…the Kalaghoda Festival 2013 ..and boy! was it fun or what?
I had promised R last year I would take her there, but RD went off to Australia and I didnt have the guts to take a 3.5 year old alone..and she was pretty disappointed…Amma aapne promise kiya tha na…
I promised to take her again this year and I am glad I lived up to it..
I have never been to this fest despite living in Bombay for the past 7 years..and I am really sad I didnt do it earlier…its the most amazing place to be..and what events..super..
There is something for everyone there..kids, artists, old people, theater lovers, movie goers, foodies..everything…I would not go into the details..if you want more pictures, just google Kala Ghoda Festival and you can get the lovely pictures of Vespa turned into a Butterfly, a car painted by a 11 year old, and lovely coin stuck car, a lovely cut out of a sparrow…
Dont ask me why I didnt click pictures…err…didnt have a camera..
but but but, I am directing you to a wonderful blog which has an amazing write up and a super collection of lovely photographs so dont complain. Read Sudhagee’s version here
On Saturday, 9th Feb, all three of us were going to go from 11 in the morning, but unfortunately R had her annual day practice and had to go to school..so we had to go only the afternoon
We attended three sessions with R that day.
1. A story telling session with Rekha Mohan where she read a book called The Bookworm published by Karadi Tales
2. A book release of Deepa Balsavar’s Round and Round Book by Tulika Publishers, Aunty Jeeva was there as well, enacting the story
3. A story telling session by Aunty Jeeva
and gosh, we have so much fun…and Aunty Jeeva is the bestest storyteller on earth…if you ever ever get a chance to attend her sessions, please please dont miss it out..
Everyone was laughing clapping enjoying the session with her
R got her book ‘The Seed’ signed by Deepa Balsavar and she is so so sweet that she even illustrated a cute little puppy for R improntu on the book…she is so cute 🙂
and R just went after Aunty Jeeva’s first session, tapped her on the back, and gave her a big hug…Aunty Jeeva was pleasantly surprised and asked R to come back for the next session..which of course we didnt miss her session…she was having some issues because of the open air atmosphere with a slight throat problem, but she was amazingly nice to agree to that extra story which the audience asked her to say..and her involvement with the audience is amazing…
In short, if you hear Aunty Jeeva coming to your town, DONT, I repeat, DONT miss her sessions
Check out some pictures RD clicked of Aunty Jeeva in Action (she is the one in black with a pink dupatta, and Deepa Balsavar is the one with the red dupatta)
After the story sessions, R wanted to see Marine Drive, so we walked from Kala Ghoda to Marine Drive (it was a long walk) but there is something absolutely amazing about walking in South Bombay with your loved ones..R was a bit tired, but we had fun sitting by the quiet sea (it was low tide) and then we took a double decker bus back to where the car was parked.
R was so tired that she slept off in the car (8 PM) and got up only at 8 AM in the morning on Sunday 🙂
It was a wonderful experience and something I am sure I will try and not miss every year 🙂