Mapa Story is my New Buddy – What about you?

How is this #Lockdown treating you all? I hope by now you all would have got busier with the Online Classes and Schools, isn’t it? I still find so much free time in my hands even after my online classes as well. Reading books all alone is so boring and it gets a little lonely after a while. But luckily, I found a new buddy called Mapa Story. My mommy got to know about this app and downloaded it for me. Now you are wondering what’s so special in this Mapa Story app, isn’t it?

Mapa Story App:

It’s a new app on Google Playstore that my mommy got a chance to review and she showed it to me to test this app. As the title suggests this app is full of stories. They are not typical videos of someone narrating the stories on youtube. Its a story actually told by one of the parents or grandparents to their children using the books. We can easily relate to the voices and feel like listening more.

Source: MaPa Story

Also to top it, there is a wide variety of stories including Mythology, Education, Fairytales, Knowledge stories, and a lot more. The person narrating the story would show the book and recite the story. So, in case if you want we can try to outsmart the narrator by trying to read the story before him. I always do that as it gives me pleasure to see the narrator always reading the stories in a very slow and soothing manner just like my aunty in the school. So, this app is giving me a chance to practice slowing my talking speed, and hence making my daddy a happier one, as he always says that I speak like a bullet train.

The additional advantage of this app is that the stories are narrated in both English and Hindi. As I belong to a non-Hindi speaking city, my cousins always tease me for my pronunciation in Hindi. So, this app is giving me exposure to proper Hindi and I am planning to develop my Hindi speaking skills using this app. Isn’t it wonderful?

Source: MaPa Story app

Now that’s not all, there is one more surprise in this app. We can ask our parents/grandparents to record the stories while they are reading them for us. That’s a wonderful feature, isn’t it? A lot of people can hear our voices and enjoy the story narrated to us. Even we kids can record the stories as a special surprise to our parents. I liked this surprise element a lot.

Now you all must be thinking that then this app must be really expensive, isn’t it? No, it’s not the case, my mommy says it’s budget-friendly and she is happy with that. You can check the details and download it here. She has subscribed to this app for me on our mobile phone (both me and my mommy’s) so that I can hear the stories whenever I feel bored at the house. Honestly, my mommy is not worried about the screen time while I am using this app as I can just lock the screen to listen to the stories. So, our screen time restrictions won’t apply for this app and at any given point of time, listening to stories improves our knowledge. So mt mom and I are completely happy with this app.

I really feel like my granddad is narrating the stories when I hear some of the stories narrated by old people. I am not able to fall asleep without listening to a story on this app daily. My mom thinks that I am falling asleep faster these days. So now, did you understand why Mapa Story has become my best buddy?

If you are interested, then “Check out this unique story telling app that I really enjoyed – MaPa Story! You can read, listen to and record stories from anywhere. Get a special 30% discount too by subscribing on the App. Here is your referal code 51536

Link to the MaPa Story app on Google Play Store: 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mapastory

TikTok #ShabashIndia is unleashing creative side of kids

During this global lockdown, staying indoors with kids and managing/channelizing their high energies is the biggest challenge for most of the parents. TikTok has started a new campaign initially called #ShabashIndia to increase the morale of the health workers and other primary people helping us to maintain the lockdown. But over a period of time, this campaign got converted to a wonderful stage to showcase the talents. One can see a lot of creative videos trending online on TikTok in the form of viral videos.

Initially, most of the people used it to showcase their funny side only in the TikTok videos. But once these videos started going viral, the other angles started surfacing. Most people started using it to showcase their creative side as well.

