The “Amma Tell Me” Series: REVIEW

A few months ago Bhakti Mathur, author of the Amma Tell Me series, sent me the Amma Tell Me series ten book set. I cannot express enough how delighted Akshaya and Udayan were to receive such a generous gift especially because these two are quite interested in learning all they can about the Hindu Gods and Goddesses and the associated myths. Read More …

Purattasi Shani & the Lighting of the Ellu Villaku (Black Sesame Lamp)

A lot of you ask me to write more about all the Hindu festivals and auspicious days that I observe and so I will be slowly covering these topics as they pass. Today was the fourth and last Purattasi Shani and to fully understand and appreciate this auspicious day, I must first tell you about Lord Shaniswaran. In Hinduism, Shaniswaran is the personified form Read More …

The Jai Jais Book Series – REVIEW

Religion and culture was always an important part of my upbringing so it is not really a surprise that it is an equally important part of my children’s upbringing especially because it will be one of the few, if not only tie that they have to their ancestral land. I love searching for unique learning materials curated for children of South-Asian Read More …

The Toka Box: A Subscription Box for South-Asian Children

As a South-Asian mom, I strive to teach my children as much as I can about the rich and diverse culture of their ancestors but more often than not appropriate teaching materials are extremely difficult to find. Many of you know that I am constantly looking for not only culture-based books, but also fun and effective ways to integrate religion and culture Read More …

Desi Babies: Meet My Hindu Gods – REVIEW

Recently, Reena Puri and Mital Telhan of Desi Babies, sent me their flagship book, Meet My Hindu Gods. Reena and Mital founded Desi Babies  as a means of sharing their love of Indian culture and Hinduism with the world. Desi Babies’ first book, Meet My Hindu Gods, was thoughtfully created to teach children about the Hindu Gods as well as the importance of God. Books Read More …

The Meaning Behind My Children’s Names

Recently many of you have asked me how I decided on my children’s names and the meaning behind those names. It was very important to me to give my children meaningful names and fortunately for me, my husband gave me full freedom over choosing all three of our children’s names. Some of you had asked why I didn’t choose modern names or why I chose long names Read More …

Deepavali in Toronto

Autumn is my favourite time of year probably because there are so many holidays to celebrate and so many reasons to get together with family from Thanksgiving and Halloween to Navarathri and Deepavali. One of the greatest things about living in Toronto is the fact that it is so multicultural here — We have the opportunity to partake in many different festivities even if they Read More …

Celebrating Navarathri: 9 Nights of Worship for The Divine Mother

Having grown up in a Hindu household, Navarathri was always a big deal. I have fond memories of my mother preparing jaggery pongal (sweet rice), sundal (tempered chick peas), and aval (sweetened rice flakes), decorating the idols with fresh flowers, and singing devotional hymns. Religion and culture were always important to my parents and although us children were born and Read More …

Bharat Babies’ Sarla in the Sky: Review

When Sailaja Joshi of Bharat Babies contacted me to write a review for the first Bharat Babies’ early reader Sarla in the Sky, I obviously couldn’t refuse! I knew right away my independent and strong-willed Akshaya would love reading about an empowering young woman such as Sarla. As a mother of a little girl, I often find myself on the hunt for stories centred around strong female characters. I cannot emphasize enough how important Read More …