Friday, January 14, 2011

How to make your kid ready and in time for School?

The School Van leaves at 8:10. There is anarchy at 8. Passions run high. Chaos is supreme. Everyone is panicked except the girl who has to catch the Van. She is sliding from one act to another like feathers on silk.

It is common to hear.
Don't you have sense of time?
Why are you day dreaming?
Dont you know what 8'o clock means?
जल्दी करो वर्ना वन छूट जाएगी,
जल्दी ब्रुश करो,
जल्दी पोट्टी करो,
जल्दी दूद पियो,
जल्दी कपडे पहनो,
जल्दी is utterly misused and loses its significance of its meaning.
You give up, Okay don't take bath today,
don't do combing today,
skip breakfast today.
Just go and catch your Van.

One day she left at 8:15. We were in balcony and no one was in sight. We were discussing that it would be a good lesson for her as she will miss her van today? But the mother could not hold her concern and requested, Why dont you drop her? I was firm, NO she has to learn her lesson. Then the Van came out of nowhere. And we missed an opportunity to let the lesson be learnt.

Yesterday was one such ugly morning when she was holding her brush at 8 and we were all pushing her to get ready fast.

So today I dreamed it would be different. Yesterday night told her the same story that her teacher is telling in her class in which Famous Five by Enid Blyton go in caravan at around 9PM. All earlier nights it would be past 10 when the kids would go to sleep.

Today morning She woke up at 6:50 AM, yesterday was at 7:20 AM ( The emphasis was on witnessing the beautiful and colorful morning, you see its orange and all). When we went to balcony it was already yellow. She looked at me. I said We just missed the orange, it got converted to yellow. Thankfully the yellow got converted to white and I could prove that look color does change.

She looked at the Ageing bamboos and yearned "Wish pandas were here". As she was lost in her story I shared 2 glasses of water with her. With so much water in, Who can stop call of Nature? She too had to. It was quicker today as water must have smoothened the bowel movements. Otherwise she sits around for about half an hour.

With a major victory to start with I devised the strategy to "Shock Mama before she wakes up". She bought into the concept and went ahead with brushing and bathing in a whisker.
She said I will have to do double bath today? (She did not take bath yesterday).

She was ready at 7:15 AM when her Mama woke up and was indeed shocked to see her in school uniform with socks on. She was so happy that she wanted this to happen everyday. But the younger one said "Only Fridays!!"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Visit local RTO Jayanagar Bangalore for hypothecation cancel on my own - gutsy

The BDA complex at Jayanagar 4th block, Bangalore is where most government related offices are. It also has RTO offices on 3rd and 4th floor.

Another discovery for the day was parking on terrace of BMTC building right opposite BDA complex. The charges are Rs 20 for around 4 hours. You have to travel 4 levels to reach the level. It was afternoon so was easier to go up and down but I am sure during peak hours it will be quite challenging to get the car up and down.

I was greeted by a stranger on Ground level.
"Do you have work in RTO?"
I said Yes.
What is it? Show me your RC book? Come to our office at basement.
I said I heard the office is on level 3.
NO, come down and we will get everything done.
I managed to ask him for the charges for hypothecation cancel and he quoted Rs 650 and delivery by evening. When I started moving the rates dropped to 600.

I was greeted by similar people on almost all levels till I reached level 3. Another agent inside the RTO office discussed his deal with me and also suggested that I go to level 4 where the work will be done. I waited for a person seemingly helping out a lady who was explaining her loss of DL in kannada. I could comprehend her situation but the helping angel across the counter was going in complex loop. After a while both started using me as medium of communication ( I dont know kannada). I asked my query and went on to level 4.

I met the security personal on level 4 and discussed my situation with him. He gave a patient hearing but allowed the conversation to be replied by agent standing beside me. An RTO officer walked passed by but his offerings continued.

Finally ignored the helping agents and walked to lady who was shuffling files on one of the customer facing counter. She narrated list of documents and fees to be paid before the hypothecation cancel process could begin.

I waited for paying cash at the counter and got a receipt for Rs 100 for hypothecation cancel. I went a level down to get envelop. Luckily another agent's shop who refused to do xerox earlier sold me envelop for Rs 20.

Total spend Rs 120 and about 40 mins of time during post lunch period on a warm sunny bangalore winter noon.

Went back to the lady who was charming the man beside her. The man needed signatures on few files. I watched the work and play before I could enforce a hearing. She narrated the list again

  1. Rs 100 fees receipt
  2. Insurance certificate
  3. Self addressed postage paid envelope
  4. RC book
  5. Emission certificate
We got stuck on emission certificate. I presumed that Maruti Swift had the latest engines and did not require them but she insisted on having and I had to walk away for another time. 

The omnipresent agent was near the lift and also gestured that he had seen me parking my vehicle across on level 4 on opposite BMTC building. He also dropped the offer to Rs 400, without emission certificate and delivery by evening promise. I thanked him . 

Hope to make some more progress next time around. The NOC from Bank has 3 months validity. So some time to kill before the next attempt.

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