Monthly Archives: February 2010

The month of winnings

Looks like Akank is set to complete the school year in style. She won a few more certificates this week. They were for some inter grade contests held in November last year. She sang Adam Lambert’s version of Mad World and was judged the best in Western music. She played ‘ These are a few of my favorite things and Thema’ on the keyboard for the instrumental music contest and stood second; the third certificate was a third place in extempore where she was asked to speak about a favourite sport activity and she chose to talk about swimming.

Now that she has raised the bar, with her winnings in sports and extra curricular activities, we are expectantly waiting for her to complete her academic year with fantastic results in her subjects too.

We keep our fingers crossed.

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Posted by on February 27, 2010 in Competetions, School


Respite from routine.

Akank went to an excursion from school today. It looks like the school decided to give the kids a break before the final assessments begin in two weeks. From tomorrow it will be back to revisions and worksheets for the kids at school.

Akank however has more breaks in store. It begins with a movie schedule for the weekend- Disney’s Princess and the Frog. The following weekend, she will travel to a temple do in an ancestral village. Two days before her exams begin, her cousin plans on visiting. Hopefully, she will work on her revisions despite all the other distractions. She Intends doing well in the final assessments at school.Moreover, she is quite looking forward to her last day of school already.

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Posted by on February 24, 2010 in School, updates


You win some, you lose some.

Akank participated with great fervor in the annual sports event at school, this year too. This was her first experience being a part of the school march past group.That done, she took part in the 100m, 200m and the relay event. Just before the 200m dash, which was the first event of the afternoon, Akank was in two minds about participating. During the heats, she had realized that she was not able to run the entire distance without tiring out. In spite of that, she had made it to the final four participants.  When she asked me for a vote, I told her to give it a shot. The other three athletes turned out to be swifter. She was in tears at losing.

I encouraged her to believe that she was probably cut to run the 100m dash better.  After a bit of talking to, she began to calm down. She was keen to win the 100m dash. Unfortunately for Akank, the participants of the 100m dash event turned out to be nifty too!

I was now beginning to feel very uncomfortable with what I had to handle at the end of the day! No amount of pep talk about ‘ winning is not important, participating is’ was going to help. The last event was the 4 x100m relay. I spent a few minutes with the team before the event. I asked Akank to have fun and do her best with the team. Even though they were the last to start the race , they finished third, thanks to some super sprinting between them!

I said a small prayer thanking my savior for saving me from the teary eyed scene that I was preparing myself for later that evening. The icing on the cake was when she won another cup for being in the Rugby team that won the Runner up award.

She was in a happy mood at the end of the day, despite the lost races. She agreed to go to a mini celebration over burgers and salsa wraps at McDonald’s. I also got her a much awaited 4th book by Stephanie Meyers’ – Breaking Dawn.

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Posted by on February 21, 2010 in Competetions, School


Coining new words

Akank has her way with words. She could make new words and use them without flinching even as a younger child. However, the most recent word that she coined was something worth blogging about.

Akank’s school is busy preparing for an annual sports day event. Akank and the other 5th graders at school are apart of the March past at the beginning of the event. They have been on the school grounds for over two weeks, practicing and perfecting the march. Two days back, Akank came back red faced and sweaty after a few hours of practice and said this-

" Today I realized that our school had State level "marchpast-ists". They are actually school seniors who came and helped us smarten our marching."

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Posted by on February 19, 2010 in Uncategorized


Band play

A parent of one of Akank’s classmates owns a bakery and wanted live entertainment over Valentine’s day. The girl’s parents invited a few children from the class to form a band. It was Akank’s first chance to play in a band. She was obviously very excited when she was invited to be part of the band. She went to practice a few days before the 14th February. At the end of the practice session it was decided that she will get to play a solo number on the keyboard and sing a song of her choice on V-day. There was also a guitarist ( the baker’s daughter), another key board player, a drummer and a chorus. Akank told me that she herself was the ‘lead singer’. A day before the final show, Akank received a call from one of the band members,  and was told that that there would be no solo performances but only chorus singing. Akank was upset that she would not have a chance to sing or play her song as decided earlier. She asked me if she could quit the band. I wanted her to give it a good think before she called it quits. I told her that it would be something to look back at, when she was grown up and belonged to a ‘real’ band. I advised her that the first band experience did not have to be perfect. She would not listen. Then came the stories of how there was no coordination of music in the band, of how no one else but the baker’s daughter had the final say on the choice of songs to be sung, of how the baker’s wife did not recall Akank’s name and called her and another classmate ‘ people’ and of how Akank really had quit the same day of practice but had not told me about it.

She called the Baker’s family the same evening and quit the band – again.

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Posted by on February 15, 2010 in Uncategorized