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My Sonny Boy

September 26, 2014 | By

Ramendra Kumar, author of Effective Parenting: A New Paradigm recounts and revisits his years of bringing up his son, a pocket-sized dynamo, a bundle of joy.

As a toddler I thought  He would be the perfect boy

As a toddler I thought
He would be the perfect boy

My idyllic world
Of serenity and calm,
Was destroyed by a gale
That surely meant no harm.

Our little ‘bundle of joy’
Our son entered our lives,
Since then peace and quiet
Have deserted me and my wife.

When the first time ‘sonny’ boy expressed
Through his vocal chords his ire
The neighbours rushed in thinking
Our house was on fire.

As a toddler I thought
He would be the perfect boy
Flashing a dimpled smile and
And sharing his favourite toy.

The dimpled smile was there
But behind it a devilish mind
Planning an assault each moment
On sensibilities of every kind.

Daily he would return from school
With lost buttons, torn shirt and bruises
I would wonder he was pursuing academics
Or going on pirate cruises.

The dimpled smile was there But behind it a devilish mind

The dimpled smile was there
But behind it a devilish mind

With him around, our house
Looks like a quake hit museum,
Without him our home
Is a gloomy mausoleum.

Like a naughty wave returning to sea
When he rushes into my arms,
I feel fulfilled like a soul
Which is tranquil and calm.

At night when he sleeps
With his head on my lap,
He looks like an angel
Taking a soft and sweet nap.

Whenever I look at my son
I thank the Lord Almighty,
For bringing into my life
His Haiku version, so naughty.

Without him my life would be
Quiet, placid and squeaky clean,
Alas, it would have no substance
Only gloss and silky sheen.

If ever I have loved anyone
With such pure, unadulterated joy,
It is no one else but my super dynamo
My wild and effervescent ‘sonny’ boy.

Read Five Words – Ramendra Kumar’s joyful journey with his daughter through life.

Read Papa Scheherazade! – Ramendra Kumar’s experiences of fatherhood, baby sitting and feeding his darling daughter

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Ramendra Kumar (Ramen) is a children’s writer with 38 books to his name. He has won 34 awards in the competition for writers of children’s literature organised by Children’s Book Trust (CBT), over the years. He also dabbles in satire, poetry, fiction and travelogues. His writings have been translated into 15 Indian and 14 foreign languages and have also found a place in text books, as well as national and international anthologies. A much sought after inspirational speaker and story teller, Ramen has been invited to participate in several conferences and festivals. These include the IBBY Congress of Children’s Writers in Denmark (2008) & Greece (2018) and Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (2019), apart from many literary events across the country. In the Congress held in Greece he was the only writer from India to be invited to chair two sessions. An Engineer and an MBA, Ramen is former General Manager & Chief of Communications, SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant. He is the father of two children who are bonsai celebrities in their own right. While Ankita is a youth icon and a travel blogger with an Instagram following of 76K, Aniket creates cool Apps and designs covers for his Dad's books. His website is
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