Sunday, 12 January 2014

An Awesome Gift

Love you Mama and Mami and thanks for the wonderful gifts you brought for me; the most memorable and special is the personally autographed book "The Blue Umbrella" by  Ruskin Bond that you thoughtfully got for me from Dubai. (My uncle and aunt met Ruskin Bond at a Book Store in Dubai)

Ruskin Bond is my favorite author and poet. I have read his books and poems and simply loved them. My mom introduced me to Ruskin Bond by asking me to read his book "Collected Fiction". I especially like his short stories, The Woman on Platform No.8, Chachi's Funeral and The Story of Madhu.

I am grateful to have an autographed book of my favourite author, which is another of my prized possession. 

My English curriculum has a poem, Granny's Tree Climbing written by Ruskin Bond. He has written many books for children, some dealing with his own childhood , others dealing with the lives of contemporary Indian children.

Bond spent his childhood with his grandparents in their house in Dehradun, where he grew up in the company of a number of pets. He developed a deep love for nature, which is evident in most of his works.

The poem Granny's Tree Climbing has been taken from An Island Of Trees, which is a collection of short stories and poems dealing exclusively with Bond's love  for nature.

I wish I get the opportunity to meet Ruskin Bond Sir.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

My Telephonic Conversation With The Cricketing Legend - VVS Laxman

A dream come true! I finally spoke to the Cricketing legend  VVS Laxman. I had been pestering my mother for  an opportunity to say 'Hello' to him.On 3rd Jan,2014, I called my mom who was travelling from Mumbai to Hyderabad with VVS Laxman and was aboard the flight which was about to take off. Mom suddenly told me " Here speak to Mr. VVS Laxman" and I was so stunned that I said " No Mom ". But mom said  "Speak" and I heard a very pleasant voice. Here is our conversation.

Laxman: Hi Adithi, how are you?
Me: Hi Sir, I am fine .
Laxman: How are your studies?
Me : Fine
Laxman: Do you play any sport?
Me: No,but I am interested 
Laxman : Which sport ?
Me: Basketball.
Laxman: Good
Me:Ya........ Sir, did you run the marathon in Nashik
Laxman: No, I didn't (laughing). Ok then, bye and good luck.
Me : Bye
My proud possession - Personally autographed bat from VVS Laxman
I was overwhelmed and lucky to have spoken to such a great person. He was so sweet. Now, I want to meet him!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

A Short and Sweet Trip to Ooty

Drinking "Garam garam chai" in winter is a top of the world feeling

This winter break my maternal uncle, aunt and cousins, Gauri and Raghav from Dubai, visited India and we had the opportunity to travel together for a short holiday to Wellington near Ooty in Tamil Nadu. My other maternal uncle who is a Pediatrician in the Indian Armed Forces is posted at the Military Hospital,Madras Regimental Center -Wellington.

We visited Mysore for a day on Dec 25th to attend a family get together and from there we proceeded in a TATA Sumo to Wellington on Dec 26th.

We drove through Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka and Madhumalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu. 

We were fortunate to have spotted a herd of Deer, Langur Monkeys and Peacocks. The drive uphill was a little tiring as it took nearly 6 hours.

But as soon as we reached Wellington and saw my little cousin Advait dancing with joy on seeing us, we forgot our tedious journey. 

The next day Dec 27th, we set for a sight seeing trip to Ooty. This was my third trip to Ooty and I was a little bored initially. 

We drove to Doddabetta which is the highest peak in South India located at 8650 feet above sea level in the Nilgiris Hills. 

The highlight of the Ooty tour was visiting the highest elevated Tea factory in South India, for the first time. A walk inside the tea factory gave us a glimpse of the machinery used and the process of preparing the tea powder from the tea leaves. We were given some hot masala chai as a sample. On the same premises, there was a small homemade chocolate making unit with a sales counter that sold varieties of yummy chocolates. We bought a few delicious varieties and relished munching them. 

Then we proceeded  to visit the indoor "Thread Garden" which is made up of sixty million meters of thread and is located opposite Ooty lake. It is indeed a very creative and innovative place.

We took a break for lunch and lastly visited the famous Botanical Garden.

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip with my three cousins, parents, uncles and aunts. This was a memorable vacation for me.