Saturday, March 10, 2007

Joy of everyones lives...

Joy at 5 months

Joy and I spent two weeks in Kolkata... his Grandparents live there ( The husbands parents).
I don't think Joy and I spent even one boring moment....
Come 5 am... it was good morning time.... for everyone... the Lord was awake and not willing to lie next to his mommy quietly..... Mommy would sit with him near the french windows and show him the trees and the green leaves and the crows..( there were no other birds...)...and lil Joy would gurgle.. and chuckle away....
Come 6 am... Mommy could take it no more..and lil Joy would be deposited with his water bottle and a few toys in his grandparents room ..who welcomed him with arms wide open...
7.30 am.. Brekker time.... Banana.....he loved it.. and would lap it up..... sitting on the balcony watching the crows and pigeons fly past ...and try and figure out where all the noise he was hearing was coming from.... the traffic and the other everyday street sounds were quite fascinating...
8.30 am... after giving his Grandfather a toothless smile.. he would take a 2 hour nap.....I slept too.... ( one of the rare luxuries..)
The Nap would be followed by a maalish and bath and another nap....
The afternoons would be lazy and spent with his grandparents or my aunts and grandmother.....
Evenings would mean shopping or visiting relatives.... lots of fun...
Joy spent a lot of time with some of the Husbands family members.... I thought I would write about his time spent with them ..

His Grandfather : Dadu : My father-in-law ...Joy's Grandfather is a fun loving person... he is a work-a-holic ( according to my Mother -in-law) who enjoys good food and loves to meet up with his friends at the club....This trip saw him return early for lunch ... as well as in the evening, so that he could spend time with his grandson.... spend a few minutes with him before his afternoon nap and also spend half an hour in the evening before Joy would go to sleep at night. I would be narrated stories of The husband's childhood at the breakfast table....and would see the pride my father -in-law had in his eyes when he spoke of his son.... and it would amuse me to see that pride... turn in to pride and joy when he would speak of his grand son.....

one lil incident is worth narrating.... The husband was once giving his son ..who must have done something silly... like spit out his food or refuse to open his mouth during a feed..... or something...a talking to and said something like " if you don't listen to me ... I will pull your ears.." and immediately there was a voice from the other room which could be heard which said... " remember that there is someone to pull ears around as well...."....cute.... na?

Joy and his Dadu



His Grand mother : Nammi : My Mother-in-law...: If there is anyone who loves The husband more than me ....it is my mother-in-law... he is her "sunshine"....or so she says....LOL....( Will let my sis-in-law comment on that)....Well.. Joy's Grandmother took it upon herself to give nicknames to everyone.... as in what Joy was to call everyone.... ( the husbands family has this penchant of giving everyone in the family nicknames...which makes it very confusing for a newcomer... am still a little lost when I meet people in Kolkata or when people are referred to in conversations.....) Anyways She named herself " Nammi".... when asked the logic.. she said ..."Thamma or Thammi was difficult for lil kids to say ...so she would simplify it to Nammi...so Nammi she is ... Joy loves his Nammi... she sings to him ..she shows him lil birdies ( she can identify other birds apart from the crow ... unlike...Ahem!!) She can do baby talk for hours on end...She is amazing at needle work.. and has made lil pillow cases and woollen sets for Joy....She was ever willing to babysit...Joy and his Nammi would spend the evening sitting on the balcony watching the world go by....

Joy and his Nammi


His Great Grand father : Boro dadu : My Grand Father-in-law : This is one gentleman whom I am in awe of.... he is gentle.. kind..knowledgable...learned.... a doctor... who does not belive in prescribing more than half a crocin or a lil boroline.... for various ailments and bruises.... who calls me up once a week to check on how I am doing .... who never wants to speak to his grandson.. though he loves him dearly.... he says " I have spoken to you... you are ok and happy.. so my grandson will be the same... I do not need to speak with him..." so sweet....
He is also quite amused at becoming a great grandfather..I remember the first trip to Kolkata with Joy ... he visited as soon as we arrived and the first thing he did was a full examination of Joy... and assured himself and me .... of Joy being healthy....and having all body parts...
It would fill my eyes with tears of joy to see him sit on a chair and see this lil bundle of Joy roll around on the bed in front of him... all the while .. having a conversation with me...
This Gentle man and I share a special bond.. not only have I married his most favourite and first grandson ... but that I also surprised him by being able to stand my own and chat with him when all the other grandchildren are a little afraid of him....He would through my pregnancy call me and ask how I was doing and what all I was eating and if I was being looked after well or not..He would follow the news seriously.... and whenever there was any storm... rain.... cold wave....political unrest... etc.. he would call to ask if we were all right....he even called once to ask if my taps had running water... he had just heard about the water shortage in Delhi... SO..CUTE..!!!!

