The Earth connects us

Balvihar April 2019 The spot where the cowsheds used to be buzzing with activity all day, now seemed completely different and quiet.There was a beautifully maintained garden where the kids and Bharathi could notice tiny brinjals, tomatoes, ladysfingers and chillies swaying in the breeze.Karan Bhaiya’s passion in gardening had created something so magical. She turned to …

On the air!!

Balvihar February 2019 “Mama,I am in Thatha’s house.””Oh, so soon?Looks like you flew across the fields.””No,no, I came on a tractor from the station Mama! What a fun and wobbly ride it was.”Aditya laughed.”Can I talk to Amma?” “Amma is listening to the radio news.Will ask her to call you later. Now you go and eat …

The new age

People think it’s absolutely alright to do anything and get away with it. Was talking to Amma who said that the way the world functions today is “ what seems right now may not be the same tomorrow. What seems wrong now might seem right tomorrow. ” You can never expect respect from someone who …

What makes us unique?

Balvihar January 2019It’s a joy to observe people around us. Have you seen that someone who stands in his/her balcony all day watching people passing by? That seems peculiar to you right, but they will have a lot of stories to tell… about how peculiar everyone else is. From the aunty who does Pooja Aarti …

Shine like a candle

Balvihar November 2018 “Hope everybody is on the bus? We will be leaving in another 10 minutes “ Mr. Gopal announced.“ Yes Sir, all except Surya” answered the class monitor Babita.The grade 4 students were going on a field visit to the nearby village and community centre. It was almost 15 minutes when they saw a …

All you need is courage

Story No: 100 (God is great!!) Balvihar October 2018   Spiky was going for a walk near the pond with his mom but he actually wanted to meet his friend Coco the crab. A few days ago, Mama porcupine thought Spiky was sleeping longer than usual. “My little boy needs some physical activity or soon …

Our rivers connect us

Balvihar September 2018 Rukmini requested the taxi driver to stop on the side, walked over to the bridge and stared in disbelief. It made her sad and she spoke softly -“ Where is the magic? Remember you and I have a connection. Doesn’t everybody say so?” It was difficult to believe that the mighty river …

Rain rain come again!

Balvihar July 2018 Here is a different story of the hare and the tortoise and it happens on a rainy day. Honu the hare opened his window and peeped out. “Hurray! The rain has stopped” He rubbed his paws together, felt energetic  enough for a morning run. It had been raining continuously for the past …

Go on…just read and LAUGH!!

Balvihar July 2018 “Mummy, Ginger does not want to share the bed with me at all.” Viya complained.  Ginger was not going to move.  He had had a long tiring day and it was so cozy here. Why did the little human not understand? He made himself more comfortable by stretching his legs sideways taking …

When the guru became a disciple

  Have you ever heard of a teacher hating his disciple for being more knowledgeable than him? Unfortunately Ramanuja’s guru Yadavaprakasa was one such person.   There was something about Ramanuja that attracted everyone around him. It could be the brightness in his face or the gentleness in his eyes or his talk which exuded …