Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A few days in Dehradun

date 20/05/14

Shiv temple on the wat to Mussorie

beautiful scenery

The morning woke me up at about 9 30 am. very lazy and very late..mother in law woke me up saying that Goles was not waking. Kukku was still snuggling in my elbow... got up late and then had breakfast of bread and milk. Just coached kukku in the morning and Munia was  busy cooking a great chicken biryani. DOES IS NOT LOOK GREAT


It is not surprsising as she is a great cook. Sonju's garden has a wonder ful view as you can see in the pic below

In the morning there is a wonderful bird who sings and wakes us up also there is a lull of peace and happiness which is not there IN non army areas. As I have already told you of the great walking plaza.. this is what they call it here helps us to walk properly.

In the evening Sonju took me to buy two suitcases and I did, he also showed us around there are wonderful houses and beautiful scenery, the other ranks houses are also very grand these days, water got over and Sonju had to get the same from his sources.

in the night Partha and Sonju went to Doon Darbar and got mutton stew and Afgani naan for us all as I was already stuffed to the gills I did not eat much and as good about it all .

Today I made breakfast of poha and all had the same and said many nice things about it. after which we had a bath and then Partha said that he Sonju  would take us to see Mussorie. so  before breakfast we .... Goles Kukku and me got ready for the same and after filling up a bottle of water went tothe car there were golden oldies playing which were very grand.

clump of trees
we saw wonderful sights

Beautiful SHIV temple

there also we took many of our pictures and had sun we walked along CAMEL's back and took pics on the way

After which we drove through mall road Mussorie. there was a very steep climb and we managed with great difficulty to make it up to a place called Ladaour. That place is nice. We also saw the house of Ruskin Bond, which was on the was. We stopped at a place where there are four shops and guess what they are called ..... Char dukan, there they make their version of waffles and pancakes we had a nice time enjoying them. there is also a tree and that place retains the old world charm. we had a lot of fun there


From there we took off at about 4 30 and went around a small round and then went to a point called "Laal tibba" there are many amazing houses there which have the names of old english houses but they are now owned by Kapoors or Chauhans .

There were wonderful scenery out there and I cant help but feel envious at all the Chauhans and Kapoors who have the serenity and tranquility of nature to enjoy 

 We afterwards went to a restaurent called Orchard in Dehradun which sold us all types of amazing dishes called

2. kim cho... basically a salad with spicy sauce and sesame seeds

3. a funny chcken dish with capsicum onions ans chicken

it was a good and event ful day. Let me end for the day

days in dehradun part II

well this is the log entry for 21st may 2014

there are many things going on here that it is cumbersome to know when to begin.
1. Goles is crazy about the  new Sherlock Holmes and so she is on the net also on tumbler downloading the pics of her hero who does not know of her existence. we are telling her to study but she does not want to at all and that is why there is a great controversy going on around her all the time. Parth is bugged with her so are Sonju and Mother in law as well. I am too but I know her she will  not study 

2. mil is none to happy about the frank nature of the 2nd son, frankly speaking that is his only vice...  he does every thing for every body and is blessed with God too looks after his father was there with us for the case of bapi as well but sometimes he splews out garbage... from his mouth........i do not care so much but MIL is appalled and very angry about the same.  She is not watching tv at all for the same reason. Thank god for the smart phone. We are able to see the things of our desire on the same.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

First few days in Dehradun


Yesterday we went to goles exam centre which was in Graphic era university. .. there we met Nidhi the super mom with her super daughter. The one who is no. 1 in  in icse board in class 10th. Of course she boasted for the entire time about her daughter's proeess and the ocse results are out she has 95% marks.... I just made small talk. .really having kids is very stressful.  Then she tried to tell us to come to her house (so that she could show us the trophies) but I declined tactfully.

There is a beautiful Buddha temple nearby where we could spemd some quality time together but... Partha does not see the world in same colours as I do... as we were on the way there we saw a few parents walking towards the same spot (three) and we were in the car. Partha asked  them where they were going.. and as their destination was same came with us in the car... 

As I had predicted for the lift back. .. (it was sunny and hot) they stuck to is like leeches and made silly small talk like examinatiins etc. The temple was beautiful however and the people gave us the impression that we were once again in Shillong.

Partha also treated them to coffee and patties and "after we had paid for the snacks" offered to pay us back by opening their purses and showing me the contents.

There were two mothers and one dad. At 12 45 we came back to the venue and met Nidhi.. who once again started about her life and times... but I got to admit she is a smart girl.. knows about the cut offs dates and all other stuff..  Goles came back.. and after bidding audieu to the three meddlers went back to home. We came home and had lunch of fish kalia... rice and curd banana. It was tasty.

In the evening we went for a walk...(. another thing there are many stray dogs here which munia feeds one of the has given many pups this very morning so we are enjoying that as well.)

 ... well initially it was Goles and me then k wanted to come and then  finally the whole family went out together. It was k and me in the front and g and p following us... it was a race and we were winning so we k and me enjoyed a lot. It was a big path. .. there are speakers attatched to poles and we enjoyed doppler effect with nice eng oldies. The walking path i.e. Mall Road, was  a long one and there were many other walkers who were enjoying the path with us. We saw RIMC, ONGC kv's gate and the golf course.

