Brimming with pride as the year draws to a close!

It was Qatar’s National Day on 18th and Namnam’s school had organized a concert to celebrate the day. Namnam was quite excited as she was to perform in the event. And this being her first concert , R & I were equally charged up !

The children were asked to come dressed in a traditional dress for the event. They were to sing 5 songs.And much of my days were spent prepping Namnam up for the event. I was to also arrange for a Qatari dress for her. But the rains played a spoiler, hence couldnt go out for an extensive search. Thankfully the school was very forthcoming when R asked if she could wear a ‘Paavada'(traditional south Indian long skirt) instead.

Needless to say,Namnam was elated when she got to know she’d be wearing a paavada. Its her favorite attire. So much so that if given a chance she would even wear it as a night dress.

She was also asked to bring a red&blue T-shirt. By the sound of it,the colour-combo may seem the easiest to find. But let me warn you,it is far from being so. I could find every possible combination but a red&blue. I even went looking for it in the boys’ section.Anyway,after much running around the malls,we did finally get a red shirt with a bit of blue design on it.

On D-day, R & I reached the school, eagerly looking forward to watching our little one perform for the very first time. To be honest,I feared that Namnam would be hesitant to perform if she saw us. But, R didnt have any such doubts. He was confident that if she saw us,she would be as enthusiastic to perform as ever.And when I saw her coming out of her class along with other children, all my doubts were put to rest too.

Here was my girl,who used to go on a wailing spree at the mere sight of strangers till about a year back,now walking past them with not an inch of inhibition. Just when the program was about to begin, she saw us and waved at us with a blushing smile. I was so overwhelmed with emotions that all I wanted to do,at that point, was to run and tightly hug my little one. I was so proud of her !

It was amazing to see all the children perform with such confidence. I realized,as a parent,what mattered to me was that my child had the confidence to face anyone. It didn’t matter if the girl standing next to her looked better than her or the boy at the back was more audible. All I could see was my daughter giving her best shot. To me, she clearly stood out. And I’m sure every parent,present in that room that day must have felt the same way for their child.

I’m deeply grateful to the school and her teachers for helping her open up and bring out her confident self.I hope and pray she is always blessed with such teachers who will guide her in the right direction at every stage in life and be instrumental in shaping her future.

On that note let me wrap up my last post for this year with an image of the concert. No prizes for spotting Namnam though!


Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year! May the coming year bring you and your family, new joys,new hopes and beautiful moments to cherish forever.

ETA: Dear all, I’ve scheduled the post for auto-publish as I’ll be away from blogosphere for some more time. Please accept my apologies in advance for any delay in responding to your comments. Will see you all next year πŸ™‚

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49 thoughts on “Brimming with pride as the year draws to a close!

  1. They were singing Qatars national anthem ??? I wouldnt understand how you feel now, but can imagine how Namnam wouldve felt while singing ! πŸ˜€

    Oye,they were not singing Qatar’s national anthem. The songs were all in english πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    Btw, her teacher…is she single? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Yes….now,tell us what did you gain with this insightful GK??

    and if this was a scheduled post, when did you change the header ??? or did you schedule that too ??? caught ya !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Count Vimmulaaaaa, I changed the header while drafting and scheduling this post..art of multi-tasking,you see πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    1. When Vims asked about the teacher i went back to the photo to have a closer look to understand why he asked so πŸ™„ pahhhh….even a side glimpse of a woman’s face and flowing hair is enough for Vim to ask if she is single 😯

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  2. Third!! or is Comment moderation on? Hmmm..will get to know in a minute.

    @ Vimmu – Btw, why would you want to know about the Teacher? You are a gone-case now, no scope for you in the market, buddy!

    D: LOL,Pal πŸ˜†

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          1. πŸ˜†
            DHiren! :P:P
            who is filling my bro’s head with nonsense? πŸ˜€

            he is pulling his sis’s leg πŸ˜€

            D: very bad,Hitchy,apni didi ko aise tang nahi karte πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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            1. No wonder my mom asked me not to mingle with the students who doesnt want to study ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

              and btw, for everyones info. , my market is partially open and would close fully only on feb 7th at 10 am ! So there ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

              D: So another noble soul(read Lakshmi) going to get crucified in Feb????? Vims,do let her know I wholeheartedly empathize with her and if she wants any tip on how to turn a devil into an angel,I’m just a click away πŸ˜› 😈 . I’ve some fantastic ideas up my sleeve that have worked wonders in the last 10years πŸ˜‰ . Bhagooooo!!

