Dandiya fun with friends

It was the Navratri season and it meant only one thing for Akshara – friends! All her friends came over to our house for the Golu and she had a gala time with them. We also had the get-together for the Garba event. Out came the Dandiya sticks from cold storage!

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Practising dandiya at home


It seems that her dance teacher in school had taught them the basic Dandiya steps. She became obsessed with these steps and at every given opportunity, would take out the sticks and start dancing. This proved a bit risky for the golu setup with her enthusiastically waving the sticks (pretty hard ones!) in all directions.
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Magarpatta organises a dandiya event every year towards the end of Navratri. We managed to find space for the kids to dance without being pushed about by the oldies. Every few minutes, there would be a photo session. As you would see later, the above photo was the only “calm” photo. After that, they completely lost it 🙂
Dandiya fun with friends
The fun thing was to watch the kids copy the various steps the biggies around them were doing. And, they did manage quite a few of them pretty well. It was a long evening both for the dancers (the kids) and the photographer(me)!
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5th Birthday Party

Akshara’s birthday fell on a Friday this year. So, we had a small cake cutting event on her actual birthday. Santosh was the special guest!

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5th birthday party at home

The following day, we had her official birthday party. This time, we had a kids party with the theme of Princesses and Pirates. We started off with the Princess theme but later realised that the guys might not relish this idea. So, we hooked on the pirates part.

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Princess and Pirate themed birthday party

Akshara wanted a princess cake with as many princesses on it as possible!

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princess theme birthday cake

The kids played darts and also a variant of musical chair. The older kids helped in ensuring that the little ones were not wandering off 🙂

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princess and pirate birthday party

The princess and the pirate concept helped as it was fun to see the guys chasing the girls and the girls too getting on to the act as if they were real princesses in trouble!

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The first Marathon

Akshara and I participated in the 3 Km run in Magarpatta organised by Pune Running. It was a mix of jogging, walking and run-upto-that-pole kind of thing, but we managed to finish the course with neither of us becoming visibly tired 🙂

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Weekend fun with friends

After many weeks of discussions, we finally managed to go to Mantra Hills resort on a Sunday, which also happened to be the last day our coupons would have been valid! With Kavin, Krishna and Santosh for company, Akshara had a gala time.

weekend fun at mantra hill resort

weekend fun at mantra hill resort

The drive to Manta (route beyond the highway) was really enjoyable (for me, the driver and not so much for the rest). The resort is on an isolated hilltop and is a pretty big complex. There are lot of things to keep the kids occupied.

weekend fun at mantra hill resort

weekend fun at mantra hill resort

We spent a lot of time walking around the resort and obviously on many photo sessions!

weekend fun at mantra hill resort

weekend fun at mantra hill resort

weekend fun at mantra hill resort

The mini water park wasn’t something you would look forward to, but the pool was good. The water was clean and the gentle slope meant that even Akshara could get in safely without her floats.

weekend fun at mantra hill resort

weekend fun at mantra hill resort

weekend fun at mantra hill resort

It was really difficult to get the kids out of the water! With Ganesh being the only adult in the pool, he not only had to keep guiding the kids back to the safe zone, but also had to bear the brunt of the collaborated attacks on him.

weekend fun at mantra hill resort

weekend fun at mantra hill resort

weekend fun at mantra hill resort

A ride on the horse was also on the package and surprisingly, Akshara was eager to go on the horse alone. “I am already 4 years old” was a common occurrence nowadays and she has begun using it to boost her self confidence more than anything else 🙂

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A good drive, good food and good fun for the kids – an overall good outing!

weekend fun at mantra hill resort

weekend fun at mantra hill resort

Fancy Dress: Akshara as a flower girl

It is towards the end of the academic year (if it can be called so for pre-school!) and this is the time when all the events – sports day, fancy dress day and the annual day – start making an appearance. In the previous edition of the fancy dress, the theme was that of a community worker and Akshara went as a Dhobiwala. This time, they were asked to come dressed as a flower and surprisingly, the theme was common for both the guys and the girls.

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There was a catch in deciding the flower costume though. Akshara was at an age when a decision could be taken only after her approval. So, when we asked her what she wanted to be, bang came the answer : Daisy Flower. Probably, being glued to “In the Night garden” on Cbeebies when she was smaller influenced her decision. Luckily, it was Vidhya who asked her the question. If it had been me and the answer had been daisy, i would have had to google to find out what Daisy was!

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Off we went shopping for Daisy flowers. Akshara had an appropriate dress – one with a flower on it. Vidhya also managed to find a similar hairband. Vidhya also stitched the flowers onto the dress and also on her rubber-band bracelets. For the flower designs on her face, she used Akshara’s face cream mixed with a bit of turmeric to get the yellow centre. Two flowers were also put on her crocs to add to the effect. Akshara, surprisingly, co-operated with all the transformation that was going on.

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It was an entirely different flower girl that came back from school at noon. It looked like the flower girls were put in a ring and asked to wrestle 🙂