How does the idea of free audiobooks for kids sound? Storybooks in audio format!
As a parent, if you’re wondering how to engage your kids during this COVID-19 lockdown season, here are 37 ways we shared a little while ago!
Books is yet another idea to get your kids hooked this season!
Free storybooks – audio
Here is a set of 29 free audiobooks for kids to help you get started. All these are short stories (duration less than 10 mins) – interesting enough to generate interest and make it a habit, but short enough to complete one and explore others to feed their curiosity. These work best for children aged 3-7 yrs.
For older kids, you can sign-up for a free trial of audible and get a 30 day trial with one book free – enough to get you through the current troublesome times, hopefully.
Does anything like below look like a good start? Click on any title to create your free trial.
Got a Kindle?
If you have a kindle with you and would like to load books for your kids, you can take a look at the Top 100 free books in Amazon Bestsellers, to begin with.
If you have a favorite book or resource your child likes, please share it in the comments. My daughter is almost done with the audiobooks stories and will come for more anytime now! 🙂
Grab one for yourself!
While you’re there, you can grab a book for yourself too! I strongly recommend you give this one a shot: Leadershift – The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace. Very refreshing and new ways of looking at leadership. I myself am on it as we speak!
Or, probably The Infinite Game: How Great Businesses Achieve Long-lasting Success. I just completed this one a few days ago and recommend to change the mindset with which we make plans and solve problems.
Think twice before violating traffic rules when the police are not around. A fellow citizen might click a picture of you jumping a signal or riding without a helmet and send it to the traffic police. Afterall, if there is an option to use WhatsApp to report violations, we all know people would love to use it to the fullest!
Of late, Hyderabad traffic police have been getting information about traffic violations ‘with evidence’ from the public on social media.
You can report traffic violations to Hyderabad & Cyberabad Police through WhatsApp. Launched in 2015, many citizens actively use it to complain, report, suggest and update by sending information. It can be messages, images, and videos relating to Crime, Women Harassment, Eve teasing, Traffic, Law & Order, etc.
How to Report
As reported in the news by The Hindu here, Hyderabad Citizens can report the violation by posting the photographs of law-breakers on their official Facebook page and Twitter handle ‘HYDTP’. You can also send it on WhatsApp to the traffic police on 9010203626. WhatsApp Cyberabad number 9490617444 is listed here.
“While uploading the photographs of the violators, they must mention the type of violation, location, date and time, so that we can forward the same to official concerned for issuing e-challans with evidence,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) said, adding that registration number of the vehicle must be visible in the photographs.
How to Check Your Violations and Pay Fines Online
Do you know you can check online to see if there are any challans agains your vehicles? You can also pay the fines and clear those online. Detailed instructions are provided here.
There are videos making rounds about earning points and converting those into cash deposits, but am not sure if that’s true in Hyderabad. The Award-winning initiative in Goa rewards the contributors with a two-wheeler and has received much appreciation and accolades.
Have you reported any violations so far? How was your experience?
You will need the Aadhaar number and mobile linked with it for the OTP to login. There is also a CAPTCHA text verification to verify it’s a human logging in. There is an option to use TOTP as well.
On the next screen, select “Address” checkbox and click Submit.
Step 3: Enter new address details
You now have an option to enter the contact details. As you enter the information in each field, you can see the transliteration in the local language as well. If something doesn’t convert right, you can directly click in the local language text box and try variations in English to get it right – once you type in and click in a different field, the text will appear in local language.
On the next screen, review the information entered and check the box to “confirm” all is well to Proceed.
Step 4: Upload proof of address
You will then need to provide the proof of address as required. There are many options supported for proof of address. Below is the list.
Supported Proof of Address (PoA) Documents Containing Name and Address
Bank Statement/ Passbook
Post Office Account Statement/Passbook
Government Photo ID cards/ service photo identity card issued by PSU
Electricity Bill (not older than 3 months)
Water bill (not older than 3 months)
Telephone Landline Bill (not older than 3 months)
Property Tax Receipt (not older than 1 year)
Credit Card Statement (not older than 3 months)
Signed Letter having Photo from Bank on letterhead
Signed Letter having Photo issued by registered Company on letterhead
Signed Letter having Photo issued by Recognized Educational Instruction on letterhead
NREGS Job Card
Freedom Fighter Card
CGHS / ECHS Card
Certificate of Address having photo issued by MP or MLA or Gazetted Officer or Tehsildar on letterhead
Certificate of Address issued by Village Panchayat head or its equivalent authority (for rural areas)
Income Tax Assessment Order
Vehicle Registration Certificate
Registered Sale / Lease / Rent Agreement
Address Card having Photo issued by Department of Posts
Caste and Domicile Certificate having Photo issued by State Govt.
Disability ID Card/handicapped medical certificate issued by the respective State/UT Governments/Administrations
Gas Connection Bill (not older than 3 months)
Passport of Spouse
Passport of Parents(in case of Minor)
Allotment letter of accomodation issued by Central/State Govt. of not more than three years old
Marriage Certificate issued by the Govt, containing address
On the next screen, you can confirm that the proof of address uploaded is according to the recommendation above.
Step 5: Select BPO
Depending on your location, you might have multiple vendors/ BPOs listed. You have to select one to continue.
The final confirmation is diaplayed with a reference number. It normally takes about 5 days to hear from the BPO. They send an email with the update.
Note: Ensure the address details you enter are EXACTLY the same! I added one extra word the first time to add clarity and they rejected quoting mismatch.