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Kaas Pathar: A Nature Lover’s Paradise in the Western Ghats

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

Picture1According to Richard Louv (2008 Audubon Medal Recipient and author of Last Child in the Woods), kids today are becoming more and more removed from nature, at the expense of their own psychological and physical well-being. Children are spending more time in structured activities and on electronic devices, leaving little time for unstructured play in nature. Understanding that many of us live the reality of a hustling, busy day-to-day life, I am not suggesting that we all pick up and move to the mountains, though the idea certainly seems appealing at times, but a short ‘nature’ trip can as well do the trick.

Many of us have heard of the Valley of Flowers in the scenic Himalayas, but how many of us know there is a similar yet smaller version of it in Maharashtra, a short drive from the bustling city of Pune? If you want to take a small weekend or day nature trip with your kids around Pune, this is the place for you. The Kaas Plateau, also known as Kaas Pathar, is a plateau situated 26 kilometres west from Satara city in Maharashtra, India. It falls under the Sahyadri Sub Cluster of the Western Ghats, and it became a part of a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 2012. Continue reading

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Super Powering girls: Why more Female Superheroes are Important and a need of the hour

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

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My twins are now 6 years of age. In this short span of time the girls have had a go on almost every Disney princess: Rapunzel, Elsa, Anna, Ariel, Jasmine, Moana…..you name it and they have lived the story. Last year I kept a track of how many ‘Disney-Princess’ theme birthday parties the girls attended. I lost track somewhere deep in the double digits. You’ve probably witnessed this princess parade: pint-sized Disney heroines, shuffling up and down in their polyester finery. It’s a daily routine at my home, the twin princesses having a tea party, getting rescued by a prince, a wedding scene, fiddling with hairstyles, being ‘pretty’, magic and oh yes glitter…lots and lots of it 🙂

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Review: KidKraft Rectangle Table and 2 Chair Set – Espresso

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

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I bought this beautiful study table set when my twin girls were 4 years of age, and I am writing this review after 1 year of use. My girls love it, and it has been a great addition to our play area giving it a very functional and inviting space. Continue reading

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Toy Story Collection: Unboxing Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

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Toy Story is a computer animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the 1995 film of the same name, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. I bought these Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head’ figurine for my twins’ 4th birthday along with other Toy story merchandised. Continue reading