Projects for young children at home

While talking to a few mothers in the community, realized that everyone looks for innovative ways to keep their kids occupied! The new and innovative ideas were great, and every parent does it differently (in an awesome manner), however – the typical question about how to engage the kids with less resources and more fun stuff remains.

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Local entrepreneurs series #4 – Mridangam classes

A common friend introduced me to Mayavaram R. Vinoth , a carnatic musician who plays Mridangam. Was inspired by him and writing this post to request support! During the pandemic, we can support local small businesses, musicians and entrepreneurs in some way we can! Every bit counts!

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Local entrepreneurs series #1 – GLO*real

A common friend introduced me to Swathi Basker, a local entrepreneur. Was inspired by her and her products instantly, that made me start this series! During the pandemic, we can support local small businesses and entrepreneurs in some way we can! Every bit counts!

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Five Asian soaps to watch (with subtitles of course)

In the past few years, I started watch Asian soaps and was impressed with certain aspects that are unique to their culture. Sharing my view of the best ones to watch when you are looking for a change in genre!

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Sewing machines across generations

Sewing machine used to remind me of my childhood days, and after COVID-19 my memories include the masks made to support the community as well! The technology and innovation around it is impressive – making it easier to scale!

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Song and rangoli combination

Some songs touch our souls. Last week I got to listen to this song during virtual Navaratri celebrations in my local community, and since then I cannot stop listening to it. It was interesting to see a rangoli pattern that goes with this song!

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Rangoli (Kolam) and its importance

Those who grew up in India would know about this art form. Beautiful patterns made on the floor using rice flour. Mesmerizing work – especially during chilly mornings!

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Seasonal festivities in India – Navaratri and Durga Puja

While it is baking, Halloween and Thankgiving in this side of the world, how do Indians celebrate Fall season? Our cultures line up a series of festive occasions to induce a happy mindset, making sure we are focusing on happy thoughts and happy moments. How does that happen?

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Ice sculpture art

Ice sculpting is an interesting art. There are many countries that conduct ice sculpture festivals. Some of them are so intricate and fascinating to see, that the tropical countries conduct ice festivals. A must-watch for anyone interested in traveling.

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Anthill art

This is the season where gardeners are used to seeing anthills and many varieties of ants moving around. Interestingly, some have gotten rid of their anthills by making them into collectible art valued at over $3600 per piece!

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Ikebana – Japanese art of flower decoration

For many of us, the word flowers brings back pleasant memories that tend to bring a smile on our faces. It was interesting to see how countries and cultures have different ways of flower decorations. The Ikebana flower decoration technique from Japan – beauty in simplicity caught my eye.

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Photography – Levon Biss

I got interested in microsculptures and learned about paintings on rice, and wondered how artists try to keep their hands steady. Started looking into it and found an artist called Levon Biss who uses technology to help him photograph…

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Microsculptures – Art form 3

There were so many varieties and niche areas that I could uncover in this space. This seems to be a niche area that very few artists who have an interest in microsculpting get into.

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Singapore – Aero farming or Hydroponics

For the past few weeks, have been reading up about Aero farming and Hydroponics. Being a foodie, while doing a project on special foods at Singapore, got to see that Singapore imports more than 90% of its vegetables. Only about 8% of the vegetables and eggs seem to be locally produced. Got me thinking..

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Smart farms

When I wrote about the technology innovations like Bee BOTS, I wondered if these AI and Robotics sensors were only for Bees and whether they can or are being used to monitor the patterns of other animals. Felt like I had opened a Pandora box (Internet of things). Sharing what I have learned thus far..!

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Ganesha

Ganesha, also known Ganesh, Vinayaka, Ganapati and many other names is a Hindu God of beginnings, traditionally worshipped before starting any new initiative. He is known to be a remover of obstacles! When we grow up with an image of God, it brings a smile to see them do common things like us – hats off to the creative minds who make these idols.. sharing some of those that I have loved over the years…!

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Rangoli – An art of decorating

Rangoli is an art form, prevalent in India, in which patterns are created on the floor or ground using rice flour, flowers/flower petals, colored sand etc. It is usually made during festivals or during December-January timeframe. The bigger and beautiful the artwork, the more the pride and credit to the artists.

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