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Thursday, May 28, 2015

WonderBoxx Unleashes India’s First Age-Specific Learning Tool-Kit

Celebrate Your Kids’ Prodigy Through WonderBoxx

With innovative learning equipment,
Kiddies play and do experiment...
With all their creativity and instinct,
They construct, they build...
They break, they create,
Whatever they find appropriate...
They tinker, they explore,
With all what’s there in store...
In their amazingly adorable Pandora box,
Which they lovingly call Wonder Boxx...
~Jyotika Rajput Mehra Poetic Composition

New Delhi | May 20th

I am highly glad to write this post as it fills my heart with the childhood memoirs. It leaves me in sheer reminiscence of the gone-by days – of the toys, the fun activities, the games I used to play with my pals. I feel fortunate enough to believe that our childhood belonged to an era where there was no or minimal impact of Internet and TV on our lives!

Getting back to the matter… All the way while travelling to the launch event venue, curiosity was sailing its boat across my mind! I was damn inquisitive to know about the WonderBoxx…

On arriving, flurry of art and creativity engrossed my senses with hoopla of colourful crafty stuff, story books, stickers, decor material, and so on. In a short while of exploring the vivid environs I found the adorable hoardings displaying the product mascot – “dinosaurs” as the most striking.
Unbox Imagination with WonderBoxx...
Then there was a peculiar looking book that grabbed almost everybody’s attention. Titled as “The Hole”, the book is designed with a small hollowness right from the cover page till the end. The unusual thing is that the story in this book is weaved around this hole and the pivotal character, i.e. a mouse! I personally liked the book and felt that more similar concepts must come up to make the young ones concentrate on visuals to comprehend stories.
Art and Creativity at WonderBoxx Launch Event
So What is WonderBoxx?
  • India’s first age-specific learning tool-kits reveal an expert concept that promises to promote children’s creativity, curiosity and cognitive skills.
  • WonderBoxx is mechanism that intends to make the small wonders (1-8 yrs.) stay away from TV thereby enabling them truly utilise their potential to be a “wonder kid”!
  • An essential learning kit, a must buy for busy parents…to make them and their kids happy!
Image Courtesy: wonderboxx.com
To develop and realize your kids’ prodigy, the WonderBoxx team (parents, expert pedagogics, product designers, illustrators and children authors) have emphasised creating the product with a theme. Each box contains:
  • two-to-three expert reviewed toys
  • three-to-four Do It Yoursef (DIY) activities
  • one board book/ comic book illustrated by some of the best illustrators in India
  • one visual encyclopaedia
  • a newsletter with expert advice for parents (with a hue of humour)
(All the items and materials are organic in nature.)

WonderBoxx is reasonably priced between 1200 – 1500 INR and available for 3 age-groups:

  • Toddlo: For the tiny toddlers (1-3 years) to spark imagination and constructive play
Theme: Color | Image Courtesy: wonderboxx.com

  • Kiddo: For the pre-schoolers (3-5 years) to inspire kids to explore, create and learn
Theme: Space | Image Courtesy: wonderboxx.com

  • Ginomo: For the little explorers (5-8 years) to make kids lead innovation and discovery
Theme: Motion | Image Courtesy: wonderboxx.com 
To make your young ones gain hands-on experience on creating innovative products and projects, avail the subscription for a period of 1, 3, 6 or 12 months.

For more info, visit http://wonderboxx.com/

Marvel Minds behind WonderBoxx...

Co-founders of the product - Parita Parekh (Brown University, USA) and Deepanshu Arora (IIT, Kanpur) said, “WonderBoxx takes the child on a new inspiring journey of imagination and creativity, every month. We have created WonderBoxx through a design-propelled process that ensures that the product is child-driven and stimulates action and enquiry. 

To ensure that children develop the attributes of a lifelong learner such as curious, imaginative, adventurous, intuitive, perceptive and playful and a grounded creative worldview, our Boxxes are designed to work in continuum to promote on-going investigation and exploration.” 
The WonderBoxx Team along with
Deepanshu ( 3rd from right) and Parita (4th from right)
Words from Parita…
  • The product originates from an intensive research and design process of 2 ½ months.
  • The product design head, Amit Gudadhe’s applied efforts ensure WonderBoxx to be a real solution and pre-school concept deriving different creative ideas among the kids.
  • Articulating the comprehensible creation required observing kids very closely; bringing the full-filing look-and-feel of the product by significantly addressing the colour and the theme.
  • WonderBoxx has been a sure shot hit among the children in the Ahmedabad International School in Gujarat.
  • Currently the product does not cater to the disabled young ones. Though a special boxx may be released in future!
  • WonderBoxx is easily available online over Flipkart and Amazon.

From the Panel of Experts…

It was extremely inspiring to see the panel around.

Words from Kenneth Wong (Chair of Education Department at Brown University, Part of Advisory board at WonderBoxx)…

“Play is the best form of learning. A child makes sense of the outside world using all five senses. Play employs all five senses, and hence is much more fun than academics that tap into a maximum of two – sight and sound. 

