Magical Story….

“Great stories happen to those who can tell them” – Ira Glass

And I believe in it. It is always an exhilarating experience to share stories, many known and some own with Dheer and his friends.

So, as I was shortlisted for the activity which involves story telling with  #ColgateMagicalStories Activity at BlogAdda, I was ecstatic. Colgate had been a trusted brand in my family since childhood. It was patronised by my grand mother and then my mother and now followed by me. And to be involved in an activity with such a brand was an experience in itself.

So, here it goes, our experience of Colgate magical stories activity:

As a part of the activity, I received a nice bright package with a  huge print of Colgate on it. With no clue of what this activity is going to be, we ( me and my son), were curious to explore. The package had 3 large tubes of Colgate paste. Each carton of the paste had enjoyable illustrations on their reverse sides.

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As we cut open all the cartons, there are some characters and interesting facts written about them.

Apparently, as we started our first job of cutting and pasting the characters, we spoke about space and satellites which made me realise that Dheer was apprised with some facts about the same. Some facts that he knew about space:

  • Space is very far from earth.
  • You go to space in rocket.
  • You cannot go to space in jeans, there is a special dress and helmet made for people who want to go to space. 
  • When you go to space, you do not have to go to school. 
  • Ananya, his friend also told him that in order to become an astronaut, he should learn how to operate a remote car so that it is easy for him to operate a space ship. 

After listening to the facts known to him, I tried explaining about gravitational force, for which he countered me with a question: “So, when you want me to read a book, I will not be sitting or playing around, I will be flying around. How will you get hold of me? “

I  replied, I will fly along with him and we can read a book flying around which sounded pretty exciting to him.

As we proceeded with the cut and paste activity, we prepared all the characters given. There were two astronauts, one alien, space ship, rover, couple of planets like Mars, Saturn, Juipter, sun and some additional characters.

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Dheer’s version of the story:

There are two astronauts Dheer and Tworoos. ( This name is inspired from Mickey Mouse O..tworooos!!!) . 

They take the rocket and go to the space. In the space, they find that the sun is troubling all the planets with his brightness. 

One day when Dheer and Tworoos were playing in the space 😮 , they find an alien. They realise that Aliens are dangerous. 

Dheer and Tworoos wear the helmets, go to the sun and request him to threaten the alien with his brightness. Sun accepts their request and goes near the alien. 

The alien runs away due to the sun’s brightness. Now, the Sun realises that he has been troubling all the planets and wants to change himself. 

He goes to Dheer and  borrows his helmet and wears it so that his brightness does not trouble other planets.

Tworoos and Dheer give their helmets to sun and come back to earth. After coming back to earth, they go to their school next day. 

As the sun’s brightness is reduced, it becomes night on earth and that’s how nights started on earth. ( I am sure he adopted this concept from various other stories we read as how leopards got their dots or how crow became dark or soo…). 

And finally he finishes his story saying every one is happy in the space!!! 

After few minutes, he realized that he did not tell me the moral of the story and says

Moral of the story is ” Do not go near bright objects. If you go, you will have to give your helmet to them 😮 “

I am now confused if helmet was the hero of the story or the astronauts :p , but regardless of all these, his extempore was beyond my expectation and it made me realize if given an opportunity, kids can go to a great extent imagining.

Well, we had a great time assembling the characters, building the story and also have stocked up Colgate toothpaste for next few months 🙂

P.S: “I’m blogging my #ColgateMagicalstories at BlogAdda in association with Colgate.

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Out-V-Go!! Theevu Thidal

As a parent of a 5 year old, I am always on a look out for interesting outings for my kid during the weekends, apart from the usual malls and movies. Yes, we do go to malls as well but we don’t enjoy it as much as we enjoy an offbeat story telling or a magic show.

So, here I am starting this section “Out-V-Go” where I will be blogging about different events /places in the city for  kids. Predominantly, I will be concentrating on kids-go-out venues but would also include some interesting events in the city if I happened to attend the same.

My first post will feature “Theevu Thidal”

An exhibition is conducted at Theevu Thidal  by Tamil Nadu tourism department. This year is the 42nd year of the same. Usually, this exhibition starts in the month of January and goes on for 70 days ( and may also extend). We can have an eye on the local news papers and the hoardings all across the city to know the start date of the same.

Some important info:

Venue: Island Grounds, Mount Road, Park Town

Timings: 3:00 P.M to 10:00 P.M

Days: All 7 days

Car Parking: Ample space for car parking is available. They charge Rs.70/- for the same

Tickets: Adults – Rs.20/-, Kids ( Above 3 years )- Rs. 10/-, Below 3 years – Free

So, the main description of the exhibition goes like this:

Theevu Thidal called as “island grounds” in English  ( It took some time for me to register this name, keeping in view my non-tamil background) is where an industrial exhibition is conducted by Tamil Nadu Tourism Department.

This exhibition consists of fun rides, eateries and stalls from different parts of the state (mostly) and other states (very less) to exhibit their domestic products. The main attraction of the exhibition is the Jumbo Circus.

The stalls: There are many stalls which exhibited house hold items, electronics, food items, photographs etc. Most of them did not have anything unique and were just the ordinary items that are usually available in the local stores. My clever husband made us walk exactly on the opposite side of the stalls so that I don’t get to see them in detail and he is saved of the expense. (All husbands reading this, you get it??)

Attraction for kids: From the entrance of the venue, you find many interesting options. Some of what we enjoyed were 3D film, bird show,  snow world,  kids play pen. Each one  had a separate ticket costing Rs.10/- to Rs.50/-. Many of the options were on the lines of scary house which we do not enjoy and so did not check on it.

