Colors mean different things to different people
Small girls love to paint their nails with nail polish . This brings them joy. As a little girl I looked forward to the monthly sandai(market) . The Rs 5 nail polish gave us immense joy – to both me and my twin and we spent hours painting our nails, then applying nail polish remover and doing it all over again !
Little children love getting messy – after all Dhaag acche hain ( Mess is fun !) says a popular Indian advertisement for washing powders. Watching colors getting mixed up brings them joy and delight. Its magical for their little brains
Watching an orange sunset or watching the blue waves on a beach brings calm and peace . It is how nature plays with colors
Today, we celebrate not one but 4 books – each dwelling on pure joy that colors bring into our lives in their myriad forms
Amma , tell me about Holi. The author , an investment banker in Hongkong has penned 4 books on Indian mythology lovingly for her boys . This particular book is my favorite in the mythology series . If you are looking at introducing Indian mythology to your children or toddlers , the amma tell me about series is the perfect stop – filled with bright illustrations, set in rhyming words, makes it a great read aloud material
In this book. the author has emphasized on how holi is a game to be played gently – and lovingly, especially between a boy and a girl (Krishna and Radha)
Ranganna : While festivals mean crowded markets and traffic jams to the spouse, to me it means getting sucked in all the color and festivities. I love the market , with its seasonal flowers and fruits bustling with brisk business, I love walking past temples – with bright roses and garlands being sold at the entrance. I love the fruits , the fruit sellers, the toy shops , the toys being sold. I love taking in every bit of the hustle bustle of India
..and like every mom , I say , if it weren’t for my son. I may have never begun celebrating festivals – and enjoyed colors like I do today
I chose Ranganna as our second book. My particular favourite page is the one that features a temple – a very colorful and brightly illustrated page
The Color Kittens : Playful banter. No wonder my four year old’s favourite. Two kittens go about mixing buckets and buckets of colors. They discover new colours along the way. A cute , very playful book recommended by Falak who runs Tale in a Mail. Please check her recommendations here
This is my boy’s favourite. This month we had begun mixing colours at home and watched in delight new colors getting formed. This book only added to the fun and reinforced our color mixing operation
My son finally said he was done with colors and wanted to read something normal. And he picked the Mountain that loved a bird and shoved it into my hands, little did he know he had unknowingly picked a classic that celebrates nature
As I read along, I was musing on how nature is probably the best painter
Isn’t it time we said thank you to the child that makes us laugh and fills our lives with colors, to the rainbow that brightens up the sky, to the many lush green fields – the backbone of our country , to the hills and beaches we long to retreat to
…and above all isn’t it time to say thank you for being gifted with eye sight . Not every one is gifted you know !