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Adventures of Susheela and Ambili

We had the awesome-est time with kids from The Thakur International School. The enthusiasm and exuberance of the kids was infectious and kept energizing us as we went from one class to another spreading joy and making new friends. Both Susheela and Ambili connected with our young audience immediately. While Susheela’s Kolam brought colourful delights, the story of Ambili and her encounter with Maakdi, the frog, got the children ticklish and giggling all over!


Nursery, KG and Prep – Susheela’s Kolam

The children’s imagination knew no bounds as they contributed enthusiastically in Shusheela’s quest for new canvases to draw her Kolams. Their mothers will have a hard time restraining their creative hands now for sure!

After the story the children created their own beautiful Kolams with lovely colours.

Standard 1st & 2nd

We introduced the kids to Ambili and saw the wonderous curiosity in their eyes as they waited to hear about her adventures. They giggled at her silliness and joked about how Maakadi the frog was fooling her. They jumped and hopped just like Ambili did with the frogs in the rain! The kids shared their own experiences about how they dance and play in the rains and love to get all wet and muddy…what a splashy-splashy day we had! After we shared our experiences we all coloured our own Ambili in interesting patterns just like little Ambili from the story.


The school gave us a sweet token. As we watched the kids enjoying the stories we were reminded of a simple fact…there is no age for innocence!

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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Education


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A single book…a thousand smiles!

My friends and I had a most inspiring day today! It all started with my ramblings on twitter when I came across a tweet on my timeline about Pratham Books and the book reading drive they want to conduct on 8th September 2012, World Literacy Day. There was no looking back after that. The team at Pratham Books was quick to respond to my query and helped me put together this beautiful experience. A special thanks to my husband Ankit, son Siddharth and friends Shilpa Neha & Anoop for lending their support.


I approached Maharashtra Vidyalaya in Goregaon west, Mumbai, for conducting the session and the teachers were more than happy to have us among the reading out a story to their children. Then it was a mad rush to create cut-outs of characters from the book, create Kolam designs for children to colour and arrange for a Marathi version of the book as the children are more comfortable with the language. We chose standards 1st and 2nd for the readings.


The teachers started by explaining the kids how it is important to believe in their passion and taking it to unseen heights. Then the story began and the children sat mesmerized as they heard about Susheela’s adventures with her lovely Kolams. All this while I could see sparkle in their tiny eyes about their own dreams and untold passions. As the teacher interacted with them we found the kids sharing their own ideas of where Susheela will draw her next Kolam.


After the reading the children spent a wonderful time decorating their own Kolams with beautiful colours. Suddenly the group came alive with excited chatter of which colours to use and how to make the Kolams as beautiful as that of Susheela.


After the colouring, the kids proudly showed-off their creations! It was magical how brightly coulored Kolams transformed a class into a kaleidoscope of infinite imagination!


The teachers were so thrilled with the response from the children that they now want us to select more stories and include more classes (3rd and 4th) next time. We are so inspired by this that we now plan to take this up as a regular activity and approach many more children and spread the joy of reading stories to as many children as possible.


Thank you Pratham Books! 🙂




Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Education


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I want to ask God!

I live in Mumbai and have been subject to continous rainfall since last evening…sometimes light, most of the time very heavy. Most things have come to a stop including some schools, traffic, etc. However, one thing that the even the pouring rainfall could not dampen was people’s devotion to God.


This morning, as I was on my way back from my son’s play school (which turned out to be closed today), I was amazed at the sight of a looooooooong serpentine queue outside a temple, extending way out of the shaded area, extending at someplaces into the traffic. People were standing in raincoats, with umrellas, but still standing, devoutly, patiently, waiting for their turn. It made me wonder, what could inspire such devotion in people? People were queued up to thank God, to priase God, to complain, to ask for forgiveness, to ask favours…their reasons can vary but the devotion was unmistakable.


I was jolted out of my revier by a sudden tug on my sleeve. “Madame 5 rupay do na…nahi nahi madame mujhe 2 chalega…isko mat dena, mujhe dona” I found myself face to face with two tiny kids, about a couple of years older than my own son, drenched to their skin, each trying to outdo the other in their earnestness. I was suddenly swept with a fierce rage. Then right on heels came another emotion, I felt sad. I was confused. I was angry with God, who chose to give this life to these children, and I was sad coz ife had dealt them such a foul hand.


I thought to myself that if God cannot see this from above, then I don’t see the point of queuing up outside temples. Some people say, God has his own way, but I want to now what could he be thinking when he granted such a life to so many millions of children across the world. I really want to know.



Posted by on July 14, 2009 in Daily Life, Mumbai, People


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