Meera Tai

Meera in a saree

From a few months ago; I took Meera to my barber shop and got her a ‘boy-cut’. A relief during Mumbai’s summer. Now its growing back to “juttu” form!

Here, Meera is decked in a saree, which her maam-amma (grandma) got. She has this habit of biting/grinding anything she can put in her mouth. M thought she was getting molars.
Meera in a saree

On a related note: M alleges that all the clothes I buy for Meera are boy-style, “pant-tops.” Apparently I need to learn to buy girly dresses. *smacks forehead*

There goes Meera. Need to chase her.
Meera in a saree

More Meera!

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  1. This post has put a big smile on my face! Hugs and kisses to Meeratai! She looks super adorable in the saree…keep them coming!


    1. Thank you Supriya.
      Every time I get a comment, I go over her pics and feel homesick! She is something. I gues all kids are like that.

      and yes, will post more Meera pics in a few days.

  2. Hi!!

    First of all.. I am a huge fan of yr blog and yr work.. Your humility is another thing.. πŸ™‚

    I would definitely want to write a good piece on .. Thanks for the invite!! πŸ™‚

    Glad you went through my blog.. The post “Vittapajja says” on the blog is on my ‘mhave’s’ (aunt’s) father in law @Mangalore..

    I shall keep in touch..

    So long!!

    Regards & Cheers!

  3. Hi Arun,

    I’ve to tell you.. — Your Blog Is Phenomenal! — in depicting the essential ‘GSB’ & lifestyle, in being so meticulous, comprehensive, and sooo endearing – all at once! πŸ™‚

    I love the photos you post.. hehe..

    Your blog/work inspires me — to cherish the gifts of a GSB life and click better, sensible photos. πŸ˜›

    Your blog is beautiful & has more than a hint of the poetic to it… πŸ™‚

    ‘Meera tai’ looks adorable! πŸ™‚

    Many Kudos!!!


    1. Hi Pradeep:
      Thank you for visiting my blog and for your very kind words. Actually, I am embarrassed.

      I only try to use the skills that we learn and use in our day-to-day work and apply it to to the promotion and advancement of our community and dharma. Many others, outside the limelight, are also doing good work.

      We now need to “learn” to create content using the web as a medium and in turn stay at the forefront. Only then will we be able to share the positive aspects of our culture and also encourage our youth to join in and participate. I administer another blog:
      If you are interested in writing a more detailed piece, I can make you an author and you can add to the site as well. Along the same lines, if there are other Konkani activities in your area, please let me know and I can post the information online.

      I did go over your blog – very nicely done and interesting stuff. Liked the post on your grandfather (did I get it right?)

      Keep up the good work and lets keep in touch and create a global link of folks who are contributing to the GSB world. I am blessed to be one!

      Sorry for the long reply.
      Best Wishes

  4. hehe…. very beautiful arun πŸ™‚
    and i add – “drishti tegi/nazar utaaro” please!

    is there a list of the books you have read? im making a “to be read” list and would really appreciate if you could share the books you’ve read. i do refer to the books list you have on your lj and was looking for something more comprehensive πŸ™‚

    1. Hi baLu – than kyou for your kind words. meera is indeed a treasure and I have asked M to do her ‘drishti’ everyday! Cannot hurt. Thank you.

      Sorry, I gave up on that LJ list years ago. It was an interesting task and I enjoyed keeping that list.

      But several things happened. I have essentially stopped reading fiction and now exclusively read non-fiction. As you imagine, the turn-over of books is not that high. And much of my reading has to do with old Portuguese Goan history and that of the Konkani temples. I did not want to advertise all that on LJ, so just stopped doing it.

      I can make a short list of some very interesting books I have recently read and make a post of email it to you.

      How is your running? A short run is better than NO run.
      Just do it.

      Thank you for your comment and best wishes to you.

      1. thanks arun!
        will look forward to your list πŸ™‚
        i picked up bertrand russel’s “the conquest of happiness” and its a lovely book.

        i havent given up running – but do only 2k runs now. around that distance, the leg starts to hurt and i stop. last weekend, i thought of going up to 5k. but, remembered what happened last year and gave it up.

        have a good warm up stretch (~30 mins usually) before my run, but just cant go beyond 2k 😦

        1. Its Navratri – so pick up a nice translation of the Devi Mahatmyam and read – it is actually a nice story. Surprised with your running woes – You should be able to do more than 2K. Where exactly is the pain that prevents you from going further. It is diffuse, sharp, when does it come on, does it stop when you stop running? does it hurt in the night?


          1. The pain appears on the right side of my right knee – during the bending action as I lift my leg. It is all fine when I start the run, but around the 2k mark, it starts. When it starts, the pain is not sharp. If I continue running, the pain becomes intense with even little bending of the leg. It is not at a point, but kind of diffused in a small area around the side of the right knee and tends to spread along the hamstring if I don’t stop running.
            For the next two days, I can feel it while climbing down the stairs (strangely, it is less while climbing up). Then everything becomes alright, if I don’t run. There is no pain at night or while I’m sleeping.
            The first time it happened (when I had pushed myself to do 18k last year), it hurt so bad that I took almost 45 minutes to drag myself a few hundred metres!

  5. I am always excited to see and hear more about Meera. Pls keep updating . Do you have some pushkars pictures too i have not seen him since a long time. Very cuteeeeeeeee your daughter looks. Mum tells me her stories.

    1. Yes, Yes Yes!
      She enjoyed seeing you on Skype during Ganapati! Her eyes were always on that computer! Chupa Rustom!

      When are you going to India – she is currently in dadar!
      hopefully she’ll get to come here soon.

      Hope you guys are doing well.

  6. girlie dresses are a must arun. i look at those gorgeous pieces in the stores and so long for a daughter of my own. heh.

    1. OMG! the selection in indias stores is simply amazing! It makes my head spin. I just leave the store and ask M to go with her Mom or someone else.

      having said that, been buying girly dresses here.

      Go for it – I mean the daughter for your self!
      the strained mandible shouldn’t get in the way! :-))

    1. Thank you Ujwal,
      and absolutely; Drishti kaadka;
      I tell M, please do the drishti of Meera every day! πŸ™‚

      and meera is learning – she mimicks doing the drishti ha ha!

      Hope you guys are enjoying.

  7. Nice photos. Meera is adorable and her ΰ€¨ΰ€΅ΰ€΅ΰ€Ύΰ€°ΰ₯€ ΰ€Έΰ€Ύΰ€‘ΰ₯€ is uber cool. It is just amazing how different the girls look with Indian clothes on. For nice dresses for all seasons, check out We like that site.

    1. Thank you Parag!

      and M thought that Nav-vari was super cool! And meera did not make a fuss about wearing it! I think she likes fancy clothes (surprise!)

      And yes, you’d know – Love that site! M is going to go crazy! I see her going to school in many of those dresses. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Priya for your kindness!

      And have to say! You draw the most beautiful sketches! Loved that Lombard street! heh! want to draw sketches of Konkani temples (in Goa) for my next book?


    1. Thank you Hyacie:
      Yes, she is growing up too fast! Need to slow down time!
      and the energetic bundle that she is – she is constantly running around exploring!

      and where have you been? don’t see you on twitter (actually made sure i had not ‘unfollowed’ you). Hope all is well.


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