I decided that i needed to see the planatarium here in Bangalore. Once I figured out with Z that she was fine with Ammamma (my mom) at home... then i asked R. He was willing to try it out. I knew Z would hate the lights being turned out. She is generally anti darkness unless when she wants to sleep.
So R and i went! It was a 10 minute ride from my parents home. We went by auto-rickshaw (which R loves), bought tix, and waited in the science-activity playground there (where most things were not working well). But it was a beautiful day, cool and cloudy and when there is no direct sunlight-heat Raghu plays :-) I told Raghu about when I was 17 and saw the planatarium show. After the show i realised that nothing had changed in the 17 years since. The show has not been improved upon. But of course i did not say anything negative about the show to Raghu.
R was very excited about the show. We sat inside and were surrounded by School kids (2 busloads of them). As it was Raghu's first in a planatarium... he thought it was so cool to see the night sky... iniitally he kept oohing and aahing and exclaiming "amma... look!" Raghu is not good at whispering yet :-)
The museums in NYC and Washington D.C. would look like out-of-space-advanced-life-form-creations next to this planatarium. Its only saving grace... it gave Raghu a feel for the night sky (he already knew most of the information about the planets, meteroites etc. that was the show), and they had a decent machine that gave a print out of your weight on different planets/moons (i should move to the Moon), and their surrounding gardens gave R and me some breathing space and room to run about in.
I am grateful for the experience though. Meanwhile i am determined to find "people here who like sharing and showing stuff to kids in a friendly, peer to peer, non judgemental, happy, joyful way" So then maybe it will happen that we travel to a place outside city-bounds and see the night sky in all its glory with someone who loves showign it to people... that would be awesome. (I love lying under the open night sky... but can't say much about constellations and such or make any real conversation about it... besides we have not seen a starry sky in months... to much light pollution... need to travel far out)