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Living away from motherland is a mixed feeling you can pretend to be happy, but within, you are missing .. The fragrance of the soil, The wind caressing you your childhood days, your first home and your loved ones too .. Friends in the foreign land ..unknowingly become your family to sing the same song as you..And dance to its melody
A success story taking all of us to a new platform, a great sense of achievement and with energy and satisfaction of having done something different and fruitful for a very special occasion away from home..
Thanks to all the choreographers who made us dance to their tunes, all the dancers who managed to find time having a good work-life balance. Last but not the least, Mr. and Mrs. Ambassador and the team from Indian Embassy Copenhagen for dreaming this wonderful day for us.
We Indians have come a long way... we overcame challenges, we learnt new languages, we found something for our living, and strive hard for each others well-being We Indians have a long way to go.. we will make sure our roots are kept stronger! we shall sow the seeds of our diverse culture.. we will strive to make ourselves proud, with a promise to stand united in the crowd!
Gauri Kotwal-Pande firstname.lastname@example.org www.galaxyofthoughts.com
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Saachi before going to bed yesterday ..
Saachi :Man må ikke lyver i børnehaven.. You are not allowed to lie in our daycare
Mor : Yes, Saachi .. that is right!
Saachi : Mads was lying in the daycare .. You know what we are not allowed to lie in the daycare .. and he still was lying..
Mor : Why ? What happened Saachi.. why do you say that .. ?
Saachi : He lied that he is not my kæreste (boyfriend)
Mor : Oh! That was a big lie, Saachi!
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I like the idea of combining cycling with the daily commutation. I believe it is the best way to accommodate physical activity in your daily routine. I like this facility provided by the ‘S’ trains here is Denmark where you can take the cycle inside the cycle compartment. There is room for around 10-12 cycles. At times it is really very crowded and people don’t care for other’s cycles but at uncrowded times it is usually manageable . I take my cycle along with me everyday. The station is around 2.6 kilometers from where we live. Srushti is usually with me on the bike. I drop Saachi before I take Srushti to the train station while Srushti patiently awaits me at the corridor of our building. We usually recite some poems or sing songs while biking. I also try to remind Srushti about the importance of drinking water, eating healthy food and so on…
Here is a video from our experience :
I remember I started cycling as a child at around age of 6-8. Of course, I remember, I had a red tricycle as a toddler earlier. My first cycle was a ‘BSA SLR’ with 2 side wheels to support. Sometimes my uncle .. and sometimes my dad used to teach me cycling. It was then my best asset. I also met with a couple of accidents while riding that. I used to love to ride very fast. I remember, once I was biking down a crowded road which had a slope. My brakes were not functioning then and I bumped into 3 ladies having gala time chatting while walking with their groceries in between the road. They got really pissed off by me. I couldn’t help much .. I just continued down the slope.
Once while biking very fast to my teacher’s house for some guidance, I had a bag with a book and my precious pouch full of my ink pens, pencils and all the other writing accessories. I lost that bag, it fell off without me even realizing it. I biked on the same route several times but was unlucky not to find my precious stuff.
Once I injured my front teeth which I bumped on the handle of my bicycle. I still have that part of my front tooth broken!
So.. those were a couple of stories I remember from my childhood related to cycling ..
I am sure everyone has some memory and affection towards their own cycling stage.. and the very first cycle and the challenges in learning to ride it..
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Srushti was very eager to celebrate her 5th birthday with her school friends. Being a summer baby her birthday falls in the vacation period. We decided to celebrate her birthday already on the 20th June at the Copenhagen Zoo. She had her handmade invitation cards ready very much ahead of time and they were successfully distributed amongst her friends. Celebrating the birthday at ZOO was rather an adventurous decision. 15 kids getting wild at the zoo was not at all easy to handle. The idea was to have a treasure hunt. There were 10 questions about the animals which were supposed to be solved. We made 2 teams. One was led by Nikhil and one by me. Nikhil already at the beginning gave up as he had guessed that it was going to get out of control. Our team still got a little further. There were some really kind parents who stayed with us. We had a long tour of the zoo and took a break in between for the pop corn, juice and to visit the call of nature. We took a sigh of relief only when all the kids were delivered to their parents. It was a challenging experience. Of course with the mantra that you learn as you experience. The smiling faces of all the kids gave us peace and satisfaction.
Here is a picture :
The most awaited 11th July also arrived. The birthday celebration was already accomplished so we decided to have a twist on 11th. Nikhil made ‘pohe’ and ‘shira’ for breakfast. After having the delicious breakfast, we planned Copenhagen sight seeing with Sulbha kaku and Sanjeev kaka and decided to keep it as a family event. We started our day with a little practical hassle and half of us took the bus to the city center. The rest were supposed to be arriving by the car. We walked down Strøget – walking street of Copenhagen – The longest in Scandinavia. It was rejuvenating to see so many people in wonderful summer clothes. All of us were excited. We walked from the city center and took a break for the birthday cake and the birthday song. We chose ‘La Glace’ for the cake and decided to have different cakes.