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              1. U mean, he was a devil before ???? and you converted him to an angel ???

                Women, I say !! They never love you the way you are !!! They agree to get married to a guy however horrible he is and then take vows to change him for a lifetime !!! Tch Tch !!!

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  3. sooo cute !!..pavadai instead of Qatari costume is lol !!

    D: You know I so wanted to get a Qatari dress for her. Had those untimely rains not happened I would have arranged it somehow or the other.

    hey,u r header has changed ?

    D:Yep!!

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  4. I can understand how you had felt, Deepu! You will remember this ‘first day first show’ – her first stage performance, always.

    D: Oh yes I will,Sandhya. It was one of the most memorable moments of my life as a mother πŸ™‚

    God bless her and her parents!

    What is the name of the building in the header? It looks beautiful!

    D: The place is Souq Waqif,a traditional market in Doha. Its been a regular hang-out station for R,Namnam & me for sometime πŸ™‚ .We love taking walks here in the weekends. Sandhya I’ve explained a bit about this market in my intro-page here too in case you want to read πŸ™‚

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  5. First awesome header πŸ™‚

    I can understand how u both felt when u were at the school seeing namnam performing.

    Recently varu had her sports day and we were really surprised to see her mingling with her friends and playing fun games.

    D: Thats wonderful,Sari! Do give Varu lots of hugs :). Good exposure can work wonders to a child’s development

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  6. wow.. sweetest posts about the kids are coming all the way… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    and merry christmas and new year wishes to you Deeps… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    the header is awesome πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    D: Thank you so much,Kanagu! Wish you and your family too a fabulous year ahead πŸ™‚

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  7. wow! what an awesome feeling πŸ™‚

    the pic is lovely as well!

    hugs to Namnam and you Deeps! πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year to you and your lovely family as well!

    D: Thank you,sweetie πŸ™‚ Hugs!

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  8. Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
    And we’ve the same blog name! Interesting!!!

    D: Thank you,Niveditha. Welcome here πŸ™‚
    We have the same blog name?? The URL to your blog is missing here. Can you link it up with your name again? Would love to hop by to read your posts πŸ™‚

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  9. such a proud moment for you…
    this first stage appearance will always be close to ur heart !!
    I wonder what we must be doing without kids..there is no life without them …
    HUGS to ur lil princess ….
    Happy New Year to you and your family !!

    D: Thanks a ton,Rash πŸ™‚ Do pass on lots of hugs to your angel from me and Namnam πŸ™‚

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  10. What an awesome header and an even more beautiful post!
    Nammukutty gave her first stage performance .. so so sweet πŸ™‚ And ofcourse, the parents ought to be brimming with pride πŸ™‚ And am sure, u and R will be as charged up for the other pgms of hers as well πŸ™‚ God bless ur family Deepu πŸ™‚

    D: Thanks so much,Swarukutty πŸ™‚ How was your trip? Did you two get to see around the place or did you choose to *ahem ahem* stay in the hotel only πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

    She is looking adorable .. next time u come to India, we hv hv hv to meet!

    D: deal deal deal πŸ˜€

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    1. Btw, wat ws the red n blue tee for πŸ˜›

      D: She was supposed to wear it while singing a ‘rainbow song’ and then the teachers felt her Paavada suited better so decided to let her be

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  11. Happy New Year, Deeps πŸ™‚

    God Bless you and yours!

    D: Thank you so so much,Ushus! So happy to see you here. Welcome back to the blogging world. Missed you so very much :). Now please dont vanish again. Its a request πŸ™‚

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  12. wow!Nammam is looking so cute..even I like Pavada so much that this time I got it made for my daughter.

    D: You know,Renu I used to hate wearing paavadas when small. But as I outgrew the age I began to miss wearing them. Thankfully Namnam loves the attire so I’m having a blast getting all kinds of pavaadas stitched for her πŸ™‚

    This is the way children go and we parents watch:)..one day so dependent and next day ready to fly.

    D: So true.

    Wishing you a very happy and prosperous new year !!!!

