Saturday, November 06, 2004

Of birthday & Hopscotch

 March' 04
Cricket has stolen all the attention I used to get on my b’day.Last year it was final of the world cup and this yr it is the ODI at Pak . No complains though. B’days now rather scare me but growing old has its own pleasure especially when one has lil ones at home, growing up as well.
I was surprised to see my daughter playing Hopscotch one day.Lil gals look really cute while hopping on a pattern of squares marked on the ground.Surprised coz I thot that this game is lost somewhere between Barbies ,computer games and TV etc .I too had played this game a lot. Years back…, I used to hop with my eyes closed, after every step I’d ask my friend “Am I right?”….”Am I right?”Now I remember dad often used to repeat ‘ am I right; while cuddling me and my brother and making us laugh.Parenthood has so many pleasures including living one’s life all over again.



35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, Deepak Jeswal Here:

Mmmmm...nice , cute , sort of sentimental post...u had me all warm and feeling nice... and thats quite an effort ( esp since i made almost every one squirm with my own story The Fall ) ... hopscotch reminded me of the seven stones game called 'pitthoo'... its completely lost i think now...i mean, hv hardly any one seen playing it now... these days boys prefer the WWF ( if not on tv then in the game , or worse, practising on their brothers and friends) and Sony's Playstation seems to be the real 'in' thing...apart from my sis' boys i hv seen it in a few other homes also...keep writing more often...ur posts are so homely and kind and genial...i think , they reflect ur personality as well... warm and motherly and kind and loving....

vandy said...

hay Deepak Thanks a ton!
(kabhi kabhi hi Taarif milti hai.)
Mothers are like that only, they don't see anything beyond their children.
About trekking...thanks a lot.We might really come over there someday.

the_new_cloud said...

Hmmm...
When I was a kid I had no boys in my colony who would play cricket....
I had to rely on this game alot..And was good at it too...:-)

Anonymous said...

DEEPAK HERE...

Yes, so sorry, i nearly missed the couplet u wrote on my post on money. Yeah, i guess u r right, i hv to yet see a lot of 'makaams' ... true, am waiting for them open heartedly and open mindedly...

As regards Aayush's question...uh-oh, Nepal mein kahan dhoondhooga..aur, my mom will be in fits!

Actually, ever since i hv come here, that stupid movie GHARWALI BAHARWALI has stuck to my mind like a sticky chewing gum on the hair, and its song just keeps playing in my head on and on ( though i clearly abhor it , but sometimes these repulsive songs just stay on)

"Nepal ki thandi thandi hawaon mein
Dekho na kya ho gaya
Ik ladke ka ik ladki se chakkar ho gaya
Yahan to dhol bajne laga, samjho ghar mei lafda ho gaya " And then Anu Mallik in his disgustingly raunchy voice goes "yahan to baje taali mumbai mein pade gaali"

:)

let's see, phir kab yeh chaman basta hai....

Anonymous said...

DEEPAK HERE, again:

And the invitation to Nepal is extended to ur daughter also... (hd missed out the little angel's name in the last post as was not aware of her)...

Also, the praise was from my heart...actually, i dont know if i shud be saying this or not, but pls dont mind...but from ur posts and writing and views and comments , in my mind's visualisation, u give an elder sister kind of warm , protective feeling... in fact, u remind me so much of my own sisters....(pls dont mind)

vandy said...

Hi Manish.
In our group also there were some guys :-)

vandy said...

Hay why should I mind? it is a compliment !
Thanks again!

That song is really very repulsive.True u are that 'sometimes these songs just stay on'

finally Deepak I wish u all the best in life.

Anonymous said...

hey, babygirlives.com here... Every word u said about parenting is true...

Anonymous said...

hopscotch, pithu and we used to play something called stapu" indian version of hopscotch:)...zilch @bane3.rediffblogs.com

Anonymous said...

and happy belated birthday!!! btw when was it:)..zilch

vandy said...

Hi Neets
Thanks for the wishes.
My B'day was one day before the final, India Vs pak at Pakistan.Between Irfan Khans and Shohab Akthars everyone (except a very few friends) forgot my B'day. :-(

Anonymous said...

mehak here.....senti post...these days i hardly c kids playing...they r so engrossed with comp..tv..moreover i've seen Class I kids goin for tuitions....i remember mere bachpan mein i used to play for atleast 2 hours a day....was sooo much fun...ghar ghar...cycling...clubs...

Anonymous said...

Ashtrix says ....

I understand you entirely when you mention living life all over again. I get to do that too .. thanks to adit, my son.

And whats with getting Deepak hooked in Nepal ... did I miss anything interesting ?? :-).

Hope you are doing great !!

vandy said...

hi Ashtrix
say my hello to Adit.
abt Deepak...read the comments of my previous post. :-)

vandy said...

Hi Mehak
didn't u play teache- teacher? :-)

Anonymous said...

mehak again...haan yaar...teacher-teacher toh bhool he gaye...n doc-doc bhi.

Anonymous said...

DEEPAK HERE

A BIG HELLO...and here is WISHING YOU AND HUBBY A VERY VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS DIWALI...AND LOTS A LUV TO LI'LLE ANGEL AND SWEETY AAYUSH...KHOOB MASTI AUR ROSHNI BHARA HO TYOHAAR..........

