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Republic Day Spl: How to dress up your child as an inspiring Indian personality


How to dress your child as a famous Indian personality this Republic Day How to dress your child as a famous Indian personality this Republic Day

Last Republic Day, Lil H saw the flag hoisting for the first time and since then every time she spots the Indian flag she jumps with joy! While on last Independence Day my two and a half year old chatter box surprised us all by singing the National Anthem in our society function. One of the activities that you can do to teach our kids about India, it’s history and it’s constitution is by telling them about our freedom fighters and personalities who put India on the world map . So, in school or your society,  this Republic Day dress up your child a personality, India is proud of  and tell them their inspiring stories.

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Diwali Spl: 5 Easy Rangoli designs to make with kids


Our favourite season is on! No I’m not talking about the onset of winters but the season of festivals, when revelry is in the air and love and warmth just takes you over from all corners. From sharing gifts to decorating your home and welcoming guests… there’s so much happening all around. When it comes to decorating the home during festivals, Rangoli is my favourite. With Baby H around,   I am not too sure if I’ll be able to pull off an elaborate design, but hey, I can always look out for  Rangoli designs in which even she can help me.

So, here’s are a few easy Rangoli designs that you can make with your kids…

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4 Year old explains the real reason behind ‘bidai’ at Indian weddings

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Last week we attended a wedding at Mysore. A unique multi-cultural wedding where the groom was Sikh and the bride hailed from a Kannadiga family – a matrimony of not just two people but of two states, two cultures and two ideologies! And it was fun!

It was a treat to watch the two families accept each other with hearts wide open. The Pagri cland groom happily adorned the silk Panche (a garment wore on lower body in South India), while the bride all dolled-up in a Kanjeevaram saree happily flaunted her Choora (a stack of traditional red and white bangles worn by the Punjabis). And together they took the Saptapadi at a temple followed by Anant Karaj at a Gurudwara. Love triumphed yet again! Yay!


While the entire clan was enjoying the celebrations, H had some observations, particularly about the concept of ‘Bidai’ (The ritual where the bride leaves her maternal home to go to the groom’s house.) My four year old couldn’t fathom why this bunch of happy souls including the pretty bride was suddenly shedding tears!

I tried to explain but she had some serious logic!

H: Mumma, why are you crying? Why is Boo (That’s how she addresses her Bua – father’s sister) crying? Why is everyone crying? (A deluge of queries that I couldn’t avoid answering after a certain point.)
Me: Because, Boo is going.
H: But you don’t cry when I go to school!
Me: You come back in the afternoon.
H: Boo will also come. She has a car. Don’t cry, you are a big girl.
Me: (In my mind) She has a point.
H to Papa: (Certainly not convinced with my answer) Where is Boo going and why is everyone crying?
Papa: She is going to her new home.
H: Everyone has a home. I have a home. Ajji has a home. Asha Ajji has a home. Masi has a home. Then why is everyone crying for her home. Bad manners, Papa!
Again she had a point!
At this juncture one of the ladies in the family jumped in with the big daddy of all reasons. “Boo is crying because she is leaving her Papa. You will also have to leave your Papa and go one day.”
H: (Almost losing it by now.) My Papa is the best, I will not leave him! Boo’s Papa must be naughty!

Oblivious to the ramblings of the big world my curious kid managed to bring back smiles on our faces with her fun conclusion to Bidai. And I left discussing the serious marriage business with H for some other day. For now, let’s blame the naughty papas 😉

Bidai happnens because Papas are naughty!  Wish life was as simple as she thinks it to be.

Is that Kareena’s baby Taimur’s first photo?

Kareena Kapoor Khan with her baby Taimur
Kareena Kapoor Khan with her baby Taimur

Here’s a photo of Kareena Kapoor and her baby that has surfaced on the Internet. Shared by Kareena Kapoor’s fan page on Instagram, the photo has left us confused!

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It’s a baby boy for Kareena-Saif!

Kareena Kapoor is blessed with a baby boy!
Kareena Kapoor is blessed with a baby boy!

Update: Check out Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi’s first photo 

It’s official! Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan are blessed with a baby boy this morning!

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