The Young Scientists – Science Comic Magazine For Kids – A Review

Picture this! You have an inquisitive and smart little kid who is often intrigued by the mysterious ways of science! He may ask you questions like, “Do animals dream?” or “How on Earth did all the dinosaurs die out?” You may or may not know answers to these questions. You may be too busy to reply or you may shrug your shoulders and say, “I’ll get back to you later!” Some may even murmur a single sentence answer, which may in turn give rise to numerous other questions! That is when ‘The Young Scientists’ comes into picture!

The Young Scientists – Best Science Comic Magazine For Kids

Interesting Storyline And Illustrations

Apt for kids in the age group 4 – 13 years, this science comic magazine is power packed with interesting science and general knowledge concepts for kids. From distant planets and flying fish to matters as mundane as recycling stuff and keeping your surroundings clean, this magazine discusses it all. Replete with eye-catching, beautiful illustrations, it explains fascinating science concepts to kids through colorful cartoons supported by a related story line and easy to comprehend language.

Vocabulary And Practical Science Well Explained

Usually, adults and children are lazy to find meaning for difficult words. In this magazine, vocabulary for difficult words is provided at the bottom of the page. In addition, there is a ‘science scoop’, which adds value to the storyline. Besides science concepts, the magazine gives information related to “practical science”. For e.g., How to remove the bubble gum that is stuck to your dress? If an insect gets into your ears, then how do you get it out?”

Attracts Attention Instantly

In this age of smart phones and speedy internet, kids tend to key in their queries and get precise, to-the-point answers. They do not have the patience to read huge encyclopedias and general knowledge books. However, ‘The Young Scientists’ grabs their attention instantly. Children would prefer reading this science comic magazine over a huge, monotonous and sleep inducing encyclopedia with lots of text. In fact, this magazine works really well for kids with low attention spans. Children are able to recollect the concepts and apply later when they want. It is never boring to read the magazine repeatedly.

Top 10 Plus Points Of The Young Scientists Science Comic Magazine

1. Amazing illustrations
2. Attention grabbing ‘Contents’ page that gets kids hooked on to the magazine instantly
3. Story based explanation of science concepts in an animated, comic style
4. Available in 3 levels according to different age groups
5. Scannable QR codes for watching related videos on YouTube
6. Excellent paper and printing quality
7. Encourages children to take up or participate in science related activities
8. The end of every page has a tiny, interesting information tidbit related to the particular concept it features.
9. Improves reading habits in children to a great extent.
10. Encourages scientific thinking and elicits interest during group discussion among kids.

My 9- year -old son liked the magazine at the first look and he has become an ardent fan of this magazine. With that, I have decided to subscribe right away!

‘The Young Scientists’ helps kids to grow into responsible and knowledgeable young individuals. You can visit for more information.

Nutritious Homemade Almond Health Drink Mix Recipe For Kids

Horlicks, Pediasure, Bournvita, Amway Protein Powder…the list goes on… You try to get the best health drink mix for your kids. T.V. commercials and enticing newspaper advertisements feature happy and healthy kids consuming these health drinks. And then you end up buying the same for your family. Of course, they have nutrients like vitamins and minerals, but in addition these are also loaded with added flavours and lots of synthetic stuff with confusing hard to pronounce names. In fact, I just noticed MTR badam mix has just 8.5 percent badam in it. The rest of it is made up of milk solids, sugar, starch, saffron, preservatives and the like. That’s when I decided to formulate a homemade health drink mix that would be pure and healthy for my child.

Homemade Health Drink Mix Recipe

This is what you need to make a pure and nutritious health drink mix at home.
Almonds – 250 grams
Refined Sugar / Organic Sugar– 100 grams
Cardamoms – 2
Saffron(Kesar) – 5 grams – optional
Water – ½ litre

How To Make It

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Boil water till it begins to bubble. Add almonds and keep them for 2 minutes. Turn off the flame. Transfer the almonds in another vessel and rinse them under cold tap water for another minute. Throw away the water. Place these almonds on a dry, absorbent cloth. The skins come off easily. Peel all the almonds and keep them on an absorbent cloth under the fan so that they dry well.


