I have been outsmarted.

I have been proved wrong…by myself! After a long weekend of 4 days, when last Wednesday I kept N’s lunch bag in her bag, I noticed her alphabet practice workbook. I casually took it out and to my utter dismay found that the self proclaimed awesome mother has not helped her daughter with homework since 20/12/2013 !!!!!! The many pages had a not-so-discreet ‘?’ written. I just felt like becoming invisible.

What else could I do now? I couldn’t have sent the workbook yet again. So, I kept it aside promising myself that I would help my 3.5 year old complete about 7-8 worksheets at one go, later that evening. Bad mommy! 
Anyway, after my little girl came back after her play time, we sat with her box of colours and worksheets. A had nothing much to do, so he joined the ‘project work’ too. I was cooking alongside, and had to keep checking on the food. Atlast, A said, “Could you please do one thing at a time?” (Yeah…my son said that to me.) I just looked at him, and he further added, “It’s ok. You cook, I will teach her.” (Yeah…my son said that too to me.)

(When I peeped from the kitchen, the scene was this ^^)
After ten minutes, the output was this:

Yup! All done. This was the last worksheet. 
I heard N asking A, “Are you my maam?”
In response, I heard A telling N, “Will you stop talking and do your homework? There is more to do. Now keep quiet.”

I guess, my work is done here. 

One more reason to add to my kitty of “More reasons to have 2 kids”. Thank God, I say!

Makara Sankrati with Rambo Circus

4 holidays…an extended weekend, and what a way to end it! CIRCUS indeed 🙂

I really felt our kids should watch it. I personally feel sometimes good ol’ fashioned way is the best way to have fun. You could read about it here, here and here. So, when the kids were evidently bored, I thought why not go back to the pre-malls era. One of my friends had mentioned about the Rambo Circus doing the rounds in Bangalore, and so we decided to hit the road.

The circus was/is being held at Magadi Road. We took the NICE road, and in about 1 hour we were at the venue. We had booked the tickets online from here. We bought the Rs. 300 tickets, but frankly the lesser budget ones are okay too, as there wasn’t any maddening rush. Anyway, we were seated in the first row. I would suggest to sit a little far coz it is easier to watch any performance which is on a higher height.

The show started at 4 pm and ended by 6 pm. I must say that the time management was perfect and there was a new performance every 5-10 minutes.

About the performance: 

Absolutely great! It was perfect and well rehearsed, obviously. But I did feel there could have been better safety practices. My jaws literally dropped during certain stunts! There was every possible performance, most were predictable. But then, it was a circus. I particularly liked an act in which a guy was drinking water and bringing it out after a minute in different forms and colours. Ya…sounds gross, but it was cool! He also swallowed a live fish and brought it out after a while. Yikesss….
The jokers were ok, and we felt they could be a lot more funnier.

About the experience:

A must for kids and anyone who hasn’t been to a circus. The kids loved it. A mostly was awestruck and I had to actually close his open mouth.
N enjoyed it too, and especially found the elephant “so cute!”

About the arrangement:

It was ok. There are a lot of refreshments which keep coming in to your seats. But the one big turn off for us was the dust. M and I are both allergic to dust and we had a tough time with the amount of dust sprawling all over the ground.

Taking pictures was a task as we could either watch the performance or take pictures. I chose the former. But still there were a few clicks:

A has been gaga about the circus since last evening. All his friends have been updated. N apparently forgot to tell her class teacher, and she seems pretty upset about it. She has promised herself that she will be talking about it tomorrow. Hmmm, that’s my girl!

If you want to know more about Rambo circus, do visit their website.

One take-away from your childhood

The other day, while taking a walk together, M said to me, “You know what…? Every person should have an activity which they have enjoyed doing as a child and should be able to continue to do so as an adult too.”

I asked him, “As in, a hobby or just a time-pass activity?” He said, “For time pass. That way the child within you remains alive forever. I feel such a thing can be quite relaxing.” “So, do you have any?” He asked me.

I thought for a while and suddenly became aware that there is something actually for me too.

As a child, I used to love watching the ordinary life ‘happening’ around me during late evenings. Every evening, around 6:30 pm, I would go to the balcony of my house and stand there, and simply watch. I would see people walking around in their houses, folding clothes, women starting to cook, children sitting and reading. As the sun set in, it was calming for me to watch families do their things. It somehow gave me a comforting and warm feeling.

As a child, we used to take the train and those days, we went by 2nd Class. Again, in the evening, once it used to get dark, I used to love watching the village come alive yet be so quiet. The smoke bellowing out of the chimneys as the women of the house started to cook dinner, or the elderly sitting on an easy chair in the verandah or simply children reading or playing.
The best part of the train journey were the fireflies. They used to fascinate me! The way the bright light used to come through the tiny and ignorable flies. I actually used to think that they had a bulb in their….Shhhhh….behind.  

It is highly coincidental that A asked me recently whether firelies had bulbs in their bums….:)

Even today, late evenings are my favourite time of the day. I still love to sit in my balcony simply watching households and people. It comforts me when I see labourers walking back to their homes, men and women driving or walking back home after a day’s work, children coming back from extra classes, watchmen getting geared up for the night shift, dogs slowly retiring into their quiet corners….it never stops getting interesting.

So, I guess I have that one activity which I get to carry on from my childhood. Do you?