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Author Archive: Amrita Pai

Encouraging Artistic Expression in your Young Child

As I ironed school uniforms last night, my eyes fell on what looked like some design on the pristine white wall in front of me. That it was a recent enhancement, I was sure of, but how recent? A...

Bollywood Music and Us

I have been raised on a steady diet of Bollywood music. But today’s Bollywood differs from the Bollywood of my formative years. And what constitutes ‘popular’ these days plays a BIG role in the...

Staying afloat

I am no water baby but after nearly two years of sitting on the sidelines, watching my elder daughter fine tune her skills in water, I decided to take the plunge. I’ve been learning how to swim...

The Perils of Being Urban Nomads

I call us the urban nomads. Why? Just like the seven year itch in a marriage, we suffer the three year itch that afflicts most people staying in tenanted apartments. When our residential lease comes...

The Good, The Bad and The Downright Ugly—The End of the World As We Know It

If you’ve ever heard a child explaining the Ramayana in an ‘easy manner’ you will have noted the words good and bad floating around in the narration. Each character in the epic is judged on the...

Stage Fright in Children: How We Conquered the Demon

I admire and even envy people who can address a crowd. Don’t you? I assume even the most consummate orator does feel those ubiquitous butterflies in his stomach. Yet I will doff my hat at his...

Of God – Making and Other things my Children taught me

We aren’t very religious. But we adore our Gods; especially Krishna and Ganesha. Why? “Because they are fun and cute.” We love the tv series Krishna’s Roll Number 21 and O My Friend...