    D: Thank you πŸ™‚

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  13. Deeps!!!!! πŸ˜€

    Namnam in Pattu pavada with border and all!!! AIYO!!

    sooper tight hugs and loads of muahs to her!!!! πŸ˜€

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and family!!!! hope u had a good celebration! hugssssssssssssss! πŸ˜€

    D: Welcome back Craftykutty πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for the wishes. Yes we had a dine out on new year’s eve,just the three of us. We had a wonderful time. Hope you and your family had a good celebration too. Have a fantastic year ahead sweetie. Hugsssssss πŸ™‚

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  14. a happy new year to you too πŸ™‚
    that was such a touching post. even i remember , once i had participated in a mock parliamentary session when i was in class 7 and i had to present a speech in front of a 500+ audience..and my mother was like “beta darr nahi laga” and i told my mother that there comes a sense of pride when you are on stage and it feels like people are willing to listen to you. i think in that case its a really special moment for all parents to see their children grow up step by step πŸ™‚

    D: That was a very well put,Arpit. Yes every growing step of my child is a defining stage for me as well πŸ™‚

    and no doubt with the very first step taken Namnam surely has a long way to go πŸ˜›

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  15. Way to go Namnam !!

    Good that she has found the perfect teachers..

    Have a Happy New Year and hopefully you all will have these blessed moments throughout the year !!

    D: Thank you so much,Vandana πŸ™‚

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  16. I would have not settled for nothing less than Namnu in pattu pavada πŸ˜€ she looks way cute in them as I have seen her in the onam attire too. I remember her hilarious disco dancing ROFLing in those pics πŸ˜†

    Hey that mall is awesome…I like malls which has corridors like this. You know like our very own Connaught Place πŸ˜₯

    D: Surprisingly,Saksh,the architecture reminds me too of Connaught Place. I’m sure you must have had a blast roaming around CP,Sarojini Nagar on your recent trip. grrrr…I envy you!

    So Namnu Kutty rocked the concert haan? I know how it feels to see your kid face a crowd. I remember so well how Saman became so conscious of his hindi when we came to US. He almost stopped talking in front of others and that is when we decided to put him in this wonderful play school and viola in a month he was back to his usual chattering self and this time in english… πŸ™„ :mrgreen: phew….

    D:Thats wonderful to know. Just a li’l push from the right source is what a child needs to come out of the shell πŸ™‚

    Wishing you and your family a happy new year and god bless Namnu.

    D: Thank you,Saksh πŸ™‚

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  17. Heyyy this was so so cuteeeee.. and i can completely understand what a proud moment it must have been for you…. Wishing Namnam more laurels in the future. God bless her!

    D: Thank you Amrita. Good to see you after so long πŸ™‚

    Wish you too a very happy new year and regards to your family πŸ™‚

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  18. Sweet post!!!! Was ur heart in ur mouth when she performed…….I’m so scared that I cant bear to watch…my husband has to poke me hard to concentrate & take the pictures[he’s taking video u see :-D]

    D: Totally! In our case it was the other way round…I was taking video and R was clicking snaps πŸ˜€

    Wishing U wonderful year ahead Deeps!!!!!

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  19. And what a lovely post u have put up for Smitha….so really sweet of u :-)!!!!

    Came here to tell U to claim ur award at my page πŸ˜€

    D: Thank you so much,Nance. I’m honoured πŸ™‚

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  20. I can now completely relate to what a parent must feel as a child develops!!! Congrats to Namnam & a blessed 2010 to all of you πŸ˜€

    D: I’m sure you do,Shalom. Thanks so much πŸ™‚

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  21. Hey Deeps, I`m back πŸ™‚
    A very happy 2010 to you guys!! How`s Namnam and how have you been?? Long, long time…..I`ve so missed being a part of your lives πŸ™‚

    D: Hi Mish! So good to see you back. Happy New Year to you too,sweetie. Missed you too.We are fine thanks. I’m on a long blog break now. Hope to be back soon. Will mail you πŸ™‚
    Hugs πŸ™‚

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  22. A proud moment and a memory of a lifetime!! How fast they grow… and how much different sometimes they are from how we expect them to be, I always was confused to find my daughter more confident when I wasn’t around πŸ˜† The shy smile that made you want to hug her…. I have felt that way too… Hugs to you both.

    D: Awww..thank you,IHM..hugs to you too from both of us πŸ™‚

    The header looks great!!

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