June 26, 2012

India's mystery baby



Each time I close Yahoo mail, I get to read about India's mystery baby --Aaradhya Bachchan. I am curious and click on the link to see a cryptic photo of Aishwarya Rai holding the baby. The infant is always covered from head to toe, and successfully hiding her face is someone's coat, or Aishwarya's dupatta, or the baby's cap, or some huge handbag or something. One photo showed Aishwarya on a morning walk, and talking to a 'fan' who is admiring the disguised baby.

As someone who raised two children, I have many questions: Is she really a baby or is it a doll Aishwarya is carrying around? How can a baby keep so still? How can a baby be covered thus in a hot country such as ours? (mine used to raise hell  till all wraps were off) How can the mom keep the baby's head pressed to her shoulder all the time? Is the baby already being taught acting and body language or what? Is the baby also wearing goggles? And nail paint? In the photo above, is she really feeding her?...the angle of the bottle seems to point to the baby's ear! And if she has started crawling, seriously, HOW ARE THEY ABLE TO HIDE HER FROM THE WORLD? Normal babies cry and kick and scream and drool and stare insolently at the everyone around them.

Come on, every baby is a delight, and a wonder of nature. I would have thought the Bachchans would hold up Aaradhya like Simba is held up by Mufasa, up on Pride Rock, for the whole world to see and say, Awwww!

For, that's all they would do, Abhishek and Aishwarya. Believe me. And like normal people you could just go home and remove the nazar, and all would be well. 

June 13, 2012

Monsoon watch 2012

13 June 2012: We wait anxiously. No rain so far. Not a drop in Himayatnagar. It has apparently rained a little in other parts of Hyderabad. The met department predicts rain on Friday, 15 June. Lets see. But it has cooled down and it is cloudy. Last night I woke up at 4 am and couldn't go back to sleep. Kept hallucinating that it was raining outside! What's with me?!
14 June 2012: It rained a little towards evening, the usual school-leaving time. Very cloudy, but very small drizzle that didn't even make the road wet. So we didn't really jump with joy and rush to the terrace to get wet, as we normally would've done. Apparently it came down quite well in Madhapur, according to Lakshmi Prabhala.
Sunday, 17 June and Monday, 18 June 2012: Huge, huge downpour towards evening! Ahhhh....thank you, thank you! Dil is very khush!! Newspaper says 5 cm rain in Hyderabad, and rain all over AP.
Saturday, 23 June 2012: No rain for almost a week now :(
Tuesday, 26 June 2012: Big rain yesterday, and a drizzle today.
Wednesday 18 July 2012: It seemed as though it has been raining once a week...every Friday, that is! It drizzled last Friday, but rained a little on Saturday and Sunday also. However, by yesterday afternoon - school leaving time - there was a dense, dark cloud cover, and around 5 pm, there was a humongenormous downpour. I got very excited and went to the terrace for a walk and also stood in the balcony taking pictures of the rain and people wading through water. Thank you for the gift from the skies, God. Here are some pix:
A vehicle zips past on the canal-like road
The happy garden downstairs and the road filled with water
These three chaps were having a great time, laughing and shouting 
Business unusual!

Sunday, 12 August 2012: Haven't updated for about 3 weeks. But it has been raining on and off, and if I haven't been feeling let down, it means there have been good rains. Yesterday when we went to Vidyaranya for Malini and co's singing, it suddenly came down quite heavily and we had to use the umbrellas. But one strange thing...very rarely is there lightning or thunder. I wonder why.
Friday, 14 September 2012: Today was a particularly hot and dry day, but it has been raining on and off. The skies have been brilliant with dramatic clouds against the bright blue. However, one observation this year is that there is no lightning or thunder. Heard it only once recently. In general, in the city I feel that monsoon has been good. One sure sign: I would have been whining otherwise!