Category: Discovery and Exploration

Tips for Traveling with Kids

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This past spring, blogger Melissa Angert of All Things Chic decided it was time to take a second trip to India, this time with her two children in tow! After learning they would be traveling to many of the same cities that we visited, we couldn’t wait to hear about their adventures! Today, she shares a few tips on traveling with kids!

The Pink City: City Palace

Pink City #2The “Pink City” is the name given the magical city of Jaipur, India. Anyone who has been lucky enough to travel to Jaipur can attest, the city truly glows shades of pink. But, why pink? In 1876, the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria were to be visiting India on a tour. In India, pink denotes the color of hospitality so, the Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the whole city pink to welcome his guests. The pink still stands and Jaipur residents, by law, are asked to maintain the pink color of their residences.

An Icelandic Adventure

To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write a blog post to share their adventures with all of us (and the world)! We’ve been waiting for this post from Tori, one of our graphic designers, from the moment we heard this trip was booked!

Iceland

After realizing we had caught a serious case of wanderlust, my friend Ganesha and I decided we had to go explore somewhere new. Since we both share a love of adventure and photography, we decided Iceland was the place for us and spontaneously booked our flight!

Animations, Illustrations & Indian Deities

HinduSaying the words, Ghee Happy, makes us happy. We assume the same goes for anyone who stumbles upon Sanjay Patel, illustrator extraordinaire and the owner of the Ghee Happy brand. Patel has produced four books under Ghee Happy, and his day job? He also happens to be an animator and story board artist for Pixar Animation Studios! When we were in India, we came across Patel’s illustrations and immediately bought his incredible book, The Little Book of Hindu Deities on Amazon. We were drawn to the colorful animations and sweet (informative) stories behind the Hindu myths. The book is amusing to children and adults alike; our copy director brought the book home to her 4-year-old and it has quickly become a favorite. Read on to learn about all of the animals, gods and goddesses, monsters, demons, noble warriors and divine divas, and don’t forget about Ganesha the elephant!

Baby Books Inspired By India

Bonding with baby during storytime can be one of the most beneficial bonds at this stage in their life. Reading books to your infant helps them identify the rhythm and cadence of your voice and helps with early brain development. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to add to your littlest citizen’s collection!

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The Society for Rural Development

This season as we celebrate the color and culture of India, we also want to give back and make a difference in the lives of some of the children who live there.

Recently, two Tea employees traveled to Jaipur to meet the staff of Gram Bharati Samiti, or the Society for Rural Development. This non-profit organization partners with rural villages in the state of Rajasthan to educate women and girls about their right to information, education and healthcare.

They also restore ancient stepwells so more villages have access to clean and safe drinking water. And they teach girls a craft like how to weave carpets and dhurrie rugs, to embroider saris and sew cholis (the blouses worn beneath saris). When young girls have the ability to earn their own money, they are free from the threat of child marriage and have more opportunity for education and independence.

We recently visited three of the 17 villages that Gram Bharati Samiti works with, and met many of the young girls who have been educated and empowered. (Read more about the girls we met here and here.)

We have been so inspired by the work of this non-profit organization, we asked The Global Fund for Children if all the money donated through our site could go directly to Gram Bharati Samiti.

So this spring, when you donate on a Global Giving Thursday or any day of the month, your funds will be helping Rekha, Buja, Prinka and other girls like them in rural villages near Jaipur.

Sounds of India

See this man playing the kaimacha, a bowed string instrument used in folk music from the region of Rajasthan.

See this man playing the kaimacha, a bowed string instrument used in folk music from the region of Rajasthan.

The unique and rich music of India spans many genres from fusion to classical with a varied range of instruments. The striking sounds of the sitar have influenced many musicians – even all the way into popular Western music rock & roll music. Check out our playlist to see why the Beatles and The Rolling Stones were so drawn to the mystical sounds of the sitar. Don’t forget to listen to “The Sun Won’t Set” by Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar – sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar’s daughters.