Some people started showing their DIY’s and their expertise on various topics like dance, music, and a lot more. Obviously, when everyone is staying at home and if mom and dad are active TikTokers, why would the kids be left behind? They also started using it to show their creative side, by uploading their dance videos, music videos. Even their karate, or physical exercise videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCdV77eeRGk
Source: TikTok Trending Dance Choreography video

Initially, my mom thought that it’s very unsafe for kids like, yours truly. But later when all my friends started using TikTok kid’s version of the app, I told my mom and she also installed it for me. The child-friendly TikTok app is all safe for the kids. My mom has got all the flexibility to set the parental controls for me on that app. So, now I am able to see my friend’s videos and am also able to upload mine also without any hassle on this app. Of course, the uploading has to be done by my parents only, not by me due to the security features. I had made a lot of new friends on TikTok now and I follow them too for the latest videos.

There are a funny parent and kids dance challenges that went viral on TikTok sometime back and I would watch them regularly. Also, lots of kids are uploading their dance videos on TikTok across the world. So, I get to know the various trends in dancing.

The best is the funny dog and cat videos on TikTok. They are really funny and I love to watch them a lot.

Have you guys ever seen the TikTok trending videos? If not, it’s already too late, as you are missing so much fun. Please do login and watch the TikTok funny videos on the kid’s app and let me know your thoughts.

Sindhu on ZEE5 Review

Sindhu is one of those interesting shows in Marathi, that is currently streaming on the ZEE5 OTT family. This serial was first aired on Fakt Marathi channel and has crossed 100 episodes. As it has turned out to be a highly popular show in Marathi, ZEE5 shows has decided to bring this serial on to their OTT platform. Are you curious as to what this Sindhu on ZEE5 holds for you, check it out below.

Source: ZEE5.com

Plot:

This serial is a Marathi family drama, about a child prodigy Sindhu and her struggles. Despite the hardships she has faced, she continues her educational journey and achieves her dreams. This serial is set up in the pre-Independence era. My mom wanted me to watch this serial, so that I can understand how tough the life is during that time. 

This is a costume rich drama, which lime lights some of the social evils of that Pre-Independence era along with the plight of the girls in that era. Sindhu is seen as the independent and progressive thinking girl, who tends to question the regressive ideas put forward by the society at that time.  This unique concept is from the multifaceted personality Srirang Godbole, which is really a different one when compared to all the other serials we see normally on the TV. No wonder, it’s the highly popular show on the Marathi T.V.

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Cast:

Sindhu – Aditi Jaltare (as the child)

Martand Shastri Ranade – Atul Mahajan

Gangadhar – Prasad Dabke

Gopika – Manjusha Joshi

And other important characters are assayed by Srihari Abhyankar, Ved Ambre, Saurabh Sutar, Gauri Kiran, Shaswati Pimpalikar and Pooja Mithabawkar

Review:

There are a lot of points to be noted from this serial for everyone. Especially about how the society used to function at that point of time. The following are the key take away points for me.

Picture Courtsey: ZEE5.com
  1. Never Stop Dreaming:  Sindhu shows how powerful your dreams can be if we work hard towards them. During the pre-Independence era, girls were not supposed to study. But Sindhu always wanted to study, and she fights with everyone to continue her studies. 
  2. Keep Learning new things: Sindhu is always keen on learning new things. She keeps learning one thing or the other till the end. In fact, she even pushes the elder ladies in her house to keep learning new things.
  3. Be Passionate: One needs to follow his or her passion and try to excel in that. Sindhu’s story is a good example for the same. How she fought her marriage to study.  Also, how she convinced her family so that she can continue her education even after marriage.   
  4. Stand for Right causes: Sindhu showcases the moral courage and strong will and always questions if she thinks that something is wrong. I think we all should know how to stand up for our own rights.
  5. Fight off the Negative forces: There will always be few negative people in everyone’s life. We should never let their negative thoughts influence us. It’s always good to fight those negative forces and make them see the goodness. or to stay away from them.

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Lastly, I liked the title song which is nice and melodious, and that tune stayed in mind for a long time. I even liked those costumes of that era. But I guess they are too heavy to wear them daily. What say, folks?  So. please do watch the Sindhu on ZEE5 and let me know your thoughts on the same.

