13th November, 2008:- After the joyride in last week of October (My first birthday and Diwali), I was hoping to have a good time on festivals in November as well. It was Guru Nanak Jayanti but my family had other plans in place for me :(
Over the last couple of months, my hair had developed cute natural curls and Daddy fell in love with them. He absolutely loved it when I woke up in the morning and the curls were at their sleepy best. As a result, he used to strongly oppose any talks of a hair cut or the supposed 'Mundan' ceremony. However, it's a mandatory custom in a punjabi family and there's no escaping it. I escaped it during October as Daddy did not want a baldy baby birthday celebration. Guru Nanak Jayanti is an auspicious day so it was decided that it would be the perfect occasion to end one & start another hair raising story.
Everybody in the family was up at 7 AM, all dressed up and ready to leave by 8 AM. We left for the sacred Galta temple which is amidst hills and a monumental climb :)
That's me & Daddy feeding a couple of cows at the Galta temple.
The two hour climb to the temple followed. When we reached the top of the hill, surprise surprise !! Monkeys every where & just about every where :) Daddy took out the camera but the priest advised to put it back in his pocket otherwise one of the expert monkey photographers might just snatch it. We did a short puja at the temple with Pandit Ji and started our decent. The hill is so steep that while it took 2 hours to climb, the decent took just 30 minutes :)
We were back home by 11:30 AM and all set for 'Operation Ganju' to begin :)
Daddy kept playing with me & tickling me so that I had no clue of what was going on. I realized it only when the job was 90% done. I cried for a few minutes on seeing my lovely curly hair falling in pieces on the ground. The 'Mundan' ceremony was complete in less than 20 minutes and I was in my new 'Bald' look.
What followed for the next few hours were expert comments by Daddy:-
1) This is perhaps what inspired the 'Ghajini' look. Let's talk to Ghajini producers and make me the brand ambassador for the movie (Ridiculous !!!)
2) ganju patel teri khopri mein teyl
maaron gi danda niklay ga teyl :)
3) Babu Lal, Chane Ki Daal
Reh gayi topi, ud gaye baal :)
Mamma, mere baal wapis kab aayenge ? :(
Ganju Patel !