Posts Tagged ‘hair’

How The Booda grew up before our eyes…

March 17, 2014

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


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:


AM admires the baby hair one last time:


Checks its length:


The hair is wetted down:


He touches his wet head!


He isn’t bothered at all:


The shearing begins:


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


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


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!)


Our friend got a share, too:


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





He played quite happily, wearing his new shoes:


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


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


The first haircut, 160314

March 17, 2014

AM writes:

Today my little baby transformed shockingly into someone else. The head shaving ritual served me a spiritual lesson regarding the mortal body in multiple ways. Hair gives our bodies a significant amount of identity and character. Without any, my little guy seems shockingly different, even to the mother whose body he is still a part of. As he glanced into the mirror I saw surprise in his eyes, but there was also a disarmingly fast acceptance. As though he has a much easier time disengaging from the attachment to our specific familiarity with earthly “clothes”. I am not able to articulate my lesson today. I have a sense of loss for the mischievous little baby whose wispy, soft hair frequently enhanced his mischievous eyes by hiding them. And in that loss is the voice of God trying to tell me about the body being a utilitarian vessel, a vehicle of the soul (Side note: with hair – Acura, without – Scion XB). Hair loss through age, or treatment of a disease also seem to speak to me about the fragility of what we embrace as the manifestation of a person. It locks and limits

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the spirit to that particular look. Picture every birthing center and maternity ward as a runway for the fashion designer Gods in charge of birth (most of them), and your soul is forever zipped into whatever was in vogue the week that you were born. I find myself disturbed that I am not more connected to the spirit of my own son. Perhaps that is why I was drawn to today’s actions, so as to invite myself to recalibrate.
The Wiki says: “In Hindu tradition, the hair from birth is associated with undesirable traits from past lives. Thus at the time of the mundan, the child is freshly shaven to signify freedom from the past and moving into the future. It is also said that the shaving of the hair stimulates proper growth of the brain and nerves, and that the sikha, a tuft at the crown of the head, protects the memory.”

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KTB’s latest…from her dad

December 5, 2011

DS writes:

Kavya seems to be developing a streak of pretty good one-liners over the past month. 4 weeks back was the “I want blood nowwwww!!’ ordeal, before Anjana finally got wise and got Kavya the piece of bread she was asking for.

Then over Thanksgiving, after watching the toy parrot in Dad’s office do its thing a few times, sitting on its perch repeating back what was spoken to it, she reached out her arms and said, “I wanna hold the turkey”. Well, I was quite amused by it anyway.

And now for today’s. This morning Anjana cut Kavya’s hair after her bath. It’s short, but looks pretty cute. Anjana isn’t so sure about it, though. The three of us were at the table having dinner, and Anjana and I were discussing it. I was saying I thought it was fine, and that Kavya looked perfectly cute with it. Then I asked Kavya, “does Kavya like her haircut?” Kavya very matter-of-factly said, “um, it’s in the trashcan upstairs”.

General observation about beards

September 24, 2008

The less hair men have on their heads, the more likely they are to have a beard.

Alas, I can straightaway think of two exceptions… this guy and this one ….

Also this one .

All generalizations, including this one, are likely to be wrong. *smiles evil smile*

And….how far is one from death on Bangalore roads?

OK, off to do my morning chores!


July 4, 2008

A sad cloud forms over my brain…I didn’t call my brother too often; he was as taciturn over the phone as he would be witty and mordant off it. But once in a while, I would call and we would exchange some cursory chitchat. And I miss that…

I try to cheer myself up with old memories, and the echo of his laughter in his very happy, sunny childhood does the trick.

Laughter IS the best medicine.

For a really shocking haircut, please go to:

They’ll make your hair stand on end without any horror movie….

Men…and hair…

March 22, 2007

I’ve been noticing for the past decade or more, that human males seem to be evolving towards less hair on their heads. Baldness has always been around, but it was generally associated with middle to old age; but now I find, more and more, that young men, even in their mid-twenties, are either thinning or balding altogether. Could this be due to stressful lifestyles, detergent-based shampoos, or evolution?

Given the increasing trend, though, it is a pity that hair is still such a “feature” of beauty, as much as in the male as in the female. In earlier times, hair was considered an aspect of beauty, so much so that widows in South India were shorn, and women in Islamic countries had to hide their hair even if their faces could be visible. But this aesthetic sense has not changed in the past few centuries…but hair patterns seem to have done so!

Women with sparse hair do have a tough time competing with their fuller-head-of-hair sisters….but I notice the same sense of competition amongst males, with the more-locks men being insufferably smug sometimes.

And men seem to also always keep experimenting with facial hair….every young man I know has, at some point or the other, tried out a beard, but not the traditional full one, or even the Islamic no-mustache one…they usually try out goatees, or that little triangle of hair under the lower lip that looks as if they forgot to shave it…and then, of course, the beard disappears, because, I suppose, of the discovery that maintaining a beard is not a simple matter of no shaving.

I don’t however, see much differences in mustaches …no soup-strainer, Rajasthani lip-to-ear, no “hanging” ones….just regular mustaches are all that I, at least, see around me. Er…should I say “mustache” like the Americans or “moustache” like the English?