Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Baby's Day Out

Guest post by Karthik Balaji

Hello all. As you must've guessed, my name is Karthik Balaji. I was born on June 6, 2005 in El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California. My parents are Balaji and Anu and I have a big sister Kavya, but enough about them. This post is all about me... I have learnt that I have quite a few fans and wellwishers in other states and countries. So I thought I'd use this, my crib on the web, to give you all a short account of my arrival.

I am a pretty impatient one. I wasn't supposed to come out until June 28 but what do the doctors know?! If I was all ready to get out of mummy's tummy on June 6, thats what I was going to do. I let her know that I was ready on Sunday night and then started pushing hard for a few hours. Around 2.00am on Monday morning I heard someone say "Push!" and thought "Hey! what do you guys think I've been doing all this time?" . But that "Push" turned out to be for mom as as she finally started trying to get me out.

Around 3.25am I felt some hands grab my head, then my shoulders and finally my feet and at 3.28am I was officially born! With apparently no concern that I had just made such a long and difficult trip, they immediately weighed me, measured my length and started rubbing me with soap to clean me up. Apparently everything was OK since they placed me on mom right away. Dad carried me soon after with a huge grin on his face.

I spent most of the day sleeping(I think it was jetlag). Oh well... its time for another nap now. I hope to be back again soon to give another update. Bye!


At 7:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Karthik, welcome to this small, nice world (Aside: Didn't want to scare the little one with "big, bad world").

Yeah, that jet lag will last for a long time. But inspite of the jet lag, it is very important to exercise those little lungs every night. So remember to scream at the top of your voice for atleast 5-10 mins every hour, starting at 1AM. OK? Attaboy.

At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And grace us with your pics soon, ok?

At 8:24 PM, Blogger Kaps said...

Hi Karthik,

Welcome to the world and the blogosphere. I think ur blog is better than ur dad and hence u shd think of starting of separate blog soon :-))

At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you Karthik!


At 11:20 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

Baby Karthik,

Welcome to your new world. Hope you like it as much us the rest of us do =P.

Be a good lil boy, but like prakash said, do exercise those kutti lungs :).

You will be taken care of very well, you have a very lovely family who love you so much.

God bless you

At 3:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And don't worry if your mom and dad vanish once in a while for 3 hours. They will be back after the movie is over and we'll have another review in hand :-)

At 7:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karthik, AMAZING!!! When I saw that your father didnt post anything till wednesday night, I thought I would do a post suggesting a name for you.. Guess what I thought.. Exactly YOUR name.. I thought it should sound similar to ur sis Kavya's so the first name that stuck me was Karthik..
Anyway, welcome !! When you read this post after several years, you will know how happy we were to welcome you..

At 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearrr Karthik!

Welcome to Planet Earth and our little corner of Cyber was really nice to read your write better than your old man (dont tell him I said this!) for your age!! Your imagination is already vivid...the use of the word "jet lag" was a nice, comic touch...Appa will soon introduce you to Simran Aunty and Asin Akka...tell them I said, "Hi!" And, remember you are the kadakkutty of the family, enJoy+Jamaay!! also, dont fight with your elder sis the way I fight with your Dad on movie matters...she and Mama will take good care of you if you promise them one thing-- that you will always be the delightful little boy you are now :)...ask Papa to send us a pic of u...and also tell him that I mite drive to the Bay Area the Jul 4th weekend...

A biiig hug from all of us here at bbthots:)

PS: Also ask Papa to tell you about Aish Aunty though he might hesitate!!

At 11:50 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

prakash, aahaa... evlo nalla ennam!!

kaps, ivlo seekiram katchi maaritengale!!

mav, good one :)

gp, thats quite a coincidence. karthik was my choice and "sounds similar to kavya" was one of the reasons i used to convince my wife :)

ram, all in good time!

At 7:06 PM, Blogger Ram C said...

Welcome Karthik

Hope you will take care of reviews of all Children movies & entertainment programs in your

At 10:43 AM, Blogger IBH said...

Sweet! :)

At 6:24 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

thanx skanda uncle :) will try to post as much as i can.

At 1:09 AM, Blogger Maverick said...

Hi Karthik, Welcome to Mother Earth. This is quite a pleasant coincidence. I am Karthik Balaji, born June 04 1984 in Bangalore.

Karthik Balaji

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Da Vijay Code: The exit of the Nehrus the same book as Da Vinci Code

At 8:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The book Da Vijay Code: The Exit of the Nehrus (Available in Amazon ISBN # 1419613340 ) has all the ingredients to shake the Indian political world.

The author claims, not unjustifiably, that the Nehrus may have to seek retirement from political life if his suggestions become a reality. The book calls into question the very basis of the strength by which the Nehrus have survived this long in Indian politics. The Nehrus would have no place in an Indian democracy that practices PCR. In India in future the contest for the Prime Ministerial position is no more going to be limited to just the Singhs the Tiwaris and Lals one can see the Naidus and Subramaniams from the South too entering the fray.
This book will definitely bring down the political curtains for India's premier republican dynasty,the Nehrus, if what has been expounded here finds acceptance by the Indian political elite. da vijay code discusses the reasons why Indian democracy continues to be majoritarian centric when it comes to access to headship of government (Prime Ministership).

Since Independence, 59 years ago, the Prime Ministers of India have all risen only from the majority Hindi speaking states of India. There was only one non-Hindi speaking prime minister and he did not last more than 10 months. In spite of this lopsided representation of Hindi speakers in this most powerful cabinet post the 500 million strong linguistic minorities have not made an issue of it because the categorization of minorities in India was based on religious grounds.

The identification of the word minority to refer only to say Muslims or Christians was a brilliant masterstroke in the evolution of political categorization in India. India's linguistic minorities were made to believe they belonged to the majority. Prior to every Parliamentary elections their local linguistic identities are dissolved in this pan Indian/pan Hindu majority. While assimilation is used as a political strategy to ensure governmental formation, non-assimilative, local identity however is used as a criteria to reject the candidature of the non-Hindi candidates for prime ministership.

The author's case is that this state of affairs is too good to be true for the Hindi speaking groups to last for long. With the arrival of coalition governance India's non-Hindi linguistic groups would soon become vociferous and demand a share in the Prime Ministerial pie. da vijay code should serve to provide the intellectual basis for such a demand.

Even though da vijay code revolves around India denying its 500 million strong linguistic minorities the right to become Head of Government (Prime Minister) what he says is true for all countries wedded to a democratic polity. The worlds largest democracies have been denying the right of its minorities to become Head of Government. This denial is being done by them by clever manipulation and selective interpretation of the majoritarian written constitutions.

In most democracies members of the minority are told that being citizens they have equal opportunity and equal ability as any other to become Head of Government. Though opportunity exists for a member of the minority to make it to the most powerful job of the land, the ability or probability of their making it to the top job is either low or next to impossible? Opportunity is just eligibility neither does this so called ability convert itself to a probability of any measure. da vijay code addresses precisely this question. The author suggests a method call PCR to set right this anomaly seen even in mature democracies.


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