So how was your weekend?

Ours was extremely hectic at the same time we had a lot of fun and heard some funnies!

Saturday morning saw us in the local Babies R Us, all three girls in tow dressed in Indian finery waiting to get portrait pictures taken.  Once this got done, we dropped the youngest one at home with my parents and went to a friend’s housewarming function.

So, before leaving for the photo session, we are all busy trying to get the three ready in pattu pavadais and matching jewellery. Since R(alias the Avial family clown!)  got ready first, I asked H to put her jacket on. H was busy talking to my dad and did not hear her ask him repeatedly to zip her jacket up.    Finally when he realised what he wanted he told her “Sheri pa, one minute wait pannu”. So she goes “I not appa, appa!”   The next 5 minutes saw all of us ROFL 🙂

I have enrolled Na in Balvihar classes in a school nearby. These take place on Sunday mornings between 10 and 12.  Na has a lot of fun in these classes and recounts all the songs/stories that she hears from her “BalVihar Teacher”. Since the fees for the classes covers the attendance for the family, this week I decided to take R also to the classes.    Although I had my reservations about her, R also had fun, but  she took sometime chilling out with all the folks there.  I guess a crowd of almost 30 kids and their parents overwhelmed her initially 🙂

My father accompanies me to these classes and we both are astounded every time we see the crowd for these classes.  So many people religiously attending these classes and sharing ideas and that too in a foreign land is really amazing and inspiring.  My dad keeps recollecting that 40 years ago, he used to facilitate Balvihar classes in his own apartment in Bombay and today he is seeing a school full of students of all ages!

Thank you Chinmaya mission for providing this wonderful opportunity to us “desis” in this land!

On another note, this weekend, i.e.  23rd of October Chinmaya mission is conducting a walkathon. It is a charity event to raise funds primarily for rural development as per their blog (  If any of you are in the area and wish to take part in the walkathon please definitely do.  If you wish to contribute monetarily to this cause,  you can use this link

Signing off, below is a picture of a lamp that Na made at the Balvihar class this weekend. Really proud of her work since she told me that she did the entire thing herself!   I am so glad she is also bitten by the creative bug..

So tell me, how was your weekend?

Ciao for now,




  1. Shruti said,

    October 18, 2011 at 3:51 am

    so good to have you back. Hugs. 🙂 change the name of the blog now!
    that lamp is lovely…she did all that by herself?? Good to see she has ur creative genes. 🙂
    Really miss u at artsy-craftsy.

    • Shankari said,

      October 18, 2011 at 11:13 am

      So good to be back 🙂 Naam kyon change karoon yaar?

      Yes, she made the lamp all by herself. She is definitely more creative than I was at her age! I miss artsy-craftsy too, maybe from next month on I can come up with something. But it is definitely great to be blogging again 🙂

  2. VV said,

    October 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Na lamp is definetly better than the one my son made. I think he squished his when sitting- but eithercase such delicate art work doesnt interest him yet… 🙂

    • Shankari said,

      October 26, 2011 at 4:09 am

      Thanks VV. Na loves working with her hands, hopefully she will keep this up.

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