She loves me..

but not my singing ūüė¶

My personal music critic – my little Ad!

Little Ad critiques!

On that note!  Happy New Year to all of you! Stay safe!

Ciao,

Shankari.

My my!!! Where did the time fly??

2 weeks of uncertainty

2.5 months of hiding it  from family

1 week of “Really? Again?!!” ‘s , “No, you didn’t” ‘s , “Do you know what it is?” ‘s to “I hope it is a boy finally” ‘s to “I guess you want a boy that bad” ‘s from family and friends.. actually this continued through out the 9 months! and is still going on among those who got to know recently that I have a three girls ūüôā

3 months of trying to fit Na and R into an Indian life, attending Indian schools, going through lot of emotional trauma trying to manage everything on my own without H’s help.

2 weeks of confusion, thanks to Indian Government policies on visitor visas – Delivery in India or Delivery in US

2 days of decision making, going back to US! Although sad that I will be leaving my parents and family, I was also glad that I am going to be back with H on whom I can lean on the most, at all times ūüôā

4 more months of apprehension, more tests, more apprehension, many many more questions!

D-Day- Baby ‘Ad’ arrived ¬†ūüôā

3 more months of apprehension, since she supposedly had some issues with her heart. The doctors examined her at 3 months and found nothing! After she turned 3 months old, we have truly enjoyed our  girls and thanked God everyday for blessing us with three cuties!

Today Ad turned 6 months old. ¬† Considering she has occupied very little blogspace on Naradtales, what better occasion to make an Ad-specific post! ¬†Happy Birthday kanna, thank you for coming into my life! Truly, ¬†I did not know I would enjoy you this much 15 months ago ūüôā

Ciao for now,

Shankari.

Hum honge kamiyaab!

A couple of days ago a good friend of ours invited us to a concert by YSL. Having attended another program earlier by a different set of young talents of NJ, I was very skeptical about the quality of this concert.  My friend and her husband had to constantly reassure me that this concert should not be missed( Thank you D and A for this!)

So Narad in tow, H and I attended the concert yesterday.  To say that the performances was stupendous would be an understatement.  The young artists had a strong hold on the language and the music and created magic on stage.  It was heartening to see kids born here so well versed in carnatic music!

Bringing Narad up in the US, I am often plagued by whether I will be able to successfully instill some of the Indian culture (read – classical music, classical dance, painting, and food!, in my case ) . ¬†The recent years of my stay in New Jersey has shown me that the Indians in NJ are more into ¬†my kind of “culture” than probably my peers back home !

Yesterdays music program once again drove home to me that my kind of culture is definitely rich in New Jersey!  The dedication to music among the artists and the pride among  the parents was noteworthy.   Kudos to you all for having persevered in instilling music in your kids, and  having kept up with the endless practice/soul-searching/questioning sessions.

As a young parent, I thank you for upping the interest in my little ones, who have been constantly holding a “Kutchery” at home since we came back from the event ūüôā Hopefully one day they will be able to make their mark in some form of fine arts….
I have been humming¬†“Hum honge Kamiyaab ek din” ever since!
Ciao for now,
Shankari.

Happy Deepavali!

Happy Deepavali to all of you!

Isn’t this Ganesha a beauty? H’s colleague got it for us from Bombay.

Signing off with these snaps from the Avial household –

 

 

Stay safe!

Ciao for now,

Shankari.

 

Bye bye Miss L and Miss S…

R moved up today from Miss L’s class.¬†This change is very bittersweet for me, I definitely wanted R to move up to another class at the same time did not want her to lose a gem of teacher!

Thank you Miss L and Miss S for teaching and guiding R all these months. Bye Teachers, we both will miss you! I baked an eggless sponge cake, recipe taken from here, as a thank you gift for the teachers.

All the best R, with your new teachers.

 

Ciao for now,

Shankari.

Darling Kachda Phenko!

In my community trash days are Tuesdays and Fridays.  Collecting garbage and keeping it in front of the house is a task I absolutely detest, hold on for a sec, it is second to having to put away folded clothes!

So, anyway, like I was saying this is something I delegate with unflinching regularity ūüôā¬† So tuesday’s¬†and Friday’s¬† mornings I am at¬†my sweetest with H.¬† Today he says to me,¬†kithne¬†pyar¬†sae bolti¬†hai…. Darling Kachda¬†Phenko!

 

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 (http://cmtccordwalkinfo.blogspot.com/).  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 https://cord.dojiggy.com/pledge/index.cfm?585F22080A70647471650147515B357A050A05740171.

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,

Shankari

Zip, Zap, Zoom Ratri!

Seriously, did any of you feel like Navratri just flew by?   At the Avial household, a month of prep work went into getting things ready for the festival and before we knew it the nine days got over!

This year, H built me a wooden stand with five steps. This and the fact that my parents were here to celebrate Navratri¬†for the first time with me,¬†inspired me to set up the golu¬†on a grand scale.¬† The five steps had mostly traditional dolls and on the side Narad and I made a small Christmas village which came out pretty good I must say ūüôā

It was a lot of fun though, meeting up with old friends and family and making new ones.

Below are a few pictures of this year’s golu.

Ciao for now,

Shankari.

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All izz well!

Hello people!

How are all of you?  It has been a really long time since I posted here.

If you remember, the last I posted was from India. After that many things happened which took up most of my time and energy and the blog became my last priority.¬† We had to come back from India before my delivery due to some issues with Na and R’s visa. So I came back here end of Feb and delivered my third daughter(Ad on this blog) in the US.¬† She was suspected¬†with having¬† some heart related issues, in utero, and was examined¬†at birth.¬† With God’s grace all issues had resolved by the time she was born. The prenatal cardiologist, wanted to check¬†her at 3 months of age¬†¬† I took her for an examination last week and the doctor pronounced her healthy and developmentally proceeding as per her age.

This last pregnancy, delivery and post recovery was quite taxing and I am slowly coming back to a routine. I hope to post and take part in events regularly, time permitting!

Looking forward to chatting with all of you ūüôā

Ciao for now,

Shankari.

Knock Knock! Anybody there?

Hola all of you!

It has been quite a while since this blog saw any activity at all. To all of you who wondered/looked/mulled over/pinged me a huge sorry for no updates and a heartfelt thank you!¬†I am very much humbled and honoured by the¬†blog love ūüôā ¬†

The Avial family is doing quite alright and is still stationed in India, atleast the mom and Narad are.

The reason for an extention¬†of their stay¬†is an addition to the Avial¬†household end of may/early june, combined with a severe sciatic pain(it can be¬†a pain in the a**, really!)¬†. The doctor’s in India advised against travelling and hence Avial¬†amma¬†made the decision to stay back!

It has been about a month now since I made the decision and it has taken this time to¬†adjust to it ūüôā¬†¬†The kids are in a local play school and¬†are liking it now although initially they had huge issues with everything.¬†

So that has been the reason for no activity on this blog. I am not sure how many posts I will be able to write, the reason being the laptop is not now tied to my neck ūüôā¬† Hopefully I will be able to put in some update once in a while.

In case I am unable to be¬†frequent, do keep us in your prayers girlies!¬† And folks that have my contact email/number, do keep in touch ūüôā

Ciao for now,

Shankari.

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