Panchgani, Parenting and Posing!

One of the things i love about Mumbai is the number of weekend getaways that are just a couple of hours away – while most of them don’t boast of too many things to do – it is always fun to get away from the mad mad city and chill out with good friends or maybe just your spouse.

So the last weekend – four of us couples decided to go to Panchgani. Our friends R & A are 5 months old parents with the most adorable baby – Baby R…and it was very interesting to watch them do this whole parenting thing. They are the first of our friends (who we generally hang out with) to do this baby business and it is funny to see the beer loving, fun-loving, and “us” kind of people do this whole responsibility thing. A who i knew as a lazy lump, who spoke eloquently and decisively on all financial matters coochie coo a little baby!!! R who was always ready to kick butt in Teen pati/Taboo – give up on a game to catch up on some much-needed sleep or be with baby R!!!!…umm funny

But i must say i am so proud of the way R is handling things. She has a maid who come along on the trip (another first for us!) and i am so proud of the fact that R is such a hands on mom. The maid is literally a carrier of baby bags, the person who holds the dhakkan of the bottle while the milk is prepared, the person who wants dal chawal while we eat strawberries and fantastic pizzas…and yes the person who was with the baby for the half hour R decided to play with us while the baby slept. I love the fact that she is not dependent on the maid and she is the baby’s mommy full-time. Of course things will change when she gets back to work but i am confident she will work it out.

However i see the stress in R – the generally calm R gets irritated fairly quickly and has been taking it out on A – A has received quite a few earfuls in public view (Shudder shudder wonder what happens behind closed doors?) and i am so proud of A for the fact that he never once reacted or said anything back. In fact he goes out of the way to be nice to R, help her, offer to buy her flowers to get back into good books. (p.s. big step for the kanjus boy). Love i tell u is not easy…

It is scary though coz i know i have the potential to react the way R does to situations (Maybe not in public view but react still). I dont want to be ‘tana maroing’ the Tall one and he being nice. I want us both to not feel the stress but enjoy the baby, enjoy parenthood…But then again i dont have one of those small things…so i guess idealism is easy!

Btw for the record i think R & A are doing a fab job and baby R is such a coochie moochie soochie coo that i might just eat him up before he gets more adorable. It is so touching the way a baby laughs when u just look at them or say anything from “coochie coo” to “Kya ho raha hai” to the baby – how can u ignore such a doll..we spent most of the trip talking nonsense to baby R just to see his toothless smile. And what a baby sirji! he cried for 5 mins in the 2 day trip, never does susu on u, happily comes to all (including me!!!), smells divine, and has toes that will comfortably fit into my mouth to be chewed off.

So other than judging parenting skills – we did the usual – boat ride at night, teen patti where yours truly well and truly lost, slept in, visited table top, saw the pandavas foot marks (For the record – they had really tiny feet), ate, drank, debated endless “plans for the day” which we never did anyway, went in search of the last strawberries of the season and took countless posing snaps! Oh yeah – we walked past Arbaaz Khan, some of us posed with Vinod Khanna and we made search parties who would spot Salman Khan. The tall one spotted his arm getting into the car and i saw his car drive off! Yes we shared our residence with the movie crew of Salman’s new movie with Shatrugan Sinha’s daughter. (p.s. no we aint rolling in money, salman had heard that i would be there and downgraded himself to stay near me)

All in all – a good relaxing fun trip!

btw a tip to all who visit Panchgani – Buy the strawberry jam from hotel ravine…it is divine with real strawberry pieces! and while u are at it get me one too. And do visit Panchgani soon coz My stock is depleting at a very fast rate

41 thoughts on “Panchgani, Parenting and Posing!

  1. Nu

    lot of parenting things here..not my cup of tea yet πŸ™‚ but nice to read that you all had fun πŸ™‚

    I had been to Panchgani last to last year…it was our office trip and we spent 3 days…it was great πŸ™‚

    Mumbai yeah…weekend getaways..I’ so jealous of people who live in Mumbai 😦

    1. Nuttie Natters Post author

      Lol…my way of getting sympathy anad comments.

      Not just plain strawberries – strawberries and cream, fresh strawberry icecream and the best of all the strawberry jam…total droool…!

