Paapu, the Tapori

Meet the new Tapori in the block.

She is fearless. Once the doors are open, she can walk away into the unknown lands without as much a glance back. Her focus remains set on walking right ahead undistributed – except, of course, if there is a chance spotting of a ‘birdie!’, ‘bow bow!’ or ‘baloooo!’ (balloon).

She is aggressive. Nobody, not even an elder boy can mess with her and get away with it. If her toy is snatched, she will pounce , grab by the collar and snatch it right back – then run away at the speed of light.

She is shameless. Fruits are her weakness and nothing can come in between her favorite food when she wants them. If a mother in the park is feeding her lad and she happens to be hungry, she will walk right in between the mom and her lad and open her mouth for a spoonful – never mind if Amma’s cheeks go red with embarrassment.

She can fire up the stage. With her speeches – loud and expressive. Especially if the ‘stage’ is a tall chair or the table top – doesn’t matter if the audience at home are clueless about her language and the ‘hidden meanings’ behind those fierce sounding words.

She is the master of herself. No demands, requests or even begging will work unless she  wills to do something herself. A kiss will remain out of stock when demanded, but flow freely when she is up for it – they are spontaneous and most abundant at most unexpected times.

She knows to pull the strings. When needed. Politically correct names like ‘Appa’ and ‘Amma’ will be used at first, but when the going gets tough, she can switch to their nicknames without a second thought. As long as it gets her things done, all is gold.

She is a busy body. Especially with the phone. There is so much business to finish and deals to be closed. She starts off with a cheery ‘elloooooo?’ but then goes on with serious discussions switching phone from one hand to another. It does not matter that there is none on the other end of the phone anyway. There are a dozen expressions on the face in less than a minute – now, that must tell a lot.

She is a performer. When it comes to dancing. Bollywood, Rock, Carnatic or Jazz – anything can make her shake the booty. Heck, she starts jiggling even if someone utters the word ‘dance’ – never mind if there is no music whatsoever.

She is an inventor. Of words .The ones that has been coined and caught up famously in the household are ‘ChappalAppa’ and ‘Chappalamma’. They connect two of her favorite things – Chappals and Appa-Amma. What context to use them, you ask? Use them just like that – when you are walking around the house doing nothing. What else?

She is a soother. Humming songs comes naturally and carried out with much enthusiasm right during the bedtime. The humming goes on until the eyelids close in heavily and sleep takes over. Stroking Amma’s hair is also carried out as an accompaniment to the humming , without fail.

She is the new Tapori in the block. Give way please. And respect.


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49 Responses to Paapu, the Tapori

  1. Pepper says:

    AHK, you better watch out. I am going to kidnap her sometime 😀
    Look at those pics of hers… Sigh!

    Can’t believe this baby was just born. She’s doing such grown up things now! Lol @ opening her mouth for a spoonful of fruit

  2. Comfy says:

    awww awww and awww. There is my sweetheart just being her and look how sweet she looks 😀

    And err the shameless bit: The story goes – We are at the beach (20 or so of us). The kids of different ages are playing together and in general having a blast. The adults are busy talking. Suddenly someone spots Buzz with chips (Lays) in both her hands. Now no one in the group has chips so questions are raised as to where she got them from. We look around to spot a group of teenage boys next to us eating them. Apparently little miss Buzz walked up to them, said ‘please’, got one, said ‘please’ again, got another and then happily walked off. 😐

    So watch out AHK it is only going to get worse.

    PS: What Tapori? She is our very own rockstar. Just look at all the attitude. Muah Paapu and keep rocking. 🙂 And don’t let anyone mess with you. Mind it. 😛

    • LOL!! See, Buzzie said pls and pls 2 times no? Rightly deserved 2 chips 😛

      It’s gonna get worse you say? Ayyo. Hoping mine will not beg and return with entire chips pack there 😉

  3. Anusha says:


    It has always been a treat to read Pappu stories, and this one is the best 🙂

    She indeed a cute little tapori,love to her 🙂

  4. HappyFeet says:

    Cutie pie! Love the chappal-amma & appa bit. And right usage, that! 🙂
    Shameless you call her? I just think that is another facet of her brave attitude! 🙂

  5. R's Mom says:

    She is so so cute….looks like a total doll…She will fit totally in Mumbai 🙂

  6. Oh my tapori doll! How can one child do all that? AHK she is one charming little star 🙂

    Mmuahs baby 🙂

  7. chandni says:

    oh god, she’s grown so much already??? lovely pics and lovely documentation of who she is right now!

  8. RS says:

    Tapori? What tapori? She looks like a Heroine – posing and all. And I loooveee her antics 😀 So cute. Perfect kala tikka post…

  9. scorpria says:

    Awwwww…this is the lil tapori at her excellent bet. Looooove those pics!
    Awwww…she’s so cute…i can go on awwing and awwing 😀

    And look at the things she does. ROFL at taking fruit from random momma’s at the park 🙂

  10. avymom says:

    So adorable! What an enchanting girl!!

  11. She is so adorable, how can you call her Tapori, she looks like a superstar, loved reading abt her and she has grown so big from last time I saw her pic..these kids they grow so fast, tight hugs to little sperstar..

  12. Scribby says:

    lol @ chappal amma-appa 😀 what a cutie pie she is AHK…my my !!! Loved read the entire thing and trust me re-read it 🙂

    Such a doll and a dashing tapori 🙂 Yes my baby..made way for you..just be what you are…you’re a sweetheart 🙂 muuwah

  13. La Vida Loca says:

    wow!! she’s grown!

  14. Ram Pyaari says:

    awwww…this was such a sweet post! your tapori seems to have a lot of personality! ! God bless her!

  15. wow…she is soo big now!!! too cute. Love the way u described her. What a doll. love the chin tilt!

  16. chappal amma! rofl!

    and had a laugh imagining her holding her mouth open for a fruit while amma is embarrassed! 😀 😀

    very very beautifully written paapu post!

  17. Swaram says:

    I remember a pic of her’s in a red frock! She hs grown up so much already? That hs to be the cutest tapori ever 🙂
    LOL @ chappalamma – hw sweet 😛

  18. Anu says:

    Oh gosh! she looks so grown up already! And her antics are soo adorable! Loads of kisses to her! :-*

  19. Kay says:

    Super post about pappu, Enjoyed it.

  20. avymom says:

    She looks soooooooooooooooo cute!!!!!

  21. she is such a cutie…. God bless her…

    I just read her birth story 🙂

  22. Gnightgirl says:

    She’s just beautiful, but you already know that. Love the udpates, keep ’em coming! ❤

  23. This blog needs an update grrrrrrrrrrrr!

  24. smartassbride says:

    Respected madam,

    sub : when the heck will you post updates (or) the lack of posts is killllling me slooowly

    I am coming here daily madam. i see there are no updates. Feel sad. Then I scroll down and see paapu photos. and then go. i feel sad madam. please do something.

    Yours faithfully,
    blog world.

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