bottom

Archive for October, 2014

Oct
29
2014
Aunty Couture
Author: Gnaana

As featured on NPR awhile back – part of Meera Sethi’s Upping the Aunty mixed-media portrait project.

We all know (and love) Aunty-ji’s like these!

Share:
Oct
27
2014
Granola Laddoos
Author: Aruna

One of the best things to come out of this Diwali (other than the amazing, refreshing time spent with family and friends, of course) were these Granola Laddoos that I made for Mithai Boxes for guests at our Diwali Party. A most ingenious – albeit accidental – creation, if I do say so myself.

Recipe from here. I had planned to cut them into squares, as per the recipe, but I must have goofed up, and the squares never formed. So I rolled them into laddoos.

Super healthy. Super fun. A pat on the back for my brilliant self…

Share:
Oct
22
2014
Happy Deepavali
Author: Gnaana

/

Wishing you and yours a Happy Deepavali.  See you back Monday.

Share:
Oct
20
2014

/

It’s a new concept we’re exploring – fun, interdisciplinary learning. Here are some fun Diwali Math Problems to sharpen your kids’ math and logic skills. The age range of the problems span K-3rd Grade, but you can easily adjust the difficulty to suit your child’s skill level.

Do the Diwali Math!

Download & Print Here

Share:
Oct
17
2014
A Diwali Cake
Author: Aruna

/

Someday, if I were to have a the-most-fabulous-and-elegant-Diwali-part-in-the-world, I would want to cap the evening with this most-fabulous-and-elegant Lotus Cake, perhaps with a little Lakshmi Devi seated on top.

cake via Ron Ben-Israel

Share:
Oct
15
2014

/

For Diwali delivery, please order by 12pm EST Thursday, October 16th (that’s tomorrow!).

NOTE: We are out-of-stock on our Diwali book, but the flashcards are available for $4.00 (includes shipping). Please email orders@gnaana.com with (1) your requested language and (2) shipping address, and we will send an invoice directly to your email.

/

Share:
Oct
13
2014

/

In anticipation of Diwali, one of our vocabulary words last week was atman.  It’s a difficult concept for young kids to grasp, but essential to understanding Hindu philosophy.  It’s also a word I choose to focus on when explaining Diwali to kids.

Yes, we light up our house, pass out sweets, and dress-up nicely, but I wouldn’t want to leave my kids wondering why or what all the fuss is about.

Here is my list of salient points that I’d want to make sure my kids understand:

  • * First, Diwali is not “The Indian Christmas.”  This analogy is false on many different levels.
  • * Diwali encompasses many stories – of Rama, Krishna, Lakshmi, Bali – all of which are allegories for celebrating the triumph of good over evil, and of light over darkness.
  • * The light that’s celebrated during Diwali is the light that dispels darkness and everything that darkness represents: ignorance, anger, pain, selfishness.  We want these “dark things” out of our house, and so we light our houses to drive them away.
  • * Lighting just one diya, done with a true heart and with meaning, is better than lighting 100 with a false mind.
  • * Diwali is also a celebration of the inner light of earthly beings – the Atman – the pure, infinite and eternal Atman – which outshines and transcends the physical realm.  To know and realize Atman is to triumph over darkness, obstacles and ignorance.
  • * We perform the Lakshmi Puja not to seek monetary riches from Lakshmi Devi, but for true wealth: love and faith.

How would you add to the list?

image via Google Images

Share:
Oct
10
2014
Holiday Lights
Author: Aruna

/

Our Diwali Holiday Lights are being installed today – hundreds of feet of C9’s around our exterior perimeter.  Can’t wait to light up!

Do you install exterior lights for Diwali?

Share:
Oct
8
2014

/

A most awesome project produced by my friend R. for her family. I am truly lucky to have such creative and inspirational people in my life. This Diwali Countdown Calendar is gorgeous beyond belief.

Each box is a mini favor box – with chocolates inside. The first 9 days show the Goddesses of Navratri (when opened), and then the story of The Ramayana unfolds. I will most definitely be copying this!

/

/

/

Share:
Oct
6
2014

/

Brainstorming for decorating the kids’ rooms this week – and what do you know – coloured chalkboard paint.  Available in any colour from Benjamin Moore.

My artist-daughter would love a framed installation like this in her room (perhaps with pink ombre chalkboard paint):

/

images via Houzz, Pottery Barn Kids

Share:
Older Entries