Apr
14

Who knew ink was so powerful!

Posted by Kabir

Long time back, our teacher Miss Lisa told us about this quote – “The pen is mightier than the sword” and how writing is a powerful way to change things. I guess, in a way, I am changing things too by writing here  :P But guess what I learnt in school recently? Turns out, there is something even more powerful than the pen. It’s ink!! The blue ink that adults get for voting. Mom and Dad told me about it but Miss Lisa did a great job teaching us its importance in school. She made us do an activity where the students had to elect 2 people who’d make good class captains. She told us that in our country, we have the right to choose leaders and this activity will help us understand democracy better. We wrote down our favourites on a piece of paper and put it all in a jar. Few of us were chosen to count the votes and the winners were clear. Rohan and Divya! Divya because she’s so bossy! I voted for Rohan, obviously. Now, being a captain means responsibility – maintaining discipline in class. If they do a good job doing this, they’ll get a chance to be captains again or someone else will be picked next time. I know that being a politician … Read More

Mar
28

The sun is funny

Posted by Kabir

Dear Diary, Summers are almost here. That means the time to have more time. The time to waste time. The time to do nothing. But this vacation, I am thinking of doing something different. Because my classmates have started making plans. Peer pressure you see! As if regular school is not enough, there are a variety of classes available now. Swimming classes, karate classes, cricket coaching, dance classes, music classes and more. Rita has decided to join badminton classes. Some of my friends are going out of India for a holiday with their family. The rolu-polu Akshay is joining the gym that his father goes to. As for me, like I said, I have other plans. I am going to explore nature. I know that once I get older, I won’t be able to enjoy nature. I will be stuck in cars and conference rooms all the time. I will not have time even for health or family. I will spend my life earning money that I will never end up spending. I won’t be able to appreciate the many wonders of Mother Nature. So, while I’m still able to do it, why not make the best of it? I have already begun my small expedition. I am learning about stars through the Internet. I am observing the sun and … Read More

Mar
14

YAY! Holi-day!

Posted by Kabir

It’s time for water balloons and colours! And the best part is, you can just get away with it. How awesome is that?  Me, Rohan, Divya and Riya (who is big enough to play with us now) have planned a great Holi. We’re going to make a mountain of water balloons and play till our faces are painted beyond recognition.   But first! I’ll tell you about what happened in school. Miss Lisa couldn’t allow us to play Holi in school but she said we can paint a whole wall with colours and make whatever we like. She said the headmistress allowed it because the wall had to be painted during the holiday. We picked up our colours, paint brushes, crayons everything and started covering the wall with crazy things.   At the end of it, Miss Lisa told us all to step back and look at the wall to see what we had made. To me, from left to right, it was a dinosaur that went on an adventure to the moon then turned into a cow that was eating grass in a field. In the field the cow met Doraemon and there was a big rainbow. There was a bunch of people picking flowers and beside them was a river. In the middle, a giant sun was smiling … Read More

Feb
20

Love is…

Posted by Kabir

I experienced what the adults call ‘unconditional love’.  And what a perfect day for me to realise it all. It was February 14th and it was Valentine’s Day. Mom and dad had planned a whole day out by themselves. They left me and my little sister Riya in the care of my grandma and the babysitter.   I was so excited to have the house to myself. MY MASTER PLAN would take shape. As soon as I saw their car pull away, I called Rohan. We were going to have an adventure! I knew that grandma goes for her nap between 3-4 pm every day. So I told the babysitter that I’m going to run an errand for grandma. Rohan and I were going to the pool at the nearby club. On the way to the club, the sky suddenly got gloomy but we thought it’ll clear up later. We leapt into the water… Rohan rolled himself into a ball and jumped in the pool to make a huge splash. He ended up splashing water on everyone sitting by the pool.   Then trouble came booming. There was thunder, winds and it was pouring cats and dogs. Rohan and I went sprinting home. As soon as I was going to step into the house…ACCCHHHHOOO!!!! And as I entered, Mom and … Read More

Feb
11

Too much of something.

Posted by Kabir

I’ll admit. I’ve been a good boy for the past few months. Maybe that’s why I’ve been getting a lot of gifts from everywhere. Dad gave me a PSP, Grandpa gave me an iPad and then there is the new laptop from Uncle Pankaj, my dad’s brother. It’s great to have so much of technology around me and I’m constantly browsing the internet or playing games on the PSP. My mom can’t stop complaining about my obsession. She keeps scolding my dad, asking him why he had to gift me so much stuff so soon – after all I’m a little boy and all of 10 years.   I don’t agree. In fact, with all this technology around I have learnt a lot about the world. I am more informed about current affairs than anyone in the family. Dad comes first of course.   To prove to mom that technology is not all that bad, I decided to show her how it’s helping me. So I spent a whole afternoon explaining the great benefits of these ‘play things’. After everything was over and done with, I asked my Mom if she finally agrees with me. She instead told me this – “While you were spending hours on your toys, your playtime ran out…your favourite gola trolley came and went without … Read More

Jan
24

A marathon Sunday morning.

