KLAY Preschool and Daycare – a true parenting partner!

Every parent knows the anxiety of letting go of their child for the first time to the world outside.

Though, as a mother I have passed that phase, but I remember the dilemma vividly. My daughter’s first day at the preschool were probably my hardest hours to spend, where I kept looking at the clock every second.’

Their first small step into the big world is like a milestone in parenting. On one hand, parents are eager to see their little ones in a social environment, but they are also apprehensive about their safety and security. They are too young and most vulnerable..and the world out there is too harsh. So, the first and foremost question in the minds of parents regarding a preschool or an accompanied day care is ‘whether they will be properly taken care of’. We all expect a preschool or day care to like a home away from home. And, undoubtedly there are a handful of responsible, well-equipped and well-managed brands whom parents have trusted over the years.

One such name is KLAY Preschools and Daycare. And, it was a privilege for me to visit KLAY- Whitefield center for “Once Upon A Story Time”. It was a Storytelling and Activity event by Kathalaya and Toys’R’Us help on September 22nd.

The event that several interactive story telling sessions, different activities from fire-less cooking to play dough and others. And, of course a visit from Geoffrey from Toy’R’Us made the event so lovely and lively. In addition to this, I also got a chance to interact with the staff and look around the facility. It was a wonderful experience.’

KLAY calls themselves the ‘parenting partner’ because they knows what parents wants and how they can effectively contribute in parenting. Apart from taking care of a child, they nurture their young minds with their enriched educational model

It is true that in the first 6 years of life, the brain develops numerous pathways of learning and development. KLAY strives to establish a strong foundation in kids in terms of reading, composition, analytical skills and creativity with their Multiple Intelligences-based curriculum.

They ensure that KLAY is the place where not only kids love to go, but also parents feel confident to send their child.

In terms of safety, they have Live CCTV streaming from classroom, door guards to ensure that kids don’t hurt themselves, 24 X 7 alert and attentive staff and of course centers will fully equipped and approved safety norms. In addition, they provide freshly cooked meals and utmost care is taken regarding hygiene practices. Their facility is spacious and properly divided to accommodate different kids of activities depending on age and requirement. The aesthetics are also meticulously designed to ensure a healthy and happy environment for the child to grow in. They also have a lovely play area with safety precautions and vigilance.

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In terms of curriculum, they have a learning through play model where they encourage kids to learn different things through activities, games etc. They aims at a holistic development of a child so that they are not only ready for their next big steps in life, but also imbibe good values as an individual.

The different KLAY programs are as follows:

  • Preschool: 15 months to 6 years

  • Daycare: 5 months to 6 years

  • Enriched Program: 6 years to 10 years (different value-added sessions which kids can attend after school)

They have various centers across Bangalore with a new one opening at Brigade Golden Triangle at Bidarahlli. For complete detail on their centers and facilities, you can visit their website.

Whether you are an anxious parent wondering how your little one will manage in the outside world without you or both of you are working parents trying to figure out the best option for your child, KLAY Preschools and Daycare might just be the ‘perfect’ answer if you have a center nearby.

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Soumita Saha Talks About Her Life As A Celebrity Singer, Blogger And Other Career Choices- BananiVista!

When you become an Internet sensation at the age of 19, you know that your name and fame has a long way to go. Singer Soumita Saha is one such name who has been riding the popularity charts with her talent. She has constantly been in the limelight for her breathtaking voice and amazing performances. She was also given the title of ‘Justin Bieber of Kolkata’. She is one of those performers who has worked under International record labels as well. Her debut album was a massive hit.

I spoke to her about her life as a singer and other endeavors. Read through to know about this multifaceted personality.

Read here: https://www.bananivista.com/2018/07/soumita-saha-celebrity-singer-blogger/

#Singer #Music #BananiVista #LivingandExploring

 

Shweta Nair Addresses The Need Of The Hour With A Children’s Newspaper, News Shuttle – BananiVista!

According to a study published in the Journal of the International Child Neurology Association (JICNA) last year, screen dependency syndrome (SDD) has become a new challenge for child neurology. It is a growing problem in India as well. Sometimes, parents try to address this issue, but sometimes they feel really helpless.

Shweta Arora conceptualized News Shuttle to address this issue. Know more about her work and the children’s newspaper in this candid interview.

Read here: https://www.bananivista.com/2018/07/childrens-newspaper-newsshuttle/

#Newspaper #Children #Reading #BananiVista #LivingandExploring

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All About Urmila Chanam and Her Campaign On Menstruation, Breaking The Silence – BananiVista!

It is quite alarming to know that there are over 355 million menstruating women and girls in India yet millions of women still face significant barriers to comfortable and dignified experience with menstrual health.

Ch Urmila is one name who is bringing about a revolutionary change with her campaign on menstruation, #BreakingTheSilence. Know her story and read about her journey in this personal interview with #BananiVista.