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Now, dry roast the almonds in a pan over a low flame for 1 minute. Allow them to cool. Add sugar and cardamoms along with the almonds into a mixer. Grind the contents to a fine powder. Store this in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


This quantity will last for a week if you use 2 teaspoons per glass for three glasses. I suggest making this mix twice a month. Double the quantity of ingredients in that case. I used unrefined, organic sugar from 24Mantra.

Why do we peel off the skins?

The reason we blanch the almonds is to peel off the skins. According to Ayurveda, almond skins are difficult to digest and aggravates pitta in the body. Ayurvedic practitioners always favor soaking almonds overnight and peeling off the skins before consuming.

How Is This Homemade Health Drink Beneficial For Kids?

We all know the goodness of almonds. They are power packed with proteins, vitaminE and minerals like zinc. Almonds are excellent for brain and body development plus they impart excellent skin health. The best part is you can be absolutely sure of what goes in your health drink mix. So try this at home and enjoy its benefits!

For once, I wanted to get rid of everything chocolaty that has permeated our tastes! There are advertorials that show kids drinking milk only when it has chocolate mixed in it!  Not quite what I approve of! I was quite happy with this health drink mix. The results are equally good. My kid enjoys this drink. You can add saffron and dry dates powder too. It will turn out to be great!


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A Mad Mad ‘NO MAID’ Week For Me!

All was well until one fine day when my maid suddenly announced that she would be going on leave for an entire week! This hit me real hard. The realization that I would be managing on my own for an entire week slowly dawned on me. Trust me…it was a nasty feeling. My entire routine would go off track just because I would be wasting my time doing regular household chores.

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Looking at my forlorn expression, she brought another maid to work instead of her, for a week. But this lady would be turning up at 3.00 PM. I couldn’t possibly wait till late afternoon to have my house cleaned!

Isn’t it funny how we take maids for granted in Mumbai? In fact, if one leaves, there is always somebody else to work for us! Indians living abroad, especially in the Western countries know how difficult and expensive it is to hire house maids.

How I managed without a maid in Mumbai

Finally I said, “What the heck!” and decided to take the matter into my own hands. “After all, it’s just a week.”, I thought. So this is how it went! I bought a nice pair of kitchen gloves and a handy mop that took care of difficult corners.

DAY 1: I wake up earlier than usual, at 5.30 AM to be precise, do the dishes, sweep and mop the floor. I prepare breakfast and lunch. I pack off my two guys to office and school respectively. I feel a bit more tired than usual. But then my house is clean by 9.00 AM. And I’m free to do my writing till my son comes back by 4.00 PM.

DAY 2: I follow the same routine. However, I feel more active and less tired. What a way to go!

DAY 3 TO DAY 7: I enjoy my mornings. Since I do not wait for the maid to arrive, which she did, by 11.00 AM, my house work gets done by 9.00 AM sharp. The most absurd thing that happens is I get rid of a niggling backache that had me visit a physiotherapist last month! I guess my humble broom took care of that!

On DAY 7 I realize that
1. A little bit of discipline goes a long way in ensuring good health. Depending on someone all the time for things you can do yourself is not a very good idea.
2. Enrolling for a weight loss regime has been crossed out of my TO-DO LIST.
3. My husband and son started being extra careful not to spill stuff on the floor. They started doing their bit to help me feel better. Now all bits and pieces of trash go straight into the dust bin and not on the floor. They would rather wipe their feet clean on the doormat before entering our home than face a monstrous, yelling mom!
4. Finally, I found some “ME Time .”

Today is DAY 8 and I’m waiting for my maid to report at 11.00 am. It’s 100% not what you think! I’m waiting to send her away for good!

So that’s my ‘No Maid’ story! Of course, it was manageable as I work from home. It may not be easy for working moms. But like I said earlier, a little bit of discipline is all you need in case your maid takes a break!

Why I stopped cooking with aluminium!

This little story goes a long way! As a child, I always wondered why grandma’s aluminium cooking pots turned ugly after being used for some time! These vessels would get defaced with tiny black depressions and marks on the inner sides. That never stopped granny from using aluminium though! She would go to the market and buy new pots. She also had steel and earthen cookware but she always felt aluminium pots heated faster and cooked faster.

Why I stopped cooking with aluminium

Why aluminium is bad for you!

