Harry Potter

I read Harry Potter for the first time in 2005 -January in my hostel library. I read the first three books – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I was so hooked by the charm of JK Rowling’s writing. I became a fan instantly. Moved to Bangalore, got Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix and the 6th book Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince from MG Road. And then the wait began for the final book, which released on 2007, immediately after my wedding. My friends started sending me ebooks, I started reading. But one of my friend caught hold of the book and finished in 2 days. And then I got it and finished in 3 days. That was awesome. I think it was August 2007, when I read the last book. That moment I had this idea, I would definitely get my kid to read Harry Potter and will buy the entire Harry Potter set of books.

Now, fast forward 11 years, in 2018, when my daughter turned 9, this Harry Potter book set was her birthday gift 🙂

Harry Potter

Pari asked if both of us can read together. I instantly said yes. We started reading on Feb 9th 2018 and finished the first book on March 10th 2018 and today March 11th she watched the movie, and I am so happy to see her loving Harry Potter as much as I do.

Being a Harry Potter Fan would actually be a understatement for us. We, as a family are Harry Potter fans. December 2017, we went to Universal Studios and after visiting the Wizarding world of Harry Potter, we came back and watched all 8 movies in 4 days. We are such a crazy family.

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Dr Anamika Ambar Poem Collections

I have been hearing Dr Anamika Jain Amber for quite some time. And recently, this poem “Rukmini”, I have become a fan of her. She is beautiful, and very smart. Her witty style of poem-reciting is very nice. These are some of her poems which I love.

शाम भी ख़ास है वक़्त भी ख़ास है
मुझको एहसास है तुझको एहसास है
इससे ज़्यादा हमें और क्या चाहिए
मैं तेरे पास हूँ , तू मेरे पास है

मैं तुझे जान लूँ, तू मुझे जान ले परे
मैं भी पहचान लूँ तू भी पहचान ले
है बहुत ही सरल प्रेम का व्याकरण
तेरी मैं मान लूँ मेरी तू मान ले

मेरा मन  तू बने तेरा मन मैं बनूँ
ऐसे पूजूँ तुझे ख़ुद नमन मैं बनूँ
एक ही प्रार्थना है प्रभू से मेरी
हर जन्म में तेरी ही दुल्हन मैं बनूँ

चाँद बिन चाँदनी रात होती नहीं
ना हो बदल तो बरसात होती नहीं
शब्द मजबूर हैं, व्यक्त क्या क्या करें
प्रेम जब हो मुखर बात  होती रहे

प्रीत में इक रतन मैं जड़ूँ तुम जड़ो
एक नया व्याकरण मैं गढ़ूँ तुम गढ़ो
उलझनें सब  सुलझ जाएँगी पल में ही
ईक क़दम  ईक क़दम मैं बढ़ूँ तुम बढ़ो

अनमोल हूँ मैं तुम तो मेरा दाम नहीं हो
मैं जिसको याद रखूँ ऐसा नाम नहीं हो
मिल जाएँगी तुम्हारी गोपियाँ तुम्हें कहीं
मैं जिसकी राधिका हूँ तुम वो श्याम नहीं हो

मैं तेरे नाम हो जाऊँ तू मेरे नाम हो जाए
मैं तेरा दाम हो जाऊँ तू मेरा दाम हो जाए
ना राधा सा ना मीरा सा विरह मंज़ूर है मुझको
बनूँ मैं रुक्मणी तेरी तू मेरा श्याम हो जाए

ये दरिया भी नहीं लेकिन समंदर चाहिए इनको
ज़रा देखो अनामिका सा अंबर चाहिए इनको
बड़े करके जतान लड़की के मन को पहले
फिर उसके संग सहेली का भी नम्बर चाहिए इनको

नज़र अनजान भी रखना मगर पहचान भी रखना
करो मासूम शैतानी तो फिर ईमान भी रखना
खुले मन से नए रिश्तों का स्वागत भी करो लेकिन
ज़रूरी है बुज़ुर्गों का सदा सम्मान भी रखना

जैसा तन दिख रहा वैसा मन कीजिए
ऐसा वैसा ना कोई जतन कीजिए
तीर्थ के दौर में प्रेम करते नहीं
ये उम्र है भजन की भजन कीजिए

