irritating???    (10 marks)
a. the paranoid post before the exams
b. the neurotic post during the exams
c. the anxious post after the exams
d. All of the above and all the rest of her posts


Q2. Given the hectic and busy life N leads, how often do u expect her to update her space???   (10 marks)
a. once a week
b. Bi-monthly
c. once in a month
d. whenever she feels like

Kindly post your answers in comment section with detailed explanation.                         (90 marks)


*Lifebuoy ad

Monday, 23 September 2013

The Mystery of the Ringing Doorbell


The doorbell pealed suddenly in the middle of the afternoon.

I waited expectantly for the kids, the better-half,  somebody, anybody to open the door. I had just sunk into a couch after clearing lunch and was feeling lethargic.

Obviously everybody around was feeling the same;-/.

I reluctantly got up to answer the doorbell wondering who it was. I knew it was not the kid’s friends because those kids never rang the doorbell, they just  knocked on the door[by now we are familiar with the different types of knocking and can accurately predict which kid it is even before we open the door;-P]

Who the heck comes visiting right after lunch anyway???

I looked through the peep hole.

Couldn’t see anybody.

Opened the door and looked left, then right, then left again and right and everywhere.

There was nobody out there.

The kids also emerged to inspect the visitor.

All 3 of us looked at eachother in confusion.

Realisation dawned a split second later.

Somebody rang the doorbell and ran away.

The kids were indignant. “The cheek……”

I wanted to laugh.

Whoever it was made a clean getaway.

We went back inside, kids animatedly discussing who it could have been.


3 days later around the same time….


Arriving at the same conclusion all 3 of us hurried to the door to catch the offender.

But by the time we got up from where we were lounging around and rushed to the front door the offender had escaped once again.

The kids were hopping mad. What guts…they fumed.

This time I walked down the corridor to check the lift.

It was stationary.

Opened the door to the staircase and listened.

Absolutely quiet in there.

So it was somebody from our floor itself.

Some kid was right then standing behind his/her door and snickering away silently I supposed.

But who???

The kids were heatedly arguing amongst themselves as to who it could be.

My apartment was at the end of the corridor.

The apartment opposite ours was occupied by an Arab couple with a toddler.

So they were ruled out.

At the other end were 4 doors placed close together. All the 4 apartments had kids.

“Mama, I heard the door to the garbage chute bang shut just before our doorbell rang. Which means whoever is ringing the bell is going down this passage to throw garbage and then ringing our doorbell and running away“.


2 days later round about the same time again…

Ting-Tong Ting-Tong Ting-Tong

The kids and I dropped everything we were doing and ran like maniacs to the front door. In those few seconds we heard the kid rushing noisily down the corridor and slammed his/her door just as we opened ours.

I banged the wall in half amusement and frustration.

The kid was getting bolder. A simple ting-tong was now a Ting-Tong multiplied into 3. I was soo hoping to catch the kid red-handed and have some fun.

The kids were boiling in fury. They had already come to a few conclusions by now.

“Mama…we are sure it’s JoJaJo” burst out Nikita angrily.

Most of the kids on the floor were their friends and they played together all the time.  JoJaJo were 3 kids with names starting with J[wht else] and the only kids they had some issues with.

“Stop Nikita, we cannot accuse anybody without proof” I warned.

Now we were alert all the time especially after lunch. If we heard anybody open the door to the garbage chute[luckily for us, it opened with a noise] all of us looked up in expectation and waited.

But nothing happened for the next 2 days.

Then at 11pm one day, just as I was winding up for the day….


My heart nearly jumped out in shock. In the silence of the night the ring was so loud that for a moment I just stood there and did nothing. The better-half and kids who had already gone to sleep an hour earlier, got up with a start.

I rushed to the door but again I was too late.

But enough was enough. Being disturbed in the middle of the night was not funny.

We decided to knock on JoJaJo’s house and asked if any of the kids went to drop the garbage a few minutes back.

JoJaJo’s mother was like “No they didn’t, they slept almost an hour ago”.

I knocked on the next door.

They took almost 5 minutes to open the door.

The entire family was already in bed.

At the next house too they denied any knowledge of the incident.

I hesitated to knock on the last door.

The Irani family who stayed there had 2 girls above the age of 10 and the woman of the house was a formidable lady who was well-known for her terror tactics. All the kids on the floor detested her because she was always complaining about the noise they were making. Even we kept out of her way;-P.

Since I knocked every other door I reluctantly knocked on hers too.

She came out and said everybody was asleep and what’s more, nobody from her house will do something like this. Behind her I saw one of her kids peeping from one of the rooms.

I came back all upset and puzzled.

I felt really terrible going like that and knocking on doors in the middle of the night but this was getting a little out of hand.

I related the whole episode to the better-half and kids . The better-half then said he heard a slap and a child crying just a few minutes earlier. We have a window near the bedroom which is left open sometimes and if the neighbours left their window opened too we could clearly hear what was going on there.

The kids & I looked at eachother in shock because the Irani family stayed there.

We couldn’t believe it. Her daughters were almost 14 & 11 yrs old. Even though those kids didn’t come out to play with mine there was no animosity between them as such. So then why…

We went to sleep after that.

The whole incident was discussed and examined with a microscope the next day but no conclusions were reached.

Anyways the problem was solved.

Or so we thought.

The very next day at around 9pm.


To say we were stunned was an understatement. I was at the far end of the house fixing the kids beds for the night. Too far away.

“Nainaaaaaa, open the door quick” all of us yelled at the same time. 

Naina was at the water dispenser filling her glass and closest to the door.

So many thoughts went through my mind.

It was not the Irani kids after all.
What will I do when I catch the kid red-handed???

There was no doubt here we’ll catch the budding delinquent because Naina was already opening the door and we could still hear noisy footsteps rushing off.

Just as we opened our door, the door opposite ours slammed shut and we heard the key being turned in the lock.

We were totally taken aback.

How could it be????

The Arab who lived opposite our apartment was a new tenant and as far as we knew, lived there with his wife and 10 months old child. Their names were not even there in our list of suspects.

The better-half knocked on their door.

The Arab came out carrying his baby. The baby is one of the prettiest, cutest and most endearing toddler. My kids loved her and go running to [baby]talk to her whenever they saw her.

Emerging out of my thoughts, I see the better-half explaining the problem.

Within 2 minutes we had our suspect in our hand.

Suspects actually.

The Arab had his relatives staying with him for the holidays. Looking back now, we remember seeing them once or twice. Their 3 kids[3 cheerful & naughty looking kids of different age;-D ] would come out everyday to throw garbage down the chute. While going back into the house they found it very amusing to ring our doorbell and run away.

The Arab was so apologetic that we felt bad and ended up reassuring him.

Nikita then put everything  together and presented her deductions….

“Those kids took turns to ring our door-bell everyday which explains the varying tones in which it was rung” she explained authoritatively. “And Mama, what we thought was footsteps running down the corridor was actually the sound of 3 children rushing through their door one by one” concluded Nikita, wrapping up the case neatly.

Only one doubt remains….

If these kids were the culprits, then why did the Irani lady wake her supposedly sleeping child at 12 in the night & make her cry;-o???

Do you have any such solved/unsolved mysteries to share:-)????