JAADU KI JHAPPI

It all began with a short video that was circulating on Facebook – and a series of personal parenting experiences within our own homes which brought together a dormant WhatsApp group, formed somewhere toward the close of 2012, to life! Not to mention an “I need to urgently consult with you all!” request posted by one of our WhatsApp group members (which incidentally totaled 4!) The seed for Jaadu ki Jhappi germinated at this meet-up, circa September 2017, and it

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MONDAYS WITH MAITABI: TEACHERS MAKE, BUT THEY BREAK TOO.

The other day I was talking to a friend whose daughter and my son are classmates. They have been studying together since they both have started going to school. So, it’s quite familial. The friend and I got talking, and as expected school and its functioning becomes a topic of discussion. And, slowly we move to the Creative Writing class that I take for kids. My friend tells me that how important it is to have a good teacher, or

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A TRIBUTE TO MY MOTHER

This is my debut blog and I am writing it as a tribute to my mother on her 11th death anniversary. As long as your mother is alive you are a girl no matter what your age is and you suddenly turn into women when her loving hands are not there on your head. Whatever little I achieved in my life I attribute it to my parents. My mother was a serious task master and used to give me severe

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MONDAYS WITH MAITABI: …AND DIWALI IS HERE!

Maa calls up yesterday morning. And, after some initial pleasantries, her most awaited question comes my way, “What’s happening for Diwali? Done with the cleaning?” I keep quiet. I am done with nothing yet. I have to do everything. And I am nowhere. But can I tell her that? No way. My Diwali will be over even before it had started. You guys know mums, they seldom stop when they start. And she is also a quintessential Mother India. Gyan

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BYSTANDER INTERVENTION

பாதகஞ் செய்பவரைக் கணடால் நாம் பயங்கொள்ளலாகாது பாப்பா! மோதி மிதித்துவிடு பாப்பா! அவர் முகத்தில் உமிழ்ந்துவிடு பாப்பா! This translates to: If you see anyone who troubles you We should not fear, child Attack and trample them, child On their faces, spit, child! Mahakavi Bharathiyar, the revolutionary poet penned his thoughts on women empowerment more than a century back which is as relevant today. But how many of us will resort to the above written verse? Why is the female sorority a victim of constant brutal attack?

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MY PERSONAL HEAVEN

The palm leaves with their elongated finger like fronds brush against each other making a hissing sound as the coconut trees sway with the sea breeze heralding the onset of monsoon. The palms stand rather gracefully even as the ripe coconuts weighed them down. Soon the drenching monsoons will wash everything clean and the entire Konkan will gleam brighter than the most precious emerald. This is what heaven means to me, this life encased in my little hut, its roof thatched

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HOW VOX COACH CAME TO BE

I’ve always loved singing and was trained as a kid, in carnatic music. Thereafter, there was a long gap before I found the courage to pursue singing once again. I just wished to open up my voice and sing freely as the basics of singing were already in place. Since I didn’t find anybody who solely catered to this, I started searching for remedies to this problem, online; I was sure there were other people out there who were suffering

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VOX COACH, DIVYA RT

We all know the power of words – but you’ve seen that when words are spoken with the right pitch, tone, it can make a huge impact. When I first heard of vocal coaching from Divya RT, Founder of VOX Coach I was curious to know more. With so much information at our disposal on the internet, I thought it best to keep it simple and focused on three questions. WHAT IS VOICE COACHING? Voice is an instrument of communication. Every

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MAGGIE’S TIGER

Four-year old May had her hand firmly secure in her Dad’s palm as she mischievously walked the path trampling the dried leaves and twigs. Their crunch seemed to elicit an even more conscious attempt to continue the act. Such was fun for a four-year old! Her father walked her and her older brother, Mikael, through a canopy of trees that led them to a gurgling stream. Seven-year old Mikael called out to Mark, “Dad, this is so awesome! You are

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A PILL IN THE NAME OF GOD

The moment people see the tag of Dr. preceding my name, they are reminded of whatever ails them and they seek advice. No harm there. I do my best to answer them but the ones that get to me are the women who are looking for a quick fix to delay their periods. And for what? Something like a puja or a trip to the native place. I try my best to hide my displeasure but such seekers often do

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