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High School Prom

The boys just had their Prom.  Here are some pics from the big day.

Here is Vikram with his date.


And Nikhil with his date.


Here is Anjali before the boys head out.


And of course Annika below.


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Christmas Day in the OC

We went out for our annual family picture at a park in Irvine.  khare-blog-004khare-blog-003khare-blog-0071khare-blog-006

Its getting harder and harder each year to get them up for a picture.  Here’s their “serious” pose.


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Annika turned 13 yesterday.  She went with her friends to Cheesecake factory for dinner.  Here are some pics.

Here she is with her friend Lizzy at our house.


Here are all the girls at the Cheescake factory.bday3

Posing for a picture after dinner.

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This was a very busy weekend.  Annika had a Bat Mitzvah for one of her childhood friends – Samantha.


Here are Annika and Lizzy before the ceremony.


Later in the evening, Nikhil had a Homecoming formal dance.  Here is Nikhil with Emily.


Here is a picture with his friends.


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We just got back from two weeks in Spain and France.  Our adventure started in Barcelona amongst all the fantastic architecture and museums.  From there, we went to Bilboa in the northern part of Spain.  We visited the Guggenheim museum in Bilboa.  Next stop was Bordeaux.  Only two days there but had a chance opportunity for  private tasting and tour of Le Chatelet winery.  Next stop was Toulouse where my roommate from Harvey Mudd College lives with his family.  Then back to Barcelona and the long journey home.  A total of about 1200 miles of driving and a lot of Tolls!

Here are some pictures from Barcelona.  I’ll post the other sights separately.

This is the family on the tour bus the first day in Barcelona.   This is a great way to see the all the major sights in the city.

Barcelona Tour Bus

Barcelona Tour Bus

Barcelona has the most amazing blend of both new and old architecture throughout the city.

Here is a picture of the “bullet” building or the Torre Agbar designed by french architect Jean Nouvel.  The outside lights up in different colors at night.


One of the most impressive is the Sagrada Familia church designed by Antoni Gaudi with construction going on since 1882.


The interior is much more impressive than the exterior.


Gaudi has influenced much of Barcelona architecture.  Here is a local park called Parc Guell.  The views are amazing.


The crowds were even more so!



Of course, no trip to Barcelona is complete without the Tapas.  We found our favorite vegetarian friendly Tapas Restaurant called La Ciutat Comtal near Plaza Catalunya.  This was a very short walk from our apartment in the Gracia district.  We tried several different ones but kept going back to La Ciutat.

Try the bravas, cabreados, padron peppers and their sangrias (both the white and red)!

Fried Egg over Fries - Cabreas

Fried Egg over Fries – Cabreados


Padron Peppers




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We went up to the Bay Area over Thanksgiving holiday.

Here are some pictures from my sister’s house. In front is Vikram and then in the back from from left to right: Kiran, Nikhil, Annika, Maya, Saurabh.  Saurabh is my nephew visiting from India.



Here is Kiran literally sitting on Nikhil’s head.

khare-blog-0012The next day, we went to Abhijit’s house.  Here are the boys, all jacked up after 4 desserts!

khare-blog-009One day we went into San Francisco and hung out at Crissy Field.  It was a rare sunny and warm winter day.



Alcatraz Island appears to be a very short swim from where we were standing!


Here are the lovely ladies.


And I actually got a good one of Vikram without a frown or a pose!khare-blog-0017

Nikhil contemplating driving soon.


And finally, a parting shot of the Golden Gate Bridge.khare-blog-0016

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The boys just had their 15th birthday.   We celebrated at home with homemade cup cakes.

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Spring Break

We went up to the Bay Area over spring Break and visited my parents and Abhijit and family.

Here are some pics of the kids at my parent’s house (Nikhil, Vikram, Annika and Maya).

Here are Kiran and Vikram wrestling.

We went to Sky High in Concord.  Here are the kids standing still for one second (at most).



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We went to India over the Christmas break to visit Anjali’s parents in Pune and my extended family in Nagpur.

Anjali’s parents had their 50th anniversary.  Here is Anjali with her parents in the middle and her brother on the right.  In the front and back row are her cousins.

Here are the kids with their Great Grandmother!

Here are the five of us.

Here are the kids at Anjali’s uncle’s vacation house outside of Pune.

One of the days we went to Sinhagad, a fort from the 1600’s with quite a colorful history.  Here are the kids at the entrance to the fort.

Here is the view from inside the protected walls of the fort.

On most days, we did our shopping trips and visits in a scooter rickshaw.

We did a side trip to Nagpur which is about a two hour flight from Pune.

We visited my uncles and cousins there.

My cousin Shirish (on the left in the photo above) took us to a wildlife sanctuary outside of Pune.

Here are some pictures from the Pench Tiger Sanctuary.  Unfortunately, we didn’t see any tigers but lots of other big game including sambars, horned deer, antelopes and all kinds of monkeys!