Rides: The best part of the exhibition were the rides which ranged from a small leap frog that my son enjoyed to the giant wheel, the tora-tora, the Columbus. All the tickets were priced from Rs.40/- to Rs. 70/-.

Jumbo Circus: The timings for the circus show were 1 P.M, 4 P.M , 7 P.M and the tickets were priced at Rs.80/-,Rs.160/- or Rs.250/- depending on how far away you are seated  from the performers. It was a incredible show by trained professionals and my son enjoyed it a lot.

Govt stalls: There are the state Govt stalls depicting their work like the minerals department, the HRCE department, the IT department. They were quite informative. Don’t miss to see them.

Special attraction: There is a lucky draw at the entrance where the first prize winner gets a suitcase, do not forget to mention your name and number and drop it in a box arranged at the entrance. We borrowed a pen and did it!! ( Who wants to miss free stuff yaaa??)

Suggestions:

  • The entire place is sand, so plan to wear proper foot wear that makes your walk easy on the sand.
  • If you are prone to cold and coughs due to the cold breeze, please carry appropriate head gear. ( This place is pretty close to the beach and the breeze is heavy).
  • There are no food stalls that offer healthy options like fruits or sundal. All you get is fried bajjis, papads, pop-corns, if you are not too fond of it, plan your eateries accordingly.
  • No ATMs available within the venue. Most of the shops, do not offer the card-swiping. Carry enough cash for your shopping.
  • Toilets are not too clean and you cannot expect anything more in a public place.
  • This will take a good 4 to 5 hours for you see all the stalls, enjoy the rides. I suggest if you could be at the venue by 4 P.M, you can enjoy the 2 hour circus, go around for 2 hours, have your dinner and  get back home. You may even avoid all the kid-shows at the entrance ( they don’t offer much variety) and directly proceed to the rides, which I am sure the kids will enjoy.

Some of the photographs I captured:

Bird Show:

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Shopping Stalls:

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Replica of Parthasarathy Temple:

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Famous Cotton Candy / Masala Appalam:

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Hope this post is informative. If you are looking for any specific info, please do comment.

Blissful it was….Memories that last….

My grey cells have been enjoying their summer vacation, a rather extended one as I have been away from blogging for some time. Now that I try to come back, void thoughts surround me. What do I write about?

Talking about summer vacation, I decided it is the time to write a reminiscent post. One which brings back the memories of my childhood and I am sure most of you will relate to this.

We lived in a colony which consisted of 8 blocks with 6 flats in each block. Then, it was called a colony, these days such flats are called a gated communities. We were a group, or rather I am fond of calling it a nasty gang of 20 kids, all of us more or less of the same age. In those days, our major games included Current-Shock, Nela-Banda, Thokkudu-Billa, Antakshari, 10-20 etc etc. Please excuse me for using colloquial names, I really do not know if these games had some universal names.

The best part of our summers was during the power cuts in the evenings. During those days, unlike today none of the houses had inverters and so invariably everyone was forced to come out during the scheduled power cut to breathe some fresh air. Mommies  would finish cooking, daddies would finish reading newspapers and children would await the power cut to have some colony-time.

Usually, the power shut down was in between 7:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M when it was considerably dark. The time was used to conduct silly movie quizzes to compete in antaksharies to gossips about happening couples in the colony. We all competed with each other, cheated each other, cursed each other but ultimately when the power was resumed, welcomed it with a big “Uuuuuu!!!!!” shout.

This reminds me of a prank we played on our Milkman once. He usually came in the night for delivering the milk. One day, the nasty gang decided to play the “Ghost Game” with him. During the power cut, the corridor would be pitch dark and he had to walk through that area. One fine day, we meticulously planned the entire plot to play the prank. We hung a thick thread with small fire on both the sides over a nail in this dark area.From a distance, it looked like two scary eyes with no proper body shape. That unfortunate day, the milkman came through in his usual way and was terrified to look at the  fire which resembled eyes. We all have cleverly hidden behind a wall and also added the scary effects by making some special sounds in the back ground. The milkman was horrified to see the fire and ran back in fear to save himself. Though I now feel sorry for the milkman as I write this, it was a moment of joy, a fun filled moment.

As soon as we were successful in scaring him, we all celebrated the moment of joy with a clap and loud laughter’s. We later confessed to the guy about the prank and pleaded his pardon.

As kids, we never knew what jealousy was, what expectations were, what miseries were, what life was all about. All we knew was to have fun and share the moment. I soo wish the wheel turns back and I get back to my childhood days.

I am sure you all had many such summer vacation memories, don’t you?

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Linking this to Write Tribe Festival of Words #4 Day 1

I learnt too!!

Learning is an understatement when it comes to motherhood. Every moment is an experience in itself. Though earlier I have written what I learnt from my little son, I still love to add-on to it with this post.

Last week, we mommies from Dheer’s school planned for a half-day outing to the children’s park. Yes, you read it right, we could not dare to think beyond half a day with all these highly energetic chipmunks.

I tried to capture some innocent expressions and the learnings behind:

We fight, We play.
We don’t have egos, We are not jealous
We are just happy!!

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I can do it myself
One who tries, always succeeds

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I am upset,I can still be happy!!
With my juice though!!

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Happiness is what I know!!
Rest of the emotions, I don’t need to know

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We learn from little things!!
Every small detail excites us!!!

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As these kids had a gala time, seeing the animals, birds, playing in the sand, we mommies also had fun time with some nice snacks and I learnt too!!!

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