Monday, September 29, 2008

Circle of Life

Life comes a full circle when...

You friends tell you your mom is sooooo cute
As opposed to HER friends saying YOU are cute!

You take your parents sight-seeing ... to the Zoo (I took them to the San Diego one, and they loved it! We saw a newborn Panda!)
As opposed to them saying, "Look, that's a MONKEY!"

You teach Dad how to type in a URL (I did this a couple years ago)
As opposed to Dad teaching you the alphabet!

You tell Mom, ok dear, enough sweets for this week (wish I didn't have to do this :( )
As opposed to Mom bribing you with candy to finish off that last bit of roti!

Your Mom telling her friends, "Oh my daughter has a convertible"
As opposed to you bragging to your friends about Dad's new car
(Dad and I still compete though, he hates my BMW, and I hate his Honda ;-)

And yet, we will still be their little ones, they will still "be there" to protect us from all harm!

I would like to continue with the list, but its starting to turn a little serious. Not what I intended to do!

Here's a pic of the folks I am honoring here...Mom and Dad with their brat ;-)
The pic was taken a couple years ago, when we (my sisters and I) gathered together our entire family (0f 150 ppl!) and took them on a cruise from Bombay to Goa to celebrate Mom's 60th birthday! Awesome time, since it was a surprise for her! 150 folks managed to keep a secret! Quite an achievement!

Note: Removed that picture, will put up another one soon.

This was at the party. My mom's brothers framed these really old pics of my parents as birthday gifts. We had NEVER seen these pictures, so we were really delighted (see our faces?) to get them. And also a little emotional (Dad and Uncle both have glittering eyes). And that's my Naani in the red sari. Imagine going to your daughter's 60th birthday!

And this marks the end of my 100th post :)


Kanan said...


I'm glad you stopped the list from getting too serious.

Btw, congrats for the 100th post!

Cinderella. said...

Whatta cute post ?!!!
Sau saal jiye wo aur sau saal jiyo aap bhi !

Congrats on the 100 di !


Kanan said...

Awesome! old photographs make the best gifts. That reminds me I need to start looking for a good photo scanner.

Thanks for the update. :)

I thouroughly enjoyed reading this post.

carolinagal said... sweet!!

Congrats on the 100th post!

I am said...

LOVED LOVED LOVED and LOVED the post Kashmira..

tere liye cake for sure :) in few days on my blog

perfect post to honor them as well..but i did not find the listing serious at all..It was funny and glad the things you got in limelight everything is exactly opposite now..

My dad gets very flustered with chatting..sometimes when I ping him while he is emailing..he calls me and tell..are don't message me I can't email !! he he he he

Brilliant post ...i think my over flowing enthu is showing :)

a good change from the tomatoes :)
bye cya around.. - tanu

¢яŷştąŁ said...

That is SUCHA sweet way to finish up with your 100th post!

Too cute.

Congrats and muuahh!!

τ ħ€ ĐάЎđяёάmёя said...

that was really lovely didi..great to kno and see ur parents..and really parents are the one who fill all the gaps in the life... amaZing :)

cute post :)
love n carez

--xh-- said...

wow, a different and very nice 100th post.
congratz and let it keep coming...

150ppl managed to keep a secret - wow, that is really something :)

Anjuli said...

arrey wah! nice pics..

and congrats on scoring a century! may u score many many more! :)

DeeplyDip said...

congrats on the century!
nice read and so true...tables keep turning in life...and well 150 people keeping a secret is def commendable!

sachin said...

nice blog......


Macadamia The Nut said...

You know... that's actually very insightful!!
Its a funny as hell read... but VERY VERY true nonetheless. I'm copying the first few observations to stick on my refrigerator :D

One thing that's never changed for me:
Back then: Dad! I need more allowance! Can you buy me this? And that?
Now: Dad! I need more allowance! Can you buy me this? And that?

P.S. Loved the togetherness of your family! There's some hope in this world after all

ceedy said...

Yeh hui na baat....100th post ke liye :)


but I have to say this - you might have had to take help of a runner right...since you cant run to make the 100 :P

my space said...

century maar lee?? Very good..cute post.. Aren`t our parents just the best..On second thoughts even our siblings..Your Mom must have loved it..

Princess Mia said...

its been so long i came here but this was such a beautiful post....n congrats on yur 100th...

n u surely need a pat on yur back...a 150 gujjus keeping a secret (hehehe) did u manage to do so eh

D said...

What a lovely 100th post!

Life does come a full circle, doesn't it? And to be honest, I love it when I can give it back as good as I got ;)

megha punater said...

wow what an amazing post :)
those b&w photos are amazing
gosh how i miss my family all together
congrats on your 100th post

aneri_masi said...

@kanan, thank you! Did you find the scanner yet?

@Ella, thanks a LOT for your heartfelt wishes!

@cg, thank u!

aneri_masi said...

@tanu, arey woh serious hone waala tha, nah ihone diya :)

@crystal, thank you!

@sourish, sahi bola!

