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11th June 2024
Alu Wadi With Life Lessons
A Marwadi girl married a South Indian guy in the year 2013. I was prepared to enter a new culture with drastically different food habits. There are so many things I have learned from my mother-in-law, one of them is Alu Chi Wadi. She taught it to me once and I made them perfectly, every single time.
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10th June 2024
Singhada X Father's Day
Being raised in a typical Indian middle-class family, having a cordial relationship with a father was limited to films and daily soaps for me. I would only fantasize about it and feel all warm and fuzzy. I was closer to my mum, she tried her best to persuade me of my dad's affection towards me, but it was only on that day I realized it!
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28th May 2024
Raising strong kids: How right nutrition supports every Complan boy
#63PercentMoreProtein
These days, it has become a ritual with us to meet once a month where kids get to socialize and interact with their friends and we moms get some time to chit-chat and have fun! Once we meet, the kids are on their own.
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20th May 2024
Unveiling the treasure beneath the bed!
Just a few days back, I met my school friends after 18 years! With no one to look after, I had no option but to take my son along. I thought he would get bored, but instead, he tried to include himself in all the conversations.
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14th May 2024
To Vote Or Not To Vote!
With politics being in the air these days, TV, hoardings, newspaper advertisements, and pamphlets on the door every medium is flooding with vote appeals and promotion!
A few days back, I chose to watch the news on the TV (for a change!) and there he (my 9-year-old!) heard a new word "Democracy"!
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22nd Jan 2024
How To be a Sane Homemaker!
2019: 4 years into motherhood, my life had taken a turn I had not prepared myself for! Battled Post-partum depression on my own, lived the most terrible times, unexpected career break, listening to the same, "You have changed a lot" from known and close friends, I was finding it hard to survive all of it with a smile, looking after my baby, doing all my motherly duties and digesting "Good for Nothing" in addition to all.
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21st Dec 2023
2023; Year to Remember - Credits: Blogchatter!
I got to know about Blogchatter through Manali and Romila's active participation. Because of my tight schedule and commitments, my blog was about to die when after doing my bit of research I thought of reviving it considering Blogchatter to be my muse! And it served full justice to my thought!
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23rd Nov 2023
Blessings of 2023!
I have given up on the ritual of making New Year's resolutions. So now I assume whatever happened was there on the list by default and secretly tick it as if it were an accomplishment! My 2023 started with a heart-warming conversation with the post-office uncle who reminded me of how writing changed my overall personality, he encouraged me to write despite a dry spell at book sales.
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12th Oct 2023
Internet Does Not Discriminate
I have this habit of involving my now 8.5-year-old son in domestic chores. That helps me spend more time with him and also yields a fantastic byproduct of making him independent. So one Saturday he was helping me with the laundry, hanging the wet clothes on the balcony to dry.
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11th Oct 2023
5 types of people I am scared of!
After living half of my life(considering 60 to be the average human age/life span!), I have realized, human is the most dangerous specie! I mean a lion, a tiger, a snake, their traits are already defined and they behave accordingly. But humans, no they do not!
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6th Sep 2023
My journey through Post-partum!
In 2018, I reconnected with a dear school friend after a long time. She was surprised to read the motivational pieces I wrote on my Facebook page back then. We both were new mothers then, juggling to get sleep, look perfect, try to show our confident selves and much more.
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5th Sep 2023
An Ode to Teachers
It's Teacher's Day today, and I could not think of any other topic but to remember my school teachers today! A remote place, a small school, second batch to be admitted there and blessed with the best of friends, that is how I would describe my school life. I can count the number of days on the tip of my finger when you would find me absent, it was so much fun and I love my school so much!
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4th Sep 2023
13 Unpopular movies that I like!
There are a plethora of movies that come every year. Some make their mark on the box office, few are popular in particular regions, the rest just come and go, and no one knows! With the emergence of OTT, the scenario has changed. I may be that person who has least explored OTT, so I get FOMO many times! But, previously I used to stumble upon movies accidentally only to get FOMO, How did I miss this gem..?
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2nd Sep 2023
Beyond School
I completed my schooling (10th board) in 2005. Back then, what mattered more was the medium of education and pattern adopted. I completed my 10th in the SSC (State) board, and things were easy. Scholastic subjects we formally taught,
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1st Sep 2023
F for Feminism!
