Hindu Mommy

July 31, 2006

Munnabhai jokes

Filed under: Funny,India — hindumommy @ 8:54 am

PROFESSOR
Gandhi Jayanti ke baray mein kya jantey ho?
MUNNA BHAI
Gandhi bahut jabardast aadmi tha, Baap. Maa Kasam, par apun ko yeh nehin malum ke yeh Jayanti kaun hai.

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July 30, 2006

Why kids hate their vegetables?

Filed under: Kids,Parenting — hindumommy @ 4:01 pm

According to this Reuters report, scientists have suggested that preschoolers with sensitive taste buds were particularly attuned to detecting bitterness were less likely to eat their veggies.

In some cases, they balked at eating not only bitter vegetables, like broccoli and olives, but also sweeter fare like carrots and red peppers.

Scientists have identified a gene, dubbed TAS2R38, that controls a receptor for bitter flavor. A study published last year found that children with certain variations of that gene are particularly sensitive tasters, able to detect a very small amount of a bitter-tasting compound in water

According to the researchers, parents of fussy eaters should recognize that their children may not be having the same taste experience that they are

There is some comfort for parents who may think they are destined for a lifetime of mealtime struggles

“We do change our food preferences as we grow and learn,” Tepper said, noting that the “impact of genetics isn’t set in stone.”

July 29, 2006

Barbies and Kens – Indian ishtyle…

Filed under: India — hindumommy @ 4:05 pm

Are you tired of your kids playing with blond Barbie and/or Ken? Want them to get exposed to a bit of Indian culture?

No problem.:) If you live in the UK, you can now buy them a Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Kajol or Priyanka Chopra for just 24.99.

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Each doll is supposed to come with traditional Indian clothing, with the ladies wearing the most gorgeous and ornate dresses.”

While SRK is dressed in red trousers, white T-shirt and his trademark black leather jacket, Hrithik wears black trousers, black T-shirt and a white casual jacket. The boys come with an additional Western outfit.

Not my doll type but guess these dolls seem to have clicked in a big way since they make the ToysRUs UK Top 10

July 28, 2006

Indians….not so happy?

Filed under: India — hindumommy @ 4:40 pm

According to this report by BBC, India ranked low – as the 125th country,  in a poll of people worldwide to map out subjective wellbeing

He said he was surprised to see countries in Asia scoring so low, with ..India 125th, because these are countries that are thought as having a strong sense of collective identity which other researchers have associated with well-being.

“It is also notable that many of the largest countries in terms of population do quite badly,” he said.

What would it take to make India ” the happiest place on earth”?

July 27, 2006

Saraswati Slokas

Filed under: Hinduism,Kids,Slokas — hindumommy @ 10:56 pm

Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of knowledge and learning

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Human beings attain the highest level of wisdom by worshipping Saraswati and obtaining true knowledge.Before kids are taught to read and write, their parents obtain blessings from Goddess Saraswati by performing the ‘akshara abhyasam’.

Saraswathi Namasthubyam,
Varadey Kaamarupinee!
Vidhyarambham Karishyami,
Sidhir bhavathu mey sada

Oh  Goddess, Saraswathi, my humble salutations to you, who are the fulfiller of all my wishes. I start my studies with the request that thou will bestow Thy blessings on me

This prayer is chanted before beginning a class or at the beginning of one’s studies so that all learning may resolve in knowledge alone.  It is addresses to Goddess Saraswathi, who symbolizes all forms of knowledge, including the knowledge of the performing arts.  

Another sloka for kids is

Gnanananda Mayam Devam
Nirmala Spatika Kruthim
Aadharam Sarva Vidyanam
Hayagrivam Upasmahe

I promise myself before the Goddess who is the personification of knowledge and Happiness, who is very pure, and who is the basis of all learning

Online Devanagari Script Tutor

Filed under: India,Kids — hindumommy @ 10:28 pm

To teach your kids to write the Devanagari script (Hindi, Marathi), the online tutorial on this site is very useful

July 26, 2006

Love the logic….:)

Filed under: Funny — hindumommy @ 11:01 pm

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Make international calls at local rates on your cell phone

Filed under: Tips and Tricks — hindumommy @ 10:58 pm

For most Indian families in the US, phone bills are huge because of regular calls to family members in India.

Most of us have cell phones with like a gazillion free minutes per month.

Here’s how to make low-cost mobile calls from the country where you live to friends who live abroad and use up some of the free mobile minutes.

Get local Rebtel numbers for your global friends, and give your global friends local Rebtel numbers for you.

Then you can call each other as often as you like, for as long as you want, at the cost of a local call plus a $1 USD/week service fee.

Try it out, at http://www.rebtel.com/getstarted/

Kids hate math…? Try HeyMath

Filed under: India,Kids,Parenting — hindumommy @ 12:11 am

For most kids, math is dull, boring and challenging.

For $100 a year (or Rs 600 a year in India), HeyMath helps students overcome the fear of math.

HeyMath founded by Harsh Rajan and Nirmala Sankaran in partnership with the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge University, has a library of animated online lessons, interactive activities and assessment modules helps students strengthen their understanding of concepts and enhance their problems solving skills.

According to Thomas Friedman, best selling author of “The World is Flat”

“HeyMath’s mission is to be the math Google – to establish a web-based platform that enables every student and teacher to learn from the ‘best teacher in the world’ for every math concept and to be also able to benchmark themselves against their peers globally”

HeyMath is already being used in 35 Singapore schools and has received some 2,500 inquiries from public schools in the US. The department of education in Massachusetts has included HeyMath as an approved learning resource.

So, if your kids hate math, just go to HeyMath and let them start having fun

July 25, 2006

Why God Created Children….(And In The Process Grandchildren)

Filed under: Funny,Kids,Parenting — hindumommy @ 11:24 pm

To those of us who have children in our lives,
whether they are our own,
grandchildren,
nieces,
nephews,
or students…
here is something to make you chuckle.
Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to His own children.After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.

And the first thing he said was “DON’T!”

“Don’t what?” Adam replied.

“Don’t eat the forbidden fruit.” God said.

“Forbidden fruit?
We have forbidden fruit?
Hey Eve..we have forbidden fruit!”

“No Way!”

“Yes way!”

“Do NOT eat the fruit! ” said God.

“Why?”

“Because I am your Father and I said so! ”

God replied, wondering why He hadn’t stopped creation after making the elephants.

A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked!

“Didn’t I tell you not to eat the fruit? ” God asked.

“Uh huh,” Adam replied.

“Then why did you? ” said the Father.

“I don’t know,” said Eve.

“She started it! ” Adam said.

“Did not! ”

“Did too! ”

“DID NOT! ”

Having had it with the two of them, God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.

Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.

BUT THERE IS REASSURANCE IN THE STORY!

If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven’t taken it, don’t be hard on yourself.

If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT!1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.2. Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your own children.

3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.

4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.

5. The main purpose of holding children’s parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.

6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.

ADVICE FOR THE DAY:Be nice to your kids.
They will choose your
nursing home one day.
AND FINALLY:IF YOU ! HAVE A LOT OF TENSION
AND YOU GET A HEADACHE,
DO WHAT IT SAYS
ON THE ASPIRIN BOTTLE:
“TAKE TWO ASPIRIN”
AND “KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN”!!!!!

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