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Archive for May, 2011

May
9
2011

 

Tired of the same old, same old?  From Australia, France and the UK – here are 3 online boutiques with fresh, global styles for kids.  You won’t be seeing any duplicates of these around the neighborhood!

Eternal Creation (above and below) is an easy Aussie favorite.  Their clothing is produced by Indian and Tibetan tailors in Dharamsala – guided by the principles of ethical standards and fair wages.  They carry colorful cotton clothing, sleepwear, hats and accessories for babies, kids and adults. 
Crisp, blue and coordinated boys outfit (AUD $21.71 – $44.96)
Simple ruffle hem nightgown and hairclips (AUD $7.46 – $26.21). 
As an added bonus, being from down under and all, their summer line is on sale!

For French fashion pour les petits, as only the French can do – check out Smallable
Talc Bali Yellow Kurta (32,00 €) 
Poppy Rose Pepper Liberty Short Suit (70,00 €).

And of course, the UK’s Monsoon always has something with international flair.  Left to right:
Beautiful for the beach:  Leila Kaftan Dress  (£22.00)
Poppy print Kimono Blouse (£20.00)
Reminscent of a beautiful organza net sari:  Lilly Print Dress (£55.00)

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May
6
2011
Oh Holy Day!
Author: Aruna

Good Fortunes Necklace by Emily Elizabeth Jewelry

Well if you’re going to start something new, today is the day.  It’s Akshaya Tritiya – apparently one of the 3 most auspicious days for Hindus (and also celebrated by Jains).  Many begin new businesses, buy valuables and schedule weddings and other celebrations on this day.

Akshaya Tritiya, as with any auspicious timing, follows the concept of muhurat – a precise calculation of time based on horoscopes, planetary position and the nature of the activity in question, among others.

Do you believe in the concept of muhurat?  Would your marriage or business fare better or worse if you started it on a particular day?  Is this superstition or a cosmic force that you’d rather not mess with?  What will your children think about muhurat (and more imporantly what will you tell them if they ask why some days are “good” while others are “bad”?).

Honestly, this is beyond my realm of comprehension.  Though, really, the Indian culture would suffer a serious void if mothers and grandmothers didn’t go into a tizzy over finding a “suitable” date for any given celebration.

Ahhh….the fanfare.

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May
3
2011

Come check-out a sampling of Gnaana’s products at a trunkshow hosted by MoonSoup and Bollyinstyle!

An Indian Kaleidoscope Spring Trunk Show will feature a curated selection of South Asian-inspired goodies for women and children.

So stop by MoonSoup in NYC on Thursday, May 5th between 6-8:00 pm for some food, music and shopping!

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May
2
2011

The instinct is not so un-natural – you want a boy and a girl, or 2 boys, or 2 girls and a boy…Many couples have probably given some thought to what their idea of a complete family is. But there is a fine line between thinking and going beyond the thinking.

I remember when I was pregnant in India – I sat through many ultrasounds ill with anticipation. Was I having a boy or a girl? In India, sex pre-selection techniques are “illegal” (and if you have ever traveled there, you know what the quotation marks mean). This presumably included telling the baby’s sex via an ultrasound. My pre-natal physician at the Manipal Hospital in Bangalore was a strict observer of the Indian law (unfortunate for me, but I am thankful and commend her for upholding the law) – so strict in fact that she would not even let my radiologist-husband get a glimpse of the screen for more than a few seconds. I didn’t learn I was having a boy until we arrived back in the US a few weeks before his birth (though I admit I was hoping for a little girl).

Despite India’s law, the female-to-male ratio is on a sharp decline in the country. The Census Office released its latest figures just a few days ago: in the 0-6 year age group, the number of girls to every 1,000 boys fell to just 914, even lower than the 927 of the 2001 census. And this despite the fact that the women’s literacy rate was on the rise.

The news comes as a shocking disappointment to many activists of female rights and anti-sex detection. You would think that better education and economic security would have the opposite effect. Is there something about being better educated and having more wealth that makes people more likely to act on their desire for a child of a particular sex?

Of course there is no shortage of theories out there – there’s the infamous Shettles method, a diet method and even Ayurveda has some guidelines on the relation between the date of conception and the baby’s gender. But beyond the books, there are also clinics that promise “100% gender selection” – many which advertise heavily to the Indian community.

So did I act?  Not the first time around (he was a surpise). But the second time around, I did read about the popular theories and even bought the Shettles book. It has always been my nature to educate myself on all things relevant. I suppose that makes me guilty. However, in my defense, my husband and I chose not to find out the sex of our second child until the birth. We were blessed with a girl, but we had decided long before conception that the sex didn’t matter to us. It’s just a shame that governments have to pass laws to remind parents of this.

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