Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A new beginning

Any new beginning is like a baby - you wait for it in anticipation, you love and treasure it, you give it all you have, you like to see it grow and prosper and you want the best for it always!
This is exactly how I feel about the RedRiver.
After a year long sabbatical from active work life I have joined the Red River in its goal to make lives better. It is a break away from my field - I was in IT earlier.
The Red River is a mission based organization with socio-economic goals. It was founded in June 2009 by a very dear friend - Kakoli Das. The Red River links weavers of the North Eastern India to sustainable markets, thereby increasing sustainable incomes.
We do home decor & lifestyle products, fashion accessories and corporate gifts.

To find out more about what we do check us out
on FB - http://www.facebook.com/TheRedRiver
or at our website - http://www.theredriver.in/
or at our blog - http://www.onthebankoftheredriver.blogspot.com/

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Social skills!

Why do some people lack basic social skills?
And if they don't have any - why don't they watch and learn.

In my experience the following set of species are the most irritating -
1) The advisor - Shall I add that "unsolicited" precedes advisor? They are usually the unassuming kinds who seem very harmless but with one mighty lash of their tongue they could spoil your entire day. They can dispense expert advice (in their opinion) for anything and everything under the sun! From "why don't you give your child some honey for the cough?" - I just did that lady! to "You shouldn't wear that dress/shirt/top/whatever..." - Did I even ask your opinion. And no they just don't get that "look" you give them.

2) The Ms/Mr take-you-for-granted - These kinds think they can use you for anything and everything - without asking. This could include using your car to make a "quick" trip to the supermarket, borrowing your iron/hair dryer/mixer and not returning it till you go and ask for it after 10 days, or sending their kid over to play with yours every afternoon just when you are about to nap! Ouch!

3) The nosey parker - This species relishes any opportunity to head into your house and update their current affairs knowledge. They know who in the neighbourhood is planning to run off with whom, whose geyser is not working, whose maid steals and who went shopping. They are often found stuck to the keyhole on their main door!

4) The know-it-all - This species considers themselves the Encyclopedia Britannica's of the world. For everything you say they will have something more to add. They always want to have the last word. No one measures up to their strict criteria of "being-perfect" and "knowledgeable". They never lose the opportunity to show off their gathered expertise.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Talk to me

"Come. Sit. Talk to me. What's your plan today mamma?" - This is what N said to me while gazing into my eyes.
I was surprised, bemused, amazed and laughing out loud - all at the same time.

Apparently this was S's version of man-to-man conversation with N while mommy was out shopping.

Monday, November 22, 2010

N's bookshelf on papertigers blog

I had recently blogged about the "Around the world in 100 bookshelves" project at the papertigers blog.
N's bookshelf is featured on the papertigers blog - click here to see it!

A lovely lovely giveaway at P&P

GB of "Of peacocks and paisleys....." is having a fabulous giveaway. I have not won any giveaways yet but still love 'em!
CSN stores will give a $45 gift certificate (no strings attached!) to a Peacocks & Paisley reader. CSN carries a gamut of merchandise...from children's luggage to tealight holders.
Giveaway open to U.S./Canadian residents. Residents of other continents---You may still enter for a loved one in the U.S./Canada. The winner will be announced on December 1st, just in time for the holidays!

So go ahead and send your entries. 
Happy Monday - Didn't I just brighten your Monday? :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Book fest, Ice gola, candy and guavas

So we finally managed to go to the famous Bangalore Book Fest - even though it was on the last day. Got some great deals and N was richer by a few books. So was I :)
What made me even more happy was that N went along and was such a darling. S wanted some time to himself which I agreed to after some initial reluctance. The reluctance majorly being due to the thought of N tagging around a 300 stall crowded book fest.
But N listened to me, agreed to sit in the stroller throughout and even held my hand when walking outside. I think the huge crowd played its role too in scaring N into being nice.
The good behaviour deserved a reward. So mom and son gorged on orange flavoured ice gola - yes all you "what-kind-of-water-did-the-gola-wala-use" ppl the ice/water looked pretty ok and we haven't fallen sick... yet. We also had candy. N loved seeing how the candy was made.
And some fresh ripe guavas from the rehri-wala were just the perfect thing on a slightly cold Bangalore evening.
It was a perfect day and book shopping is always fun! After all one can never have too many books.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Growing up N

2 weeks back - Everyday scene - S leaving for work, N clinging to his legs saying "Daaaddy no office daaaddy. Stay home. waaaa waaaaa" followed by a small amount of tears.

Now - S leaving for work, N watching a cartoon nonchalantly, says "Bye Daddy, Come back soon. Love u."  S looks at me with a bemused look. I smile :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Choose one

So I take out 2 tops from my cupboard and am trying them out - looking at the mirror.
N walks in to the room, looks at me and says "Choose one Mamma of 2"

This definitely is after repeated statements of "you can choose one toy/shoe/tshirt out of these 2" from me and S.

What you give is what shall get!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

N's bookshelf

Have you heard about the "Around the World in 100 bookshelves" project at the Papertigers blog? If not take a look at the link above. It is a great way to join the world through books!

This is N's section on our book shelf below - considering he is 2 years old we think this is a good beginning :) 
N loves books - thanks to a book lover mom. She is always on the look out for more books coz she gets bored of reading them over and over again.  
The dad doesn't touch books or reading material except the daily newspaper. But he does read out to N and makes up bedtime stories for him :)

Friday, November 05, 2010

Happy Diwali to everyone!

I wish everyone a very happy and safe Diwali!!

Glimpses from my Diwali :)

Monday, November 01, 2010

N & emotions

I came back home from a mini-shopping trip. N ran up to give me a hug.  He smiled and said "Mamma, N love Mamma". This was after I showed him the 2 new books I got for him - wonder if it was the books or sheer love for me.


Me watching some tear jerker on the idiot box - I think it was Masterchef India (well I cry at anything remotely emotional) so stop laughing. N looking at me and the tv set (think spectator watching tennis ball to and fro). N tells S (who is in the room, yet, miles away reading the newspaper) "Daddy cooking aunty sad, mamma sad also".


N was read the riot act by S one evening. N walks up to his room and sits on his chair both hands supporting the chin, face glum. I ask him "What happened baby?".
"Mamma N not talking Daddy. Daddy loud. N upset".


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