Sunday, February 5, 2017

Hindi & Hindu Mythology {Practical Mondays #45}


Growing up I was accustomed to the adage “After the whole Ramayana is over, you ask who was Rama?!” which was meant to poke fun at the poor fellow who absentmindedly missed the point of a whole conversation or story. 

This was happening again! For real! I've been narrating magical stories about the flying monkey god who tore open a dragons stomach to fly out, unsinkable stones that formed a bridge from India to Lanka, a father who cut off his own son’s head unknowingly to be replaced by an Elephants head. 

And after every book my confused 5 y.o asks the most glaring and obvious "but, who was Rama?" question. 

*facepalm*

Hindu. mythology. is. confusing... !!

And it is perfectly acceptable for a 5 y.o to be confusing Rama with Ravana {even though they were the embodiment of good and evil respectively *and* Ravana had 10 heads, for God's sake!}

But there are many Vishnu Avatars, Animals Gods and even Planet Gods.  And although it’s confusing, the stories are fascinating! Our generation grew up watching Ramayana & Mahabharata on television every Sunday morning. And whether you’re religious or not, it’s totally worth reading it out to children! 

We’ve also begun the journey of the Hindi Alphabet. Rather a tiny step in the long journey of 14 vowels and 33 consonants. But on the bright side, unlike English, the ‘name of the alphabet’ is the same as the sound of the alphabet and a the sound will have no exceptions as it is in the case of a G or C! 


Hindi & Hindu Mythology: Books & Stories {Practical Mom}


The Little Book of Hindu Deities & Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth


I simply LOVE Sanjay Patel’s illustrations. They’re so inspiring  and.... cute! In his own words, the design is fun and lighthearted. I loved the fascinating little details such as Lord Shiva carries a drum in one hand to kick up his heels when he’s done meditating or Although Lord Vishnu sleeps on coils of giant snakes he recommends that unless you’re invincible, it’s better to sleep on your own bed than on snakes!

Hindi & Hindu Mythology: Books & Stories {Practical Mom}

Hindi & Hindu Mythology: Books & Stories {Practical Mom}



Amma, Tell Me About series {Ramayana, Hanuman, Krishna, Diwali, Durga Puja, Holi & more!}

These abridged versions of the massive plots & poems, along with their wonderful illustrations make perfect reading material for 4+ years olds. We started reading them a year ago and are slowly adding more books to our collection. 

Hindi & Hindu Mythology: Books & Stories {Practical Mom}


My First Book of Hindi Words

Rina Shah Introduces Hindi in the English ABC format. Fantastic for kids living abroad who don’t have much exposure to Hindi. {They even have such books for Korean, Japanese etc. Perhaps you should check out the publisher website (no affiliation)}

Hindi & Hindu Mythology: Books & Stories {Practical Mom}


Hindi & Hindu Mythology: Books & Stories {Practical Mom}

Hindi & Hindu Mythology: Books & Stories {Practical Mom}

Hindi & Hindu Mythology: Books & Stories {Practical Mom}



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16 comments:

  1. This is quite an undertaking! We've been only moderately successful with languages -- using Rosetta Stone. I think the student's interest level and motivation are key.

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  2. Such a cute and lovely book! I liked all the pictures.

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  3. These look like such cute and fun books - and I LOVE the artwork you've done to match!

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  4. This looks so fun and interesting to learn about!!

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  5. Those books are so colorful and fun looking!

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  6. Oh, good luck with teaching the different language!! The stories do sound absolutely fascinating, if confusing...!! The books look gorgeous, and like they will make inspiring reads!!
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  7. Great read and I love the colourful books #marvmondays

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  8. Wow, so many amazing resources here! I remember learning a little bit about Diwali at school and found it so interesting. #CoolMumClub

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  9. What lovely resources and such a brilliant way to get immersed in the wonderful mythology of Hinduism. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub x

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  10. These books look so beautiful, and I love how the illustrations are so little-one friendly. Thank you for sharing with the #DreamTeam

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  11. This is so awesome! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  12. Thank you for sharing this great post with #diversekidlit. I've just got hold of the first two you talk about and it's good to hear your opinion. And I love your photos!

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  13. Those books sound like a brilliant way of helping to teach Hindi and I love your drawings that you've used to help too :-)#coolmumclub

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