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It has been an honor to be able to add a little value to the “Personality Development Summer Camp” organized by the Madras University.

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With around 40 kids between the age of 8 Years to 17 Years, it was a challenge to organize activities that everyone would enjoy, at the same time they have a take away also.

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While some of them were really confident some had their own inhibitions, all that I had to do is persuade them to believe in themselves, convince them its how it is okay to falter, how it is okay to make mistakes.

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After a lot of cajoling and motivation…….

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The shy kids also performed….

University Of Madras These young adults are very raw, they need to be molded. They sometimes have to be dealt with love, compassion but at times a little discipline needs to be inculcated for their own good.

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This program at Madras University has thought me how to be ready for any type of audiences.

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With little persuasion these little stars showed us their spark, soaked us with their warmth.

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The Little Artist….. Who sang a beautiful Bhajan….

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With Dr S Thenmozhi, Associate Professor
Head i/c
Dept. of Counselling Psychology
University of Madras
Chennai, Tamil Nadu

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Certificate of appreciation……

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I want to thank Dr Eric and Dr Thenmozhi, who gave me this wonderful opportunity…..

Time well spent…..

Sighing off

Manisha Hitesh Shah


Magical Magnetism….

Live to lead visited an NGO this summer and showered the place with  happiness and loads of hope. The kids learn’t how aggression is not the solution to all the problems we face in life, listening to a simple folklore, ‘Hiss, Don’t Bite’ from Bengal.Live To Lead @ An NGO

Always face your fears with a smile.Live To Lead @ An NGO

A simple word of encouragement can add loads of confidence in a little child’s heart!Live To Lead @ An NGO

We all like to get attention, don’t we?Live To Lead @ An NGO

Tap them young, encourage them to explore their own inner strengths…..Live To Lead @ An NGO

To me each child has an unique talent, that just needs to be discovered….Live To Lead @ An NGO

Lost in the world of words, characters and twists and turns….. Live To Lead @ An NGO

High-five…! Job well done….!Live To Lead @ An NGO

Have you ever seen so much happiness in one place?Live To Lead @ An NGO

Don’t want to miss out on any hidden talent here 🙂Live To Lead @ An NGO

A Panoramic view….Live To Lead @ An NGO

The climax……Live To Lead @ An NGO

An impromptu translation of the story, originally in English but delivered in Tamil, the local language. A glimpse of it….

I did struggle a bit with the translation, but was very thankful to the coordinators who helped me.

To be able to catch the attention of 64 kids, aged 3 to 5 years seemed like a herculean task when I started the session, but towards the end I felt like an Olympic gold medalist because I received a thunderous applause from these little angels. They recalled the whole story , vividly describing the events from the story. I felt my mission was accomplished, I was lucky to be able to share what I have gathered in my journey so far.

Signing Off….

Manisha Hitesh Shah



Bunbuku Chagama

A folklore from Japan, this story revolves around a junk collector who helps a Tanuki and what happens afterwards….

There are many versions of this story, here is one of the versions.,

Bunbuku Chagama

Bunbuku Chagama roughly translated means ,”happiness bubbling over like a tea pot”

Tanuki 1A Junk collector finds a girls wearing a red dress, being troubled in the market by other naughty boys. He decides to help her, the girl is actually a Tanuki with magical powers. She can transform in to anything in the blink of a second. Tanuki decides to return the favor of the junk collector and transforms in to a teapot. The juck seller finds the teapot and sells it to a monk in a monestary…….  what happened next…?

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When the monk put the teapot over a fire, the Tanuki could not tolerate the heat and was injured. He jumped out of the fire, shocking the monk. The angry monk returned the teapot to the junk collector who once again treated the injured Tanuki with kindness. Soon…..

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Tanuki recovered soon and helped the junk collector by giving wonderful acrobat performances. the junk collector was soon very rich and lived luxuriously.

What followed the story was the craft we created…. Origami, the beautiful paper craft from Japan. Here is the gist of the session.

Visual ques for the story. See the story! Lets discover more about Japan- An enlightening quiz session. Group discussion prior to the activity. General Information about Japan shared. Language spoken. Kids enjoying the interesting information. We address everyone  :) Are you ready? Explaining the art of Origami. At our creative best. Engrossed....! Neat Fold. The right way. Let me help you. Let me see...! You are right on track. Can be done in a simple way. I can do it too. Let me copy your style. Guys I am the cool dude. Step 2. Are you all following me? Excellent...! Carefully .... Is it correct Aunty? We are lost in the craft. Fun time... The right fold. Am confused.... ;) Quack Quack.... Oh! So that's how it is! I will do it. Look at this.. Discussing... Fold it well Like this....!!! We must not miss any step A book..... A book marker! This is how you can use it. This is the top.... I am enjoying this.... This is how you cut to make the teeth. Everyone understood? I will show you again. Can I borrow your scissors? I have made the teeth. Mam check this one please. Teeth Teeth every where ;) See my teeth... Beaks now ;) Hold the glue and the beak My one eyed monstrous book marker I will complete it soon Pretty pink :) Red it is.... The tricky beak.... As cute as me isn't it? Look at this one..... I am loving this.... I don't know what happening around me, I am lost in my creative world. DSCN6986 DSCN6987

