Month: August 2016

Machli [#RIP]

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is a name I grew up with… No, it’s not somebody whom I know in person. It’s all about the tigress who captured almost all of India’s attention and the World’s attention for the last 20 years…She was the Queen of Ranthambore – Brave, Broody and Courageous. A tigress who contributed so much to Tiger conservation and brought conscious awareness towards her own species. An outright Royal Bengal Tiger in every way!

Sadly, she passed away today at 19. It feels like you have a lost a pet, or you have lost something so synonymous. I am not a wild-life admirer or an animal lover like my brother (I wonder, why and how we are exact opposites in every aspect of ourselves – I can write one long post about it :-P), yet I grew up watching episodes and episodes of documentaries about Machli along with my my brother. We had the habit of watching so much of NGC, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel as we grew up to become adults (btw, my brother still does).

I started off watching just for information about her, but I soon fell in love with Machli for all her qualities and the way she looked – a very unique Royal Bengal Tiger. Something in her just made me admire her…She influenced me in a way – watching her gave me confidence, it made me go wow and on top of everything, I felt very content and happy watching a Tiger! (Weird, isn’t it?).

“Machli, Though I am not a wildlife lover, I admire(d) you Machli… You definitely added joy and happiness to my life, that I can never find words to explain!”

I always have not missed reading any news about her as she grew older.. As we all knew she already outlived the average life span of tigers, I was still never prepared to get used to of not reading about her or seeing photos of her roaming around Ranthambore like the Queen she was.  The day was today…Machli is no more! Well! The legend will live in the memories of people like me and we will always love you! #RIPMachli

I am thankful to have lived in the same era as her! Watching ‘n’ number of documentaries about her on wildlife channels with my brother is still so fresh in my mind and soul…

Here’s Machli’s Facebook Page🙂

Note to self:- Show documentary videos of Machli to Yuvan:-)

After note: This is taken from a Machli and a animal-lover’s facebook page i.e my brother… I think I would like to host it here, in the memory of Machli;

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National Day

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or in other words Independence Day observances are quite a different experience in different countries… Having lived away from India for a while now, August is a special month for me, as I get to see people painting the whole town in red and white and observing Singapore’s National Day in different ways, with the National Day Parade a big highlight…

As part of the National Education, every student studying in a Singapore Public school gets to experience one of the rehearsals, complete with fireworks…It was Yuvanz opportunity this year and he seems to have enjoyed the experience of being part of it… His reaction ‘It would have been good if we had more Sing-alongs…but I loved the fireworks…’ and to my question of ‘Whats the message this year?’ His answer was  ‘Building a better future together…’ hmmm…


And second year in a row, I managed to practice/learn face painting in preparation for his school celebrations…and mind you on hos request… 


And for the first time, we managed to catch the Jets doing to the flypast for the National Day Parade unplanned… For me it was a different experience altogether:-)


August 15th is always special remembrance of India, as we strive to become the Nation that every Indian would like it to… I still miss watching the Independence Day Parade on television and the goosebumps of the day! Jai Hind – I will always be proud to be an Indian!

Every Parent’s journey is different!

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Being a parent is every parent’s individual exciting story and every child is also a different individual. 

Having said that, as a parent, the journey for me so far has had its own ups and downs and I have learned from every single parenting hit and miss. I have had my ‘Mummy moments’, crazy stressful days and ‘Magnum/chocalate days’. 

Also, along the way I have read ‘n’ number of parenting articles – contemplated and argued about the same within my mind, about which/what may work for us and what am I not doing right. I have also tried many suggestions to improve my parenting after my ‘mum instinct’ vouched for it. Some articles have served me as reassurances that what I am probably doing at that juncture is right… Everyone likes reassurances – isn’t it?

Mum in the making, a blog I read quite regularly shared this parenting article on social media. 

As Yuvan is only three years shy of getting into his teens, I have always wondered and kind of perplexed about what challenges it would throw at me and how am I going to face them? But I always have belived some positive parenting habits had to be established right from the beginning to enjoy or rather survive the teen parenting stage. 

The article talks about10 parenting habits to develop before your child turns into a teen’. I am happy that I have established that but the challenge would be to sustain it. 

If you are a parent this is a must read:-) Out of all the 10, everything except No.2 falls in the ‘To sustain’ category, for me. No. 2 is work in progress and I will take it even more seriously from this minute.

Reassurances 

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come in little packages and they are strong messages and whether you pick it or not is another thing…

I have come to listen to these little messages veey keenly now and they have made/make a huge difference to me.

After an emotional evening of thinking tooo much, I woke up to these:

  • A work friend remembers you when she plans to take taxi and texts you ‘don’t rush, I shall pick you up on the way’.
  • Yuvanz best friend’s Dad calls and asks, ‘I want to check if you have bought Yuvan the 8th HP book, so I can get the 8th book for him too…’ 

I personally think these are strong messages to me at a crucial time and these little reassurances made me happy and thankful. I am counting my blessings.