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This week...

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Was a busy one. I got actively involved over the copyrights infringement issues those following me on Facebook will know about. I got all the stolen pictures taken down already. In one case not without the owner of the website calling me colourful names and informing me that he was immune to the concept of copyrights and could do as he pleased...no buddy you can't. This lead me to start going over ALL the pictures posted on my blog and adding watermarks to all the ones that never had one, and upgrading the watermark and picture URL on those who had one already, and I am far from finished. But let's say that from now on, my pictures are clearly marked as not being free for all to use. You know...just in case there are still some people that think otherwise.

I also managed to get some baking done this week. A batch of chocolate cookies that has already almost disappeared into a handful of digestive tracts that will remain anonymous. And a batch of carrot cupcake that vanished just about the same way. We were hosting the expat ladies play date over here, which explains were some of them went.

This week is also a short one in school, on the account of Independence Day which falls tomorrow turning this coming weekend on a very long one that will stretch until Monday, which has been marked on Ishita's school calendar as the day of the Parsi New Year. As it is customary every year and in most schools, kids usually go dressed in tricolour to school on the 14th to celebrate Independence Day together. I was quite happy to have anticipated last year by buying an outfit a size bigger, so she could wear it two years in a row.

India independence day, dress in tricolour


This year DH will not be hooked to the phone managing last minutes warehouse woes and logistics problem so that others can shop and buy electronics on what is apparently the biggest sales day for retail companies after Diwali in India. So, we are planning to keep far from the shopping mall and its madness and relax at home. With such a long weekend, it is also fairly certain that half of Mumbai decided to flee the city for the hills around, so we aren't going out of town either. Ishita has been asking for some dim sums this week, therefore the probability we will go out and eat some is great.

And I spent the rest of my free time watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D on TV. Which thanks to Tata Sky+ I can record, watch at my convenience without having to endure the commercial breaks.

How was your week, and how do you guys plan to spend this long holiday weekend if you are living in India?



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  1. Aww... Ishi has grown so big! I am wearing a tricolored salwar today as well :D we have independence day celebration at office today...

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    1. This is a picture from last year, she is even bigger this year, but I forgot to snap a picture before she headed to school this morning. Got one just now of her coming back with a Indian flag paper visor they made in school though :-)

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    2. I returned with an " I love India " Pin :D pictured here http://stylingmoi.blogspot.in/2014/08/happy-independence-day.html

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    3. Looks good :-) My husband didn't dress up on Thursday, they just gave an Indian flag stickers to put on the short to everybody. I like the pin idea better.

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  2. Anonymous12:56 PM

    Nothing special I guess. I had a few plans but nothing worked out. Independence Day does bring out childhood memories. You know, the Independence Day marks the culmination of the kite flying season which starts with the coming of monsoons. It is tradition to fly kites in the evening of Independence Day. I don't know who started it but it is fascinating to see the sky full of kites of different colours. I don't know if it the case in Mumbai. These days ofcourse children are too busy and perhaps kite flying is too desi for them. Though you see kites flying in semi rural colonies of the city. The world of kite flying is fascinating and has its own terminology. Which thread to pick, which kites are good, the tactics to cut each other's kites. I think our DH had flown a kite of two in his childhood. I am a bit of child myself so I guess I am sentimental about these things. We are losing the simple pleasures of life.

    Oh, btw, it is Janamastami, the birthday of Lord Krishna on Monday. I don't know why it is marked as Parsi New Year. Oh, I remember we used to use sand and chalks and idols of Lord Krishna to recreate the events in the life of krishna in front of our house. Not just us, but children from different neighborhoods used to do the same. Every block used to create these works of arts revolving around the life of Lord Krishna. There were idols of krishna, krishna's parents, the prison in which krishna was kept and whole lot of other things available in the market. . People would come and pull the swing on which little krishna used to sit. It was such innocent fun. Now, children are not even aware of these traditions. It is becoming so difficult to post comment, so I am putting my name below.

