Wednesday, May 27, 2009

that old parenting trick

So, in the middle of shooting a rugby match,

and untangling spools and spools of red tape for a shoot at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus,

previously called Victoria Terminus,

and the hot hot sun which tanned even me,

and gave me a black nose,

(bad sun!),

there was a shower of fresh water on my head.

Dhanno scored 91% in her ICSE Std. X Board exams.

with a 95% in Maths.

Inspite of us.

We did all we could to make things difficult for her.

Refused to send her for coaching classes.

Tempted her with movies every day.

Dragged her off on shopping trips,

railroading her carefully worked out timetable.

Packed her off to sleep early.

Shut off the early morning alarm she had set, once she was asleep.

Told her that marks were not everything.

Rebelling against parents takes strange forms.

Hers was to do well.

And all of us old-timers,

rebels of the first order in our youth,

are secretly pleased with her performance,

despite our professed disgust.


Space Bar said...


(to both of you for your clever - and enlightened - parenting and to dhanno for dealing with exams the way they deserve to be dealt with!0

dhanno: now you can make plenty people jealous by saying modestly that you didn't study at all. they will spend their lives wondering what would have happened if you had.

Anonymous said...

Dhanno says modestly : I already gave my friends the list of the movies which i saw and they missed, because they were running during the time of the exams. thanks to my parents i haven't missed any. they have started to wonder how my parents allowed me to see " The curious case of benjamin button" ( i could not miss it either .....BRAD PITT) right before my physics exam and how i even managed!!

SUR NOTES said...

You actually switched off her alarm after she had set it???

Dhanno, I am so so impressed with your ability to subvert your parents' anarchy! way to go! Many congratulations.

Anonymous said...

Congrats little one!

Way to go :)

Unmana said...

Congratulations to Dhanno!

And yay for you and Teja for being such cool parents! :-)

Violet said...

Congratulations! I guess having a set of such cool parents helps :)

Unknown said...

Hooray for Dhanno ! Much congratulations to her for persevering in theface of so many obstacles !!

agent green glass said...

damn. if you only my parents had thought of stuff like this, i'd be in IIT! alas!
but strangely this post is not just funny, it's also moving, and honest and refreshing. okay...i ran out of adjectives. see, my parents really should have toyed with that alarm clock. congrats to dhanno!

Manjushree Abhinav said...

Wonderful news, Dhanno.

You refused coaching classes? My mom has put poor Pavan in a tution class during his summer hols and he
is only eight!

I must tell her your example. :)

Unknown said...

Congrats to the three of you - and of course, specially to Dhanno!

memsaab said...

Dhanno: I send a hug and Gemma sends kisses of congratulations :)

Banno, Teja: Nice job in spite of yourselves!

ammani said...

Yayayayay! Well done, Dhanno (inspite of their spirited efforts).

bollyviewer said...

A big congrats to Dhano! And Yay! to both you and Teja for being such enlightened parents.

Banno said...

Thanks all. Big grins. Lots of hugs.

karrvakarela said...


Lovely post, by the way.

zigzackly said...

Congratulations to all three of you!

anja said...

Wow! Congratulations! That is F$%&ing BRILLIANT!!!!! You are a very good bad parent!

hopscotch said...

aah...this is awesome! much joy.

blackmamba said...

that is lovely news! Congrats!

Pragya said...

Awesome! Congratulations!


Another Kiran In NYC said...

Thats wonderful news! congratulations!

What happens next?

dipali said...

This is awesome news. Huge congrats to Dhanno and her smart folks:)

Dr. Ally Critter said...

I am super impressed!

Sue said...

Go, Dhanno. You showed 'em what's what! :)

dustedoff said...

Ooooh, good girl. Congrats, Dhanno, well done!

the mad momma said...

congratulations dhanno... show those parents you mean business ;)

and banno - you guys are as bad as my parents.... but it must be awful for rebellious parents to end up with earnest kids, right?!

Tazeen said...


loved this post ...

I bet all parents feel this way, even when children screw up and rebel and what not

Mizohican said...

lolz lolz lolz lolz!!! I know others have said this a lot, but I loveee this post!!!! XD

And congrats on the brilliant achievement!!!!!!

Toon Indian said...

Congrats to Dhanno..and her 'disgusted' parents :P!!

You guys knowlingly/unknowlingly are now the role model for the new generation of pesky parents :)))

Unmana said...

Hey, where are you? It's been too long without a post!

Chronicus Skepticus said...

If I had wads of money I'd be waving it around all your heads (Banno's, Dhanno's and Teja's, i.e.).

Way to go!

Banno and Teja, I wish you coulda given my folks lessons. Dhanno, child, you are a rockstar!

Anonymous said...

Hey congrats Banno on this wonderful achievement by Dhanno. Well done! And it was sooooo refreshing to see you say it was all 'inspite of u'. LOL! Banno's parenting ki jai ho!

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