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Launch of Toys R Us, Phoenix Market City, Bangalore

Launch of Toys R Us, Phoenix Market City, Bangalore

Toys R Us is been a known brand to me, as a mother almost 10 years, when I was there in U.K. Later coming to India, there were times we use to talk about the toys we got for my daughter at Toys R Us, U.K. Very happy and more excited when I got an invite for the launch of Toys R Us at Phoenix Market City, Bangalore. My kids were more excited about the launch, and their guess for offers and more new toys.

Global retail Toys R Us, launched their first store in Bangalore at Oct 7th, 2017. Tablez India, Franchise of Toys R Us is been expected to open 65 stores all over India by 2025. Tablez India, a division of Abu Dhabi-based LuLu Group International already has an exclusive master franchise agreement with US companu, Toys Pvt. Ltd., launched the global retail brand Toys “R” Us in the Indian market in Bangalore. Toys “R” Us operates more than 859 eponymos and Babies “R” Us stores in North America and its porducts are sold at 1/00 inter-stores in 37 countries.

Also Toys “R” Us was inaugurated by five young achievers from Karnataka along with Adeeb Ahamed, Managing Director, Tablez and Shafeena Yusuff Ami, Chairperson, Tablez India.

In India, the brand has launched the store in two formats – Toys “R” Us which is the world’s leading toy store and Babies “R” Us, a one-stop destination for baby essentials. The store is designed to be an experimental store and is spread over 20,000 sq.ft.

As the world’s largest Toy store, Toys R Us offers toys for all range for both boys and girls and had dedicated section for each category.

There was very big section for soft toys, different section for Barbie, Frozen, and sport toys like basketball, boxing equipment. A wide section for remote cars, Fast track cars, Hot wheels (my son’s favorite), Lego Land, including educational toys, art and craft, books, games and puzzles in learning category.

Babies “R” Us is the quintessential stop for new and expectant moms and young parents with full range of products like diapers, baby food, wipers, needs for feeding moms and so on. Also, they had bedding, travel, safety, baby gear, infant care and apparels for babies. There was also themed bedding collection for toddlers like Barbie, Thomas.

The launch was very well organized with workshops, face painting, nail art, whereas kids got to meet the giraffe from Geoffrey. They also have more activities and there was offers, every kid who registers on that got a gift voucher worth INR. 1k and more over many vouchers.

I would highly recommend Toys “R” Us being a mother of two kids – A girl and A boy. As I could get toys for both of them at a same place and no more roaming with many varieties. Happy me and Visit Toys “R” Us, I am sure you will also include the wordings – “Happy Me”

 

 

 

Visarjan at our home with Our Eco-friendly Ganesha – Ganesh Chaturthi – 2017

Visarjan at our home with Our Eco-friendly Ganesha – Ganesh Chaturthi – 2017

Visarjan is one of the most important part of Vinayagar Chaturthi / Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Visarjan means “Immersing the idol of Lord Ganesh in any water body, usually people use to immerse in lake, river, sea”. After the celebrations people carry Ganesha Idol along the streets by dancing towards the water body to immerse them.

But now as per the environmental security, most of us get Eco-friendly Ganesh idols. These Eco-friendly idols are made completely with clay and designed with beautiful color papers, kundan stones and Jhamkis.

CLICK HERE for our Vinayagar Chaturthi celebrations at 2017 and CLICK HERE for Vinayagar Chaturthi recipes.

It was from last year I got eco-friendly Ganesha Idol and after our celebrations are over, we perform puja, and for Visarjan – since we have a small Ganesha idol (1 ½ feet), we used to immerse Ganesha idol in a bucket full of water, and wait for a day until it dissolves in water.

Once it’s done, I separate the colour papers, kundan stones, jhamkis from the water. Transfer only the water to other bucket, then spread out the clay over a big sheet. I mix these clay with the soil in a proportion of 1:5, later fill those in the empty flower pots and plant herbs, table roses or sow seeds. Also pour the collected water to other flower pots and plants at our home.

I believe my Ganesha stays with me and shower his blessings through out the year. Also Happy that my kids come to know what Ganesh Chaturthi is, how to celebrate it Eco-friendly. Let’s save our mother earth by teaching our kids (future generation) the term “ECO-FRIENDLY”.

 

Today’s Kids and Their Lifestyle – Madraasi Scribbles

Today’s Kids and Their Lifestyle – Madraasi Scribbles

I have seen most of the kids even Just a year-old ones, playing with Electronic devices like mobile phones, tablets, laptops … may be during travel or at home. Nowadays we parent, when we need to do our work peacefully or spend our time happily, we just give any of our electronic gadgets to keep them happy (away from us).

Do we ever think is it good for them? Do they get everything that we enjoyed in our childhood? Are they in good health and really happy? These are questions that arise to me, today when we were discussing about a candy man, who use to come along the streets with candy by playing music, we as kids used to rush for candy once we hear the music. He would wrap the candy in the form of watch, bangle, bracelet or chain as we wish. When we were discussing about that my daughter has experienced this but my son never experienced and now the concept is almost gone .

Not only with others, it also happened with me. Being a mother of two kids – daughter (10 yrs) and son (5 yrs). I would say that there are many fabulous and interesting things that my son missed than my daughter and my daughter missed than me 😊

Where does it all go –

                                A Beautiful sand castle, where we dig doors and hold the hands through it.

                                A wooden and mud kitchen set, where leaves and flowers as a dish.

                                A gang of kids playing games – hide and seek, hopscotch, snake and ladders (thayam), stick fighting (kambu suthuthal), pallankuzhi, kho-kho, Killi (similar to cricket 😝), Gusthi (similar to wrestling 😝).

                                Having Koottanchoru (everyone brings an ingredient that is possible by them, all cooks together with the assistance of the elder and eat for lunch sitting together)

                                A street (all the people of that street) assemble together in a central place of their street, have fun and later watch movie and have fun together during the late nights of the weekend.

                                                                         And the list keeps going ……………………….

But today, there exists summer classes, kids stay inside the home watching cartoons or playing with their gadgets, which results in the lack of vitamin-D, due to the lack of sunlight. Completely engaged with electronic gadgets makes them more and more intelligent and talent, but not physically active.

Kids below 3 years, engaging themselves with gadgets and cartoons, takes time to speak but with early sight problems, poor conduct with sunlight, as they are happy in their world and we (parents) are busy in our world.

From my view, just like that I feel kids can engage with electronic gadgets but not the whole time. Enjoy the indoor games but not all time. Let them shout, run, dance, cycle but with care, as childhood is the most precious stage to make memories for the whole life 😊