Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 25-08-2009

In auto

Here’s the drawing…
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Ganesha drive


Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 25-08-2009

Driving through Ganesha immersion crowd…

Where is our Ganesha? he is asking…
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Around home on Ganesha


Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 23-08-2009

Hanging out… balcony is a cool place…

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Flower arrangement


Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 23-08-2009

This one by his granny…

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Taking responsibility


Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 23-08-2009

First time he took initiative of clearing up his own mess…

Shadow figures


Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 21-08-2009

Just a brief stint, didn’t hold much interest 🙂 Maybe later on some day …

meet the animal – Zebra


Posted by appa | Posted in activities | Posted on 20-08-2009

Abhinav’s been getting increasingly interested in all kinds of animals, has been learning to identify them. Amma had an idea – we come up with stories for each animal to explain its characteristic.

Just any wild meaningless funny story. He’s more or less shown common sense and sense of humor to differentiate stories from facts – so just any story will do.

Today’s animal is Zebra.

Appa will keep it in mind and come up with some story by bedtime – a few hours (or maybe few more hours…) from now.

Any ideas?

(will later update this post with our story)

simulating power cut


Posted by appa | Posted in sleep | Posted on 20-08-2009

This fellow has an obsession with keeping the light at night – yeah even if its close to midnight. Not even a small zero bulb will do, it has to be the bright energy saving coiled tubelight.

One might think he’s got some phobia of darkness of something but no he’s just playing around!

Apart from it being an annoyance to poor Appa trying to sleep (Amma can manage even with it) – it also causes him to stay awake for much longer (and so much for Amma’s sleep). So Appa had this ‘bright’ idea one night…

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meet his friend, Handy


Posted by appa | Posted in activities, communication, sleep | Posted on 19-08-2009

Handy is an animated puppet character Appa had invented around half a year ago once when Abhinav had been crying. It had been a big hit, and Handy’s been around since then. At first Appa prompted Abhinav – tell Handy what to do… tell him to jump – and he’d say Jump, Handy! and Handy would jump! ‘kai mele baa, Handy’ (‘Walk on my hand, Handy’), and Handy would walk on the palm of his hand, which never failed to get out a giggle 😉 This also turned out to be a fun way to encourage him to speak esp in the initial days (though he’s quite verbose now!)

Handy’s also helped occasionally in holding his attention till he falls asleep, else he’d be running off every few minutes on all kinds of ‘errands’ – yeah even if it was midnight!

Off late his game has been to lift Handy high up and throw him down ‘DAMAAAAR’ (sound effects) but Handy maintains that it didn’t fall down but just jumped down and regained its balance 😛

There toys with various names have come and gone over time, but Handy’s stayed around for a while…

he's always tuned in


Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 19-08-2009

We notice that he’s almost always tuned in even when we adults are talking amongst ourselves. Even when we talk in English sometimes he understands!

This we can use to our advantage.

The first time I did this was many months ago, when he had got into the habit of singing “la la la…” but was quite relectuant to sing on demand. So Appa was telling Amma “yen gottha, abhinavge yesht oLLe voice ide gotta? Yesht chennaagi haaDtaane” (“you know what, Abhinav has such a good voice, he sings so nicely”) and immediately that fellow who was sitting quite a distance away started “la la la la laaaa la”. Of course we all burst into laughter and that was an often repeated joke!

More useful application is, instead of directly praising him for some good behavior and overdoing the praising thing, sometimes its more effective when we praise him while talking amongst ourselves without even looking into his direction.

Sometimes we even say with detailed description “oh you know, Abhinav shouted at Appa. Appa became very sad. Then Abhinav came and said sorry to Appa. He’s such a nice boy.”