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Archive for June, 2014

Jun
30
2014
Au Revoir Ambassador
Author: Gnaana

You may have fond memories of piling in the back seat of one of these – bumping along dirt roads while your mom fanned herself with her pallu.

But it seems nostalgia was not enough to save the iconic Indian car – as Hindustan Motors announced that it is suspending production in its West Bengal plant as of last month. Citing lack of demand and production issues, the company didn’t say it was going to close up shop for good…but for now, it seems, we must bid adieu.

See a New York Times video here.

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Jun
27
2014

Jus…telling it how it is.  Comedic sustenance for the South Asian soul:

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Jun
25
2014

That was my first reaction when I heard the news. The second was What took them so long?

The Advertising Standards Council of India has finally taken a stand about “Colorism” (treating those with lighter skin more favourably).  It fessed up that Colorism is, in fact, a form of discrimination – issuing a set of guidelines against discrimination using fairness products.

The magic word is “guidelines.”  We all know what that means in India….

Read more here; image via here

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Jun
23
2014

Got a budding artist at home?  Then chances are your child has faced the “skin color dilemma” when drawing humans.  Not everyone is Peach or Burnt Sienna right?  Have a set of these skin color shades on hand and watch creativity (and cultural identity) blossom.

Above, for the more advanced sketcher: Lyra Skintone Giant Pencils

Ubiquitous good ol’ Crayolas (though you only get 6 actual shades):

And here’s our pick: Lakeshore Learning’s People Colors – 24 beautiful hues and a durable plastic storage box:

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Jun
20
2014
World Cup Fever
Author: Aruna

Even the sadhus have it.

This is an older image (from the 2010 World Cup I believe), but it’s been in my file. And the kids find it amusing – on several levels.

image courtesy Outlook India

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Jun
18
2014
Onward and Upward
Author: Aruna

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It’s good to be writing again and to be directing the Blog.  Thank you for the emails and pleas to keep the Blog running – they have served as a reminder that Gnaana has truly become a special place for families of the South Asian diaspora to connect.

The Blog has always been integral to our operations, and although Gnaana has been running and growing, especially our wholesale arm, I didn’t want to hand the Blog off to just anyone during my one year sabbatical.  The good news is that we have lots of fresh, new fodder for kids and parents to savour.

During this past year, I’ve entered the world of homeschooling (yes, homeschooling – more on that later) with my kids – precipitated in part by the failure of traditional schools (public and private) to meet the educational and lifestyle needs of my son.  After a few months of pure homeschooling, we have now settled into what’s being termed “hybrid homeschooling” – part-time traditional school and part-time homeschooling.

This means, of course, that I have a wealth of projects and activities related to the Subcontinent to share, as Telugu language and Indian culture and history is an integral part of our homeschool curriculum.  Some of these will be turned into Gnaana products and/or available as digital downloads.

It just so happens that my kids needed the benefits of homeschooling. And it just so happens that I run a company that educates children about their Indian heritage.  Can you sense that the Hindu fatalist in me has emerged from all of this?

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Jun
17
2014
The Blog is Back!
Author: Gnaana

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Sorry for the err…. (brief) hiatus – but we are happy to announce that the Gnaana Blog is back!  Watch this space tomorrow for our first comeback post.

You’ve missed us, we’ve missed you (our readers)…we are happy to be back!

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