Book Review – EBook Marvellous Rhymes

One of my mommy’s blogger friend has published her EBook along with our book. So, my mom asked me whether I would be interested in reading that book. Believe me, initially I was reluctant to open and read those printed sheets my mom has given to me. Why would a seven-year-old kid be reading rhymes tell me? Who has that time, I am so very busy with lots of stuff to do.

This week, it was very hot and sultry in Chennai, and while sitting in the A.C. room, with nothing much to do, I opened this folder and started reading this book. Trust me, this book got into me, right from the first page itself. I have never heard about Archanids till date. When I started reading further I got to know that our common spiders are also called as Archanids. I came to understand so much about those common spiders. They seem to have 8 eyes. Can you beleive it? Till now, I thought that it has only 8 legs. So now I wonder if it has to wear spectacles like my dad, how many does an Archanid need?

There are so many animals that aunty has covered, with lots of fun facts about each one of them. There was a time, when a bird’s feathers are used as currency. There are animals which change their gender. How I wish, we humans have also that power. The fun doesn’t stop with one animal. I read about so many new animals, whose names also I couldn’t pronounce properly first time, when I tried.

Wait, wait, the best is yet to come…the message on the “Social Distancing”

“All Animals bright and beautiful,

are telling us something,

only if we care to stop and listen….”

From Marvellous Rhymes by Jyotsna Atre

I wanted to ask Jyostna Aunty – how come she is able to read my mind and pen it down here in this book. I always feel that the passing clouds in the sky, the falling rain drops are talking to me. Even the flying bumble bee, is trying to tell me something, but before it comes near me, I get scared and run away into another room. That’s a different story all together.

This is really a magical book with colourful illustrations and backgrounds. The information is given in terms of nice tips and poems that any kid would love to read. Overall, this book is awesome.

My Recommendation:

So this is one book, which I found very interesting and planning to recommend to my aunties, to keep this in our school library after the school reopens. So that my friends can also read it and have all the fun.

About the Author:

As told earlier, the author of this book is Jyostna Atre (aunty). She is a blogger friend to my mommy and thats how I came to know about her book. It seems, she has written multiple childrens books. So I look forward to read them all.

Book Availability:

This book is available for free download for a limited period of time at the Blogchatter Ebook Library. You can download this book here.

Must watch Bhandbudh Aur Budbak Series On ZEE5 Kids

Due to the school closure and lockdown, we are spending our entire day in the house only. Suddenly, my granny got the idea that I should improve my Hindi speaking skills. So, she started researching for good Hindi shows that would interest me. Then she hit upon ZEE5 web series for Kids. ZEE5 has started a new platform especially for kids. And surprisingly, it has various genres of content like top animated movies, adventure, action, comedy, superheroes, mythology and even DIY’s. This is like another treasure trove for kids like my favorite Disney Junior.

Can you imagine, the best part, there are various shows on this platform in various languages like Hindi, Telugu, Tamil apart from Hindi, so we all can sit together and watch. This platform would help me in improving my Hindi. My granny has decided the series – “Bandbudh Aur Budbak Ke Bakwas Bakbak” to start my Hindi training. I would say that she has done an excellent job in picking up the right series this time. We already watched the popular series Mental Hood on ZEE5.

Why did this story line interest me?

This series is about two school going kids, Badrinath and Buddhadeb. Their behavior reminded me of my two friends in the school, A and S. Both are exactly very naughty and behave funnily just like Badrinath and Buddhadeb. Their nicknames are also very cute. Bandbudh and Budbak. The episodes one after the other captures all the funny and troublesome moments these two guys get caught into. Their principal is very strict, and these two kids always get into trouble with their principal. The cartoons representing these kids are also cute in a way. So no wonder me and my granny got hooked to this series on ZEE5 Kids.