Those little black marks on the vessels are great causes for concern, though. It shows how reactive this metal is! Aluminium reacts immediately with acidic and alkaline food matter to form toxic compounds that leach into your food. Try cooking tomatoes, curd or tamarind in an aluminium vessel or sauté onions with a few tomatoes in an aluminium kadhai. You will see how the surface changes form after a few uses. Sometimes, the reaction is so extreme that the taste of food gets altered.

Now for a few startling facts!

Harmful effects of aluminium

Modern times have seen the decline of pure aluminium pots and pans. However, we still use a lot of aluminium for food storage. Aluminium foil wrapping, soda cans, soft drink cans, frozen and processed food containers…the list is endless. In fact, we use aluminium foil quite casually, for baking, packing food for our little ones etc., without thinking twice!
Aluminium compounds directly target your nervous system. Prolonged consumption of aluminium compounds can speed the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other debilitating conditions. This metal slows mental growth in children. It accumulates in various organs, causing illnesses in the long run.

So what kind of aluminium cookware is safe?

if you insist on using aluminium cookware, go for hard anodised aluminium cookware as the aluminium is well sealed inside a smooth and hard coating that won’t corrode easily. This prevents aluminium leaching into food to a huge extent.

Though it is impossible to root out aluminium totally from your lifestyle, try your best to avoid using it for cooking and food storage. So now it is soft drinks from tetra packs instead of cans for me! I use stainless steel tiffin boxes to pack food for kids. Aluminium foil is a strict NO in my kitchen. In fact these 7 super tips to replace aluminium foil in your kitchen are quite interesting! Do check them out!

Let me know if you know any more methods of cooking and baking sans aluminium foil! Would love to hear from you!

Aluminium Foil Image By Lewis Ronald (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Walking Fish! Meet The Mudskipper!

Ever heard of walking fish or fish that can walk on land or even fly? Nature can leave you spellbound with its extraordinarily miraculous creatures. Meet the mudskippers, a strange breed of fish that can swim in water, walk on land and fly in the air!

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Fish that walks on land – Mudskipper

By Bjørn Christian Tørrissen [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Mudskippers are amphibious fish meaning they live on land as well as in water. They have modified pectoral fins (in the upper part of their bodies) which they use as legs, to walk in shallow water and on land. They spend most of their time on land, returning to the water only to store water periodically in their gills. You can find these little creatures perched on mangrove roots. They can grow as long as 4 inches to 12 inches long.

Where are Mudskippers found?

They usually inhabit swampy land like mangroves and river estuaries. In India you can see these walking fish in the mangroves of Sunder bans. Mudskippers can also be seen in other places around the globe as in West Africa, Polynesian islands, Japanese coasts, Philippines and Australia.

Fish that can fly

By Charles Lam from Hong Kong, China (I Can Fly) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Can you imagine fish flying? Well, Mudskippers can fly too! They can actually flip in the air up to a height of 2 feet using their muscular bodies.

These remarkable creatures even fight to defend their territories! A mudskipper calls its opponent for a duel by raising the fin on its back.

So how do they breathe?

Mudskippers breathe with their gills as normal fish do when in water. Before going on land, they have this marvelous ability to store water in their gill chambers. They can also breathe thru their moist skin as amphibians do.

Check out this exclusive documentary by Planet Doc on mudskippers. Kids will find it very interesting.

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5 Super Ways To Use Curry Leaves For Hair Growth!

Did you know that the humble curry leaves or kadi patta are power packed with nutrients that can give you thick, lustrous hair? It’s a pity that natural herbs as these are often underestimated. Luscious, dark green curry leaves are rich in essential nutrients that nurture your scalp and hair from the root to the tip.

Over the years, your hair loses its shine and healthy texture on account of various reasons ranging from heating tools, chemical hair treatments, prolonged exposure to the sun and lack of proper nutrition.

curry leaves for hair growth

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Curry leaves can be applied externally to improve hair texture and cure dry scalp conditions. To encourage hair growth, you have to consume it daily besides using it for external application. These miraculous leaves encourage fresh hair growth besides reversing damage caused by heating tools, chemical hair treatments and exposure to sun.

