27 Sep 2013

Apple and Cinnamon Muffins

The lonely old apple tree in our back garden bore three apples this year. Three apples edible for human consumption. The rest were food for magpies, blackbirds, finches and all manner of feathered foragers.

What do I do with three slightly tangy home-grown apples? That was the question. It was a toss up between an apple crumble and apple muffins.  Given that I have a muffin monster in the house, the poor crumble did not stand a chance.

24 Sep 2013

In Thomas Land

Never,  ever say to a toddler,  "Do you want to go to Thomas Land?" Or anywhere else for that matter. Certainly not days before you intend to go there. Most definitely not at bedtime.

I have learnt this the hard way, for this is exactly what I asked J on Wednesday evening as we were getting ready for bed.  Any person with even an ounce of sense can envisage the consequences of this one innocent question. I didn't! Needless to say, bedtime got scuppered that night. And all I heard over the next three days was, "Thomas Land!  Thommas Land!! Thommas Laaand!!!"

13 Sep 2013

Being Two

What  does it mean to be two
Means "I am big; I want to be just like you."

Two is for repeating all that you say
And following you around everywhere like a tail.

Two is for nappies, not just yet for potties
Two is about doing things your own way.

Two is for tantrums, tears and testing times
For play, dance, stories and nursery rhymes.

Two is for growing up, becoming really big
For thinking you really are a big kid.

Two is for thinking Aai is the best in the world
And all boo boos are set right with a kiss and a hug.

Two is for testing boundaries, setting limits and more
For cheeky grins, hugs, kisses and cuddles galore!

Two is for discovery and unbridled joy
Two is crying real tears over a broken toy.

Two is running, climbing and hopping
Two is about scrambling, jumping and talking.

Two is about a very strong will
And being too busy to ever sit still.

Two is going everywhere on little pattering feet
For being rather messy, there is nothing really neat.

Two is not all terrible and glum
Two is lots of joy and tons of fun.

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5 Sep 2013

The Teacher

5th September is celebrated as Teachers' Day to honour the memory of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of independent India. We never forget to remember all our teachers from school,  college and University. We remember our parents as our teachers and guides. But how often do we remember what wonderful little teachers our children can be? If only we let them. There is a lot we can learn from them. If we are willing enough.

3 Sep 2013

Raising a Bilingual Child

We live in a multicultural, multilingual society. So when you have a baby, and your native tongue is not  English but Marathi, what do you do? This was a real dilemma we faced since the day we found out we were going to be parents. (Yes, that early on. We are firm believers in the theory that babies can hear, and are listening, when they are in the womb. So we presumed J was listening in to all that went on in the outside world, in English, in Marathi or any other language that came his way).

M and I tend to use a combination of English and Marathi, with the occasional Hindi thrown into the mix, when we converse with each other. It would be terrible for our child to grow up not understanding what his parents were saying to each other if he learnt only English (although some would perceive that  to be a distinct advantage). We most certainly wanted him to be fluent in English, as that would be the language of his peers. But we did not want him to miss out on the use of his native Marathi either.

We made the decision to raise J as a bilingual child. The question was how best to go about it. 

Walking Along with Vai Chin

Walking along

What started as a write-up of rambles I had been on through the English countryside, is now more a journal of my walk through life as Aai (Mum) - the cuddle-giver, the boo boo kisser, the teacher. Keeping my toddler creatively engaged has helped spark my latent creativity. I intend to share my simple experiments, thoughts, ideas, experiences and hope it will amuse, if not inspire you along similar journeys.

I was a physiologist and a medicines information scientist in another life.  In my present avatar, I am a full-time Aai (Mum) to a gorgeous, cheeky, boisterous little 2 year old toddler, and loving every minute.

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2 Sep 2013

Baked Puran Kadabus (Sweet Dumplings)

Kadabus are essentially half-moon shaped dumplings. They can be sweet or savoury, and are traditionally either deep fried or steamed.

In my new avatar as a domestic goddess,  I decided to make some sweet kadabus with a chana dal (split chickpeas) and jaggery (unrefined cane sugar) stuffing. With a twist.  I decided to bake them in an oven, a bit of fusion cooking.  I must say the entire credit for this recipe goes to my Aai (Mother). It was she who gave me the proportions for all the ingredients and suggested I try baking the kadabus.

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