Dear Diary,

Anika is not well. She has spluttered and splattered throughout the last two weeks. The clan typically went for home remedies which as usual did not help. Finally when the bouts of cough started bringing a crimson tinge to her face, the alarm bells went off and she was taken to a doctor. The poor girl is recovering now and always ends a cough marathon with a ‘Hai’, just like old people. The tribal dances are back with a vengeance.

A few days back Anika was drinking milk from a bottle while Geet and I were bitching about our neighbours. Suddenly, I sensed a cough taking shape from Anika’s throat and removed the bottle immediately. Well, the milk was still in her mouth when the cough finally made an appearance. There was this brilliant fountain of milk that sprouted from her mouth and drenched me and Geet. You could have seen the shock on our faces. We were talking a second ago and suddenly there was this spray of milk on our faces and the bed. It was like one of those days when it is raining heavily and you are trying to cross a road and then a car swoosh by, transferring the muddy water on you.

Now look what have I written! How can I compare a mixture of my child’s cud, saliva and sputum with muddy waters? Let me make amendments by saying that Geet and I enjoyed the spray. It was splendid.

Dear Diary,

During Ashtami, we dresses up Anika all in red and mom bought a red chunni and a lot of colourful bangles for her. Then all of us washed her feet and took blessings from her while she chewed the bangles to we-were-once-bangles shapes. It was hilarious. She was so perplexed and had no clue what was happening. Mom gave her a bit of halwa and she made a disgruntled face and threw it out of her mouth. While washing her feet, I asked her to give me a lot of money so that I could buy her tickets to Switzerland. I think she was excited by the wish.

Image from here

Image from here

Dear Diary,

Anika is getting very very active. Her hands and feet are constantly moving. Tell me this is normal? There is a four month old girl in our building and she is so quiet and never moves her limbs. And look at our child! I am disturbed because of Anika’s behaviour because she cannot understand that her pulling, biting and pounding might hurt someone. She tries to pull out my eyeballs, my lower lip, Geet’s hair, her teddy’s butt. This little terrorist is terrifying at times.

You won’t believe how many times she has kicked me in the balls. I have been telling her again and again that she is the only heir to the Sharma Empire and Geet and I will never ever have another baby but she does not believe me. She keeps up her efforts to crack my walnuts to make sure that there is no rival. I have never seen someone attacking her own source of existence with such vehemence.

Diary ji,

Diwali is almost here. It has been a year since I wrote the Sita and Draupadi Costa chatter series which everyone liked so much. Anika was a tiny, few centimeters thingy wobbling inside Geet’s tummy back then and we were preparing ourselves for the biggest change in our lives. Now she is here and sometimes this all feels like a dream. She is five months old now and can turn on her tummy. We have started giving her dal and soups. The moment she sees a spoon hovering over her, she opens her mouth eagerly.

A very Happy Diwali to you Dear Diary. I hope you grow fat and healthy.

And a very Happy Diwali to the readers of this blog. I and my family wish success and happiness for all of you.

Anika in her red dress and bangles and a tikka way off the mark

Anika in her red dress and bangles and a tikka way off the mark

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About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016. Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping. He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.


  1. RAMU DAS November 2, 2013 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I like your sense of humor. Happy Diwali.

    • Amit November 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you and Happy Diwali to you too.

  2. Ritu Lalit November 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Haaah! I love the diary series. Anika is adorable, don’t call her a terrorist!

    • Amit November 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      Thanks Ritu. She has turned into a little terrorist but people tell me that this is only a trailer. 🙂

  3. Jas A. November 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Happy Diwali Amit! to you and all of Sharma Clan 🙂

    • Amit November 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jas. And happy Diwali to you and your clan too. 🙂

  4. BhavanaDiary November 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Amit, so cute. Looks like you and Geet are fun parents to be around, now that you seem to be enjoying everything 🙂
    You write so well Amit… and Anika is such a doll.
    Happy deepavali to you and your family

    • Amit November 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      Is there any other option? 😛 That is the least we can do to stop ourselves from going crazy.
      Happy Diwali to you and your family too Bhavana. 🙂

  5. pseudomonaz November 2, 2013 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Happy Diwali to you and your family Amit… 🙂 I’ve started missing my nephew after reading this, he’s 3 months old and throws up milk every time, is super active and constantly tries to turn around, he hasn’t succeeded yet. I guess they are all the same, happy, carefree, innocent. I miss him. 🙁
    Happy first Diwali to your little angel. 🙂

    • Amit November 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Thanks Pseudomonaz. I think the turning around is still a month away for your nephew but once he starts, it will be fun to watch him roll from one end of the bed to another. 🙂
      Happy Diwali to you and your family too.

