Sunday, July 2, 2017

collage from 2012

Its time to take this collage off from the kids' wall. This was made on the occasion of Kabir's 4th birthday capturing memories from the preceding year (2011-12).

Monday, June 12, 2017

Big birds

A take on his favourite big birds: Hornbill, Bald eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Kite, Griffon Vulture. Made by Anurag in his rough note book in school during free time

Friday, June 2, 2017

Vacationing with dada-dadi

First four pictures taken in Barot, next four in Bir and the last few in Mandi/Kamand.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Then and now..

Same place two years later..

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Mandi and Kamand

We spent a good amount of time in Mandi and also visited the IIT Mandi campus in Kamand where Saurabh was visiting. Dada-dadi had flown in from Udaipur to spend time with us and enjoy the weather in the hills. We visited our favourite spots from two years ago - the local temples and the playground - and also explored some new ones.
Food was one of the highlights even in the most remote places that we visited: stuffed parathas for breakfast nearly every day every where, a lot of aalu and rajma, and delicious jalebis made in desi ghee.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Himachal highlights

We are back from our vacation in Himachal (at least physically!).Our trip highlights were the three treks that we went for, walking 70+  kms over a total of 7 days. 
The first was a three day trek on the Bir/Billing -> Rajgundha --> Plachak route. This turned out to be our favourite, and one that we are certain to return back to. The second was a two day trek to McleodGanj->Triund -> Snowline -> Ilaqa on the route to Indrahar Pass. Triund was a disappointment because of how crowded it was, but our adventure in going up to Snowline and especially the Ilaqa glacier more than made up for it. The third one was a two day trek in the Tirthan valley of the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). We found Tirthan valley to be absolutely gorgeous. The trek turned out to be a bit more challenging that what we had hoped for, especially because of the weather conditions (rain and a hail storm!). But once we made it to our camping spot, it felt well worth it.
We stayed overnight in forest rest houses in most of the places except a couple where we had to camp. This made it possible for us to carry lighter backpacks and enjoy good food and comfortable beds at night. Just like last time, our experience with the Himachal forest department was  phenomenal.
I hope to post details of each of the trips with more photos. For now, only posting some of my favourite pictures from the three treks.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mandi once again

We are headed to the Himalayan hills of Himachal once again, this time for 3 weeks! Last time was two years ago. The boys are bigger and stronger since then and so we are being a bit more ambitious in our trekking plans. Dada-dadi also plan to join us for some time and will come directly from Udaipur.  Bags are packed and we can't wait to be back in Mandi!

Friday, April 28, 2017

swimming camp 2017

The 15 day swimming camp ended earlier this week. As always, there was an endurance test on the final day where kids were given an hour to swim as much as they could. Anurag completed 700m and Kabir completed 2.1km(freestyle).

Here are videos from their swimming demos on the day of certificate distribution. Kabir got a medal for swimming more than 2k in the intermediate category.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Swimming medley

Yesterday was Kabir's first time participating in competitive swimming. He's only been training for about 2 months now, but the coach decided to let him participate for the experience esp since the Open State meet was right here on campus. He participated in 200m individual medley, 50m butterfly and 50m free style. Video below from the 200m IM. I believe his timing was about 5 mins 25 sec or so in the IM and ~75 seconds for the 50m butterfly.

Friday, April 7, 2017

London 2016: The Science Museum

Saurabh and the boys did a lot of sightseeing while I was away for a wing reunion in Lisbon for a few days. These are pictures from their visit to the Science museum.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Natural History Museum and the London Eye: May 2016

Pictures from two different outings. The NHM was on top of the kids' list so it was the first place we visited after landing in London. The sections on dinosaurs and whales turned out to be the most favourite.
On another afternoon, we went out with Mausi to do a touristy walk along the river and get a view of the city from the London Eye.