Read it here: https://www.bananivista.com/2018/06/urmila-campaign-menstruation/

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Book Review – Emotions and Elation by Banani Das Dhar!

There is no better feeling than movement of life inside you. – And every mother experiences this feeling in different ways. The journey of those nine months looks so similar, but yet it is not the same for any two mothers in the world.

In the journey of pregnancy, a mother not only undergoes a physical change, but molds mentally as well. The emotions she experiences are uniquely her own and each day is a new learning or experience for her. The happiness, the anxiety, the apprehensions, the fear – everything is relatable to other to-be moms, but still they her personal account of those nine months is HER OWN JOURNEY through different roads and milestones. It is a personal account of things that happened till a child was born and a mother too.

One such beautiful journey has been narrated through words in the upcoming book, ‘Emotions and Elation’ by a Mompreneur-turned author from Bangalore. Banani Das Dhar became a mother to a handsome boy, Om, last year and got inducted into the wonderful life of motherhood.

Pregnancy is a potpourri of different emotions and phases which combines together to make a ‘mother’. Every mom-to-be has her unique story, yet so familiar for other moms too.

Banani wrote this book to share her own emotions, and reach out all those moms who have already experienced this phase or are gearing up to celebrate pregnancy in their lives.

What is so unique about the book?

It is like a diary: ‘Emotions and Elation’ was written during her pregnancy and is full of her own raw and rustic emotions. It comes right from her heart, exactly the way things happened chronologically without exaggerations and exclusions. Banani utilized her time during pregnancy to translate her story into writing, which got transformed into this amazing book.

It connects people: ‘Emotions and Elation’ has inputs from the father of the child and talks about many other people, who directly or indirectly affected or impacted Banani during her journey through pregnancy.

It is an experience: The book is Banani’s own experience, her moments of woes and wows. But, it is magically the story of many expectant moms all over. One can relate and identify with the emotions penned down and find themselves in her shoes.

It has a message: It is not a pregnancy manual, yet it might be so intriguing and helpful for expecting moms while accepting this new phase in life. Many of us stress during this phase or have a hard time coping with different aspects. Banani did too, and this is her story that she has shared with the world on how she faced and overcame challenges, on how she rejoiced moments of happiness and how she made the best of this beautiful phase.

It is a GIFT: The book is full of memories, both good, bad and maybe sometimes ugly. So, it is a memoir for her son, a gift when he turns ONE and a repository of her emotions for life. One day, she will laugh or cry reading this book all over again and remember the times that have gone by.

About Emotions and Elation:

Emotions and Elation is the debut book of Banani. It is a wonderful account of her nine months of pregnancy. She has put down her personal account on paper, described her every emotion and rejoiced her elation at becoming a mother through a story that others can also relate to.

This is not a guidebook of pregnancy or just an autobiography. It also talks about everyone who was involved in and related to her pregnancy.

The 13 chapters in her book are much more than the story of 9 months and 2 people. The book is like a free-flowing tale that will remind you of your own woes and wows of pregnancy yet make you smile on you had survived or enjoyed this phase.

It is like a walk down the memory lane, reminiscing memories, moments and milestones.

The book is worth reading because this is not only a true story, but it might have been your story too.

‘Emotions and Elation’, published by Half Baked Beans is all set to launch in Bangalore on July 1st, 2018. It is available on Amazon for purchase: https://www.amazon.in/EMOTIONS-ELATION-Banani-Das-Dhar/dp/B07DHB9521

About Banani Das Dhar:

Banani is an ex-Clinical Data Analyst and the founder of a popular Lifestyle and Cultural digital magazine, BananiVista. She hails from Assam, but currently Bengaluru is her home.

She is an avid traveler and a Nature photography as well. Apart from the thrill and excitement of visiting and exploring new places, she finds traveling as a way of self-reflection. She loves interacting with people.

‘Emotions and Elation’ is her debut book, but she has been a part of anthologies as a short story writer.

You can contact Banani at contact@bananivista.com for any queries and messages.

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Getting To Know Ajay Ramanathan and An Assortment of Sorts!

A law student turned poet, Ajay Ram is a man of many talents. He is an avid reader and takes a keen interest in Psychology and Philosophy. He is not just a poet, but a songwriter too. His inspirations include the likes of Alex Turner, Lou Reed, Kurt Cobain, Julian Casablanca, Jim Morrison and others. Currently, he is working in a Bengaluru-based start-up after acquiring a degree of BBALLB from Christ University.

His book, ‘An Assortment of Sorts’ is a collection of 109 poems which he has written and compiled so far. It is more personal in nature as they reflect his personal experiences during various periods of his life. They predominantly deal with life, love, rejection, joys and anecdotes etc.

Thanks to Ajay for sparing time from his schedule to respond to this interview. Read along to know about him and his debut book.

