Goodbye Omar and hello Navneet
First of all a sad goodbye to Omar. You wrote some fascinating and thought-provoking blogs. You certainly got people talking and sharing ideas: well done! Good luck with the books and dinner parties!
Secondly, welcome to Navneet who was born in India but now lives in...well, I'll let her tell you more later.
Navneet: you have written a blog to touch people's hearts. What a wonderful mother you have.
Whether or not we have a mother, we all need that special someone in our lives: someone you can call or who calls you and "makes your day" (like Clint Eastwood!).
You mention typical games. I don't know 'last and first': can you explain it? Many years ago one of our bloggers explained the rules of a game with a handkerchief: I still play it with children even now. Children's games bring back memories and are even great ice-breakers for adults. The children I work with love the '2p game'. A 2p is a British coin of small value. It is brown in colour and so if you play this game on a wooden or brown coloured floor it works very well. This is how to play. You need two teams. They sit on chairs (or on the floor) opposite each other. Give everyone in team 1 a number. Give everyone in team 2 a number - but start at the opposite end of the line. This means that if you have 2 teams of ten, number 1 in one team sits opposite number 10 in the opposing team. In a line down the middle of the floor between the 2 teams, place 5 coins. Mark a square on the ground (or put a chair) at each end of the room.
One square belongs to team 1 and one square to team 2. The aim of the game is to get 3 coins in your square. This is how you do it. The person in charge of the game calls out a number. The 2 people with that number run to the middle, pick up a coin, run to their square, put the coin in the square and then run back to pick up a second coin and put it in their square. Of course there is now only one coin left, so it is a race to see who can pick up the last coin and take it back to their square. The person who has three coins, wins a point for their team. The coins are then replaced and another number is called. This is very simple, but kids get very excited and there's a lot of screaming! I'm looking forward to hearing about typical children's games from your country!
Navneet, your English is very good and you write in a nice, chatty style. A couple of points to pick up, before I set you some homework.
"My mother has been a typical Indian homemaker." Is she still a homemaker? If so, it would be better to say 'My mother is a typical Indian homemaker.' (you could also use the word 'housewife') or you could say 'My mother has always been...'.
"From typical": the correct phrase here is 'By typical'
Lovely use of the phrase "the empty nest syndrome creeps in"
"Inter-religion marriages still raise eyebrows and are not fully accepted by the society...": you don't need an article with the word 'society'
"As much as I remember...": the phrase you need here is 'As far as I can remember...'
"...stand up and face so many audiences!!" In this case, audience is a singular word, so it doesn't take "many". You could either say 'face so many people' or maybe 'face such a big audience'.
So...now to the homework. You use "Mom" to talk about your mother. Of course, it's correct, but it's not British English. British English would be "Mum". So here's a short quiz about some of the differences between British and American English. Can you match the British English words 1-24 with the American English words A-X?
24. Bank note
Take care...and don't forget to tell me about tradional children's games in your country.
ice-breakers: games and activities designed to help people get to know each other
in charge of: in control of