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Archive for April, 2013

Apr
26
2013
Hanuman Art
Author: Gnaana

 

Hindus celebrated Hanuman Jayanti this week (officially 25th April) – so he’s on our mind this week.  We’re smitten with this Vintage Indonesian Batik.

Read the shop’s description of “Hanoman” to your kids and see if they can point out the error.

image via 1001vintage

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Apr
24
2013

Today we join Meera Sriram and Praba Ram on a Blog Tour of their latest book Bijoy and the Big River.

I often think that even if I lived in India for my whole life, I would not be able to see even half of all of its beauty.  Bijoy and the Big River transports kids to Assam and the mighty Brahmaputra – so they can catch a glimpse (yes, literally a glimpse – as this book has wonderful photographs!) of life in India’s Northeast.

A wonderful read packed with vignettes about Eri “Peace” Silk, xihu (an endangered species of dolphin) and a subtle lesson of man’s interdependence on nature – perfect as we celebrate Earth Day this week.

To build upon the book, Meera has suggested a simple and wonderful craft for kids:  Origami Paper Boat Torans

1)  Make a few paper boats (use paper in coordinating prints and colours);
2) String them together (you can also use beads, butterflies and other items for visual contrast); and
3) Hang

Meera informed us that this craft was used at a book launch event at the ANTS store in Bangalore last week (credit to artstales.blogspot.in)

Thanks, Meera and Praba for pointing us to this wonderful book.

Bijoy and the Big River is available via Tulika Books

 

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Apr
22
2013
Malaga Days
Author: Gnaana

Found: the perfect post-diaper-bag purse with gorgeous East-West adaptability.  Check out Malaga Bags (featured above is a Khadi Printed Tote).

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Apr
17
2013
Songs for Ram Navami
Author: Gnaana

Ram Navami is big deal for Hindus around the world.  It’s a commemoration of the Ideal Man after all – the protagonist of the epic Ramayana.

This year, Ram Navami is on April 19th-20th.  Click here for beautiful Rama Kirtan from Isha Music.

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Apr
15
2013

Koi Mil Gaya may be passe in India, but it’s certainly enjoying a renaissance in our house.  The kids saw the movie a few weeks ago (with eyes peeled, completely enthralled) and so started The Jadoo Obsession.  The soundtrack plays in our car on the way to/from school and if anyone’s been around us lately, they have probably heard them sing the songs (and they don’t even know Hindi!).

The funniest quote by my daughter:  “Why are Hrithik’s arms so bumpy?”

My son has even requested a Koi Mil Gaya birthday party (it’s at the end of the month).  Wondering how I’m supposed to pull this off.  Ideas please?

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Apr
11
2013
Happy Ugadi 2013
Author: Gnaana

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Apr
10
2013

Holidays for the kids means that we’re in the kitchen – a lot.  This spring break, we got hooked on the Telugu cooking show Abhiruchi.  Simple, instructional, reinforces vocabulary – and surprisingly easy for kids to understand.

One of our favourites – for Mushroom Dum Biryani.  We love the “Topi-Meesa Abhai” (Hat-Mustache Guy))!

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Apr
8
2013

If you’ve been following Rayil – our new kids clothing line – you’ve probably noticed that we’re (err..the little girls wearing Rayil rather) are turning heads across the globe.  Rayil is now available in 6 countries – and more to come!

For our customers in Dubai and the Middle East, we are proud to announce that Rayil is now available at Mumzworld – – one of the region’s top retailers of products for mothers, babies and kids!

We are proud to be retailing at this award-winning company!

So check us out – our silhouettes and heritage-rich Indian fabrics were designed just for modern kids!

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Apr
1
2013

A big thanks to my dear friend R. for organizing a terrific Holi party in Santa Monica on Sunday morning (she even made gulal!).  Good friends, good food, smiles and laughter…a lovely Sunday indeed.

And thanks to Pur Color for providing us with additional gulal (I’ll attest firsthand folks: I did a simple cold wash cycle and it all washed off – I didn’t even use any bleach).

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