  6. alkagurha November 2, 2013 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Amit, I spent more time on admiring the angel than reading your diary. She is super cute.

    • Amit November 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Haha! Thanks Alka. 🙂

  7. celestialrays November 2, 2013 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Happy Diwali you all! Love the multi coloured bangles on her 🙂

    • Amit November 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks Celestialrays and same to you.
      The bangles were mangled to unrecognizable shapes. 🙂

  8. Ashwathy November 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Wish you a wonderful Diwali with your lil bonus 🙂

    • Amit November 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks Ash and a happy Diwali to you too. 🙂

  9. Nisha November 2, 2013 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    “…attacking her own source of existence.” hahahha!! Go Anika! She looks adorable in the chunni.

    • Amit November 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      It hurts!
      Thanks Nisha. Yes, she was very happy with her chunni and got tangled in it multiple times.

  10. Kay November 2, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    That’s one of the cutest kids I’ve ever seen! She looks adorable in her red clothes and colorful bangles!

    • Amit November 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kay. 🙂

  11. Rekha November 2, 2013 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    That’s a lovely little terrorist. I am so happy to see you enjoying each and every move of hers. It’s indeed a treasure worth cherishing. A Very Happy Deepavali to all of you! 🙂

    • Amit November 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm - Reply

      Oh yes, a true treasure. 🙂
      Happy Diwali to you and your family too Rekha.

  12. seena November 3, 2013 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Anika is so very cute! You call her terrorist now? Wait till her teeth comes and you will start thinking the kicks were better 🙂 Happy Diwali to you all !

    • Amit November 4, 2013 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      Yes, a mini terrorist. I know it will only get worse from here. 🙂
      Happy Diwali to you and your family too. 🙂

  13. Sreetama November 3, 2013 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Happy Diwali to all of you Amit! Hope Anika is better now? She seems to be more interested in dal rice than milk or halwa eh? The part where you mentioned about her attack on her source of existance is superbly hilarious! 😀 Have a safe pollution free Diwali!

    • Amit November 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      Happy Diwali to you too Sreetama.
      Yes, she is fine now. She has passed the cough and cold to the other members of the family, I being the latest victim. 🙂
      I am glad that you liked the part where I was attacked. 😛

  14. A Walk into the Woods November 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    A very Happy Diwali to you too, Amit. Your Daddy diaries are always exhilarating and I always look forward to them. Thanks for sharing Anika’s picture. Shez beautiful. I need to start my own Masi Diaries.. my baby has already started dancing.. and she’s not even 1 yet..!! Imagine, today’s tots want to start dancing even before they can talk!!
    As for the girl in the apt – her parents’ worry. Yours is perfectly normal. 🙂

    • Amit November 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I am glad that I am able to make everyone smile. 🙂
      Yes, you must. Most of the times I don’t even have to think what to write. There are so many things to write about. 🙂
      I guess she is normal. I know it will get worse when she starts crawling and walking. 🙂

  15. Usha Pisharody November 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    I love this diary series too! A terrorist? Nah. Wait a few more years and then you’ll understand the meaning of that word 😀 😀 !! Diwali wishes to you and yours!

    • Amit November 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      I know! Everyone is telling me that. 😀 I am getting scared now.
      Happy Diwali to you and your family too!

  16. umashankar November 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Those are truly heart warming pieces from the diary, Amit. May God bless her!
    Wishing a Happy and Prosperous Diwali to you all.

    • Amit November 5, 2013 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      Thanks Uma and a happy Diwali to you and your family too.

  17. Ms November 4, 2013 at 1:57 am - Reply

    Happy Diwali to dear Anika, geet and you! She looks adorable in her finery. And in the near future, if there is a rival in her domain, I am entering you in the Christmas issue of Lancet!

    • Amit November 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      Thanks Ms. 🙂
      There is no rival at all. How do parents afford two kids nowadays?

  18. scorpria November 4, 2013 at 7:28 am - Reply

    Oh my! She is such an adorable doll!

