So, it’s been a little over a month since the boot and i got to bombay … and i guess we’re doing ok. He’s set to start a playgroup in november… and the four weeks till he’s off cannot pass by quickly enough. He is bored. I am running out of innovative ideas to keep him busy. I shouldn’t complain really. We live in a complex with a big playground and pool and he’s there every evening. But the morning and late afternoon hours stretch endlessly. It doesn’t help that i’m usually engaged in trying to form a sentence that makes some sense to tell a plumber/electrician/carpenter what to do. We’re also still furnishing the house so he’s dragged off to shops where he is told not to jump on that or lie on that or roll over that. and no that lamp is not a pole that you can pretend to be a fireman/stripper on.
the thing i miss the most about london is the abundance of kids activities that suit all budgets. swimming classes for newborns, playgroups, gymnasiums that allow your children to run around and pole vault for five quid an hour. free museums. and most of all i miss the company. company for me and for sachit. people to go and do all these things with.
i called up an activity centre i passed by today and asked what kind of things they offered. ‘General knowledge, interview preparation, skipping(!!), aerobics and karate.’ I get the karate thing… but aerobics? For four year olds? And do not get me started on the obsession with interviews and school admissions. I need a whole post for alpha parents and crazy schools.
so here’s what i need oh wise denizens of mumbai. if you’ve ever done anything remotely fun with your kids in the city and can recommend it let me know. It could be a great library, a nice park, an activity group, pottery… i don’t know – anything – leave a comment and let me know.