ETIQUETTE OF GRIEF

I know it’s the season to be festive and I should be sounding bright and upbeat and yet I am finding it difficult to come up with something that is even remotely so. I just lost someone I was extremely fond of, to a bizarre accident. The thought that she had just completed her studies and was looking forward to a bright future just makes it worse to bear. Her ever smiling face and her optimism could cheer up the

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THE TRUE MEANING OF FESTIVALS!

With the onset of the festival season, the never-ending struggle of having our home in a spick and span condition begins. We leave no stone unturned in decking up our abodes by spending a lot of money. But somehow, we end up getting too engrossed in these activities that we forget to realise and embrace the real essence of it. In my opinion, it is mainly about rekindling and rejuvenating our relationships with our friends and family, neighbours and relatives

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SELF RELIANCE

Make your child self-reliant Inculcating self-reliance in my child has always ranked high on my list. Not to undermine the importance of education and values, I want to draw attention towards what we might be overlooking. Why the premium on self-reliance?  Because it’s not just a trait but a survival kit. A child who knows she can rely on herself will sail through challenges life throws at her. Surprisingly it doesn’t take much to instil that confidence in a kid. Start small,

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YES, THE CHILD NEEDS AN ANSWER!

How open are we about talking about few things we come across, – do we move on – do we wonder what to do (keep wondering) – do we criticize what we observe? Here’s one such learning as a Mother, I am sharing with you all. A little story to this. My princess as she is gradually moving to the next level, she has been exploring externally and internally. What is it?She has been observing people around her and she

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WHAT NOT TO SAY!

You meet someone after a long time and all he/she says is “Gosh!  You have put on so much weight.  You should do something.  You know you will look and feel better.  You might die of diabetes.  Do something!”  You are pregnant and someone quips, “You know my relative’s child was born with birth defects.  She was shattered.” I remember when my father had a heart attack, people would come and start suspecting the doctors.  They would tell my mother,

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LET IT GO

Embracing the essence of Autumn Quite often we have heard and said, ‘Let it go’. But only a few of us adhere to its true meaning and for the rest of us, it’s just a phrase. Autumn is a beautiful time of the year with pleasant weather and one of my favourite seasons mostly because this was a time when I was born. Besides this, it holds a special importance in my life. As it taught me how beautiful it

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QUESTION

To the one who has written this song called life come on down and be human for a day being God must be easy try wearing our hats for a few days. With each day is a new struggle many roles you would need to juggle you can’t give up on any  this won’t simple with the kind of roles we shuttle Earning a living or living the earned mastering this life or letting it master the art of wearing

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BEING MYSELF

While growing up I remember my mother’s pithy two-word advice to a lot of my problems- BE YOURSELF. How simple it sounded at first. But it was so much easier said than done. I have been trying to do that and after four decades of struggle, I’m able to say with some honesty that I am finally closer to being myself. As a young girl, I remember being called a smart mouth because I spoke my mind. It would hurt

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ON DAYS NOT SO GOOD…

According to the surveys – India has the highest numbers of suicides among youth. The research also says, women are twice as likely to suffer from mental illness as compared to men because of various issues which make them more vulnerable. Besides counselling and psychiatric treatment I feel each one of these patients also needs someone open their hearts and share their pain before it’s too late . This is year the focus is on suicide prevention and my poem

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EVERYBODY SAYS, I’M FINE!

Look around you, look at social media; everyone is happy, colourful, rich, surrounded by friends and relatives and you envy them, believe that their life is perfect.  The people in those posts have no problems in life.  They have good health, money, friends, a very active social life, “besties” and you feel like a loser, like you are lagging behind in this race. Have a heart-to-heart chat with most of them and you will see that everyone is battling their

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