How to use curry leaves for hair growth

Curry Leaves For your Scalp – External Application

Curry Leaves Hair Mask

For this hair mask, make a paste of 2 cups dark green, fresh curry leaves. Add 2 tablespoons of curd. Massage it into your hair and scalp. Leave this mask on your hair for 30 minutes. Cover your head with a shower cap. This mask will cure dry scalp conditions including dandruff. After 30 minutes, wash your hair with a mild shampoo and rinse with warm water. Rinsing with warm water ensures that no oily residues of curd remain in your hair.

Curry Leaves Hair Oil

Instead of preparing a hair mask every time, you can make some curry leaf oil every week, for regular use.

Take ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds and 2 cups of chopped fresh green curry leaves. Heat 3 tablespoons of coconut oil in a pan. Before the oil reaches boiling point, turn the heat off. Add the fenugreek seeds and chopped curry leaves into the oil. Allow this to sit overnight. Strain and store this curry leaf hair oil in a bottle for everyday use.
Check out this herbal hair oil recipe that you can make at home using curry leaves, hibiscus and henna for maximum hair growth.

Curry Leaves For Hair Growth – Consume Internally

Don’t cringe at the thought of having to eat curry leaves! There are tastier ways of eating these leaves instead of simply chewing them raw. You can consume curry leaves using these tasty recipes!

Curry Leaves Chutney

You can make this simple curry leaf chutney to go with your afternoon meal of rice. It tastes just as good with chapattis.

For curry leaves chutney, you need:

Curry Leaves – 1 cup
Onion – 1
Garlic – 10 cloves
Tamarind – size of a small ball.
Red chillies – 2
Mustard seeds – ¼ teaspoon
Urad dal – ½ teaspoon
Salt to taste.

How to prepare

Sauté mustard seeds, urad dal, chopped onions, crushed garlic and curry leaves in two teaspoons of cooking oil, till the onions turn translucent. Add tamarind and salt. Allow this mix to cool. Grind to a fine paste and your healthy curry leaves chutney is ready.

Curry Leaves Dosa

This one is a super simple recipe. Make a paste of one cup fresh green curry leaves. Add this paste to ½ litre dosa/idli batter. Add salt to taste. You can make regular dosas as you normally do.

Curry Leaves Rice

For this nutritious rice recipe you will need:

Cooked Rice – 1 cup
Curry leaves – 2 cups
Garlic – 5 cloves
Hing (asafoetida) – a small pinch
Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
Red Chillies – 2
Urad dal – 1 teaspoon
Black pepper(whole) – ½ teaspoon
Fried chana dal – 1 teaspoon
Fenugreek seeds – ¼ teaspoon
Cooking oil
Salt to taste.

How to prepare

Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in a frying pan. Add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and let them splutter. Add hang, crushed garlic cloves, urad dal, chana dal, black pepper, red chillies, coriander powder and sauté for a minute. Add curry leaves and tamarind. Grind this to a very fine paste.

Now heat 1 teaspoon of cooking oil or ghee in a pan. Add ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds and let them crackle. Add a few more curry leaves. Add the paste that you made. Add cooked rice and mix well. This is a nutritious rice recipe for kids and grownups alike and works wonders for your hair.

Using curry leaves for hair growth is an age old tradition followed in South India. And I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t like these methods of using curry leaves. In fact, you can grow a curry leaf plant at home to have a continuous supply of fresh curry leaves. Do try this natural fertilizer for curry leaf plants.

Do let me know if you tried any of these methods, in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you!

Amazing Hanging Pillar Of Lepakshi Temple, India

The Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi, or the hanging pillar temple in India, is an exemplary work of ancient Indian architecture, Vijayanagara architectural style to be precise. Located approximately 120 km i.e. a 2 hour drive from Bangalore, Lepakshi is a small village in the Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh.

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Lepakshi Hanging Pillar


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This beautifully carved stone pillar hangs from the ceiling and reaches a few millimetres above the temple floor. Nobody has been able to find out how exactly the kings architects managed to suspend such an immensely heavy stone pillar from the ceiling. In fact, you can easily pass a cloth under this pillar, an act often shown by the local guides. During the British regime, a British engineer got his men to shift the pillar to find out the secret. Unfortunately, this caused the pillar to touch the floor at one corner besides altering the structure of the roof to some extent.

