On the other night we were having dinner and Anirud was playing quietly when we heard a sound like that of a deepavali cracker. My first instinct was to check the gas appliances and when that was intact, I found a little black rod lying on the carpet, which suggested that it could be from a battery. I was sure that there were no batteries lying around in the house. It was then I saw a piece of red plastic along with some greasy stuff that made me check one of Anirud’s battery powered toy of the same colour. Indeed, one of the AA batteries, which was there in the toy had burst out though the toy hasn’t been in use for quite sometime. Thankfully, the little fella wasn’t too close to the toy at that time.
Got to see Anirudh for the first time on a beautiful Monday morning. Like he does most of the time these days, he was happily sleeping underneath a little mosquito net. I knelt down, but wasn’t exactly sure how I could lift him as I had never lifted a kid that small. I couldn’t exactly express how I felt that time, as ‘elated’ would be too small a word, but seeing him in real life did give me a sense of pride. I touched him on his soft cheek and he immediately changed his posture. Seems that he is so very sensitive to touch that as soon as I mildly touched his palm, he gripped my finger immediately. Didn’t have the heart to release my finger from that little palm. Minutes later, with a thumping heart I lifted him up in my arms and he greeted me with a drizzle.
Thanks to the lovely Chennai/Trichy weather (bloody hell.. they are all the same), I remained indoors for most part of the time and all I did was watch Anirudh sleep. Fresh after a bath one day, we made him wear half a dozen dresses that I got for him and merrily clicked as many photographs I could. I am glad that he cooperated very well though some of the dresses were big enough to accommodate few more kids. The night before I left, he demonstrated how a knackered night would be if he is not in the best of his elements. By & large, he is quite calm & doesn’t cry too often. But then, 40 days is just too early to say anything. It was very tough to leave him, but I have promises to keep. By the time I meet him next, he would be slightly bigger and might even have some pranks under his kitty. Looking forward to that day.
Made the first purchase for our newborn yesterday. In fact, it happened without any planning. I was out on the street, doing the usual weekly shopping when a smart dress displayed at the window of the kids’ wear shop caught my eye. Instinctively, I entered the shop, scanned the varieties and made the quick purchase. This shop has been around for so many years at the same place. I have gone past this shop tens of hundreds of times before, but I have never bothered to glance at that side. Times have changed very quickly and before I could realise, it has changed me. With the addition of a new member in the family, the entire thought process is slowly but steadily undergoing lots of changes in the last few days. From the need to allot more space to accommodate this little chap’s paraphernalia to placing the kid’s requirements first in every bit of planning to eliminate certain words in my vocabulary (that is the most difficult bit), I am thinking about lot many things of late.
In whatever I do, my mind right now is with Anirudh. I am trying to put down things as I think at the moment. Perhaps, all these might be nothing but initial euphoria and life may continue as before.
Forwarded to you by a proud dad!
—– Original Message —–
From: Anirud Chakkarapani [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2005
To: All of you!
How are you?
I am Anirud. At the time of typing, I am just about an hour old, as I was born at around 7:38 pm (IST) on Wednesday, 20th of April 2005 at Trichy, India.
My mom & I are doing great, but a lil’ tired at the moment. We are just waiting to get home & join my dad. I’ve said ‘Nah!’ to photo-shoots so far. But I was told that my dad is already pestering for my snaps. I would oblige him a bit later. Since I am busy receiving relatives & friends, I have asked my dad to keep in touch with you all on my behalf.
Catch you all a lil’ later folks. Lotsa things to do now. See ya.
s/o Chakra & Charu (Ramya).
Dad: +44 (0) 773 667 6377
Me: Would get one soon!