#SSSeries: Why we celebrate International Women’s Day!

Shrav entered the house in a very exciting way. He went straight to his mom and wished her “Happy Women’s Day!!” and hugged her tightly. His mom is surprised by his gesture and asked him where he came to know about Women’s day? Who told him about this? He replied that his aunties in the school told them about today’s significance and asked all the children to wish their moms and all the other ladies in the house about International Women’s Day.

Later, when Shrav sat for snacks in the evening, he started asking his mom about the details on International Women’s Day, why we celebrate, and what’s so special about today. Just then, Sana also entered the house and she also joined the discussion.

Shrav: Mom, can you please tell us why we have to celebrate Women’s day today? What is so special about today?

Shrav’s Mom: Around 100 years back, Russian women have obtained the right to vote and decide their next leaders after a hard struggle. Till that time, though most of the women across different countries were fighting for their rights, this is their first substantial win and hence we celebrate March 8th as International Women’s day.

Sana: Aunty, why in the first place do we have to celebrate Women’s day. Are both boys and girls not equal? I don’t see any body treating me less than Shrav.

Shrav’s Mom: This celebration is about the injustice that happened a long time back to Women and we are still working on giving them equal rights and recognition in various fields. This is still an ongoing effort.

Shrav: Then, how come celebrating one day would achieve the desired result mom? How can we celebrate just for one day and say Women are equal to Men?

Sana: That’s exactly my point too aunty. If I say “Thank you and you are really Awesome” to you today and neglect you later what do you feel?

Shrav’s Mom: That’s the reason why we are educating you kids about the importance of treating both boys and girls equally isn’t it? Maybe, when you grow up, this celebration would no longer be needed.

Shrav and Sana: Then tell us what we should do to get this equality everywhere? What should we do as individuals.

Shrav’s mom: Read and find out from the internet, the need for celebrating International Women’s day and what are the injustices that are being met to the women across various fields.

Sana and Shrav sit down with their laptop that whole day to read about various articles that were published on social media and understand in depth the need for International Women’s Day. They read a lot of sad stories and also a lot more positive stories about how brave women have overcome various barriers imposed by society and families. At times, they took the help of parents to understand few things. Finally, they came up with a plan to made a chart that they’re planning to take to the school and present it to their friends. Here is their oath.

Choose to Follow the golden rules below:

  1. Both Girls and Boys are Equal to each other
  2. Respect all women across various levels of the society
  3. No girl should stop their schooling, just because she is a girl.
  4. Girls can achieve anything. We should stop saying that a girl can’t play this or do this work.
  5. Stop people who talk bad about girls either at home or outside.
  6. Don’t bully or tease a girl

These are few of the rules that Shrav and Sana have decided to follow from today onwards very diligently. What about you friends? Have you made any resolution on this International Women’s day? If yes, please share it with us.

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#SSSeries: Best and Worst, worst and best

Sana is a very active and bubbly girl. She likes to try out different activities. Her mom also supports her a lot, by taking her to various classes during the evenings and vacation time. She tried her hand at music, painting, karate, dance whatnot. You name a sport or any extracurricular activity, she would have done it already or would be planning to attend during her next vacations.

Shrav is on the other hand very focused on his cricket and he has decided a long time back itself, that dance, drums and his other favorite activities are only for recreation and his pleasure only. And, he would learn them at his convenience from youtube videos and will not attend any classes for them.

As Sana is attending various classes, she gets the opportunity to attend various competitions or give performances on the stage regularly. She is also a quick learner like Shrav. Also, she attends those classes regularly. So she performs better than others, due to her interest and dedication. Her masters/coaches keep praising her regularly and involve her in various competitions. She slowly started becoming overconfident. She started teasing Shrav saying, I am the Best as I got so many trophies or prizes. But you never get a single prize or trophy, so you are the worst. This easy banter of calling each other the Best and Worst, slowly started turning into a serious note and Shrav started getting a bad feeling about all this. So, he expressed this discomfort to both his mom and Sana’s mom. They both have decided to talk to Sana on this issue over the weekend when all of them are little free.