Lepakshi Temple Attractions

Monolithic Nandi


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Lepakshi is also home to the famed temple complex built by Vijayanagra kings way back in 1583. This temple is built on a rocky hillock called Kurma Sailam or tortoise hill. The first marvel you encounter is a colossal Nandi located almost a mile before the temple. It is 27 feet in width and 15 feet in height and rumoured to be the largest monolithic Nandi in India.

Ganesha and Naga


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The temple also features a huge structure of Lord Ganesha carved in stone, leaning against a rock. Near this is a huge Naga with seven hoods and three coils, towering over a black Shivalingam, protecting it.

Fresco Paintings

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Lepakshi Temple Ceiling” by Pp391Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

You get to see some intricate and beautiful specimens of fresco paintings on the ceiling just before the main sanctum sanctorum. The 24 feet by 14 feet fresco of Veerabhadra, the main deity of this temple, is spectacular. The famed Shiva Parvati Kalyanam (wedding) is also depicted here. These frescoes have been painted using natural shades of green, brown, white, black and ochre on a lime treated surface.

Natya Mandapam and Kalyana Mandapam

shiva parvati kalyanamandapam at lepakshi temple
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Other eye catching attractions are the Natya Mandapam with 100 pillars and an unfinished
Kalyana Mandapam with intricately carved stone pillars. The ancient artisans who sculpted these pillars have given attention to detail resulting in a spectacular display of ancient mythology and architectural designs in this structure.

Lepakshi temple is a must visit site on your itinerary if you happen to be near Bangalore or Anantpur. Ancient Indian Architecture has given birth to many such marvellous structures in India. Visit this site on ancient Indian monuments for more fresco paintings and inscriptions at Lepakshi .

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How Doodling Helps Memory In Kids!

While I elaborate on how doodling helps memory, let me tell you that my son aged nine is about to appear for his first term assessment at school. He is in Grade V now. As any other normal mother would, I tend to do the running around and ensure that my child has revised his lessons well before the exams commence. All this while, my son plays around with his Rubik’s cube, totally oblivious of the enormous frustration and tension that his mom carries on her shoulders till his exams are over!

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Ecology concept doodle -Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG at

As kids go to higher grades, chapters are vast. You cannot possibly expect them to memorize. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what certain kids do at the last moment. Memorizing without understanding basic facts doesn’t make sense. Kids also get bored easily looking at long answers to questions. So what could be the right way to learn better and improve your child’s memory power?

Memorizing stuff does make sense if you do it the right way! That is when doodling or noting with sketches comes into picture.

How Doodling Helps Memory

As kids, how many times did you get scolded for doodling away in class? The last page of every notebook was silent testimony of  your lovely artwork 😉  But then how many times have you scolded your child to stop doodling with pencil while you explain a concept? You feel that it is distracts attention and is absolutely silly. Well, its time to stop that.

Doodling or making rough sketches while you learn can actually help you understand concepts and memorize things better! Doodling helps the brain to make a visual representation of a particular concept.


Doodling –  Simple Concepts : Photosynthesis example

Take a very simple example of the process of “photosynthesis” – Natural chemical-process by which chlorophyll (magnesium-containing pigment in green plants, blue-green algae, phytoplankton, and green and purple bacteria) uses sunlight (radiation) energy to convert (synthesize) water and atmospheric carbon dioxide into life sustaining organic compounds such as glucose. Being also responsible for almost all the oxygen in atmosphere, photosynthesis is the basis of all life on earth.

Now look at this doodle of photosynthesis in plants.

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It covers all points mentioned in the definition. Plus you have an awesome mind map at hand to go thru before exams.


Doodling Makes Kids Better Listeners

Did you notice that when children blindly take notes or copy matter from the black board in class, they do so without understanding and hence fail to retain concepts in memory. However, when a student doodles, he listens, he concentrates, deciding on what information he needs to put in the doodle and what not. The result is that important facts get encoded in the brain automatically and the student gets a deeper understanding of the matter.

So how to make kids doodle stuff?

Encourage your child to draw step by step, rough sketches for subjects like history, geography, science, english literature etc. These are the subjects where the child has to describe content like sequence of events in history, structure of the Earth’s layers, structure of human digestive system, synopsis of any play by Shakespeare etc.

