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Antique Educational Tools Children Must Know About

Few days back, when I was visiting my parents and working on my laptop, my father started telling me about how he used to write on the stationary of his times and suddenly he was feeling very nostalgic. I couldn’t help myself from searching the net and find more about the stationery which my parents used to have during their school days.
We have sleek modern stationery and latest gadgets to work on but think of those days when our parents were in school. Isn’t it interesting to think about and imagine how they used to go to school carrying those brown bags on their shoulder with takhti, qalam and dawaat in one hand. They had to write on slates and memorise everything bacause there were no means of storing or saving all the information provided by the teachers.
I must say I found it very interesting searching about the stationery of that time. Take a look at this:
1. Takhti

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It was a small size portable flat wooden board used to practice Hindi alphabets and maths. It had to be cleaned every day with a wet cloth and coated with a paste of fuller’s earth.

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Fuller’s earth was an essential thing in every household. The paste was prepared in advance since it had to be used regularly. The wooden writing board or takhti was kept to dry after applying the paste.

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2.Qalam

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Qalam was a kind of pen made from “sentha” or bamboo. It was made by slicing the bamboo straw diagonally using a kitchen knife. It was dipped in ink and used for writing.

3. Syaahi and Dawaat (Quill and Inkpot)

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The ink was made by dissolving “khadia” flakes (chalk/limestone) in water and was kept in a small size glass inkpot. It had a small piece of cloth or rug placed inside to prevent the qalam from hitting the bottom of the inkpot. The consistency of the ink had to be set properly so as to prevent from leakage.
Dawaat or the ink pot had to be carried very carefully as the ink might get spilled and there were chances of the books getting spoiled.
4. Writing Slate

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Then came the writing slate. It was a piece of slate encased in a wooden frame. A piece of cloth or slate sponge was used to clean it and slate pencil or chalks were used to write on it. The slate board and slate pencils were mostly used to practice maths at home.

5. Bastaa

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The bag that children of those times used to be very different than what we have today. They were rectangular in shapes with straps to carry it on shoulders. They were brown in colour and were made of canvas. They had a big pocket in front and contained three to four notebooks.

Antique Educational Tools Children Must Know About

Now, when I look at the stationery used by kids, it is strikingly in contrast with the stationery of those days. Coloured, sleek, modern and branded with prints of latest cartoon characters and available in almost every colour. We can even get them customised as per our choice.

The bags of those times were very light in weight as opposed to the heavy bags which children carry these days.
Let’s take a look at the stationery of today:

1) Coloured Pens and pencils
These days’ pens and pencils are available in different colours to highlight the work done in notebooks. There are different types of pens for different style of writing. Pens and pencils can be customised also with the names of the child.

2) Notebooks
Attractive cover pages, ruled, blank pages, boxes of different sizes, notebooks of every subject, a variety in terms of size and number of pages and so on. There is an endless variety in the notebooks that we get in the market today.
3) Bags
From backpack bags to trolley bags, cute cartoon prints to animal faces, ranging in various sizes and can be customised too. School bags have come a long way and undergone tremendous changes during this time.

Not only educational tools and equipment even educational system itself has undergone tremendous changes. The classrooms now have interactive smart boards and students study on tablets but when we talk to our parents, they really had fun even with those limited and modest tools and equipment. The takhti, qalam and dawaat have loads of memories attached with them.

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The Seductress (A Story)

“Prashant, I am planning to go to Bombay next month for my delivery. It will be difficult for me to manage the baby alone. You can’t take leave from your shop and I need to have rest after the delivery,” Shibani asked Prashant.

“Alright Shibani, I think that will be better. Mom and dad will look after you well and I will also come I whenever I can. I will make all the arrangements,” Prashant replied.

Prashant gave a kiss on her forehead and left her for his footwear showroom.

Shibani picked up the phone and dialed a number, “Hello, ma! How are you? I have spoken to Prashant and he has agreed. It is getting difficult for me to manage everything all alone. I am still not able to find a good and reliable maid who can manage all the housework…Don’t worry I am taking care of myself and the baby. Where is papa? Ok, bye, will talk to you after some time.”

