Thursday, December 10, 2015

Time to stop and stare

There was a time when one could do one thing at a time and not feel like one was wasting time not multi-tasking. A time when we were kids when one could sit and talk even when the electricity went, waiting patiently for it to come back. But now the electricity doesn't go, at least not for more than 20 seconds, so that's what the kids are used to. They expect immediacy in everything. As if everything is controlled by a remote. Stop. Play. Start. Pause and Rewind. If they are watching a recorded show, which is what I usually do, they don't have the patence to sit through the advertisement, rushing to me to tell me to forward it for them. In a way, I'm ok with that, I mean, the less advertisements they see, the better, but it's that lack of patience again.

Most kids lives are scheduled to the second. School time, eating time, ballet class, karate class, drawing class, robotics class and so on. It's mind boggling that kids are not left to just play, random play where they make up games, run around till they fall, laugh at themselves, and simple stuff like that. I find that I'm one of the few mothers in my daughter's class who doesn't send her to any of these classes. We did skating for a while, but she got bored of it in just a few weeks making me realize at 4 is too young for all this. I don't want to push her into such a routine and I can't believe that others don't see the harm that they are doing to their kids by doing it.

 See that guy in the background? He's just lounging. Enjoying the view. Not uploading FB or IG. Just standing there.

 When you stop and stare you notice little beauties like these.

 Oh, what a baby she looks like here! Just a year ago! She was glued to the railing, watching the yatchs and waiting for her turn!

Lovely place to walk and get a view of the lake in Nainital.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Traveling with kids

Travel has always been a big draw for me. If I am not traveling I am either browsing places to go to or already booking a vacation. Since having kids, it's been more of the former though! I want them to grow up with an ease of the world, to be able to fit in anywhere, to find their way in any city, to be comfortable no matter where they go. Unfortunately, it hasn't all gone to plan and they both love home food to the extent that they would often skip a new type of food than try it. Oh, it's been exasperating to convince them to even try the coconut curry, the blt, the vada, the stuffed parantha, the chicken burger....and on and on. So for now, I've stopped trying. I let them eat as little or as much as they want and not stress about nutrition etc. So we all enjoy the trip!!

 Looking out from our hotel in Jaipur!

 Racing to the toy train at the Chail Palace Hotel in Chail, Himachal.

Neemrana Fort. Impressive but hell on your delicate sandals. Tread with care!

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Hi!

My last post was Nov 18th, 2014! More than a year back! Yet it seems crazy to think that I haven't done this for over a year. To stop writing, expressing, taking photos, sharing, so silly to stop doing what you love. Ya, ya, time is short, life is busy, but that's really it isn't it. Life is so short that one needs to only do the things have give us happiness, that satisfy us and make us smile. It could be something as small as a cup of steaming coffee or a bougainvillea bloom, or tickling a baby, but one must do something soul satisfying every single day.

I see my daughters growing up so fast. Like in the blink of an eye fast. Racing to become taller, faster and more independent, and all I really want to teach them is to be happy. Even when things are not going right, even when you make mistakes, even when you actually want to cry. Its hard getting my point across but the elder one at 5 and a half is seeing it. She says, mama, this is life right, to make mistakes, to laugh when you drop something on the floor, to hug, to kiss. She amazes me. And my little one echoes her!

This one was taken in late May 2015. One of those moments where they stop and stare just for a moment, and then they are back to monkeying around!