On Christmas Day, we went out for Chinese food at Mainland China in Pune.  Probably the best Chinese food in India! Christmas Day in India is like any other day there.

On our last day in Pune, Anjali was lucky enough to catch her 30th year high school reunion at St. Joseph’s.  Here she is with her friends.

What a trip!

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Family Portrait 2011

This morning, we drove down to Crystal Cove Beach and took some family self portrait pictures. The weather cooperated and the lighting was pretty perfect.

You’ll be seeing these on our holiday cards this year!

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Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we drove up to the Bay Area to visit my parents and also Abhijit and family.

At my parent’s house, Madhu and her kids visited one day.  Here’s a pic of Maya (Annika’s cousin) and Annika.

Abercrombie Girl

Here are the boys with their little cousin Kiran.

And finally a group shot.

For Thanksgiving diner, we went up to Abhijit’s house for dinner.

The boys got all dressed up.  Annika refused to dress up, still wearing her trademark Abercrombie and Fitch casual clothes.

Abhijit had cooked all weekend long and had quite the elaborate spread!

Here are Rajiv and Nikhil goofing around.

And finally a pic of Anjali and Ashwini.

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Diwali 2011

The kids took the day off from school to celebrate Diwali.  Here are Annika, Mira and Harsheta spending the afternoon in our backyard doing rangoli.



The girls pose for a picture (Ankhita, Mira, Maya, Annika and Harsheta).


In the evening, we went over to Arun and Jo’s house for dinner and fireworks.

Diwali Kids

Here are some of the backyard fireworks.

The boys graciously accepting their gifts!

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Bay Area Weekend

Over the 4th of July holiday, we went up to the Bay Area to visit Mom and Dad and Abhijit and family.

Here are some pics from the weekend.

First up, Madhu and her kids Maya and Kiran came over with their puppy dalmation.

Here are Annika and Maya.

Annika and Maya



Here are Vikram and KiranVikram and KiranThe two puppies played all day long.


They took the occasional break and then started their wrestling again.Kiran and Vikram also wrestled much of the day.


One of the days, we went to Abhijit’s house. Here are some pics from the evening and the following day.

Here is Abhijit showing Nikhil his secret chicken recipe.


Here is the full gang (Nikhil, Vikram, Rajiv, Apurva and Annika).The girls did a backyard campout for the night.

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On Memorial Day we visited the Channel Islands – Santa Cruz Island. We started out at Ventura Harbor, a little over 100 miles from our house and then took a 2 hour boat ride to the island.  The weather was beautiful.

Here is Annika with her best friend Lizzy who came along with us.

Here is Vikram being camera shy!


On the boat ride, we saw lots of sea lions and dolphins.

Here is the start of the 4.5 mile hike on the island.

Here we all are just above Pelican Bay.

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Melting Pot Birthday

Annika just turned 10 and for her birthday, she went to the Melting Pot fondue restaurant with her friends.

Can you say Chocolate Fondue!

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Ouch That Hurts!

Nikhil broke his arm last week – both radius and ulna.  He’ll be in a cast for the next 4 weeks.  Fortunately, no surgery needed but the first few days are quite painful.

At the hospital, they now send you home with a CD of x-ray pictures.  This is cool – no more films.

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Thanksgiving 2010

We went up to the Bay Area for Thanksgiving to visit my parents, Madhu, Abhijit and family.

Here are some pictures with their cousins.

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Monsoon Wedding in Pune

Anjali just got back from Pune and here are some of her pics.

Theses are some of her cousins.

Here is Anjali with her favorite uncle Makarand Mama.

Here is Anjali with her favorite fruit Jambul – a cross between a plum and a blueberry (and very sweet).

Anjali went to Pune for a wedding.  Here is a picture of the bride and groom (Sujay and Aparna) along with the family.

Here is Anjali with her cousin Shantanu (also an elegible bachelor).

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Summer Races

I have some catching up to do as it has been several weeks since my last post.  The kids have been keeping me very busy.

Annika and Nikhil had their final two races of the season.

The first was the SCMAF Championship.  This is a Southern California track meet with qualifiers thru our city and county meets.

Annika qualified for and ran the 400M and 200M.  She placed third overall in the 400M with a personal best of 79 seconds and 9th in the 200M.

Nikhil ran the 1600M and placed fourth overall.

A couple of weeks after the SCMAF races, both raced in the Junior Olympic Regionals.  Both ran on two consecutive days the 1500M and the 800M races.  These were much more competitive and they were running against kids that were one year older in most cases.

Annika brought her friend Lizzy to help cheer her on.

After the race on Sunday, we went to eat at our favorite Indian restaurant in Cerritos called Jay Bharat.

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Mother’s Day Hike

Today we went to Peter’s Canyon to celebrate Mother’s Day.  Here’s Anjali with the kids.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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