Having fun in Mussoorie!

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Having fun in Mussoorie!

We are in a place called Mussoorie. It is up in the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range.

Pa and I are studying Hindi and have lessons every day.  It is warm in the sun and freezing cold in the rain and at night.  We go for long walks and have to wear three jumpers.  It is very beautiful and when we are walking we can see the snowy mountains.  Mount Everest is a bit further to the right.

We have seen lots of different animals.  We have seen Langur monkeys,Macaque monkeys, a Yellow Throated Marten, and are looking out for Leopards and Jackals!

We even saw a rainbow after a storm..

Mussoorie town below..

Ro and I have made some new friends and have had lots of fun playing hide and seek and sliding down hills on cardboard! On Easter Sunday we had a sweetie hunt as there were not too many Easter eggs in the shops here!

Sunday Science Day!

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Sunday Science Day!

I woke up this morning and after breakfast I was reading one of my books and saw an activity I would like to do. I thought maybe you might like to do it too so I have written the instructions for you and what I found. Maybe in your garden there will be different things to look for? I also have put a table of what I found with Grandpa and Ro.  Mummy helped me make a table and I typed it all in on the computer.  We have put some photos too.

The activity was to find if things float or sink.

You will need:

1. A small notepad and pencil to write a list

2. A bag to collect things in the garden or on your walk

3. A big bowl of water and a tray to put all the things on that you find

4. A big piece of paper to make a table of what you find out

First I wrote a list of the sort of things we might find and took the pad and pencil with me so that I could add some other things I might have not thought of.  I also like to cross things off my list.

Grandpa took Ro and I into the park on an adventure to find things.

We then got everything ready with Mummy and started trying things in the water.  I wrote down the colour of things because I thought it was interesting.

Then I started putting things in the water and see what happened.  It was a lot of fun and there were some surprises!

There was a red dry leaf.

Flowers, dry seeds and fresh seeds and their pods

Baby coconuts which did something very funny. I was sure they would sink but they floated. Every time I put them in straight they would turn and go upside down.

Snail shells which floated and sea shells which sunk!

Sticks and a stone.

Ro was doing some his experiments of his own! (Yes Mr Tumble is riding Bullseye)!

Here is my table.

Science : Float or Sink Experiment
Name of Objects Float Sink Colour
Dry leaf Yes Red
New leaf Yes Green
Flower large Yes Orange
Flowers small Yes White/Yellow
Baby coconuts Yes Green / Brown
Dry almond seed Yes Green/Brown
Big flower seed Yes Red
Fresh almond seed Yes Green
Dry tamarind seeds Yes Brown
Dry tamarind pods Yes Brown
Fresh tamarind pods Yes Green
Fresh tamarind seeds Yes Green
Snail shells Yes White
Feathers Yes Grey
Seashells Yes Multiycolour
Sticks Yes Brown
Stone Yes Black / Brown
 Grass  Yes  Green

Ro and I then played together before having a picnic lunch.

Hope you have as much fun doing it as we did! : )

Happy Holi!!

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Happy Holi!!

Holi is the festival of colour, it is a spring festival lasting one to five days. Bonfires are lit and coloured powders and dyes are thrown over people.

Various stories are associated with the festival. Hindus remember the story of Lord Krishna, a form of God. When he was young, Krishna loved to play tricks and have fun. Krishna, his friends and his relatives used to throw coloured powder and coloured water over each other.

My friends and I went to the beach after school and played holi together. We had a lot of fun!  Happy Holi everyone!!

 

Then we went for a swim to get clean before supper! The sea was very rough as it was so windy so we could not stay in for very long.

 

Happy Holi!

 

 

 

 

 

My cousin Mudit’s Indian Wedding

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My cousin Mudit’s Indian Wedding

This week we went to Delhi and Ghaziabad for my cousin Mudit’s wedding. He was getting married to a beautiful girl called Richa. We had to get dressed up and had a lot of fun seeing all my cousins. Here are some photos.

There were many days of celebrations.  On the day of the wedding Ro and I spent a lot of time looking at the wedding horse.

We had to dress up – Ro wore a kurta pyjama (top and trousers for men) and I wore a saree which is traditional for women in India. Even the horse was dressed up!

A real white horsey. It was huge!

My cousin Mudit and my nephew Ansh ride on the horse to meet the bride Richa.  There are a procession of our family dancing in front of the horse which is called the Bharat.  It is a lot of fun.

