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Polyandrous Union - The Princess of Panchal

Polyandrous Union - The Princess of Panchal

"Panchali Draupadi" and her polyandrous union with the Pandava's 
- A damsel in distress or a diplomatic arrangement?

What is Polyandry:

Marriage of a woman to two or more men at the same time; the term derives from the Greek polys, “many,” and anēr, andros, “man.” When the husbands in a polyandrous marriage are brothers or are said to be brothers, the institution is called fraternal polyandry. The story of Draupadi and the 5 Pandava brothers is hence a fraternal polyandry.

Practice of Polyandry:
There are 2 anthropologists who have done wide research and wrote papers on this practice - Katherine Starkweather, and Raymond Hames. Their findings show around 53 societies who practiced polyandry , however the "classical polyandry was found in some societies in Asia. 
The practice of polyandry was mainly common in a hunterer-gatherer type of societies, where men would be gone hunting, and would arrange for other man/men to be the caregiver for the family while they were away. However in the "classical polyandry" situations found in Asia it was allowed in families in areas of scarce farmable land to hold agricultural estates together. The practice also may have existed in some places with weaker gender ratio, lesser woman than man. The marriage of all brothers in a family to the same wife allows plots of family-owned land to remain intact and undivided."

   - You can read more here: https://www.unl.edu/rhames/Starkweather-Hames-Polyandry-published.pdf

 

So now knowing this, we lay down our basis that polyandry was very rare but did exist as a part of some societies. There is a very recent finding of a famliy in Himachal Pradesh, India which has a polyandrous union (it is illegal by the Indian Law).

Lets dive into the story of Panchali Draupadi: 
There was a general sense of war between Panadava's and Kaurava's already brewing. Hastinapur was a powerful military kingdom with many powerful allies. 
The documented strategy and diplomacy, war tactics and power play in this grand Epic is of a high order. The polyandry was probably a power house creation. The pandavas needed the powerful king Drupada as ally. If Draupadi is to marry any one of the brothers, and if they do not remain alive, or is succeeded by other wives, or any dynamics changes, then Draupadi would not become the main queen - the patrani. To secure the strategic role of becoming the Queen of Hastinapur, irrespective of the dynamics and ensuring her son becomes the heir to the kingdom , this was a well thought off play from king Drupad. This alliance also keeps the brothers united amd their small estate undivided, and all the children equal rights from all fathers (which is normal in case of polyandry)
Ponder and Wonder - The popular story plot about Kunti unknowingly asking the Pandava's to divide the winnings is not well justified, the Pandava's being so obedient, the attendance at the swayamwar would have been a knowledge the mother would have had!

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Epically Yours,

Miss K

The White Revolution of Gokul

The White Revolution of Gokul

The White Revolution of Gokul 

Krishna is the first known leader of the White Revolution who rationalized the thinking of his Gokul village. His most popular and notorious act is breaking the gopi's pots and stealing the butter, but how many of you know the hidden leadership campaign behind this very popular tale. 

Why did Krishna steal butter?

He was the kid of the wealthiest family in the village, and off-course did not have a lack of food/butter at home. He is always represented as a plump-boy with a makhan-butter pot. So why did he engage in this mischief?

In the very popular song Krishna's tell is always "Maiya Mori Mein Nahin Makhan Khayo...", was he lying, or was it real?

The theory goes like this, he actually never ate the stolen butter. He was always well fed by his mother, and then he ran out to play. 

However, most of his friends from his village were poor. Butter was the primary wealth source of these Gopis's (the milkmaids), they churned butter and went to the big kingdom of Mathura to sell the butter and earn their livelihood. 

Whenever Krishna and his friends went out to play, the friends complained that they were hungry and weak. Krishna asked them to go home and have some milk and butter, and they mentioned they did not have much as it was reserved for selling. 

Krishna thought the situation to be so unfair. He tried to convince the villagers to ensure they fed the children of the village well, but no one paid heed to this small boy's advise. He took matters in his own hand and he visited the houses of different Gopis, took the butter and offered it to his friends, and that's how he was known as Makhan-Chor (butter thief). 

With these acts, he got a lot of attention, and gradually he explained to the people :
1. The first right to the milk is reserved for the calf. 
2. The second right to the milk is reserved to the children of the Gokul Village. Once the calves are done, feed the children of the village. 
3. The remaining unused dairy is then available to sell to Mathura kingdom.
He explained to the people, if the calves are happy, so will the cows. if the children are happy they will be better shepherds, and the overall environment of the village will be positive and happy,and the cows will produce more milk. The popular phrase even today is :Happy cows produce more milk".So with this act , this small boy created the first step toward White Revolution in his Gokul village. 


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Epic-ally Yours, 
Miss K

Human Evolution Theory vs. Vishnu Puran

Human Evolution Theory vs. Vishnu Puran

Human Evolution Theory vs. Vishnu Puran

I found this image during something I was researching, and its an interesting comparison.

