Summer of 2009

Come summer and the rush to get the best out of the most relaxed three months of the year gets madder. The questions which plague most minds is whether to take up that cooking class or to enroll for the salsa workshop.

Written by Shalini Rai | Published: March 26, 2009 3:37 am

From using chopsticks like an expert to experiencing village life first-hand,several unusual workshops are lined up this summer

Come summer and the rush to get the best out of the most relaxed three months of the year gets madder. The questions which plague most minds is whether to take up that cooking class or to enroll for the salsa workshop. Is sending the tweens to that art workshop worth it or would the trekking camp be a better bet? This summer vacation,city-based trainers have come up with some unusual workshop ideas and those which will appeal to all strata of society too. Sample these: an art camp where children can learn artforms and then put them up on display,restaurant style cooking,learning how to have Chinese food the authentic way,with chopsticks and making brilliant murals on silk and glass.

Chop ‘em up

Now,this is one workshop which is sure to find many takers since it’s focuses primarily on teaching people to eat food with chopsticks. Conducted by Aarti Lalwani,the workshop is held over a four-course meal at a Chinese restaurant. “I belong to a family of trainers,my mom-in-law conducts workshops in dining etiquette and when I decided to start out,I took a leaf out of her book. My aim in conducting the workshop is one,to teach participants how to handle chopsticks dexterously and two,to introduce them to Chinese dining etiquette,” says Lalwani. “One day,I intend to teach the whole of Pune how to eat with chopsticks,” she adds with conviction.

Mural of the story

If atypical artwork is your cup of tea,then the mural workshop by Shashi Paranjape,a graduate of the J J School of Art is worth exploring. Teaching her students how to make wooden murals on a variety of materials – silk,glass,leather and mats,Paranjape regularly holds exhibitions abroad. “I’ve been taking classes for the past six years now and the response has been very encouraging,” informs Paranjape.

But naturally

If you want your kids to learn,grow and get enabled through art,a non-residential summer camp for kids under 14 years can be just the ideal thing. The United Arts Society is conducting ‘Summer Splash’,a workshop which covers a myriad art forms ranging from theatre,music and dance to painting,handicrafts and card making,all gearing to provide a holistic and all round development for children. “Another concept we have come up with is ‘Granny’s Courtyard’,a residential camp for children aged six 6 to 11 years and 12 to 16 years. It’s based on the quintessential grandmother of old and is a step towards making the younger generation understand the value of grandparents in their lives. It provides a rustic atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of city life,” says Vineet Singh,founder and creative facilitator,United Arts Society (UAS). “The activities include exposure to folk art,planting their very own vegetable garden,workshops in theatre,music and dance,trekking and hiking,” he adds.

Resto-style cooking

Have you ever wondered why despite your best efforts,home-cooked food is always left wanting when compared to what you order at your favourite take-away or eating-out joint? Fret no more as a workshop for making restaurant-style sandwiches is the latest buzz in town. “I conduct classes to teach people how to dish out restaurant-style food from the comfort of their homes and at half the price,” informs Vaishali Shinde,the brain behind the concept. “Everything from sizzlers to burgers and from pizzas to sandwiches,you can make it all easily in your kitchen,at minimal expense. For Rs 200,you get just a single pizza at a restaurant,but at half the cost,you can prepare upto 10 pizzas at home,” she adds.

Drama in real life

Tired of living the same old,boring,dull life? Then head to the Momma and Baby Party conducted by the Razz-Ma-Tazz Drama Therapy Club. “The main attractions of the club are a ramp walk by the mother and baby,baby’s fortune telling,1 minute fun games,mother and baby games and competitions,” informs Rachna Patil of Razz-Ma-Tazz. “Our English Kids’ Drama Club is the first-of-its-kind in Pune to practice drama therapy with children. Our expertise lies in dramatics,linguistics,management skills and psychotherapy and hence,we call it drama therapy,” adds Patil.

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