While you explain these concepts, make them doodle. Sketches must be in sequence though. A doodle can be as simple as a bubble with something written inside it and an arrow for labeling. This will make them concentrate more on what you say, as they have to implement it in the form of sketches.

I caught my child yawning once when I was teaching him the structure of the nervous system. I could sympathize with him as the matter was too vast for a 9 year old to grasp. Then I took a whiteboard and a marker, told him to doodle as I taught him. I found him listening keenly and sketching stuff side by side. Try this, it works, especially when you need your brain to digest a lot of matter without getting all dazed and sleepy.

Doodling Helps The Brain Carry More Stuff

Research has revealed that the brain can remember concepts better if all the information is encapsulated in an image. In fact, William Klemm, a neuroscience professor at Texas A & M University confirmed this fact at a Learning and the Brain conference held in San Francisco.

Doodling Before Exams

Keep your doodles or rough sketches safe. Going thru them just before an exam helps a child recollect concepts properly without missing a single step or fact. Once the doodle is memorized, all a child needs to do is to elaborate on those points in his own words.

So try this and let me know how it goes!

Hilariously Funny Things My Kid Said To Me

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I guess, most of us have naughty, pesky, fiddly kids who keep talking non-stop throughout the day! When was the last time you heard them out without throwing up your hands in the air? Chances are that you have been missing out on all the funny things they have to say. These small incidents can make you smile, laugh and giggle.

I happened to pick these funny incidents from my FaceBook timeline that took place over a span of 4 years. My son has since grown from a teeny weenie Kindergarten student to a 9 year old boy. One thing however, remains the same. He is still naughty and keeps me busy.

Do check these cute and funny things kids say. Am sure you will find them funny too. And do not forget to go over your own FaceBook timeline. Moments from your past can bring a smile back on your face, especially moments related to your children.

Funny Things Kids Say

1. My kid sees our wedding snaps. Says he wants to marry too. His dad asks him, “So who is the girl?” He says,” Why do you need one?” His dad says, “so that she loves and cares for you when you are sick and remains your best friend for life. So he says, “Then I’ll marry mamma.” Will not forget this one for sure!

2. My son’s friend falls sick and he tells him, “Come to my mom. She is a very good doctor”. I was kind of flattered, honestly.

3. One evening, in front of the television – “Mamma why do you keep changing channels when the hero tries to kiss the heroine?”

4. Home from school, my son tells me, “Today teacher taught us all about insurance. So did you understand?” I ask. He says, “Yes”. “What did you understand?” I ask. He says, “I understood everything, but then I forgot!” – Which means, “No more questions please…” I guess!

5. What can a little boy worry about when his leg gets fractured? – “When will I be able to play?” Maybe…Ishaan’s first reaction to his plastered leg was –“How will I scratch if it itches inside?”

6. Latest buzz in my son’s class “Mamma, Rudra brought two wriggly worms in a box, I loved watching them crawl. I even touched them and poked them with a stick!” Yuck…That is so much unlike me; I would’ve jumped and screamed like I do when I find a worm in a pea pod, sometimes.

7. My child’s little friend next door, comes to our place without informing her dad. She gets in, closes our door and tells me, “Aunty, its ok. I didn’t ask Dadda, he’s busy doing potty.” I din know what to say!!!!!!!! It was so damn funny!!!!!

8. Mom, my friends were queuing up for your cutlets! So I traded them with what they had brought. Too bad Abid did not get my cutlets; I didn’t like what was in his tiffin.” I have to gently remind Ishaan, that it is not fair to leave one child and be good to others. So he adds to my workload – “Mamma, make me another batch on Monday, will make sure that the entire class gets cutlets!”

9. Honest opinion from Ishaan on my new outfit! He tells me “Mamma, you look like ‘Mutthachan’ – my father (nanaji in Malayalam). I look at him, puzzled and he says,”Mumma you know Muttachan has a nice fat tummy.”

10. Baking time today! Baked a chocolate and caramalized apple cake with my little assistant. He tells me, “Mamma, I’m a baker and you are a bakess!”

11. This happened when Ishaan was in nursery class and was learning phonics. “100% ha ha ha! Phonics is funny and so is English! Ishaan reads TOSHIBA with the O sound as in Orange and A sound as in Apple! No problems, we’ll get this resolved together!

