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October 21, 2008

Now, this is a very peculiar tag that Reema asked me to do. I am supposed to display some of my childhood snaps (a snap atleast 10 years old) that were taken without my knowledge or in other words, candid. Somehow I have never been comfortable with these tehelka kinds of shots and have always avoided when anyone tries to do that. I feel, I appear weird in all the candid shots and so I try my best to pose the moment I see someone lugging around a camera.

Well, here are three of those paparazzi moments and I believe there would be just another one or two of such lying at my native.

This snap was taken at one of my brother’s friend’s home in Deira, Dubai. The snap shows how busy they were playing carom and look at me, as usual equally busy in my own world. I wonder (not again, huh?) what would have been in my mind at that age? ( in the picture : extreme left – my bro, extreme right – his friend, vinod)

The damn media never let me even sip my juice in peace !!!
This was taken at the then Safa Park now known as Mushrif Park, Dubai. It seems till I reached a certain age, my folks had to just mention ‘Safa Park’ and I’d be this obedient kid. Parents, I say !!! (in the picture : me and mom)
Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi, na mumkin hain…..
I was in my kindergarten when this snap was taken in our Satwa residence, Dubai. You see, I was this chota Abinav in the making, but I would have been discouraged by my parents on account of my inborn violent traits. Guess what, I still play with a gun when I get hold of one; a toy gun that is !

And as a part of the tag tradition, I hereby declare my tag victims :

Aparna, Apar, Aaarti, Vinod, Pradeep, Smita, Sakhi, Vinu, Oxy, Arvind

29 Comments leave one →
  1. Reets permalink
    October 21, 2008 3:00 am

    Guess the paparazzi knew ur were a star in the making.. even when u were a kid… hehehe.. Sweet snaps… damn sweet in all three.. U were so obedient is it when u were a kid… good to see that. Then u wud not have troubled ur parents much!Thanks to Reema, we cud catch some of these moments from ur childhood, oops don hood…:)U look so dreamy and lost in ur own thoughts in the first snap itself..thab se khwab dekhna shuru kiya kya???

  2. Reema permalink
    October 21, 2008 3:08 am

    Awwwww u look sooo cute!! Dreamy kid, eh? Thanks for doing the tag.

  3. sakhi permalink
    October 21, 2008 4:34 am

    That was cho chweet! You look absolutely adorable! 🙂

    Hey will not be able to do the tag as all my old photographs are packed for a year… i know, i know this seems to be a excuse but it is not!!! you can ask me to do something else.. can i do this tag with whatever snaps that are availabe with me?? pleeeeaaaaaaaaase!!

  4. mirrorcracked permalink
    October 21, 2008 4:45 am

    Hey cute pics, man! Good one! 🙂

  5. Nautankey permalink
    October 21, 2008 5:39 am

    cool man..relly cute you are a mallu from gelf ij it :P..LOL.

    Not sure if i can do this tag. Dont have any snap which they have taken without my knowledge.I was a big time nautanki u wud give poses to everything.So if u can relax that clause consider it done 🙂

  6. Ramya permalink
    October 21, 2008 5:56 am

    Awwww…..i became nostalgic after seeing these pics…
    I remember coming for vacations to the house every year and going through hundreds (literally!!)of albums and looking at those same pictures year after year.
    Ammayi would scold me for littering the living room with scores of albums and photos .I would drag that BIG dirty travel bag(remember?)from the loft,and it would all come crashing down on me….lol….i relived every memory through those photographs, even now if i have a look at them i am immediately transported to the same place ,same time and the same moment.
    i secretly wish time had frozen then for the three of us….vinu chettan,you and me would have continued that life where my dad called us “Bloody Fools” every 10 mins,ammayi pestered me to eat more and wear longer…ettan irritated me by calling me “Di” every now and then …grrr…and of course beating the crap out of you…so funny…you linking me with every guy friend of yours and accusing me of having a crush on them…..Ewwwwwww…and the gossiping and bitching about certain least favourite family members we had…..hahah

    we are reprimanded for living in the past but would you have it any other way?

  7. soneeta permalink
    October 21, 2008 6:56 am

    hey….u still look the same.

