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)!
Laya visited us over a weekend and this was a good opportunity to get them together for a photo session!
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 🙂
After many months of deliberations based on the dates suggested by Georgian, Victorian, Tamilian, Google, Flight and What-Not Calendars, we finally ended up at Tirupati for Akshara’s first mottai/Tonsure of head/Mundan/haircut. We were in for some royal treatment, thanks to some high-profile connections. So, the barber came over to our room rather than we going to the common area for the mottai. Akshara had witnessed Laya’s (her cousin) mottai and after having seen what Laya went through, she was very clearly not interested in the whole thing. But, after explaining her the benefits of a haircut (e.g. you get loooooong hair) and many such fictional stories, she was “ok” with the idea and was eager (presumably) for her first mottai.
But, it was much smoother than expected, thanks to modern technology. We showed a video of Laya speaking/singing a rhyme and Akshara thought that she was having a video conversation with her and got distracted. The mottai was done and Akshara was happy about it to the extent that she didn’t want to have a head-bath as she felt that the “mottai” would go away!
Her hairless condition meant that she could get ready at a moment’s notice to go out 🙂
Couple of weeks back, orbis school had organised a fancy dress event with the theme being “A community helper”, which incidentally was one of the themes in Tree House last year, when she went dressed up as a police woman/security guard. This year, she dressed up as a Dhobi/Laundry Wala, which kind of blended with her current hairstyle (or the lack of it).