Every weekend, Shrav and Sana’s families spend their time together. This time, as per the mom’s plans, they all went to a friend’s farmhouse, to spend the weekend. The kids are overjoyed due to this sudden plan and they started playing near the pond by climbing up and down the trees. Plucking fruits and flowers from the plants in the farm. After the breakfast, both the parents sat in the shade of the plants near the pond and started enjoying the morning breeze and sun.

Suddenly, Sana’s mom called Sana for a quick chat and asked Sana to count the number of fishes in the pond. Sana started wondering why this silly question, but anyways, it’s always fun to watch and feed the fishes. So she obligied her mother and started counting them along with Shrav. They both started having fun watching the guppies and mollies in the pond and started counting them seperately.

Shrav’s mom: Sana – which are the fastest fishes when compared to guppies and mollies?

Sana: They both swim alike and can’t really differentiate.

Shrav’s mom: But are they good swimmers or average swimmers?

Sana: They are the good swimmers only, otherwise they would have been dead long time back itself.

Sana’s mom: Assume, if we get another type of fish, let’s say eel or angular fish? Whom do you think are the best and worst fishes then.

Sana: How can we compare like that. Eels and Angular fishes are good in their own space and they are not normally raised in the home ponds or aquariums.

Shrav’s mom: These fishes are all worst isn’t it? They can’t even climb up the trees or run like you.

Sana started getting annoyed now. But, she controlled her annoyance, as she can understand that now both these mom’s are leading her to somewhere.

Sana: Fishes live in water and they will die, as soon as we take them out of water. But that doesn’t mean that they are the worst on land. They are not suitable to live on the land that’s all.

Now, both the moms started looking at each other and started laughing out loud.

Moms: Sana – Did you understand what we are discussing till now. Can you relate this discussion to our own lives? You might be a good dancer when compared to Shrav. But it doesn’t mean that Shrav is the worst dancer, as dancing is not his forte. Also, you may be the best in your dance class. But can you really compete with your dance master and win. Or even the dancers who come in the reality shows on the television?

That means there is a lot to learn in every field and the people who call themselves the Best will not be really progressing in their learning but will get stalled at that stage. The people who think that there is a lot to learn will only succeed at a later stage in life. So, we can’t just call someone the best and worst. We use them to term the person’s actions at that particular time only. They are not permanent terms and they keep changing with time.

Now, Sana understood that she can’t be overconfident all the time and need to be more humble about her skills. Only then, she can progress in her learning.

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#SSSeries: Crabby Wabby, Wabby Crabby

Shrav started going to the Sports classes in his neighborhood. He started learning cricket in a nearby academy. There he gets to meet and interact with a couple of older boys. This is the first time, he is interacting with senior boys who are elder to him by 5-6 years. He liked that bunch of boys a lot and started to hang around with them even on those days when there is no cricket practice. He started going to the local parks on his own and playing with them.

Shrav’s parents were very happy that their boy is growing up and started to get a circle of friends outside the family friends and relatives kids. They thought that playing with other boys will drain away Shrav’s excess energies and it would be good for him in the long run too. As typically boys at this age will be having unlimited energy levels, which neither parents nor Sana can match. All these boys want at this age is a physical play which involves a lot of running around and falling down. But, Sana started missing Shrav, as he started spending less time with her. Though he still likes playing with Sana and reading along with her, his active playmates are those bigger boys.

It’s a Saturday and Shrav went out in the morning itself to play the cricket match with his gang of friends. So, Sana spent the whole afternoon reading books and in the morning she attended her kid’s school classes, which are conducted to teach the Indian Culture and traditions once a week. Shrav came home around 5 PM tired and in a very angry mood. He started snapping at people who tried to offer him some snacks or refreshments. People thought that he would come out of that mood after he is refreshed. But no, that mood continued well into dinner time.