Vishnu Puran is dated around 1000 BCE or earlier, and is also known to be the works the intellectual Vyasa. (atleast 3000 years old, maybe much earlier)

Charles Darwin Theory of evolution is dated 1859. less than 200 years old)

Another interesting read stated - 
Gradually as humans evolve, their average life span and size reduces
Rama, described as the 8th Avatar, is documented as 8 feet long and he ruled for several thousand years after his return to Ayodhya. Whereas Krishna, the 9th Avatar was about 7 feet and lived for 125 years.

Point to Ponder: Do the old epics explain theories of life and formation and cosmology and more thousands of years back, which we are re-discovering again in the last 200 years? Did we just miss this educative and brilliant information from the Ancient Indian epics because of Glorified Godification? Another example is the more common one where Geography is known as "Bhu-gol" representing the Earth is round, was it a known theory a few thousand years ago, and re-discovered/proven by the Greeks in 500BC or Aristotle or later proven by Galileo!! 
I am also reading more on the Eons, Big Bang Theory and how it beautifully integrates with the Vedic texts, I am awe-struck. Once I get going more deeper into this context, I will definitely blog on it.



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Epic-ally Yours, 
Miss K

Digital World of Dinosaurs

Digital World of Dinosaurs

Today's we are going to talk about the digital world of Dinosaurs. I have 2 recommendations , one for ages 3-5 and the other for 5+.

For ages 2.5/3 to 5, fun play and learn songs about Dinosaur and different species , a sure hit with kids is the PINKFONG App called Dino World. I paid $12 for the full app a few years back, and the purchase is well justified. The songs are catchy and simple to learn the known species, and there are some fun games which kids really love.

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Now, this one is very exciting, not only for my 5.5 year old kids, but for us adults too. Once the kids have a little know-how about the dinosaurs and are ready for a fun learning series, then this Dino-Fiction series is for all you Dinosaur fans. You learn 2 to 3 Dino species in each episode. Its an Amazon Prime Series called Dino Dana.The story revolves round the protagonist Dana who gets this book of Dino's and the Dino's come to life in her daily experiences. We are a fan, if you follow it or if you start now, do let us know your feedback.

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Roaringly yours, 
Miss K

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Disclaimer:This is a new thread kick-off to share the world of digital learning as we explore at our house. Digital recommendations may include good/clean TV time for kids, learning apps and similar information. This thread is not propagating media usage or an advisory board for how much media should be consumed by children - those are best answered by your pediatricians or your specific situation.
At our house we allow media consumption in moderation - we call it "Triple M" - Monitored Media Minutes - we moderate time and content access, and its allowed in restricted and moderated ways to take the vantage points of the digital age and keeping a level of exposure just like all other learning concepts. .

Phases of Moon or Moon Calendar

Phases of Moon or Moon Calendar

If you haven’t already discovered the digital Moon calendars apps - I highly recommend you download one. There are several moon phases calendar and they are fun way to learn the moon phases , the moon cycle simulator, the moon calendar . Really amazing. I have downloaded an app called “The Moon” and kids and me love it ! A nominal dollar/two dollar in-app purchase can give you access to more cool and fun moon data!

Absolutely cool stuff right, and then take your digital device and go outside and compare the real moon to the moon app and see the kids get completely indulged.

Also sharing link to the moon mirror project I did last year -
https://www.facebook.com/groups/vitaminsimple/permalink/1816529081983160/

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Disclaimer:This is a new thread kick-off to share the world of digital learning as we explore at our house. Digital recommendations may include good/clean TV time for kids, learning apps and similar information. This thread is not propagating media usage or an advisory board for how much media should be consumed by children - those are best answered by your pediatricians or your specific situation.
At our house we allow media consumption in moderation - we call it "Triple M" - Monitored Media Minutes - we moderate time and content access, and its allowed in restricted and moderated ways to take the vantage points of the digital age and keeping a level of exposure just like all other learning concepts. .

Know Abacus

Know Abacus

Know Abacus!

I have been pondering recently for kids to join an Abacus class. Unsure of their readiness for an expensive class, I looked around for a more pocket-friendly solution. I downloaded a few Abacus apps, to introduce basics to them at home and learn it myself as well. In a couple of years I may send them to a classroom once they are oriented with the basics, for now I am happy and settled with the Know Abacus app. Its very structured, colorful and easy to follow. Step by Step tutorials with a vast curriculum.

I also bought an inexpensive abacus home so we can translate the app learning and get the concepts hands-on.

If you are a parent considering an abacus method, I highly recommend the app - Know Abacus. Do try it out and let me know what is your feedback!

