Vinayaka Chavathi

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I never did Vinayaka chavathi alone and this is my first vinayaka chavathi which i did i alone without the guidance of my mom or my m-law.Last year i was fortunate to celebrate the festival with my mom who did puja and read ganesh story.After coming here to gulf i never got holidays on our festivals and there is no public holidays for our festivals.So i always used to go to work and my m-law who was staying with me used to do puja and in the evening i used to eat the delicacies.Sandhya gave me the sholkas to do the puja and mom told me how to make the delicacies.

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My girls

Ganesh is kept in the house for three days and later it is immersed in the water.What we usually do in hyderabad is we used to keep our Ganesh at our colony community hall where there is big ganesh installed and all the  colony members go to hussain sagar lake (tank bund) on the tenth day and do ganesh visarjan there.More info is here

PS:-I did this post in my food blog day before yesterday

Questions by a 5 year old

Varunavi became very inquisitive and is always asking questions which sometimes i don’t have answers.The other day i was changing my earrings and this what she asked me:-

Varunavi :- Who gave you this earrings?

Me :- My friends

Varunavi :- Tell me names?

Me : -Shradha,Haritha,Ratan and Ravi.

Varunavi :-  Raviiiiiii,that is a boy’s name

Me :- So

Varunavi :- With a shocked expression and said you took gift from a boy?

Me :- There is nothing wrong in having a boy as a friend and taking gift from him.

After that i was seriously thinking what made her to say that,we never differentiate between a boy or girl,nor we teach her that she should be away from boys,she goes to co-ed school and to my knowledge her best friend is a boy.Maybe she thought mama should not have boy as her friend.

These are few questions she asked me :- 

Why aunties don’t wear while dancing and all uncles wear full clothes?

Why aunties wear fully when swimming and uncles don’t wear much?

Why sun is a boy not girl?

Why we sleep when lights are off ?

Why you don’t give me break for one day ?  This was the question she asked me when i told her summer holidays are going to over get your books  we will revise maths.

Night Zoo At Al Ain

There are two zoos in UAE.One is in dubai and another one is in Al Ain which opens in the evening.One friday we went to dubai zoo but were very disappointed to see all the animals sleeping in there A/C rooms,believe me not even one animal we saw,what we saw there was few birds which were trying to fly in the small enclosure which is dark and unclean.The tempretature in dubai then was around 48 degree celcius.

Kids where really disappointed for not seeing a single animal.I heard of Al Ain zoo and that too we can go there in the evenings.So googled it for more details and went to the zoo last friday.Al Ain in one of the seven emirates of UAE and is also known as garden city.The city is green and no one will believe that this city is in the middle of the desert.

Kids had fun there.Pinkuda got hurt but still she didn’t want to come out from there.This zoo is very big compared to dubai zoo and all the animals were in the open lands with lots of trees and small ponds.The main attraction was the gorilla,poor thing it was sitting alone and thinking why these people have confined me to a small place with lots of trees and small man made pool and a waterfall.I took almost 10 snaps but i didn’t get gorilla in one snap.Pinky doesn’t wants to come from there,she was making sounds so that gorilla sees at her.Gorilla was least bothered it was just sitting and nodding her head as if she is understood what the visitors are talking.On the way varunavi was asking why gorilla don’t have a company,what gorilla is doing alone with a ball beside her and we said zoo people will allow people to play with gorilla so she was asking her dad to take her again to zoo so that she will play with gorilla.

We brought our dream car Camary.First time we went to zoo in the car and pinkuda doesn’t want to come in the car as she says this is not our car,this is uncle’s car and uncle will beat you all.With so much of bride (cocolates,tips (chips)duit (juice))she got into the car.

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Can you believe this zoo is in the desert 🙂

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 11-08-09 090I want to drive but its been 3 years i didn’t drive,so a bit tensed. 🙂