However, it is kind of a difficult task to break down each learning area into fun activities for the kids to do. Also, the best form of learning happens when the child has independence in terms of thought process and also the opportunity to act upon the material at hand. This is precisely where WonderBoxx comes in.”

Manish Jain (IIT Kanpur Alumnus and Toy Design Expert)…

Rendezvous with Manish just reminded me of the famous Bollywood flick “3 Idiots”… and especially the character played by Aamir Khan – “Rancho”. Manish himself told that he was one man who was known as “Rancho of IIT Kanpur”…

Being associated with the IT sector, he has spent almost around 10 long years in the US. However, his association with Arvind Gupta (popular Indian toy inventor and populariser of science) and designing toys actually gratifies him. His incredible thoughts and prowess of creating toys with scientific logic just amazed me!

He has been engaged in designing toys that can be created out of readily available material thereby inducing fun and creativity in children.

He wishes that the gen-next must ponder about the facts like...
“What makes our Earth rotate? ; 
Why zero-shadow moment can be experienced in city like Pune but not in Delhi? ; 
What causes day and night? ; and further so…”

I couldn’t stop praising when he told about his son who is probably in his pre-teens and designed a transformer machine – a Robot-cum-Car. Inspired by the Hollywood movie “Transformers”, the genius boy has created the brilliant device – it constitutes of 1500 parts and exhibits 110 manual transitional movements, transforming robot into car and vice-versa. Well, isn't that amazing!

Priya Kuriyan (NID Alumnus and Renowned Illustrator)…

Priya’s creation “Messy Messy Baby” is a visual delight for the toddlers. Being the chief illustrator, she believes that pouring in more colours attract children’s attention. She always intends to illustrate real time characters to provoke the kids relate to them.

Meet My Small Wonder…

WonderBoxx made my little niece really wonder about colours… The little champ was utterly happy to see the box. His action-packed mind was all curious to do all the naughty stuff and got him seriously occupied with the diverse playing material. I could literally see his intellect getting stimulated.
My Lovely Niece Kairav with his WonderBoxx Kit
Thank you WonderBoxx – you really stimulate the senses of small wonders!!! :)


* Author of this post reserves rights for the written content source being an original concept. Please do not copy without permission. ©Jyotika Rajput Mehra

* Author of this post reserves rights for all the images except from the ones being referred specifically.

* This post is purely based on the author’s personal experience and perception. The purpose of this post is to encourage the readers to buy the respective WonderBoxx kit for their young ones and discover its wonderful educational benefits. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Tribute to the True Optimist...

“Optimism” is an act 
that captures the entire essence of goodness 
and makes life worth living!
~ Jyotika Rajput Mehra Quotes

Today I feel honoured to share a real-life story of a true optimist. It is about a female who started her journey from being a fun-loving girl to a responsible young lady to a courageous woman…! With the phase of time, she got trapped in the stranded mode of destiny... but, never became its slave!

So here I go….

A beautiful girl was born into a wealthy family of Zamindars. Being the only girl child in the family, she was raised in the most pampered way. She was fun-loving, intelligent and creative. Her father, also being a popular marriage broker, always used to promise that he would choose the best groom among all when it would be her daughter’s time. 

Unfortunately, he passed away soon and the girl kept wondering about the “promise”. Gradually, her brothers (3 elder and 1 younger) got busy in their own lives, giving her negligible attention.

Time flew and the girl turned into a charming young lady. She started working and became financially independent. People used to denote her as the perfect blend of “beauty, brain and behaviour”.

In the course of time, her mother became a victim of a grave disease. Her 3 elder brothers moved on with their lives, got married and settled in separate homes. The younger brother couldn’t help much because he himself was struggling to find an earning.

The girl started realising the changed circumstances – it seemed that she alone was responsible for taking care of her ailing mother (both, physically and financially) and also finding a right match for herself. 

At times she used to feel shattered and lonely. Indeed, it was a complicated time! But her inner voice never let her lose hope and her optimism kept her will strong. She was all prepared to take charge of her life…all alone!

Soon, a neighbourhood acquaintance made her meet a young foreign-returned lad looking for a beautiful match. The guy was so much enchanted by the mesmerizing beauty and simplicity of the lady that he could not think of any other girl now! Though, he was not as good-looking as the lady, but was too keen to marry her.

Sadly, there was one thing which was screwing the lady’s desire – she wanted somebody from her own community and culture but this guy belonged to a different one. Hence, she decided not to fix things in haste and take some time. Even her mother and brothers felt that life would be uneasy due to culture-clashes.

Few months passed by and she couldn’t get a convincing match from her community. Also, seeing her mother’s condition worsening each day, she did not wish to wait much and agreed to marry the guy. She was happy with the fact that the guy was self-made, wealthy, did what he liked, and cared a hoot about the world!

Soon, in the initial months of marriage, the man’s snobbishness started bothering the woman. She used to make her best attempts to create a perfect chemistry with him but failed each time! 

