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Archive for April, 2016

Apr
26
2016

I love my curry leaf plant dearly – our culinary life would not be the same without it. In it’s honour, and considering April is National Poetry Month, I’ve composed a haiku to my botanical friend:

Ode to the Curry Leaf Plant

Bright, green and cheerful;
You give life to my curries;
Dancing in tadka.

Would love to hear your 5-7-5.

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Apr
21
2016

Imagine a place where your parents/grandparents, in their retirement, can live and enjoy with other like-minded South Asian seniors – making friends, playing cards, exchanging recipes, practicing yoga and meditation…AND be located in the United States.

The team at Anand Vihar did. Located in Tampa, FL, this retirement community features nature reserves, a dining hall with meal plans, sports courts, and a meditation hall and yoga studio.

“Blissful Living” indeed…What an amazing concept for our aging parents.

Check out Anand Vihar here…

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Apr
19
2016

Remember these? Cheese and Chutney Sandwiches? I call it my lazy lunch – coriander chutney (when we have some lying around) for a North Indian flavour, and my mom’s Andhra mango pickle for when I have serious spice cravings.

I packed a coriander one in my daughter’s lunch the other day – dubbed the “Indian Grilled Cheese.”

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Apr
13
2016
Celebrating Vaisakhi
Author: Gnaana

Sikhs around the world are celebrating Vaisakhi and the 5 core Khalsa values: Daya (Kindness), Dharam (Fairness), Himmat (Courage), Mohkem (Determination), and Sahib (Strength).

Vaisakhi is an important holiday that is rich with meaning, and it is one that all South Asians (and everyone actually) should understand and appreciate.

Here is a wonderful explanation of Vaisakhi written by Navjot Kaur, author of A Lion’s Mane and Dreams of Hope. She has blogged with before (see here…).

And if you haven’t seen this video yet, here is an amazing video coming from Canada – showing how Canadian Prime Minister and the Canadian government are celebrating with the Sikh Community. What a wonderful example to set for the world!

image via Saffron Press

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Apr
11
2016

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Celebrate Shri Rama Navami this Friday, April 15, with our beautiful print featuring “Raghupati Raaghav Raja Ram” – a must-learn bhajan for all Hindu kids.

As you may know, this version of the Bhajan (some call it a dhun) was a favorite of, and popularized by, Gandhiji – and was reportedly sung during the great Salt March to Dandi in 1930.

The Bhajan of course extols the virtues of Lord Rama. (See here for a more in-depth explanation of the lyrics).

We have also created a unique Paper Learning Puzzle – a terrific, hands-on activity to help kids learn the Bhajan. Just print, cut, and have kids rearrange the lines in the proper order – reciting the lines as they do so. Careful! There are a few tricks, so kids have to really know the lines to get it right.

It’s a great way to celebrate Lord Rama’s birthday!

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The Print and the Puzzle are free with any purchase in our Gnaana Shop now through Saturday, April 16 (digital files will be email upon purchase).

OR you can purchase the digital files for $5 in our Etsy Shop.

For $5, you will receive the following digital files package:
* 3 versions of our Shri Rama Bhajan Print: English, Hindi, and Hindi /w English
* Paper Learning Puzzle

Print, Learn, Recite & Enjoy!

Happy Shri Rama Navami!

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Apr
7
2016

Did you notice that sitar on Google today? It’s a tribute to the late Pandit Ravi Shankar on what would have been his 96th birthday.

The world celebrates the life of a legend today. You can pay tribute also by playing his music for you kids today. Here is a rare clip of Panditji from a private program in Kolkata in the 1950’s – playing Raag Yaman Kalyan:

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Apr
6
2016

It’s not often that we get to share news of exciting things happening in the area of South Asian children’s literature, but today we do – thanks to the Bay Area Children’s Theater.

Now through May 22, Rickshaw Girl will be on stage! We’ve written about Mitali Perkin’s book before – as part of our 2015 Summer Book List. It’s an inspiring story, and not doubt the play will be a crowd-pleaser.

Tickets available here…. Spread the word!

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Apr
4
2016

Karen Knorr’s breathtaking photographs are now available in a book. Her acclaimed India Song collection was on exhibit a few years ago, and the images – of animals juxtaposed in historical Rajput and Mughal palaces – provide endless intrigue.

A terrific coffee table book! Available here…)

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Apr
1
2016

Chandamama may be no more, but it’s memory lives on. A CD is now available with 169 English issues (available here…).

Its website also lives on.

Relive the stories….

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