@xh, thank you! Yeah, keeping the secret was tough, since she is VERY sharp, we almost got caught a few times, but thankfully she didn't find out :)

aneri_masi said...

@anjuli, thank hai jee

@deeplydip, thank you :) Yeah, it was tough (for my sisters, since I reached India only 2 days before we were to go)

@mac! Look who's here! So glad to see u! Yep, my family rocks :) And the money part...its the same here :)

aneri_masi said...

@ceedy, thanks. And nope, didn't run. made this 100 sitting on my butt :)

@my space, haan jee, maar lee :) Mom was surprised, and Dad scared that he would get an earful from her for keeping the secret! He actually "borrowed" one of my sister's kids to sleep in their room, he was so scared :D

@mia, thanks! Well 150 gujjus did it the same way 150 of any other folks would do it!

@d, true, give as you get :)

@megha, thank you :) maybe you should plan something when you go "home" next time! Am sure Arth and Nitya will love it too.

P said...

aww such a touching I miss my mommy and daddy too :p

Renu said...

very touching:)ur parents are very lucky to have u:) my children can never arrange anything,openly or secretly:)

Hey do u live in San diego? I also liked this city very much, my daughter is there, though now she is shifting to Seattle.San diego beautiful scenically, I liked the bird sanctuary also.

Kanan said...

K, no haven't started looking yet. I will have to do little research before I buy it. You got any recos?

Pri said...

ahh what a beautiful way to mark ur 100th post anniversary :)

this post really makes u nostalgic...and as i always say " to reign in nostalgia, i live on" :)


Anonymous said...

wowwwww! such a nice post yaar
never thought like that!

and so really cute your mom and papa are really :) esp your mom!


very nice pics :)

congrats on yur 100th post

aneri_masi said...

@p, thanks. Call them since you miss them :)

@renu, Oh, I am sure they can if they attempt it. Two of my sisters and jijus in India organized everything, with very minimal supervision from Dad, who is excellent at anything and everything. This time he had just decided to let his kids do their thing. Turned out pretty good :) 4 of them (sis and jijus) worked their asses off!

I am in the San Fran area, we had just driven to SD for fun :)

aneri_masi said...

@kanan, no :( I haven't used a scanner in ages...

@pri, thanks :)

@veens, there you are. I was wondering where you've disappeared. And I thought your parents were cute too in the pics you have on flickr ;)


"love is the one who masters all things."

Mawlãnã Rumi...for you...

Ria said...

Oh wow!wht a way to celebrate ur 100th post. And it was a very cute post. Congrats on completing a century lady!! :)

Ankur said...

Congrats for the 100th post... and its so very sweet of you to mention ur parents here... i m sure they love u a lot!!!

U made this post more successful by mentioning them... god bless them and wish them good health!! !:)

Way to go.... dont stop at this!! :)


P.S. I may be last to drop a comment, but certainly not the last to visit!! ! :)

¢яŷştąŁ said...

Whre art thou?

♥bμşγ-ŵŗϊŧēŕ♥ said...

awwwwwww, what a sweet post. happy 100 :)

Framed and Shot said...

What a nice circle of life... and true too, good to be able to smile of the changes, think they are bittersweet to most of us....

Solitaire said...

Congrats on the 100th post.
Very nice topic for the century.

carolinagal said...


La vida Loca said...


Radhika said...

hmmm.. the post was awesome!!!! it wasn't serious but yet it was! you do write well!!! It was a close "tare zameen pe"... am sure everybody connected in some way or the other. You had me smiling and wanting to call my Dad! :)

aneri_masi said...

@rosa, thank you!

@ria, thanks dear :)

@ankur, badi der lagaa di aap ne to! I like this post so much ke iske baad kuch likhne ko soojh hi nahi raha:(

@bw, thanks :)

@framed-shot, welcome! Yes, it is quite bittersweet...

@sol, thank you! one of the few posts that I truly like :)

@cg, will do it later...abhi no mood :(

@la vida, thanks!

aneri_masi said...

@radhika, yayy! You're here finally! And dear, it was YOU who said "your mom's so cute" at my wedding, tumhein yaad bhi nahi hoga shayad, but its stuck in my head since then.

(BTW, if you're not my friend radhika from Delhi, then, ooops! :)

Neeku said...

Thats such sweet post =) you do look like the little brat in the middle ;)

but a sweet one I am sure =)

Congratulation on 100 post =)

Ankur said...

hehe...i can understand and even i fall in love with some of my posts!! :D
but aap toh kehte ho... "Me wanna talk talk and talk" :P
ab kya hua!! :D

and madam jee, der toh kar di, par aaye toh sahi... !! :D :D

how u doing now?

Inexplicably said...

I don;t know you bit am touched by that pic and your post....dunno why...guess age is catching up !!!

samby said...

nice post... specially because of the top reasons... i cant relate with them just as yet.....

and the photo.. is nice... lots of people from the family al together...

and i love those old b/w potraits... look nice... when i go home.i also look at those type of old pics we have hanging around..i like them immensly...

congrats on ur 100th post... cheers.