Month: April 2015

Bus… Books… Blogging

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I am back to my sort of routine after a crazy 3 months — and also working towards not burning Yuvan much and pacing it – I am taking some definite me time – and back catching my regular bus to work and do the best I love on that journey – blog!!    I am reading a lot like before – another NLB membership added using E’s IC – I am curenntly reading my second book in the last two weeks – both by NR! 

 I am also getting Yuvan to read as much as I would like to.. hitting the previous KPI –  A library book a day and anything more is his – he generally does do more reading for pleasure!! 

I am glad and thankful for these little but important healers!!  

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The Tale of two barbers and a little young man! 

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Kids do have preference in a lot of things, I know.. Yuvan has grown to appreciate the different hairstylists cum barber shops! We have been regular at a popular chain for more than 2 years because Yuvanz stylist was a true stylist who knew how to cut Yuvanz thick dense and curly locks and Yuvan jus loves him and amazing service too!  He was a great find after trying a few!

Everytime we plan to visit India, Yuvan would say, ‘I will now have hair cut done there – and only at Sathish mama’s (my bro’s) stylist!’ I asked him why so two years ago; he replied that he likes the way the stylist cuts and actually enjoys the whole process of the-haircut! The whole process involves practically a traditional Indian men’s haircut with water sprayed from the bottle; with 90% of thehaircut being done with scissors; and trimmer only used for clean-up; shoulder massage being the final touch – all done in a slighlty modern set-up !! And offcourse he gets to enjoy the bike ride with my bro which is the icing on the cake!  

The first thing I tell my bro even before I board the flight from SG is ‘please get an appointment for him; he badly needs a haircut!! And he would reply ‘ok.. Ok..!’ Mind you… he could get a similar hair cut nearer to Eash’s place in India but he prefers and loves the hairstylist nearer to mom’s!!

Back in Sg, I had asked him a few times whether he wanted to try the 10 dollar haircuts or another similiar one near our home (which may give him an Indian haircut experience) and he had refused and we had been visiting our trusted stylist! But… Just a few months ago i.e right after our last India trip; a new local neighborhood barber shop popped up and he said he would like to try it after checking it out  from outside, and he told me that, ‘this shop could be the one which could give him ‘quite close to’ India experience!’  – not sure what did he see in the new one – for me everything  looked the same!

BUT – every since the first try – no turning back – he loves their slow and steady 90% scissors 10% trimmer approach with the huge brush to knock off the all the little dusty hair over his neck and offcourse there is water spray involved:-)

And the haircut costs 10 bucks and i love that fact!! 

Here is a snapshot of that amazing shop minus the people…

I myself like the colourful vintage deco and their professionalism! 

No hard feelings with our other stylist nor their service – he is still my stylist but Yuvan is enjoying this local experience thoroughly. I am glad he is able to connect it back to his India experience!! 

A tale of two fantastic barbers actually:-)

The story of the study table 

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seems to be a topic much discussed among moms who have boys particularly… Recently a friend of mine shared her sentiments of her boys ignoring the study table and stufing on dining table which received responses from fellow mommies about the kids using all possible places at home to study – dining table; kitchen floor; bed/mattress; carpeted play areas and what not except the designated study table!

This brought me back some nostalgia; my and my brother never owned a study table really – my dad’s idea of buying a study table cum dining table to save money ended up being used as none – as the table and chairs didnt suit both the purpose – but we never dared to tell my Dad that unsuitabilty was one of the reasons we never used it, everytime he was angry about non-used!! All it was used was as  table where my mom leaves the cooked food!!

We inherited another table later on from my Dad but it also ended as a table to just pile the books!! We used to study everywhere, including the door steps and open terrace!! What nostalgia – especially coimbatore chilled winter evenings on the terrace:-)

Yuvan has had a study table from very  young which also doubled up as our activity table and we REeeeaaalllllyyy uuussssseeddd it to the brink, that in the end decided to just dispose rather than give away and that’s when Y moved to grade 3! 

Then, it took a bit of research and 6 hrs of assembly time for Eash before we put together his ideal study table with drawers and a study lamp combined with a comfy swiveling chair! 

Yet, Yuvan uses it sparsely – mind you… he uses it! But we study all over the house and I have to accept his productivty and over all mood is pretty good in these non study table areas!! I believe it boils down to his character of wanting space; unwind; to be open and about!! 

When I revisit my school and college days, I loved to study on bed with all the books spread all around me 😃

Here with Yuvan, one month before major exams – our coffee table and our master room carpeting chillout place is full of piled away books, worksheets and writing material all set for revision!! And I have to accept I like to see it that way – typically my style – everything in a place where its easily accesible – cozy – piled up; organised but not that organised – yet productive!!

My Regular Friday date 

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My Regular Friday date is handsome, someone who is quite harsh at times, loving at times, understanding mostly, attractive but demanding at times, someone who is genuine and talkative, who has strong opinions…and the list goes on…

He is my usual companion — for many may think an unusual friday date – I have grown to appreciate it – I like being with him for some quality time – mostly starts with a dinner that he craves for on that day or what I crave for – a little catch up on everyday things – many a times book browsing and buying afterwards – and a little bit more tv before winding up for the day with loving cuddles!

Sounds perfect for a Friday night date?? Thanks Yuvan, my dear son for being my regular Friday date!  

Love you young man and cherishing these small but precious moments!!   

Retrospection

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A simple train ride – A friday evening – only myself me – driverless – front compartment – my train of thoughts…

 An efficient cycle that is perfect; useful for everyone; yet its own cycle is just endless with more and more expectations; noone appreciates its for  its perfections but flaws noticed!  

Little act of kindness 

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goes a long way and if it comes from your little one – it makes you feel even more special and happy!! 

Sundays are generally sleep-in morning’s for us. Today both me and yuvan woke up at around the same time and I know our helper would have gone off to Cold storage, after leaving the milk and tea ready. 

I wanted Yuvan not to be hovering alone and I was getting out of bed – that’s when he said making his way out of the washroom, ‘amma, you sleep for a while if u want – I will microwave the milk!’ Awwww – I was moved and I still said, ‘its ok – I am fine.. I will see u after my washroom break!’ The thought matters!! 

When I walked in to the living room, he was his usual busy sunday-self catching up on his la liga and what not soccer news! BUT.. Something made a difference to this usual sunday morning! He had not only reheated his milk, also my tea and left mine on the coffee table and his on his regular bed tray!! How thoughtful of him 🙂 I beamed, grinned and said a happy thank you!! 

I am thankful today for this little act of kindness from him which made a huge difference!!