Quick N Easy, Recipes, Snack

Make Ice-Cream at Home this Weekend!


Here is the recipe for rich and creamy and smooth and silky homemade custard ice cream with tutti frutti, oh yes without ice-cream maker. It uses both heavy cream and regular milk which adds to the creamy texture. This is a single churn ice-cream. It feels like just yesterday I wrote this post about Vaandu’s


Age 9+, Book Review, Children's Books

Koobandhee The Headless Monster With One-Eye!

Koobandhee cover

Koobandhee written by the witty Arundhati Venkatesh and illustrated by the super talented Priya Kuriyan is the second book in the Bookasura series. Bala, the protagonist, has to go back to his grandparents place, Melagam, for vacations, but along with him, this time is his baby sister Meera. Meera has now grown into a crawling,


Age 4 - 9, Interesting Find

A Bed Time Story That Is Too Interesting To Let Go!

Bedtime Stories

One of the things that I really look forward to at the end of the day, is reading a bed time story for my son. He would be turning 8 soon. We have moved on from picture books to chapter books. While he reads illustrated chapter books on his own, we love to cuddle up


Behaviour, Parenting, Toddler

Responsive Child Care in Early Childhood

Mother and Toddler

The first three years of life are amazing! Within one year, a small helpless infant evolves into a toddler who can crawl, sit, walk and run. From dependent new-born to energetic toddlers, capable of speaking assertively, climbing and rummaging the house is quite a feat. The starting point of this development is when a baby


Featured, Perspectives

Featured Blog Pick of The Month for July 2016


Last night I watched a recently released Bollywood film titled Neerja. The film is about a real-life hero who died while on duty, saving the lives of hundreds of passengers on a Pan Am flight in 1986. The movie was flawless (completely my opinion here). A particular dialogue in the movie kept me up late


Lunch Box, Recipes, Sneaking Vegetables

Combine The Goodness Of Zucchini And Pearl Millet!


Theplas are the Gujarati equivalent of parathas and they are evergreen! They stay fresh for long, they can be eaten as is and they taste good with any subji! And the most important part – theplas can be made with any vegetable! Traditionally, theplas in Gujarat are made from fenugreek leaves (methi) or bottle gourd (lauki/dudhi).


Parenting, Science Says

5 Non-Academic Factors That Determine A Successful Life

What is Success?

We all ponder at some point in our life about what is truly a successful life – is it the career, the big house and big car, relationships with friends and family, contentment or more? What to do for academic success is common knowledge, kids are getting into the academic bandwagon younger and younger, it


Lunch Box, Recipes, Sneaking Vegetables

Thukpa – A Special Recipe from Ladakh


Thukpa is one among the popular noodle soups in India.  Thukpa is actually a Tibetan Noodle Soup and according to Wiki, “It originated in the eastern part of Tibet.  The dish became popular in Nepal, Bhutan, and the states of Sikkim, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India. It is also popular in the Ladakh region


Age 4 - 9, Book Review, Children's Books

Will you be happy if a Homework Fairy did your homework?


Me (while coming back from school): Kanna, when you are planning to do your homework today? Vaandu:   At 5:30 PM Amma. @5:30 PM Me: It’s 5:30PM. Can you start your homework? Vaandu: How about after dinner Amma? I promise I will do after dinner. @ Around 7:30PM Me: It’s homework time Kanna. Vaandu: How about


Activity Corner, Education, Working Moms

Test Your English Skills with the University of Cambridge

Learning English

This is a sponsored post “How do I make my child speak good English?” I cannot count the number of times I have been asked this question, all the more so now when I regularly interact with worried parents! And it is not just speaking, enabling children to read and write in English is equally



Do I or Don’t I? Giving Pocket Money to Kids

pocket money

When I was growing up, Enid Blyton was my favorite author. (Still is in some cases!) While reading ‘Naughtiest Girl In School’ I read about how the girls in Elizabeth’s school got an allowance from the parents, but used to put it all into the school box and get a specific allowance every week. For


Festival Recipes, Quick N Easy, Recipes, Sneaking Vegetables

A Quick Avial With Just Two Vegetables!


Avial is a popular dish from Kerala and Tamil Nadu and it is one of the must have dishes on the Onam Sadya/feast. It is a rich and creamy recipe loaded with coconut and coconut oil and loads of vegetables. Sounds complicated? Nahhh!!! It is one of the easiest recipe to prepare, even on a weekday. I swear! It’s just a three step


Parenting, Perspectives

5 Ways To Celebrate Monsoon

monsoon celebrations

Monsoon has hit India and we all are praying that we get good rains this year. A good rain means a good harvest which means all the food prices will be reasonable and life will be easier 🙂  But rains also means spending rainy afternoons after school at home wondering how to keep the kids



An Amateur’s Discoveries In The Kitchen : Thoughts On Cooking Traditions!


Editor’s Note: So our amateur decided to dig a bit deeper into the traditions of cooking! A sambhar can be cooked entirely with traditions and ingredients. “The traditional way” produces some classic outcomes. A traditional sambhar has a long past. Its source goes back generations. Sambhar may be thought to have a single source of origin.


Interesting Find, Preschoolers

A Magazine for Preschoolers: National Geographic Little Kids

National Geographic Little Kids

I love magazines! I get the warm fuzzies when I receive my monthly stash of  them – all ranging from the business world to organic gardening. The love affair with magazines probably started for me as a pre-teen when my mother subscribed to Target, a children’s magazine that was published out of Delhi. It had contemporary and