After Sana’s family moved into the neighborhood, Sana and Shrav’s families always have dinner on the weekends together. While having dinner, Sana tried cracking some jokes with Shrav. Shrav retorted with few bad words to Sana and he kept on snapping Sana. Sana felt so bad for Shrav’s behavior, as he never used those bad words to date. No one in their families used those words, even when they become really angry. So, parents started thinking about the root cause for this behavior from Shrav, instead of scolding him then and there. They understood that Shrav is learning all this from the older boys.

But from that day onwards, it became a regular routine for Shrav to keep using bad words and cuss words as and when he feels like that. He doesn’t seem to realize that he is hurting people with this attitude of his. Shrav’s mom gave a new name to this mood of Shrav. She called it “Crabby Wabby” mood. Sana liked this new name a lot and she started teasing Shrav with this new name a lot.

Shrav got tired of this new silly “Crabby Wabby” name. So, he went and asked his mom what does this new name mean? Shrav’s mom asked him to go and get a box full of band-aid’s from the nearby medical shop. By the time, Shrav returned from the medical shop, Shrav’s mom finished her work in the kitchen and also called Sana for the discussion.

Shrav: Mom, tell me what’s this new name you are calling me “Crabby Wabby” with? What does it mean?

Shrav’s mom: Wait, wait…let me take one band-aid.

Shrav: In an annoyed tone, What the heck you are talking about?

Shrav’s mom takes out a band-aid and pastes it on Shrav’s hand. Shrav now really gets irritated and he starts using the bad cuss words to express his annoyance. The more bad words Shrav uses, Shrav’s mom pastes more band-aids on his arm. Finally, Shrav controls his anger, as curiosity gets better of him. So he asks his mom in a peaceful tone as to why she is doing all this.

Shrav’s mom tells Shrav to peel off those band-aid’s one after one. Shrav tries to peel them off and it hurts him a lot. Shrav was still not able to understand anything even now. The same is the case with Sana. Then, Shrav’s mom explains:

When you use bad words, it hurts other people who are receiving them a lot. Though they might not show it outwards, it still hurts their sentiments and then they would not be able to talk freely to you. Just like the pain you are getting while removing the band-aid’s one after the other. The glue marks of the band-aid are also seen on your arms, isn’t it? So, that’s why we shouldn’t hurt anyone even while we are in an angry mood. Feeling angry is OK, but hurting people using bad words is NOT OK. We need to understand why we are getting angry and have to work on the root cause of it, instead of hurting people around us.

Now, Shrav understands the impact of bad words, but still, he is not able to understand the meaning of the new name given to him. So he once again asks his mom to explain to him about the new name.

Shrav’s mom: Crabby is another word for being Angry and Wabby is a nasty wasp, which stings whenever it comes across any hurdle. The bad words used by Shrav are hurting (stinging) people just like how a Wabby does. So that’s why Crabby Wabby is the new name for people who behave badly. Sana and Shrav were totally impressed with this explanation and they started appreciating the quick wit of Shrav’s mom.

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#SSSeries: Miffy Muffy and Grumpy

Spring has weaved its magic all over the place. The air is filled with the fragrance of various flowers that started blooming with the onset of Spring. Koel and other birds are not able to keep quiet as their tummies are full of the nectar from the blooming flowers. So, one can hear their continuous chatter and singing from the farms behind the house. In spite of this beautiful climate, Sana is in a very Miffy Muffy mood. No one was able to understand why she is snapping at everyone and is in such a bad sulking mood.

Miffy Muffy Mood:

Miffy, Muffy mood is the word coined by Sana’s mom as Sana always keeps her face tight and sits in a sad mood whenever this mood overtakes her. Her mom calls her a withdrawn kitten too at times when she is not able to bear the tantrums of Sana. This is the first time, Shrav has seen Sana in this mood. He didn’t understand why Sana is behaving very badly like this.

