My Second

On October 14th, 2009, my second child – Vinaya Priya Ganpat, another girl – was born… 12 weeks early. One of the most terrifying moments in my life (and my wife’s)! Thankfully, she came out of it okay, and after spending 5 weeks in the Neonatal ICU, she came home. She’s good now, and I only now consider that she’s been born (her original due date was January 2nd, 2010).

Here are some pictures from soon after she was born, to where she is eleven weeks after.


One week after birth


Eleven weeks after birth

Everyone says that she’s a fighter. One thing for sure is that she’s very strong, especially her lungs… she has a incredibly loud cry!

In Loving Memory of Pa

Pinjare Ke Panchhi Re, Tera Dadr Na Jaane Koe (2)

Kaha Na Sake Tu, Apani Kahani
Teri Bhi Panchhee, Kya Zindagaani Re
Vidhi Ne Teri Katha Likhi Aansu Mein Kalam Duboe
Tera Dard …

Chupake Chupake, Rone Vaale
Rakhana Chhupaake, Dil Ke Chhale Re
Ye Patthar Ka Desh Hain Pagale, Yahaan Koi Na Tera Hoy
Tera Dard …

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The bird in the cage, no one knows your pain
You can not say, your story
Yours also, oh bird, what kind of life you lead
The Lord wrote your story by dipping the pen in tears
No one knows your pain

Silently silently, the crying one
Keep hidden, the lie of the heart
This country is of stone, oh crazy one, there is no one of yours
No one knows your pain

Pinjre Ke Panchhi Re – Naag Mani(1957)
Singer – Kavi Pradeep
 

My grandfather used to sing this song all the time. Well he used to sing a lot of songs, but this is one that I mostly remember. Sadly, he passed away shortly after the 80th birthday. He said that he wouldn’t live to see 81, but almost every year for the past 20 or so years he would always think it would be the last. I just so happens he was right this time.

Although Pa used to drive people crazy with his antics, I will surely miss him. Hope he’s somewhere where everyone appreciates his singing.

Munmun Parsan
Sunrise: 26th August 1929
Sunset: 10th September 2009

Happy Independence Day!

Well actually, yesterday was our Independence Day anniversary, 31st August. After 47 years of independence we have a lot to be thankful for, but a lot more to yearn. There lacks a general sense of patriotism within the country.

Now Trinidad and Tobago did not win our independence, rather it was given to us freely, without a fight; so I believe that this is a big part of the lack of patriotism among the people. Without patriotism there is no sense of country or ownership – we do not see this as our country, just a place that we live in.

We have so much crime, corruption and selfishness all around us. Within the government party politics trumps the benefit and the good of the people. URP, CEPEP and a variety of government run institutions all keep thousands of people in a dependence and entitlement mentality. Can we really and truly call ourselves independent?

We deserve better! Time to free our minds and become truly independent!

Trinidad and Tobago Flag

Trinidad and Tobago Flag