मोहब्बत के सफ़र को एक हँसी आग़ाज़ दे देना
मेरा कल मुस्कुरा उठे तुम ऐसा आज दे देना
वफ़ाएँ देख लेना तुम तुम्हारी प्यार की ख़ातिर
चली आऊँगी मैं सब छोड़ कर आवाज़ दे देना

मेरे कॉलेज का एक लड़का जो लिख कर प्रीत देता था
वो दिल के साज को मेरे नया संगीत देता था
वो पागल था दीवाना था वो भोला था सयाना था
हमेशा हार कर मुझसे मुझे वो जीत लेता था ।

नज़र भर देख लूँ उसको दुआ दिन रात करती थी
मगर ज़ाहिर नहीं दिल के कोई जज़्बात करती थी
यही था प्यार शायद चाँद तारों से अकेले में
वो मेरी बात करता था मैं उसकी बात करती थी

मेरे अन्दाज़ को अपना अलग अन्दाज़ दे देना
चली आऊँगी मैं सब छोड़ कर
तुम्हारे ही लिए ये गीत ये ग़ज़लें लिखी मैंने
सुनाती  हूँ तुम्हें तुम तालियों का आग़ाज़ दे देना

अगर है पास वो तो हिचकियाँ अच्छी नहीं लगती
बिना मौसम के बादल बिजलियाँ अच्छी नहीं लगती
मिले रेस्पॉन्स तो लड़के बहुत तारीफ़ करते हैं
जो ठुकरा दें उन्हें वो लड़कियाँ अच्छी नहीं लगती

मोहब्बत जिनको होती है मुक़द्दर रूठ जाता है
मुसाफ़िर संग जो चलता है सफ़र में छूट जाता है
दिलों से खेलने मत दो कभी नादान लोगों को
खिलोना काँच का है ये की अक्सर टूट जाता है

 


English version

mohabbat jinko hoti hai, muqaddar rooth jata hai
musafir sang jo chalta saE far mein choot jata hai
dilon se khelne mat do kabhi naadaan logon ko
khilona kaanch ka hai ye, ki aksar toot jata hai

agar hai paas woh to hichkiyan acchi nahi lagti
bina mausam ke badal bijliyan acchi nahi lagti
miley response to ladke bahut tareef karte hain
jo thukra dein unhe woh ladkiyan acchi nahi lagti

mohabbat ke safar ko ek hansi aagaz de dena
mera kal muskura uthe tum aisa aaj de dena
wafaein dekh lena tum tumhari pyar ki khatir
chali aaongi sab kuch chod kar awaaz de dena

main tere naam ho jaoon, tu mere naam ho jaye
main tera daam ho jaoon, tu mera daam ho jaye
na radha sa- na meera sa- virah manzoor hai mujhko
banoon main rukmani teri, tu mera shyam ho jaye.

anmol hoon main, tum to mera daam nahi ho
main jisko yaad rakhoon aisa naam nahi ho
mil jaengi tumhari gopiyan tumhe kahin
main jiski radhika hoon tum woh shyam nahi ho

sham phi khaas hai waqt bhi khaas hai, mujhko ehsaas hai tujhko ehsaas hai
isse zyada humein aur kya chahiye main tere paas hoon, tu mere paas hai,

ek rishta naya reshmi sa buno maine tumko chuna tum bhi mujhko chuno
zindagi prem ki hai kahani jise, tum kaho main sunooon, main kahoon tum suno.

nazar anjaan bhi rakhna magar pehchaan bhi rakhna
karo masoom shaitani to phir imaan bhi rakhna
khule man se naye rishton ka swagat bhi karo lekin
zaroori hai buzurgon ka sada samman bhi rakhna

Jaisa tan dikh raha waisa man kijiye, aisa waisa na koi jatan kijiye
teerth ke daur mein prem karte nahin, ye umar hai bhajan ki bhajan kijiye

 

My Latest Shopping

Recently, Bath and Body Works had semi-annual sale and I did shopping there. I bought these things for just 40 bucks 🙂

I got 2 fragrance mist, 2 body lotion and 4 Body Cream. These are for gifts to my family and friends in India. Pari saw these and she picked up “mad about you” for herself.

Bath and Body Works

Refresh 2017

Now Again, it’s time of the year to look back 2017, and refresh the memories of joy, and appreciate the accomplishments.

 

Family : We are really having lots of fun with Myra. After she came to our life, there is so much laughter and fun at home, we could have ever imagined. She has filled our lives with so much of joy. Every day, she has her own unique way of making us laugh.

