Dress up!

On Friday,Perk’s school sent a notice for all children to be dressed up as trees the following day!Living in a guest room with not too many resources and having all my stuff packed in boxes gave me jitters.I calmed myself and started working on the basic things I would need.I bought some chart paper ,paints(green and brown),coloured paper and hard board and of course,the handy Fevicol.

I first created a sort of top which I could put over her T-shirt and used the paints to make a bark and some branches.I also cut out some green leaves.Then I made the head gear so that only her face could be seen.The chart paper was backed by some light cardboard for this.Some leaves and a few colourful birds later ,my costume was ready.I even taught her to say a few words in keeping with her costume,”Birds are my friends.I am home to many Birds.”I punched a few holes on the side of the shirt and wove ribbons around them so that it stayed in place.

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Festivities knocking at the door…

As I woke up this morning,this song from my childhood suddenly flooded me,a cheerful rendition by Antara Choudhury that goes,”Aaye re chute aaye,Pujor gondho esheche…pujor gondho esheche..gacche shiuli phooteche ..kalo bhromora juteche..”

Yes,its that time of the year again when the air suddenly smells of poojo,those endless shopping for new dresses,shoes and accessories,the Mahalaya playing on the system on a loop,the rehearsals for dance dramas,the hectic cleaning up of the house before Ma finally comes home.

Copy of DSC02564Ma is coming home to us again…let’s drown ourselves in the spirit of poojo!

Time for new beginnings..

The family is now slowly settling down in the new location.We are now in the capital of one of the newer states of India ie Jharkhand.Yes,we  have moved to Ranchi.

The girls have both got admissions into schools of my liking.While Munch’s school is a bit far off and she is now home by only around 4 ,I have put Perk in one which is quite close by.This is the first time Perk would be going to school on her own as till now I have been accompanying her.I also feel the void of not working anymore but I would like to wait for some more time before I decide to pick up a job.The previous school which Perk went to had no uniform ,so this is the first time she put on a uniform to school.And she was so proud of herself.

ranchi 006 And ta..da..right behind her is our first purchase from the city..yes!..a bunk bed  for the sisters..Do you like it?I love it..love the fact that I was able to get something which was not pink  yet girlie.

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The Month gone by..

After a break of a few weeks,I am glad to be back again.I missed you all…and would be visiting you soon.

August had really been a hectic month.The last day of July brought with it the news of our posting and with it a whole lot of decisions and planning.The most important of them being whether to shift the children in mid-session.But the very idea of waiting till the session ended ie another six months was rejected by hubby as he did not want the separation to continue any longer.Hence,I plunged myself into sorting,throwing,donating and finally packing things I actually needed.At moments like these, one really feels how much stuff is unnecessarily accquired and never used.

Amidst the chaos and confusion,Munch continued her school and even appeared for her unit tests,my parents stood like pillars taking care of the children while I packed box after box .

Rakshabandhan was celebrated when Munch and perk tied each other Rakhis..store bought..no time to make one..

rakhiranchi 002The day finally arrived when Munch had to say goodbye to all her friends and move ahead,The way they hugged and kissed made me teary eyed as I never had to leave my school friends until we all left the school together and even beyond that our friendship continued as some of us joined the same college.But my daughters I think will grow into stronger personalities by the end of it all.I am still a very soft person and cling on to relationships and friendships.

ranchi 004ranchi 003I wish all her friends the very best.They were all very dear to me and hope they meet again.

Then the day where the truck was loaded and I squeezed in the last of my potted plants till I was satisfied that I couldn’t fit in any more..we said tearful goodbyes to our neighbours of three years.The most difficult part was bidding adieu to family..most of all Ma and Baba who were my strength and my support throughout this phase.They literally did more than I ever could or would do for my kids.I know we will all settle down into our new lives,the kids have already settled down and are liking the new environment but we have created a void in those old hearts I know…and they will take much longer to accept the fact that their granddaughters are no longer with them.I know they couldn’t have got better love and care and I will forever be greatful for that.