Hindu Mommy

June 29, 2006

Recommended Book List for Indian kids

Filed under: Entertainment and Books,Hinduism,India,Kids — hindumommy @ 11:25 pm

These are some of the Indian themed books that my kids enjoy – They get to understand a bit of their Indian heritage and best of all – you can get them at Amazon so don’t have to pay an exorbitant amount for shipping ūüėČ

The Butter Thief

Chachaji’s Cup

The Happiest Tree : a yoga story

Here comes Diwali : the festival of lights


Lights for Gita

Lily’s garden of India


The road to Mumbai

The story of Little Babaji

Do you have any recommendations? Please share in your comments or at hindumommy (at) yahoo.com


June 27, 2006

If some common English words got translated into Hindi…..

Filed under: Funny,India — hindumommy @ 11:10 pm

¬†Thank God we can still use English and not forced to speak only in Hindi :)…..

CRICKET : Gol guttam lakad battam de danadan pratiyogita

CRICKET TEST MATCH : Pakad dandu, maar mandu, de danaadan pratiyogita


Free Video E-card

Filed under: India,Parenting,Tips and Tricks — hindumommy @ 10:06 pm

For those of us with extended family in India or other far away places, Jalapenyo offers a personalized video e-card service.¬†According to the Jalapenyo¬†site, a video ecard is an online greeting card featuring your personal video. When you send a video ecard, the recipients get an email with a link to the card that you’ve created. When they click the link, they see your video playing inside a beautifully designed, personalized ecard.

I’ve tried it – Sent the grandparents a video of the¬†kids screaming and shouting¬†– it’s relatively easy to use and best of all IT”S FREE for the next 30 days . There is a size limit of 15 MB video format but it’s still totally worth trying out

You can make a a video ecard for any occasion. For instance:

¬†¬†¬†¬†– A birth announcement with baby’s first cry at the hospital
    РYour child singing Happy Birthday to Grandma
    РHoliday wishes from the whole family

After the free 30 day period, the cost is 0.99 cents per card, it can be sent to 10 people at one time and is stored for 30 days

Definitely better than buying a regular paper card and hoping it reaches abroad in time. Do give it a try and let me know how you like it at hindumommy (at) yahoo (dot) com

Recipe for sidewalk chalk

Filed under: Kids,Parenting,Tips and Tricks — hindumommy @ 7:33 am

You will need

4-5 eggshells,

1 teaspoon flour,

1 teaspoon very hot tap water,

and food coloring (optional).

Wash & dry eggshells. Put into bowl and grind into a powder. A mortar and pestle works fine for this. Discard any large pieces. Place flour and hot water in another bowl and add 1 tablespoon eggshell powder & mix until a paste forms. Add food coloring if desired. Shape & press mixture firmly into the shape of a chalk stick, and roll up tightly in a strip of paper towel. Allow to dry approximately 3 days until hard. Remove paper towel and you’ve got chalk. Eggshell chalk is for sidewalks only. Do not use for any other surface

Interview with Laxmi Mittal

Filed under: India — hindumommy @ 7:31 am

Rendezvous with Simi Garewal – Simi interviews Laxmi Mittal.

I like the way Laxmi and Usha come across Рvery humble and down to earth inspite of being one of the richest people in the world 




June 26, 2006

Nobody visiting your website ? – Try Vaastu Shastra

Filed under: India — hindumommy @ 1:25 pm

Spent a fortune on a flashy new Web site but still no one visits it? Tired of seeing your company slide down search engine listings?

Firms in India are now turning to the ancient philosophies of vaastu shastra and Chinese feng shui, used for centuries to bring balance and harmony between man and the environment, in a bid to boost their businesses through "balanced" Web pages.

Believers in vaastu shastra say the Indian science, which seeks to create harmony between nature's five elements — earth, fire, water, air and space — man and objects, can be directly applied to the Web, just as it is to home design.

"Just as the world comprises of the five basic elements, each Web site has five elements and these need to be in balance with one another," says Dr. Smita Narang, author of Web Vaastu, a new book that marries vaastu laws with the Internet.

The book has proved popular with businesses.

"Earth is the layout, fire is the color, air is the HTML, space is name of the Web site, and water is the font and graphics," says Narang, adding that each must be chosen carefully and strike a balance with the other.

Narang, a vaastu expert who has spent four years analyzing around 500 sites, says a Web site that is not designed according to vaastu rules will have few hits and will negatively affect the business.

Followers of feng shui, which promotes the idea of the removal of unnecessary objects to allow free flow of energy, say this Chinese science can also be used for the same purpose.

"A Web site where the colors hurt your eyes, the music offends your ears or has too much information is probably too cluttered and does not give a positive flow of ch'i," says Vikram Narayan, a Mumbai-based feng shui practitioner.

The trick, Narayan said, is to remove things in your life or on your Web site that serve no purpose, and keep those things that serve you well.

But how does this apply to your Web site?

Experts say using a combination of astrology and numerology, the ancient sciences will help you choose the right colors, font, placement of graphics and navigation bar to make the perfect Web site.

Brijesh Agarwal of Indiamart, a company offering business solutions to small and medium-sized enterprises, says he has had mixed results on the five sites that his company has designed according to vaastu principles.

From Reuters – http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060626/wr_nm/india_websites_dc

Do you believe in Vaastu Shastra? Does anyone have any experience trying this? Please let me know at hindumommy at yahoo dot com

June 25, 2006

More on the English language…..and especially on the word “UP”

Filed under: Funny — hindumommy @ 8:49 pm

The bandage was wound around the wound.
The farm was used to produce produce.
The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
We must polish the Polish furniture.
He could lead if he would get the lead out.
The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum
When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
I did not object to the object.
The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
They were too close to the door to close it.
The buck does funny things when the does are present.
A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let's face it – English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France.
Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.
We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.


Irrelevant but interesting knowledge…

Filed under: Funny — hindumommy @ 8:44 pm

1. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for bloodplasma. 

2. No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times. 

3. Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.


Ramayan for kids

Filed under: Hinduism,India,Kids — hindumommy @ 8:39 pm

The Chinmaya site has a Ramayan video for the kids …easy to watch and understand


For kids who are picky eaters

Filed under: Kids,Recipes — hindumommy @ 7:52 pm

These food blogs have easy to make dishes that look super yummy




My hats off to them – As an amateur cook, it’s amazing how they’ve got these delicious looking food which is nutritious and easy to make

Mmmmmm……my mouth is watering – Gotta go and try some recipes ūüôā

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