Category Archives: My Point Of View

I Wish I Had A Camera With Me All The Time!

Oh how I wish I had a camera with me right now! I yearn to capture all those moments that will never come again. Mysterious, astounding, funny unbelievable, expressions that flitter on different faces. Sometimes, in our bharat natyam classes, a new student comes and teacher teaches the student expressions, I wish I could capture it. Or sometimes I drink cool lassi, my favourite, the calm expression is unforgettable. I can’t describe it to you. Or when I ask a riddle to my friends, they start scratching their heads and raising their eyebrows, mouth half open and half not they look very funny. Ha ha ha, how I wish I had a camera at that moment. So I thought of an idea, of making glasses  which could take photos, but then I stumbled on Google glasses, that could not  only take pictures and videos, but work as a real mobile phone. Do you have any wish like this? Share it with us. Thank you.
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Say No To Crackers This Diwali

No crackers

Our India has many religions & traditions and not to forget the festivals; and as soon we talk of festivals, the word Diwali springs up. But there is a “but” in enjoying Diwali. Do you know why? Because I do not see the spirit of Diwali as it used to be. What do I mean? Let me explain.

Three years back, when I was 8 years old, we friends were discussing what we will be doing on the auspicious day of Diwali. One of my friend said, “I will go to the temple with all my cousins and family and then go to a restaurant to have dinner, then I will come back home late at night and leave for my village”. Another friend said, “I will make rangoli and burst lots of crackers”. When it was my turn I said, “I will help my mother in the puja preparations and will make lots of sweets too, then we will go and visit all my relatives and you know what, I am not going to burst any crackers this Diwali and onwards. I don’t want to harm Mother Nature”.

Then I asked my friends, “Will you too not burst crackers? At the mention of it, my both friends’ eyes plopped out, “what? Are you crazy, really?” They asked all kinds of questions to me-“Will you be even able to resist it?” asked my friend. I said, “Yes!” I was confident I could. When they saw me that confident one of them said, “We are not going to miss such an opportunity yaar! You do what you want but we are going to burst crackers. A lot of them. My father has already bought them.”

The other friend said nothing and just kept quiet. After playing for a while, when heading home in the lift she softly asked me, “You are not joking, are you?” I just said no, walked off to my home and went to sleep peacefully.

I am not bursting crackers for three years in a row. So you saw what I meant. But are the festivals destroying us or are we destroying their meaning? I read that in old times people used to make their own sweets, and there was no plastic packaging, everyone used to make their own rangoli powder with natural things and there was no toxic or chemical rangoli powders. They used lamps to light up the whole city and did not use artificial lamps and they did not burst crackers too, they just danced and sang and prayed. Above all they spent quality time with their family and friends. But today all people buy sweets and rangoli powder at the market. They use artificial lighting. And burst crackers too. They know all the disadvantages, but yet they choose to burst crackers. They know the crackers emit harmful gases; they could hurt somebody, create noise pollution, air pollution, water pollution & land pollution too.

After Diwali when I go to the playground, I see lots of plastic bags and boxes and packaging lying all around and no one bothers to pick them up until the garbage man comes and takes them away. We must spread awareness and celebrate a pollution free Diwali every year. We all are aware of the effects of pollution. Then why forget it on Diwali? We should not burst crackers and litter around. And keep our environment a happy and healthy one. As Gandhi Ji said, “Be the Change You Want to see in the World”. And we will be that change!

 

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Book Review: YOUR TURN NOW!

book4Friends I want to tell you about a beautiful book published by Fun Ok Please:  ‘Your Turn Now’.

‘Your Turn Now’ is a book with small little blue cards which keep tugging onto your hearts till you pass the kindness around. This book has beautiful illustrations and stories of daily acts of kindness. Some of my favorite stories are the YTN merry go round, Small change Big change and Atithi devo bhava.

The message of the book is: Spread the kindness.
The kindness kit helps me a lot and I love the cards too.  I take the cards along with me wherever I go, hoping to pass the kindness around.

your turn 2This book inspires thousands of hearts to be super heroes of kindness. But is it a bit small compared to the population of the world? Oh yes, it is. The future of our world lies in our hands; we need to spread the kindness around to make our world a peaceful one and take the responsibilities and make it even better for the world, us and our future generations.

We all know, helping others and the poor and needy, means serving god himself.

This concept is by Rushab Turakhia, written by Lubania Bandukwala, illustrated and designed by Shraddha Pimputkar and edited by Sakura Kagwade. Its price is Rs.199 and is worth all the kindness. It is published by Fun Ok Please. And is a must read for all , not only for kids.

I must say it is my favorite book. It is more than a book.

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The Best Navratri Ever!!!