Home : We moved to California and downsized our home. Got rid of dining table, Dresser and Ikea drawer chest and lots and lots of stuffs. After moving here, for few months, it was real good, when we were not buying new stuffs. But now, I have started shopping again in full force. Well, at the end of the year, have started organizing the home. Just bought IKEA bookcase. And arranged it today. Yippee !!!

Travel : Moved to California and visited: San Francisco Golden Gate, Yosemite National Park, 17th Mile Drive, Children’s Discovery Museum.

Finances : Just at the end of the year, started taking care of the budget using an app “Every Dollar”

Eating out– Yepp.. this year we ate a lot outside. Especially in Bay Area, Indian food joints are so nearby. We can have samosas every week, and gur-jalebis. Nice south-indian food joints are so near. We do regular takeaways from Chipotle, Falafel joint. Next year, I definitely want to goto Taco Bell.

Hobbies : Reading and listening about Ayurveda and Rajiv Dixit. Getting more involved in Pari’s studies. And focusing more on Home Management.

Health : Have to lose weight. Not much progress.

Books: Right now, I am not reading any books. But reading about articles in Ayurveda, Financial Planning.

Pari : Her new school in California is good. Initially, I took it very casually, and later I realized she really needs to work on her studies- maths, handwriting and spelling. She enrolled on swimming classes- yes finally she is swimming. No piano classes are going on. She also went for tennnis class, which she liked a lot.The best thing that happened was- she got into coding class. She knows code.org, scratch, and robotics programming. We took her to Microsoft Minecraft classes. And she liked it.

Mood : Well, lots of ups and downs, Myra tests my patience.

Myra: She is eating well, started grass-milk. She still doesn’t drink milk from bottle. She will not eat even one bite, when she is not in a mood. Recently got her weaned from bf.

Zindagi Gulzaar hai

Floored by the charm of Fawad khan, not in the movie ‘Khubsoorat’, but in the Pakistani TV series: Zindagi Gulzaar hai and Humsafar.

Watching Zindagi Gulzaar hai for the second time, and this time with my husband. Can’t be more happier. I was thinking of watching something, but could not find anything good to watch. So, I thought of watching this serial again. And on that day, husband dear was working in his laptop, and I said, I am tired of watching my stuffs on mobile, I want to watch on TV. he said, don’t worry, put it on, I won’t be bothered with your serials. I can do my work. After 30 minutes of first episode, I saw him .. he was only watching TV, and was not doing his work. When the episode ended, he said put on the next episode. We watched again. Next day, at night, after all my work got finished, I was relaxing on couch, he said.. put on that 3rd episode. And on that day, we were awake till 4 AM, and finished 4 episodes of 45 minutes each. And within matter of few days, we finished the entire 24 episodes. Anil loved it too.

Zindagi Gulzaar Hai. I love Fawad’s portrayal and his characterization of a man. The way he loves his girl, the way he shows respect is too good. Zarun Junaid is his name. And Kashaf, the perfect portrayal of a confused and self- determined girl. My favorite scenes:

  • Zaoon and Kashaf’s meeting at Abrar’s home. This episode has something that deeply touches me.
  • Zaroon and Kashaf ‘s wedding scene, very beautifully shot scene, showing both of their thoughts and how are they handling awkwardness between them.            Zaroon: tum kuch kahti kyun nahi                                                                              Kashaf: tum kaho……main sun rahi ho                                                                       Zaroon: main bhi kuch sunna chahta hoon.

After couple of dialogs, Kashaf thinks: itna bhi idiot nahi hai..

  • Episode 20: After their wedding, when Zaroon was going, he gives Kashaf some money: and she thinks: “zindagi mein bahut sari naimatein hoti hain ek naimat ye bhi hai .. aapka mard aapko apni zimmedari samjhein aur app pe  kharch kare. aur maine kab socha tha ki ye naimat mujhe bhi milegi , meri bhi zimmedari lega”
  • Episode 19, when Zaroon writes about Kashaf: She is my center of gravity
  • Kashaf thinks about Zaroon: Abhi woh yahan nahi hai, par yahan har jagah maujood hota hai, uski awaaz mere kaanon mein, uske hathon ka labz mere hathon par.
  • When Kashaf’s mom tells her: Beta, apne shauhar ko apne haath se banake khana khilaya kar. And she also says Zaroon ki walda se baatein kiya karo. Sabse baatein karo. Rishta majboot hoga. Tumhare paas unke liye samay hona chahiye. And all the lessons given by her is so remarkable.
  • episode 20: Kisi se mohabbat insaan ko bahut kamzor kar deti hai..bahut bebas, majboor kar deti hai .. lekin iske bawazood tum meri zindagi ka markaz bante ja rahe ho. tum mujhse poochte ho mujhe tumhari kya baat acchi lagti hai. main tumse kaise kahoon apne ird gird tummhara ghoomna, mere wajood se na hatne wali tumhari gahri bolti nazrein, tumhari har waqt ki tawazzoh ..tumhara jaan chidakne wala har andaaz . …. love it ..
  • episode 23: Zaroon Kashaf fight: Zaroon says: mujhe dobara zindagi miley main phir se shaadi kabhi na karoon. she says: “main bhi”