  8. arvind1187 permalink
    October 21, 2008 7:00 am

    wow …very cute pics.. This tag is more fun reading than doing 😀 ..
    will do it soon buddy ,,thanks

  9. myheadtrip permalink
    October 21, 2008 7:52 am

    Phew! Done here

  10. myheadtrip permalink
    October 21, 2008 7:59 am

    btw, really cute pics…sorry…cho chweet 😀

  11. Varun permalink
    October 21, 2008 9:19 am

    Cute! You’ve not changed much. Bored games was the best picture. You in your V-Lokam 🙂

  12. Oxy permalink
    October 21, 2008 9:26 am

    Abhinav in making one is nice but I loved the first one. But as it is 10 yrs old rule, you could have put some teen photos as well boy.

    Tagged me?? You fella won’t leave me in peace na. I do not think I have any snaps that were taken in those ages. U see I was living in a remote island along with some tribal people that time.

  13. October 21, 2008 10:07 am

    tho cuutteee! one of my school teachers always used to tell~ there are 3 species that look really cute n attractive wen young, n mostly not-s-attractive wen old: humans, donkeys n pigs! lol n we used to rofl!! dunno y but jus remembered it.. (no offence.. :D)

    but really cute snaps! ( iseriously mean it! :))

  14. anita permalink
    October 21, 2008 10:55 am

    dai u look soooooooo damn cute…
    how come u have changed now?? heehhee..
    very sweet post da…
    u remind me sooooooo much of someone in the first pic 🙂

  15. verbivorehere permalink
    October 21, 2008 11:00 am

    lol!!! u really look damn conscious in the first pic..seems u were sitting and thinking “hope i look smashing in that click” :)) but yeah its worth the effort coz back then we dnt have freedom with photography that we today enjoy! Cute pics 🙂

  16. rakesh permalink
    October 21, 2008 4:23 pm

    Dude u nearly KILLED a papparazzi there with ur gun!!
    thank god uncle n aunty took the gun away frm u…who knows wht u would have turned out to become otherwise!!?

    john V-AMBO…perhaps??

  17. vimmuuu permalink
    October 21, 2008 4:51 pm

    @ Reets :

    Thanks. I am still obedient.But now one would have to mention something else to tame me.LOL.

    @ Reema :

    Thanks. I am still dreamy!
    Thanks for tagging me too.

    @ Sakhi :


    Ok, you are forgiven. Go ahead and do this tag with the oldest of snaps available and it should be candid. But dont forget to torture, I mean, tag others. LOL.

    @ Nikhil :

    Thanks man 🙂

  18. vimmuuu permalink
    October 21, 2008 5:45 pm

    @ Nautankey :

    Yes, Im one of those ‘gelf’ malayaleeees.

    Even I was like that, but I still managed to get a few candid ones. I am sure there would be. Hmmm…try, if not, display pics from ur childhood till now; not as collage. And dont forget to tag the rest !!!

    @ Ramya :

    I know; I managed to scan a lot of them and save it in my lappie. I have some of your ‘the age of running-nose’ fotos too 😉

    You made my all sentimental with the rest of ur comments. Seriously, how I wish time stood still at that time. Or even if I had a chance to go back in time, that would be the period I would want to go first. Heyy, your dad never abused me, I was stuck with his head trying to find out grey hairs. For all the torture I went through, I got my combed cleaned by you each time you came on vacation. LOL. Those cups filled with water till the brim, those cricket sessions your dad and ettan had and the girls who made fun of their sports attire, those recording sessions on the first floor, those tteeyy’s to startle you, pulling sandys leg and making him feel disgusted, ettan using ur head as his stand,…this could go on and on!!! Sigh !

    @ Soneeta :

    Could be because I havnt changed my outlook towards people and life? LOL.

  19. vimmuuu permalink
    October 21, 2008 5:53 pm

    @ Arvind :

    Yup, do it soon. waiting to see the small you ! Thanks.

    @ Apar :

    Thanks for doing the tag. I did leave my comments there too. Thanks!

    @ Varun :

    Thanks. I still have that clean shaven look and unkempt hair, must be because of that or check my reply for soneetas comment ! Get ready with your snaps, Iam sure someone would tag you soon for this!

    @ Oxy :

    The 10 years is just a minimum criteria, atleast 10 years. After an age, there werent any candid. I started posing for every snap 🙂

    Ok, forgiven u. But do the tag with all the candid snaps available! You cant escape that easily Oxy boy !!

  20. vimmuuu permalink
    October 21, 2008 6:01 pm

    @ Archana :

    ROFL. Even I have heard it. They say Horses looked bad while they are small while donkeys looked cute. But its just the reverse when they are grown up.