Feminism: This term makes many offended, a few happy and the rest of them curious to see what they get out of it and how they can use it as a tool to benefit out of the whole situation! I always had a very different take on feminism and took the opportunity to express it completely today.
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31st Aug 2023
What makes OMG2 a must watch for every parent?
I come across so many parents who say, "Parenting is tough", I have never heard a child say, "Childhood is tough." But have you ever imagined landing on this planet only to hear what is being told, learn the same rituals, and follow the same customs and traditions, how typical and monotonous is that?
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29th Aug 2023
Favorite Female Businesses
From the time I came across women who have their businesses, and who run their ventures, I have curiously tried to understand the reason behind their starting to do it. I used to give shoutouts to small businesses a lot,
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28th Aug 2023
Fabric Cycle: Then & Now!
As a 5-5.5-year-old, I remember my grandmother wearing a particular saree, my father wearing his favorite shirt till it used to fade and look worn out, and once they looked like they were used enough, my mom used to decide how to recycle/upcycle them.
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26th Aug 2023
Daily Sexism!
A post on daily sexism would appear as a rant to many. That is the reason why in 2019 I wrote on the same topic in a story cum poetry format. After being rejected in 3 instances, this one is finally getting to see the light!
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25th Aug 2023
My Bookish Confessions!
Being a writer for 5 years and publishing 6 books, I think I am now eligible to throw some truth bombs and reveal my bookish confessions! So here I go!
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24th Aug 2023
No Escape, Digital is Future!
Year 2019, my son turned 4. He used to listen to rhymes and poems in 3 languages on YouTube. But I could sense the curiosity shifting from audio to visual content, which I agree is tempting and appealing.
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23rd June 2023
The Bitter Truth!
I usually tune in to the radio when I am alone at home doing my chores. Not that I am scared of being alone, on the contrary, I enjoy my ME time. But the radio playing in the background sprinkles an entertaining factor. I get to know about the events happening in the city.
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12th May 2023
Creative Ways to Involve Kids with You!
"Mumma you are always doing some or the other chore. After the dishes are done you will play with me, right?", asked my son on the third day of his summer vacation! I felt helpless for a few moments, but then I asked, "Will you help me?"
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8th May 2023
An Accidental Author
A bubbly, chirpy girl, whose life was simple and sorted; Education, job, and earn. Enjoying the little things in life and making the most of what I have got! But life does not always offer you what you dream of! And hence came my twist!
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2nd March 2023
Tough But Possible!
Everyone has a creative streak, mine is writing. But it is necessary to evolve, update and more importantly nurture it! Continuing without any motivation is not easy, you have to have some muse and have to have a strong purpose! I would like to share my methods to nurture my creative side!
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2nd February 2023
Writing and Me, A celestial bond!
I took up writing in 2018. It was my son's third birthday and I casually wrote a poem and shared it with a beautiful collage of all his cute pictures on Facebook. The poem was very well received, and some special mentions for it too in the comments. I was surprised, for me, I was just giving words to my feelings, and a few arrangements here and there if required.
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25th January 2023
A Responsible Citizen
Media, news, and all other mediums these days focus on glorifying how a particular person does so much, what they sacrificed and achieved, and why they are great. The tangent in which celebrities are followed and idolized is at another level.
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17th January 2023
Your Grandmother's Recipe That You Want To Recreate
GATTE KA PULAV I have been fortunate enough to be blessed with spending the majority of my childhood around my grandparents. My grandfather passed away in 2015, and my grandmother, her blessings, and the food she cooks continue to accompany us!
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19th November 2022
BTS: Behind the scenes! (2015-2022)
Recently Rishi Sunak was entitled Prime Minister of the UK, and I again remembered my favorite quote that says, "Success has many fathers, Failure is an orphan!" The moment this news broke out, India, Pakistan, and Kenya were on a quest to show how they are closely related to him. The same happened with many others, and I wonder, how do they feel and react to this whole situation!?
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27th August 2022
The Balance Sheet of Relationships!
It was back in June 2019, when I visited my native place. My son had recently started singing Old-MacDonald had a farm. Within no time it became his favorite rhyme! He was very keen on visiting a farm for real. Hence my father decided to drive us to our farm which falls in the suburbs, 20-25 kilometers from the hustle and bustle of the heavily commuted village. We reached there, and it was pure nostalgia for me! Brought back so many memories!
