India Is …

Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 2:00 am 30 comments

You know me, where there is one proud mommy moment there are three.  Yesterday I shared Heather’s proud moment, and today I share Jasmine’s.  Tomorrow,  it’s Arvind’s turn.

Jasmine was honored at the Sixth-Grade Honors Night for the 2007 – 2008 school year.  She was recognized not only for being an honor roll student and member of the band, but also for her writing, poetry, and art.

The title of this post,  “India Is…” , is also the title of a poem that Jasmine wrote commemorating her visits to India.  Ladies and Gentlemen I present “India Is…” by Jasmine Sundar.

India Is…


India is…
a local food stand frying batter on a skillet.

India is…
a crowded intersection with nowhere to go.

India is…
a pretty dancer dancing to peaceful music in front of her gods.

India is…
smells of home made cooking gushing out the window at lunchtime.

India is…
southern Asia.

India is …
holy music surrounding neighborhood after neighborhood to start off the day.

India is…
smells of incense filling patti’s [grandma’s] house on Saturdays.

India is…
pools of people surrounding performing monkeys outside the Taj Mahal.

India is…
a man with a fruit cart turning the corner yelling “Fruit! Fruit!” on a hot summer day.

India is…
children playing cricket on the neighborhood clay roads.

India is…
long hair covered with flowers on Holi.

India is…
music booming out of young teens’ fancy cars.

India is…
vibrantly colored water splashing on people and dripping on the ground [Holi celebration]

India is…
where my heart is.


Jasmine, Heather, and Arvind at 6th Grade Award Ceremony.



Jasmine's Awards.

 PS:  As an equal opportunity cheerleader I just want you to know that both Heather and Arvind received a post commemorating their achievements as well. 






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Caution: Proud Mommy Moment Ahead! Battle of the Books

30 Comments Add your own

  • 1. cindy  |  Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 5:49 am

    wow, going to india must have been a blast. congrats to your other daughter too!

    • 2. Era  |  Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 7:46 am

      Thanks Cindy. I’ll convey your congrats to Jasmine. The kids really do enjoy themselves in India. Every time the cousins meet it doesn’t seem like years since they last saw each other.

  • 3. Sudharsana Srinivasan  |  Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Kudos to Jasmine this time !! Real smart kids…. so obviously all this great work by the kids means……….. You are a super mom ! Great job to you too Era 🙂

    • 4. Era  |  Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 8:27 am

      You are too kind – really. I’m just here to make sure they don’t put foil paper in the microwave and burn the house down. Thanks Sudharsana, and I’ll pass the kudos on to Jasmine :).

  • 5. Ritu  |  Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I could not have written about India more beautifully. I am so proud of all three of them for getting the awards. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    • 6. Era  |  Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 9:29 am

      Thanks, Ritu. I will give Jasmine the complement.

  • 7. nat  |  Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 9:42 am

    unbelievable – your kids are an inspiration.

    • 8. Era  |  Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 9:47 am

      Thank you.

  • 9. Mom Gone Mad  |  Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Hon, did you have some special pre-natal vitamins to produce such outstanding kids?

    LOL at the equal opportunity cheerleader! And way to go, kids!

    • 10. Era  |  Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks. 🙂

  • 11. Doraz  |  Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I want to express my deepest congratulations to all of you! Your WHOLE family gets an award…in my book! Happy Mother’s Day!!! Hope you all enjoy a beautiful weekend I love the poem! :)!

    • 12. Era  |  Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 7:53 pm

      Thank you for all your kind sentiments and Happy Mother’s Day!!!

  • 13. Jax  |  Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Congratulations Jasmine! And also to her parents & grandparents. Excellent job. Happy Mother’s day, Era. I just want to say,I’m very proud but not surprised at all.

  • 14. maidinmalaysia  |  Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    wow! she should have her own blog. v. nice

    • 15. Era  |  Friday, May 8, 2009 at 12:42 am

      Thanks, Jackie.

    • 16. Era  |  Friday, May 8, 2009 at 12:44 am

      Thanks, MiM. I am going to encourage her to start one.

  • 17. Gary  |  Friday, May 8, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Wow, CONGRATULATIONS Jasmine!!

    I must say, I am jealous! I have always wanted to visit India!
    I LOVE your poem and couldn’t be happier for you! WELL DONE!

    Era: You have very talented children!

    • 18. Era  |  Friday, May 8, 2009 at 12:52 am

      Thanks, Gary. If you ever decide to make the trip let us know. We’ll hook you up with some good travel tips.

  • 19. desigirl  |  Friday, May 8, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Wow! Super poem by Jasmine. Well done!! I wish I could write half so well!!

    • 20. Era  |  Friday, May 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks, Desigirl. I’ll send her your regards.

  • 21. Nitya  |  Friday, May 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    And the third, or the first, depending on the order you choose, Hurrah is for Jasmine… I loved her many definitions of India – made me nostalgic for the home I grew up in Chennai!
    Congratulations to the proud parents too! It must be a marvelous feeling to have three amazing children!

    • 22. Era  |  Friday, May 8, 2009 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks, Nitya. Will convey your congrats to the kids.

  • 23. wordjunkie  |  Friday, May 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Congrats to the kids, and you too.. take a bow, supermom!

    I loved the imagery of the poem. And the kiddos are cute!

    • 24. Era  |  Friday, May 8, 2009 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks, Wordjunkie. I will pass along the congrats.

  • 25. Lakshmi Srinivasan  |  Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Congrats to Jasmine! I love the poem.. very nicely said!

    PS: Yes I am catching up on reading blogs tonight.. managed to get the kids in bed and do the clean up and get some quiet time 🙂 shhhhhhhh………

    • 26. Era  |  Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 11:56 pm

      Thanks and it’s good to see you here.

  • 27. urmila attai  |  Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    oops humsi my god thats great , congrats to the super mon too

    • 28. Era  |  Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks, we are proud of her too.

  • 29. Saray  |  Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures! 🙂 I am doing a MA in Languages and Cultures of India and Iran and currently studying towards my final exams on Indian literature so it´s really nice to stumble upon your blog and see this lovely country being mentioned.
    Greetings from Spain!

    • 30. Era  |  Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 8:47 am

      Thank you for visiting my blog and all the best for your studies 🙂


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