Shibani kept the phone on the table and started doing her household chores. The doorbell rang, it was Bhumi, her house help.

In the evening, Prashant came back from his showroom. He hugged his wife and said, “Shibani, I have made all the arrangements. Your tickets are confirmed for the first of next month. I will miss you, sweety. You know I can’t live without you and our baby. I will join you in the second week of the month. I have spoken to Mr. Lal, he will take care of the showroom in my absence.”

It was the first of May, Shibani was to leave for the airport.

“Shibani, let’s go, we have to reach the airport in time,” Prashant called her. “Baby, promise me you will take good care of yourself and our baby. I will miss you a lot.” Prashant hugged her and spoke softly.

“I know Prashant, even we can’t live without you. Please come soon,” Shibani replied lovingly.

Shibani was thinking about their college days in the flight. Almost, everyone in Hindu College knew about their affair. Prashant and Shibani were the most beautiful couple in the college. Even their parents were family friends and had no objection to it. Prashant’s father had a well-reputed footwear showroom in South Delhi Market.  Her friends told her how lucky she was to have Prashant by her side. Prashant loved her immensely and would do anything for her.

Shibani was smiling to herself when the announcement of the flight getting landed in Mumbai Airport was made.

“Mom, dad!” she waved at her parents after coming out of the airport.

In due course of time, Shibani delivered a baby boy. Prashant had come to Mumbai, keeping his promise. Their happiness knew no bounds. Prashant’s parents also came to Mumbai to see their grandchild and there was a grand party to welcome the first grandson of both the families. Prashant left for Delhi to join back his business. His parents went back to Jammu where they had got another house for themselves after settling down Prashant in their business.

It was a usual day in the showroom. A woman in a red coat entered the showroom. She looked gorgeous in bright red lipstick and high heeled sandals. She started looking at the shelves and picked up a red high heeled shoe.

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“I would like to try this,” she spoke to the salesman attending her.

After trying the shoes, she came to the counter where Prashant was sitting to make the payment. She kept looking at Prashant while he was making the bill. He felt awkward with her deep gaze. She winked at him and gave him her business card while making the payment.

Prashant followed her with his eyes as she went out of the showroom.

Sleep failed to come to his eyes since the sight of the woman in the red coat was not ready to leave them. His was still thinking about her as he lay in his bed at night. He picked up the card which he had kept along with his phone.

“Sabina, so that’s her name,” he thought.

He picked up the phone and dialed a number, “Hi, handsome. I knew you will call,” the voice seemed to be laden with honey as the lady on the other side of the call spoke. “I will wait for you at 7 in the evening at the given address and she hung up the phone. Prashant could not even get chance to utter a word.

“Mr. Lal, I have an urgent meeting with a new supplier this evening. I will be leaving early. Would you, please, take care of the showroom in my absence?” Prashant spoke to Mr. Lal and left at 6 in the evening.

The address was in a plush colony of G.K. He parked his car outside the bungalow. He rang the bell and saw Sabina standing as the door opened.

She welcomed him in the friendliest way. Time supposed to have stopped, he seemed to have been completely taken in by her charm. He was so mesmerized by her, that he did not even realize how much he drank and how many hours he spent with her.

He rubbed his eyes and looked around, still dazed. It was early morning and he found himself in Sabina’s bedroom. She was sleeping by his side. When, how, where… he did not remember anything.

He gathered up his belonging and quickly left the place.

Shibani and Aarav came back and he felt happy again with his son and wife. He decided to forget about the incident and not to tell anything about it to anyone. However, the guilt kept pricking him.

Time flew and suddenly Prashant’s health started deteriorating. They could not understand what was wrong with him. They consulted a doctor and underwent the tests and examinations as prescribed by the doctor.

The reports came in.

“AIDS, I am sorry to say Prashant that your reports have confirmed it,” Dr. Gujral told him.

“What? How on earth is that possible doctor,” Shibani spoke in disbelief.

Their world had seemed to have got shattered. She looked questioningly at him.

Prashant failed to meet her eyes. His memory took him back to that fateful night.

“Shibani, I need to tell you something…” he stuttered.

