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Travel Rendezvous

In Field Notes on 17 January 2014 at 4:38 am

Swetha, Amma of 2 year-old Shishir in Irvine, talks about the joys of travel with her little one. 

First Train Ride

First Train Ride in Maui

We travelled quite a bit in Shishir’s 2nd year and to be precise, the travel adventure started when he turned one year old. Shishir and I went to India the day after he turned 1 and his dad joined us 10 days later. It was a very eventful trip and the main purpose was to introduce him to all of our extended family and close friends and spend some quality time with his maternal grand-parents. It was a month long hectic trip but Shishir really enjoyed meeting everyone and my family was very delighted to spend time with our little one. It made us realize how much he likes socializing. Read the rest of this entry »

Baby on the train – whom to sensitize?

In How on 11 April 2012 at 4:37 pm

While it is ok for D’s experiments to carry on at home with full freedom, what about outside where other people are not as tolerant? Do I need to restrict her when she is being a little bit too friendly for other people’s liking? Whom do I sensitize – my baby or the other passengers?

– mother of a 2 year old in Bangalore

The message I sense that you are getting from these passengers is, “Control your child, this is not a playground.” Your daughter is thinking, this is way better than a playground – it moves, and there are so many more people to play with! If you agree with her, find more people on the train who share her view and let them play to their hearts’ content. On an overnight journey, try to ensure that she gets enough play during the day so that she is ready for bed at night when passengers are sleeping.

Babies enjoy the Indian Railways … especially the upper berth!

Babies enjoy the Indian Railways … especially the upper berth!

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Can pets travel on the train?

In Yes / No on 26 September 2011 at 8:30 am

Can pets travel on the train?
– child in Mumbai

Amma has consulted the Indian Railways Rules on luggage which state that: "A passenger traveling in First Air condition class or first class may take a dog into the compartment only with the concurrence of fellow passengers on payment of charges vide Clause(1) above." At the same time the rules refer to "the liability of Railways as carriers of animals is limited as specified below, unless the sender elects to pay the percentage charge on value as shown in the Rule 1301: Per Head Elephants Rs.1500/- Horses Rs.750/- Mules, Camels or Horned Cattle Rs.200/- Donkeys, sheep, goats, dogs and other animals or birds Rs.30/-"

travel snacks?

In What on 14 June 2011 at 3:24 pm
Khiyali tender coconut

The author’s daughter sipping nariyal-pani through a straw.

What all do you carry with you as snack or in between eats for toddlers when you travel?
– Mama of a 2.5 year old in Dallas

Try at Home: Enterprising Mama Sunita shares this recipe for a homemade Lara Bar.

In India: Refreshing tender coconut satisfies the munchies and quenches thirst. It is so great to find it at almost any bus stop, train station or marketplace.

Traditional travel snacks like khakra, tepla keep for a few days. Homemade cookies, muffins, or crackers are useful when a journey takes longer than expected. Don’t be put off by the subtitle, but I have gotten nice travel snacks from Bankeraika‘s

When they’re old enough, peanut butter is easy to carry around and one can get “whole wheat” bread nowadays in most food shops. I am not sure how whole it is, but it seems to be less empty than white. A bite of sandwich and bite of fruit like banana, chiku, orange, etc. makes jam unnecessary.

From hotels some options for the very young are: boiled potatoes, boiled carrots, raw tomatoes, idli, boiled chickpeas … sometimes we still order these when everything else on the menu is too spicy.

Things to stash in tiffin dabbas are: 1. puffed grains or rice cakes. 2. fresh fruit / veggies. 3. dry fruit like raisins, dates 4. nuts if they are old enough.

Insert nut in date after removing pit.  Use peanut, cashew, almond or any other nut.  Don't eat the clerodendrum!

Insert nut in date after removing pit. 


Simple Raw Snacks

Simple Snacks 2

Energy Bars


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