Meera as Shakuntala

Meera as Shakuntala by Arun Shanbhag
For her Play School Annual Day, Meera was given the part of Shakuntala. Teachers were coaching the kids for 2 months, mainly teaching them NOT to run off stage when they see their parents.

M spent a lot of time and with great enthusiasm got Meera ready.
Meera as Shakuntala by Arun Shanbhag

At the School, … tho cute.
Meera Shakuntala

Meera Shakuntala

Meera had a very complex part. During the opening song, Meera had to sway and wave her hands. During other times, she folds her hands in prayer, gets on her knees and continues to sway. She obviously, did great!
Meera Shakuntala
M took all these pics.


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  1. Hello Mr. shanbhag,

    Amazing job there, please share some more of ur thoughts on it. I completely understand how much time it takes to pen ur thoughts. But u have a gift so please spread the word.

    Would be waiting for your next post..I have gained some information which i have never come across.. Eagerly waiting for it.

    Good luck,

  2. Hey Arun,

    Technically i googled for tirupathi by walk came across ur site. But was curios to see a post by name Meera , as i share the same name as ur daughter, trust me she is more cuter than me at that age… Any particular reason for picking that name… I asked the same question to my dad, he says she was a great devotee so picked that name , though u dont iota of that quality in u ;)..


    1. Hi Meeraa:
      It does not matter what you were searching, but glad the name of Meera brought you here. And thank you for your kinds words on Meera. It is her innocent exploration and unconditional love that give us the greatest joy. We are only here to help her live “her” life.

      I am certainly a Krishna bhakta, but really am not sure how we picked the name. At that time, the name rose in our thoughts, seemed just right and thus it stuck.

      Thank you for your separate note. In that list on the ABOUT page, I picked key words that describe me and went about linking to previously written blog posts. And yes, some are incomplete … for now.

      You have a lot of patience to go through many of my previous posts. I take a lot of time to write; it is thus satisfying to hear that after many years some of the posts still resonate with others. The “Dwija” was a particularly difficult, but satisfying post. I could weave in it some of my earliest joy and memories (of my own munji), my fav book (Jonathan Livingstone Seagull) and my interest in translating the edifying aspects of our heritage. There may be other joys hidden in the 400+ articles I have here.

      I welcome you to join me and participate in our discussion as we journey ahead.
      Best Wishes,

  3. Dear Arun & M,

    This is ur Clemson friend -Desai from IIT Kharagpur, after a long time.

    Thnx. a lot for posting the wonderful pictures of Meera as Shakuntala. Her innocent facial expressions add great value to her dress and appearance making the whole thing a priceless treasure for people like me following it.

    I’ve some good news to share with you. Y’day our son Nachiket graduated from here with a B. Tech. (Hons.) in Electronics & Elect. Communication Engrg. He’ll be physically very close to you after he joins MIT as a Research Assistant in the Deptt. of Elect. Engrg. & Comp. Sci. working towards his joint MS/ Ph.D. He’ll be reaching Boston on Aug. 26.

    By the way, can u pl. let us know thru’ email, the Ph. No. of M at Mumbai? If possible, Savita and I would like to talk to her while we’ll be there to see Nachiket off on the Aug. 25th night.

    1. Congratulation Desai!
      Good to hear from you and a great job with Nachiket.
      It will be great to welcome him here.

      Thank you for your kindness towards Meera.
      Will send you mail with M’s # and else.

      And look forward to seeing you two here as well sometime in the future. πŸ™‚
      Best Wishes

  4. Donno hw I came across ur fab page….but remember how i got glued to all those wonderful pics n ur write up abt the unforgettable Mumbai blasts.
    U hv a very enthusiastic style of writing and also cud not help but notice ur immense knowlegde in mythology…too good.
    Awww lil Meera….hw charming and adorable…these pics make me nostalgic when my jr. was 5 n hw his first stage performance gave me goosebumps, infact I was just short of nervous breakdown. But then, a child is more calm than the always hyper parent…my jr went headstrong on de stage n voila won the heart of the crowd πŸ™‚
    BTW a cook (although a qualified chef) and a fellow food blogger from down under.

    1. Thank you Chetana for your kind and enthusiastic words about my writing.
      The Mumbai Blasts were a difficult time for all of us; then I had only hoped convey what I was feeling first hand.

      And thank you – one can never tire of hearing compliments to Meera – the light of our lives.

      And I would agree, while we were all nervous, for Meera it was another day having fun.
      Hope you have pics of your jr on stage too.

      BTW, loved browsing through your site and also your Photographs from Australia. Some of the animals/birds are simply amazing.

      Thank you for stopping by.

  5. Aww.. she is so adorable and she is growing up so fast! M did a great job in dressing up Meera.. nazar na lage! Muuaa to litle Meera..

    1. Thank you Anu;
      yes, she is growing up TOO fast! Slow down Little Meera – be daddy’s girl for some more time! What’s the rush?

      and thank you for your anti-nazar wishes! πŸ˜‰


  6. She looks adorable. She is giving all the Shakuntala’s a run for their money. You guys do such an admirable job with her.

    Did you move to India? I thought you lived in Boston….

    1. Thank you –
      No, we are still in Boston. M & Meera will be in Mumbai till Dec/Jan

      … and we do little. She seems to have come with a plan of her own and only wants us to help her execute HER Plan. πŸ™‚


  7. Did you ever think you would EVER love a being this totally and infinitely in your whole life???? It’s a great feeling, huh?

    1. You said it so well Maggie:
      I tell folks, I never knew that I could love someone so totally – I didn’t think THIS feeling existed.

      Now I know, and What a thrill!
      Thank you for saying it so perfectly.

      Hope your girl is giving you much joy.

  8. The fourth picture from the top is so classic. Very beautiful age. Very good Father’s day gift.

    1. O thank you Pratibha – I love ALL her pics.

      and btw, every time I get a comment I go to the site and look at ALL her pics! so thanks for your comment πŸ™‚


  9. You are going to be one busy dad when she grows up, keeping all the dushyant’s away!

    Love her in her fresh flowers and saree.

    Hugs and kisses to Meera!


  10. Such a pretty princess! I love the last picture with so many cute little girls and Ganesha is so adorable too.

    1. Yes! it was amazing to see all these little tots (2-3 years) putting on this song and dance program. There were other dances which I thought were fabulously done … by 3 year olds! πŸ™‚
      Thank you.

  11. arun – she is TOO ADORABLE for words!!! oh so cute! WOW!! thank you for sharing this – big smiles from our family to yours, tonight…

    1. Thank you Jessie – its amazing how easy she makes us all fall in love with her πŸ™‚ Very fortunate.

      I know I owe you something. Thanks for your patience.
      yes! Big smiles!
      Wishing you and your family the best too.

    1. Thank you Shilpa.
      Hope you all had a very special Father’s Day too.

      After Jan, we should get together, so Meera will have another baabu to play with. She is amazing with little babies πŸ™‚

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