Saturday, February 03, 2007

parents tongue!

My cousin questioned me," what is your mother tongue?" And I promptly replied "Tamil".

He again questioned me "then what is your father tongue"? And again, without a doubt, I said ''English"!

''But why is it that you speak more English than Tamil''? He asked.

I then told him ''that’s because my father is bigger and taller than my mother''!

Friday, February 17, 2006

My best friends

Let me introduce you to my favourite companions.

1) Cuddles, my cuddly teddy bear.I spotted him in a shop and begged my mother to buy it for me. I need him with me when I go to bed, even when I go for sleep-overs to my friends’ house or my aunt’s house. Once I took Cuddles to a sleep-over and forgot to bring him back. I cried and made such a fuss that my dad had to drive back all the way to bring Cuddles home

2) Esmeralda, my hair-styling dollie. She has her own make-up kit which contains a lipstick, rouge, comb and hair-clips. I spend hours on styling her hair, putting make-up on her. My mom, dad and sis got Esmerelda for me, as they know how much I like modeling

3) Snowflake, the singing cat : It was gifted to me by my aunt on my birthday. It has a red tag hanging from its neck, which says, “ Sweet heart”. When I press Snowflake on the nose, it starts wagging its tail in a very cute manner and will start singing, “

You are my sunshine
my only sunshine,
you make me happy
when I go grey
you will never notice
how much I love you
if you take my sunshine away

I am so happy when I stroke Snowflake and hear it sing in that sweet voice

These are my constant companions and I love all of them.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

The Sunday afternoon fun

I went to the Mylapore festival today with my parents. There were a number of events all around the Kapaleeswarar temple. It was very colourful and lively. On North Mada street, there was a kolam competition and there were so many different patterns drawn on the road. Here is a photo of a kolam I liked a lot.

There was a Kookalikattai show, where a group of men walked around on stilts, with colorful turbans around their heads. They were moving to the sound of drum beat. I enjoyed watching them. I took this photo of the men on stilts.

Later we walked down to Art Street, where Fine Arts students of Stella Maris were selling some paintings, jute bags, etc which they had made themselves. I bought some cute ear-rings and bracelets for my sister and me.

Mylapore is a very old part of Chennai and existed several centuries before the city of Madras was formed.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

The jungle laws

I had written earlier about the play, "The Jungle Book" that I had acted in. I liked these lines in the play :

The jungle laws are firm but few
And fairly they are decreed
Hunt when hungry; never hunt
to satisfy your greed

The animals in the jungle really follow this rule. Lions and tigers hunt only when they are hungry and when they need food. I have seen deer, zebras and other herbivores on TV films . They don't get frightened when they know that the lion is not hungry. They know that the lion will not hunt then.

We human beings are selfish and greedy. Even when we have what we want, we want some more.

Why can't we learn from the animals ?

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

It's all oranges!!

Can you believe it ?

The whole thing is made of oranges.

I don’t care much for oranges. I find them too sour.

Had these been bananas, boy! I would have polished them off in minutes.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

My acting experience

I acted in a play called "Jungle Play", based on the story by Rudyard Kipling. I acted the part of Nauthanki, a wolf who aspires to be an actress.

The director chose the cast in the first week of July. Since then we have been rehearsing our part, staying back after school. We had to go to a recording studio to audiotape our voices. It was good fun. After that we had to learn to mime by moving our lips. In the last one month, we had to practise more seriously, even during school hours.

The day before the play, we had to go for a dress rehearsal at the auditorium. It was fun getting into the different costumes. All the boys and girls who acted as monkeys and wolves had tails hanging out. We kept pulling each other's tails. But I didn't like it when my face was painted. It made my face so stiff and uncomfortable.

On the day of the show, there was chaos and confusion. All the teachers were running around, making sure that everyone was in the right costume and with the right make-up. They gave us snacks which we found difficult to eat because of the make-up.

At last, the show began. The hall was packed with all the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. I was quite excited. My part came in Scene 5 and I had to give a long speech to the pack of wolves and Sherkhan the tiger, as if I had won an Oscar.I was very nervous to begin with, but gradually my fear vanished and I was quite confident.After I finished, I heard the applause from the audience and was thrilled.

After the show was over, I was kissed and hugged by many people. They told me that I did my part very well.

I enjoyed the whole experience. I am sorry that it came to an end.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The Banana Robbers

When my friends come over and when we are bored, my dad gives us something to do. Yesterday he gave us four words and asked us to make a story out of them.The words were ISLAND;BANANAS;ROBBERS and HELICOPTER.This is the story I made:

The Island of Crete is famous for bananas.Not far away from Crete there lived a gang of robbers.Actually they were once monkeys.But they stole the wand of the angel of animals and changed themselves to human beings.But their love for bananas stayed on. So they thought they would go to Crete to steal some bananas. But unknown to them the banana growers had kep an alarm system. When the robbers arrived one of them stamped a wire which gave a loud beep. This beep alerted the police who came in a helicopter and arrested the members of the gang. Bananas are still famous in Crete