How The Booda grew up before our eyes…

Amazing what a difference hair makes to the appearance of a person…even when that person is just 14 months old!

That was Kalyan being shorn of his hair. My daughter wrote

this

about the first haircut…

Traditionally, the hair is offered in a temple, but the parents didn’t want to do that.

So here we are at the haircutting “saloon”, where “gents” get their hair cut:

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AM admires the baby hair one last time:

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Checks its length:

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The hair is wetted down:

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He touches his wet head!

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He isn’t bothered at all:

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The shearing begins:

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The process is nearly complete, and is being documented by his father:

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It was the elder sister who was more upset, and sitting with a crumpled-up face in a corner!

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I had to come out and get her some mango juice and some chips; but then everyone came out, and we all had “orange kucchi ice” (orange juice sticks, utter sugar bombs!)

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Our friend got a share, too:

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We went to our friends’ home, where he was bathed, and sandal paste applied to his little head:

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He played quite happily, wearing his new shoes:

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Within a few minutes, he went from being a little wispy-haired baby to being a little boy:

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The full moon that night reminded me of his shiny, sandal-coloured head!

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