Happy New Year 2013: Meera at Play

picture of Meera at play in Boston by Arun Shanbhag

Wishing you all a Healthy and Fulfilling 2013

~ Meera, M & A

In Indian culture, mātrudharma refers to the latent motherly instinct in women. Once a child comes along, motherly gene transcription kicks in and women instinctively know all the “How-to”s. So it has been with M, easily switching into her mother role. But there is no such tradition for fathers and I have had to learn it day by day. Of course, Meera is a great teacher! I call fatherhood a “stretch” goal and here is another whole year to keep stretching. What joy.

Previous New Year greetings:


  1. Awww she has grown so pretty.. !! 🙂 hope her bday celebs went well.. !!

  2. Shilpa Shanbhag says:

    Dear Arun, M and Meera,

    Wishing you all a very happy new Year… My My Meera has become a big girl now!!! She is so cute!!! My blessings to her. Love the snap where she is gobbling the choc!! As they say in Marathi “Ramya te Balapan”

    From all of us

    Shilpa Shanbhag (Bahrain)

    • Thank you Shilpa for your kind words. Meera is always a joy and helps us see life anew. and she is growing in leaps and bounds, not just physically, but emotionally too.
      Wishing you the best in the new year; how is Shubha?

      • Shilpa Shanbhag says:

        Hi Arun,

        Shubha is doing very well. She is a darling and keeps my parents on their toes and they just love her… I get to see her only in July this year.. Let me know if you are around in Mumbai at that time would be great to meet you and have all the kids together!!


  3. Nachappa Sivanesan says:

    Happy new year to you and family sir…may the new year bring all the goodness and happiness !!!…

  4. Venky Krishnamoorthy says:

    Lil’M has grown from the day of your first post. Happy New Year to the angel, you, and your family.


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