Monday, October 25, 2010

ASHA - Sports Day

                                    ASHA conducted it’s annual sports meet on the 23rd of this month, on a Saturday afternoon. The canvas was large as usual. Be it the Ramayana for the annual day, or the sports day, the arrangements are elaborate. From the invocation, to one of the students inviting the gathering, to a ceremonial oath taking, to declaring the games open, to the March fast, drills, yoga demonstration……the works! I had a sense of déjà vu, as the events unfolded for the day. At no point did one feel this is an event organized for special kids. All the students wore a blue t-shirt with the ASHA logo printed on it. The staff also wore kurtis designed by the self help wing of ASHA. The motifs on the kurtis have been designed and block printed by the children.
                               At the same time there was no pressure on the kids to perform, but surprisingly the children also behaved well. It started out as a very bright sunny afternoon, but after a drizzle, it cooled down amazingly. About 100 children participated in various events - the track events, field events, fun games. There were games organized for the parents, the staff of ASHA and the sponsors-ORACLE. The children did not have to wait too much as multiple events were being conducted simultaneously. The snack arrangements were also pretty good.
                                    The event concluded with the prize distribution ceremony. My hero stood second in all the events he participated in –running race, sac race, and throwing the ring. He was very much “present” and participated with considerable ease completing the races on his own.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Shut down In Support Of Autism

                                             Autism charities in more than 40 countries are joining forces to launch a global campaign challenging the world’s 4.5 billion social media users to shutdown their networks just for one day on 1 November 2010.The million dollar question is can you get on for a day without being on twitter or face book. It is an initiative launched to raise funds and awareness for autism. You can make a donation to receive a CHAPP that signals your shutdown across the social networking sites.
                                        In the words of Rachael Harris, a counselor and supporter “Electing to shutdown social communication mirrors autistic silence. But it also draws attention to the isolation and intense loneliness experienced by those who are impeded from connecting socially with others. The CHAPP is a powerful way to create a true sense of empathy towards those on the autism spectrum." The CHAPP tells your friends and followers on Face book and Twitter that you are volunteering to shutdown with an online shutdown badge. It is an effort to make people understand what autistic children go through in their everyday lives. More on this in their website
                                                 I remember, long back my husband decided to go mum for half a day to mirror Ramam’s silence. He found it very difficult and we wondered how Ramam copes with it every day. Children in the spectrum face communication difficulties, but it is probably more difficult for the non verbal kids. Many a times with Ramam,we have realized  the fact that we have understood him, his demand has been acknowledged makes him calmer. It is not necessary that we yield to him every time.I was just recalling this incident with Ramam hat happened a year back

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Millet Masti

For those of you on the GFCF diet, millets are definitely a healthier way to go. Especially the health conscious, senior citizens vouch for the goodness of millets. It is a healthier option compared to rice and wheat. Some of them are Finger millet (ragi), little millet (sama in Kannada, koda bagar in Hindi),  jowar (sorghum), pearl millet (sajje in kannada, Bajra in hindi, kambu in Tamil), foxtail millet (tenai in Tamil, Navene in Kannada). The only so called hitch is all these flours is ,they  need to be mixed with hot water, as they do not have gluten as a binding agent. So, here some of the blogs that I came across while looking for millet recipes .
                               This blog  shows you the way to make bajra rotis. Well illustrated with photos. And as I had mentioned in one of my earlier post I tried rotis with jowar flour and they come out beautifully. I also made aloo parathas and puris with them. I personally feel a slightly tangy curry offsets the bland flavor of the jowar flour. And yes they must be eaten hot. Next on my to- try recipe list is Sama kichidi.
                    Here is another good link that Gina send me

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