“It was when you had gone to Mumbai for your delivery, Sabina had come to our showroom…” Prashant narrated the incident to her looking down all the while. He did not have the courage to hold it to himself anymore. “Shibani, don’t misunderstand me. It was a mistake…an accident…I did not mean to do it. I could never cheat on you. I love you and Aarav deeply and can’t live without you.” He broke down as he spoke.

“It’s all over now, Prashant.” Shibani got up and left the room.

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How Worksheets Benefit Young Learners

Academics play a great role in the development of a child. Right from the very beginning we try various methods of teaching concepts to our little ones. While for teaching toddlers and pre-schoolers, play way method and Montessori methods are the best, at the same time, we must not underestimate the role of worksheets in the teaching process.

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So, what are the benefits of worksheets for a pre-schooler?
1. Evaluation
When we are teaching a pre-schooler through play way method, it is also important to evaluate how much he has learnt. Worksheets help in evaluating the child’s learning of the concept.
2. Attention building
A child’s attention span is very less. But for a pre-schooler, it is important to gradually increase his attention span which is also important for learning academics. Worksheets help in building attention of a pre-schooler.
3. Better understanding
Worksheets are a fun way of providing an excellent understanding of different concepts. Worksheets provide an effective and enriching way of learning in less time.
4. Help the child learn to sit through for longer duration
Pre-schoolers are very active and love to run around and get involved in various activities. But since the pre-schoolers are getting ready for formal schools, it is important for them to learn to sit at a place and develop the habit of completing the task assigned. Worksheets help them in that process.
5. Builds an interest in studies
For a pre-schooler, it is also important to develop an interest in the formal method of studying. Worksheets are designed in a fun way with drawings and illustrations. They help in building an interest of the pre-schoolers in the formal way of teaching and learning process.
Keeping the above points in mind, I regularly create worksheets for my little one which has benefitted her greatly. She enjoys doing them and we spend some fun time together while learning a lot of things.

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Mother’s Day Special Recipes By FunFoods by Dr. Oetkar

We are celebrating Mother’s Day today. What could be a better way to make mothers happy than to give her a day’s rest and cook some special recipes for her? Today, I am going to share with you some fun recipes by FunFoods by Dr. Oetkar.

Roti Salad

Roti Salad
Serving: 2
Ingredients:
2 Rotis
2 tbsp Onions
3 tsp Lemon Juice
2 tbsp Spring Onions
2 tbsp Tomatoes (chopped)
1 tsp Sabzi Masala
½ tsp Garam Masala Powder
2 tbspDr. Oetker FunFoods Mayonnaise Diet
50 g Paneer
20 – 25g Green Bell Peppers
20 – 25g Carrot
20 – 25gCucumber
Coriander Leaves
15g Almonds Slivers
Directions:
1. Roll the 2 rotis together and cut into thin juliennes.
2. For the dressing, in a mixing bowl add 2 tbsp chopped onions, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 2 tbsp spring onions, 2 tbsp chopped tomatoes, mix it. Now add 1 tsp. sabji masala, ½ tsp garam masala and 2 tbsp diet mayonnaise, stir and mix the dressing. Now add the roti juliennes to the dressing and 50 gm of crumbled. Mix everything together and plate it.
3. Now in the same bowl, add juliennes of ¼ green bell pepper, ¼ carrot & ¼ cucumber and fresh coriander leaves, mix it with the leftover juices from the dressing. Use this as the garnish over the roti salad and finish with a sprinkle of about 1 tbsp of almond slivers.

Level: Beginner

Preparation time: 15 Minutes

Aloo Tikki

Aloo Tikki Burger

Serving: 1

Ingredients:

3 tbsp Dr. Oetker FunFoods Mayonnaise Burger
1 Portion Burger Bun
1 Portion Aloo Tikki
1 Piece Tomato (Medium, sliced)
1 Piece Onion (Medium, sliced)
Directions:
1. Spread 1 tbsp burger mayonnaise on each half of burger bun.
2. On bottom, half of burger bun place burger patty, tomato slices, onion slices. Add a dollop of mayo and top it up with other half of the bun. Serve