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22nd July 2022
The Troll Culture
I joined Social Media in the year 2012, had just completed my engineering, and with an intent to stay connected with friends joined Facebook first. It did fulfill my purpose as well as helped me make new friends. I was a little late to join Instagram and LinkedIn, I still find LinkedIn a little boring however I am very active on Instagram. There are so many posts and stories that I post on Instagram but purposefully avoid on Facebook, obviously my personal choice.
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31st May 2022
Hear Me Out: The Authors Arena
We, as humans continuously dive & dwell in emotions, and deal with known and unknown feelings in our everyday lives. And, when it comes to handling those, sometimes we succeed and sometimes we fail.
Most of us are not experts; we simply hide under the shrouds of our smiles and fancies.
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7th April 2022
World Health Day
It is surprising to see how people have started taking extra care of health post-pandemic. I remember even during the peak waves there used to be so many rumors to do or consume things, avoid particular food items. Thank God, neither I nor my family fell prey to any of it.
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15th March 2022
Do you feel Insecure? Read This !
In a year, it’s not sunny always. There are rains and colds too. Similarly, in our lives, we are not 100% all the time. At a young age, peer pressure makes many insecure.
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26th Feb 2022
Growth Mindset
Growth is not mandatory but is necessary to move ahead for a better personal life as well emotional development. As we age, and we look back, if there is something significant we have achieved and that is remarkable enough to be worth remembering, we feel good; it gives a sense of achievement.
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17th Feb 2022
5 self-care tips for stay at home parents
Being a stay-at-home parent cultivates default guilt of not being able to contribute financially to the family; what follows is a pattern, a pattern where the stay-at-home parent always places the spouse, family, home, and its chores above their own choices & priorities.
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10 Feb 2022
22 things to do in 2022
We are in the second month of 2022, the point is we still have 10 months and it’s never too late to start something good!
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18 January 2022
Quotes - A Way Of Life
With social media evolving, one casual scroll exposes our eyes to so much information; some of which are jokes/memes, some really useful information, news, tips and tricks, and then come quotes that impart life lessons.
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26 December 2021
Any New Year Resolutions ?
2021 is about to end! How many goals that you set for it to be reached? How many resolutions were fulfilled? Did you keep track? Or left it by January itself ?
Yes, I won't shy away from saying that I did! And shamelessly so, I did it in 2017, 18, 19 as well!
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19 November 2021
Hunarr Bahuguna - The Budding Illustrator
The pandemic has changed so many things. For some, life changed, businesses collapsed, finances fumbled, for others, basic necessities were at stake. However, I have come across people who used this whole lockdown and social distancing constructively and fruitfully.
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28th August 2021
National thoughtful Day
The moment the notification email popped up, there was a series of questions that kept flashing in front of my eyes. Did you be kind / good to someone without a reason?
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10 September 2020
Suicide Prevention Day
Today, 10th September, happens to be WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY or ANTI SUICIDE DAY. Suicide, whether done by a young or an old, is equally shocking and disturbing. When someone with severe health conditions passes away, we have an idea about their demise, but suicide can be mental shock for family and closed one's.
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26 July 2021
Relationships and Social Media
Remember the time when communication was very clear, because it used to be face to face. Then came the times when we started doing SMS, when little misunderstandings did happen but we as humans had the sensibility of picking up phone, making a call and sorting things out.
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26 December 2019
Motherhood- A Rollercoaster Ride
The moment I saw this image, i could relate to it in so many ways... Almost had a flood of thoughts in my brain. After becoming a mother, there are so many tiny and large changes that happens in a woman's life.
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1 Oct 2021
The Millennial Woes
We are living Millennial Generation, some of us are born in it, some of us trying to adapt to it while others are well versed with it! I personally found and find the transition a bit difficult. But gradually trying to make my own version of it, there is no escape you see!
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10 Oct 2021
Navratri - The Reality Check
With the onset of Navratri, there is a thought that is lingering in my mind. We celebrate and pray 9 different avatars of Godesses, which is by ritual or by tradition. Do we celebrate the real life 9 avatars of women or are we too quick to judge them or we sheepishly join the herd to criticise them?
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23 Oct 2021
Ye Diwali - Mindful Wali
YE DIWALI - MINDFUL WALI.!
The dictionary meaning of the word "Mindful" is being aware and concious of our actions and choices as well as their consequences. Being mindful is usually being correlated with thoughts, feelings and relationships in life. However, let us try and apply it to the way we celebrate festivals, let's see what change we can bring by celebrating festival mindfully!
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