Thursday, January 29, 2009

Dhipadi Dhipang....

I just loved this song, and this version sung by Dr. Salil Kulkarni is (according to me) better than the original that was sung by Avadhut Gupte. If anyone has more video links of this particular competition 'Yudha Taryanche, Swapna Swaranche' please please please send me the links.
The final winner was Prasad Oak. That's where my knowledge on the subject ends.
Enjoy this number and I warn you, you'll be wanting to get up and shake a leg or two !!

This cheered me up

The much awaited sequel to the classic Evolution of Dance is finally out!!
I saw it this morning and liked it but honestly I liked the first one better.
Here is the Evolution of Dance 2.

Liked it??? Well i'm sure you did; and for all those that did not watch the first one, here it is. It is the most watched video on youtube and the guy Judson Laipply also featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show to showcase his skills. I'll dig out more info about Judson to share with you all.
Enjoy this one!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Aaditya's Admission test at GIIS

Today we went to GIIS (Global Indian International School) for Aaditya's admission test.
Once the fees was paid, one teacher escorted us to the KG1 Lily classroom, where she handed over the worksheet to the teacher sitting inside, the teacher (inside) asked us if he will be OK inside alone, we said 'yes he will be OK'
We were outside the classroom, and peeped in from the window to see what Aadu was doing, we saw that he was sitting on a chair next to the teacher and was talking to her !!
Then we did not look further thinking that it may distract him.

After about 10 minutes, teacher and Aadu came out. She said "he has done well, he is good with numbers, but tracing - he finds it difficult; is he left handed?" We said, he prefers his left hand but at times chooses to write with the right hand also. Again she said "But he has done well"

So we then went to the office to ask what is the next procedure, to which they said, they will let us know in a week.

Once we were out of school, I asked Aadu what was in the paper that the teacher had. He said there were shapes - square, rectangle, heart and star.
There were numbers - 2 and 3.
I asked if any alphabets like A,B,C were there - he said no ABC was there.

So all in all he knew what he did inside with the teacher. He liked the school and the teacher also.

So now lets wait for one week so that we know what next to do.

Vicks VapoRub can harm children under 2

By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Vicks VapoRub, a common cold remedy, can cause respiratory distress in children under 2 when inappropriately applied directly under the nose, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

They said using the Procter & Gamble Co product in this way can cause a young child's tiny airways to swell and fill with mucus, triggering severe breathing problems.

"The only problem we've seen is in a small child when it has been put under the nose," Dr. Bruce Rubin of Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina, said in a telephone interview.

Rubin said the ingredients in Vicks can be irritants, causing the body to produce more mucus to protect the airway. And since infants and young children have airways that are much narrower than those of an adult, any increase in mucus or swelling can narrow them severely.

"The company is really clear it should never go under the nose or in the nose for anybody and it shouldn't be used in children under 2," said Rubin, whose study appears in the journal Chest.

While the researchers only tested the Vicks product, Rubin said similar products, including generic versions, could cause the same negative effects in infants and toddlers.

Rubin and his colleagues began looking at use of the medication after treating an 18-month-old girl who developed respiratory distress after the salve was put under her nose.

They studied ferrets, which have an airway anatomy similar to humans. In the animals with a chest infection, the product increased mucus secretion and decreased the animal's ability to clear mucus.

"We were able to document changes that we think explain this," Rubin said.

David Bernens, a spokesman for P&G, said the finding came as a surprise. "Vicks VapoRub has been proven safe and effective through multiple clinical trials. It has been in the market for over 100 years," Bernens said, noting that the label says the product should not be used in children under age 2 without a doctor's advice, and not under the nose.

"We warn people not to do that," he said.

Since the initial episode, emergency doctors at the medical center have begun asking all parents of children in respiratory distress if they used the Vicks product in a similar way and they have seen two more cases, Rubin said.

"I recommend never putting Vicks in, or under, the nose of anybody -- adult or child," Rubin said in a statement, adding that he would never use it in a child under age 2.

Dr. James Mathers, president of the American College of Chest Physicians, said in a statement that parents should consult their doctor before giving any over-the-counter medication to infants and young children, particularly cough and cold medications, which can be harmful.

(Editing by Maggie Fox)


In one of our post regarding treating colds, I had mentioned about using Vicks on feet, I am glad I shared that with you all and happier still coz I followed it myself. For those who wish to read the past post on treating colds; follow this link: Treating Colds

Monday, January 12, 2009

A long walk to freedom

This is the title of the Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, which I had bought recently. I was pretty excited about my first owned autobiography, you can read about it here in the past post.
It was actually a page-turner, each page filled with engrossing details, and they are put in such a lovely language, that one often stops and wonders where the man got such beautiful words from?
The book is quite detailed, but never gets boring, you want to read every word printed.

I will refrain from going into details of what is written as it might spoil the fun for some who have not read it so far.

For me the book had a few lessons in store, firstly, always to believe and stand by your principles; secondly to stand by your people; thirdly to look for the good in everyone else. Last but not the least is the lesson to always move ahead and look up in life.

I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it to everyone.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

TV or no TV?That is the question

As a mother of a preschooler & toddler, I keep reading books & articles on how to encourage learning in young children.I encourage outdoor play & explorations with sand & water.I read to them almost everyday and take them to the library once a week (I started reading to them rather late,when they were around 2,but they still seem to like books).However, one medium which continues to baffle me is television.

From what I have read about children & television, I really cannot make out whether TV is good or bad for children.From time to time I,like most other parents, have used the TV as the "electronic babysitter" even though I keep reading horror stories about how TV can cause attention deficit disorders and how some children really get addicted to it & watch 6-7 hours of TV! I actually panicked a bit when I read that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children under 2 not be allowed to watch any TV because I used to keep my younger child in a bouncer in front of the TV when he became mobile whenever I needed to get something done! I used to do it occasionally and not more than thirty minutes....but I still felt a bit sick in my stomach & wished that I had known this before!

I can understand that too much of TV is bad for children because it keeps them from doing more productive activities like playing & jumping around.But what about TV in small doses? (like one hour a day). All the parents out there with different kinds of experiences & ideas ......let's have a discussion on this.