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!
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.
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 🙂
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)!
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 🙂
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.
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.
We spent a lot of time walking around the resort and obviously on many photo sessions!
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.
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.
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 🙂
A good drive, good food and good fun for the kids – an overall good outing!
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.
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!
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.
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 🙂