Here is a photo of me and my cousin Mudit before he has to get on the horse to travel to the wedding.

Some pictures of me, Mummy, Pa and Ro all at my Nani and Nana’s house in Ghaziabad where lots of the wedding celebrations were.

This is everyone dancing in front of Mudit, Ansh and the horse.  The music was very loud and there was a lot of people. Hopefully the photos will show you a little of what is was like.  I was dancing with my cousin Harshita she is lovely.

My cousin Megha, Mudit’s sister and our very lovely friend Trisha.

My cousin Harshita and Manju Nani one of my Grandpa’s sisters.

My cousin Smriti in the lovely blue saree, me, Mummy, Pa and Roro.

My Babu Masi and Mallika Mami

Aunty Jaya and Baby Amali!

This is what it has all been about – the wedding!  The majority of the wedding ceremony took place in a Mandap (the four-pole canopy at centre stage). The sacred fire in the Mandap symbolises not only the illumination of the mind, knowledge and happiness but is also a clean and pure witness to the ceremony as it progresses.  In the photos below Mudit and Richa are sitting under the Mandap.

The ceremony itself is a collection of rituals performed by the bride, bridegroom and their respective parents and close relatives. The priest chants “mantras” from the Vedas that were originally written in Sanskrit. He will also use the following in his ceremonies:

  • Fresh flowers – to signify beauty;
  • Coconut – to signify fertility;
  • Rice, jaggery and other grains – to signify the food necessary for sustenance of human life;
  • Ghee (purified butter) – to feed the sacred fire;
  • Kumkum (vermilion) – red powder used for marking the forehead to signify good luck and to say that your soul (husband) is with you.

During the ceremony the couple walk around the sacred fire seven times (called Sat Phere – seven rounds). Mummy has written below what each time signifies.

Seven pheras

1. In the first round or phera, the couple prays to God for plenty of nourishing and pure food. They pray to God to let them walk together so that they will get food.

2. In the second round, the couple prays to God for a healthy and prosperous life. They ask for the physical, spiritual and mental health from God.

3. In the third Phera the couple prays to God for wealth. They ask God for the strength for both of them so that they can share the happiness and pain together. Also, they pray so that they can walk together to get wealth.

4. In the fourth round the couple prays to God for the increase in love and respect for each other and their respective families.

5. The bride and groom together pray for the beautiful, heroic and noble children from God in the fifth step.

6. In the sixth holy round around the fire, the couple asks for the peaceful long life with each other.

7. In the final seventh round the couple prays to god for companionship, togetherness, loyalty and understanding between themselves. They ask God to make them friends and give the maturity to carry out the friendship for lifetime. The husband says to his new wife that now they have become friends after the Seven Vows/Sat Phere and they will not break their friendship in life.

We had a great time and say congratulations Mudit and Richa from all of us!

Are there tooth fairies in India?

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Are there tooth fairies in India?

I started to think about my wobbly tooth and if it falls out whether there are tooth fairies in India? Mummy thinks yes.  Then I asked Pa what would they put under my pillow? Would it be Indian money or a pound coin like in Box?  So we thought it might be good to explain about Indian money so I would know a bit more about it.

What is the Indian currency (money) called?
The Indian currency is called the Indian Rupee (INR) and the coins are called paise. The word rupee came from the Sanskrit word “raupya” which means silver coin. One rupee is made up of 100 paise. (A bit like there are 100 pence in a pound).

There are about 80 Indian Rupees to 1 British Pound (80 INR = £1).

Indian Coins : Paise 

25 and 50 paise coins

1 rupee, 2 rupee and 5 rupee coins

Indian Bank Notes: Rupees

10 rupees

20 rupees

50 rupees

100 rupees

1000 rupees

So I wonder when my tooth falls out.. whether the tooth fairy will come.. will she leave something behind.. what will it be?

Beach Days!

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Beach Days!

I have been trying to teach Ro how to body board, as you will see from the photos it has not exactly been easy!  We did have a lot of fun in the sea though.  Here are some photos of that day and some more photos on the beach at the weekends!

Ro will you’re getting on backwards!

  Ooohhh Ro!!

On the beach with Bapa!

On the beach at Josette and Deva’s place with our friends Roshini and Kiran.

We found a crab in its shell!

Peace at last! : )