Ah what a wonderful day it was! We were a bunch of 11 (including me) extremely energetic, creative, intelligent and active kids. All you could hear from the chooku booku’s compartment was ‘moo moo’ ‘pam pam’ ‘cuckoookookoo’ ‘baa baa’ ‘buzzz buzzz’ ‘tip tip tap tap’ ‘grrrrrr’ ‘bowbowbow’ ‘meow meow’ etc.

If you are a reader you would have guessed it right the tiny tots were listening to me read Dr Seuss’ most amazing book ‘Mr Brown Can MOO! Can You?’ This is a great book for young readers and for kids just starting to learn about the world around them. 

Like most Dr. Seuss books it rhymes. The rhymes helped the children listening the book sit more attentively.

This clever little rhyming book is a story about Mr. Brown who can make all sorts of sounds, like “Moo, Moo,” “Boom, Boom, Boom,” and my son’s favorite, “Knock, Knock,” to which he knocks on the page of the book every time. I personally enjoy reading the book out loud to my little guy because it can be read almost rhythmically.

I was so surprised when the eight month old child sat through the entire session and by the end was making booo booo booo sounds!

The steady flow of words also helped kids who were confused about the pronunciation of some words. It took only two seconds for Eshan who was sitting all cuddled up in his mother’s arms to just jump and join the circle!

There is also a great deal of repetition so the kids were able to recognize certain words more easily.

This is also a really fun book for children because it is all about the different sounds the world around us makes, including animals, boots and blenders. Every time I turned the page Mr. Brown is making a new sound and I asked the kids to try and make the same sounds, they were so good at it!

Since half the book is just the sounds of different things it helps kids read different syllables by themselves i.e. ‘cock-a-doodle-doo’. So there was a bit of grammar we explored too.

By the end of the session we played a guessing game where we sang the Old Mc Donald had a farm and then Old Mc Donald goes to a forest and Old Mc Donald goes to the city, and he even went to the market, the beach and so on…..I called out the names of the animals and things for the kids to guess what sound it made. 

I was surprised from the baby crying to lion roaring to butterfly flapping and traffic zooming all sounds were made. The kids won popsicle sticks with the pictures of animal, bird or any ither object that was guessed rightly.Aarav, Vihaan, Inaara, Parinita seemed to know almost all of the sounds! They won the most popsicles. Sarayu and Smaran could identify some of the basic sounds in our Old Mc Donald’s guessing game!

This is a great book to help increase any child’s reading ability and all 10 of them promised to next session with joy! 

Thank you parents for patiently bringing your children to experience the reading journey and hope to see u all again..



registration details

Mommies hurry up. Seats r fast filling for the ‘good touch bad touch’ session happening on Sunday. Counselling psychologist Dr Poornima from the well known Spandana Nursing Home will be talking to the parents and the tiny ones about the topic.

A small book related to it will be read. A video will be played for reinforcement and some tips to parents on why  it’s important to talk about the ‘touch’ to your child every six months once.



Shhhhh. ..not anymore!!

 When my two year daughter asked what the bulky bone in her arm is… I told her it’s called an elbow. 

When she asked what that wierd line is where her pee comes from… I told her it’s called a vagina. 


Shoot me. 


It’s simple anatomy. 


Turns out she couldn’t quite say vagina (she’d call it ‘vana’)


Up to her what she calls it. But I’m not going to be embarassed about her knowing the real names of her body parts. 


We wouldn’t call an eyeball a ‘seeing thingypoppy’, so why make up silly names for other body parts?


In an attempt to teach ‘good touch and bad touch’ to toddlers and pre schoolers, ‘Chooku Booku’ is having a session on 

DATE: April 20 

TIME: 11.15 am 

VENUE: No 3, Tata Silk Farm, Nagasandra Main Road, off K R Road, Behind Garadi Apartments, Bangalore. 


For details: https://chookubooku.wordpress.com

For registrations: chookubooku@gmail.com

Per head: 200 only

details of the journey

Okie mommies…
Chooku Booku, kids reading train is all set to begin its journey. Passengers this time will be our tiny one to two year olds.
First smile, first word, first step of every child is exciting and memorable and so will your child’s first book club be.
Here your child will be read books that are age appropriate and trust me you and your baby will love the journey. So do hop into Chooku Booku…….
Station: K R Road
Platform: no 3, Tata Silk Farm, Nagasandra Main Road, Behind Garadi Apartments,T R Nagar, Bangalore..
Journey begins on: 18 April 2014
Departure time: 11 to 11.45 am
Tickets: 200/- only

Benefits of early reading

I started reading to my children when they were only six month old. Ah! I still can’t forget the joy we got when we read. Each expression I made brought one one smile on my baby’s face. They enjoyed it when mama became the lion, the tiger, the monkey and those flap books, touch books, sound books oh how many we read! Today when I am planning to do a reading session for babies it’s memories galore for me. I am listing out a few advantages of reading to your child everyday hope you agree with me and continue the journey with ‘Chooku Booku’ for more tips and books you can read at home.