( I am going home, so might be away from blogs for some days...but i will be back very very soon... in the meantime, i hv posted long write ups daily the past few days for u to read at leisure in the diwali weekend...do drop by and leave ur comments)

ENJOY

:)

vandy said...

Thanks Deepak
Happy Diwali to you too!
finished reading 'Hate'.Like the way u give lil information here and there like National park is near the airport and the temple.....are these details authentic or just a part of the story??

Anonymous said...

DEEPAK HERE:

Hi...and thanks a bunch for reading 'Hate'; and all the geographical details in the story are authentic - i got all that info by personal visits to the said places.

Anonymous said...

hi
..my first time on ur blog ,but very welcoming it is..:-)) dis is tina here
i haven't played hopscotch much but scrabble ,badminton and hide and seek were my all time favourites..:)
bye
alunaticsdiary.joeuser.com

vandy said...

Hi Tina.
Baddy is my fav too. and hide and seek I still play :-)
with my lil ones as I said,living my life ...again!

Anonymous said...

Hi there.. wow! baddy :D
seems like u got too much used to IIT lingo. Ha ha ha!
Hey vandy didi [as someone rightly said u remind me of my elder sis and my mom and all their love n care and their 'living-over-a-life' as I grew - huhhh miss them soo much! waise herez wishing you a Happy diwali and happy bhai dooj too:)]
Anyway I've been reading ur blogs since a while, guess they make me want more n more words from you- a teacher, an IITians wife, mother of young ones! Between my sis gonna a mother soon so I'll get more of these happy/small/funny/childish stories from her :-)
Hey I wrote that nice comment last nite abt your five point someone blog but the browser window got closed by mistake so lost that comment- didn't had "enthu" to write another! But ur usage of "baddy" made me write this :-)
Well long enuf but I just wanted to say a casual Hi and wish you happy diwali, happy bhai dooj(hope u have a bro!), happy times with ur IITian [ ;) ] and above all happy parenting. will write to you soon. tata. take care.

vandy said...

Vandy Didi.........so sweet!
But I wonder if I am replying to a lil bro or a sis.:-O

Remind u of ur sis & mom....thanks for the compliment.
'Baddy' made u write the comment...then u must be in IIT.

Bhai dooj..Ya I do hv an elder brother but never did Teeka etc.we find it too filmi.
hope to see u here more often.
Bye.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your reply 'didi' :-)
Well that was me again on this vandy didi thing and there with those girl-names too ! [by the way talked to meenakshi didi on phone yesterday and i am still on cloud nine\:D/]. Thot would check out your blog for something new but. . .
Between a lil' bro here- from some IIT (u guessed rite). As of now u can call me 'anonymously yours' Hahaha[well .. actually thats wat I'd call myself in your context!]
Thanks for your thanks, and especially for your long reply :)
lastly, I never gave it a thought - "correspondence of names with personalities" and how do names suit/define/support/etc some personality type? How abt some comments (ur thots)?

Anonymous said...

What do v call hopscotch in hindi. Is it the same game where we divide a long rectangle into 7 parts, 2 of them bifurcated. and kids make some teee-tee sound

Dhoop

vandy said...

Hi Dhoop.
Yes it is the same game.About the sound kids make, I'm not sure.
Hopscotch has different names in diff indian languages.
It is also called 'Staapu' as Neets has mentioned in her comment.
We called it "Ikhat Dukhat" :-)

Anonymous said...

new post madam??????? from zilch

Anonymous said...

DEEPAK JESWAL HERE

Hi...so how was Diwali? Mine was superb....now feeling a bit sad, gotta go back on sunday...hd hoardes of fun with kids also ... ( even went to see veer zaara with them - the review up on my blog, btw)....and generally fooled around, esp on bhai dooj, when they wre there the entire day at home.....

vandy said...

hi Neets
sure! sure !
:-)
liked your post on Sardarjies.

vandy said...

Diwali was as usual..great!
Few bombs ( little red ones)got burst in my hand itself, before throwing it away. Hand was numb 4 sometime thats all.
Nothings like going to movie and market with mama. Unlike parents mamas ( maternal uncles) are happy getting fleeced by dear neices and nephews :-)

Veer zaara . I know !!

heylady said...

hi vandy in case ur wondering who this is..im tina ,just wanted to tell you have shifted to blogspot and linked you on my new blog:) see ya

Anonymous said...

DEEPAK JESWAL

Hi....long time no post...whats up? I am back to my blogging self, and hv posted one more story....if u can bear the bulk...do read the first episode of my epic love tale MEERA...its my Mughal E Azam ;)

vandy said...

8:18 AM
Hi Tina. I visited your new place.
Linked me...Thanks for the honour Maa'm!
:-)

vandy said...

Hi Deepak.
New post is here.
Of course I'll read the story MEERA.(nahi to Deepak jeenay nahi degaa.:-) :-)( hope you will not mind)
Bye

anks said...

Hi,

I absolutely agree with you... the games like pithhoo are totaly lost these days.... the first time i saw it was in Hum dil de chuke sanam... and didn't make head or tail of it.... then my mom told me this was a game they used to play.... gone are the days when children used to climb trees and play in parks.... these days its all about violent video games, and TV and internet....