So, Shrav went inside the house and asked Sana’s mom for the possible reason for this mood. When she is not able to give him any plausible reason, he came out to Sana and tried speaking to her directly.

Shrav: What happened Sana – why are you sitting like a withdrawn cat in this corner?

Sana: Go away…I don’t want to talk to anyone.

Shrav: Unless you speak your heart out, we will not be able to understand you my dear…please tell me what happened.

Sana: Yelling, I don’t need help from anyone, I am totally fine and just go away!!!

Shrav: Even, if you yell at me, I don’t want to go and sits on the branch of the tree, under which Sana is swinging.

They both spend some time in silence, just listening to the sounds of birds and watching the changing colors in the evening sky. In the meantime, Shrav observes that Sana’s cycle has fallen wayside, not far from here. He goes and picks it up to notice that the chain has come out of the cycle. He pushes the cycle to Sana and asks if this cycle the reason for her mood. Sana didn’t reply.

Shrav tried putting the cycle chain back to its place and after he fixed the chain, he told Sana that in fact, she has missed the golden opportunity to learn a new skill by sitting and sulking. They both started walking back home…

Sana: Muttering under breath, how I wish, today is Tuesday instead of Sunday.

After overhearing her murmering, Shrav asks what happened? Why she doesn’t want Monday to come.

Sana: I have my Hindi exam on Monday and I am scared that I will fail in that exam, as I am really poor in Hindi.

Shrav: Why are you worried about your future without even reading Hindi once. Let me teach what I would know and he keeps singing Que Sara, Sara, Que Sara.

Sana: What is that new song, can you teach me too?

Shrav: One shouldn’t worry about the future and have to live in the present moment and do our best to enjoy the moment. This song has been taught to me by mom and it’s from an old English movie.

That day evening, Sana practises her Hindi with the help of Shrav. Next day, she returns back from the school in a jubliant mood. And Shrav meets her at the door itself to find out how her exam went.

Later that day, Shrav teaches Sana the song “Que Sara, Sara, Que Sara” and tells her that we need to only live in that moment and if we are worried about anything in the future then, we need to ask for help from others. Taking help from others will teach them a new skill in which those people are experts.

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And that’s just the beginning!!

Some Day Some Day,

We are going to the rule the World

I Know We are going to the rule the World

by Zayde Wolf is playing on loop on the speakers and Shrav is totally immersed in practicing his batting stance in front of the mirror in his room. He never heard the knock on the door, or the loud shout coming from his dad that it’s time for his next class.

As everyone knows, Shrav loves cricket so much that the game has become his second life. It’s becoming difficult day by day to differentiate between the game and Shrav as both of them are becoming inseparable like conjoined twins. Even during the time he spends in college, he would be only present in the body form, and in his mind, he would be facing the balls from the fiercest bowlers on the field. Since he is securing top marks and doesn’t cause much trouble in the class, the college management and lecturers are tolerating his body present, but mentally absent attitude. He is also the trophy bearer for them in all the inter-collegiate cricket matches. He is also able to secure top ranks, as he uses cricket analogies to solve most of the problems in different subjects. Now, even his teachers/evaluators have started looking forward to his solutions, which gives them a different perspective.

The time has come for the Tamilnadu state team selections. So most of the tough teams are competing at their best and trying to get their star players into the state cricket team. Everyone in the college and family has expected a smooth sail for Shrav and in fact, Shrav’s parents have already decided the gift they would be giving to Shrav after the announcement of the State team’s selected list. But, God had different plans this year for them. So, in a freak accident of jumping from the steps on the staircase, Shrav broke his ankle. It was such a nasty fall, that doctors have advised Shrav to take complete bed rest for 2 months at the minimum, which means that he needs to skip the busy cricket season this year.