A mini video of the experience :
Later we decided to buy some goodies for Srushti, Saachi and Reyansh. We also did some shopping for ourselves. Shopping for me is always fun. Srushti and Saachi enjoyed the experience too. We had ‘Joe and the Juice’ sandwich for Lunch and took a mini break to relax and charge up for the rest of the day. We walked to Nyhavn and decided to take a water taxi ride. It was a relaxing water taxi ride.
Srushti’s birthday gift was a bicycle – a pedal one which to everyone’s surprise took her no time to ride it herself. After the tiring day she decided to ride the bicycle – it was fun. She had a lot of energy all through the day and until she went to sleep.
@ 5 Srushti
– knows to ride a pedal bike
– all the alphabets and sounds
– she writes really well and she can also read small words while figuring out the different sounds of ‘English’
– she can do small mathematical calculations addition and subtraction for single digit numbers
– her drawings are mostly about her family and friends with lot of butterflies and flowers
– she enjoys singing and dancing
– she enjoys taking selfies
but the interest that takes over all the rest is watching television endlessly ..
she loves ‘Jalebi’, ‘Kaju katli’ and all kinds of sweet things .. Jaggery is her favorite too. She loves roti with clarified butter (ghee) and jaggery and it is her all time favorite!!
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Friday morning chocolate croissant works like magic ..
No lazing in the bed
No crying while brushing teeth
No troubling little sister
No cribbing about fancy clothes
Seems like no challenges at all ..
Anything for that chocolate croissant from 7-11 🙂
Your sweet tooth my little one ..
I wish that it was a carrot/apple/Rye bread instead of the croissant
Then I could fulfill your desire everyday!
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Not everyday is same, each has a different lesson to share
A question that makes you think .. A question that makes you aware
The learning phase is all throughout your life!
Have been taking the bus since a couple days to drop Srushti rather than the cycle & train. For those who don’t know, here is Cph, train has a cycle compartment. The idea is that you could cycle to the nearest station and then take the cycle in the train. It is a nice facility to have however sometimes it gets too full to survive with all the stuff you have with you. And Srushti will prefer to fall but not sit without me in her vicinity.
A much needed break from all this, took me the tortoise way to reach the school. The first day, yesterday, I felt the bus wasn’t moving at all. The second time, today I thought that going by bus is actually giving me a lot of precious time with Srushti. Sitting in the window, watching the world outside is fun.. Srushti’s little cycle goes in the bus..and we chat our hearts out. The bus on the other hand isn’t too crowded.
I reach office a little late – which is ok and to my surprise not a very big difference.. as Srushti is on her cycle and I am running behind her .. “Mummy, You have to be really quick and hurry up”.. The way I say to her when she cycles behind 🙂
Whenever a car gives us way while cycling.. I raise my hand with a gesture of thankfulness.. Srushti has asked me several times about why I raise my hand.. and I have explained her many times the reason why! She never raises her hand though – may be she isn’t convinced or may be it is too much work for her to cycle and wave..
Today the ball came in my court unexpectedly ..
There was a car coming and she was on the road.. The car had to get way because Srushti was on the wrong side..
I asked her to come back on the walking path.. and she did that..
“Mummy .. !!” she cried.. “but he should wave his hand to me as I gave him way” .. “Why didn’t he do that?? That’s not fair”
And I understood why she wasn’t convinced!
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for some it was celebration for spirit of womanhood
for some it was the inspiration from motherhood
for some it was fresh air for health
for some it was the matter of strength
for some it was the tradition
for some.. the location
for me it was .. friendship and fun
Credits to the ‘All for women’/ ‘Alt for damerne’ run
This day will be marked as success in our lives ..
None of us could hold back from getting motivated
to run even better and faster ..
Feeling refreshed and rejuvenated with all my dear friends 🙂
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All the way back home from school Srushti kept silent about the wound she had on the front tooth..
Until the moment I noticed it ..
I asked : What happened to your tooth Srushti?
Still silent she realised that she could share it with me – could be her background thoughts.
I was scared to see the little wound and minute blood. I was very curious until I knew the real reason and it was :
Mummy, I bumped my tooth into this thing (I don’t remember what) because I want my tooth broken. All my friends have started loosing their teeth. No it does not hurt at all.. Mummy
Taking a sigh, I tried to explain her : Srushti, your teeth fall naturally. You do not have to take any effort to make them fall. It does not mean that your take a hammer and bang on your teeth. Please don’t do it again!
No, but mummy it does not hurt – and I don’t want to talk about it anymore.
Huh! Kids 🙂