When you share a book with your baby, she’ll enjoy hearing the comforting cadence of your voice, feeling your heartbeat, and smelling your familiar scent. Over time, she’ll come to associate books with close, intimate time with mama or papa. 

Early language skills

It may be a while before your baby begins vocalizing words and phrases, but that doesn’t mean early reading sessions aren’t important. By hearing you read aloud, your little one is exposed to the vowels, consonants, and syllables that form his native language.

Cognitive stimulation

A baby’s developing brain can be likened to a blank canvas, ready to be painted and shaped by the millions of sensory experiences she’ll be presented with during her first year of life. The colors, textures, and sounds in books will help accelerate your baby’s mental growth and awareness of her surroundings.

More restful sleep

Reading to babies can be a soothing, comforting activity but don’t be surprised if it takes a few sessions before you and your little one get into a rhythm with the right books and the right routine. By incorporating calm, unhurried reading into your little one’s night time routine, you’ll be helping to set the stage for a restful night’s sleep.

Healthy expression and communication

Through exposure to engaging, interactive reading experiences, babies will be better equipped to relate to those around them.

Baby toddler express…..

*Developmentally appropriate books read for infants and toddlers
*Lays the foundation for a lifetime love of reading
*Variety of formats—soft plush, lift-the-flap, audio, and more will be read!
*Bond emotionally through reading.
*Develop imagination and foster curiosity.
*Early language skills
*Cognitive stimulation
*Healthy expression and communication.
*Very soothing experience.
*Develop the love for reading


and the journey begins….

Sometimes people ask me what it’s like to be a stay-at-home mom. I usually say the same thing. “I don’t stay home with my kids. I go to Forum Mall almost every day.”

It’s not really funny, I know, but it deflects a conversation that can be surprisingly awkward. You see, I love being home with my kids, now 5 and 2.  I’m just not such a fan of telling people that’s what I do.

This is new for me.

A part of it is I miss telling people about my cool job as a city editor at Deccan, Chronicle, which is what I did until about 5 years ago. This is Bangalore, where nothing about you is more important than your job, or at least that’s what people always say. And being a full-time mom doesn’t exactly up my Q score.

Before I made the decision to quit, some people were quite direct with me. More than one woman at work pulled me aside and told me, essentially, not to do it. Such conversations are fraught because I want people to know I’m not giving up my identity as a strong, smart woman. Cue the eye roll.

And I did wrestle with whether I was selling out the feminists of my mother’s generation — and mine.

The Forum mall line doesn’t always work.
Occasionally someone at a party abruptly ends a conversation with me after asking “What do you do?” And some working parents, no doubt also feeling the creeping possibility of awkwardness, give me what feels like faux praise: “Oh, I could never do what you do. I don’t have the patience.”

But also, can I really explain why I’m staying at home? The whole involved, difficult, ultimately exhausting and fulfilling truth?

My decision to leave work was personal.
As a city editor, I was always running in 10 directions, even before kids. After kids it was 20.

I cobbled together a delicate system to make things work. You working moms know the drill: Fit 10 hours of work into eight hours, and secretly spend two of those hours doing something kid-related; come home harried and then try to find the reserves to play with the kids, make dinner, give the kids a bath and put them to bed, and secretly spend some of that time tying up lose ends at work. Then clean the kitchen and pass out from exhaustion as your husband walks in the door. Mumble to him that he is on his own for dinner. If you both have the energy, argue for a few minutes about the familial division of labor.

Repeat. Day after day.

Then one day it occurred to me: I wasn’t happy and I didn’t have an end game. I was too frayed to find any joy. Pulled in too many directions to enjoy any one of them. Apologizing to my kids for taking a call during dinner yet again, then apologizing to my editor for hanging up on her to stop a hair-pulling incident. (My kids figured out how to get me off the phone quickly.)

And then there was my sons first birthday and i spent more time over phone checkimg on what my team was upto than on the table.

I walked out of the party hall and decided this seemingly small moment, for me, was a big moment. I was starting to lose myself in all of it. I needed change.

My husband and had I talked about getting more help around the house. Turned out I didn’t want more paid help around the house. I wanted to spend more time with my kids. I wanted to have more focus and energy when I was with them.
We could run the family with one salary anyway. My husband was supportive of that. I felt a rush of excitement and good fortune. 

When I told my editors they were kind and wonderful, as they always had been. I’d wanted to do this for a while but I was afraid, fearful of what my days would look like and how I would see myself.

It was scary. What am I if I’m not a journalist?

I’m a full-time stay at home mom. I’m trying it out. I still write some as a freelancer. I had a period of deprogramming when I trained myself to take a breath instead of blow a gasket at every little thing I saw.
After all, I had to transition from writing about murder and sex assaults to sitting on the floor and doing sand art with my kids.

Being with my kids makes me feel good about the world. I know it’s corny. Maybe that’s why I don’t like talking about it too much.

Now, after this five year of break up with my journalistic career have found a new job. This time my own and something my kids will love.

I have started a book club hoping to get as many stay at home mommies imbibe the habit of reading to their children as young as a year old. Hopefully my journey with ‘Chooku Booku’ reading train for kids will be a successful one.