After we came back.. sonju told us that he would take us to the bar.... his mess bar.... and then to a Tibetian restaurant called " Kal sang". 
At the bar were Vijay pal Sonju's friend saying when we leave (sonju jbp and vijay andaman) we should not be surprised if the bottles came running after us "hume chod ke mat jao him aur bhi strong ho jayenge" because humne unhe jitna pyar diya hai koi aur de nahi sakta.....

After having a cocktail of vodka, lime, mint syrup, and salt . Partha's had mocktail kukku and goles had soft drinks. I had one but sonju and munia had a lot of them...three I think and then we DROVE to the kal sang...we had another officer with us called col Vijay pal. His wife is in selaqui international school. In admin part.

While there on Rajpur road we were turning for the parking when Another motor bike hit Sonju's car. (The man was wrong because he was over taking from the wrong side in great speed... sonju was wrong for turning with the wrong indicator and not seeing before turning).And there was a royal scuffle. ..Vijay got out and started abusing with mc and bc the driver whose helmet was crashed started WWE stuff with vijay pal... who is a strong chap and gave it as good as he got. SONJU got out and hit the driver.

 The other two it seems were pillion riders and had asked for a lift, fled the moment the scuffle started. VIJAY pal called armed guards from the mess (when Sonju was busy with the driver) which was just close by.. Munia came out the moment she saw the rider give Sonju a wack and shouted ...... "molestation lagayega".....Vijay pal had to forcibly put her back in the car. Partha was also out the moment the schuffle started and first tried to save the bike rider from Vijay and  then gripped the rider hard when he saw him trying to hug Sonju who has just given him  one under the chin... just for you to imagine it was three people hugging each other.Sonju claimed he was trying to tickle the driver so that he would leave Sonju for more "under the chin" works while Partha held on. After that when the driver saw that he was out numbered. .with Vijay Pal a burly over 6 footer threatning armed action and 2 hugging men.. did the only thibg possible for him I.e. fled the scene.

Kukku and Goles were scared and said so. Kukku was scared but later wanted the details of Vijay pal so vijay has two admiring kids. 

It was fun and we talked of nothing other than the schuffle which was a fun thing to have happened. Munia called Partha "Buddha" the peace loving God which upset Partha a bit but I cheered him up later on.

All in all it was a fun evening and we enjoyed.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Parenting teenagers

Parenting teenagers

Life is very stressful for the parents of students who are now in class 12th because the parents are running from pillar to post about college admissions and other academic related sessions for the kids all the time. This is good old India where larents still contribute.

There are forms to be filled...

 and some of these need our contribution.

Kids are to be taken to venues of their choice all the time.

 The examinations are at in appropriate times as thebachedule is from the mprning 9 to 4 or 2 to 5.

There are no provisions for the poor parents to stay.. we parents form a great bonding at the time of the wait period. We discuss coaching. ... coaches among other things also and there are the stories related to the success or failure of other examples that we have seen.... in all probability these failures will be more successful than out own kids. .... but still no harm in discussing.

A few days back on the way back from Bhopal I saw a very familiar face and for the life of me I could not recall where I had seen the chap... that is when I recalled him as parent 1 ( let us call him parent 1 becaise truthfully I do not know his name myself) but we caught the threads of information as if we had never stopped... and tgat we were very familiar with with each other.

Also we finally saw the kids, for whom we have sweated it out test after test after test

The cute critters had no idea that we knewnso much about them the boy who I met was most uncomfortable let me tell you but thankfully my daughter waa much more smarter than the chap...

On the way back at dodi mp tourism outlet my daughter suddenly had a shreiking bonanza with another girl.. for a minute I thought that stress had finally won when she ran up to introduce her friend who was doing a dummy (kids here do then dummy after 10th grade... basically do a proper coaching and not attend a school.The school is called a dummy because even after not attending classes for many days and only preparing for the entrance they get full attendance.) This is mandatory for cbse norms and it is amazing how people find a way out all the time. The girl was a fast friend in class 10 but had joined "NON ATTENDING"

This sunday I had accompanied my daughter to med exam IPUCET in Bhopal  which was held in KV 1 Bhopal

There were many parents come prepared for the ordeal. .. some protested and the "authorities" told the parents to shut up... the only days authorities like peons chaprasis e.t.c. are able to show their stuff on the inferior class of parents and shine through all years of excellent service that they provide.

The parents rested and guess where none other than the consumer's court Sunday being a holiday it was closed
 You can see the parents waiting some of whom are busy chatting with each other catching up with this and that thread.

I waited under the scantily clad trees of the building "costumer redressal. Consumer forum" ( please see attached pic).

Then I came back to the taxi. (After repeated fights about time out on electronic stuff... the tab.. my daughter's and phone (mine) we have both put passwords on each other's electronic stuff.. so that we cannot use the other's electronic item).

And there are very nice shows on her tab I had to call up my son back home and ask about the password.

The thrifty boy gave it to me but only after a promise of extended ps2 time. Watched 2 episodes of ..Castle.

Now I am waiting to find out about her exam and explain the reduced battery charge which she will surely discover on the way nack to indore