I had forgotten to post the photos of Dussehra 2017. When I found them on my computer, it was so good that I had to add it to my blog. Boys made Raavan who represents evil and then burnt it to signify that evil always gets burnt and good always wins over the evil.
Kabir and Arjun have been studying India. They talked about India and represented India during the Celebration of Cultures event at Oren Dunn Museum in the month of September. In November, they did a presentation for a few homeschoolers.
Kabir has read the book “Illustrated History of India” by Wilco second time. Based on his research along with his friends he blogged on various topics from this book. I am reading this book with Arjun and we are almost done. Boys represented India during the Celebrations of Cultures event at Oren Dunn Museum in the month of September
In November, both boys presented India to a small group of homeschoolers. Arjun created a PowerPoint presentation on India for homeschoolers. Here is a video of Arjun presenting India (6:54 minutes). Kabir created a movie based on our trip to India. The movie India 2016 is 16:31 minutes long. Overall, they have a learnt a lot about India and are proud to have Indian heritage!
After Italy, we picked India as our country. We read about the history of India. Then, we started completing some fact sheets that I created. We completed them together. As for someone famous from India, Kabir picked Mahatma Gandhi. So, we saw the movie and then he wrote a short summary on Mahatma Gandhi by himself. He picked Taj Mahal to study for the landmark from India. We read about it and then he wrote a short summary. Then he drew Taj Mahal and painted it with paste of Indian spices. We also made a flag of India with pizza and with Lego.
We added India to both the population chart and the religion graph.
When we were done, we visited India so it was a hands-on experience. After coming back, I showed him how to use powerpoint and told him that he will have to use PowerPoint slides to do his presentation. He was ecstatic! He would get up early in the morning or sleep much later than usual, as he wanted to keep working on his presentation for India. He made all the slides by himself. You are most welcome to download and look at his PowerPoint presentation on India, if you are interested.
We celebrated the culmination of study on India with a party where he dressed up in Kurta Pyjama and gave the presentation. Amit gave him a pointer and it was the best thing that happened for him because he had so much fun presenting and using the pointer to point at everything he was talking about.
We had Indian dinner: biryani, raita, seek kabab and paw bhaji. Sam Crabb presented Greenland so confidently and beautifully. We had the most delicious dessert, Berry Crisp from Greenland. It was just delicious!!!
Then Amit stamped Kabir’s pretend passport with India flag and signed and dated it for him. Now, we are off to Australia!
If you feel upto it, you are most welcome to watch his presentation videos. We took this video before the day of India party because during the party, it is hard to take a video with our little one wanting to look at it at the same time.
“Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity” by Katherine Boo is a story of the economical situation of slum dwellers and the penetration of corruption in Indian society. It’s a story of how India might be shining for all Indians except the poor such as slum dwellers. It’s the story of the attitude of “survival of the fittest” amongst the slum dwellers.
This book was depressing and discouraging but it’s a reality. It is definitely not the entire reality of the situation of slum dwellers yet it’s sad and inhumane. I’m glad I read it even though it was a hard book to read emotionally.
The first half of The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai was hard to read. I just could not understand the point of the story. My mother-in-law recommended it to me and so, I kept on reading. After finishing the book, I felt that the last half or may be just the last quarter of the book was interesting. I’m glad that I read it but I think that I’ll forget about this book very easily over the years.