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!