  • The kids in the classroom are very realistic and have given me a sense of how a typical school would operate, as our Montessori school will not have any benches and chairs to sit and the teachers don’t keep changing for different subjects. .
  • The Hindi used in this series is simple enough for me to understand. of cours
  • the visuals are also helping me. So, after watching three/four episodes, I felt that my Hindi vocabulary is improving.
  • The scenes are very funny, and the dialogues are very easy to understand and can be easily related by a school going kid like me.
  • Just like how I forget my things and at times don’t follow the rules, these two kids also do the same.
  • I really liked the Yoga teacher and how he was singing a nice song on yoga there.

Top 5 Reasons to watch Bhandbudh Aur Budbak:

As per my mom, Bhandbudh aur Budbak is apparently a complete Indian show built right from the scratch in India. So, I liked the fact that someone out there has understood the mindset of the Indian kids and made a show out of it.

  • Bhandbudh aur Budbak represents any two typical school going kids and are very easily relatable. Their friendship is good, and everyone deserves a good friend like that.
  • Their Hindi language is very simple, and this series increases our Hindi vocabulary.
  • Now that most of the schools are very strict and we are not able to go to our schools on cycles, this series is a sort of eye opener for all of us as to how much fun we all can have in the schools.
  • These two kids are very witty and naughty, but at the same time they teach us the important life lessons like what would happen to us in case if we don’t follow the rules in the school, how to take the casual teasing in a jovial way, helping friends during the time when they need us, etc.
  • The animation is very good and improves our creative thinking power as well, as we try to replicate those drawings at home

The best part is that most of the episodes are only for 10-minute duration, which would allow me to watch multiple shows in a short span of time before my TV watching time gets over. So don’t forget to watch the Bhandbudh aur Bandbudh series on ZEE5 Kids. This is one #NonStopBachFun for all the kids during this forced school closure and lock down. What are you waiting for? Please tell me what is your favorite show on ZEE5 Kids?

A Letter from Kid about the Quarantine Life

Initially, I used to wonder what is happening, as I am hearing a lot about the Corona Virus everywhere. Then one day, the aunties in our school have taken some time to explain to us about this immediate threat that’s spreading to the entire world. All the kids at the school thought that it wouldn’t impact us as long as we are clean and practise hygenic habits. But we never thought that our schools would be shutdown all of a sudden and we kids would be forced to stay at home, without any classes or activities scheduled. We never imagined that we would be also subjected to the quarantine life without leaving the premises of our own house.

Honestly, this is one of rare occurances we have seen in our entire life, where both of you (mom and dad) staying at home and no one is stepping out of the house. I kind of started loving this period, as I can get up late without worrying about missing the bus. I can be at home all day, in my pyjamas, lazing around and having fun with you. I think that way, this quarantine life is fun.

But with in a week of this period, what we all did, is not what I had expected. So now that this quarantine life got extended to another 21 days in India, I want you all parents to understand what we kids are thinking about this period.

Just like how you guys are busy with your career and homefront, we kids are also busy with our school and activity classes. And this is the time, when all the family members are staying together at home. Ofcourse, you guys are also working from home. So let’s have a plan for the entire quarantine period going forward.

  • Please don’t expect us to spend as much time as we spend at school doing our studies or worksheets or online courses.
  • Our studies, activities are not going to run away. They would restart once when the world opens up post this Corona Virus.
  • Please spend time with us, playing board games, painting, silly pillow fights, whatever that interests us at that moment for some time in a day
  • Please allow us to help you in kitchen and while cleaning, maintaining the house. We are not the guests of the house, and also we might not be able to complete it to the perfection, but we love working along with you.
  • After you finish your work, please sit down with us and watch a show, movie or a video along with us. We just don’t want to want to watch the gadgets all alone.
  • Please let us eat some junk food too, when its available. May be a breakfast for lunch and lunch for dinner too would work fine during this holidays. Once the school starts, we would get back on track with healthy food too. But whatever meal it is, lets all have it together as a family.
  • Though we can read on our own, please take some time and read a story to us daily. Also please share stories of your childhood with us. We would love to hear how messy you were when you were a kid
  • Let’s do some video calls to our friends and relatives and talk to them, as we want to know them. Also, please allow us to do some video calls to our school friends too.
  • Lastly, give us some free time for ourselves, during which we can invent our own games and play without any adult supervision. It improves our creativity too.

