• Kids,  Movie Review

    Oh My Dog (2022)

    Oh My Dog (2022) is a kids’ film featuring a young boy and his love for an orphaned puppy. Veteran actor Vijayakumar, his son the talented Arun Vijay and grandson Arnav Vijay star as the three generations of a family in the movie. The film is meant for children and they will love the film. Targeting them, the director Sarov Shanmugam has gone easy on the plot and sloppy on the screenplay, so the adults will find little interest in the film. Released on Amazon Prime Video, it gets a Raw rating on the Mangoidiots scale. Arnav Vijay, son of Arun Vijay is the star of the film who finds…

  • Kids,  Movie Review

    Turning Red (2022)

    With Turning Red (2022) Disney has done it again, bringing out an animation for the kids that is fun yet with a social message. The story happens in Toronto, Canada where a Chinese girl lives with her parents running a family temple and giving tours. Once the girl gets into her teenage, due to a family curse, she transforms into a giant red panda, did she get cured of her curse has been told in a humorous manner?. It gets a mangoidiots rating of Raw. The film uses the red panda as an allegory for puberty and menstruation, taboo topics for many parents to discuss with their kids. I enjoyed…

  • Book Review,  Kids

    Asterix and the Griffin: Album 39

    When the real world outside us becomes unpredictable and scary like it is now with a pandemic still playing hide-and-seek with humanity, the best place for some solace are books. And what a better book to read than the one that you loved from your childhood, which has brought joy & happiness to kids and adults around the world for generations and can instantly transport you to a safe and fun place. I am talking about the French comic: Asterix and Obelix, created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, and later by Jean-Yves Ferri. Nothing bad happens for the friendly residents of the village in Gaul in the year 50…

  • Kids

    Volunteer to tell a story

    A phone call is all that is needed for each of us to start giving back to society. All you need to do is tell a story! It is as if having your cake and eating it too! It can’t be simpler than this.   On my encouragement (brownie, brownie for me) my wife signed for this program. She got trained over a video call on how to do this – to tell a story and how to interact with the kid(s) she will be mapped to. They provide an online notebook with the stories to be told, the timeline, the steps (script) to be followed including the prompts and…

  • Chandamama Magazines
    Kids

    Chandamama magazine archives are available for free

    Chandamama was a classic Indian monthly magazine for children, famous for its illustrations, publishing mythological/magical stories. It was started in 1947 by Sri B.Nagi Reddy and Sri Chakrapani, noted South Indian Filmmakers. A couple of generations of kids grew up reading, dreaming and enjoying “Chandamama” children’s magazine, and, its various local language editions like அம்புலிமாமா – of which I was an avid reader and enjoyed reading during my school days. The magazine house shut shop many years ago, but their past editions are now available online for free as PDF. I randomly picked the September 1955 issue and the editorial there caught my attention. You will be surprised on how…