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Jawaharlal Nehru – Drawing

நீண்ட நாட்களுக்குப் பின் நான் வரைந்த ஒரு ஓவியம் “நேரு மாமா” (பக்கத்துக்கு வீட்டு அக்கா மகளின் பள்ளி குழந்தைகள் தின விழாவுக்கு). இதை வரைய எனக்கு ஆறு நிமிடங்கள் ஆனது.

Jawaharlal Nehru Drawing

Jawaharlal Nehru Drawing

 

கவிதை – மாணவர்கள்

students - கவிதை

students - கவிதை, For image, thanks to மணிவர்மா கோ.

ஆட்டோ நெரிசலில் சிக்காத
ஆதிகாலத்து
மாணவர்கள் இவர்கள்!

கழுத்தில்
தூக்குக் கயிறு தொங்காத
சுதந்திரப் பறவைகள்!

தார் கொட்டாத தரையிலே
‘நட’ராஜா பஸ்தான்
தினந்தோறும்!

சிக்னல் சிக்கலில்லை
தட்டானைத் தவிர
குறுக்கே ஏதும் வந்ததில்லை!

சட்டையை
‘இன்’ பண்ணத் தேவையில்லை
டவுசர் கிழியாதவரை!

மாட்டுக்குத்தான் லாடம்,
பசுமை பூத்த பூமியில்
செருப்பு கூட பாரம்!

புத்தகப்பையிலே
ஜவுளிக்கடை விளம்பரம்
போன பொங்கலை நினைவுபடுத்தியபடி!

– வத்திராயிருப்பு தெ.சு. கவுதமன்

Hoo’s tales – The International Festival supported by of Stories

Hoo's tales -  The International Festival supported by of Stories

Hoo's tales - The International Festival supported by of Stories

HOO’s Tales is a week-long international storytelling carnival that is being organized by Hippocampus – the reading library. Established by Mr. Umesh Malhotra, a former IIT graduate. Hippocampus recognizes that reading amongst children is a dying habit and therefore, the need to inculcate and re-instate greater acceptance to this habit by blending the fun element. Thus HOO’s Tales brings stories to life by bringing together story tellers and artists of repute and allowing their performances to revive the long forgotten magic of reading stories.

International storytellers like Craig Jenkins or our very own and much loved Jeeva Raghunath will be seen enthralling the audiences with their stories alongside intriguing cultural performances like the Yakshagana, Katkatha Puppet Theatre to name a few. The event aims to promote a healthy mix of genres and performance styles, both national and international. The idea is to introduce children to a variety of stories with an objective to inspire children to read and for parents & teachers to adopt ‘reading’ as an important learning tool. Attached is the schedule for your reference. Find below the key event highlights.

HOO’s Tales is spread across Bangalore and Chennai from February 20, 2010 till February 27, 2010. In Bangalore, the festival is happening in various places like Bal Haven, Opus, British Council Alliance De Francais and other venues of public interest. In Chennai, the festival is happening in various places like the Russian Cultural Centre, Shivagami Pettachi Auditorium and Nageshwar Rao Park.

This year, Hoo’s Tales brings you an omnibus of storytellers from the UK, Germany, Singapore, and India…  …each spreading the magic of stories through their individual styles with performances, workshops and stories to go for children and adults.

For details visit www.hoostales.in

Hippocampus Children’s Experience Centre
Ph: 044 2435 3544 / 044 4206 7159 / 9444049175
E: bookcouncil@hippocampus.in W: http://www.hoostales.in

Double Bill Performance

Thursday, Feb 25th

The Little Blue Planet by
Katkatha Puppet Theatre &
The Wicked Wisdom of Western
Fairy Tales by Craig Jenkins
@ Smt. Sivagami Pethachiauditorium, Mylapore, Chennai , on Thursday, Feb 25th 2010, 6.30pm to 8pm, Rs 250/-, Rs 150/-

Workshop on puppetry for children

Friday, Feb 26th

with Katkatha Puppet Theatre @ Hippocampus, Nandanam, Chennai
on Friday, Feb 26th, 2010, 5pm to 6.30pm Ages 4 to 6,
Rs 500/- per participant

A Carnival of Stories!

