I am thrilled..

…because Munch has made me proud today.She has performed well beyond my expectations in her final term exams.And to top it up she has been nominated for a prize in Hindi.Like most children  studying in English mediums, Munch detested her Hindi lessons.It took a lot of effort to bring her to love the subject and the language.The problems that most bengali kids face with speaking or writing in Hindi is that either they go wrong with the gender or the tense.Like Munch would say,”Mumma,mera basket bara hai”(My basket is bigger) .But slowly and steadily,I managed to drill all the nuances of the language into her tiny head.The next hurdle were the spellings which she handled well enough.Her Hindi teacher gave her a big hug and a bar of chocolate this morning saying”You have surprised me ,darling”.My heart swelled with pride.Here’s to many more  aheivements in the coming years and success in all you do.

God bless you, Munch

The Mad Momma


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In Anticipation

Tomorrow is a big day.For two reasons.

Munch’s final term results are going to be out tomorrow.That makes me sweat.I have more butterflies in my stomach.It never felt like this before.And I had no knowledge of these creatures each time my parents went to collect my annual report! And the same is with Munch.She is so confident(busy watching her favourite cartoon as I write).But since this was the first time she sat for proper exams,with a 50 mark paper in each subject,that makes me a wee bit worried.She is only 7 and a half.And some of the papers had 11 or 12 questions besides objectives.She has always done well since she started formal school.And I hope she proves it tomorrow as well.Pray for Munch(and me).

The second reason is after a gap of 4 years,I have started looking out for a job. Being married to an Army personnel who is off on field duty for 3 years,I had been the sole caretaker of my kids.And the only job you could think of when having to move every 3 years is that of a teacher.I had taught for 2 years after Munch started school. But when Perk came,I took another break.Now, with Perk settled in her school,I am thinking of venturing out again.So ,I have an interview lined up tomorrow.More jitters.Will I be good enough after all these years?How will I manage home and school?(ie if i get the job)I am doing this more as a confidence booster than anything else.And the moment I feel ,I am unable to manage,I would have no hesitations in quitting.That is the sort of frame of mind with which I am going to approach the interview.How pessimistic!

I am keeping my fingers crossed.And something inside tells me if Munch come out tops,I will get through too.Because that will show me that if I have been doing something right with Munch,I might still have it in me!Till then..

Our nature trip

One December weekend ,on our recent trip to Assam, we (the hubby and myself) decided to take the kids to a predominantly bird resort and probably less frequented than the  Kaziranga. We had heard that it was a birders’ paradise.So we set off early at 7 in the morning in our rented car.We were headed towards the Nameri National Park Iwhich is home to more than 300 species of birds and hordes of elephants.

The drive was picturesque and I took in the beauty of the quaint little bamboo houses which had cute hand-made  bamboo fencings with intricate designs.Almost every house had a small temple in the courtyard.The foliage was lush green and numerous water bodies scattered all over.Slowly ,we closed in on the hills and the population grew thinner as we approached Haathi Gate.From here, we took a right turn and reached our destination -The Eco Camp.The camp itself was breathtaking with tall deciduous trees and the sounds of the jungle.There were tents scattered round the camp and also a few quaint little thatched cottages for those who wanted to spend the night.

We ordered lunch and set out for rafting(which is not at all similar to what you experience in Rishikesh) on the river Jia Bhoroli .The river is also famous for Mahaseer fishing.We were taken to the rafting point on a small truck on which our raft was loaded..The site of the crystal  clear waters,the gorgeous mountains and the chill in the air made us forget the bumpy ride we took to get here all morning.The naked beauty of the place is hard to describe and to capture.We travelled for 4 kms on the raft ,taking short breaks to explore the islands or to click some of the birds we saw.But actually unless you have a professional camera,it is impossible to take a shot of them.The kids too loved feeling the water once in a while and got all excited the moment they saw a bird.And we would ask them to shhhh ….as the bird would fly before we took a closer look at it.

After the rafting,we suddenly felt very hungry.We reached the camp to find the lunch which we had ordered before ,all ready to be served.The dining area of the camp was nicely furnished with dark bamboo furniture.The food was yummy and had local flavours .Perk was happy feeding morsels to a cat which had placed itself at her feet.The kids played around in the lush lawns for a while and I spent my time capturing the beauty of the place.The manager told us that every evening a bonfire is lit and the guests sit around it sipping their evening tea.

Though we did not see a lot of birds as we expected,yet the experience left us satisfied.I leave you with some pictures of our trip.

The Haathi gate

Munch and Perk outside the camp

The beautiful river and the jungle beyond.

Perk on the raft being held back by the Hubby.

The hubby admiring the view

Munch and Perk reaching out to feel the water

The thatched roof cottage with Munch in the balcony

Outside the tent

School chale hum..

In a previous post,I told you how I fell in love with Perk’s school the moment I saw it.I managed to click some pictures of the place when we were invited to their Art and Craft exhibition.

The school building.I love the pillars with the pencils on them.

The Doll house.

The play-area is lush and green.

Perk's classroom.

Perk looking intently at the things on display.

Makes me  want to go to school all over again!Do you feel the same?

How healthy!

The kids are having a term break.Being at home makes them hungry all the time.Ask them what they want and the answer is always a junk.  So , I drew up these pictures and put them on the soft board in their nursery.Now each time they feel hungry ,I ask them to choose items from the board and now all they eat is healthy.And they find the idea of choosing from the board fun.

And making all kinds of recipes out of these is a challenge for me too.Some of the things I tried were cheese pakodas,cheese bites,fruit chaat, a banana shake,french toast,Fish fingers,vegetable dips, chicken sandwiches….tasty and healthy is the mantra.

What all recipes can you think of with these ingredients?Do share.

Fruits,veggies,fish,chicken ,eggs,cheese,milk,nuts

PS Munch helped me colour the pictures.

I am linking this post to Colours Dekor.

Keeping mumma on her toes..

Perk is an unusually active child(that is an understatement). She cannot sit in one place.She cannot entertain herself with one piece of toy for more than 5 minutes.If the house is creepily silent  for more than ten minutes,you can guess she is up to some mischief.I leave you with some  pictures with the hope that I can gain some of your sympathies.

She takes immense pleasure in handling things which belong to Munch,

And to mumma..boo hooo

Hiding after completely squashing mumma's lipstick

Can the keyboard be left on its own..

Ting-tong goes the bell at all odd hours..

Need more evidence.?Wait till I get them together for you.