NIT water park in Nagpur

December 31, 2006

After my last visit to Nagpur in August, I promised to write a separate post on the NIT water park in Nagpur.  The water park was developed by Haldiram’s in response to a tender floated by Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT).  The administration and running of the park is handled by Haldiram’s and they are doing a good job of it.  The park is located on the road joining North Ambazari Road and South Ambazari Road on the Ambazari lake side.  The pictures below will surely convince you to head towards this exciting getaway for some lazy weekends on your next visit to Nagpur!  And hopefully it will inspire some Nagpurians who have not been here to reach for their swimming trunks; despite this being winter 🙂

Full-view of the entrance and a closeup.

Looking back at the entrance once you are inside.

The middle one is the main entrance and the two small side doors lead to the changing rooms.

This trunk of a banyan tree is actually a snacks bar. 

The “Cleopatra” restaurant is in the shape of a swan.

This wooden bridge takes you to the restaurant.

Lovely lawns overlooking the “Whistling bamboos”.

A closer look of the “Whistling bamboos”.  Don’t ask me why “Whistling bamboos!”?  I have no clue.

Ahem.  Lilliput land.  This one is for the tiny tots, like Aru, to splash around.  However, Aru refused to play here and wanted to get into the bigger pools.

Mama and Aru relax for a while.

What a maze of slides!!

A quiet stream, that is, a simulated river was flowing under this demon’s head.  Actually this demon’s head is the bridge across the stream.

There was another pool where they simulated sea waves, the way you see them on beaches.  However, we were tired and hungry and sleepy by the time we reached that pool and hence no snaps.

Some of you may wonder why we don’t see anyone else in the snaps.  Well, for one the weather was slightly cold, the schools were on and we went there on a weekday – so apart from us, there was just one other family splashing around.  And Aru, being a thorough water-baby that she is, had a lovely time!!!

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Child care products

December 23, 2006

Having two years of experience with mommyhood, I often end up advising young parents about various child care products. The advice is most sought after when the baby arrives. Lateron parents become more confident and start making their own decision without much consultation 🙂 So, I decided to blog about the ones for which I’ve answered most number of queries.

Breastpump

I had some problem feeding Aru and had to use a breastpump. The one I used is this one-

http://www.medela.com/NewFiles/pumps_personalUseElectric.html#pumpinstyle_OriginalI found it very handy, easy and comfortable to use. I used it for
around 7.5 months and I could continue using it despite my joining work
when Aru was three and half months old. Initially my gynaec and Aru’s
paediatrician were not very happy with my choice and they believed that
I would not be able to manage it for long. However, lateron they agreed
that it was probably the best I could do in the circumstances.

In India the use of breastpump is still not quite prevalent and at
times not even acceptable. Families readily opt for formula milk or
cow’s milk if there are any problems with feeding. When working women
decide to join work, they end up weaning the babies when they are
barely 3-4 months old and switch to formula or cow’s milk. Some of them
do continue to feed their babies during night time, but mostly the baby
has formula or cow’s milk. The use of breastpumps is not even
considered.

I’m not sure why paediatricians and gynaecologists in India do not
even recommend using a breastpump when new mothers are faced with
feeding problems or opt for early weaning due to various compulsions.
I’m not at all suggesting use of breastpumps as an alternative to
feeding. That’s a big NO. But I do think it should atleast be
considered an alternative before the switching to formula/cow’s milk.

Sterilizer

If the baby is bottlefed, one has to worry about sterilizing the
bottles and all the paraphernalia that goes with it. In India most
households do this by boiling the bottles, nipples, bowls etc. in a
huge vessel. But, according to my experience it isn’t very effective,
kind of messy and needs attention to ensure that everything stays
immersed in the boiling water. I found steam sterilizers very handy.
The one I used is here-

http://www.farlin.lk/php/category.php?sele=S&name=Sterilizes%20and%20Warmers

I got it from Bonsai (Pune), but one should be able to find it in
most shops stocking child care products. It cost us Rs.2200/-. It a bit
expensive, however, it is worth every rupee and it definitely reduces a
lot of work. They also have smaller sterilizers, but I would personally
recommend this one as it has a lot of space, and hence when the baby
grows up one can continue to use it to sterilize all sorts of utensils,
sippers, baby glasses, spoons etc.

Pram

I started taking Aru for short evening walks when she was around 6
weeks old. I had borrowed her pram from a friend. It was a very
simplistic, no-frill, light-weight pram that really served it’s
purpose. I’ve seen many people buy expensive prams with a lot of
features (the baby can lie down, sit inclined, the foot board can be
pushed down etc.), but they are quite bulky. Ours would easily fit into
our Maruti 800 and as it was quite light-weight we didn’t mind taking
it to all sorts of places. If some place did not provide us with
prams/strollers, we were always prepared 🙂

I would recommend such simple, light-weight prams as they are easy
to carry and hence they get used more and serve their purpose.

Lost my helmet

December 17, 2006

I lost my helmet.  I had left it on the foot-board of my scooty, which was parked in the parking lot of our very own appartment complex.  Next day, when I left for work, it was not there.  Btw, I forgot to mention, the helmet wasn’t chained to the scooty.  It was simply kept on the foot-board.  Hmm…I’m sure many of you are going to say that in that case it was as good as inviting a thief to take it away.  May be you are right.  But, I’ve been leaving my helmet on the footboard for the last 3-4 years!

I’m sure people who drive a two-wheeler will understand that handling a helmet, when it is not perched on your head, is not a simple task.  You can either chain it to your two-wheeler and leave it open to gather dust on a busy roadside or carry it with you everywhere 😦  Initially I used to carry it everywhere, but very soon I got fed up of forgetting it everywhere.  In my frustration I started leaving it on the foot-board, secured only in a plastic bag.  Friends warned that it wouldn’t work for long and sooner or later, it would get stolen.  I always joked asking who would have a head as small as mine.  And even if the thief wanted to sell it off, he wouldn’t find a buyer easily and hence would return it in frustration.  Slowly I got used to wrapping the helmet in a simple plastic bag and leaving it on the foot-board of the scooty.  I carried on with this for almost 3-4 years.  Restaurants, malls, movie theatres, office, market, our appartment complex- I never made any distinction.  I had infact started liking the idea of leaving it unsecured on the vehicle itself and finding it right there whenever I got back.  But it was not to be.  Bad.

I wouldn’t say I’ve lost faith in humanity, but…