Ironically, the reason was the man’s punitive behaviour – it was absolutely weird and non-digesting for her – it was something she had never observed earlier in life – she never knew such rigid and canny men. She felt her agony surging each day! This was something she could never share with anybody… not even with her mother, because she was sick! It was just the woman’s strong belief in God that made her move on…

Though the man appeared liberal sometimes but majorly used to follow old school thoughts. The conservatism was getting on her nerves, making her perplexed and guilty, thus diminishing her self-confidence. It was getting difficult for her to stay with such a dogmatic and fussy partner. However, her ethics never allowed her to disagree with him (because of the typical Indian belief – “Pati Parmeshwar Hai…! i.e. – “Husband is Almighty”…!)

Each time she raised her voice against the unjust, he used to suppress her. He was demanding, possessive and always used to impose his wishes upon her. Bizarre enough, he used to denote all this as his “Love” for his wife. 

She probably knew that her husband never had wrong intentions, but he belonged to that category of people who just love to rule everybody and everything that comes in their way! Being an optimistic soul, the woman continued her journey with a hope in heart that things will transform one day…

In a year, the couple was blessed with a baby girl; and a few years later, a baby boy came into their lives. At this point of time, the woman promised herself – No matter what, her children will not undergo the plight of miseries she has gone through!

Though the children also paid the cost sometimes by giving-up on their desires but the woman always armoured the little ones. She used to give them the freedom which they were seeking. She always used to be there to sort out their problems. She became her children’s best friend… and her children became her biggest strength!

Meanwhile, 3 shockers came in the woman’s life at different phases of time…but could never shake her optimistic belief – Demise of her own mother; Severe collapse of her husband’s business; and Life-threatening instance with her daughter. Still, the brave-hearted remained resilient in all the difficult situations, and coped up with the despair and the financial crunch.

Years have passed by… and the woman has almost reached her retirement age today.
This “Woman-of-Substance” has sacrificed her dreams and passions just to serve her family (physically, financially and emotionally) and has always supported her children in making their wishes come true! 

Her great efforts have made them absolutely optimistic. Her teachings have made them tough enough to handle the odds and sensitive enough to show world the much needed kindness. Her preaching has enabled them handle their responsibilities and passionate enough to follow their dreams.

The most surprising part of this story is that the woman’s deep optimism and faith has transformed her haughty and stubborn husband… not completely though but now the man at least realises his mistakes and values his wife and children by showering his pending bit of love.

I feel sheer pride in declaring the woman as a “True Winner” who believed in the “Power of Optimism” and has exemplified it to the world. Undoubtedly she is my role model, my idol and my Goddess… She is my “Mother”

And she is more than happy and proud of us – me and my younger brother.

The sad part, the gone by years can never be relived – the painful past can never be altered but by being an optimist, my mother has earned invaluable regards from each person who knows her. Optimism has helped her to cope up with the adversities and still stay content.

Life will be beautiful, only if you decide…
A coin always has 2 sides…
24 hours always include morning and night…
A candle never ever gives light…
Until and unless you make it ignite…!
~ Jyotika Rajput Mehra Quotes

Be an optimist, look up, spread your goodness and nobody can steal away your share of happiness!

Through this post I don't intend to upset my dad, because no matter what, my heart (as tamed by my mom) always has love for him!

This post is written for https://housing.com/lookup


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Your Love Makes Me Beautiful...

On the Special Occasion of my Wedding Anniversary, I dedicate this special composition to the love of my life - my one & only... :)

Words always fall short to express how much we "Love" our "Loved Ones"... Still here's just a small try... :)
With My Beloved Hubby Darling :)
Like the pearls gain their purity from ocean,
I feel pure when I am drenched in your love potion…

Like a flower dipped in the morning dew,
Your caress replenishes me, making me feel new…

Your love makes me beautiful…
Your love drives me insane…
Your love gives me hope to rise above all the pain…

Like a gardener takes care of a tender seed…
You protect me by being always there whenever I need… 

Like the first ray of sun that brightly shines…
You light up my world by walking together all the miles…

Your love makes me ecstatic…
Your love charms my senses with sensuousness…
Your love makes me surreal by opening the treasures of happiness…

Like a honey bee hovers over flower’s nectar,
I just always wanna swirl around you…

Like sand amalgamates with water on the sea shore,
I just always wanna stay so close to you…

Your love liberates me,
Your love gives me a high…
Your love heals me,
Your love takes me to cloud 9 beyond the blue sky…

Like the peacock who crazily loves rain,
I just always wanna truly madly deeply be in love with you…

Like the Sun, the Moon, the Stars belong to the Sky,
In this birth and even beyond this life, I just always wanna belong to you…

Your love makes me crazy…
Your love brings in peace…
Your love makes me go easy…
Your love makes my world a breeze…!

O Honey I just love you @infinity…!


* Author of this post reserves rights for the content source being original work of art. Please do not copy without permission. ©Jyotika Rajput Mehra

* This poetic work of art is purely based on the author’s emotions, feelings and perception.