Saturday, Feb 27th

Flying Flower by Katkatha, Tell a tale by Richard Martin & Story Masala by Jeeva Raghunath
@ Russian Cultural Centre, Kasturi Ranga Road, Chennai on Saturday Feb 27th 2010, 10am-12pm
Rs 150/- per ticket

Workshop on storytelling

Saturday, Feb 27th
for teachers/ parents/ actors/storytellers/ students
with Jeeva Raghunath & Craig Jenkins @ Chandralekha’s Spaces, No 1, Elliot’s Beach Road, on Saturday Feb 27th 2010, 10am to 4pm – Rs 1500/- per participant

Let kids play. Why?

Alan and a Duck

Alan and a Duck

Still I remember the school days where there will be a few items to play. These days … most of the apartments in cities like Bangalore .. Chennai … at least there will be a small area with sand and some items like duck / horse / … with springs …. so that it could swing the kids … always is good to make kids spend some time in playing ….. Two ducks were available to play … on top it there was a quarrel between my son and my friends daughter … because both of them want the same colored duck .. unfortunately …. that time there were only two ducks but with different colors … it was fun …

After my son played in the mud … he got some allergy in his legs … because no where he find mud to play … in cities like Kualalumpur, Delhi, Gurgaon, Chennai ….  A couple of months back … we went to our village … there he played in mud under a neem tree … but nothing went wrong.

Advantages:

  1. It’s good for their health
  2. They learn different languages while playing with neighbors
  3. Improving his skills
  4. If they play for at least an hour a day … they will have a sound sleep.
  5. They will learn about responsibilities.

Mud House

mud house

mud house

I took this photo last year in my friend’s apartment, Bangalore. I remember my childhood days in Pallikonda( near Vellor) and Ramanathapuram. In Pallikonda we used to play as team, we build a small wall kind of stuff with mud and we used to call that as our play house. We will make sure that each one of us will get at least one room each. Those who had toys, they came with their toys to play. I was our ritual. Some of our friends will collect some stones, leafs, and God ……

Most of the time girls used to play cooking game … but all the time boys used to have fun in destroying their mud house … In my friends apartment, the management kept some mud in a small area … so that the apartment kids will play there … we always let our son to play in mud whenever he likes because … the house where I am staying right now has no mud.  When ever we are traveling to our native place or our great Marina Beach, Chennai (Madras) my son will play at least a couple hours in the mud …  My father used to advise me … at least once in a while kids has to play in mud then one they will get some disease and immune power as well …

32nd Chennai book fair 2010

I and my son Alan Jeffsan went to Chennai book fair 2010. We started our journey from Puzhuthivakkam house to St. Thomas Mount Railway station by hero Honda splendor bike, from there to nungampakkam Railway station by electric train and then from there to St.George Anglo Indian School,(opp to Pachayappan college) by auto for Rs. 30.00 only. While coming back we gave Rs 40.00, Latter I realized the auto driver cheated us (After we reached nungampakkam Railway station). He stopped the vehicle some where, and from there we walked a bit to reach the station.

Entrance fee for me Rs 5.00, for my son its free.

But I really enjoyed the verities of book that were showcased. Alan bought a coupe of books like

  1. Art tutorial books (Volume I to V)
  2. Ben 10 coloring book
  3. Ben 10 Scratch Magic (The book was with blank  papers, you have to scratch the pencil in the paper to get the hidden image – any one of the famous ben10 characters )
  4. Mathematics for school kids
  5. Basic Interactive learning DVD (Maths for kids)
  6. Chemistry table – Periodic Table of Elements and Chemistry
  7. Chess book
  8. Moral story books

People were selling mineral water filled tumblers, bottles and some beverage (we never heard about the brand ). There were so many books for sales from different authors, publishers, states ….. books were displayed for sales to cover all age groups. Different shaped book for activities was the best one, which attracted so many kids.

The booksellers and publishers association of South India have arranged this event. Thanks to all those who worked hard to achieve this book fair  a mega success .. 🙂