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The Crazy-Loud-fun World of SrivastavasAnandsVipinsMohakudsKamras

November 23, 2008

phew…that was one loonngg ‘family name’ and what to do..after 2nd gen’s marriages into different ‘surnamed’ families..we like to call ourselves this — The srivastavasanandsvipinsmohakudskamras. 🙂 

and yess…we are as close-knit, squished into each other’s lives and as together as the name above! so i wanted to write something about our crazy-crazy family today… and i will give full credit to my ‘didu’ coz she suggested this!(u see i was having writer’s block).. so after almost a month of silence on this blog, i have decided to break it with a ‘bang’…the family shamily stuff… :):)

my family.. its a crazy one..and believe me when i say that..its loud..its funny like hell..and its one-of-a-kind..! We have never lived together as in a joint family.. coz we have always had a very pan-indian presence where all of us have been scattered around india… but somehow..we are all so close-knit..we can actually give a joint-family a tough competition! The cousins consider each other as real brothers and sisters…and believe me we share all our secrets with each other..
i remember our childhood days in that beautiful house of my Nani’s in Lucknow – Kashila. We used to get together every Summer for 15-20 days to a month..and boy! did we freak out.. We chased each other..fought with each other..hid in my Nani’s store room…played a lot..jumped from the balconies and landed on our A%^es in the garden..and picked up thrown-away lottery tickets from the market close by! 🙂 yess..we did have the best childhood ever… and it never posed a problem for 25 of us to live at the same time in that house…coz we just toppled over each other..ofcourse me and my brother(cousin…who i will refer to as Mithoo) always fought over who will sleep next to Nani/Dadi…and me and my sister (cousin again…i will refer to her as Didu) always fought..well..for everything but primarily coz i cheated in games and refused to accept it! yes didu..i accept it now…hehe…we were so ‘together’ that we never felt the need to have anyone else or feel ‘bored’…! i still rem my brother no.2 (i shall refer to him as A) one fine day…jumped off the first floor roof to the garden…just coz he wanted to do stunts! and came unscathed! 🙂 and in the evenings..we would stuff ourselves in the black ambassador of my Nanaji’s and go to ‘Bhootnath market’ for pani puri and chaat and kulfi to top it all… and there too Mithoo and i fought coz we both wanted the window..ofcourse! we were dumb enough NOT to see that there are 3 windows unoccupied.. aaaah those were the days of happiness..childhood fun…little escapades and adventures of our own..the simple life!
and then we grew up..we had boards..exams…entrances…etc etc etc..and getting together in lucknow became a Dream for many of was actually considered a miracle when even 2 of the families met in a year…we all got extremely busy with our lives..but..let me tell u..the spirit of our family never died and we never went ‘away’ from each other..hello! anyone heard of the telephone?? so we all had terrribly long bills..but wat the helll..we had to gossip! ;)… the last time when almost the entire family met (leaving aside the marriage occasions) was in Hyderabad for New Years almost 8 years ago…we had a BLAST! 🙂
Today…we no more have pan-indian presence….but..we have a “pan-World” presence… We have our little footprints in US, UK, Middle East, Australia, Africa..East-Asia and ofcourse India. and we are sooo proud of us..! But you know wat is even more shocking..these distances have somehow brought us even more closer than we were when we were kids…. we make it a point to talk (thanks to skype…msngers..and ofcourse facebook!) every 2 weeks..we dont miss on juicy gossips..and we definitely are the first people to know about any big news that any of the members have got to give! 
So let me descirbe my whacky family in a few words — Crazy…Amazing Sense of humour(even my nani has an awesome one)…We invent jokes in seconds and say it with a straight face..we laugh a lot (u can only hear uncontrollable..extremely loud laughter noises from our house..)… we support each other in every decision we make.. we make sure that our family members and cousins are the first to know of any big thing in our lives… we run a crazy yahoo group… and we havent yet stopped pulling each other’s legs (yes Mithoo still manages to poke fun at me…aarrgghh)..we are loving..very family oriented… will take the next flight out for anyone in distress.. will pick up the phone at 4AM too if any one of us calls.. we are the closest non-joint family one can have..and i am so happy/lucky/privilaged to be a part of it!!!
i could go on…but i need to stop somewhere..the memories are so many that my brain is producing them faster than i can write…What prompted me to write this post was family has decided to have a grand Reunion at Lucknow in Dec this year…and unfortunately i wont be there for it (damn the work…)…and i sure know that it will be a memorable one(thanks to Mithoo’s, Meethu’s, cheenu’s and shiti’s plannings)…but alas! i wont be kills me to be away but thats wat it is!…and i love my family so much that i know..even when i am not there..i will be present in their minds and through the telephone! 🙂
So i will tell u what… (if my family is reading this..) as a run-up to the reunion..i am gonna publish posts on various funny/embarassing/hilarious family stories.. ofcourse u guys can contribute too.. i will give u credits! 🙂 I love my family a lot! and i love the recent additions (mohakudskamras) and hope that they get to experience the lovable..loud..funny…extremely crazy side of us too! mmmuaaah!
So below are some family crazy pics i have from my wedding (alas i dont have the hyd ones or the didu’s wedding ones..) fun times unlimited! 🙂 yeeennjoy!
  1. shivanjali permalink
    November 24, 2008 6:45 AM

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww – I LOVE IT!!!!!!! hehee…..bring back a flood of memories and i’m all souby now…heheh…no, not your hubby souby but actually sad souby!! hehee…love you sweetheart!! write more!

  2. Bubbasamuel permalink
    November 24, 2008 7:43 AM

    quit everything…go to that reunion. I have nothing more to say 🙂

  3. Tanu Anand permalink
    November 25, 2008 6:53 AM

    awwwww…i wish i could maaan..i so freakin wish i could! LOL

  4. Jyoti permalink
    November 25, 2008 9:51 AM

    enjoyed reading about your family – but could not get srivastavasanandsvipinsmohakudskamras completely. srivatsavmohakudwhat else ?

  5. Tanu Anand permalink
    November 25, 2008 11:02 AM

    hi jyoti..these are all the surnames of the ‘originally Srivastava” family..Srivastavas, Kamras, Vipins, Mohakuds and Anands! and thank you for your comments! 🙂

  6. Bubbasamuel permalink
    November 25, 2008 1:34 PM

    @TanuSigh…i know what u mean. Why do we have to give so much importance to work? why do we work 85% off our lives and spend the rest 15% recuperating?

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