Joy and his Shona Ma and Boro Dadu


His Great Grandmother: Shona Ma : My Grand mother-in-law : The Husband and I call her D'shona.... my mother liked the sound of the nickname so much that as soon as Joy was born .. she announced ... that now I am Joy's D'shona...LOL...and she insists on being called just that....
As I was saying.... The Husband and I used to joke about how there was the RCFC..Roon Chaudhuri Fan Club... and the President was his grand mother and Chairman was his Grand father... and how now that I was around.... they were threatening to switch allegiance.....all except his grandmother...
She is the only one even till date... who first enquires about her Grandson before her Great Grandson......She dotes on lil Joy.....is always praying to the Gods for his welfare....and good..

The Husband's mother's younger sister : Muma : I shall not mention the pet name given to her.... I don't think she likes it too much....lol.... this grandmother of Joys is my favourite.. she is very like me .. Bindaas... loves shoes and bags... a funny incident... happened just after I had entered their home as a new bride.. I had just entered and was being blessed by some of the elders... when I went back to wear my shoes .. I could find them no where..... they were later found on Muma's feet.... she said... the temptation at seeing new shoes was something she couldn't resist.... so what if the shoes belonged to the new bride of the house... lol...Now Muma and I gift each other pairs of shoes...it works well for both of us... Well!!! .. this Grandmother of Joys would visit almost everyday.. whenever... she could get away she would come over to see Joy and play with him....

Joy and Muma



His Ronnie kaku : the Husbands cousin... my brother-in-law: this BIL of mine is very dear.. he is my partner in crime when it comes to running off to eat Puchkas...listening to music.... teasing each other...going shopping...arriving with Rolls... whenever I would wish for them to appear.... He was also the most amazing Kaku.... he would drop in to check on his nephew.... carry him around... play with him... lie next to him... sleep on his nephews lil pillow whenever it wasn't being used...he even tried to teach Joy how to walk......I captured it on camera... a lovely pic...

Joy and Ronnie Kaku



The Husbands mother's youngest sister : Golu : What else can I say... ? She gets the news from god knows where... we are still to fathom her sources.. but she manages to call always at the right time and with the right information.... She watches NDTV india and AAJTAK sitting in Baku, Azerbaijan and Aberdeen, Scotland....and calls up as soon as rain starts in Delhi asking if I have managed to get the clothes in from the veranda...... she is just amazing...
About her and Joy... I shall only say...She bought out the entire Mothercare store in both Baku and Aberdeen.. need I say more...

Ronty Kaku and Munia bua : The Husbands cousins : My brother-in-law and lil sis-in-law : They were some of the first people I met from the Husbands family and interacted closely... I actually went and lived with them for a few days before i got married.....we had fun..... Munia was just 8 years old.... I was quite tickled at being her "boudi" and she at being my" nanad".... Both Ronty and Munia...were so amazed to see Joy that they couldn't stop smiling for their entire trip to Delhi....They were thrilled at being uncle and aunt....
Munia and The Husband have a 20 year age difference....Munia and Joy have a 12 year age difference... No guesses who will get along with whom better...


Joy and Ronty kaku

Joy and Munia Bua


The Husband's father's sister: Pishimoni: Joy's Didon
: Our visit to Kolkata would have her arriving with hot samosas and jalebis for her nephew and I and she would sit and chat with us... Now being elevated to the position of a Grand mother.... she was quite kicked...Joy seemed to like being carried by her as well.... She managed to put him to sleep a number of times...



Joy and his Didon




Joy is really blessed to have so many people who love him so much.....

Joy and His Ma and Baba

3 comments:

OrangeJammies said...

lovely, lovely pictures!!! thank you for sharing them! your little boy is adorable, bless him! :0)

Diligent Candy said...

Really lovely...

Housewife Blues said...

Thanks :-) After doing a lot of research, Nilendu and I saw that the only jobs I could easily get were either teaching/nursing. I love kids, so thought teaching would be interesting :-) I have given one of my california state exams and another one is coming up in May.I have to do a 1 year certification course, after which I can teach in public schools. For the time being until the course starts,I'm volunteering at a school nearby.
Photography will follow some day in the not so near future I guess.