Yesterday, I saw this story in the [FT] newspaper and couldn't help myself but bring it up here. That is a 2 year old boy smoking in this picture above. His name is Ardi Rizal and apparently he started smoking when he was 18 months old. My questions is ... HOW!?!? [... No wait! ... Really! HOW!!?!?!?!]
According to the story 1.8%, of Indonesia's 6-million smokers, are now aged between 5-9 years old. Those are some crazy stats! Might as well pour them some vodka and let them party all-out! I cannot wrap my head around - HOW he even got around smoking his first cigarette and most importantly who gave him and WHY?!?!
Talking of babies, I recently attended a baby shower for my friend Karol. She is due to have her second daughter any time now. This was my first time attending a Baby Shower, so I had no idea what to expect. My Mom was accompanying me so that was a relief. Karol is a Mexican married to an American, hence majority of women there were Mexicans or immigrants [her Mom, Grand-mom, Aunt, Cousin, even a few Friends]. I have a lot of Mexican friends with whom I get along famously. And this was no exception. Everyone was so friendly and amazing. Mexicans are a warm bunch of people.
Me and Mom were a little embarrassed 'coz though it was Karol's special day but India and Indians were a major part of the conversation that afternoon! Everyone assumed that my Mom was my elder sister and didn't realize it till I called her "Mom" I think. And one 'delusional-person' that I am, my favorite part of the afternoon was when one of Karol's aunt touched my hair and said, "These are like threads of silk!" ... No one has ever said that about my hair, before. Now I love her aunt more than any of my own aunts [ Yea...Yeah! Flattery with get you everywhere with me ;)] ... Also her other aunts and friends enjoyed talking about India and Indians so much that they told Karol to invite me to their family get-togethers in future! [Poor Karol! I wouldn't be surprised if I am not ever invited to any social gathering at her place :P Haha!]
And this is how I dressed for the Shower!
Tunic - GFO [Delhi, 06'] See Polka Dots AGAIN! It's almost like I have a uniform!
Trousers - BCBG [09']; Earrings - Gift [Mom, 10']
Bag - Gift [My Fav. Nephew, 10']; Shoes - Shelly's [London 08']
Story of this bag - This a gift from my most favorite nephew who lives in Chicago. He sent it with his Grand Parents who were visiting me last week. Apparently, he was with his Mom when she was looking for a gift for me. He saw this bag and found an inside pocket in it; after which he held it tight and was adamant that this very bag is bought and sent for me.
Inside the bag was a small note, "Dear Tanvi, Hope you like this bag. It has a surprise pocket!" I am such-a-sucker for affection. When kids show me love I cannot help but love them back. I am shamelessly partial to kids who like me versus who don't. It's pathetic, really!
Boy! This has been a longggg post or what! Adiós Amigos!