Make a difference with Teach for India

Every one of us wants to make a change in the society we live in. And I believe that, teacher is “the” person in children’s lives to make a difference.  One day during my lazy browsing, I came across this beautiful website :

http://www.teachforindia.org/teachforindiaAccording to the website, who can apply?

A strong belief in and commitment to Teach For India’s mission and vision

– Fit with Teach For India’s core values

– Leadership experience and potential

– The ability to work effectively in challenging environments

– Critical thinking ability

– Strong English communication skills

What this means is, you need not have any teaching background. But, a strong passion towards teaching and serving the society.

You will be alloted a school and will be required to make a 2 year commitment. During this period, a stipend of Rs. 16,000 will be paid. This is a win-win :  Free leadership course for the teachers and good learning environment for students. 🙂

Currently, the teaching is going on in cities of Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune and Delhi.

So, what do you do next?

2o13 Admissions are closed. Express your interest for 2014 here. The process will begin in July 2013.

If you do not have 2 years of free time ,but would still like to do something, express your interest to volunteer here.

At the moment, I would like to think that volunteering is the best way to start off and see how things go.

Have a good day and keep rocking!!

My Rant on Dettol Kitchen & Slab Gel Advertisement

If you haven’t watched the new dettol ad, take a look here. It’s in tamil, this is the only one I got on youtube:

Did you guys see the new dettol ad? The wifey comes home to find her husband planning a surprise dinner for her and washing the dishes. And what do you expect the wifey’s reaction? According to me, she should have a real sense of appreciation in her eyes and reward the hubby with a warm hug. Instead, you know what she does?? Takes a tablet and shows the husband how still germs are around after much cleaning. Huh??  And then goes on to tell him that dettol is the way to go for a smarter kitchen. Finally she laughs off and the ad ends.

Being a lady, I really find this ad stupid and offensive.  If your husband plans a surprise, do you really pick on him for things like these? Then you don’t need dettol, you need some help. And as far as the hubby is concerned, I don’t think he will plan any surprise and get himself a nasty shock.  I believe that these kinds of ads, with whatever good intentions are made – will surely get criticism from both hubby and wifey.

What do you guys think?
Have a good day and keep rocking!!

3 Punjabi Songs to make your day

I did not listen much to punjabi music. My only tryst with it has been when it is featured in hindi films. Thanks to Ayushmann Khurana, and his debut movie Vicky Donor – i came across these 3 songs. They are refreshingly good on your ears despite not your original bolly wood songs. Two of these are sung by the actor himself, which is even good 🙂

When you look at his wikipedia page, he is in theater from 2002 and he got his bollywood debut in 2012. I find this guy very inspiring, to be able to hang on for so long. Reminds me of Raviteja !! ( Andhra movie star).

http://www.saavn.com/s/#!/p/song/hindi/Vicky+Donor/Mar+Jayian+/Kl0-RTFBYHE

http://www.saavn.com/s/#!/p/song/hindi/Vicky+Donor/Pani+Da+Rang+/NB4xCENyAgA

http://www.saavn.com/s/#!/p/song/hindi/Nautanki+Saala!/Saadi+Galli+Aaja/GglfSw1mQV

Have a good day and keep rocking!!

How to lead your married life?

No, I have not started taking psychology classes. Instead, I would like you all to listen to the wonderful discourse by BhramaSri Chaganti Koteswara Rao. It is :

Ramayanam – Manaveeeya Sambandhalu.

It tells you the story about couples in Ramayana – Vaali, Ravana and Goutama Maharshi. And a very detailed married life account of Sri Rama and Sita devi.

Its in telugu, and if you can understand telugu – consider yourself lucky. Just listen and take away the pearls of wisdom.

Have a good day and keep rocking!!

 

Kidihou Childrens Museum Hyderabad Review

kidihouWith a toddler at home, you will always fall short of activities to do and places to visit.  I do google for kids events in hyderabad only to find 2 bhk apartments with playgrounds and a whole lot of playschools. On a particular day determined to find something, I went googling and finally found this gem:  Kidihou.

I took my daughter there, and she had a really good time. It’ s India’s First Childrens museum. What does it mean?

It simply means – there are lot of activities where your kid can do, have fun and learn at the same time.  She did play blocks, shopping, painting, balls and doctor doctor 😀  Upstairs, there are activities for elder kids ( >5 yrs). Being 2 and half, my kid spent most of her time downstairs.

The museum is open from 12 PM to 8 PM on weekdays and 10AM to 8 PM on weekends.  Currently with promotion, you pay Rs. 300 for the kid and Rs. 200 for the adult. So, for a day full of entertainment – it’s still very affordable.

How to go there?

Take a right at Hitech city and tell them to go to Whitefields. The most notable landmark is MEDPLUS.   This is the entire address :

  • Plot no 5 and 6, Sanjeev Enclave, Whitefields Road, Whitefields, Kondapur
  • Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500084
The only downfall is – they do not have a pantry yet. So, if you plan to take your kid for the whole day – take her lunch box /snacks with you.

My rating for the place : 10/10.

Have a good day and keep rocking!!

Saanvi : …. Wheels on the bus edhi?

ImageOkay, I know i have got tons of things to finish and this is not the right time of the day( Read : 10.58 PM) . But, if you do not have the time to record precious things your kids are upto, what fun are you having in life?

As she started speaking rigorously, I tell Saanvi whole lot of things. We have a set of rhymes which she will want me to sing everyday to her. And of all, the rhyme “Wheels on the bus” is her favorite.

So, when I start the rhyme, after every sentence her question ..

“wheels on the bus edi”

“round and round edi”

“wipers on the bus evi”

“swish swish edi..”

and it goes on and on….for every sentence i speak.

Edhi in telugu means “Where is it?”

So, I try to tell her that it is not visible to her at the moment but I will show her later. Sometimes whatever she asks (e.g. spoon) are right at home and I tell her the location and ask her to go get it. Her response.. “Kanipinchatledu enduku Saanvi ki” ?( Why can’t I find it?). Followed by a secret plan to make me get up from my current place. Once I give it to her, her face glows followed by ..”Oooo.. Ikkada unda…!!!!”. I could get up 1000 times to listen to this expression.

Kids are good question papers. Only if we knew all the answers.

Have a good day and keep rocking!!