    Thanks for all the appreciation 😉

    @ Anita :

    At last, you commented; I am sure this post would have made you restless. LOL. Thanks di. Whom do I look like??? c’mon tell me, tell me !!

    Btw, am I not cute now?? LOL.

    @ Verbivorehere :

    LOL. Thanks. Those are candid snaps, I had no idea that I was being clicked. I wouldve surely posed if I knew there was a camera around. LOL. and yeah! photography today is easier, but it was a lot more fun in those days. Once the films are given for printing, we all would be anxious to know how we looked in those snaps, le?

    @ Rakesh :

    ROFL and couldnt stop too.

    V-ambo, guess you are the only person who knows about my obsession with V. and glad my folks took away the gun from me. Guess who would have been my first victim !!! Its you , of course; you tortured me like crazy !!!!

  21. ramya permalink
    October 21, 2008 11:23 pm

    ‘the age of running-nose’ fotos ???Excuso Moi….but i was always as cute as a button.remember those calcutta pics,me with my two pony on either sides of my head…and also the edapal pics,the “naani teri morni” days.I was always very adorable…
    I know i got very senti while writing too…OMG yeah poor Sandy…we were a terror those dont remind me of the cricket….u were a complete waste wouldnt even move an inch,being a gal i would dive and run behind balls,you wud just stare blankly…a la Johnny Bravo.I think the only reason u played was for the fear of getting kicked by ettan.
    BTW “the girls who made fun of their sports attire” what was that???

  22. Shock Treatment permalink
    October 22, 2008 2:00 am

    You always looked that beautiful

  23. vimmuuu permalink
    October 22, 2008 10:14 am

    @ Ramya :

    You adorable? Whom are you kidding, huh? You looked like Mickey mouse during the Calcutta days!!! and before that, you were a pest, a pain in the wrong place for me.LOL. I still remember you complaining to your dad when i hit you. I hid myself on the first floor of our edappal house. and yeah! I took my revenge years later, ” Idu Rubber aanu, Idu Rubber aanu” !!!!

    and regarding the cricket sessions we had, I couldnt move becuz I had(still have) brittle bones. Remember, I broke my head!!! I was being cautious, thats all. LOL. and moreover, I used to be on study holidays during your vacation, and so was thinking abt studies during the cricket hours too. LOL.

    Dont tell me you dont remember those girls who used to giggle watching Ravimama and ettan in their shorts???

    @ Sujith :

    Where do you get these names from?

  24. Rakesh Vanamali permalink
    October 22, 2008 1:46 pm

    My first time here! Good pictures, brought back memories of my own childhood!

    Those indeed were the days!



  25. Vinz aka Vinu permalink
    October 22, 2008 4:17 pm


    this tag just reminded me one shelved project of mine..i was supposed to scan all my photos(not only mine, all of family) and have a softcopy and get it distrubuted..(among family.. :))

    i am really feeling sorry..i am paying price for procrastinating that task.. now i will have to do something..

    give me some two months time and i will definitely do this one…i need to get the stock from kerala…!! 😦

    and your snaps…man, those were nice snaps…seems, u were a celebrity from that time itself..


  26. Aaarti permalink
    October 22, 2008 5:46 pm

    Vimmuuuuuuuuuu!!!! 😛
    what ya.. orre the merattals…:)

    will do it once i get the pics scanned.. have them all in albums u see!

    how be the u doing?
    and show vanduda??? ;0

  27. vimmuuu permalink
    October 22, 2008 11:53 pm

    @ Rakesh 2 :

    Welcome to V-Lokam.

    The Rakesh 2 is because there is another Rakesh who keeps commenting; just to avoid confusion.

    I know, tension free life!!!Those were the days!!!

    @ Vinu :

    Two months???..hehehe..its ok, take your time. and this time, get all the snaps scanned.

    Btw, I did ask about you to our mutual friend and I have got some good comments about you…hmmmm…..!!!!

    @ Aaarti :

    Now since you have the albums with you, that wouldnt be a problem ,right? Soon, soon, waiting to see how devil-ish you were in your childhood.

    Ya, show vandudu. Hope the wedding at Coimbatore went well. Try watching the repeat telecast on Sat at 11pm.

  28. Smita permalink
    October 23, 2008 4:56 pm

    U still look the same 🙂

    And thanks for tagging me 😦

  29. June 9, 2010 4:48 pm

    He he nice tag 😉

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