Author: Vinitha @ Poohsden

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As a child, I always hated the festive season. The constant parade of friends and relatives and the need to make small talk scared me. All I wanted to do was hide under the bed and wait for the season to be done. I didn’t want to meet yet another aunty or make a new friend.…

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A new school year kicks off pretty soon (post-Harvey) and it means new classrooms, new backpack, new teachers new friends and their parents. As a rather anti-social parent, I dread this time of the year. I hate socializing and making small talk with other parents. Parent relationships are laced with undercurrents and are no fun.…

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It has been nearly a week of Harvey craziness in my life and I find it emotionally hard to relate with everything the city has seen and is still seeing. I don’t have the luxury of looking back and sorting my emotions and trauma because of my almost 8-year old. As you are probably aware, disasters and…

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I live in Houston, TX. Yes, that portion of the world that is currently getting flooded. I am sure everyone reading this post has heard about the disaster Harvey brought along. Here is Part-1 of my Harvey story. To get everything straight, I am one of those lucky ones. My home did not flood. There…

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Motherhood doesn’t come with a manual. But there are helping guides. Keep Calm and Mommy On by Tanu Shree Singh published by Duckbill Books is the perfect guide for moms (and dads) to help them with parenting challenges. About Keep Calm and Mommy On Keep Calm and Mommy On deals on topics all parents worry about.…

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A couple of months back, I started working full-time at an office. After 5 years of remote working, freelancing and being a stay-at-home mom, this is a big transition – for me, my 7-year old daughter and my husband. We are still figuring out how to balance routines and schedules and still remain sane. Transitioning To be honest,…

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New school year is here. It is time for new school bags, notebooks and pencil cases. The excitement of the beginning of a new school year has not changed over the years. Friends to meet, secrets to share, games to play and fights to fight. New school year is a great time for parents to…

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Summer reading for Tweens – Sixth graders and super sleuths, Rachita and Aarti, are on a mission. Are the economist aliens in town? Will wearing Vipul’s anti-alien aluminium foil hats help? Will the Superlative Supersleuths be able to solve the mystery?. The Case of the Careless Aliens is definitely a hilarious read for kids aged 11+.

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From Audio Books to Reading Buddies – Vinitha covers it all. She says – I have been asked by many how I manage to read so many books and make time for reading. I don’t have a formula for it but here are 5 ways to read more and reach those reading goals.  Ways to…

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About Peanut Has a Plan Peanut has a plan is a Duckbill Hole Book written by Yashodhara Lal. The book is 65 pages long and is illustrated by Shreya Sen. It is ideal for young readers aged 5-8. The Plot Siblings, Peanut, Papad and Pickle, are on summer break. Peanut starts getting bored at home…

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I have a love-hate relationship with poetry and am rather intimidated by poetry quite often. I want to my daughter to experience and learn to love poetry early on unlike me. Lot of children’s book have great rhyming words and serve as great starting point for exposing kids to the world of poems. Here are…

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One of the biggest injustices we do to ourselves and our children is to move away from picture books. My 7-year reads “big” books. Harry Potter, Enid Blyton, books by the Stilton siblings and more. She enjoys them a lot and slowly over time, my library haul didn’t have many picture books. I have made a conscious…

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During my recent trip to Madurai, I took the time to walk around the beautiful 17th century palace aka Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal sitting right in the middle of the city along with my daughter. Growing up with tales of princess dressed in pinks and purples, wearing tiaras and dancing at balls living in palaces on…

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Ravana Refuses to Die by Rustom Dadachanji, illustrated by Priya Kuriyan and published by Duckbill Books is a collection of short stories targeted at young readers aged 10-12. We often talk about a need for diverse books and books that feature protagonists as unique as the reader. This book definitely fits that bill. Book Review…

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Every day is a battle and half or at least that is how it seems. I am usually a bundle of nerves and emotions and stress a couple of times a week. Somehow on the days when I feel the worst are the days when my daughter is at her crankiest. To be the cool…