Mathematically yours, 
Miss K

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Disclaimer:This is a new thread kick-off to share the world of digital learning as we explore at our house. Digital recommendations may include good/clean TV time for kids, learning apps and similar information. This thread is not propagating media usage or an advisory board for how much media should be consumed by children - those are best answered by your pediatricians or your specific situation.
At our house we allow media consumption in moderation - we call it "Triple M" - Monitored Media Minutes - we moderate time and content access, and its allowed in restricted and moderated ways to take the vantage points of the digital age and keeping a level of exposure just like all other learning concepts. .

Imagination Bot (robot) Contest

Imagination Bot (robot) Contest

Contest: Imagination Bot (robot) 

 "Inspire Imagination: For Kids, By Kids" 

~Contests for Children Creative Expressions.

Contest Rules:

a. Age Group: 5 to 12 years.

b. Contest Start Date: August 16th 2018;  Contest End Date: September 10th, 2018

c. Format :Drawing/Crafts/Model by kids + explanation write-up or video by kids

   (Parents please let this be an independent kids project, the thinking process is the key win on this project, not the outcome, or the actual win! )

To submit: 

1. Post a picture of the Robot creation/illustrration and an Explanation of what the Robot can do. Explanation can be written or a short video of the kids explaining what their Imaginary Robots can do. Submit the post on Vitamin Simple Club on Facebook

2. Add the hashtags to your submission post #imaginationbot #vitaminsimplecontests.

3. Mention the Name and Age of the participating child.

Contest Winners: 

  1. There will be 3 prizes - First , Second and Third
  2. Gift Vouchers/Hampers (more details will be shared soon). We are working with Corporate Sponsors. 
  3. A Teacher-Jury will be revealed at the end of the contest.
  4. Digital Certificates will be issued to all participants. 

A short video for the kids from Miss K. 

Excitedly looking forward to creative expressions from the kids.

Yours "Simple-y",
Miss K

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Compilation of all the Contestants Posts from Facebook: 

(Click on the Pictures to open the Post on Facebook)

1. Balloon Robot: 

    Submitted by: Little Robot Scientist: Shanaya (5 yrs old)

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2. Smiling Robot: 

    Submitted by: Little Robot Scientist: Medha (7 yrs old)

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3. Friendly Robot: 

    Submitted by: Little Robot Scientist: Jithesh (5 yrs old)

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4. Super Robot and Military Robotic Tank: 

    Submitted by: Little Robot Scientist: Dishant (5.5 yrs old)

Super Robot:

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Military Robotic Tank: 

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5. Bahubali Robot: 

    Submitted by: Little Robot Scientist: Chaitya (6 yrs old)

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6. People Robot: 

    Submitted by: Little Robot Scientist: Avyukt (3 yrs old)

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7. Scientific Robot and Robotic Drilling Machine: 

    Submitted by: Little Robot Scientist: Harshiv (5.5 yrs old)

Scientific Robot:

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Robotic Drilling Machine:

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8. Flying Robot : 

    Submitted by: Little Robot Scientist: S.Pavithra (6 yrs old)

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9. Carrier Robot : 

    Submitted by: Little Robot Scientist: Mahanth (3 yrs old)

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10. Playing Robot and Plane-Boat Robot : 

    Submitted by: Little Robot Scientist: Pratyusha (5 yrs old)

Playing Robot:

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Plane-Boat Robot:

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11. Flying Rainbow Girl Robot : 

    Submitted by: Little Robot Scientist: Nehasri (4.5 yrs old)

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12. Flying Santa Robot : 

    Submitted by: Little Robot Scientist: Rakshan(7 yrs old)

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13. Drawing Robot : 

    Submitted by: Little Robot Scientist: Prakruthi(6 yrs old)

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14. Playdough Robot : 

    Submitted by: Little Robot Scientist: Shritan(4.25 yrs old)

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----- More Contestants and their Imagination Robots will be added soon! 

Valentines Day Spin-a-Story

Valentines Day Spin-a-Story

 Vitamin Simple Spin-a-Story Projects

For Valentines Day Celebrations 2019, we hosted a spin-a-story project on Vitamin Simple Club.

35 Vitamin Simple Super moms participated in this thread to build a one-of-a-kind Valentines day story for the kids. Link to the original spin-a-story thread: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/vitaminsimple/permalink/1982023778767022/

 

A Valentine Fairy Tale

A Short Story-brought to you by 35 Supermoms!

This story makes a fun read, and an amazing present for our little valentines. A tale of Valentine, a tale of true love, a tale of magic, a twist with every page turn. A one-of-a-kind-tale. 

Click on the story book image to download a free digital story - A Valentine Fairy Tale. 

Yours Lovingly, 

Miss K!

Shells Game - Legacy Indian Games

Shells Game - Legacy Indian Games

This year in my trip to India my kids learnt a super fun “Kodi” (shells) game. With a game like that no wonders our ancestors never needed a calculator . Legacy games taught math, strategy, politics and survival skills.

Here are images of our legacy Kodi Game scoring rules. Take 4 shells roll them, score based on how many open and close - fun play and learn. 

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Video Demo:
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"Simple-y" yours,

Miss K

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