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Recording @ All India Radio


Recording with AIR, had been a wonderful experience. I want to thank Harish for extending this opportunity. The topic I had to speak about was, ‘Things you could do this Summer’. It was a talk that was specifically targeted for Children who get thoroughly bored in summer each year .Here is the gist of few suggestions I had for them…

  • There are trillions of summer camp activities you yourself can create within the blissful boundaries of your home. You don’t have to go outside in this hot hot hot SUN!
  • The first activity that I would suggest to you is this summer vacation is become the cool historian! You could start with first selecting the topic on which you want to freeze your memories. Next start taking pictures of your subject. For example, I select my topic as ‘My Family Tree’, I could start with shooting pictures of my dad, mom, sisters, brothers, cousins, uncles, aunts etc. I would start collecting picture of my grandfather, my grandmother, my great grandfather, my great grandmother. I will then like to file the pictures with each person’s traits, likes, dislikes, date of birth, date of death, if applicable. You will understand how data is collected and later organized by historians. You will also start to realize the efforts historians put in.
  • If you don’t want to be the historian, become the scientist. There are many simple experiments you could easily do on your own. All of these are easily available on the internet. Pick up one simple experiment, read about it in detail. Note down things that would need to conduct the experiment you have chosen, document the whole experiment. Meaning write down what you are planning to achieve through this experiment, how you plan to execute it, problems you faced as you executed the experiment and finally the result. I remember, I created a volcano when I was in my 6th I made a 2 feet high volcanic mountain using white cement; I colored it giving it a realistic look, used glue to stick red colored crystal sparkling sand and then used some very basic chemicals to create the volcanic effect. Now I will not tell you what those chemicals were, why don’t you find out for yourself?
  • Don’t be the lazy lamb this summer vacation! Beat the heat, beat the sun and Wake up early and set out of your home become the ORNITHOLOGIST.  Confusing jargon word isn’t it? A person who studies birds is called an ORNITHOLOGIST. Be the bird watcher this summer. A variety of birds migrate to NAAMB CHENNAI, our southern state to spend their summer vacation. Ha ha ha, why don’t you spend some time with them too this summer? If you live in Chennai, explore the lungs of Chennai!!! Confused again? The Guindy National Park, situated in the heart of Chennai is often called the Lungs of Chennai. Spread over 2.7 square KM, this is the place you must visit if you want to shoot the red winged crested cuckoo, lesser flame back woodpecker, spotted owlet the list of birds is endless. Don’t take your air gun to shoot them but take your camera to capture these unique beautiful species. Note down the information about these different varieties of birds and tabulate all your recordings. Find out more about these birds on the internet. Another thing that you could do is go to the marina beach or visit any park near your house and observe the birds around you. Study their behavior, trust me friends you will really enjoy spending quality time with the nature around you..
  •  If you do not enjoy the birds so much, how about the board games? Snakes and Ladder, Monopoly, Palagulli, Guess Who? Well I know many of you are already playing these games, now this summer why don’t you do something different. Why don’t you become the CREATOR! Create your own board game! Dust away the dust settled on your brain and ignite the creative you. Activate the grey area in your brain! Take a chart paper, an old card board box, colors, scale, pencil….whatever creativity strikes you, assemble all of these things together and create your own board game with your own rules. Who knows you may get a patent for the new game you develop this summer vacation. And you will be a rich celebrity. Did you know the game MONOPOLY was designed by Elizabeth and Charles Darrow in 1903 and the current version was first published by Parker Brothers in 1935! So what are you waiting for make your own board game!!!
  • Why don’t you become the journalist this summer? Covering events around your locality, capturing them on the camera and sending a report to your local newspaper and also the state newspaper. All that you need to do is pack your bag with a note book, a pen, a camera and plenty of water to keep you hydrated. Go outside the comforts of your home and be the adventurer. Experience the hardship the journalists go through when they run after a story. Your prospective of the news you read next time in the newspaper would change completely. To start, first pick a situation or a subject that you find interesting or you think people would want to read about, make your plan and research more about the topic, once you are ready with your research find out how it is on the scene, in reality. For example, I find that the roads in my locality are in a very bad state. I pick it as my topic, next I research all the nuances about the road laying, who does it and whom to approach. I then go to the people living in the neighborhood, take their interviews, speak to them about the problems they face because of bad roads, ask them what they think is the reason of bad roads, what they think is the ideal solution. Then I go to the people responsible for road laying and speak to them about cause of the problem, solution etc. Finally I summarize the whole situation and make my report about the whole situation through the prospective of the local people and the local governing authorities. Isn’t it fun? And a LOT OF HARD WORK!!

