The End of an Era…Last Day of Ashok Academy

Well, it happened today, folks. What I consider an epoch making moment in my small little world happened today. It is not something big and fancy which affected the world. No one even perhaps noticed it. But today for the last time, Abhinav and Kaamya went to their very first school Ashok Academy.

A and K in Ashok Academy Uniform

Next year new class, new school, new friends, new teachers…because it will be a new city…Bangalore.

We have had our shares of ups and downs with the school. Downs I will not mention because I would rather that those memories fade with time. But ups yes.. quite a few. The first time the kids started spending extended time away from home. From junior kg, the timing was 7:50 to 1:40. In fact this huge gap is what prompted me in the first place to look for work and today I have a fine writing career of my own.

Ashok Academy is a CBSE school. We chose it because it was close to our home and because we got admission there. We had our initial doubts, but along the way, we realized this was one of our best decisions. the kids have really evolved in the school. they have learned so much. I am happy.

Ashok Academy has given A and K 3 sports days and 2 annual days, monthly open house days and more importantly 2 meals each day.

Annual Day 2012- Jr. KG

Now in Bangalore, I will have to prepare ‘tiffin’ for school for the very first time and answer that dreaded question every mother faces everyday everywhere in the world- “Mum whats for dabba today”

So Ashok Academy, we say goodbye to you, to Sushmita teacher(nursery) Meghna teacher (Jr. KG) and Kanchan Teacher (Sr. Kg) and dear dear ‘Principal Madam’, who strikes terror in the heart of every student. and here’s hoping VIBGYOR turns out to be as much fun, laughter and adds as much value as Ashok Academy.  Academics come and go and in my opinion, creating confident well rounded youngsters is what schools should do and I have no doubt Ashok Academy is on the right track.

And here’s hoping and praying that VIBGYOR in Bangalore is too.


A Cheat Post for 2013

OK, here it is. I have come back here after ages. And though i knew I had made a resolution of 52 posts for 52 weeks, I am seriously lagging behind.

So here is a cheat post talking about the fact that I am lagging behind. Cheat post because it says nothing, yet counts towards the number.

Hahaha.. aren’t i clever?

I sure am.

More soon..hopefully without any more cheat posts.



When did the Letters Stop

Some days back, when I was cleaning up the junk from another era (my college days), I came across an entire stack of letters and cards sent by friends while I was in Hyderabad. I am just wondering when did those letters and cards stop? The last birthday card I received was in.. (i dont remember)..perhaps a couple of years after my marriage from Anand and/or Amma-Appa (both mine and A’s). But it has been ages since I received a card from a friend. And worst part I did not even realize that the letters and cards had stopped till recently.

What does this mean?  That the friendship of those years has no value? It cannot be that because at that time, it was very special. And today too those friendships have special place. I cannot forget the Jumpackers, our 84 journeys, the Trivandrum Pharmacy trip and the budding romance between two of my best friends.

Now these best friends are married (happily to each other) and have two boys of their own. How often do we meet? Rarer than rare. Is it good? No. But perhaps it is practical. Everyone is busy, everyone has commitments. And often family comes first when there is limited time to be allocated. Perhaps thats why distances do creep in…. Sad, but true.

What particularly set me thinking was a letter from J. We were the best of friends, but now we are no more than strangers. We hardly ever talk. She is busy executive, travelling the world over and I am a busier mom, ferrying my kids here and there. In a way, thank God for Facebook. I at least know whats happening in everyone’s lives. FB kind of helps me take away the pain that letters no longer arrive.

But I just cant help wondering when and why did those letters stop?