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Welcome 2016

Pic of Meera by Arun Shanbhag

Wishing you all a Superbly Fulfilling 2016 ~ Meera, M & A

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Meera’s Walk to School – Winter Edition

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Meera at a Sushi Restaurant

photos of Meera at a Sushi Restaurant in Boston by Arun Shanbhag

Meera’s such a champ. Wherever we go for dinner, she just munches on plain rice. She’s such an adventurous girl, but she takes no chances in eating. Even at home, she is most thrilled with rice, yogurt and a papad.

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Meera turns Six

Pics of Meera and friends at Lanes and Games in Boston by Arun Shanbhag

To celebrate Meera turning six, we had nearly her entire Kindergarten class over for candlepin bowling at Lanes & Games. The kids loved it. They were thrilled to just send the balls down the lanes. Boys hurled two at a time. On some lanes I noticed more than six mini balls gently rolling down! And […]

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Meera goes sledding

pics of Meera sledding in the snow in Boston by Arun Shanbhag

We all complain about the snow. Yes, it’s usually a big mess. But after it has all been cleared and the sun is out, Meera loves to play in the snow. Here we are out sledding on a nearby hill, with one of our neighbors. Everyone had a great time. Here’s Meera after last January’s […]

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Shingnāpur Temple to Shani (Saturn)

pics from the Shanishingnapur temple for Saturn by Arun Shanbhag

Saturn has an outsized effect on the Earth; screen grab from Sky Walk app on iPhone The gravitational pull of the moon causes the seas and oceans to bulge outwards resulting in tides, which affect all life on earth in dramatic ways. (Note: Latest research shows Moon phases also affect sleep cycles in Humans.) Vedic […]

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Meera: When do we grow

pictures of Meera in Boston by Arun Shanbhag

On her annual visit, the doctor told Meera how much she had grown over the last year. That night Meera comes to me, her shoulders are hunched and a concerned look on her face.

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Meera turns Five, with Amma

Picture of Meera with Amma by Arun Shanbhag

A picture is worth a 1000 words. You can see the unconditional love and trust they share in this candid shot from Meera’s Fifth Birthday. A split second later their eyes were open. What a different pic. See Meera with Pappa. And, boy do they grow fast.

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Meera in the Blizzard

Meera Pics from the Blizzard of 2013 by Arun Shanbhag

We survived the Blizzard of 2013! Ended up with about 2 ft of snow. The hopper on my snow blower is only 20 inches high and it was a challenge to cut a walkway in the snow pack. The snow came in from the East and our East-facing home got a wallop. I opened the […]

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Meera turns Five, with Pappa

pictures of Meera turns five by Arun Shanbhag

We celebrated Meera’s fifth Birthday in Boston. It took us a while to get here, but thankful for all the grace (anugraha) we have been blessed with. Here are pics of Meera with Amma on this day.

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Holiday Gathering 2012

pictures from a Holiday Christmas Gathering 2012 by Arun Shanbhag

Here are pics from a Holiday gathering at Sudhir & Geetha’s.

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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

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Meera in Fog

Pic of Meera on way to school in fog by Arun Shanbhag

On Tuesday when we stepped out of the house, the fog was thick and visibilty down to 50 ft. Meera first was thrilled at the fog, then exclaimed, “Pappa, there is fog! How will we find my school?” I offered, “Hold my hand and I will show you the way.” Hand in hand we started […]

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Way Home

Grass lined path on way home in Boston MA by Arun Shanbhag

The days are long now. As I walk back home, the yellow hue lights up the house across the street. Grass unbounded by the fence reminds me of life’s urge to remain unconstrained. And, once I get home, Meera will drive the same message. Live!

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Meera and Spiderman

Pic of Meera's Spiderman by Arun Shanbhag

Spiderman has become Meera’s big hero since my brother gave her this stuffed Spiderman several months ago. If I ask Meera to drink milk, she retorts, “Does Spiderman drink milk?” One of the best parts of my day is walking Meera to her pre-school. On her walk she gets to see new flowers bloom, hear […]

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Meera and Sleeping Phlox

Pics of Meera posing in front of a phlox garden flowers by Arun Shanbhag

I have the good fortune to walk Meera to her pre-school every morning. We walk by our neighborhood and cross a park on her way to school. It’s Meera’s field trip (picnic) everyday, and I am her lucky guide.

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Meera in the Park

Pics of Meera playing in the Park, Boston by Arun Shanbhag

The first week Meera arrived in Boston, I took her to the children’s Park at the end of our street. Thought she’d be shy and I was ready to coax her, but was I surprised. It took her 2 seconds to survey the environs before she attacked the stations and ricochet’d all over. She HAD […]

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Meera Arrives in Boston

pic of Meera in Boston by Arun Shanbhag

M & Meera arrived in Boston! Took this pic with my iPhone as she waves me off to work. Its been a long road since this, but well worth it. Now Meera is making friends anew and learning English.

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New Year 2012: Meera Goes to School

Meera goes to school by Arun Shanbhag

In the New Year, May you all be blessed with divine Grace! Best Wishes for a healthy, prosperous and safe New Year! Meera, M & A

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Meera goes to the Mall

Meera trying out an outfit at Pantaloon in Phoenix Mall by Arun Shanbhag

Meera loves visiting the Phoenix Mall in Parel, Mumbai, particularly one of their stores which has a huge toy section. The Pantaloon store has a small but nice collection of Indian outfits for little girls. Reasonably priced too. Here Meera is trying one on before we bought it.

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Video: Meera Mimics Angry Face

This girl is smart! Within a few days she knew when i was angry and mimicked my angry look. She had it down to the glaring eyes and furrowed forehead. Every time I gave her the angry look, she’d mimic me. After this, how could I ever get angry with her? (Video shot last summer […]