Granny-love in the mountains

Dear readers, we had planned on posting the second review of the Netflix documentary Babies titled “Love in the time of Infancy”, but plans changed. We became a little fatigued with viewing MRI scans and hearing about Oxytocin levels as “evidence for the existence of love” between babies and parents, and the essay is as […]

Babies as brains: Is this the future of childhood?

A Review of the Netflix Documentary Series ‘Babies’ Part 1: Introduction and overview At the outset let me declare that a detailed review of ‘Babies’ will cover more than one essay because there is just so much to write. A single post would be fatiguing to read through, and I want to keep focus on […]

Once there was a tree-hopping bird and a flying monkey

Jokes children tell Humour is deeply cultural and it relates to the ways in which we learn to understand comedy. A great deal of shared cultural knowledge is required to grasp the meaning of jokes. Apart from cultural patterns, there are important differences in what is seen as funny at different ages. Whereas a baby […]

Cutting Chai: Power of hugs!

In todays cutting chai we bring to you one of our favourite characters Calvin and Hobbes. Cartoonist Bill Watterson created incorrigible Calvin and his teddy friend Hobbes who often comes alive on Calvin’s adventures in 1985. Since then Calvin and Hobbes has given us plenty laughters, giggles and moments to introspect and reflect. There are […]

"मेरे मन में आया, मैंने बना दिया"

The place of artistic expression in young children’s lives Reshu’s little niece is almost five. She has a strong sense of what she likes and is particularly creative with sketching. She is the younger of two sisters and displays a fiercely independent sense of her five-year old self. Reshu lives nearby with her own daughter […]

Math, Morality and Gambling: Card-games and Kids in the Himalayas

When and how should young children be permitted to handle cash? Is it even necessary anymore? This question is not easy to answer, and we had a hard time constructing today’s essay around this question. As concerned adults, we often struggle with the sequence and pace of bringing the outside world into children’s lives, sometimes delaying or even denying the entry of unfavourable events or difficult themes. This also raises concerns about overprotection and isolation, the consequences of which can be equally frightening. One important decision relates to handling cash, and children can learn a lot from the ways in which money is used around them. As our economies move further away from direct cash exchanges, conversations about money and related process like profit, loss, value and probability are also affected. In this post, we invite you to a discussion around an observation Vishwas Raj made during our Himalayan Chai project, and welcome your comments regarding card-games and young children.

Motherhood as fungible

Fungibility is defined as the property of a commodity, the components of which are essentially interchangeable. Although the term is most used in the fields of economics and engineering, it has recently become a personal favourite for many reasons. An important one is its possible applicability to human relationships. In this essay, I use it to discuss a quality of mothering.