Brother And Sister

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What can a little boy do when their own cook, who is a witch, wants to kill his little sister?

This beautiful story unfolds the adventure of a little boy and his even more little sister, on how they save themselves from the witch. How in the process they learn together they can create magic and together they can win any battle. The audience for this session were inspired to not give up in difficult times but to look up for their near and dear ones for help, and together they would overcome any difficulty.

The Flowering Tree

The Flowering Tree

A Kannada Folktale.

A story about a girl who could change into a flowering tree when water was poured on her. How from a poor peasant girl she marries a prince. But as faith has different plans for her…….

A captivating tale of adventure, love, grief and reunion 🙂

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Clay flowers being made by the participants.The Flowering Tree

Colorful frames being created.The Flowering Tree

Sequences being stuck.The Flowering Tree

Full Concentration.The Flowering Tree

I am loving this.The Flowering Tree

I am visibly shaken 😉 Too engrossed in my activity 🙂tgoh\

Final result 🙂The Flowering Tree

I am going to be neat 🙂  The Flowering Tree

Glue it well 🙂The Flowering Tree

See I did glue it very well 🙂


How do I look?

The Mask Princess

The Mask Princess

We traveled to an ancient kingdom in Germany. The king of that kingdom  had 3 daughters. One day he called them all and asked them how much each one of them loved him and thought about him.

Eldest daughter said,’You are the sweetest person in the whole world.’

Second daughter said,’  You are as smooth as a silk.’

The third daughter, who was very beautiful said,’You are like salt in my food. With you it is tasteless.’

The king was very angry, offended with the third daughters reply. He banished her from his kingdom. The third princess cried to her dad, the king for forgiveness, but the king did not listen. She left a trail of pearls behind because when ever she cried she would have pearls dropping out of her eyes.

She was rescued an old lady in the forest who gave her a mask for her protection. The mask was of an ugly old lady’s face. The princess would wear the mask in the day time and remove it at night.

Three years later there came a Duke’s son in the same forest that the old lady and princess lived. The duke’s son helped the old lady to carry two heavy basket filled with fruits and wood. The old lady in return gave him a green box as gift.

The Duke’s son gives this green box to the queen of the kingdom he is visiting. The queen faints the moment she opens the box, for inside the box is a pearl. A pearl like the one her 3rd daughter used to shed. The Duke’s son was imprisoned but later called by the Queen herself. She asks the Young man where he found the box and finally the King and the queen reunite with their daughter who was helped by the old woman, who turned out to be a Fairy.

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Hiss, Don’t Bite!

An artist is born…!

Today we traveled to Bengal.  A cobra shared his story with us.  Of how he learnt that anger isn’t a solution to problems, neither is ignoring the problems. He shared the magical mantra his Guru taught him, ‘Hiss, Don’t bite!’

Isn't he cute? Just like me!
Isn’t he cute? Just like me!


He just swallowed RED paint ;)
He just swallowed RED paint 😉
Selfie Time.....
Selfie Time…..
Fun Time
Fun Time
Come on! Say CHEESE...
Come on! Say CHEESE…


I will draw on both sides… 🙂

I like it basic... ;)
I like it basic… 😉
Wait for me…: /
Run!!! We are growing in numbers…
Wow! Why didn’t I use green…!
4 Cobras! Now you sure are scared ;)
4 Cobras! Now you sure are scared 😉
Twin Brothers...
Twin Brothers…
Just a little bit more color….
Identical Twins
My cobra is beautiful too!
My cobra is beautiful too!
Lost in art...
Lost in art…
Artists at work...!
Artists at work…!
How is it ?
How is it ?
This is fun...
This is fun…
Don't copy from my picture ;)
Don’t copy from my picture 😉
Why don't you join me too?
Why don’t you join me too?

Rich vs Poor

A very rich man took his son to a village to show what poverty is all about.

After the trip, he asked his son about poverty…

The son replied : We have 1 dog, they had 4 …

We have a small pool, they have a long river …

We’ve lamps, they’ve stars …

We’ve small piece of land, They’ve large fields …

We buy food, they grow theirs & eat fresh …

They have friends to play, we don’t have friends, we have to play with Computers & PS …

They have happiness, we have only money …

Their fathers have time for their childrens, & Our father don’t have …

The boy’s dad was speechless.

Then boy said ”thanks dad for showing me how poor we are. Life is all about how we see, interpret & accept things..!

Character is not about honesty and integrity alone…
Its more about doing the right thing when tempted to do the wrong…