GUEST POST: Ways to Deal With Sibling Rivalry Among Twins

Sibling rivalry is something that most parents of twins will face at one point or another. Most parents of twins know that they are likely to have a rough time with their children fighting and arguing with each other. The main issue is that it’s hard to keep twin toddlers separated. These two twins are also so similar; they are going through similar stages of development and look so much alike that it’s all too easy for them to annoy each other by doing the same things.

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EXPLORING CULTURES & TRADITIONS : Understanding Hindu goddesses and their role in girl empowerment (includes book recommendations)

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

O Bhagwati,

Only if Shiva is conjoined with You can He create

Without You, O Shakti, He cannot even move

O, Mother, Hari, Hara, and Brahma worship You.

-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.

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‘The Jungle Song’: A part of virtual school play in times of corona.

‘The Jungle Song’ arrangement by Ashmi and Avanti Kshirsagar. All credit goes to the original hindi poem written by Ramanuj Tripathi and composition by Vikas Bhave. This song is a part of a skit presentation done by the twins’ school. The whole programme was streamed live and was presented by more than 200 kids of class 3. This is the song presented by the twins.

Guitar/rhythm: Ashmi Kshirsagar (Electric guitar)

Drums: Avanti Kshirsagar (Alesis TurboMeshKit)

Vocals: Ashmi and Avanti

Special thanks to: Boiha Glaz Fanai (Music teacher & Owner, Glaz Music Academy, Pune) for All the guidance and help.

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Exploring the Goan Cultural Significance of the famous Konkani lullaby – ‘Dhol Mujhea Bai’

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

‘Dhol Mujea Bai’ / धोल मुझ्या बाय is an evergreen and beloved konkani lullaby, which every Goan grew up listening. First released in 1966 from the movie ‘NIRMON’. Originally sang by Shalini Mardolkar, Lyrics by C. Alvares and Music Frank Fernand. In this article I have tried to explore the cultural significance of this song and the movie.

The Konakani movie ‘Nirmon (1966)’ was Frank Fernand’s second production. It had story and direction of A. Salam and music by Frank Fernand himself, dialogues by C. Alvares, screenplay and editing by R. V. Shirkhande. The film stars Shalini Mardolkar, C. Alvares, Anthony D’Sa, Jacint Vaz, Antonette Mendes, Ophelia, Jack Souza Ferrao and J. P. Souzalin.  The film won two National Awards. C. Alvares (Celestino Alvares), known as the “King of Duets” received the award for best actor. This film won the Certificate of Merit for regional films at the 13th National Film Awards, the first of its kind for Konkani. Nirmonn is based on Lord Tennyson’s character from the 1864 poem Enoch Arden. It follows a story of a, destitute woman with three children, who after believing that her husband has passed away is forced to marry a wealthy male she dislikes.

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VANDE MATARAM | Guitar & Drums | National song of India|@Raising Twins Blog

Vande Mataram’ (वन्दे मातरम) played by 7 year old twins Ashmi and Avanti Kshirsagar on the occasion of India’s Independence day (15th August).

Guitar/rhythm: Ashmi Kshirsagar

Drums: Avanti Kshirsagar

Background score: Boiha Glaz Fanai (Music teacher & Owner, Glaz Music Academy, Pune)

Audio Recorded at: Glaz Music Academy Video Recorded at Home 🙂



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BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS | Green Day | American Idiot|Ashmi & Avanti Kshirsagar | @Raising Twins Blog

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day from album ‘American Idiot’ Arrangement by Ashmi & Avanti

*Original voice all credit to the Official Green day Band (Vocals extracted)

Guitar/rhythm: Ashmi Kshirsagar (Acoustic Guitar with (Zoom G4X effects with acoustic guitars / electric guitar)

Drums: Avanti Kshirsagar (Alesis TurboMeshKit)

Intro Guitar: Tushar Kshirsagar (on Zoom G4X) Audio

Recorded at: Glaz Music Academy Special thanks to: Boiha Glaz Fanai (Music teacher & Owner, Glaz Music Academy, Pune) for All the guidance and help.

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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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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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