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Hi Diary! I’m so proud of my DAD! He finally took up his New Year resolution seriously. It seems he has been working out, jogging at the park and training for the Mumbai Marathon all this while. He said he wanted to surprise me and mom. Just a few days before the run, he showed us his participation sticker. Mom and me just sat there with our jaws dropped. So this Sunday, we all woke up super early. This one time, I didn’t complain because I was just too excited for dad. He got his running shoes on and packed his water and everything. When we got to the venue, it was the most amazing thing I had seen. I’ve never been to the Mumbai Marathon before… and this was out of the world! It was more like a carnival. People all around me were dressed up in masks and costumes. It didn’t look like a marathon at all!  I saw people dressed up like Gandhi, mythological characters, a ninja turtle and a walking skeleton! But the most striking thing was the number of placards with messages about social causes on them. They were all around. They talked about clean environment, education, AIDS and so much more. I tried reading them but I can only remember a few of them. … Read More

Jan
09

Grownups are funny

Posted by Kabir

Hi Diary.   First of all, it’s the New Year!!!  I’m so excited…as you can tell. The end of the year is my favouritest time of the year :p (if there is such a word). There is Christmas, there is New Year’s Eve and best of all, there are holidays! And with every New Year comes something the grownups call ‘RESOLUTIONS’. Mom makes me take one up every year. She says it’s a good way to practice getting close to your goals. She has been trying to sign up for the gym for the last 3 years! But she says she’s too busy taking care of all of us. I give her that… she does take really good care of us. That’s why my resolution this year is to make my dear mama feel special – in whichever little way I can. For starters, I am saving my allowance to buy her this book she wanted to read. She loves reading.   As for dad, his resolution is to stop eating oily food behind mom’s back – Which is funny because he keeps offering me chocolates to keep me from telling mom about his frequent visits to the paani puri waala. Grandpa wants to learn how to use a Smartphone… even though he can’t dial a number without serious concentration … Read More

Dec
19

A warm Christmas for everyone.

Posted by Kabir

Dear Dairy,   This is probably the busiest Christmas so far. I have to do so many things. But they are all things I love doing – so I guess it’s okay. First, I have to rebuild the sleigh that I was talking about earlier. It fell apart! Now the skit is only 3 days away and things are not ready.  Rohan, I and some other kids in our class were looking up for answers on the internet and we found this really cool video of a guy making a sleigh out of Thermocol and spray paint. These videos are called DIY videos it seems. DIY as in Do-It-Yourself. There are so many DIY videos on the internet. I even checked the one that showed how to make a replica of an airplane. After the sleigh, that’ll be my next project!   Now with the help of everyone in class, we finally finished most of the sleigh. We only have to make sure Rohan doesn’t wreck it while pretending to be Santa. Now for the 2nd part. I have to send gifts to my grandpa and grandmamma. They love chocolates and old songs so mom took me to the market today. We shopped for really nice chocolates and got them a mix tape of all songs from the old times. … Read More

Dec
10

The magical time of the year.

Posted by Kabir

Dear Diary, It’s my favorite part of the year. Christmas time! When everybody is excited about the long holiday… friends and family send each other cards and presents. We’re playing secret Santa at school and I can guess who my secret Santa is… It has to be Rohan! He’s been acting so funny, asking me my favorite things. Obviously, I’ll find out! Anyway, ever since I can remember, on the eve of Christmas, I get a gift. The gift is always left on the side of my desk and Dad tells me it’s Santa Claus. He travels all the way from North Pole to deliver gifts to all the good kids. So far, it looks like I’ve been among the good ones. But I’m not sure about this time. I accidentally broke one of mom’s expensive crystal jars. I’ve never seen her so angry and I have a feeling Santa won’t be paying a visit to our house this year. I wish I could tell Santa that it was just a stupid mistake. Read my diary… I have nothing but good intentions…he he.  I wish I could ride the sleigh over snowy mountains just like Santa does in all the pictures. But guess what… I may actually get to do it! We’re doing a skit in school and I’m playing one of the elves who travels with Santa on … Read More

Nov
26

My encounter with terror.

Posted by Kabir

Hello Diary, I’ve been having so much fun lately that I’ve become unaware of what’s been happening in the world. So I took it up as a mission to find out. Dad sat with me through the morning newspaper today. He said the elections are coming up – that explains all the loud noises, colourful poster and flags on the roads. Anyway, the important thing I wanted to talk to you about was that Dad and I came across this article that talked about 26th November 2008- the sad day on which Mumbai was attacked. They were talking about paying a tribute on the anniversary and do something nice for the families of those who lost their lives. I know it won’t bring back their loved ones, but it will be of help. I still cannot understand why someone would want to hurt so many people. Dad tells me that there are people who will do anything to make a point – even hurt others. I know a bully in my school who behaves exactly the same way. He just wants to prove something and even hurts the juniors. But I happened to witness something really amazing the other day. A bunch of juniors came together to face the bully. They gathered near him with courageous faces and told him … Read More