Get cracking! History Mystery code sheets!

Get cracking! History Mystery code sheets!

Am delighted to share the History Mystery code sheets as a do-at-home activity with your kids. Ashoka and the Muddled Messages features a mystery of Emperor Ashoka’s messages being muddled. In real life we had forgotten how to read the script that Emperor Ashoka had his messages written in. We had the mystery of the unreadable script! Along came James Prinsep, determined to decipher it, which he eventually did in 1837. Ashokan Brahmi is India’s earliest deciphered written script today. I’ve created a simplified code and created activity sheets based on letters from Ashokan Brahmi. Decode them and read shortened versions of some of Ashoka’s messages. Follow the link for the sheets and code: THE HISTORY MYSTERY CODE ACTIVITY.   Share...
A curious connection …

A curious connection …

My first post in 2014, as an apple crumble sits baking in the oven. Happy new year! I grew up in a home that on most days had the smell of a freshly baked cake wafting through it. Gooey brownies, stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth fudge and cinnamon-ey apple pies vied for our undivided attention with peach crumbles, tarts and jammy sponges. My father’s fast growing pot belly was testament to the awesomeness of the goods prepared by my mother. Surrounded by all this culinary greatness, I hadn’t till the time I got married, really ever cooked. I could make tea and a frothy cup of coffee. The only dish I could claim to have ever put together was a chicken curry. Turns out, I decided to marry a vegetarian. My mother handed me a cookbook as a part of my wedding present – Cooking for brides, bachelors and those who hate cooking by Rohini Singh. A life saver if ever there was one, as I struggled with curries in my little apartment in New York in the days of no skype and limited connectivity to ma. Once my mother gauged that I had it in me to feed others without possibly poisoning them, she handed over what can only be described as The Most Marvelously Magical Treasure Trove of Baking Recipes. Here then was the world of cakes and pies and more such revealed. Did I do anything much with it? Well, just a little fiddle here and a tiny fiddle there, every now and then. That is till I began writing. So here is the rather curious connection. The moment I...

From a Bonkers doodle to a Bonkers! dog

Bonkers! started off as my sign-off on cards while in college. Back then, I would doodle two big eyes connected by a bulbous nose (any suggestion of resemblance of the doodle’s nose to mine shall be seriously frowned upon). This would be finished off with a smile, a little tooth sticking out and a scribble saying ‘Bonkers!’ Recently, when a dear friend recalled this, I took a closer look at the Bonkers from college and the facial features of Bonkers now created by Deepti Sunder, the illustrator of the book. Deepti has given the mad mutt gigantic crazy eyes. A dog’s nose in any case leans towards being blobby. She rounded off the face with a nice doggy grin with a little tongue sticking out. Take a look! Preferences § 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 – = Backspace Tab q w e r t y u i o p [ ] Return capslock a s d f g h j k l ; ‘ shift ` z x c v b n m , . / shift English Deutsch Español Français Italiano Polski Português Русский alt alt Preferences Share...