Time has really flown. I can’t believe my nephew recently turned two! He’s gone from a tiny baby, to a nine month old soon-to-be toddler, to a big boy who’s had his mundan ceremony (this first haircut, in which the child’s head is shaved by a pandit, is believed to get rid of any negativity from the child’s past life). Next will no doubt come the transformation into chota rakshash (little monster) when the “terrible twos” set in.
My in-laws threw what was quite a rocking birthday bash on their terrace. There was food, a DJ, dancing… and party games that all the guests participated in. I found myself drawn into a game of Musical Chairs. It was unavoidable. Children, parents, and even grandparents were taking part in it. After a few moments of dismay, I began laughing and having fun along with everyone else. It suddenly struck me that I was part of another joyous and uninhibited India moment, something that I’d never get to experience back home. People were having so much fun together, with childlike abandon. In contrast, back home the adults would be sitting sedately in a corner, downing beers and wine, and complaining about the loud music. I really cherish these unexpected ways that India uplifts my spirit and is so nourishing for me.
(A pretty sari shot to compensate for the ugliness of my monkey bite in the last post)!
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