Monthly Archives: December 2011

Hands that work


Hands that work often help the person ‘see’ better.

That seems quite like a funny thing, but I have seen that theres nothing like a day at work – with your hands/ legs to have a good fulfilling time with your child. Children form many viewpoints through their work and especially for children aged  0-6,  their memories / learning is directly connected to the hands.

Its so funny that those children who are very ‘occupied’ with their hands all the time are also very comfortable in whatever they do, will literally be ‘hands on’ in a given situation when they grow up – and actually even when they are young!

Lets encourage children to be ‘hands on’ in whatever they do. Feel free to let them learn, do, make mistakes and learn from them too!

We at Artogether feel that you can do 1 hand activity a day with your child (choose your activities depending on the age of the child, but most of them listed here make up for a fun activity anyday, any age)

1. Make a fruit salad (with each person / child contributing with a fruit)

2. Work with clay / sand – it sets you free!

3. Have a ‘notice your hands day’ – and watch the way your hands work. Great if you can also involve the kids to do it! You can give it a sense of fun to play some music and get all of you do many activities with your hands – like playing the violin, cutting vegetables, cutting with the scissors, playing the drums, painting, etc..

4.Give a good oil massage to your kids and get them to repeat it on you.

5. Draw a picture.

6. Fold the bedsheet along ith your child

7. Let the children arrange the table, while the adults get the food in place.

8. Try and make instruments out of day – to – day things and have a concert!

9. Sow a seed. Get the children to do the same.

10. For a little older children, stictching their own bag may be a good idea.


This week its raining music


No, I am not talking about a spectacular music and dance season thats opened almost everywhere in the world. Its not even the much awaited rain thats raining outside.

We have now almost completed doing a bit of an understanding of about 65 different musical instruments from across the globe – across different countries and music types. To begin with, we are comfortable discussing the difference between the Geomungo and the Gayageum (the former is a 6 stringed Korean instrument, and the latter is 12- stringed). To top it all, we went to a few of the Korean music programmes that gave us a ‘complete feel’.

This knowledge will be transferred on to a Personal Diary (with perpetual time) which we hope is a companion to a musician or a student. The diary is interspersed with ideas on music, inspirations and a study of different musical instruments throughout the world.

We will put in pictures some time next week..

How will it be if there was a story book based on me?


On what I love and What I do…

A book that has peeped into my real desires and imaginations….

A book that can give me a clear road ahead of me

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Adhav loves to swim

Who we are series bookcontdcontd. about Adhav who loves to swim

A book that can make me what I want to be…..

‘Who we are’ Series of books aims to touch something in an individual that’s so deep within, and yet, sometimes – out of reach.

More about the ‘Who we are series’ – write in to and see below in other posts for more info on our work in the area.

The world of mainstream and alternative


Some definitions really are so confusing………..

Fats have become the new carbohydrates. Healthy food devoid of preservative / pesticide has become ‘alternative’.

Art, painting, music, dance – what was once core activities to human kind have become ‘alternative’.

To study is in. But children enjoying themselves while doing what they love best – ‘learning’, has become alternative.

Going by the beach in an evening just to be by the waves for half an hour now takes about 3 hours of preparation time, and that too if you get to reach the beach from the centre of the city without the hassle of traffic jams.

Using steroids to treat simple ailments in children has become ‘ mainstream’. Native medicine which relies on the power of the body to heal itself has become alternative.

Physical activities have become ‘alternative’. Sleeping in afternoons after a late night has become a norm.

Knowledge has become alternative, education has become mainstream.

Some times we wonder what the urban seeker is looking for, having lost all kinds of relevant tools necessary for happiness.

Mainstream and alternative are simply relative. The larger the number of people in each stream, anything can shift to become mainstream. The so-called alternatives too….

Having said these, here is our wish – that as we all swim in the currents of time, let the mainstream, alternatives all become one with nature. And let them sweep us all into our personal and societal discovery.

Artogether wishes to be that little stick that we can hold on to in these troubled waters. A small tool to help us understand our core and direction. A reason to pause, look at the world and move on……………