After enrolling Mantam to the dance class, I took them to the first class on Friday evening after picking them up from the day care at 6 PM. I then went shopping all by myself. Got into a mini super market and actually noticed so many things on the shelf that I didn’t know they stored. I missed Mantam as they always accompany me to this shop and meander behind me armed with a basket waiting for me drop goodies into it. I got all emotional and bought some fancy chocolate that they had requested me to buy during our last visit but I had denied. From there, I went to another shop to buy skin colour stockings for them which their teacher had specified to be worn on Annual Day. Next visit was to the veggie shop where I noticed that it was already 6:45 PM. I hit the Pani Puri cart immediately and gobbled in 2 plates of Pani Puri all by myself, when the mushy couple on the other side stared at me in between feeding each other. I reached their dance school at around 6:55 where I was caught by surprise when a familiar face greeted me. Guess who? It was S2‘s mom and co-incidentally S2 had also joined there just that day. I just couldn’t stop giggling thinking of breaking the news to Abbas that Mannu had got back her long-lost
crush friend. They seemed to have enjoyed the class and were jumping and dancing on the street demonstrating what they learnt while we waited for an auto.
Saturday morning we were supposed to drop them to school at 10 PM. After dropping them, Abbas and I went to Big Bazaar for the monthly grocery shopping. We also bought 2 t-shirts each for ourselves. 😀 We were supposed to pick Mantam at 12:30 PM. It was already 12:25 when we were at the billing counter and the guy ahead of us was freaking out at the cashier as his credit card was not getting accepted. To my surprise, he yelled out loud – “I have 2 lakhs credit limit, how can my card be denied?” and all this for a bill of less than 200 bucks. After making a huge scene out of nothing and wasting a lot of time, he brought out his other card and paid. We called Mantam’s teacher to inform that we will be a bit late but we were told to come after 45 minutes.
We then went to a Nursery and bought 4 plants for our li’l balcony. We came to the school and waited for Mantam. The teacher gave us their costume which we were supposed to dress them in next day. We went to the nearby fancy store to buy matching accessories for their dress and came home. Simply rested that day and applied Mehndi on our hands before hitting the bed.
Next morning, we got them all dressed up and left for the hall where the event was to be held. We dropped Mantam backstage and luckily got seats with a good view of the stage. The event started almost half an hour late and Abbas and I sat there bird watching. We seemed like two college going guys ogling at all girls, commenting on their attire, behaviour, appearance and chuckling like crazy at our own nasty observations 😀
Mantam’s performance was part of a medley, started with Tammu dancing to Kolaveri (RM, r u listening?) with two boys. She danced better than the boys, one was busy looking at her and other was lost in his own world. Next came Mannu with a guy, dancing to Ringa Ringa. She gave no ‘Bhaav’ to the guy and behaved as if he was almost non-existing entity. After many more pairs or trios danced to different songs, they all came together and did a final jig.
There were other performances in between, and they came back again on stage to dance. This time both were together and the song was ‘Chanda Chamke Cham Cham’ from Fanaa. Although we knew they were performing twice, we were surprised to see them in different costumes this time. We went backstage after their performance, changed them into casuals, returned the costumes, gave them snacks to eat. All in all, the event was good but a few points that I thought the faculty should have worked upon:
1. The choice of songs could have been far better. I mean when you are doing a medley to portray different languages or culture of India, you can’t choose ‘Kolaveri’ for Tamil, ‘Boardu irada bus anu’ for Kannada, ‘Ringa Ringa’ for Telugu and a Punjabi version of Kolaveri for Bhangra!!!
2. A teacher should have stood in front of the stage facing kids and performed the steps for them to fix their attention on her. Younger kids were moving helter skelter and didn’t know what to do on stage and were crying their guts out. My heart went out to them 😦
3. You can’t choreograph dance for play group kids with entry and exit of kids in between. You have to make them stand in their respective positions in the beginning before the curtains raise and just have them move their hands and feet at the max.
4. Although you ask parents to send snacks for kids, you don’t feed them anything and expect them to perform on empty stomach although they might have had just a breakfast.
5. You can’t arrange a magic show in between for parents to watch when it’s the kids who should have been the intended audience but they were backstage waiting for their turn to get done with their performance.
In the evening, the school faculty called us up to announce that the school and day care would be closed the next day. Hence, I worked from 7AM to 1 PM and went back home to release Abbas. That was the reason for my absence in the blogosphere. Thanks to SnS and RM for checking 😀
Leaving you with a few pics: