Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) is a song by American rock band Green Day, released in December 1997. Arrangement by Ashmi & Avanti Guitar/rhythm: Ashmi Kshirsagar (Acoustic Guitar) Vocals: Avanti Kshirsagar
-The first stanza of the ‘Soundarya Lahari’ by Adi Shankaracharya.
It was Navratri and Durga Pooja this week and as several Hindu men and women seek blessings of this goddess, I am taking this opportunity to share a few glimpses of my twins’ journey – throughout last year – of understanding the great Indian goddesses from a feminist perspective.
My daughters have always had a very keen interest in powerful women, be it fictional superheroes like ‘Wonder woman’ or ‘Captain Marvel’ or real life superheroes like Anne Frank, Frida Kahlo or the Mirabel sisters. Their interest in the Hindu goddesses developed last year when they came across the story of goddess Durga and her various forms. The interest eventually grew into reading multiple books, pretend plays, visiting temples, watching documentaries, listening to different devotional songs and even doing a photo shoot at home.
It is a warm summer evening, you have just come home after playing with your friends. The moment you enter, you see a fresh new Tinkle waiting to be read. You flip through the pages, and finish it within minutes. But that’s not enough, you keep re-reading it till you memorise every single word. When someone says children books, the first thing that pops in a 80’s kid mind is Tinkle! That’s the impact of Tinkle on all our childhoods.
The TWO THINGS which I buy for the twins, without giving much thought are: BOOKS AND COSTUMES. My twins love to play dress-up. They have a set of costume bins full of all kinds of sparkly dresses, scarves, satin gloves, tiaras, superhero costumes, jewellery and masks. They love playing together and getting all dress up and get lost in their own little world of mermaids, princesses, powerful woman and supergirls. Continue reading “DIY activity 23: Kid’s Dress-up/Costume Rack made out of PVC pipes”→