because R, RD and I attended http://www.thewritersbug.com/ at Chembur in Mumbai…its way way away from our place almost like going to a new town..but I am so so glad we made it…R is not yet four but we managed to make her attend all the workshops for the age group 4 to 7..and boy did she have fun or what?
So it happened that I was searching for something to do over the weekend with R since its her vacation and all that..and stumbled upon this article in Timeout Mumbai….I sent it to RD with an email titled ‘This is where I want to take R’ He replied back saying ‘okay’ yaa yaa he is a man of many words!
Anyways, the only problem was that it was too far from our place..but somehow RD got convinced and we decided to go ahead with our plan
So off we went searching for St. Anthony’s school!
Errr..before anything else, let me tell you that I attended not one, not two but THREE sessions of the superb, lovely Deepa Kiran (http://www.deepakiran.in/) She is t.h.e m.o.s.t amazing story teller I have ever ever known….her facial expressions, her hand gestures, her voice modulation, her connection with the audience, her diction in different languages (She spoke Bengali, Tamil) her persona…she is superb…
RD and I attended a session on Saturday (she taught parents the art of story telling) and trust me, between RD and I we didnt know how to describe the feeling..the same day she did a session with kids of R’s age and we attended that session and then yesterday when I went with R, I attended another session of hers with parents…I know I am crazy about her..
So here is how the sessions were
Saturday first session was with Paperie and Vidhya Satish..R cried a bit entering this session with out me..but RD escorted her till the class room and then she went in..and after that this is what she came out with….
2) The second session was Singing Tales Around The World by Usha Venkatraman…again parents were not allowed..but R came out singing…she was happy and seem to have tons of fun!
We had a long break after this and had planned to go out for lunch..but RD and I were so enthused about Deepa Kiran’s workshop, that RD just picked up R and got her to Deepa’s workshop and then we stayed back to eat there only…
3) Deepa Kiran had her musical story telling workshop which she was kind enough to let parents attend as well…the way she said the story…awesome…She said a story of a little girl and little boy and when she asked the kids what was the little girl’s name..R screamed ‘R’ and there, R got a story in her name….it was superb…and then after the story she asked the kids to draw any of the animals in the story..which included a mouse, elephant, snake, monkey…all kids drew one of those while R,…well…R said she is going to draw an OCTOPUS!!! why? well dont ask me..she gave it to Deepa saying its an octopus…and Deepa was gracious enough to accept it 🙂
I dont have a picture of that since Deepa just kept it with her 🙂
4) The next session was ‘Fun Food of India’ with Preeti Vyas..and R again was a bit cranky and tired but she wanted to go anywhere they talked about food! so in she went and came out with this delicious looking jalebi :):)
5) the last session of the day was ‘Toto the Auto’ with Ruta Vyas….R was again a bit cranky but I so wanted her to attend it..and gave her the incentive of going and meeting her friend after that..so in she went and came out beaming with this!!! they apparently did a song dance session which RD could peep in and see 🙂
On the whole the day one was SUPER DUPER..
From there we went to RD’s friend’s house for dinner where we ate
1) Pattice Ragada
2) Kadi Chawal
4) Khus juice
Yummmmmmmmmm food and even better company..we came back home really late 🙂
The workshops were there on Sunday and RD had to go with his Sabarimalai group for shopping..so he was not there to take us..but having seen R enjoy so much plus since Natasha Sharma of the Icky Yucky Mucky fame (http://ickyyuckymucky.wordpress.com/) was coming down…I thought I should take her
So got up early and then got R ready and we went from home to station by bus, then by train to Bandra and then by rick to Chembur..yaa yaa…all modes of transport 🙂
At 10, R had a session with Natasha Sharma for ‘Kaka and Munni’ and then they made a collage..well THIS is R’s definition of Collage *Rolls eyes*
While R was in that session, I attended a session with ‘Swati Popat’ who is the president of the Podar Education Trust, on how to choose books for your children..super duper session that was….the simple way she suggested selecting books, and how to encourage your kids to read..super!!!
and then we had a break for about 1.5 hours..and so R did this….Sand Art, and Some box making and painting…check out her painting!!
And in the same time, Swati Popat held a workshop for kids where they encouraged them to make puppets but R seemed more interested in the sand art..the guy who was conducting the sand art,…he was excellent with R…very very patient and let her choose her colours 🙂
Then was the Icky Yucky Mucky session with Natasha Sharma again…..and in the same time, Deepa Kiran was giving a session to parents..similar to the previous day but she said she was telling a new story (we asked..yaa yaa we are cheap that ways) and so I went and attended that…loved loved loved it!!!
And she was so so sweet, that after she finished telling the story she said ‘I know some parents have already attended this session, so you can leave now if you want since we have already done the discussion yesterday and you have to pick up your kids!’ yaa yaa she is so so cute :):)
And then R finished with her session of Icky yucky making this monster!!!
Natasha Sharma is again very very unassuming for someone who is a famous author…I went to thank her and she just said oh it was a pleasure and actually remembered that R had attended the Kaka and Munni session as well!
One more wonderful book we got there was the rhymes of India book by Karadi Tales..superb book…I would recommend it to everyone…
And these are the Tulika books RD and I picked up for R 🙂
On the whole the entire workshop was super duperly well organized…yes there were some start up issues on the first day but they promptly took feedback and corrected it the next day..the next day was a LOT more smoother!
I should cribbing that I spent two hours in traffic coming back to Bandra, etc etc..it was hot, humid and polluted and R actually slept off in the rick…but ..it was totally worth it…ekdum worth the effort!!
I loved loved loved the weekend…go on and get jealous folks 🙂