Friday, March 9, 2012

Oh my…emergency!



On a recent weekend, I woke up listening to a familiar tune. I reached out to my phone to figure out if that’s my daily alarm (which I regularly ignore) or a call from of one of my 4am friends. Trying best to hold-up my droopy eye-lids fighting the brightly-lit screen, I realised it was a call, not from a friend or a familiar number.

“Strange”, I told myself sliding my finger across the screen to answer the call. “Salam alaikum” - I was greeted by serious sounding Arabic male voice on the other end. Before I could think of the correct Arabic response (which is of course, Wa-alaikum–salam) came some additional information from the other end “This is Dubai Police, Do you have an emergency?”

A call from the police, first thing in the morning – boy didn’t that wake me up! Quickly gaining my composure and switching the lights on I replied “Sorry Officer, I think…it must be a mistake…err…misunderstanding?”

Listening then to the officer who continued “We got an emergency call from your number”, I quickly scanned the room to zeroed-in on a tiny target, a sheepish looking Smera. I knew by then what had happened. A profound apology from my side for the early morning trouble ensued.

But the real trouble is that my fifteen-month-old is an early riser and I am not. Once she is awake, she would try every trick in the book to get me out of the bed. On that day, she obviously got bored and called the police to get her mother out of the bed! You have to give credit where it’s due, she did manage to wake me up early on that day.

You may remember from one of my earlier posts Smera’s love for the phone and that she wouldn’t take anything less than the real thing. We have had a number of call backs from friends who thought we were trying to reach them, when in reality, it was Smera checking out the speed-dial function!

All these antics mean we are usually very careful to lock the phones when they are left alone. But as it turns out, you can make emergency calls even when your phone is locked and it is no match for a toddler’s random experimentation.

I hope the only disruption that was caused by this whole episode was to my sleep and not to anyone who was in need of a real emergency attention during that time.

For now, Smera holds the record of being the youngest member in our family to call the police, by a long margin. 

119 comments:

  1. Haha! That was hilarious :) I guess you ll have to hide your phone henceforth ! :D One brilliant attempt by your daughter :D :)

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    1. Archana - Thanks Archana, I am writing the next one her again about our recent trip to Delhi ..

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  2. that must have been one hell of an experience for u.

    loved ur writing style. will come back for more, yup.

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    1. Yes it was !! And please do come back again .. Cheers!

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  3. yipes.. dont know if hilarious is the word... that cop could have been really pissed and bugged, if he'd woken up on the wrong side of the bed that day

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    1. True but thankfully he was really a pleasant sounding cop .. Glad he understood the misunderstanding!!

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  4. My blessings to dear Smera...may she cause you many more early morning wake-ups Sangeeta ji! :D
    BTW 'Smera' is a beautiful name. What does it mean?

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    1. She other tricks too .. like biting my finger or giving a kiss .. Smera means smiling one!!

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    2. Yeah..Even i loved the name!!(And the post of course!!:P )

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  5. Hahahaha :D. This is so awesome :D.
    How I love little Smera :D :). Such a sweetheart she is ;) :D.
    I would love to meet her :D. We would get along at once :P ;) :D.
    Well done Smera :D. I'm so proud of you baby :D ;).
    Keep waking up your mom :P. We'll all get some hilarious posts to read then ;) :D.

    Give her a Tight Hug and a big Kiss from me Sangeeta jhi :D ;). I love the little Angel <3 :D ;) :P.

    And for you, Poor you :D :P :P.

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    1. Thanks Poo... looks like you want to be only in Smera's good books? I gave a tight hug and 2 big kisses on your behalf ...

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  6. haha...toddlers are so cute and intelligent!!!

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    1. Swati - Sometimes I get angry but after few seconds the same things make me laugh !! I wrote this for her to read when she grows up !!

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  7. Hahaha...i couldn't stop laughing...
    Ma'am...i guess u'hv learnt a very important lesson...'beware of the 21st generation kids'...:p
    give my greetings to smera...

    @smera....well done Kid...love u dear...keep up the good work...:)

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    1. Yes Sarabjit!! I have and I am doing this community service to spread the message across for all parents to be ..

      I will pass on your encouraging words to her :(

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  8. ha ha ha!!! Hilarious!!! And you must be one of the few in the world to get a wake-up call from the cops :) Cute Kid!!!