A quote that you believe in–

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players” – William Shakespeare

Tell us something about Ajay as a person.

Well, I am 24 years old. I hold a law degree. When I’m free, I enjoy reading and listening to music. I’m a non- fiction person for the most part as far as my reading habits go. I’m all around the place when it comes to musical taste. So..what else? Oh yeah, I write as well!

An Assortment of Sorts sounds interesting. What is it all about?

It is a book of 109 poems. I’d like to describe An Assortment of Sorts as an amalgamation of many different flavors. Most of these poems deal with themes that are realistic in nature.

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Were you always passionate about poetry? Do you like a particular style?

Uh no not really to be honest. I’ve always been inclined towards music and so witty lyricism has always captivated me. The last time I ever really read poetry was in Class 10. I began writing lyrics for fun when I was around 16. You see my friends and I had just started a band. Unfortunately, that dream died and along with it my hobby. Fast forward to 2017 and I had just graduated from college. Even though I was entering a new phase of life, there was still a lot of baggage that needed to be shed. So in my case, the writing was therapeutic. One rant was followed by another and two became three and now here we are.

I don’t really know much about poetry to pick a style, to be honest. Truth be told, I’m kind of a pleb when it comes to poetry. That said, if I have to pick one, then I’d probably say – free verse.

Whom or what did you get inspiration from? You have mentioned that it deals with different flavors of life. Are these based on real-life experiences?

My inspirations have always been lyricists. For example, I admire Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys for his wit. I pay attention to lyrics from some of their [ Arctic Monkeys] songs and be like wow that’s quite a clever line. I enjoy lyrics that are laced with a bit of humor/ sarcasm. Take someone like Lou Reed for that matter. His delivery style is matter -of -fact while being thought-provoking at the same time. I’ve never really been a fan of lyrics that are overly emotional or melancholic in nature.

As far as An Assortment of Sorts is concerned, yes it does deal with the different flavors of life ranging from sweet to the not-so-sweet ones. A majority of An Assortment of Sorts is based on real-life experiences. However, there are a number of poems that are purely idea or concept based and is not necessarily drawn from personal experience.

What is the USP of your book, An Assortment of Sorts?

An Assortment of Sorts is an amalgamation of different flavors that any reader could relate to and enjoy regardless of his/ her background.

Which is your favorite poem from your book and Why?

It would be quite difficult to pick one poem as they’re all special to me. However, if I had to pick one, then I would probably go with ‘ Swipe Right, Sweet Night’ because it was quite a challenging topic for me. I feel like I pushed the boundaries of what I thought I could write about. All in all, I must admit that I’m pretty pleased with the end result. ‘Shiva’ wasn’t too bad either. I hope the readers enjoy it too.

What are your expectations after the launch of the book?

Let me just say right off the bat that I’m pleased that the book is finally out into the market! A big thank you to my publisher Half Baked Beans for giving me this vehicle.

As far as expectations go, becoming a ‘best selling author’ wouldn’t be too bad now, would it?

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Do you feel poetry appeals to the young Indian readers as much as fiction or thrillers do?

Truth be told, I’m not too sure. Like I’ve said earlier, I’m not much of a poetry buff. However, from what I’ve seen, I can say that there is certainly an audience for poetry in India. I believe that there would always be a market for good content. As far as I know, the reader demographic in India is pretty substantial. So, if Goodreads is any indication, then absolutely!

Do you follow or write for any writing platforms? Do you think these are a good platform for budding poets to showcase and nurture their talent?

Yup, I post on Medium from time to time. I haven’t put up anything in a while though. As far as poetry goes, it would be criminal to not recommend Allpoetry.com. I think I’m a much better poet than what I might have turned into because of Allpoetry.com. As artists, we often confine ourselves to our own echo chambers. I think it is imperative that you receive objective guidance/ criticism from another person.

The all poetry community was instrumental in helping me become a better writer. You will find terrific writers on platforms like Allpoetry.com that would help you improve. Truth be told, I would probably be half as good as I am now if not for Allpoetry.com.

Are you planning to write more books in the future? If yes, what genres do you want to explore?

Hopefully! To be frank, I just want to enjoy this moment as I’ve waited a long time for it. As far as the future is concerned, I’ve got a lot of ideas. Writing a non-fiction book would be nice. Another poetry book maybe. Let’s see how it goes.

A message or advice for the budding authors in the country.

Okay, this may sound generic, but I think it still holds true. Just enjoy yourselves! The process of authoring a book can be long and frustrating. So it could get quite tedious if you don’t like what you’re doing I’d imagine. Also, I think you’ve got to be honest with yourselves with regard to content you’re writing. To conclude, I wish you all the very best!

You can buy “An Assortment of Sorts’ on Amazon: https://www.amazon.in/ASSORTMENT-SORTS-Ajay-Ramanathan/dp/B07DHS5QX4

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