Archive for the ‘Family’ Category


Feelin' Miserable? Watch this!

Thursday, July 10th, 2008 No Comments
Check out this video featuring Barry Schwartz , an American psychologist. Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and social action at Swarthmore College. The talk is brilliant and worth watching/listening. He talks about how to have choices is good but how it also tends to make people miserable! (Click on the link to the post to see the video while you are still on my site)

Challenger School: Myths, Pros and Cons

Friday, June 13th, 2008 132 Comments
I was scouting the web for thoughts from other parents about the Challenger school system and I was surprised not to find any posts whatsoever on this topic. Schools are discussed so often in social circles so I was expecting to find at least one parent who would take the time to share their experiences. (Ok, for now, let us blame it on Google's poor search technology). I have had the opportunity to get familiar with the Challenger ...

Karts-N-Golf in Fremont

Friday, May 9th, 2008 No Comments
The Karts N Golf at the border of Fremont and Ardenwood is a nice place. If you are looking to host a birthday party for kids this place is worth considering. There is miniature golf, video games and the car rides. It does tend to get a little windy sometimes. The place is well-hidden unfortunately (just off of Ardenwood Blvd.,) so most people are not aware of its existence! They also have have baseball batting cages. You can rent helmets and ...

Happy Vishu!

Monday, April 14th, 2008 No Comments
I want to wish all the Malayalees (Keralites) all over the world a Happy Vishu. For those who are not aware of Vishu, it is considered the beginning of New Year by Keralites. It a festive time in Kerala: adults give out cash gifts to their younger relatives, there are sumptuous feasts (vegetarian), followed by payasam (dessert), bursting of crackers etc. The day begins with "Vishu Kani" where you open your eyes in front of  and arrangement of lamps, rice, ...

Ten Tips To Be Better Prepared For Life-threatening Emergencies

Thursday, March 27th, 2008 2 Comments
10. Make sure you and your spouse share phone numbers of close family members and friends in your cell phone contact list. 09. It is a good idea to enable both your cell phones to make international calls especially if you have immediate relatives overseas. This service is turned off by default on most phones in the US. 08. When you go to the emergency room there is no needs to take clothes along because if you are admitted they'll ...

Kids Castle Newark, CA

Saturday, September 1st, 2007 No Comments
Kids Castle in Newark is a great place these days for kids birthday parties. The owners have given it a face lift recently. The various play things have been fixed and re-organized. There is now a giant screen on which they can play movies, TV etc.Desi pizzas are an added attraction (this has been available for a while). Pav Bhaji pizza being my personal favorite. Beer is a recent addition too. Nice way to spend an evening with friends and ...

Bear Valley: An Alternative to Tahoe

Monday, May 28th, 2007 No Comments
If you are looking for a place to enjoy some snow, close to the bay area but not as far as Lake Tahoe, Bear Valley is a great option. It is not as crowded as Tahoe and is definitely more kid-friendly. If you are into wines there are quite a few wineries in the area too. The drive to Bear Valley is through Sonora, a quiet and pretty town.

Kids Castle in Newark, CA

Saturday, April 14th, 2007 No Comments
Kids Castle in Newark seems to made a dramatic recovery since its slump a couple of years back. Many of the toys in the arcade appear to actually work now (hopefully this situation lasts). The "desi" pizzas (particularly the pav bhaji) are excellent. Its a good place for a family dinner outing or for a kids birthday party. The crowds appear to back as well.

Subway Hero

Sunday, January 7th, 2007 No Comments
Only in NY! A guy by name Wesley Autrey threw himself in front of the subway to save another man's life. Check out his interview on Letterman.

Movie Review: Akeelah and the Bee

Monday, October 9th, 2006 No Comments
Movie: Akeelah and the BeeLanguage: EnglishIts a movie based on the National Spelling Bee. The story revolves around an African American girl who makes it to the final despite all the challenges she faces growing up in the LA area. Nicely made movie. Highly recommend watching it with kids, they are bound to enjoy it. The acting is very good overall and the movie maintains a good pace throughout.