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    1. Actually I didn't think of that !! Should try for the Guinness I guess!!

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  9. LOL :D awesome work SMERA :D :D
    Good luck next time.
    I want Dubai police to do break in next time :D
    and sangry JI, upload us those photos :D

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    1. Deepak send me your address I will send her over ... and then we'll talk :D

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    2. LOL :) i will be glad to have her with me. already my niece killing me enough :D

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    3. He he !! I use Smera as a weapon to threaten everybody :) I have the Smera-power !!

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    1. Yes Raja!! god knows what else is in store for me in the future?

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  11. Stumbled upon your blog...
    OMG! Should I say that hilarious or intelligent? Such a cute act!

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    1. Glad you stumbled upon this !! I think bit of both and maybe add a little bit of luck since the keypad was not locked :D

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  12. Smera wants her name in Guinness book of world record. You should go for it!!! :)

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  13. Hahaha..if you would've been in India, you wouldn't have had this problem..no one would have called you back :D

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    1. Even I agree or maybe they would have called up during the afternoon nap !!

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    1. Don't know whether it's a good thing or should I be worried?

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  15. Assalamualaikum. I am from Indonesia, read your story made ​​me smile. something unexpected. salam

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    1. Wa-alaikum–salam - Thanking for stopping to by and glad it made you smile !!

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  16. LOL, she does sound like a handful....

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    1. Yup Santosh !! But I have to give to her, her energy has helped me loose all the pregnancy weight and more without stepping into the gym !!

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  17. LOL...That's some record and mommy next time get up early or else you know I have connections...(Lil one must be thinking so...)

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    1. Saru - I am sure she thinks that way! Anyway I am almost certain that she will surely be complaining about me to her grandmother once she starts to speak!!

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  18. Hahahha... too cute! Way to go Smera! :P The Embassy the next time... LOL...

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  19. hahaha.... that sure must have been a bright wake up call!!

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    1. Magiceye - One that I cannot forget for life !!

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  20. I love your daughter! :D Together we would vanquish the world :D hahahahah! And what a funny cartoon you have there! :D

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  21. haha, that's so naughtily adorable:)

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  22. she'll sure keep you on your toes. after all she's got ur genes :)

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  23. And I thought the saying was "It happens only in India" :)

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    1. Nimsrules - Nah !! The naughty virus has reached here too .. and Smera will be setting higher standards ..

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  24. Smera must be adorably smart Dear.Nice to know abt her.Luvly

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    1. Yes Christy she is and I enjoy writing about her ...

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  25. Hahaha :D. I thought I was already in your Good Book Sangeeta jhi :P :D. Well, never mind ;) :D. Smera will make sure I'm in it when I join her in her pranks :D :D :P.

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    1. Poo you are in my good books :D anyone in Smera's good book is in mine too :D

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  26. Smera is an adorable name. :) And aptly she does adorable things ;) I can understand your situation when you got the call from the police. Phew!

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  27. not bad she wakes up that early and woke u up alongwith the policewalas heheheheh... good one :)

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    1. Smera loves getting up early but I try my best to keep her in bed for as long as I can but then she ends up doing this!! For now I prefer getting up early !!

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  28. Such a cute and an adorable act and of course the post too :D An innovative way to get things done, I must say! Good Going, Smera!

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    1. Thanks Arti ... I will keep updating her activity through this blog.

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  29. Sangeeta, you better watch as the saying goes that watch the toddlers feet as they grow in the cradle:) Very sweet reading!

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    1. Yeah I can't let her even for second out my sight .. she loves climbing now .. :(

      Glad you've enjoyed the post!

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  30. Love the sweet and cute Smera ♥ :D I hope she continues with her mischief, which will give you such real-time experiences :P Love the way you write... Will have to keep myself updated with your blog.. :D Give a hug to Smera from my side also! I love babies.. ♥ :) :) :D TAKE CARE! :P ;)

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    1. My next post is also her .. I am happy that you enjoyed reading the post and I will surely give her a big hug on your behalf.

      Cheers!

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  31. I will send my son over 2 ur place and let the two have fun :)
    What say? *evil grin*

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    1. Bhagyashree - how about Smera comes over to your place and we go on vacation ??

