scaring his grand-aunt

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Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 13-08-2009

Kamalamma (Appa’s aunt) is coming… secret ambush surprise…

Continues on in the night…

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popular children stories… hmm…

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Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 12-08-2009

I was going through a big colorful book on Aesop’s fables recently – and man its really cut throught A rated violence in each and every story. I told one and then the next and then I started leafing through it page after a page reading by myself while my boy got bored and wandered off, and it was nothing but hopeless level of cruelty and some absolutely irrational ‘morals’ at the end of each story, like “a bad turn deserves another” which was among the milder ones!

I just closed it and wondered… considering Aesop’s Fables are so popular, am I having a really crazy opinion here???
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dizzy? no…

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Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 11-08-2009

At the end he only pretends to fall. Maybe he was a Dervish Sufi long ago… The Whirling Dervishes are a sect of Islam taught to love everything.
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Thumbs up training

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Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 10-08-2009

By granny

From Laliamma…

beyond the barrier

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Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 10-08-2009

An icon of what we do in our society of any impressive personality: we glorify him, build a barrier around him, and worship him. This barrier keeps us from really approaching him, knowing him and understanding him and learning from him.

This is what I felt when I saw the barrier around this Vivekananda statue. Just a poetic metaphor, no doubt it this particular situation it served to protect the sanctity.

But it was nice to see him trying to overcome it.

Trying to go beyond the barrier!

In my view, there was nothing harmful he was doing, neither to himself nor to others, he wasn’t even making any noise. I put away my mobile (camera) in my pocket and was just standing there quietly.

But somehow his ‘misbehaviour’ seemed to irk one of the senior people who had come there and was trying to meditate.

His behaviour from an adult I’d understand may be disrespectful. Or even if he was trying to climb the actual statue it wouldn’t be good. But from such a small innocent and curious child only trying to climb the barrier, I don’t know. But then maybe I’m just being a possessive parent… 😉

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where shall I go?

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Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 10-08-2009

This is what he asks Appa…

Appa replies – wherever you’d like to go – the entire world is yours!

tantrum skills

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Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 10-08-2009

he seems to be perfecting the art – tears on demand inclusive.

Help me help me

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Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 10-08-2009

Amma amma yenaaadru maaDi help maaDamma… he pretended to be in trouble and cried!

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bath time

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Posted by appa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 10-08-2009

A follow up on this post on questions, though Abhinav hasn’t been posing too many questions yet, something related…

oh boy there are times esp when during a phase Abhinav would absolutely REFUSE to take his clothes off for a bath. He would say “idde baTTe bEKU” and throw a grand tantrum if anyone tried to enforce. And some days it would be inevitable and there would be a really bad scene of a flood of tears and… you know… the works! To the point where neighbors might wonder what kind of cruel people his care takers must be.

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At the pre school

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