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K&K at Tugbug Children’s Center, Hyderabad

We live in a neighbourhood where there is not a single park. It’s a concrete jungle. We are swarmed with traffic, buildings and noise day in and day out. I am constantly on the look out for events and serene environments where I can nurture my children’s creativity as both of them creatively inclined towards arts and crafts.

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When I saw a couple of bloggers share their experience at Tugbug Children’s Center, trust me, I was over the moon that something like this is has made its way into our city.

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How can I even summarize the creative blast my girls enjoyed at Tugbug?!!! The textures they got to touch and feel…

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The colors they got to mix, blow, spin, print, smear, dab and paint all over…

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The mud and threads they were offered to create their imaginary creatures. Tugbug was an absolute feast to their senses!

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When KT is not studying or playing with her friends, I spot her silently creating something out of all the scraps at home!

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Out of the numerous activities available, it was no surprise that the first activity KT chose was to weave a mat with pieces of an old sari.

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The staff who attended to her, first built a rapport with her making her feel comfortable in the new environment and then patiently proceeded to teach her how to weave.

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Through the entire process, I couldn’t help but admire KT putting her heart and soul into something she dearly loves!

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At the multipurpose potters wheel, before they could try their hand in pottery, the girls did some spin art!

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As the wheel spun, the kids held a paintbrush dripping with paint over a paper plate that was stuck to the wheel. As the paintbrush touched the rotating paper plate, it created such beautiful patterns!

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As fun as spin art was, KT simply couldn’t wait to try her hand in pottery!

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The pure thrill and joy on KT’s face as she moulded the small piece of clay was priceless!

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It was not just KT’s excitement, even the staff at Tugbug who assisted her added to her enthusiasm by cheering her and applauding what she did!

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KT made not one pot, but four little pots.

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These pots are her little creations and it adorns her study table!

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One of the many things that got my attention was the freedom and liberty the child was offered at Tugbug. Kids are allowed to explore and create whatever the want, even if it was going to result in mess!

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Kids are provided with aprons. Tugbug has a child-friendly restroom and sink where the little ones can clean themselves.

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The activity options available are numerous. And what is even more impressive is the choice of activities offered.

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All the activities at Tugbug are environment friendly!

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As parents we need to realise it is not just us who are living fast paced lives. Unfortunately, our young children have been lured into a virtual world of fast paced media that tempts them with instant gratification. The repercussions of which are very scary.

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Tugbug is structured to draw us back to reality and the basics of slow and simple creative play. Here kids can touch, feel and create their imaginations at the own sweet pace.

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Apart from all the artsy stuff, Tugbug also offers storytelling, puppet shows, gardening, reading, rhythm, movement, song and free play.

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Seen here is KT sponge painting a cherry blossom tree!

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As for Krissy, she is a modern artist in the making!

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Her piece of work was a combination of all forms of painting put together!

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My! This girl painted to her heart’s content!

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What made our experience very enjoyable was not just the spread of activities, but the ambience itself. TugBug has carved a calm and serene little spot in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city.

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If you child is between the ages of three to ten and if you reside in any of these cities – Gurgaon, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad, waste no time and head to your nearest Tugbug Children’s Center!

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For more information on Tugbug and its pricing, visit https://tugbugchildrenscenter.com.

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K&K’s Day Trip to Medak District, Telangana – Pocharam Dam + Medak Church + Medak Fort

We’ve got these few family friends who are pretty much like our family. Vijay’s parents and their parents are buddies. Vijay and they grew up together. Now our kids are best of friends. During Vijay’s bachelor days and our newly wed days, we all used to hang out almost every weekend.  With time, our families and commitments have grown. Now although we meet every weekend at church, we haven’t hung out in a long long time. Continue reading K&K’s Day Trip to Medak District, Telangana – Pocharam Dam + Medak Church + Medak Fort

The Art of Simple & Slow Living

I think I will never run out of lessons that I learnt during our stay in Sweden. I could say, during those couple of years, I got born again in many aspects of thinking, beliefs and perspective ✨

One of the fundamental lessons I learnt is what the Swedes are known for globally – SIMPLICITY & MINIMALISM ✨

Their ‘Lagom’ nature is something that catches one completely off guard. Once it does, it miraculously simplifies life, slowing us down and makes it so much more enjoyable ✨

Today, I not only find myself being drawn to monochrome’s and simpler clothing,

– I don’t bite more than I can chew, like even literally 😅

– I commit to few but important things and give my 100%

– I set expectations right at the very beginning (Ex: if I invite guests, I keep them informed that I will only be serving a simple meal and not to expect a banquet). I would rather have friends over for a simple meal, than not invite anyone out of the fear of cooking a three course meal 😅

– In cases when I would like to spend time with a person but I feel I don’t have the time and energy to host them at my home, I suggest ‘Fika’ (Coffee & Conversation in at a cafe or restaurant) ☕️🍰

– Be it a birthday party or my daughters’ weddings… No more themes or fancy, complicated, elaborate agenda, inviting strangers and people we hardly know in order to impress or please people. I am learning to keep things simple, practical, little to no stress and make it fun and memorable!

– I have stopped abiding to protocols that in my opinion are completely unnecessary!

– If I shower love or respect, I ensure it’s from my heart! No more pretending!

– I have started to invest in relationships & habits that matter for life.

– Mindful purchases, whether toys/clothing/gadgets 🧸

– Quality Family and Me-time now take high precedence. Everything else revolves around it. Anything/anyone that I feel would affect this balance shall not be entertained!

Most importantly, be it my kids education or my career, I am no longer in a fight for survival or in a rat race. We have begun to LIVE LIFE at our pace and on our terms ☺️

Tack Sverige för att göra mig till en bättre, gladare människa 🇸🇪 Thank you, Sweden, for making me a better, happier person 💕

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