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    1. I used to fly kites as a child. lots of fun, though we didn't do kite fights in Switzerland. There are no kites flying in Mumbai on Idependence day, probably because the chance of heavy rain at this time of the year is still high. People fly them during the winter instead.
      Since Ishita has to dress as Radha on Tuesday and there is no other holiday in the week, it seems that what the school labeled as a Parsi New Year also doubles as Janamastami, not sure why they didn't mention both. I doubt the Parsi New Year is celebrated much in other part of the country, but the Parsi community is significant enough in Mumbai...oh well, glad that this Monday makes a one stone throw two hits thing with holidays, because from this month until November we are having public holidays almost every week and kids spend very little time at school :-)

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    2. Anonymous4:49 PM

      In India, each festival has a different experience, a different feel. It is not just hindu festivals but there is different feeling which one associates with Christmas and Eid. At the time of Ramzan, you go to a muslim neighborhood, you get fantastic biryani and Kabab. Christmas means delicious rum cakes. I guess the education has a lot to do with it. We were taught that these days are sacred and we still view them as such. Thank god for secular education. Eid= delicious sewaiyan, Christmas= jingle bells. Jingle bells particularly has a celebrity feeling to it. Lot of other countries do not give space to other communities in their education, this is what I discovered much later in life.

      As I mentioned, apart from big festivals like Holi and Diwali festivals like Rakhi and Janasmastmi had traditions associated with each which were not necessarily religious. Like the tradition of recreating the images of Lord Krishna's life by children. Nobody knows when it started but it was always there. Sometimes on a bigger scale by adults and on smaller scale by children. We used to plan days ahead of janasmastami and find out places from where sand and red soil and stones could be secured. These were then packed in polythene bags and stored. Elaborate designs were discussed on how to create mountains, rivers and landscape. We still have couple of those childhood idols with us. Krishna was not almighty god for us children but a source of inspiration for our artistic expression. Little, cute and utterly endearing. Parents too used to get involved. Culture changes, which is inevitable, but when a way of life is lost, it is really a great loss.

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    3. You know this is the thing I love about India. Every religious festival, regardless of the religion is celebrated by all and has a public holiday observed by all. I can't tell you how pissed I have been my whole life in Switzerland at the protests some had at even other religion history being taught in school as part of the history class, shouting high and loud that Switzerland is a secular nation where religions should not be taught about in school. Yet schools have the right to celebrate Christmas and Easter, and only Christian holidays are observed as public holidays, which I find improper, because you can't claim the Governement is secular, if one religion is preferred above other. And interestingly, some of my compatriots find it really puzzling when I tell them that in India we observe all religious holidays and kids have activites for all of them in school. Why should that even be odd? That is absolutely amazing, wonderful and culturally enriching for all. And I love how my version of Christmas is different from the one here.

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    4. Anonymous8:34 PM

      Some say we have too many holidays. I was watching some you tube videos about our neighboring country and was dismayed to find the turmoil in the country because they did not have what we have secularism and democracy. Their history is has religious colour. We seem to make fun of both these attributes but our country has survived this past sixty odd years only and only due both these things. We cannot thank our founding father enough. If not for them, the idea of India would never have taken shape. Our 68th Independence Day is a good time to remember their contribution.

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  3. Anonymous3:01 AM

    Wow! Ishita is adorable and is getting so big. I swear my sons (13 and 16) grow overnight and eat their weight in food every week! This will be our last weekend before we go back to school and work. It will be my younger son's last year in the school where I teach before he goes off to high school. They are upset about the 'end of summer', even though it will be hot here for months to come. They are both doing online math classes and are behind in their work, so they will be busy. Labor Day is our next big holiday and long weekend, in a few weeks: September 1st, I believe. Glad you sorted out the copyright problems. Nothing makes me angrier than arrogant, rude people who overstep their boundaries. Enjoy your long weekend! Susan

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    1. Ohhhh I remember these days as a teen myself, my mom would be on edge when my sister and I were joined by my cousin in the house, as he would sometimes stay with us when his parents were away. 3 teenagers, two of them engaged in athletic activities. Needless to say our fridge would go on empty almost everyday and that a family pack of breakfast cereal would disappear in a day :-)
      We are entering the festive season here, from then until December we will have an impressive succession of public holiday, until Diwali, that is almost one day a week that will be a no school day, and school itself will have many activites and dress up days to teach the kids about all the festivals in question.

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  4. Ish is so cute! She reminds me of Maya a bit! :)

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    1. They indeed look similar :-)

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  5. Anonymous7:45 PM

    Wow. Ishi is so different now. Pretty. Time flies. You haven't posted her bday pics this year.

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    1. Yeah, they are still on the camera. We didn't take that many because Ishita was running around a lot, and by the time it was cake cutting time she had a mini melt down because cutting the cake meant cutting Sleeping beauty on it, so Stopped taking pictures and consoled her instead.

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