After eight days of fasting and praying people invite girls to their homes, worship them, give them food, and small gifts because they believe they come down to the earth in the form of goddess Durga.  As a girl, I am invited, but sometimes I feel bored doing the same thing each year,  the same rituals, same food, same gifts. Walking from this building to that, totally nonstop, I felt exhausted, stuffing food in and carrying  all those gifts around I finally went home. And started discussing the whole day with my mother.When I told her, my feelings….Ok, she said let”s do something creative…. And that’s when we decided to do a dance, storytelling, and playing event for girls, no rituals, no nothing, just happiness, happiness & happiness. And you know, it turned out really fantastic. We danced, played dandiya, did storytelling, played a lot & finally gave the gift packets which contained wafers, chocolate, a packet of noodles & fancy things. We finally bid everyone goodbye. And when everyone was gone,  I went to my mother hugged her and told
her ” this was the best Navratri I ever had!…

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My Poem: Who Painted The World???

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Who painted the morning skies?

And those pretty butterflies?

From which market

Did you get the fluorescent white?

Which filled the moon so bright?

 

Who filled the sea with blue?

Clouds have different colors too.

Who dyed the trees with green?

Everywhere it is seen

 

Who painted the bamboo shoots?

Who coated the color on fruits?

I don’t know who painted these

What a great mystery it is.

*A Poem by Adhya Bhatnagar.

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Ganapati Bappa Morya!

2015-09-21 21.14.49Vakra tunda maha kaya surya koti sam prabha nirvighnam kuru me dev sarva karye shu sarvada!

The meaning of this great verse is: The one with the squiggly trunk and a big body, the one with the aura which is god like & the one who removes all the obstacles from the path, I salute you.

Do you want to know the history of Ganesh chaturthi festival?

Here is the story. India was ruled by Britishers and they passed a law that banned indians to have meetings or get togethers. Bal Gangadhar Tilak was a freedom fighter, he decided to act against it. He knew the British plan. If people did not meet there will not be any unity. He also knew that there will be great loss of lives.

Then he came up with an idea. He thought of Sarvjanik Ganesh mahotsav. This way people could meet and if the British attack them people will not like somebody saying something against their god and revolt. He was right. The British did not dare to attack them. This festival continues to this day and it keeps people together and is a great fun.

People have started keeping Ganesha idols at their homes too.
I hope they all use an eco friendly Ganpati.

A very happy Ganesh Chaturthi.

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I Am A Born Book Worm!

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I LOVE R2015-08-26 10.56.54EADING ,READING & READING.

Reading is my passion.

It is the best habit we can give ourselves.

If you feel lonely, just grab a book and start reading.

Reading is a good habit as it has many benefits, it increases your vocabulary, gives you knowledge, keeps you out of mischief, is a good alternative for TV & most of all…IT IS FUN.

KEEP READING 🙂 KEEP GROWING!

 

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My Father Is The Best!!!

Happy birthday to you!

Oh what a surprise I gave my  father. Today is his birthday and in the morning I gave him 5 surprise gifts. I think he is the best father in the world, the way he expresses his love is just fabulous! He is a trainer. Before that he was the creative head in Star News & Bates. He has written an e book and writes articles in the newspaper.

I have never seen a man like him filled with so much enthusiasm.

The most we like to do together is playing jumble, seeing comedy and making and eating momos.

What do you like to do the most with your father? share it with me.

 

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Book Review: Brown like Dosas, Samosas & Sticky Chikki.

 Book Review: Brown like dosas, samosas & sticky chikki.

Hello friends, there is a good book in the world of books “Brown like dosas, samosas & sticky chikki”. This book is published by Funokplease. The book has wonderful illustrations done by Heetal Dattani & the author is Rebecca Manari.

It is an interesting book, about a little girl named Samaira who has an encounter with a- violet lady & has strange adventures with all the colors around her. The book tells us it is OK to be brown.

brownMy mom also told me the same thing. I tell you one incident, one day I went to my mom & said mamma my color is not fair; my mom hugged me and explained,”My dear child you have golden skin & a golden heart. Tell me will it matter if your skin color is white? Their are so many dark colored talented people. Skin color doesn’t matter at all, important is what you are as a person”,  from than onward I never felt ‘less’ for my complexion.

After reading this book I am feeling proud of my ‘golden’ color. I found this book very good, and a must read for all kids. So go grab your copy now, you can order it online. Wishing all my little friends ” Happy reading, Happy growing”.

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Doodling Is Good..ling!

REASONS WHY DOODLING ENHANCES YOUR OVERALL PERSONALITY

  • It’s the best time pass for anybody.

  • It enhances your hand & eye coordination.

  • It develops your creativity skills & imagination.

  • Research says people who doodle are genius.

  • It swallows stress, and refreshes your mind.

  • Can do it even while alone.

  • The final point is,  I love doodling a lot 🙂 .

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