Bald for a cause at MUWCI

Worldwide, 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and despite tremendous progress, it remains a top disease killer of children. Like last year 23 first year students of MUWCI went Bald for a Cause and donated over 1.5 kg of hair to Children’s Cancer Centre for Lebanon. Aasim was one of them and I am proud of that.

From the Hair Donation Page of Children’s Cancer Centre for Lebanon.

Many patients lose their hair due to their cancer treatment. When our little princesses lose their hair, they often lose some self-esteem too. That’s why donating your hair to create a wig for our dear patients will make a difference in their lives.

The students made a nice video, Aasim can be seen at 1:54.

Bald for a Cause Worldwide

There is a lot of interest for Bald for a Cause events all over the world as can be seen from the following Google search

Aasim in MUWCI – finally!

Aasim with his wada mates and wada parents

Aasim had been preparing for this day for almost an year! Finally today he is where he wanted to be – a first year at the Mahindra United World College of India abbriviated to MUWCI by almost everyone.

Several friends expressed concerns about us having to let go of Aasim. Thanks for that. Agreed, last 17 years our world revolved around Aasim. We changed directions when he was born, some even called it a U turn. (No! it was not) This is the day we have aspired for as a family. Nothing can sum up things better for me than what Khalil Gibran has written about parents in his poem “On Children

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

So yes my dear friends we are not just OK with Aasim flying. We are immensely proud and happy to see him fly. Thanks for being so concerned

An amazing journey – Aasim at

Yesterday Swati was reminiscing about how the event now called as 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
IT com 2000

Click for other 9 years

Viper rescue!

Russell's Viper
Russell's Viper

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 Viper rescue!

There are no limits

Aasim read Jonathan Livingston Seagull for the first time. Title of the post is what he had to say when he finished!

Techno babble

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.”

Parenting dilemma

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

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”

Growing Up and acting ones age…

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 😉