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September 28, 2007

While we were in Madras...

My FIL is an ADORABLE man! Hes every girls dream FIL. Of course, the fil-mil combo does nt work as beautifully as the individual FIL but one cant ask for too much, so no complaints. He has always treated me like a princess and now treats Ashu like a Queen. Ashu being the manipulative kid, adores him and sticks to him like glue and says all the right things to him. What can I say, shes but a natural! His entire desire in life is to show me that he can take care of her without my help. So at 6 am when Ashu gets up and runs out of our room to him, the day starts for him while I go back to sleep. He gives her milk, takes her to the bathroom, tries to give her breakfast while I slowly get up and continue where he left and finish feeding her. Then he takes her out, to the terrace, to the garden and comes back during lunch time. Sings her to sleep sitting on the swing. After the nap, we go out to the beach and visit a temple where he completely takes charge of her while she has loads of fun. Bliss! On the day I landed in Madras from Zurich, I left Ashu home and went to the Dentist. She was seeing my in laws after 8 months. She said bye to me and stayed with my FIL. Atta girl!

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She ll happily go to the driver, the maid, the gardener, the little girl next door but not to my MIL. I swear I have no part in this! Its totally her choice. Who am I to interfere? ;)

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We were taking Ashu to the beach everyday. Though she did nt like to walk on the sand or get her feet wet in the water, she liked to look at the sea, the crows and the stray dogs. She had taken to our driver very well and he was carrying her around mostly. (Driver, maid, car, beach, shopping,.. I did nt have to lift my finger for anything, so what am doing here in Zurich?)

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My fil and I took Ashu to the Besant Nagar beach one evening. There was a big horse and Ashu was excited and said she ll ride on it. But she would nt sit alone or with the horse guy. So our Driver came to the rescue and they both went horse riding on the beach. She sat with a smile on her face as if shes the Maharani doing the rounds! Then the merry go round, the kids giant wheel, a balloon, a kaathaadi, a ball, half an idli in Murugan Idli kadai, happily holding one of the waiters hand and walking away while Amma gulped down a whole Onion Oothappam, visit to the temples,... So tell me again, what am I doing in Zurich?

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Hd arrived minus a baggage(it came the next day, thankfully) on Sept 7th and Ashu went bonkers seeing him. She screamed and started running in circles around me and it was hilarious to see her. Then when Hd carried her, she was swallowing tears and was choked and did nt talk for a long time. It was all so emotional and I felt so bad for her. The poor thing, how much she had missed him even though she did nt ask for him even once in those 5 weeks.

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Officially, Ashu has "gone" on the beach, on the roadside, public toilets in the restaurants, department stores, wedding hall, train, plane, airport, temple,... She even stood in line and waited for her turn! Diaper less life is a bliss, I tell ya!

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When my parents were also in Madras, Ashu was ecstatic. One thatha is bad enough, but with two - I started pretending she was nt mine! But got to tell you that she was to her good old self when we came to Madras. My dads definitely the culprit and his presence is what makes her a monster. My FIL is very similar to my dad too but the man is a bit afraid of me so he does nt interfere with my parenting style and listens to me.

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Watched Sivaji again with Hd this time. Was nt bad even the second time. Had fun. Probably because we realized we would nt be watching a movie in the theater in a long, long time to come.

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I have never really liked Madras before. But this trip has made me realize that I would nt mind settling down there. Some day. And only I know what a big deal that is for me. Children do change our lives upside down, dont they?

21 comments:

Timepass said...

Nice account of ur stay in Chennai (Madras).. Had I known that u r visiting the beach regularly, I would have also visited!!!!No pics of Ashu since long time...

Tharini said...

Lovely snippets. LOL @ your FIL being a little afraid of u. Sounds like a dear man.

Can we be neighbours in Chennai, when u settle down?

Just Like That said...

:) nice little bits and pieces. Loved the bits abt your FIL being rather afraid of you, and Ashu not going to your MIL. Who are you to interfere indeed! LOL!!

Moppet's Mom said...

LOL! Does hubby take after his father? ;-)

noon said...

Boo - gong green with envy - wow - what a life in Madras seriously!!!
Lovely new look for your blog.
Seeing it only now. And I hv the same ? as Moppet...

Indianomad said...

Looks like you had super fun in chennai! Loved the post!

Jillu Madrasi said...

you didn't like Madras-a? News to me

Rohini said...

Ah...the bliss of diaper-less life *looks wistfully at some far away place in the distant future*

B o o said...

Timepass - As I said in the new post, no laptop. Will update this post with Pics soon!

Tharini - Neighbors? Wow! That would be my dream come true! :)

JLT - Laugh but silently! ;)

Moppet - Well, a little! ;) Trust you to always come up with the right questions!

B o o said...

Noon - Yeah! had a great time! And thank you for liking the new look.

Indianomad - Thats right. did nt want to come back at all!

Jillu - I did nt want to settle down in Madras before.

Rohini - Are you telling me something here? ;)

Sue said...

Sounds like you had a great holiday. You know, I love Madras myself. Such a nice city. Will be visiting my folks there in two weeks and I'm so looking forward to that.

Oh and congrats to Ashu on the potty training.

artnavy said...

what is this with our little ones and our MILS

anush also just adores her thaatha but will not bond with my mIL- not even on the phone

u had a lovely time from the read of it....but we could not catch up :-((

desigirl said...

hey
u were in Madras in Aug? So was I!! A stone's throw away from B Nagar beach. Ahhh we cud have met up over murugan's yummy idlies and swapped mumsy stories. cha cha!

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