  2. Nu

    drooling…….what’s with you guys ! why you making it a oh-so-impossible to control for me…with these strawberry and jam and ice cream talks !! hmmpf..i’m on wght loss regime you see 😦

      1. Nuttie Natters Post author

        ummm 60% are from u :P….and of course blatant cries for sympathy like no one comments is bound to make some kind soul rediscover their fingers and type

  3. celestialrays

    Mumbai talks make me homesick 😦
    And Salman talks make me J πŸ˜›

    I have seen my friends turn parents too and its fun to see them running around a toddler πŸ™‚

    Looks like you had major fun….

    1. Nuttie Natters Post author

      Yeah – everytime we did something the parents couldn’t do because of baby – we said “we never told them to have kids”…lol

      If it’s of any consolation i only saw Salman’s car! My husband saw his arm!

  4. Swaram

    All I know now is that I am drooling over the jam .. forgotten everything else πŸ˜›

    Sounds like so much fun .. hw does Shatrugan Sinha’s daughter look πŸ˜‰

    1. Nuttie Natters Post author

      me too and i am so scared i am going to finish it soon…Didn’t see the daughter…just saw arbaaz khan…i missed vinod khanna too…though the waiter told me she was nuthing much to look at…though v “simple girl” madame

  5. maverickshree

    Nice post..its really strange feeling to see our frenz becoming parents and start behaving like parents πŸ˜› Its not my cup of tea yet..but i have seen girls transforming a lot when they become mommys.

    Fresh strawberries rigth from farms in M’shwar are the one one should NOT miss while visiting the place !

  6. Zephyr

    Nice post NN. Parenthood makes the sanest people behave like demented souls — making faces, clowning around…And methinks there is wistfulness in the words. Is the seasoned Nag right?

    But know what? the babies/kids smile and laugh to humor us, the poor adults!

  7. snippetsnscribbles

    Pandavas had tiny feet, eh? Imagine that…7ft tall and a size 4 feet ! God, they must have tried so hard to balance their body πŸ˜€

    And no, I’m not reading the baby portion in detail….I am trying to resist my “temptation” (like someone once told me!) to have a baby πŸ˜›

    1. Nuttie Natters Post author

      yes must hv been tuff roaming the forests with tiny feet…

      Temptation to have a baby…lol…ask any new mom and the lack of sleep she complains of will drive away all such least for me πŸ˜€

  8. comfortablynam

    Oh I have been to the cave..with its carvings or whatever that was.. Total timepass that place..

    As for R..parenthood..endless nights and days of lack of sleep..the constant worry about taking care of a fragile human being..the hands on Mom thing that you were so impressed about..All add up big time to make things the way they are..And there are times when the stress gets so bad that one forgets about the fact that there is company around..

    What you saw was an honest picture of parenthood not only the good that people talk about and blog about..

    1. Nuttie Natters Post author

      and they wonder why we dont hv kids!! lol but honestly the honest picture was not that bad…it’s just strange when ur friends do this baby rearing business

      ummm. there were carvingsss???…ok i need 2 go back now! yes but total TP

  9. Sonia

    our gang of friends is here is going through a similar situation! we have a new baby in the group, and everything’s different! We have to think about the baby before we decide on trips, or even if we’re meeting at a restaurant! But it’s okay, cos we all love the lil one!

    1. Nuttie Natters Post author

      hehehe…remember the golden words – “Did they ask us before they had the baby” – No ok then we dont wait for them before we dig into the yumm desert..!!!

  10. ajay

    Babies are always ‘coochie moochie soochie coo’. Absolutely.Loved this term coined by you. You should get it copyrighted! :). It’s always a delight to see a baby laugh, sleep, play and uttering nonsense which are more musical than most of the boring songs. Their dainty little fingers, soft chubby cheeks, bright eyes…oh god!!everything is so heavenly. Truly then Wordsworth said that ‘heaven lies about us in our infancy’.

  11. Deboshree

    LOL @ parenting and posing. Babies are usually coochie coo type… its interesting how everyone in the world can baby talk.
    Interesting post… makes me want to re-visit.


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