We have an awesome cook and lovely maid and even awesome driver to help us with our day to day needs. So when the kids don't pick up after themselves, I say 'Well you guys want to go back to the USA, then you have to pick up these things. No one is going to do that back there. I am done picking up stuff after you.'

It really didn't help in picking up things after themselves, but they instantly had joy in their heads on hearing their beloved country US.

This went on for several months.

Tejas was telling me that he will have tonnes of homework when he reaches 8th grade and I would have to cut his extra curricular classes for which I said 'well you will be in the US then, so don't worry.'

And he was actually worried. He has begun to form very strong friendships with his school mates. This was the child who cried 4 months straight into my lap about not fitting in, not knowing cricket, hindi and bollywood and hated the school and friends.

And give him a year and he is actually worried about heading back. He said he will do till 7th here and head for 8th grade and he just wants to visit his friends for xmas in the US and to go a little early so he could say hi to Ms. Chefan. ;)

Times have changed. My love my son wants to stay in India. i have a feeling we will go to the USA and move back to India ;) !!

i have to force amrita and aishwarya to read the big books.

aishu listens to me. she is the one to be moulded into a rockstar like prema chitty. tejas is talented but he needs to be set free, and ammu will blaze her own path. she is not the one to be told what to do.

but for aishu, she can be completely moulded into a singer or a dancer or a scientist. she is so brilliant and can do anything, just like tejas.
Seeing the Visarjan firsthand was a totally awesome experience. how do people recap memories. i just cannot. anyway let me try. shiv and i went through all the lanes and bylanes of mumbai to people celebrating ganesha, dancing to loud cine music and generally having a party. there were ganeshas and ganeshas everywhere. it was an awesome sight. last year i saw a handful of nice ganeshas and i was thirsting for more. this year, especially being out on anant chaturdishi day, we saw the big guns arriving by the truckfuls. just breathtaking. i even got to see lalbagh ka raja. wasn't that something. when will tejas read ruskin bond stories and all the classics. i will force him to read it, then only he will realize the value of good literature. right now he has not read any that would count for good literature. how i miss mmc. anyway the days are changing. i will introduce him to good literature.

and then at the chowpatty itself, teh girgaum chowpatty, big big ganeshas were floating inside the water. it took till 9 am for the idol to fully sink in.

it was breathtaking as well as eerie to see the ganesha's all floating by in silence to be fully immersed. it was a sight in itself.

Only in Mumbai, yes Only in Mumbai.