Langkawi is an archipelago which consists of 99 islands and is off the mainland coast of northwestern peninsular Malaysia. Langkawi island has been given the world geopark status by UNESCO. One of the main attractions is the Dayang Bunting Island, which is translated into Island of the Pregnant Maiden Lake. In the first picture you can make out the outline of the pregnant lady outline(head to the right). Tasik Dayang Bunting is the largest freshwater lake in that area and has a great swimming area. Malaysians believe that drinking water from this lake helps barren women to bear children.
Today (11th August'09) Ashwin, Priya and Leann will be heading back to Boston after our amazing year here in India. We're sending love and thanks to all our dear ones who helped make this such a wonderful experience for us. We hope that Prabhu will be joining us before long - keep your fingers crossed!
Just because we're relocating doesn't mean that we're discontinuing the blog, so stay tuned.
Summer Vacation II
Tomorrow will be Priya and Ashwin's last day at Jesse Moses School (except for Prize Day, next week - more on that later). We thought they would like to have a bit of time off before returning to the US next month and starting school in September. They've done a wonderful job - congratulations Ashwin and Priya!
Tomorrow, May 20th, we're headed to Sikkim! So, no more blog posts until June. We're excited about seeing the Himalayas and escaping the heat (see below). We'll take lots of pictures and be back in touch soon.
That's the Tamil phrase for the period we just entered, May 4-28, the hottest days of summer here in South India. As the Indian Express put it today "the period is synonymous with heat, power cuts, water shortage and sunstroke". Yesterday for the first time this year the temp topped 40 degrees C (or 104 F). So please, send us some cool breezes...
Happy St Patrick's Day
Although there will probably only be a small handful of folks celebrating in Chennai, we wanted to extend St Patty's day greetings to our blog followers. We're going to try to make Irish soda bread in our bread maker, and tell some stories about leprechauns. And, Nana - you look great in green!
Jai Ho (Victory)
The Oscar nominations for Slumdog Millionaire have created great interest in India. There has been lots of criticism here of the poverty potrayed in the movie. I greatly enjoyed the film and to me it was a movie about hope and joy. I am especially hoping for a AR Rahman win, having been a fan of his since the Roja soundtrack.
Happy Valentine's Day
V-Day is a bit controversial here in India. There are some radical Hindu elements who feel that celebrating "goes against traditional Indian values", and have threatened to cause trouble today. However, most people, if they take note at all, seem to view it as a just another opportunity to eat sweets, give cards and go out to celebrate. We're going to have some sweets and enjoy - hope you do too!
We recently learned that our friends Josh and Angela as well as our friends Cephas and Anita have become engaged! The whole family is excited and would like to extend our best wishes to all four!!!
Tomorrow is Republic Day here in India - it marks the adoption of the Indian constitution. Another holiday for all of us - so in honor of the big day, we've redone the blog colors in the colors of the Indian flag. Jai Hind!
We wish all our readers a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year - with love
Prabhu, Leann, Ashwin and Priya
We would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and hope that you have a peaceful, happy and festive holiday! We regret that due to the erratic mail service here, we aren't sending out Christmas cards this year, but promise to get back on track next year. In the meanwhile, hope you enjoy our blog updates.
Although Thanksgiving is not a holiday here in India, we will be having a special family dinner tomorrow night and pausing to give thanks, especially for our dear friends and family. Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving - with all our love
Leann, Prabhu, Ashwin &Priya
In recognition of the American presidential elections, kids in chennai is sending a shout out to Barack Obama and wishing him the best tomorrow! And, no matter whom you are supporting, we encourage all our readers to get out and vote tomorrow - and enjoy.
kidsinchennai would LOVE to hear from blog followers. We've tried to make that easier by opening the comments to all - you dont need to have a google account anymore. So, by all means, keep in touch!
Go Red Sox !!!
Congratulations Sox on that amazing come from behind victory yesterday! Thanks to ESPN in India, we can watch the games live here - will be tuning in tomorrow at 5am.
10/20 update Oh well, better luck next year, and thanks Sox, for a great season, we really enjoyed watching!
The White TIger
Hey, kidsinchennai would like to congratulate Aravind Adiga for winning the 2008 Booker Prize for his debut novel, The White Tiger. Awesome, amazing book - well done!
This blog is actually being written by the whole family. We will all be spending the year in Chennai, 6/08-8/09. We're blogging so that anyone that's interested will know what we're up to.
Prabhakar is an anesthesiologist and native of Chennai. He's currently working at Rainey Hospital, and enjoying getting reacquainted with lots of old friends.
Leann is an Internist who is volunteering here at the Gurunkul clinic, a clinic which provides care primarily to patients with HIV. She is enjoying learing to cook more South Indian food, and singing in the church choir here.
Ashwin is in 'Third Standard' at Jesse Moses school. He is playing tennis and soccer, and will be starting in with basketball soon. In his spare time, he enjoys playing with his Wii system.
Priya is in 'UKG' or upper kindergarden at Jesse Moses. She is a favorite wherever she goes and has made lots of new friends here.