After recovering, Shrav tried to get back to his cricket in full swing, but that didn’t work out as well. As one problem or the other kept surrounding them. It was either his father’s ill health, or family financial situation, or something else. Though these problems prevented Shrav from stepping into the cricket ground, he is one person who can never be stopped. He kept on playing the game in his mind. And whenever, he could get some time, he tried watching the replay of the matches on the Hotstar or TV.

After a couple of years, another freak call has put Shrav back on to the cricket ground. This time, it came as a quick call from his college friend, Nishant. Nishant has already started playing for the state team, but could never get into the national team. Their team had fallen short of people for an exhibition match and Nishant thought that calling Shrav to fill that position wouldn’t hurt him much.

After a gap of three years, Shrav got an opportunity to finally step onto the cricket ground. He was a little nervous in the beginning, but since it was their team’s turn to the field, he was able to control his nervousness and was able to field well. Being out in the field has calmed his nerves and the touch of the field under his shoes has filled him up with positive energy, which he has long forgotten. Soon, it was time for their team to bat. Having come as a substitute, Shrav didn’t get a chance to come for batting in the beginning.

The bowlers from the opposite team have started raining full Yorkers and Bouncers. Shrav’s team couldn’t either stand the spinners or the fast bowlers from the opposite team, and they had to bow down at a low score. That is the moment when Shrav walked in as the eighth batsman. The celebrations have already started in the opposite team and the commentators were predicting a good sweep for them.

Initially, Shrav also struggled to establish his stance. He was getting nervous and jittery under the spell of the fast bowlers. It was time for a drinks break and instead of having a sip of water, Shrav just stood at the crease and kept talking to his bat.

And, then it happened….

We can see a marked change in the body language of Shrav and the first ball goes for a six. It’s just like the change we see in a split personality. The batsman we are currently seeing at the crease is a totally new Shrav with a different aura. This new avatar of Shrav is oozing out so much self-confidence and is taking all the bowlers to a sweet little ride by smashing their balls across the field.

This exhibition match is just the new beginning….

and the story continues….. with Shrav in his new jersey and shoes and heightened confidence, in his new journey on the rediscovered path….

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#ReadYourWorld – Book Review: Sissy Goes Tiny

This time I got a book with a different and little funny name to review. This book has been sent to my mom as a part of the MultiCultural Book Day Event. It seems “MultiCultural Book Day” is a special event conducted by two people Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen. They both are working towards introducing multicultural books to children and introduce varied cultures and new concepts to children across the world through this event. On this day, a lot of new books from different cultures would be read and reviewed by children across the world as a part of the #ReadYourWorld campaign. My mom got the book “Sissy Goes Tiny” to review as a part of this event only.

My Thoughts on Sissy Goes Tiny:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

In the first chapter, when the author was narrating about Sissy’s bedroom, I just remembered my room only. I also have a huge and fluffy bed like her. But I use that room only as my study and playroom only. I am a little scared to sleep alone. Though I am trying to sleep alone for the last two weeks, in the middle of the night, I go to my parent’s bedroom and sleep with them. Of course, the next day morning, I will invariably fight with them, asking why did they come and take me into their room. It seems it’s mostly, me who go into their room and I don’t remember it.

Coming back to the story, Sissy’s parents think of moving from a big house to a small house. How they go about this move is what the book all about. I got to understand a new concept called purging. This concept helps us to classify our possessions based on our needs. I liked this concept. To date, I never wanted to let go of the toy I played with a long time back. After reading through this book, I now understood the need to let go of the things that we are not using.

I am looking forward to reading about Sissy’s adventures in her new tiny house. I was telling my parents also to buy this tiny house and start living like that, as that means it’s going to be continuous traveling and exploring new places.

My Recommendations:

Sissy Goes Tiny is a book that would introduce the minimalistic living concept to children. This is the first time I heard this concept and I bet most of my friends wouldn’t know this concept. So, I will recommend this book to all the kids my age i.e., 8+ years. I really liked the illustrations of this book. They are big and warm drawings. This book is available on Amazon and here is the link for the same.

