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Archive for July, 2015

Jul
28
2015

Announcing our NEW concept book: A is for Anaar: My First Hindi Alphabet Book!

It’s the Hindi Alphabet Book your kids have always wanted – a fun mix of Hindi words, clever rhyme, and full of cultural references – from Aurangzeb and Rishi Agastya to The Ramayana. This books includes pronunciation guides, a glossary, an option audio CD, and also prompts for beginning Hindi conversation skills – 56 pages of Hindi fun!

Illustrated by the phenomenally-talented Kalyani Ganapathy – each page is truly a work of art. We are very proud to introduce this product into the marketplace – and we hope your kids will be PROUD to be learning and sharing their language and culture.

Please support our initiative and Pre-Order a copy today. We’d like to make some noise and show the publishing industry that WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS like these. Ship date is November 10th.

Dhanyavaad! Thank You!

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Jul
27
2015
Book Cover Reveal!
Author: Gnaana

Sneak peak! Book cover reveal of our newest concept book: A is for Anaar: My First Hindi Alphabet Book.

Official announcement coming tomorrow! Now open for pre-orders here…

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Jul
23
2015

This one is for all the dads and men out there – a call to arms in the fight against heart disease and marital complacency. It’s no secret that heart disease is no less than an epidemic for South Asian men (and women) – but as we get deeper entrenched in the daily hecticness of married life with kids, the priority of health too easily gets eclipsed.

On the suggestion of my brother (who admirably is a poster child for men’s health), I recently purchased an Omron Fat Loss Monitor – which calculates your body fat percentage. In my opinion, body fat percentage is a better indicator of overall health than BMI. A lower percentage of body fat directly translates to a sleeker, more athletic physique (read: you have to eat well and workout to get there).

So I dusted off the bath scale that was festering in our garage and had my husband check his stats. Although he’s an avid swimmer, he’s notorious for making poor choices in diet. He too was shocked at the numbers. With a history of heart disease and high cholesterol in both our families, and now age over 40, I wanted to give him a wake-up call. He now has a goal to cut his body fat percentage by half, and we’ll be using the Omron to track progress.

Now the challenge: increasing muscle and decreasing body fat on a vegetarian/vegan diet.

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Jul
20
2015
Desi Minions
Author: Gnaana

The minion madness has evidently gripped the nation – but have you seen these Desi Minions? Leave it to a couple of very creative artists to make sure Desis make their mark on the craze. See them all here.

image via NDTV

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Jul
16
2015

Time to move beyond picture books, but not sure where to start? Kids getting fatigued with Magic Tree House Series? Looking for culturally-diverse themes? We present our list of Top 5 Read Aloud Books for kids. The books listed here are appropriate for kids ages 5+, and span 3rd-6th grade reading levels (if they are so inclined to read the books themselves.

1. The Gold-Threaded Dress by Carolyn Marsden

Reading Level: 3.7 (AR: 4.6)
Synopsis: Fourth grader Oy, a Thai-American student new to a predominantly Mexican-American school, gets teased for being different until a popular girl in school spots a photography of Oy in her traditional Thai silk dress.

2. Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins

Reading Level: 5.2 (AR: 4.3)
Synopsis: Ten-year-old Naima longs to earn money to help her poor Bangladeshi family, but her talent in painting traditional patterns, or alpanas, is no use. Will disguising herself as a boy and working as a rickshaw-driver be a solution?

3. Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins

Reading Level: 4.0 (AR: 4.0)
Synopsis: What do toys do when humans are not around? Welcome to the secret life of toys.

4. Tales From The Odyssey by Mary Pope Osborne

Reading Level: 4.6 (AR: 4.8)
Synopsis: A Greek classic comes alive for kids. Follow Odysseus as he battle one-eyed giants, beautiful enchantresses, whirlpools and sea monsters!

5. Treasury of Egyptian Mythology by Donna Jo Napoli

Reading Level: 6.6 (AR: 6.6)
Synopsis: By National Geographic – Starting with the Egyptian creation myth, the book unfolds with tales of all the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. Great lesson in comparative mythology for Indian kids.

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Jul
15
2015
Start Up :: The Game
Author: Gnaana

Looking for a “bored” game for summer afternoons? For the 9-and-up set, check out Start Up! It looks to be a great way to introduce kids to business and math terms and skill.  It also has a companion app.

From the creators:
StartUp is a business board game in which players compete to guide their startup company from launch to the completion of a corporate headquarters. Along the way there are Business Opportunities, Capital Opportunities, and IPO Opportunities. Build Expertise to increase your chances for success and your company’s value in an Initial Public Offering. Navigate lawsuits, price wars, networking opportunities and shock cards along the way.

You can never start too early…

Available here and here.

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Jul
9
2015

It’s the biggest movie event India has seen in years – and it’s not coming from Mumbai’s Bollywood, but from Hyderabad’s Tollywood.  Touted as the most expensive film ever made in the history of Indian cinema, Baahubali releases worldwide tomorrow, July 10th.

With fantastic historical settings (roughly 8th Century), accomplished actors, and a director with a proven track record (SS Rajamouli), Baahubali seems to have a lot going for it.  Although we suspect it may be a bit violent for kids, it may be babysitter-time so you can take part in this historic event.

Checkout the film’s website and the initial trailer:

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Jul
7
2015

How did this wardrobe staple elude my attention for this long? I guess I will have to chalk it up to procrastination. Heading out to Edison, NJ while on an East Coast trip this week to find the perfect set of jhumkaas for my little girl.

The jhumkaa design is one of the most iconic jewelry patterns in Indian history – spanning the subcontinent and defying the trials of time.

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Jul
1
2015

It’s de rigueur in India and many hot weather climates: pants with chappals. It’s a look that’s functional and practical (why let the feet suffocate in socks?).

How many men would dare to carry this look?  Does it say “California Cool” or “Indian Uncle?”

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