I know you parents know all these things, but are too busy in your world to spend time with us. So lets take this quarantine time as the god’s blessing and spend time together as a family. We can be happy and energetic only if we are near you and spending time with you. Otherwise this newspapers, and television are always spreading news about corona which is making us anxious too.

My Lessons on Bullying from Mental Hood Series

I and my mom are spending quite a lot of time together these days due to the school closure for COVID-19. The other day, my mom got a call from her another blogger friend asking her to watch the Mental Hood” series in ZEE5. So yesterday, finally we both have decided to watch the “Mental Hood” series together, as it’s about a mommy blogger with her kids.

Why the storyline interested me?

This series is more like that’s currently happening at my home. A mommy blogger managing her time between kids and her blogging career. This being the first series, all the characters (the mommy blogger friends) got introduced to us along with the main character. The main character is played by Karishma Kapoor. Their family has just moved to Mumbai and the kids have got recently admitted into the school over there. The second kid in this series looks and behaves more like me.

This entire first season consists of a total of 10 interesting and funny episodes where the mom’s and the kids are having a riot. The best part is that all these episodes are of short duration, so we can just relax while watching the single episode itself. I really liked the interactions between moms and the kids. Do you want to know why I also got glued to this “Mental Hood” series on ZEE5?

Keyword: Mental Hood Series on ZEE5
Image Source: An OTT Platform ZEE5.com
  • The kids are very realistic, as I could attach so many of my friend’s faces to those kids in my age group. Especially Nikhil and his friends.
  • Though I didn’t understand completely all the mom’s problems and their nature, I really liked the way, all moms have become good friends quickly and started helping each other. Every one of them is a super mom just like my mom.
  • Most of them have some or other important work to do.
  • The scenes are very funny, and the dialogues are very easy to understand for a seven-year-old kid like me.
  • Just like how I forget my things, even Nikhil does the same. Luckily there are no exams or projects stress in my school
  • I really liked the various events organized in school. Looks like school life is more fun.
Keyword: Mental Hood Series on ZEE5
Image Source: An OTT platform from ZEE5.com

My Bullying Lessons:


Apparently, though the school says that “Bullying is not allowed”, kids do bully secretly in that school too. I was surprised to see Karishma Kapoor calling her mommy as the bully. So that’s my first lesson on bullying concept.

  • Bullying is not just limited to kids, even parents can be bullies sometimes. Don’t you all agree that our parents or nearby relatives like aunts and uncles tease us and irritate us? But we need to understand that it’s the friendly and playful banter in which they want to engage with us.
  • But any time, if we don’t like either the kids or adults ill-treating us continuously, we need to tell our parents/teachers immediately.
  • If we keep silent and not inform anyone about the person who is bullying us, we are giving them the strength to bully another person.
  • Also, bullies mostly bully us because they are either feeling insecure or jealous of us. The other day, A in my school started calling me with nicknames and even after telling him not to use those words he kept on calling me like that to irritate me. When I went and told my aunty about it, the aunty asked me to take a step back and stop talking to A. When I stopped talking to A for some time, he has realized his mistake and came back to me. We both discussed and realized that since he is going away on vacation for 10 days, he was feeling bad that he is going to miss me and that’s why he is behaving that way. So now you understand how by following simple measures we can stop the bullying, isn’t it?
  • As Karishma aunty says, we should always remember that “Bullies are the weakest people and the best way to deal with them is through our Inner Strength”. That is how she could save Nikhil from bullying kids in episode number 2. Please watch the “Mental Hood” episode 2 from ZEE5, for more details.