About the Authors:

Rebecca “Becky” Flansburg is an author, freelance writer, and blogger from Minnesota who writes about parenthood topics and being a solopreneur. She is mom to two humans and critter mom to way too many pets. Rebecca credits her quick wit and positive outlook on life for keeping her sane and successful. She is a member of Brainerd Writers Alliance and readers can also find her at FranticMommy or on Twitter.

In 2012, bucking societal exceptions and following her inner guidance, B.A. (Beth Ann) Norrgard shed her paralegal costume after 26 years in a downtown high rise and hand-built her tiny house. She is a passionate advocate for others following their dreams and letting go of societal conditioning, and being free to live a larger life in a smaller space. BA is a doer. She has traveled over 14,000 miles with her house and writes about her minimalist, vegan life on her website, and Twitter.

This post is a part of the #ReadYourWorld campaign as a part of MultiCultural Book Day event.

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Book Review – Tania and the Mystery Smoker

One of my mommy’s friends has written so many books about Tania and my mommy reads those stories to me. But this story got my attention and I wanted to read it by myself completely. I hope by now you could have understood why I got interested in this book, isn’t it? If not, please do check out my video about the smoking troubles that I faced at the tea shop near my house. So, that’s the reason why I wanted to write this book review for “Tania and the Mystery Smoker“.

My “No Smoking Video”

My Thoughts:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The first chapter itself got me hooked. Even I have a younger cousin and I will feel very bad if my cousin gets hurt. I can really understand the pain Sonia would be going through and the anger Tania must be feeling. The other day, when my sports coach pulled my friend’s leg teasingly itself, I got so angry that I told him not to tease my friend. If it had been my own cousin or sister, surely I would be really angry just like Tania.

Source: From Amazon

I got to read and understand about the new concepts called Privacy and Addiction. Though, I heard those terms while adults were talking, I never got to understand their true meaning or how to use them. Now this aunty has very clearly explained the concept of the CC TV workings and other things in the form of conversation between Tania and her mom. I really liked that idea. Infact, this book acted as the starting point for many interesting conversations between me and my parents. At the end of all those conversations, my dad told me that I am addicted to cricket. But tell me folks, will my love for cricket really harm people?

I also liked Tania and her friends. I think, I also should try to solve some cases like them. The way they caught hold of the mystery smoker is awesome. I would say that its very innovative yet logical scheme that these friends have followed. I also liked the lesson Tania learnt in this book. I will remember it going forward.

My Recommendations:

I loved this book a lot and the way the problem has been resolved in this book. So, I recommended this book to my friends in the school. This book suits to all the kids in my elementary class. i.e., from 7-12 years. My mommy agreed to my opinion and told that she would share this link in our school whatsapp group as well.

About the Author:

As stated earlier, Kanika aunty is my mommy’s friend and she is a wonderful author. She has more than 30+ books to her credit. She teams up with her daughters and writes a series books about Tania. You can find her books on Amazon here. Aunty can be reached on her blog or SM accounts mentioned below.

Blog: Kanikag.com

Twitter: KanikaGee

Facebook: Kanika G

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#SSSeries: Daam, Daam Tus Tus

It’s Newyear party time and the entire house is decorated with lights and flowers. Sana’s dad got a lot of big and colorful balloons, which he started blowing so that he can tie them all over the house. In the meantime, Shrav and Sana who were playing outside in the garden came into the house for a quick snack. What followed then was a big fireworks show of Daam, Daam Tus, Tus. Didn’t you understand what is this fuss all about isn’t it? Then read on further to know what it is all about.

Daam, Daam Tus Tus

The moment Shrav saw the balloons, he got panicky as he is scared of big sounds. He always thinks about the popping sound that comes from balloons and keeps thinking as to when they are going to pop, instead of playing with the balloons like other kids of his age. The balloons always pop with big sounds – Daam daam. Shrav is allergic to high decibel sounds and that’s why Diwali is the most hated festival for him.