12. Ishaan reads tickers nowadays, I change the news channel when he is around! But this was one sure was funny – he said, “Why are they breaking the news?”, “what is ‘news’?”How to break it? I want to break it too!”

13. My Toofan express comes home from school and this is what he says, “ Piyush threw my book, pushed Ria, opened Shivani’s water bottle, spilled the water down and threw Arnav’s hanky in that water. Then he started running around the class. Teacher punished him. Very good!” Before I could react, he just disappeared inside to fetch his toys. I guess, he was waiting all the way to get home and spill the ‘oh so happening’ news!

14. A neighbour’s kid said this to me – “Aunty, at our place, bean bags are not for sitting on. Mamma dumps clothes on them and we all take out clothes from the bean bag to wear. Don’t you buy any clothes?”

15. Ishaan’s friend’s maasi (maternal aunt) comes over for a visit. He says,” Mom, why don’t you have a sister? No problem, he says,” I’ll be your sister. I say, “You are a boy.”…So he says, okay, I’ll be your boy sister! I didn’t know what to say. He was all of 3 years at that time.

16. Katti Batti time. Ishaan tells me of his katti batti friends who keep changing daily. Can relate to this after all these years.

17. My son tells me a story “Once upon a time… there lived 3 cars…Papa car, mamma car and one small ‘kutty’ car.” (kutty meaning child in Malayalam) Wonder why boys are so crazy about cars…

18. I read this on my son’s little friend’s t-shirt: “SAW IT.LOVED IT.THREW A FIT FOR IT.AND FINALLY GOT IT.!”

19. “I’m a fooder”, says my kid while spreading cheese on bread. I give him a weird look and he says, “You know the one who prepares food.” I tell him, “That’s a cook.” He says, “But ‘fooder’ sounds better!”

20. Stiff neck syndrome! I’m not able to move my head sideways! And my little boy is getting a ‘Yes’ for all the ‘Nos’ from me.

21. The TV remote is not functioning and an army helicopter that was idle since ages, was running around madly. Made a quick connection and realised who was behind the battery swap!

22. An SMS doesn’t get delivered despite several attempts on a rainy day. So when I complain, my little one says , “Mamma, SMS baarish me bheeg gaya. Phir se bhejo ” meaning your SMS got wet in the rain. Send it again.

23. My son is fiddling around with the chess board thinking he knows to play Chess. He says, “King Uncle is riding a horse and Queen Aunty is riding an elephant and the soldiers are at war.” I have to lose the game for him else all players get tossed on the floor. I remember dad losing out to me while playing carom just to make me smile.

This one is a killer.
24. I try telling my little one – “There are children who don’t even have food to eat and here you are, not drinking milk.” He smartly tells me – “You can go and give the milk to them.”

25. My son tells me on a rainy day – “I’m not able to go down and play. God uncle is watering the trees. When will the trees stop asking for water? I just smiled.

26. The lady on the first floor must be happy. For a change…it’s raining plastic clips on her terrace…you know the ones used for hanging clothes…thanks to my child.

27. Someone has quietly taken the jar of cream biscuits, eaten the cream, joined the biscuits and put them back in. I found this out today morning. Little fellow gets it from me, when he comes back from school today grrrrrrrrrrr….

28. My son’s definition of a sore throat: The germs are digging my throat with an excavator. Give me some warm water to “dhush” (kill) them.

What funny thing did your kid say to you today? Do share in the comments below.

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Cute Little Letter To Father – On Father’s Day

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Letter To Father – On Father’s Day

My little boy had to write a letter to his father on Father’s day for letter writing activity at school. This is what he wrote. Isn’t that nice?

Now before you leave, a teeny weeny bit on the history of Father’s Day!

What is Father’s Day?

The origin of Father’s Day celebrations can be traced to the early 20th century in the United States of America. It was celebrated for the first time on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington by Ms.Sonora Smart Dodd, at YMCA. She believed that every father had the right to a celebration similar to Mother’s Day. Her father had brought up six kids as a single parent.

Father’s Day is now celebrated all over the world usually around the third Sunday that falls in June. It is a loving tribute to all the awesome fathers in this world!