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Posts Tagged ‘events’

Feb
18
2010
Curry Powder Skiing
Author: Gnaana

My 3-year-old has been transfixed on the Winter Olympics of late (the ski jump and the luge have been his favourites so far, despite the fact that he’s tagged them both as “scary”).  I’ve been pointing out the different countries of the competitors to him, but, sadly, we haven’t seen any athletes from India or South Asia.

The Indian Winter Olympic Team, in case you were wondering, has 3 athletes (an alpine skiier, a cross country skiier and a luger).  Pakistan, for the first time in history, has 1 athlete (an alpine skiier) and Nepal has 2 comptetitors. 

If you get past the fantasy “Kashmir” Bollywood snow scenes, it turns out that Gulmarg (a small village 35 miles from Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir) is becoming one of the world’s premier destinations for “adventure skiing” – known for its deep “curry powder” snow.  Gulmarg is covered in snow for 6 months during most years and has the world’s highest gondola ski lift.

There are quite a few hotels in Gulmarg:  Hotel Highlands Park  (claims to have hosted Presidents, Prime Ministers and royalty)  and Hotel Pine Ridge are 2 of the best.  You can rent equipment from the Kashmir Alpine Shop and go skiing, snowboarding or ice skating amidst the backdrop of the Himalayas.

Probably not somewhere I’d take the kids (imagine packing snowsuits for international travel!), but if I lived in India, or if I was the adventure-ski type, what a dream destination it would be!

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Dec
18
2009

We featured Chachaji’s Cup, a wonderful book by Uma Krishnaswami about an Indian-American boy, his great-uncle and the 1947 partition of India in our November Newsletter.  Now – guess what!  It’s coming to life in NYC!  Yes, folks Making Books Sing is staging a musical called Tea With Chachaji featuring traditional dance and live music.  The musical is geared towards kids, but book-lovers of all ages are of course welcome to attend.

Performances are on January 30, 31 and February 3.

And the best part:  Gnaana families will receive a $2.50 discount off the ticket price.  Click here for details.

So mark your calendars – don’t let your kids miss-out on this one-of-a-kind experience!

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Nov
19
2009

Time to get serious here.  Last Saturday, I gave a speech in Los Angeles at the Kannada Cultural Association’s Children’s Day Festival.  My topic was “Preparing Our Children For The Future.”  I didn’t talk about academics and such, but about the importance of cultural education.  In sum, I stressed that culture was like a language – and that it needs to be incorporated early in children’s life – so that they can internalize and make it a relevant part of their lives as they grow older.  I also urged parents to examine their child’s relationship with culture – and to make sure they understand the true meaning behind many cultural practices – so that they’ll be inspired to form their own communities in the future and continue traditions.

The response to the speech was terrific!  You can read the full text here.

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Sep
24
2009
Take Off!
Author: Gnaana

Fireworks

Ta daaaaa! Yes, folks – we have officially launched the full website.  Now you can read more about our history and our mission and view our products.  Some items ship now and others on October 7th – just in time for Diwali on October 17!

Click here to read our Press Release.

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