Shrav: Shouting, Uncle – please put away all those ballons. They are not good for us. I hate them so much.

Sana: Stop overacting Shrav, I like playing with ballons and that’s why my dad got those ballons for me. How can we have a party without balloons?

Shrav: Hitting his head, I am not overacting Sana. I do hate balloons. So that’s why I am asking your dad to remove them. Why you don’t understand it?

Sana: How can a kid hate balloons. There must be something wrong with you, come lets go to a doctor and get you tested out.

Shrav stomps out of the room into library in a huff and bangs the door. Sana follows him back like a true friend.

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Sana: Shrav tell me, why are you scared of balloons. There should be some reason for this fear of yours, isn’t it? She started shooting questions at Shrav like arrows. Tus Tus

Shrav: I don’t like those horrible balloons why you can’t understand. So, go away from me as you want only balloons. You are not my friend any more.

Shrav’s mommy comes into the room to see what’s going on as both of them were shouting at their top of the voices. When she understood the situation, she explained to Sana that Shrav is a very sensitive person and the sudden high volume sounds disturb him a lot. He can only bear the sounds that he makes but gets jittery and agitated for the sounds that are not in his control.

Then Sana, being a naughty child, came up with a naughty plan as usual. She went on popping the balloons behind Shrav’s back whenever he is not looking. Shrav kept getting angrier and angrier. He picks up the toy gun and tries to threaten Sana. But that also didn’t work out. So he walks out of Sana’s house full of anger and tells his mom that he would never play again with that little monster again. In fact, he doesn’t even want to see her again.

The next day, morning when Shrav’s mom couldn’t find him in the house – she goes in search of him, only to find both little munchkins playing happily in the backyard. After the play is over, Sana hands over Shrav a gift in the wrapped paper. When Shrav tears it open, he sees that it’s nothing but Sana’s favorite piggy bank, which she calls as the “Anxiety Box“. Sana tells him to write all his fears about the balloons in chits and put them into this “anxiety box” daily. This “anxiety box” would safeguard all his fears and he can be free without any tensions. Shrav keeps writing the chits and puts them into that “anxiety box” for couple of days.

During their next picnic day, both the parents could see Shrav and Sana playing merrily with the balloons in the park. Shrav is no longer scared of balloons. Sana helped him in getting over his fear of balloons and sounds. Now let’s see whether Shrav would really be able to bear the sound of crackers in the next episode?

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Introducing Sana the sweetheart by Shrav in S&S Series

During December, my mommy’s cousin’s family moved to Pondicherry, as that uncle took a new job in Pondicherry. So, we visited them during my Christmas holidays. Their family is also very sweet and nice to us. I met my cousin Sana for the first time in my life. So thought of Introducing Sana in this S&S Series.


Shrav: Sana is a 6-year-old girl and she is very naughty and funny at the same time. We both had a gala of time playing together. Her comments are very witty and she is able to make me laugh like crazy. She is just in grade 1 and younger than me, so I keep telling her that she needs to listen to me. But she tells me that I need to listen to her, as she is the youngest kid in the house.

Though she is younger than me, she knows a lot of cool stuff and teases me a lot about it. It’s good to have her around and play with, as I was getting bored sitting all alone due to the lockdown. She looks like a real princess in her long blue frock (or gown whatever it is called), she wore for the party on the other day. I remembered the Disney Princesses movie. But, please don’t tell her this, otherwise, she is going to tease me a lot.

But regularly, she is a very naughty kid, who can’t sit quietly in one place. She will be always exploring something or the other or would always be up to some of the other pranks.


