By the swing

After every shopping trip, a mini fashion parade happens at the house when Akshara tries on the new clothes and checks herself out on the mirror. This time, i wasn’t doing anything worthwhile in the house (like always, acc to Vidhya). So, i decided to take Akshara down to the garden for a photo session. Also asked her to take her golf stick along for a prop.

photography by the swing

But, she wasn’t very interested in the golf stick and it was soon forgotten. It was around 11.45 and the sun was beating hard from directly above. So, technically not a good time for photos. But, i did lot of experimenting with the flash and managed to get some decent photos.

photography by the swing

Akshara is very fond of the swing, Jhoola as she calls it. From the moment we stepped out on the podium, she was constantly asking “Jhool Polama” (Shall we go to the Jhoola?). Once there, she was on a world of her own. 10 mins on the jhoola in the hot sun was enough for this session of photography. I wonder how many were looking down from their balconies on this crazy father-daughter duo and wondering what we were up to in the heat of the day!

photography by the swing

photography by the swing

photography by the swing

photography by the swing

photography by the swing

What not to teach your kid

or should it be “What to teach your kid!”. Akshara’s favourite TV channel is Cbeebies. She also likes to watch the Taka Sky Active Whizkids Rhyme thing. But the problem with the Active Rhymes thing is that there is no looping option and you have to manually replay the rhyme. This is ok for one or two times, but when you reach the 10th or more request to replay, it kind of gets boring even if you find the rhyme interesting. So, the obvious thing to do is to let Akshara take control of the whole process. Not sure whether this is the right thing to do, but i am at least relieved that i can do my stuff while the rhyme is replayed for the 22nd time!

 

Easiest way to get a hole-in-one in mini golf

Akshara plays mini-golf at golfway

This was our second time at Golfway Mini-golf course, here in Pune. The last time, Akshara was too small to stand on her own and attempt the game. This time around, she was too old for us to expect her to just watch while we played! She wanted a club and a ball for herself. She actually looked quite comfortable with it with the only problem that she thought she was playing cricket with a bat and a ball.
So, i took the effort to “teach” her the basics of golf and even got her to hit the ball with the club. After having given her suficient practice, i took her to one of the straight-forward holes, placed the ball a foot away from the hole and gave the following instruction (translated) : “Akshara, hit the ball into this hole”. You can see in the pictures below as to how she accomplished this task with ease! She even clapped (and expected me to clap) after she completed the said activity.

Akshara plays mini-golf at golfway

Akshara plays mini-golf at golfway