Level: Beginner

Preparation time: 5 Minutes

Chatpata Creamy Corn Cups

Chatpata Creamy Corn Cups
Serving: 2
Ingredients:
100 g Jaggery
100 ml Water
1 tbsp Tamarind Pulp
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 Bay Leaf
½ tsp Black Peppercorn
2 ½ g Ginger (ginger)
150 g Corns
3 tbsp Dr. Oetker FunFoods Mayonnaise Garlic
75 g Cheese (processed)
4 – 5 g Mint Leaves
Salt
Directions:
1. Put the pan on flame, add 100 gm jaggery, 100 ml water & 1 tbsp tamarind pulp & stir. Add 1cinnamon stick, 1 bay leaf, ½ tsp black peppercorn and salt. Add the chopped ginger & 150 gm sweet corn. Cover the lid and let it cook for at least 30 minutes.
2. After 30 minutes, add 3 tbsp of garlic mayonnaise, and mix with a whisk finely. Now add 75 gm processed cheese grated into the preparation. Add a few mint leaves, cook more for about 5 minutes and prepare to plate.
3. Serve as suggested in a glass with tamarind pulp.
Level: Beginner
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Chocolate Cupcake

Chocolate Cupcakes
Serving: 3
Ingredients:
250 g Dr. Oetker FunFoods Eggless Bake Mix 11 Cakes
8 tbsp Dr. Oetker FunFoods Mayonnaise Veg
100 ml Water
50 g Butter
3 tbsp Whipped Cream
50 g Blueberry Jelly
2 tsp Sugar (icing)
Directions:
1. Empty the eggless bake mix into a mixing bowl. Add 7 tbsp of Mayonnaise Veg & 100 ml water, stir thoroughly & then add 50 gm of melted butter. Stir continuously till batter has blended evenly.
2. Preheat the oven to 180degree C, fill the mix into the moulds. Bake it for about 20 minutes roughly, check once with a toothpick a little after 15 minutes. Remove them once ready and keep it aside to cool.
3. For frosting, mix the whipped cream with 1 tbsp of Mayonnaise Veg, fill this mix into the piping bag. Start frosting the cup cakes with the cream and top it/garnish with the blueberry jelly. Give a touch of icing sugar in the end.
Level: Beginner
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

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Stay at Home Mom vs. Working Mom: The Child Speaks

Last week, there was a Mother’s Day celebration in my daughter’s school. She was very excited since it was her first performance in her newly joined school. She asked me to come early and take the first seat, which would make it possible for her to see me. I reached her school in time and as instructed by her took a seat in the front row.
Children came in a row and my daughter quickly spotted me. She started beaming with joy and waving at me. They performed beautifully and in the middle of the performance too, my daughter was waving at me. After the performance, there were several fun activities to be performed by mom and child. All the while, my daughter was dancing here and there, jumping with delight telling everyone, how pretty her mother looks. She came to me, bowed in front of me and said, “Your majesty, you look so beautiful.”

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Just then my eyes fell on a little girl who was sitting in a corner of the stage looking very sad. I went to her and asked her as to what happened and where was her mother.
She started weeping and said, “My mother did not come today. She has gone for her duty. She comes very late at night. Its mother’s day celebration today, I was performing for her but she did not come.”
I took her in my lap, she hugged me tight and started wailing even more. I tried my best consoling her and told her mom loves you and she will come soon. She kept repeating, “Mom is never with me, she comes very late at night. She leaves the house early every day.”
She kept sitting in my lap for some time till it was time for lunch. All the children happily sat down to eat their lunch but that girl was still sad. She sat alone, opened her lunch box had a bite or two and kept it back in her bag. She looked at other moms who were there for their kids with tears in her eyes. The sadness in her eyes, the way she looked at other moms with their kids was the heart-wrenching.
In the afternoon, when my elder one came back from school, she hugged me tight and said, “Mom, I got full marks in my English test and Hindi dictation. It is all because of you.”
The debate of going back to work after having kids will go on forever and whatever decision a mother takes is always the best for her child and her family. But I must say, this incident and the teary-eyed look of that little girl will stay in my heart forever.

This post is also published on Momspresso.

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