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    2. Sure, why not? But then will anything be left intact when we return :D

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    3. Lol!! My husband works for an insurance co maybe he could help us!!

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  32. Haha. Kids have this uncanny way of doing the most ingenious things! Hilarious post.

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  33. Hahaha! What a cutie Smera is! That's one baby story you'll be telling about her for a long long time. Perhaps even to her future husband! :D

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    1. Yes Sumitra - actually there are many but this will etched in my minds forever !

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  34. awesome :D .... even i have a 15 month old.... who loves my phone.... i can totally relate to u :D

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    1. Megs she has learnt to even unlock my phone .. god save people on my phonebook !

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  35. Oh dear what a smart kid, to call the police to get mom out of bed...jokes apart I keep hearing moms' complain that their kids have taken over their phones and do stuff they could not have done in a hundred years....kids are so smart now a days!

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    1. They are and mine keeps surprising me everyday with something new !!

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  36. haha well done kiddo wat a way 2 get yr mummy out of her bed..:P :D

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    1. Saikat - her favourite are - pulling hair or biting my finger or giving a kiss but all with the same sheepish smile ...

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  37. Wow!! Seems you do have some interesting adventures.

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    1. Yes Ramakant - I will keep updating you all regularly

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  38. wow! kudos to you kiddo ... loved the post! n1!

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  39. Oh my! That is something else.

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  40. LOL!!! You never know what the Kids of today is capable of! My younger son used to send SMS after SMS from my mobile,when he was a toddler. My father (he was the first on the contacts list, i think) would to call up to ask why I sent him a blank SMS... that too at odd times. Later, he used to tell that whenever he gets the SMS, he'll think that his grandson is remembering him!!! Thankfully no SMS were sent to the Police or other strangers!!!

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    1. Really Nisha ?? mine thankfully has not tried that, but I won't be surprised if she does that too !!

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  41. hahahah.. hey this is the first time I'e landed up on your blog..
    Isn't Smera adorable.. really cute post :D

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    1. Thank you so much !! Your are most welcome at Sangrywords !! See you at your blog ..

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  42. Today's children know how to keep their parents under discipline :D

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  43. Nice post:)dear . Do visit my Blog http;//blog.spicenflavors.com I just joined your site as a member:)

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    1. Thanks Viya ! I will surely visit your's too :D

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  44. Your daughter seems to be one real item. :)

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    1. Oh I have many more stories to tell ... Glad to see you at Sangrywords!

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  45. Hello,
    I really appricate the way you write .Hats off to you . ..i read some posts by you nd must say your each post is beautifully written .I am not a perfect writer like you but some
    times i just try to write what comes in my heart. my blog url is http://anu-dailypost.blogspot.in/
    keep writing like this ...All the best!!
    nd please keep in touch ..... thanks sangeeta ... :)

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    1. Thank you Anu !! I will see you at your blog !! :)

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  46. LOL! Your daughter is quiet an experimenter given her age & all! :) An early sign of her becoming a prospective scientist? :D

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  47. I really hope it wasn't a ghost or something. Do we KNOW it was Smera?

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    1. We are almost certain that it was her and not a ghost :)

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  48. Came here from Sumitra's blog. Hilarious read :D What a way to wake up! Smera is so cute, hahaa.
    And must admit, the Dubai police is really efficient. I studied in Dubai, so can understand! :)

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    1. Krishna glad you enjoyed the post .. Welcome to Sangrywords !!

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  49. Your Little one is so clever :-)

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    1. Ashwini - I am confused if I should be happy or scared of her cleverness :D

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  50. haha...that is crazy! I can imagine what the lil one will grow up to be. All the best to you! :)

    Graet blog there btw, I'm going to bookmark it...love the way you write..it's hard to come across nice stuff these days!

    Cheers!
    Mansi
    EatPrayLoveMovies

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    1. Thanks Mansi for your kind words, I am really glad that you've enjoyed reading Sangrywords...

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  51. awesome :) our kido too keeps fiddling with the phone and we have got many callbacks, but luckily not from the police yet :)

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    1. Sandeep - this is the story of every parent I am told these days. I am glad you've not got a callback from police, that makes me wonder what the future holds for me :)

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  52. important tip for parents of smart new generation kids:)

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