Yaay !!! In California

It’s about 5 months we moved to California. Initially, as usual, I faced little settling issues. Didn’t like the place at all. But, with all the friends here, within 1 month I was like fully settled. Especially Pari’s friends was the most difficult part. She made friends in the neighboring apartment, but didn’t really go well.

So, we spent most of our summer vacations:

  • Reading books: Bailey the School kids series, yes, girl you made me read these stories too.
  • Having fun in the park, and water sprinklers.
  • Nearby shopping places : Michaels, Safeway, Ross
  • Swimming classes and swimming pool in the apartment.
  • Visiting places: Yosemite Valley, Santacruz Beach and Boardwalk, San Francisco, Children’s Discovery Museum-San Jose
  • Visiting Library.

Well, I felt a little better here, in terms of Myra. Because we downsized our home from New Jersey, so I had ample of space here for Myra to move, loved to see her crawl, moving around holding furniture and finally walking and falling and walking again. We had friends here, who would visit frequently and Myra was so happy to see them.

What I like here:

  • Most of the shops are nearby.
  • Very tasty samosa and Biryani – within 2 miles
  • I like the weather except rain
  • Feels very much like staying in Bangalore- Full of Desis.
  • I love my home here- very airy and ample of sunlight in balcony.

My Parenting Style …

I don’t know if I am doing things correctly, and if what will be the impact of these in her life. Most of my fellow-moms don’t do the way I take care of Pari and I don’t do the way they ake care of the kids. I am not sure what will be the effect. But this is just a record for you Pari, This is how we both are raising you.

1. When we first came to USA in 2013, the only princess we knew was Cinderella and Snow-white. Once, we went to a nearby dollar store, and got some coloring pages of princesses. There were, I believe 7 of them, And Pari was asking which color to choose for which princess, what’s their name? I really had no clue what to answer her. Then started the process of exploring with the help of story books and movies. And within 2 months, we both got very familiar with all the Disney Princesses Cinderella, Snow white, Belle, Aurora-Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Jasmine, Merida, Tiana. But my fellow moms of girls, they did not know much about the princesses, but the kids knew a lot. I was like, why don’t I say this: Oh, I don’t know all these princesses. Only my kiddo knows about these Disney princesses. I thought, maybe the kids are smart enough to know about these princesses all by themselves.

2. I let her watch toys review on YouTube. She knows ahead of time what are the latest toy craze in town- be it shopkins, my little pony, ever after high or monster high. She has an amazing knowledge.

3. Since she was small like 2-3 years of age, I used to take her to all the shops even for grocery shopping or clothing shopping. I used to make her touch and feel different varieties of fabrics. She knew what to do if she didn’t see us. And then at 5 years of age, she became my perfect partner for shopping. After asking Husband’s review, I only buy those clothes that have been given a green signal by Pari.

4. I had a dream of seeing Pari dancing on stage. And that dream fulfilled on 2014. I loved watching her dance. But somehow, she didn’t continue her dance. I was a bit sad about it, but now seeing her, I feel happy that she loves to dance on “Ladki beautiful kar di chull”, “Tamma Tamma again”. And the way she was so interested in the International Night Dance Practice. Somewhere, a seed was sown.

5. Since her toddler years, I introduced her to the world of art & craft. I used to do a lot of crafts at home with my Pari. And she loved to color with crayons. Around5-6 years of age, she made lots of canvas paintings with her Dad And now at 8 years of age, she still loves to paint.

6. Since Pari was born, I wanted her to be in creative field. I never taught her english not even Maths. And now at 7-8 years of age, she wants to be : An Artist, Singer and Fashion Designer.