a cup and a clip


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

Appa was home alone with him as Amma had stepped out to a neighboring mall. He was getting bored… so started playing with this cup and clip…

beating up children


Posted by appa | Posted in mischief | Posted on 18-09-2009

(warning: a few expletives used)

If I ever beat up Abhinav, he’ll know where I got the idea from when he visits this blog some day 😉

role playing


Posted by appa | Posted in activities, mischief | Posted on 29-08-2009

Today was just outrageously funny. My son played the role of Appa and I played role of Abhinav. My son really floored us with his impersonation of me. Today we were both thoroughly impressed! I cried for something, and he consoled me. I said I wanted a Poppins (a small hard boiled colorful confectionary), and he said he’d fight with a Rakshasha and get it for me. Real test was when Vijetha actually gave him his favorite Poppins. He was so true to his role that he actually gave it to me, and asked me to eat it! I thought I’d just give it to him but he made sure I ate it.

Later on when the game was over, he saw that the Poppins was still in my mouth. We asked if he wanted one, yes, he admitted, and we gave him one as well.

video: baby brothers


Posted by appa | Posted in mischief | Posted on 29-06-2009

Excellent video its really funny and at the same time really impressive how nicely the kids interact… esp how well the older kid handles the situation!

Even had I thought of trying to get my boys to do this I probably couldn’t have, neither were coerced into any of this and neither were hurt (for very long anyway). This was just one of those moments where I had the video camera out because the boys were being fun, and they provided something really very funny.

A cool remixed version…

story of the monkey and the buffalo – and now tiger


Posted by appa | Posted in mischief, story | Posted on 04-03-2009

There is a Jataka tale we tell Abhinav sometimes…

One time lived in some forest region as a wild buffalo-bull of grim appearance, owing to his dark complexion and being dirty with mud. But the Buffalo had quite a calm temperament. One mischevous Monkey however, aware of the buffalo’s calmness, was not afraid and liked nothing more than to tease him. The monkey knew that the Buffalo would be forgiving. The Monkey would climb on the Buffalo and swing from his horns, stand at his feet and keep him from grazing when hungry, ride on his back with a stick in hand, and do all kinds of other mischief.

One day, one day the patient buffalo wandered off and another similar looking one happened to be standing around the same place! The monkey turned up later, without realising it was a different buffalo, and started his antics again. This buffalo was patient too but just a little bit, and after a short while threw the monkey off his back and broke his tail!

So better be careful and not be like the ತುಂಟ ಕೋತಿ (mischevous monkey)!

(In some version on the net, a Yaksha (divine being) asks the Buffalo why he is putting up with all the monkey’s nonsense when he can just kick the monkey’s ass. To which the Buffalo answers that while it is easy to be patient with those who are more powerful, when enduring injuries from the powerless, it is an opportunity to show real patience, however uncomfortable it may be. Then the Yaksha kicks the monkey’s ass!!)

In both the versions the monkey gets it… but here’s a recent video of another mischevous monkey playing with some tigers… and this fellow happens to get away 😉