Sana: Shrav is the new cousin I met after moving to Pondicherry. He seems to be a cool kid with a lot of talent. He talks continuously and that too most of the time it’s all about Cricket and the Cricketers. He never gives the other person a chance to talk also about cricket. His knowledge about cricket is awesome, but he needs to be aware of more kiddie stuff. I think he needs a person like me to teach him there is life other than cricket too.

Of course, he knows a lot of cool stuff about Space and Gymnastics too. There is a lot to learn from him. But please never ever tell that to him OK? If he comes to know that I like his talent, then no one can stop him. So we need to act very calmly and neutral in front of him.

Parents: We thought that these two kids would become good friends and play happily. But where have we landed? They always behave like fire and ice and keep fighting. Looks like we can’t even sit in peace and have a cup of tea. Will they be better if they stayed all alone? But they keep playing together happily only for some time right? So let’s see whether these two kids would settle down or not.

Author: I guess you wouldn’t want to miss the fun of fireworks or the friendly banter that’s going to happen under the S&S Series isn’t it? Just stay tuned to our social media channels to get the latest updates. In case, you want to quip in with your ideas for the Shrav vs Sania duel, you can mention it in the comments. Stay tuned for new episodes every Monday from us.

Let’s Welcome 2021 with the Diary Writing Habit

Today is the first working day of 2021. Have you guys started working, or are you still in vacation mode? I finished my online classes in the morning. My aunt in the school has introduced us to a new concept called Diary Writing. Of course, it’s more like our daily journal writing, which we do at school. But it has more flexibility and more choices than we can use while writing.

Writing a Diary helps to pour your feelings into a book which nobody would ever listen

– Sowmya Iyer

When I told this to my mom, she told me that the Diary can act as your best friend, who always will listen to your inner thoughts. The things that you don’t want anyone to hear out, can be shared here. She also agreed to my aunt at school saying that it’s really a good habit to start our New Year. So, I went along with my dad to the book shop nearby and got myself a brand new diary. This is how my diary looks like. It has beautiful pictures of various important monuments across India. So, with the help of this diary, I am also finalizing the destinations to visit during our summer holiday break.

I can use this diary to note down all the important information about the Cricket game. There is also a calendar in this diary, wherein I can note down the dates of all the forthcoming cricket seasons in 2021.  I am also thinking of learning all the essential aspects of cricket legends, which I will document here in this diary itself as my go-to book on cricket.

What about you, what are you going to write in your diary? My mom said, she would write about how she spent her day and her favorite quotes or poems in this year’s diary. My dad told me that he would like to keep a record of all his management and psychology learnings in this place. So this is how everyone’s diary is different.


Our aunt in the school told us that we can use this diary for the following activities too:

Daily Writing Prompts: For children like me who are starting our diary writing habit for the first time, the parents can give us daily writing prompts based on which we can write. It would help us in improving our creativity.

Personal Journaling: This is what my mom is going to do, capturing her personal journey throughout this year. She is going to capture her goals, aspirations and would keep working on achieving them

Project Journaling: This is what my dad and I will be using to keep track of our various projects.

Nature Journaling: My friend A in the school is interested a lot in gardening along with another aunt in the school. They both were planning to keep a record of their gardening activities.

There are other forms of diary writing, which capture people’s art and craftworks. Since I am not a person, who is into the arts or crafts, I am not planning to talk much about it. Also, my granny writes about all her shloka’s in her book. We can also call that diary the Shloka diary.

Keep a diary and one day it will keep you.

– Mae West

My dad told me that we can write these diaries online also, these days. But since, we are already spending so much time in front of the gadgets due to the online classes as well as watching a few videos. I think it would be best to write the diary on the original physical diary itself. It will give us more flexibility to decorate the page and showcase our doodling there too. What say, folks? Whatever format you prefer, it’s a good habit to start your new year. So why don’t you all start writing your diaries from today itself? Please let me know which diary format you have picked up and what you are planning to write there with me too.


This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy and Noor Anand Chawla, and happily SPONSORED BY RRE Studios and SHOWCASE Events.

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