Thursday, August 29, 2013

Riyadh Aviation Museum

School is reopening after 2 days! Aaarghh!

We bought a new bag, a new water bottle and a new lunch box. Sadly, the lunch box has a Disney princess on it and it is very, very pink in colour. But I anyway figured it couldn’t go worse than that and (besides, most of the lunch boxes either had a Mickey or Minnie mouse on it) therefore I decided to live with it.

I have successfully completed my holiday homework and almost misplaced them in my happiness. Anyway, teachers won’t fall for the old trick, the my-dog-ate-my-homework one. Not that I have ever tried it.

Now, I can look forward to projects, homework, table tennis classes, and Math’s tuition when school reopens.

We went to the Royal Saudi Air Force Museum yesterday, and I have to admit, it was super. Old-fashioned planes of all shapes and sizes were there. There were fighter planes, planes for transporting cars and stuff, unmanned aircrafts, jets, bombs, missiles etc.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Alappuzha Trip

“Mew!” A kitten mewed when I stroked it. The other one brushed against my legs as it walked past. Their mother sat on the ground lazily, and watched the kittens lie, lick and run.  I started to stroke the other kitten and it ran between my legs. We laughed.

The mother cat was named Mickey as Savithri and her family thought Mickey was a male cat and Savithri and her younger brother Shanku, ended up naming it Mickey.

It was only after she gave birth to 2 kittens that they realized they Mickey wasn’t a ‘he’, but a ‘she’.

Sadly, one of the kittens (Chakki) died later.  

And when I visited them a second time, I saw a crow lying on one of the electric post. It had got electrocuted.  A murdered crow was surrounded by a ‘murder of crows’ ! Even though, that would be sad news for the crow, I was so excited. I had never seen a dead crow. Especially not one that had been electrocuted.     

Two people from Mathrubumi came to interview Savithri’s Achachan (Grandfather).  Achachan’s name is T.N. Krishnan Kutty Nair and he was a well known cinematographer who worked in more than 46 movies.

(I was also on TV this time. Me and Mom starred in a TV news program ,for 3 seconds , about ‘Ramayana maasam’ which was shot at Valyamma’s home.)

It started to rain just when we decided to go beach. But we went anyway, hoping the rain would stop. But it didn’t. In fact, it started to rain even more heavily.

When we got out, we took umbrellas. We saw the beach from outside the fence; we didn’t go there because of the rain. Me and Savithri stood under an umbrella, Mom and Molly Chitta under another one, and Shanku and Chittappan struggled to hold on their umbrella which was about to fly away because of the wind and tried to straighten it since the canopy had turned inside-out.  Dad stayed in the car.

I and Savithri laughed and we held on our umbrella and shivered when the cold wind whipped us. All of us got inside the car again, and watched the beach. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The mystery of the missing bicycle

Rockstar Nara’s career changed into Detective Nara.

He solved “The mystery of the missing bicycle”.  These were the clues:

·        There were no clues

These were the notes:

·        A bicycle was missing
·        Its owner was Detective Nara’s best friend, Abhijit
·        The lock of the cycle had got broken before, making it easy for the culprit to get cycle and make a clean getaway.

The funny thing is, Detective Nara solved the mystery before he knew what had happened.

Curious? Astonished? Impressed? I sure was.

Actually, what happened was that Nara was riding at the back of Grandpa’s scooter when he noticed a bicycle near an old house, hidden between bushes.  He tried to remember where he had seen it before, but he was not able to remember.

At school, Abhijit told him what had happened. Then Nara quickly remembered about the cycle he had seen and described it to Abhijit. He got an excited ‘’ Yes, that must be mine! How did you find it! Where is it? Why is it there? How did it get there?” Abhijit bombarded him with questions and Nara finally managed to calm him down.

Together, they went there after school to check if it was the right one. It sure was. They came back again, this time with a few older students. They rang the doorbell and an old woman with 4 teeth opened the door and gaped at them. 

“My cycle has been stolen and it is there on your front yard. Someone took it. Do you know about it?” 

The old woman gave them a long explanation oh-my-grand son-takes-it-every-day-he-buys-milk-with-it-he-goes-to-school-on-it but Nara and his friends went over and took it anyway because Abhijit was completely sure it was his and there was even a scratch which he pointed out was there from before it was taken.

While they retrieved the stolen property from the crime scene, they heard a dog barking but they did not see the dog. One of the older boys said “Er…. It probably is a dog’s bark recorded to scare people away.” Everyone laughed nervously.

Abhijit was so grateful he presented Nara with a “Bingo!” the next day, and Nara thanked him with a “Burp!” after he ate the chips.

Mystery solved!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Back from India...

Hey everybody! It’s me, Janaki.

Whoops!  I am starting to sound like Mickey Mouse. You know, like how he says,

“Hey everybody! It’s me, Mickey Mouse. Say, ya wanna see my club house?”
And no matter how hard you scream “No!” he says, “Then let’s go to the club house. Oh, I forgot that we have to say the magic word. Misca Moosca Mouse ca doodles! Come on, say it with me”

It’s pretty weird stuff, considering the fact that we have to say the words that make absolutely NO sense at all.

I came back from India on the 11th of August, with sadness and sleepiness, because we left home at 11 at night, so I had a quick nap in the car while going to the airport.

So, I was pretty grumpy and sleepy when we reached the airport, for I had been having such a good dream. For a sec, I did not even care leaving India, which might have been a good thing because otherwise I would probably run screaming “I don’t want to go back!” to the car. But then, I remembered the fun I had all those days, and I was pretty much back to square 1.

A lot of things happened while we were in India. I caught viral fever, a big bummer since I had it for 5 days and lost my appetite,  felt tired AND pretty much made everyone in the house crazy by coughing and coughing and sniffing.  The first day was the worst.  Just my luck.  Mum had made chicken biriyani, but due to fever, I had no appetite and hardly ate a handful.

I saw 2 movies this time, “Turbo” and “Singham”. Both movies were nice, especially “Turbo”.