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3 Ways to celebrate a Memorable Holi with kids

posted by Anupriya February 26, 2018 8 Comments

I grew up in an old colony like atmosphere, where the premises were closed like the modern day residential complexes. We did not have to worry about trespassers and our parents let us lose anywhere within the premises. Also because all heads of the families living in the colony worked in the same office, our parents did not really have to worry about our naughty endeavors, because in every nook and corner of the colony, there was someone who would identify us. Before we would reached our homes, our parents would be informed over the phone, about what we have been upto.  But then we had the craziest fun during the festivals with dozens of kids forming groups based on their age groups and having the fun of their lifetime.

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4 Ways how My 5 year old Celebrated Republic Day

posted by Anupriya January 27, 2018 9 Comments

My earliest memories of Republic Day are waking up and jumping infront of the television to watch the Republic Day parade. At that age, I was more excited about the tableaux from various states and the cultural performances. A few years later, we participated in the school parade and witnessed the flag hoisting ceremony by our principal. The significance of Republic Day came in much later when we academically understood the meaning of the ‘The Republic of India’ and ‘Constitution’.

When I came across this prompt, I wondered that what I could tell my 5 year old, to mark the significance of the day. He is too young to understand the concept of ‘Constitution’ and ‘Republic’, yet I definitely wished to make him realize that this was a day as significant or rather more than other festivals that we celebrate actively. I raked my mind for things to do with my son but could not really come up with anything of significance. But as the day progressed, it turned out that my son and I were automatically tuned into the patriotic spirit. Here’s what we did –

Stand Up to the National Anthem

Nik like every student is used to the national anthem in school, but I made a conscious effort to play and sing the national anthem even at home. He obviously asked me that why I was playing the ‘Jana Gana Mana’ song at home today. I told him 🙂

Watched the Parade on Television with Him

This year I was keen on watching the Republic Day parade after several years. Reason that I had pulled Nik out of the bed and put him infront of the Television for him to watch the parade. To my delight, he was really excited on watching the various armed forces. He wanted to understand the difference between the Army, Air Force and Navy. It goes without saying that he enjoyed the tableaux.

Draw and Color the National Flag

Nik’s cousin who goes to playschool received a paper national flag in her school. Nik saw the same and was immediately keen on drawing one. So we got to the job and colored our way to make a national flag.

Story Telling

I have come to believe that story telling is an omnipresent rescuer.  I spent some time telling Nik about how we were a child country and did not know how to do our work. So to tell everyone about how work is to be done and who should do what, a book was written. On Republic Day, we celebrate the buying of that book.

I know this is only a remotely related description of a much larger and wider subject. But I thought, for starters it’d be good to go and do enough to instill some sense of purpose to the school holiday named ‘Republic Day’.

I am linking this post to #MondayMommyMoments by Amrita and Deepa

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5 Reasons to Say No to Fire Crackers this Diwali

posted by Anupriya October 18, 2017 0 comments

The recent ban on firecrackers in the capital and NCR region to keep the pollution levels under control has surprisingly invoked mixed reactions from the elite and the masses. I say surprisingly because only yesterday I stumbled upon a ridiculous statement by a “youth icon” and “influencer” who declared firecrackers as indispensable part of Diwali celebrations and that it is a setback for the Hindus.  I am sure that every Delhite Hindu with some sense and conscience must be relieved at such a directive from the judiciary and would already be anticipating the extent of benefit it will do for the city and adjoining areas.

And all those in other parts of the country have a reason to be happy because somewhere a beginning has been made. We can now at least hope that this directive may find extension and expansion to other metros and cities too and have the privilege of experiencing the benefits of the same.

Personally, I gave up on firecrackers around 10 years back when I witnessed live an accident averted by a close margin when the cracker rocket lost direction and almost got into the window of a neighbor. Continue Reading

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#InternationalGirlChildDay – Love your Girls! But …

posted by Anupriya October 11, 2017 14 Comments

A couple of days back I happened to meet an acquaintance of my mother’s who did not look in the best of her spirits. When I cautiously prodded her on why she looked so somber as if on cue she broke down. Her MBA daughter had married the guy of her choice and moved to HongKong with him. And now after 2 years of a seemingly happy marriage, she had got herself transferred to India and was living alone in another metro. From the sound of what my aunt was saying, it looked like her daughter was unwilling to go back. I told her to be more compassionate of her daughter and figure out if there were instances of physical or mental abuse.

This aunt of mine began to sob inconsolably by now, “No beta! All of it is our fault. Apeksha is our only daughter and we brought her up like she was our son. I can see my daughter’s fallacies now. She is incapable of any kind of compromise. She did not learn how to cook. In India, she could have managed with a maid. But in a foreign land… Also, she has not been able to come to terms with the idea of a marriage where two people have to collaborate and sometimes compromise. I wonder if we went too far in making her independent and forgot to instill some basic virtues for a happy life.” Continue Reading

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5 Reasons I Enjoy Durga Puja in Kolkata

posted by Anupriya October 1, 2017 6 Comments

When I came to live in Kolkata in the July of 2010, everyone in the family seemed to be very excited by the prospect of my first Durga Puja in the city. I was a bit surprised and confused because we aren’t Bengali. I was of the view that it’s the Bengali community that celebrates Durga Puja like we in north Indian celebrate Diwali. I often found myself perplexed by the excitement that my new cousins expressed. At times I would flaunt my multi-cultural and multi-geographical exposure and say, “What’s the big deal? People in North celebrate Diwali with a lot of fervor. Ganpati Puja in Maharashtra is as much a Pandal culture festival with thousands of people thronging LalBaghcha Raja for darshan.Continue Reading