What are you doing on this Water Day?

Yesterday evening, when I and my mom had gone for a walk in our colony, all the water in the empty plots near my shuttle court got evaporated and I got curious as to what is happening and I asked my mom about the same. She mentioned that the water evaporated due to the hot sunny days here in Chennai. I immediately, felt so sad that all those wonderful fishes in those ponds would have died right? I immediately asked why this hot summer should come to Chennai now itself, why can’t we have winter for some more time. For that my mom has answered that all this is happening due to the Climate changes and this year UNO has decided that “Water and Climate Change” as the theme for this year’s Water Day. You all know when Water Day falls this year, isn’t it? It’s on 22-March-2020.

Do you know why this “Water and Climate Change” has been decided as the theme of this year’s Water Day? The reason is that due to drastic Climatic changes, the water bodies are evaporating at a faster rate than earlier and we need to wake up and act fast to minimize the Climate Changes as much as possible.

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The aunties in my Montessori house and even my mom told me the “Water is a very scarce resource and we need to use it wisely“. But how do we do it any idea? How do we minimize the Climate changes at our level? We kids in our Montessori house have sat down and discussed a lot as to how to conserve water and use it wisely. My aunty had shown us this video after overhearing what we were discussing. Aren’t those kids really cool?

Climate Change Song on Internet
Source: Internet

So this is the 10 step plan we kids have chalked out and you guys can also implement them at your house and nearby vicinity on this Water Day 2020.

  1. Close the tap, when not using the water. Don’t keep the tap unnecessarily running, while we are brushing our teeth
  2. Use water filled in a bucket to take the bath, instead of showers.
  3. Fix all the leaky taps and pipes immediately to arrest the water usage. There is a common corporation tap near my Montessori house, which keeps leaking the whole day. So, we called up the corporation office and got that one fixed last week.
  4. Keep water in small bowls outside your houses, so that the birds and stray animals can quench their thirst. So many bees and butterflies die in the hot summer, as they don’t get water.
  5. During the rainy season, plant avenue trees in your locality, so that they not only give shade to you, but their roots will retain water in the underground and will give you more oxygen.
  6. Now in hot summer, we get delicious jack fruits and mangoes. Please clean and save those seeds during the summer months and plant them as avenue trees after it starts raining.
  7. Install rainwater harvesting systems in our house. During the last rainy season, we had stored so much water that my mom is still using that only to water our plants on the terrace
  8. While watering plants in our garden, we decided to build our own drip system using the old plastic bottles and our mom’s cotton shawls. So since yesterday, we are on that job of making holes in the bottles and cutting them open. The younger children in our Montessori house are cutting the shawls into thin cotton wicks.
  9. We saw our akka’s wasting so much water before cutting our fruit snack before snack time. So we told our akka’s in the school as well as to our parents at the house to clean the fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water, wh
  10. Aunties told us the benefits of wastewater recycling. But for that, we need our adult’s help and we are asking all our parents to implement the greywater recycling plants in our apartments. Will you guys also do it and let me know how much water you could save because of it?

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So this is our plan, what about you guys? What are you planning for this Water Day? Our aunties told that every drop of water we save is equal to every drop of that gets generated. So will you also follow our aunties advise and use water smartly so that the earth won’t get converted into the desert in the near future? So above is the pledge we guys are taking in our Montessori House. What is is the pledge you guys are taking? Please let me know what you guys are going?

5 Holi Songs that I recommend this year!

Spring has started knocking the doors and that’s the reason why we can start hearing the Koel sounds in the early mornings. Of course, Chennai temperatures also have started raising. I did get the heatstroke while playing in the school yesterday.  So that means we would have an array of festivals coming up. Holi is the first among them, isn’t it? My aunty in the school started discussing the various Spring festivals that are conducted in India and also across the world.  I will share about those learnings later in a different post. We elder kids have to teach Holi songs for the toddlers in our school. So I thought of telling you about my favorite Holi songs of this year.

