June 2014 in My life

In next two days June 2014 will come to end. It will be remembered as the eventful and memorable month of my life. Several reasons are:

1. Annual holiday trip planned on a very short notice but turned out to be the most exciting and adventurous. We visited a place called Sarhaan in Himachal Pradesh.

2. Sarhaan is a very special village of India since it has a Civil Hospital, three Schools, one Asharam, a beautiful historical temple and a helipad.

3. My first trek of life happened here and it was an experience in itself.

4. June 13 2014 post returning from holidays I headed straight to Ranthambore with my friend.

5. I hired Canon 70D with a 70-200 mm F4:5.6 lens for the safari

6. We had a sighting of tiger in 3 out of 4 safaries that we did at Ranthambore. In the past we were not lucky enough to sight a tiger in more than 2 safaries that we did.

7. Our first sighting of the tiger in Zone 1 of the Ranthambore National Park and one which lasted for one and a half hours

8. I finally decided to buy a full frame camera without delaying it further. I opted for Canon 6 D over Nikon 610 despite all reviews on web in favor of NIkon 610.

9. My first post on Linkedin finally happened. I had now an option to publish directly on linkedin.

10. My wife finally returned to cycling atleast on trainer.

First Day without TV

After returning from holidays we finally successfully implemented the decision to say Bye to Tata Sky subscription (atleast the free 90 day period that they allow once a year).

The time between 8 pm to 9:30 pm was usually spent watching program on TV but today the same time we all played carrom board. The behavior of my kids was akin to an addict. When the scheduled time to watch TV approached, elder daughter was hanging around the house looking sad while the younger one lied on the bed with head hanging down from the edge and complaining.

It was not easy for us (as parents). We as parents were never opposed to watching it but then the pre-conditions were:

1. You will watch it for limited time

2. Watch select shows and not just anything they want to.

3. Routine towards having a fixed time to study should not be compromised in anyway

4. Don’t get lost in the show. Remember to take a bite if food is served and respond to us when we asked them to do so

5. No discussion about the show they watched later.

But for last few months none of the above pre-conditions were fulfilled and hence we were forced to take the hard step. We are not totally inflexible but with this one step we hoped to curb the addiction of our kids.