    I hope you had a fabulous diwali. Did the crackers set her off? Or is she brave girl? 🙂

    • Amit November 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks Scorpria.
      Diwali was great. How was yours? She got scared a bit and had difficulty sleeping at night. 🙂

      • scorpria November 5, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        Mine was spent consoling a shivering doggie, telling her she is safe; and, ironically, bolting upstairs to douse the fire the neighbour’s rogue rocket set on my curtain 😞 thankfully the shivering doggie did not realise what was going on!

  19. Rachna November 4, 2013 at 9:58 am - Reply

    She is so adorable because we get to admire her lovely pics while you and Geet suffer all the tantrums ;-)! These children, I tell you! We have to be insane to give birth to them and then suffer their atrocities 😀 over and over again!

    • Amit November 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Yes, yes, we are insane! 😀 It is such a difficult task but then you get a smile for all your pains and everything is all right. 🙂

  20. C. Suresh November 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Hope all of you – especially Anika – enjoyed your Diwali

    • Amit November 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm - Reply

      Yes, we did. Thanks Suresh. How was yours?
      Anika got a bit scared because of the bombs but she loved all the lights.

  21. The Girl Next Door November 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    What a super sweet post! Loved reading it.
    Hope all of you had a great Diwali.

    • Amit November 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks TGND. 🙂
      Yes, we had a nice, quiet Diwali. How was yours?

      • The Girl Next Door November 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

        Ours was nice, too. At our home, it was quiet, noisy at my in-laws’ place. 🙂

  22. purbaray November 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    You are building up quite an arsenal to embarrass Anika once she grows up, especially when she turns up with pierced and tattooed boy-friend 😀

    • Amit November 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      Haha! *wicked grin*
      She should know about all the assaults. 🙂

  23. latha November 5, 2013 at 2:39 am - Reply

    She is so super duper cute…give a big hug and squeeze to her…and don’t you dare to call her a terrorist…we will all gang up on you when she grows up 🙂
    Happy Deewali Amit, to you and the whole family. Hope the baby is feeling better now.

    • Amit November 5, 2013 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      Thanks Latha. Squeeze given. 🙂
      Happy Diwali to you and your family too! 🙂
      Yes, she is better now. She has transferred the cough and cold to us.

  24. Rahul November 5, 2013 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Hope you had a roaring time at Diwali minus the rain:)

    • Amit November 5, 2013 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      Yes Rahul, we had a great time. I hope you enjoyed the festival too? 🙂

  25. Deeps November 5, 2013 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Now isnt she the most adorable terrorist!! Hope she is fine and had a great Diwali with her family 🙂

    • Amit November 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      Thanks Deeps. 🙂
      Yes she is fine now. she was a bit scared of the firecrackers. 🙂

  26. Hummingwords November 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    cute baby!!

  27. Pepper November 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    I hope she is totally okay now. What a doll she looks like in all that finery.

    • Amit November 5, 2013 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks Pepper. 🙂 Yes, she is completely ok now.

  28. RED HANDED November 6, 2013 at 7:59 am - Reply

    OH LORD!!!! I AM DYING OF CUTENESS OVERDOSE HERE!!! Hope she always remains in the best of health!!

    • Amit November 10, 2013 at 1:00 am - Reply

      Haha! Thank Red handed. 🙂

  29. Akanksha Dureja November 8, 2013 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    She is already 5 months old!!! Loved the picture, and all the dear diary moments, my fav one being the one with the milk fountain! 🙂

    • Amit November 10, 2013 at 1:01 am - Reply

      Yes, time is flying.
      Believe me, that milk fountain was pretty gross. 😛

  30. Smita November 9, 2013 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Aawwwwwwsome!!!! post this is!!!

    Happy Diwali 🙂

    • Amit November 10, 2013 at 1:01 am - Reply

      Thanks Smita. Belated Happy Diwali to you too! 🙂

  31. dauntlessdaisy November 10, 2013 at 12:57 am - Reply

    Hope Anika is super okay now. Please do not call her a terrorist, she is a harmless pretty kid. Happy Diwali to you and your family 🙂 I hope it was great 🙂

    • Amit November 10, 2013 at 1:02 am - Reply

      Yes, she is fine, jumping and screaming as before. 🙂
      Yeah, it was pretty ok. I was down with cough and cold but the rest was great. 🙂

  32. R's Mom November 11, 2013 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I am late, but belated happy Diwali and Navratri to you guys 🙂

    Kala tikka to the little girl in red chunni…

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