ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST | Queen | Rock & Pop | Avanti Kshirsagar | @Raising Twins Blog

Drum cover of a classic ‘Another bites the dust’ by Queen played by Avanti Kshirsagar on electronic Drums. Please use headphones for better sound quality.

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GOLD LION | Yeah yeah yeahs | Rock & Pop | Avanti Kshirsagar

Drum cover of Gold Lion by the ‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs’ – Trinity Initial Drums play by Avanti Kshirsagar on electronic Drums. Please use headphones for better sound quality.

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Pretend Play: Investing in a good Playhouse and it’s benefits on child development.

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

“Systematic research has increasingly demonstrated a series of clear benefits of children’s engagement in pretend games from the ages of about two and one half through ages six or seven.”

Dr. Scott Kaufman – 2012 Psychology Today article

As children’s time is taken up more and more with scheduled activities, it is important to consider what they are losing when they miss out on pretend play. In many ways, a few hours creating pretend ponies and galloping around the yard with fellow cowboys and cowgirls is as developmentally essential as any other pursuit. In today’s video game age, however, children are not getting the same opportunity that their parents had to engage in this freeform style of play. Children’s play houses are a great way to encourage children to take part in make-believe or imaginative play, allowing them to reap the child development benefits.

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Art Appreciation: Akbar Padmasee’s Metascapes

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

“…colours expand and contract, colours travel on the surface of the static painting… colour trajectory is strategy… A colourist needs to master the art of silencing some colours, so as to render others eloquent.” – Akbar Padmasee

Akbar Padamsee, India Myth and Reality, Aspects of Modern Indian Art, Oxford, 1982, p. 17

My twins who are 2nd graders now, have this interesting chapter in their art book called ‘Splish-splash’. This chapter explores different textures and colour combinations. There is also this interesting concept where they are asked to imagine a topsy-turvy world; a world with jumbled up colours. How does it make you feel? It is a very fascinating way to expose the children to think ‘out of the box’, to make them understand an impressionist’s view of the world. How an object is seen through a different perspective by an artist.

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PUMPED UP KICKS | Foster the People | COVER by Ashmi & Avanti Kshirsagar

Watch as our twins Ashmi and Avanti Kshirsagar (Age 7) play their unique and energetic cover of the popular song ‘Pumped up Kicks’.

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Ep. 4| REFRACTION | Simple Science Experiments| Raising Twins Blog

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

Ashmi Kshirsagar (Age 7) talks about the difference between ‘Refraction’ and ‘Reflection’. This video discusses Refraction in simpler terms.

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EXPLORING CULTURES & TRADITIONS: Diwali festival in Goa (Part 2/3)

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

LAXMI PUJAN

Worship of goddess of wealth and prosperity Laxmi is performed in all the business establishments and offices on Laxmi Pujan. Diwali is considered as one of the most auspicious occasions in the Hindu calendar as it marks the beginning of new financial year for traders and businesses. Thus Laxmi Pujan or worship of the goddess is performed across all the business establishments. Laxmi Puja is also performed traditionally in all the households, where traditionally chirmulyo (puffed rice), fov, boiled chana with coconut kernel and sweets are distributed among the children.

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EXPLORING CULTURES & TRADITIONS: Diwali Festival in Goa (Part 1/3)

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

This year that is 2020, due to online school the twins could spend the whole of Diwali month in Goa, celebrating with their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Goa is the birth place of my twins. They were born here and spent their early years here at my maternal home. So being Goans, the culture and traditions of Goa hold a special place in their hearts.

Diwali in Goa is a big religious event. It is celebrated over 5 days in October or November, with the Naraka Chaturdashi day being the most important. Diwali is the confluence of five festivals in Goa, which include:

  1. Dhanatrayodashi
  2. Narak Chaturdashi
  3. Laxmi Pujan
  4. Bhaubij
  5. Balipratipada   (Padvo)
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Ep. 3| RAINBOW & REVERSE RAINBOW | Simple Science Experiments| Raising Twins Blog

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

Episode 3: Rainbow and Reverse Rainbow Avanti Kshirsagar (Age 7) talks about how is a rainbow formed and what will happen if we mix the seven colours of the rainbow together. This video discusses Newton’s Disc in simpler terms.

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Ep. 2| ARCHIMEDES PRINCIPLE | Simple Science Experiments| Raising Twins Blog

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

Episode 2: Achimedes Principle Ashmi Kshirsagar (Age 7) talks about why things float or sink. This video discusses Archimedes principle in simpler terms.

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