Ever thought shopping for vegetables or fruits could be an enlightening experience? I didn’t. Till today. But now I think otherwise.My trip to Reliance Fresh this morning to buy some veggies and fruits turned out to be a fun and educational experience. 🙂
Normally, according to the laws of division of labour in our household, I am not responsible for performing this task. But today, this chore rested on my shoulders and, I must say, I am glad I went.
Why? I came to know of several things I never knew before. 🙂 Like, for example, ‘kovakai’ is known as ‘cocciniea’ in English. The royal-sounding ‘Colossia’ is nothing but aapna Gujarat na pattarveliya! (The ‘pattarveliya’ famous in Gujarat). Our good old ‘Pirkangai’ is ‘Ridge Gourd’!
You get a chance to see the number of varieties of each vegetable, such as in brinjals – brinjal nagpure, brinjal long, green brinjal round, and purple brinjal round! You can also see some fruits that are not very popular in Indian local markets, like strawberry, cherry tomato and kiwifruit.
Well, if your kid is not like me and hates books, you can take him on a trip to Reliance Fresh or, for that matter, any other similar departmental store, and you can give him a live demo on the international names of vegetables, at the same time getting your shopping done! 🙂 And if you are like me and read more story books than text books in school, it can give you a few tidbits of gyaan too! 🙂
You can also teach your kid a few lessons in multiplication, addition and subtraction. Simple! Just ask him to get a certain quantity of a vegetable or fruit and tell you what it would cost. The per kg. prices would have to be multiplied by the quantity to find out what it would cost. The ‘weigh-it-yourself’ scales would teach the kid how to add and deduct till he gets the quantity he wants! 🙂 All this in a fun way! 🙂 The array of chips and chocolates would definitely lure him to come with you! 🙂
A good way to teach him brand awareness too! 🙂
So, the next time you go out shopping, don’t think of it as a mundane chore that has to be done. It can be a fun and knowledge-adding experience! 🙂