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Springtime Again, Springtime again!!!

The first and foremost rhyme we tend to pick is the “Springtime again” rhyme. As it not only teaches the kids about the seasons, but also gives information about the array of hte colors we use in Holi celebrations.

Dum Dum Holi has Come!!!

The second one obviously we use to show how much fun we can have while using the water colors and also while splashing the water ballons. Spring and summer times are meant to be playing in water isn’t it? You all know the reason for the same isn’t it? As the temperatures soar, we need more water to cool down ourselves

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Aayi Holi Aayi Holi re!!!

The fun and celebrations of the Holi festival can be explained through this famous Hindi song. It also gives an introduction to the kids about Hindi language

Holi mein mach gaye dhamaal!!!

The amount of fun we can have during Holi celebrations is clearly explained in this rhyme.

Happy Holi

The next comes the favorite rhymes from Infobells on Holi. We normally don’t sing all those songs, but tend to watch them when we get some time, as these songs set the mood for Holi.

Lastly, I hope you all know the story about why we celebrate Holi isn’t it? Just like any other festival in India, Holi is the celebration of the victory of good over evil. We can hear all the stories related to Holi here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nOzqrnXgKE&list=PLJ20hm-I0-O1oEgKt67bNxHPXa_L2iLED&index=7

Apart from this, we can do a lot of craft activities for Holi, as it involves the variety of colours. The activities that I am currently enjoying are here. Please do check out and let me know.

5 Books that I love on the Pongal Festival

Its that time of the year, wherein everyone in the villages would be busy with harvests and us kids would be eager to visit our grandparents during this Pongal festival. Normally, we get only one or two day’s holiday during this time, but we would take a couple of days off this side and that side so that we can spend more time in the village and enjoy ourselves with our cousins. This time also, we are taking a week off from my classes and school and going to the village. Going to the village means, I will stuff a few books into my backpack to read during the afternoons, isn’t it? So here comes my list of the books, I am carrying this time with me.

 

Indian Harvest Festivals:

This E-book, Indian Harvest Festivals, is written by Agnes Dcosta in the Story Weaver is the first book I had picked up to understand how the Harvest Festival – Pongal is celebrated all over India. Hopefully, now I will come to know all the different names of the Harvest Festival in India after reading this book.

Festival through the Year

Festival through the YearFestival through the Year

This book, Festival through the Year is written by Rachana Chabra. I had already read this book once and this book is filled with the festival experiences of the characters Natasha and Nikhil. The Pongal experience in Punjab is very nice and with a good twist. So a must-read for people who are picking up the books on the Pongal festival for the first time.

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Susheela’s Kolams:

This E-Book (Susheela’ Kollams) from the Story Weaver depicts the fun part of Kollams or the Rangoli’s that we draw during this auspicious month of Pongal. We call this month with different names in different parts of India. In south India, this entire month, mommies/aunties draw big and colorful Kollam’s or rangoli’s in front of our houses.

Farmer Falgu Goes to Kite Flying

Farmer Falgu Goes Kite FlyingFarmer Falgu Goes Kite Flying

Farmers and Kites are an integral part of the Pongal festival. In many places of India, we can witness the kite festivals as well during this time. So what would happen if one such farmer goes to the Kite Festival. The farmer’s name intrigued me and so I asked my mom to get this book from Amazon.

You might be interested in this post: My EBook – My Friends from Indian Mythology is ready for download

Kaale Kuava Fest – Makar Sankranti in the Hills of Kumaon

There is a unique festival celebrated on Pongal day in the Hills of Kumaon. It’s basically the festival of crows. Isn’t it interesting? So that’s the reason for me to download this E-book from the StoryWeaver. This book is written by Vibha Lohani in the Story Weaver.

So friends, what are the books you are reading during this Pongal Holidays? Please do let me know whether you liked the above books are not.

 

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