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Monday, June 25, 2012

The Elephant's Friend and other tales from Ancient India

A richly illustrated, colourful comic book that brings alive the various moral tales from Ancient India that delights children of age group above 6 years.

Stories like the scrawny old tiger, the three large fish, the foolish lion, the talkative tortoise, the monkey and he crocodile etc are given a fresh perspective through these vivid and colourful illustrations that depict the stories in an almost humorous manner. 
I loved the illustrations more than the stories. And the added dialogues that give a funny touch. Like the Elephant's keeper commenting on the grieving elephant... He is rather smelly.
Or the host of the animals drawn inside the lion's tummy to depict how much he had eaten.

Title- The Elephant's Friend and other tales from Ancient India
Retold & Illustrated by - Marcia Williams
Publisher- Walker, panmacmillan

Paris, Hong Kong and Macau

A delightful three dimensional expanding city skyline that takes the readers through a city tour in the most memorable manner. Both the Paris souvenir and the Hong Kong, Macau feature 12 sites from the city, including Eiffel tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Peninsula Hotel, Tai O, Victoria Harbour and the Statue Square.
Both booklets fit neatly into the box provided for this purpose.

Title- Paris, Hong Kong and Macau
Illustrated by- Sarah Mc Menemy, Kristyna Litten
Publisher- Walker, panmacmillan

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Driving to Banerghatta from Goa

Banerghatta capsule of the chennai goa bangalore trip by road this summer

The guide gave them front seats next to the driver

Tiger musings

White tiger in full glory



Butterfly park not so impressive

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Spider Monkeys

Climb the walls with justntheir palms and soles

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Finally mustered the courage to take this telscope out which AD aunty gave for their birthday.

We did manage to see the moon from the terrace last night.
Good fun...
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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Beware The Blogger Observes

1. Get in..get inside. How will the people boarding the airport bus after you get in. Don't worry the plane will not leave without you.

 2. Ms Airhostess, atleast learn the language if you have to speak it on the Inflight announcement. Don't be Katrina Kaif ki guru in terms of accented Hindi. And there is something called punctuation mark.

 3. Your club sandwich is terrible. Never offer that instead of chicken tikka sandwich... Ugh.

 4. Don't assume that the person on window seat will not get down just because you have to fly onwards. Ask and then give way. 

5. Why the hell do you slow down near the smelly toilet. Walk fast and let us pass.

 6. First of all the meat fridge in your store is on the way out. On top of that the shop girl doesn't bother to move aside. How the hell will I select my purchase. And you grumpy looking ladies, I am not simply looking at the wares, I am buying them. Don't you effing give that horrible look and say excuse me one after the other. Take the other way.

 7. Et tu move. If you stand in front of the shelves how will I buy? And don't keep walking along with me matching step for step, pace for pace looking at my face as if You can read my intentions (of stealing) on them

 8. I may look gullible but no, I will not pay a thousand bucks for two dozen alfonso mangoes. So cut that look from your face and keep your wares to yourself.

 9. Why don't you just tilt the book you are reading so that I can satisfy my curiosity as to which book it is? 

10. Down down, put your socks-ed feet down. I can almost smell it. Ugh.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Oats Soup

A healthy, quick and easy concoction.

Blanch finely cut carrots, peas, onions, beans, corn, capsicum etc in a cooker. Add salt and pepper and a maggi masala pouch. 

Add oats as per quantity needed. 3 to 4 table spoons per person should be good. Bring to boil and add some milk. Boil and garnish with Coriander leaves.

That is all....

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Get Kids Writing

A very nice article.
Must do it.

Power Foods

With my latest interest in losing weight, yup yet again, I list out the power food principle that I am following.

Power foods are items you should include in your diet that give you:

  • The richest amount of nutrients,
  • The least amount of calories,
  • And the most health benefits

  • 1. Almonds and Other Nuts 
  • 2. Beans and Legumes
    3. Spinach and Other Green Vegetables
    4. Dairy: Fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese
    5. Instant Oatmeal: Unsweetened, unflavored
    6. Eggs
    7. Turkey and other lean meats. Lean steak, chicken, fish
    8. Peanut Butter – All-natural, sugar-free.
    9. Olive Oil
    10. Whole-Grain Breads and Cereals
    11. Extra- Protein powder(Whey)
    12. Raspberries and Other Berries

Monday, June 11, 2012

Class II Begins

First Day to school today. It was nice spotting the familiar faces and taking in the surroundings in general.

The kids want new bags and new everything but with great difficulty I have restrained them. 

The shoes are getting smaller. I asked Tejas if he would be willing to take Ojas' shoes and Ojas can get a new one. Of course he refused!!! What was I thinking.

Just to ensure they have something new today, they get new chuddis and new banians and new socks!!! And a new tiffin box. 

Friday, June 08, 2012


On my desk and in my house. Bringing green inside
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Two down

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