In 2007, a few weeks after Udai turned 3, we had a get together at Bangalore of family and friends. It was a special one, as it was re-union with a childhood gang some of whom we had not met for almost 5 decades. So there were a lot of nostalgia and back slapping, and excited catching up …… and what was Udai, the only child, to do? He asked me for his camera and here is his view of this adult party
In 2011 October, when we made a short trip to Bharatpur, Aadyaa was a few months older than Udai when he participated in the party above. She was enthusiastic about the rikshaw ride through the park and the bird sightings, but there is a limit to how long all this could hold a 3 year old’s interest. And so once again, Naani’s camera was appropriated (by this time Udai at 7 could click pictures) and here are some of the efforts.
We are culturally oriented to children and they are part of all our activities. They are at resturants, marriages, parties, movies etc. and we are no where near the sanitized, formal Western culture. thank God. Grandparents and other family members often do play the ‘baby sitter role’. However, our informality is often carried to excess (recently saw kids in Haider, one bawling thro’ the gruesome last scene) and there is lack of sensitivity to their point of view. So, this is only to high light that view!!