Yesterday Swati was reminiscing about how the event now called as foss.in began and what an amazing journey it has been for the past 10 years. Leafing thru the photos we realized that the journey has been more so for Aasim who began it as a 3 year old in ITcom 2000 and has been there every year ever since.
IT com 2000
Click for other 9 years
We were returning after celebrating Aasim birthday party – as we rounded a corner we saw a Tata Sumo parked in middle of the road and a few people gathered around as Swati cautiously steered around – We saw a glimpse of a snake Swati slowed and I recognized it immediately. It was a Russell’s Viper! I was out of the car even before the car halted. Continue reading
Aasim read Jonathan Livingston Seagull for the first time. Title of the post is what he had to say when he finished!
Evidence that Aasim is exposed to too much techno babble and the net.
On being asked what was he searching in the cupboards and drawers – “Nothing I am just surfing through them.”
His comment on an erratically behaving digital wall clock – “That thing is randomly browsing through time.”
A couple of your son’s friends have been caught flinching CDs and DVDs from his collection. You go and have a talk with the parents of the offending children and things are sorted out.
BUT what do you tell your own son who has never faced such distrust and betrayal in friendship?
What do you answer to his anguish “but they were my friends”?
Saying “no they were not” seems so inadequate, saying “you can’t trust people” seems so negative, saying “you did not care for your things” is outright insensitive….
Once you promise you have to… the little girl chimed , She was one of Aasim’s friend asking for his bicycle for herself to ride. The sincerity with which she pleaded stuck with me.
So as I had promised myself that I will update this journal more often here is it… Earlier this week we returned from Pattaya after a reasonably successful weekend business visit. We had the Sunday to ourselves so we shopped for… Thai spices!! Swati could manage to procure a decent spice kit, hmmm I wonder if there is a proper word for a “spice kit”? We also got a whole lot of cloth things – they are much cheaper in Thailand
Other than that things are still in a flux, Monsoon has still not hit Nagpur except for a few showers which in a way is good – the exteriors are being painted.
My programmers have turned the SANIsoft blog into a place to put ‘notes to themselves’ – which though not the sole purpose is generating a lot of traffic. People do get stuck and frustrated on small things which once known make you bang your head – here is a selection…
Just re-read the above and like the previous entry this too ‘looks’ forced but I don’t want to worry about that for now
Aasim’s friend to him
“I will tell you a joke, but you will have to laugh at it”
Like Swati wrote Aasim turned nine yesterday but he had his party on Saturday. Playing the part of host does have some benefits…
A gorgeous lady to me “Aasim will soon look like your younger brother than your son”
Me “Thanks for complimenting me but it is Aasim’s party!”
She – starting to blush..
Me “In that case can I ask you for a date?”
She “Only if Swati also comes along”
Me “Damn! I would have never imagined you as that kinky”
Our present to Aasim was a near fullsize bicycle. It has an Aluminium alloy frame and 21 speed config. Since the seat height is easily adjustable I took it out for a spin yesterday morning for 10Km – could reach a speed of 40km/hr easily but the over all moving average was 23km/hr, guess I will be using it on weekend mornings for some time now
Today morning Aasim casually reached up and unlatched the top latch of our front door!!
He is tall for a nine year old – the first image which flashed in front of my eyes was – Aasim about 15 months old would walk upto the dining table around meal times and peer very critically at the food kept there – only his eyes would reach above the table top. He never bothered to try and stand on tip toes to get a better view or may be he already knew it was not worth the effort…
and we could read in his eyes if the food presented was to his liking or not
Lately I have come across several parents who are so keen that their children appear to be “well adjusted” and not make them “look bad” in front of the their (parent’s) social acquaintances that they end up with children who are thoroughly de-spirited and totally lacking that urge to experiment or learn anything new. Well I don’t really interfere with anyone when it comes to parenting decisions they take but it does bug me, to use a mild word, when these parents try to put down other children as being wrong and also imply lack of culture.
Thankfully these very same parents also, most of the time, think that “boarding schools” are good – at least their children will have a chance for themselves.
Yes! Aasim’s school re-opened.
On the very first day he walked up to the podium during the general assembly and talked about FIFA World Cup. Honestly I never knew that he even knew about, let alone was following the event.
Unfortunately both his girlfriends have moved to other cities to which he said “What a waste!”.
Other than that it is life as usual for him and us….