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

 

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.

Pari & Myra

Pari’s wish came true. She really wanted a baby sister. And I must say, she welcomed her with a big heart. The day when she came to the hospital to meet her and when she held her baby sister Myra, I can’t tell you the excitement and happiness she had twinkling in her eyes. And she was a proud big sister. Sissy, as she loves to call her has always loved Pari. She loves when she sees Big Sis around.

Myra smiles when Pari talks.

Myra laughs when Pari makes faces and sing songs.

Myra enjoys when Pari plays with her.

Myra loves when Pari reads books to her.

Pari loves to call her by different names: Motichur laddoo, sissy-wissy, Myrie etc. And Myra loves when her big sis plays with her.

Love to see the sisters bonding 🙂

 

 

 

As you turn 8 !!!

Dear Pari,

As you turn 8, here is your most favorite Annual Questionnaire, we did today. Well, let’s begin:

1. Favorite TV Show – My Little Pony

2. Favorite Color – Green & Black

3. What do you want to be when you grow up? – Fashion Designer, Artist, Singer, Games & Robot Engineer (same as last year)

4. Favorite Song – I’m on the Wildside, Ever After High- Shining Bright, Party in the USA.

5. Favorite Movie– Ever After High- Epic Winter, Dishoom

6. Favorite Fruit – Apple & Banana

7. Favorite Food – Pasta

8. Favorite Drink– Cranberry  Juice

9.  Favorite Dessert– cookies & cream ice  cream

11. Favorite Lunch– Puri aloo

12. Favorite Animal– Peacock, Raccoon, and Flamingo.

13. Favorite Season– Winter

14. Favorite Flower– Lily

15. Favorite Book– Ever After High- The Unfairest of them all, Diary of a wimpy kid- old school

17. Favorite Teacher– Miss Patel

18. Favorite Word– Sissy (my sister’s nickname)

19. Favorite Dress– My birthday dress I am going to wear.

20. Favorite Game– Dragon City (in iPad)

21. Anything at home you like most- my sister

22. Favorite Snack @ school– Graham crackers

23. Favorite Shop– Toys r Us, Dunkin Donuts

24. Best Friend– Samriddhi, Nidhi, Ritika, Harsha, Olivia and Jessica

25. Best Vacation ever– Florida

26. Always Carry– Gel pens

27. Favorite Language– English

28. Favorite Craft– All the Canvas paintings

29. Mommy or Papa – most Favorite? – Mommy

30. Mommy@office or Mommy@ home ? – Mommy @ home.

31. Favorite Toy – Lego

32. What do you love to draw?  – Snowman

33. Favorite US President – Barack Obama

34. Favorite Board Game – Chess

35. Favorite song in piano – Old McDonald had a farm

36. Goals– Be better at Math and Reading.

37. Favorite painting I made – The Tree of Life

38. Favorite Subject in School – Writing and Math

DIY Easy Dollhouse with Foam board

This was on my draft from so long. So, posting it now..

On Diwali, Pari’s Dad always make Diwali Gharonda for Pari. And we have been doing this every year. Last year 2015, too, he made very easy Diwali Gharonda or Dollhouse by using foam board or thermocol sheet can also be used. It was done in 2-3 hours. We used 2 sheets of Foam Board from Walmart, Hot Glue Gun (Pari’s Dad loved the glue gun).

  • First cut the foam board in the desired size for the floor.
  • Then cut the two parts for the side wall cum window. Create the window structure as shown in the below pic.
  • And attach them to the floor as shown in the pic (Hope you understand)1-DIY Dollhouse - 1
  • Then measure and cut the foam board sheet and stick to the existing structure as shown in the pic.

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  • As it was very much blank, Pari decided on some drama on 2 walls. We had this floral Contact Paper, and doesn’t it look so pretty.
  • Next, we will make the roof. Cut another foam board of the same size as the floor, and place it on top.

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  • .Like this, and also added a pillar in the down for extra support.

4-DIY Dollhouse - 4

  • And this is how it looked, after we created curtains for windows using streamers and a liitle bathtub and small paper lanterns decorating the terrace.

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And  Pari  loves to play with her dollhouse.

Pari and Bollywood !!!

Even after 3 years in US, my love for Bollywood hasn’t faded a bit. Every Friday, I make them watch trailers of all the upcoming Bollywood movies. And any newly released song, if dad & Pari like it, we play it all the time.

It all happened, when she heard the song from the movie ‘Roy’. A 6 year old little girl loved the song “Sooraj Dooba hai”. And really loved it and made me play in the car all the time.

This Summer Vacation, we saw the old classic movies “Hum hain rahi pyaar ke”, “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander”, “Dulhe Raja” and today we watched “Kal Ho Na Ho”. And she cried at the end. And her Dad scolded me, why did you make her watch this movie. I was like …. 🙂 . My love for Shahrukh :).

Nowadays, she is a biggest fan of Varun Dhawan. Will not miss any moment to watch Varun Dhawan’s appearance on TV. Watched the movie “Dilwale” only because of Varun Dhawan. And also a big fan of Jacqueline Fernandez and Kriti Sanon. She watched the movie “Dishoom” on the first day of its release. And was telling her Dad “You’re so lucky you have your birthday on the day of ‘Dishoom’ release.

Yesterday I was telling her how to behave with elders, and you did something wrong. I told her around 3-4 times and finally she was fed up of listening. And this is what Pari said.

Pari: “Mere andar ka Salman Khan cheekh cheekh ke chilla ke kah raha hai – Bade bade shahron mein chhoti-chhoti baatein hoti rahti hai”

Me: Hello, madam, ye Shahrukh Khan ne kaha  hai. and ye kaisa dialog hai.

Pari: Ye Dishoom mein bola tha Varun Dhawan ne.

Me: Badtameez ho tum.

Pari: Badtameez dil badtameez dil janoo na .

Me: 😦 🙂 Can’t do anything with this girl.