you're reading...

Man from U.N.C.L.E

I now have a nephew. He is pink, squealy and called Rehan. He looks far less like Winston Churchill than most babies. He also has quite an evolved sense of humour – for example, after soiling his first diaper, he waited patiently till it had been removed before peeing on everyone around him.
My sister is the new Queen of Labour. Apparently she joked bravely throughout,and has got offers to star in pregnancy workshop videos. Paul is now wearing a Proud Father look in the midst of such tribulations as my mother and me campaigning to name the baby Poltu (as in, Paul II), and is secretly planning to force mother and child (who weighs in at 3.5 kgs, a natural heavyweight) to join gyms tomorrow and eventually star in workout videos.
On the day of my birth, an elderly aunt had grabbed my sister in a paroxysm of joy (or an assassination attempt) and banged her head hard against a wall. This time, we took the precaution of not informing any elderly aunts until it was too late to do any headbanging. Though there was no subsequent lack of madness on the great-aunt front, with people calling us back to ask if we had heard the news.
In a fit of avuncular joy, and as a tribute to changed lives, moving forward, families, the month Rehan was almost born in and the office where the parents met, I will now go watch March of the Penguins.


About Samit Basu

Novelist. Best known for fantasy and science fiction work. Most recently, The City Inside (Tordotcom)/Chosen Spirits (Simon and Schuster)


6 thoughts on “Man from U.N.C.L.E

  1. So now you’re a Kaku too. Welcome to the ranks of the middle-aged.

    On a different note, a baby does not look like Churchill until at least the third week. Before that they look like hairy poached eggs.

    You’re obviously doting. Which is good. Cute, even.


    Posted by J. Alfred Prufrock | April 13, 2006, 2:54 am
  2. Congratulations, Mama (in the true sense if the word)!

    Posted by Tridib | April 13, 2006, 2:54 am
  3. 🙂
    Congrats !

    Posted by Ash | April 13, 2006, 2:54 am
  4. Yay! Congratulations. 🙂

    Posted by Teleute | April 15, 2006, 3:40 pm
  5. am waiting for momo to get ona those baby thingies. but i’ve been informed it’s not gonna happen very soon.

    Posted by Bini | April 15, 2006, 3:40 pm
  6. many congratulations on unclehood. May you have many more wonderful experiences of soiled diapers and Rehan peeing on all present so that u might have the pleasure of embarassing him on his sixteenth brithday in front of his girlfriend.

    Posted by the bored one | April 15, 2006, 3:40 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Author pages/Buy books

Copyright (c) Samit Basu. Images copyright respective holders.
April 2006


%d bloggers like this: