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Speech Competition – Why Education goes beyond books!

Here is a speech on Why Education Goes beyond books, for children from grade 6 and beyond. I wrote it for my son. The speech duration is of 10 minutes and it is composed of 1030 words approximately. Please feel free to use it for educational purposes.

Why education goes beyond books


Picture this! A teacher is describing the ancient stone sculptures of Ajanta and Ellora to a class full of curious students with the help of a textbook. The kings who commissioned the construction of these caves, the intricate stone carvings and the exact location of the caves, their relation to ancient Indian history – all these facts are being explained from the text book. Students are listening to her, trying to grasp all that she explains. But the students may still wonder about so many facts! How tall are the sculptures? In an era when there was no electricity, how did they even manage to carve out rocks in the dark? What about cranes and lifts? How did they move huge boulders?

On the other hand, when students actually visit the site, they get spellbound by the enormity of the stone sculptures, the mathematical calculations behind the perfect alignment of the body, hand and facial features of these sculptures, the stories behind the wall paintings at Ellora, etc. The children get an idea of the immense efforts put in by the skillful craftsmen of an era gone by, who did not even live to enjoy the credits of their exquisite art work.

The imagination of every child is limitless like the universe. He will have many questions several of which may remain unanswered if there is limited interaction with the subject at hand. So it is indeed safe to say that Education extends beyond books and in fact beyond the classroom too.


All over the world, there is a growing feeling that our education systems need to be mended. Technology is moving ahead at lightning speed. Books cannot cope up with this information overload. The environment around us is constantly changing. Sadly revised editions of books are not released as often. Books merely summarize and encapsulate a lot of information in a nutshell often leaving out important facts which have to be grasped by observation or interaction. Books give us a brief idea of the subject at hand. More often than not students memorize these facts and appear for exams, scoring good marks. But they do not understand the practical aspects of what they learn thru books. Consider this extremely simple principle of colour theory – Our art book states that when blue and yellow is mixed we get green colour. But unless you try it out yourself, you will not know the exact proportion in which blue and yellow colours are to be mixed to get that perfect shade of green.

Education can be procured from the unlikeliest of places. It can be obtained from local guides at historical sites shedding light on facts that have not been documented before. You can learn the importance of maps by asking for directions at a local shop. You can learn about unknown wild fruits and medicinal herbs from local farmers or tribals. These different sources of knowledge are constantly educating us.

You can teach a child stories on generosity, courage and many other moral values. However, unless the child comes across a situation where he is supposed to help somebody or protect himself from harm, he wouldn’t be learning these valuable life lessons in a correct manner.

Today’s education system needs a 360 degree approach that would contribute to the holistic development of a child or even an adult for that matter. This can be achieved in so many different ways. Movies, documentaries, audio visual clips, field trips, involving students in project work, group discussions etc. can all go a long way in extending education beyond books.

Another interesting fact is that not all students learn by the read-write method. Some are visual learners, some are auditory and some are kinaesthetic learners. It would be extremely uninteresting for such children to read books for gaining knowledge. This lays stress on the fact that education must encompass knowledge gained via means other than books without which a child would be like a frog in the well, with extremely limited knowledge.
It is often seen that many children hate maths. Such kids will fare poorly if they are made to simply solve problems from a textbook. However if you educate them about the usefulness of maths outside school, they would love to do Maths. For e.g. ask a child to calculate the cost of ten packs of his favourite biscuits. In the car, ask him how long it would take to reach a particular place if the speed is so and so and the distance is so and so kilometres. Ask him if his pocket money would be sufficient to buy a certain toy. Ask him to design a house on paper using geometrical patterns.


Education must enable a child to keep humanity knitted together. It should teach children to strive for a better world. The best example is that of Malala Yousoufzai. She would not have known the importance of courage, peace, humanity etc. if she had just read about courage from text books. A tryst with a militant’s bullet almost proved fatal for her. This militant organization expected her to succumb to fear and give up learning. But she was determined to prove them wrong. She left her home, her country and continued her education. Her book ‘I am Malala’ is one of the best selling works of this century. She was able to pen the book based on her experiences and not by reading another book on how to write a book. Do you think she would have accomplished so much by reading books alone? No.

Education needs learning using different audio visual media, interaction with the society and environment, exploring places, trying out different cuisines and a lot more. Only then can you soak in knowledge like a sponge does. Of course books are needed to get your basics in place. However they do not mark the end of the road to education and knowledge. Hence, we must all accept the fact that Education is and will always go beyond books.
Thank you.

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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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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!


Different Parenting Styles – What’s Yours?

So what kind of a parent are you? This question may make you raise an eyebrow and actually start thinking. It got me thinking too.

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It was our son’s induction day programme at school. We were at the school auditorium, attending a parenting workshop conducted by an experienced and eminent speaker, Mr. Rishabh Khanna, Director, Les Transformations. Mr. Khanna is an experienced educator and L & D expert. He helped us break a few parenting myths and focus on vital areas which we tend to neglect. There is no such thing as perfect parenting. We all learn things on the go with inputs from our parents and of course, the society which is more than ready to interfere.

Coming back to the workshop, Mr. Khanna asked us the same question. Many were either interested, thinking or plain bored till he went ahead, telling us of the different parenting styles that exist and the pros and cons of each. This got everyone back on track.
The different types of parenting styles play a vital role in bringing up a child. They affect the self esteem, happiness and academic performance of your child. His physical and mental development is also influenced by your parenting style. The way you discipline your child can have a major impact on your relationship with him over the years.

Different Parenting Styles- Effects On Children

Authoritarian Parenting

Do you put across a set of rules and expect your children to follow them without asking any questions? If yes, you belong to this category. Here children have no say in any decisions that concern them. Parents may decide everything from the food the child should eat to the extracurricular activity the child should choose. Whether a kid hates eating salads or hates to swim and would prefer doing something else, will not matter to such parents. In case the child asks, “Why should I do this?” the answer is usually “because I want it that way” or “You don’t know what is good for you!”A ‘No’ may be met with corporal punishment instead of informing the child of possible consequences of not doing the task.

Now here is what happens. Kids depend on their parents for everything which affects their decision making capability. They have low self confidence.

Now comes the most startling aspect. Such children are more than likely to become targets of CSA or child sexual abuse. They do not report it to their parents for fear of being scolded. Since they have been taught to follow orders without counter questioning, they do not retaliate when someone tries to abuse them.

If you are an authoritarian parent, it is time to change your parenting style.

Authoritative Parenting

All of us set rules when it comes to parenting. However, some parents consider the likes and dislikes of a child before setting these rules.

My son, for instance, hates milk. I tried several health drink mixes and natural fruit shakes but to no avail. Punishing him for such a futile reason was totally out of question.

Finally I tried milk with Pediasure and mashed bananas on alternate days. The only reason why he drank this was that it was served chilled. It took me a long time to find this out. But now I have no problems. This avoided so many endless arguments that usually have mothers throwing their hands up in the air.

Authoritative style of parenting believes in praising and rewarding good behaviour. To reinforce discipline and disapprove bad behaviour, parents do not resort to corporal punishment. For instance, my child often raises the TV volume to very loud levels. After two warnings, if he does not listen, I turn down the volume and tell him that I intend to skip his 4 pm snack. I also refuse to speak to him for the rest of the day. This works and he does not repeat it.

However, this may or may not work for every child. The parent needs to know in what way they can make their child understand without raising their hands. Parents who follow this style spend quality time with their children, by engaging in extracurricular activities together, for instance.

Such children are happy and successful in their lives. They take decisions in consultation with their parents. They turn out to be good leaders and speakers. They love and respect their parents.

Permissive Parenting

This kind of parenting has parents being friendly with their children, but beyond permissible limits. They give in to their kids demands and buy them whatever they want. Permissive parenting lacks discipline which is very important in raising children. Kids behave as they wish to. They do not have a set time table for studying, playing or eating.

Many a times, in nuclear families, both the mother and the father work and usually have less time to spend with their kids. By the end of the day, they are too tired to spend time with their child. Usually the kid is in left in the care of a maid or a day care centre. To compensate for the lack of time they spend with the child, the parents take them to shopping malls and splurge on toys, food, theme parks etc. to make them happy. Barring weekends, children hardly get to be with their parents. This may make them sad. They may not share their daily experiences with their parents. As a result parents will never know if the child is coming under any negative influence till it is too late to mend ways.

Ideally the parents must spend quality time with the child ona a daily basis, even an hour will suffice. But at that time, they should solely focus on the child and keep away from smartphones and laptops. If possible, leave the child in their grandparents’ care instead of a day care centre.

And yes, discipline matters. Do not give in to unreasonable demands of your child.

Uninvolved Parenting

Sometimes parents may suffer from medical problems or marital issues like a divorce etc. Or the parent maybe uneducated and unaware of basic parenting skills. In such dysfunctional families, nobody is really worried about the welfare of the child. They do not have any inkling of what the kid does at school or when he is out at play. Discipline takes a backseat here. Such kids can easily fall in bad company. Academically, they tend to lag behind. They also exhibit behavioral problems.

So which type of parenting style do you follow?

As I said earlier, no one is a perfect parent. We all have positive and negative sides. The trick is to be a good friend to your child without compromising on discipline. Discuss parenting issues with your friends who have children, share your experience with them. You will come across newer, better ideas or you may help others facing a similar situation.

Do let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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5 Life Lessons I Learned From My Child

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Small, innocent eyes looking up at you, a tiny mind thinking the world of you and happy little hands tugging along wherever you go! Little children bring you joy. I was a part of this mad rush we call life, till a few interactions with my little boy made me slow down.

Children look at life from a different angle which we fail to notice. To learn from them, all you need is to spend some quality time with them. These are a few life lessons that my little boy taught me.

Interesting Life Lessons You Can Learn From Children

Forgive And Forget

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Practically every self healing course and personality development programme in this world emphasises that the most important step towards healing your body is to forget your past and forgive those who may have wronged you. This is also the most difficult step to conquer. Not for kids, though.

My little one had an argument with his playmate over who rides his bicycle real fast! They did a cycling race and both claimed to have won the race. They came to blows eventually. The other kid’s mother and I had to separate them. The next day, my son insisted on playing with the same kid again. I politely refused reminding him of the fight they had. He says, “That was yesterday, mumma! He was my enemy yesterday. Today he is my friend. Please let me go and play.” I mumble an ‘Okay’ hesitantly, looking over my balcony, hoping history doesn’t repeat itself. Thankfully, I see the other boy waiting for my son. Soon they play, laugh and have fun as if nothing had happened the day before.

Ask yourself, how many hurtful experiences are you still harbouring in your mind? Empty that space right away. A negative mindset allows disease to manifest in the body. Replace every worrisome thought that tries to enter your mind with memories that make you smile.

Treat Others As You would Want Others To Treat You.

I was busy writing an article when my boy comes up and tells me,”Mumma I want to show you how an Audi R8 can jump over five cars at the same time.” I reply, “Not now, I’m busy, I’ll see that later!” Dejected, he goes away and plays with his toy cars.

Later in the evening, my husband is busy checking his office mails. I sit down to tell him something important. Without looking up from his laptop, he snaps at me and says, “ Not now. I’m busy, We’ll talk later!”
Karma or otherwise, I did learn a lesson that day!

Be Fearless


The most useless fear that limits our capabilities is “What will others think?” The next in line is a series of “What Ifs” – What if I lose?, what if I fail ? And so on… Look at kids. They laugh loudly, clap loudly and enjoy as if no one is looking. When I ask my naughty little imp to behave in the park, he says – “Let it be mumma, no one is even looking at me!” He had a great time catching crabs at the beach and bathing elephants at an elephant camp at Coorg while I was a bit worried over “What if a crab pinches him?” or “What if the elephant gets up too soon?”

Love Unconditionally

Most of the people can get real angry if their spouses forget their birthday or anniversary. You may even be disappointed for not getting a gift on this special day. This year, we decided not to throw a birthday party for our son. We simply took a day off from work, took him to the beach followed by his favourite theme park @Kidzania and let him enjoy every moment. He wasn’t bothered about the party or all the gifts that his friends would’ve given him. All he wanted was our undivided attention and lots of love.

Children love you unconditionally. They kiss you, hug you and think you are the best mom or dad in this world without expecting anything in return.

This is what he wrote for a paragraph on my mother in his semester one English exam. The entire paragraph sums up the unconditional love he has for his mom – I’m proud to be his mother.

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Appreciate Every Little Thing In Life


“I can make a rainbow!”, says my little boy holding a glass cube against the morning sunlight. A lovely rainbow coloured pattern appears on the white floor. A simple thing as this makes him so happy. He is so happy when his dad flies his kite for him. Every time the kite flies high, he claps his hand and jumps with glee. He loves sailing paper boats in puddles and fishing in the river at his Nana’s place.

Little children are so much in awe of everything going around them. Grown ups focus more on money, work, career, relationships, mostly oblivious to small moments in life that can make anybody smile – the naughty twinkle in the eyes of a kid who has pressed the pause elevator switch on every floor, walking bare foot on wet grass, the contentment you get when you hear a thank you, the warm morning rays of the sun, the friendly ‘woof’ of your pet dog, a blooming flower in your window, a smile from your neighbor…the list is endless.

I saved the funniest part for the last – As I was writing this, my son comes along, reads the caption –5 Life Lessons My Child Taught Me . He adds, “Mumma don’t forget to mention that I taught you how to make an origami paper carrot, lantern and dog face!”

So what did you learn from your little one? Do let me know in the comments below.


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A Paragraph On My Mother – For Kids

A paragraph on my mother, straight from the heart was the last thing I ever expected my naughty little boy to write on his own, at school.

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This is what my sonny boy wrote for “write a short paragraph on My Mother” question in his semester 1 English exam at school. Till I read this, I hadn’t gauged the depth of his love and affection for me. In spite of all the nagging and coaxing we subject our kids to, they do have a special place for us moms in their hearts.

Love you loads Ishaan! ♥ ♥ ♥


Essay On If I Win KBC for Grade IV Essay Writing Contest

Check out this essay on IF I WIN KBC written by a grade IV child for his school essay writing competition in Navi Mumbai, India. The word limit was 300 words.


Essay on If I Win KBC

Coming face to face with Mr.Amitabh Bacchan in all his majestic glory has been a fascinating dream for me ever since I have been watching ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ on Sony Television. It would be an interesting challenge for me to field tough questions from diverse knowledge zones right before a huge audience. Of late, I have been fantasizing about what I would do with the prize money of Rs. 1 crore, when I win KBC.

I would begin by doing some selfless service to the society. First and foremost, I would start an NGO that focuses on waste management and bio fuel generation. This would be a boon to rural areas besides solving at least 25% of the waste management issues Mumbai faces today. Next, I would start a state wide tree plantation drive followed by buying a 50 acre plot to begin organic farming. This will help many poor farmers to earn a decent livelihood. Helping the elderly from old age homes is next on my list. Here, I will ensure jobs for those who have no financial backup to find jobs as per their skill sets. I would then fund a ‘Pick a book’ project for poor street children. Public reading places will be equipped with informative picture books for these children.

Finally it would be time to do something for myself. Taking cues from the movie ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’, I would start a chain of chocolate shops selling rich milk chocolates and delectable confectionery from across the globe. Embarking on a world tour with my parents would be a dream come true. We would love to visit ancient historical places around the world. The last entry on my wish list is to buy my dream car – a sleek, white Audi R8 LMS.

I sincerely wish that KBC organizers would allow children below 18 years to participate in the show. On second thoughts, they could start a new show on similar lines, just for children like me. I am optimistic that one fine day I will be a winner on KBC and be able to fulfill all my dreams.

Hope you get an idea on how to write an essay on ‘If I win KBC’, now.

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Hindi Diwas – Importance of Hindi for kids

Hindi Diwas is celebrated every year on September 14th, the day on which Hindi was adopted as the official language of the constituent assembly of India in the year 1949.

Now for some interesting facts! Did you know that Hindi is one of the oldest languages in India? Hindi has been derived from the Sanskrit language. It is written using the Devanagri script. India is known as a land of diverse cultures. Each region has its own language and sub dialects. Hindi is the only language that lets you connect with people across the length and breadth of India, without you having to know the local language or dialect. We must teach kids the importance of Hindi , our “Rashtrabhasha” or national language.

Hindi Diwas in India

On Hindi Diwas, several schools and colleges conduct workshops, hindi speech competitions, hindi essay competitions, plays and other such activities.

Hindi speech for kids – video

Here is a video on hindi speech for kids in the preschool classes. On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, this preschool conducted a hindi Speech competition for kindergarten kids. This little kid from Senior Kg. class won the second prize. The hindi speech topic for competition was “Mera Priya Pashu” or my favourite animal.

Hindi for kids – Learning resources

Unlike regional languages, Hindi is simple and easy to understand and follow. Hindi learning for kids need not be akin to learning rocket science. Youtube has several videos for the purpose. Check out this Hindi learning video for kids.

A few sites like www.balmitra.com and www.kidzpark .com have simple, downloadble/printable hindi worksheets for kids.

Of course, English is here to stay. Being well versed in English is vital for a great career ahead. However, your kid must know Hindi in addition to regional languages. Don’t you think, they need to be in touch with their culture? So make hindi learning for kids a fun filled activity with all these useful resources.


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Online Grocery Shopping – Bigbasket.com Review

Happened to go in for online grocery shopping the other day – I was running short on time for visiting a supermarket and buying stuff. So I decided to buy groceries online at BigBasket.com. I had a wonderful experience. Of course, there are a couple of points that I would like to share with the management. But that is another thing.

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Last few years have seen a sudden upward spurt in online shopping with people buying almost everything from apparel, electronic goods, books, cosmetics online. Not many have resorted to shopping online for groceries. People are still skeptical about the quality of perishable food items like milk, meat, fresh fruits etc. and the time of delivery – it should be done when people return home from work as is the case in Mumbai and other metro cities.

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Online Grocery Shopping At BigBasket.com.

What is BigBasket.com?

BigBasket.com, an initiative of Innovative Retail Concepts Private Limited is a popular online food and grocery store in India. It has a team of experienced professionals from the retail industry, on board. You can shop from an online catalog of several branded products – farm fresh fruits and vegetables to organic products, beverages, spices, pulses, food grains, personal care products, meats and more.

What I liked about online grocery shopping at BigBasket.com

No more parking woes at supermarkets. No long queues at the billing counter. The website interface is very simple and easy to use. The quality of products is good. The best part is they offer four delivery slots as in  7am – 9.30 am, 10 am – 12.30 pm, 4.30 pm – 7 pm and 7.30 pm – 10 pm. You can choose the one best suited to your convenience. Door step delivery is done the very next day of placing an order. They have a cash on delivery option – you can check the products before paying for them. They accept food coupons for food products. You can also pay online using debit/credit cards. Currently they offer services in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Go green with BigBasket.com

These guys are doing their best to save the environment. No plastic bags. They deliver groceries in crates which they take back after delivery. Even the fruit and vegetable trays are taken back and reused. Also, BigBasket.com bring products directly from the wholesaler to your doorstep. They do not store products at storage facilities as is the case of supermarkets. This saves a lot of energy that would have been wasted in lighting and air conditioning , refrigerators and freezers.

A few suggestions though

They deliver groceries in crates. The more number of products you order, the number of crates is higher. This means double trouble for the delivery boy as well as for the elevators. In some housing complexes, elevators are small. In others, housing societies do not permit carrying so many crates in the elevators to higher floors. I wish they would consider using cloth bags instead, for delivery.

Some products like whole grains and pulses are available in standard pack sizes of 500 gm, 1 kg, 5 kg etc. I faced a problem – ours is a family of three – we require only 3 kg of wheat every month. There was no 1 kg pack size option for that particular brand of wheat. So I had to buy 5 kg instead of 3 kg.

Other than these two points, my entire online shopping experience at BigBasket.com was a breeze. The staff is cordial. The delivery guy personally checked if all the items were delivered correctly. As soon as you place an order, you get confirmation via sms, email and phone call. You also have an option of locating your address on google maps. They save this information for later use.

Will stick to BigBasket.com for online grocery shopping every time.