GRATITUDE

Life is full of love and happiness only if we have a heart to feel and a mind to perceive. A simple thank you or a smile can make a person’s day and gives a boost to their self-esteem. If pondered upon then even amidst the gravest of situations in our life, we can still find a number of things and people for which we are truly grateful and for such people we must show our GRATITUDE. Gratitude is not

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THANK YOU MUMBAI!

The theme for August is appreciation.  The word appreciation brought in a lot of emotions and ideas.  I would like to appreciate not any person, but a city, Mumbai. Yes. Mumbai, the city of dreams.  It is not a flawless city at all!  But for me Mumbai is an emotion.  It is a city to which I owe a lot. In 2002, 17 years ago, I came to this city as a new bride.  I started my new life here. 

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MIGHTY MINDS

Greshma Momaya believes that,“For any child, life remains a sea full of rich experiences just waiting to be explored.” As an educator, she would like to become that sea for them. She feels that if a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn. Her education and career have been dedicated to developing young minds. A Bachelor Degree in Human Development followed by a post graduate Diploma in School Counselling from the University of

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AT NINE SHE SHINES

My name is Rubina Bakshi, I am the mother of a nine year old, talented and creative daughter who happens to be a You Tuber. Her name is Ambreen Bakshi. We are from the beautiful city, Chandigarh, which is a modern small city. Where the grass is always green, but the opportunities are limited as compared to the other metros. I want to share with you all, a challenging journey of my daughter’s You-tubing career. Interestingly, my daughter was just

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ON FRIENDSHIPS

The first Saturday of August and there’s only one thing I can talk about today- Friendship. For me, friends are the family that I chose. I love to be surrounded by people who I know and who know me well. Even as I would walk the road that leads towards home, right from the bhaaji wala (Vegetable vendor) to the fruit wala (fruit vendor) to the grocery store owner; unless they would wave and exchange pleasantries with me, my walk

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NOT USE AND THROW!

Someone calls you, messages you after a long, long time.  It might be an acquaintance, an old friend, a relative.  You are surprised because you didn’t give that acquaintance or relative your number or you weren’t in touch with that person since years. You are happy to hear from that person.  He/she says, “Hi!  Remember me?  Its so good to connect with you after so long.”  You smile and ask about his/her well being and whereabouts.  After some casual conversation

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ALLOW LOVE TO FIND YOU

I attended a family wedding recently. I was glad I reached India just in time to catch it. Surrounded by my favourite people, I just soaked in the laughter and bonhomie. For a while the clock had turned back for my cousins and I.  Catching up with cousins was definitely the high point but what I loved more than that was catching up with my nieces and nephews, some of whom are in their early twenties. I especially enjoy interacting

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RAISING KIDS EQUALLY

One of the toughest challenges of parenting that I have tackled successfully (I believe so) is raising two children by striking a balance in their upbringing.  It started the day when I conceived my second child.  Often second-time parents overlook the fact that the arrival of a sibling is going to cause a big change in the older child’s life.  Preparing the older child for the sibling is extremely important.  No matter what, after the arrival of the second child,

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Play Through Life Like It’s A Super Over

The world cup fever is finally lifting. As we made peace with our loss, little did we know then, that the finals would still grab our attention, despite us not being a part of it. The morning after, the question on everyone’s lips was, ‘Final dekha kya?’ (Did you watch the finals?) Both the countries gave their best which was enough to keep someone like me, who is so not into cricket, glued to the couch. As usual, I being

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Don’t make cuss words look like forbidden fruit

There’s a good reason why they say that it isn’t just the parents who give birth to a child but also a child who gives birth to parents. Almost overnight the responsibility of a life is thrust upon two unsuspecting individuals who are wary of every little decision they make. The refrigerator gets a makeover as the house is baby proofed; in short life as they have known it, is gone for good. Among other things, we start minding our

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