Mogly’s Camp – Stars, Bonfire, Good Food, Laughter, and Conversations!

Twinkle twinkle little star.

How I wonder where you are?

Up above the sky so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.

When was the last time you could look at the night sky and see the stars twinkling?

Spending a night at Mogly’s farm was exciting and adventurous on so many levels. I got to see the stars shine down, and as I sat around the bonfire watching the children laugh and play, I smiled to myself.

 

The mailer I received said come pitch your own tents, go on a scavenger hunt, dance around the bonfire. That was just the tip of the iceberg.

We did and learned so much more in less than 24 hours that we spent at the farm.

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For me, personally taking my older one for this camp was important to explain to him two things: 1) that I could be an outdoor person too, 2) going out does not necessarily mean staying in a hotel. Did I achieve these? Yes!

The excitement started with us having to choose a spot to pitch our tents. Once we chose the spot, we got down to fixing it all up and setting it up. We lay the mattresses, rolled out our sleeping bags and we were set.

Each kid at the farm was thrilled to see their tent all set up. All they would have liked to do was get in and snuggle in.

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The first activity was a scavenger hunt, kids were divided into groups of two and off they went in search of things like something sticky, something yellow, something colorful, and something edible.

Each team felt like they were embarking on a journey, one child took charge of reading out what was on the list and the other firmly held a bag in hand to collect the things.

They ran into the enchanted forest and climbed up the tree house. They walked by the pool and came sliding down the slope.

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Each child guarding what their team had gathered, making sure they were the ones to collect them all first.

Take away from this: instilling in them the ability to think on their feet. Something edible the list said; while one team plucked some tangerines, another group got a karripatta leaf. Something yellow saw one group getting marigold and another a leaf, which had turned yellow.

As they were busy hunting, the choolah’s were getting ready for the kids to experience cooking the traditional way. It was a first for me as well, sitting before an open fire trying to make maggi.

The highlight of this activity will perhaps remain ‘maggi’. However, what they learned will also always stay with them.

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Take away from this: The little ones learned how cow dung and wood are used to start a fire. With different kids using different saucepans they also found some maggi getting done faster and others taking longer. The happiness of having cooked their own meal was visible on each of their faces.

No camp is complete without a bonfire, some dancing and singing, and ofcourse sitting around telling each other horror stories.

We did all of that. We also sat in quiet and heard the birds and ducks. It was such a beautiful night!

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With so much excitement for the day, the kids were out like a log.

The next morning began at 6:30 am and off we all went to meet Mahima the gayiya. The kids got to see the milking of the cow and even identified all the vegetables growing there. We found beetroot, cabbage, broccoli, garlic, potato, and cauliflower. Each child also got to take home a cauliflower.

The chance to bask in the sun was so inviting and that’s exactly what I did. I watched as the kids jumped up and down on the trampoline and sat there feeling so satisfied.

Will I recommend it to other parents: Oh, YES!

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Things to note:

  1. Carry a mosquito repellent with you.
  2. I would recommend sleeping in something full sleeves to avoid getting bitten, it didn’t happen but just as a precaution.
  3. Carry a torchlight and ensure you walk around looking for insects and butterflies.
  4. A notepad and a pen, the setting might just inspire the creativity in you.
  5. A fully charged camera/mobile to capture the moments.
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Battle Hymn of a Bewildered Mother – book review 

When one writes from the heart, chances are it shows. Shunali Shroff’s writing does just that. It touches a chord with the reader, all the more so if you are a parent. ‘Battle Hymn of a Bewildered Mother’ is exactly what the title suggests. A crazy account of one mothers tale, which could very well be my tale or yours. There are many chapters in her book that had me laughing out loud.

  

When Shunali describes her tryst with religion and spirituality, it feels like she’s telling my story. It’s hilarious to read her describe how she has to resort to YouTube to complete the aarthi during the puja. If I undertook doing a puja I wouldn’t be surprised if I did the same thing. 

There is another chapter where she talks about how we rely so heavily on Google to self-diagnose on the basis of symptoms and then struggle to make sense of it, in the aftermath of all the information the Internet throws at us. 

The need to constantly be connected to my doctor at a time when either of my children is unwell makes me understand the author’s need to change doctors whom she finds unresponsive to calls and texts. Yes, they are human too and have a life but as a parent whose child is unwell I can be crazy and would need a doctor who understands and treats that too. 

Her struggles are real, well some atleast. Some are just ‘rich people problems’ which also make for fun reading. What’s refreshing is that the author isn’t being preachy anywhere, she merely puts down incidents that have occurred in her journey of parenting so far. 
This is an easy read, pick it up if you ever watched a kid, have had a kid, intend to have a kid, like kids, get annoyed by kids, like reading about kids, like reading, basically just pick it up and read it 😀