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Book Review – ‘Shhh Don’t Talk About Mental Health’ by Arjun Gupta

posted by Anupriya August 12, 2019 0 comments

When a 22 year old lad, decides to write a book on Mental Health, it is likely to pique interest of someone like me, who has been already reading a lot about Mental Wellness. What makes the case to read this book more convincing is the fact that the author has himself battled severe clinical depression at such a young age. And once out of it, he has been spreading awareness about Mental Health through his blog and Youtube channel.

I have closely followed Arjun’s work and really appreciate the traction of his work. So it was a given that I was going to read this book. I have to confess that having read this book I realize how little I knew about the history and the case for maximum awareness for mental health. I am really glad that I lay my hands on this book. So here’s my review of  ‘Shhh Don’t Talk About Mental Health’ by Arjun Gupta Continue Reading

School App
Kids LearningParenting

The Unique Side of School Apps: Connecting Schools To Parents Through Effective Communication

posted by Anupriya August 2, 2019 0 comments

Most adults remember the time of the year when schools re-started, and everything happened at the last minute. As children, we would have forgotten at least one activity or chore assigned by the teacher to complete during the holidays. We’d remember it just 24 hours before the first day back to school. This is only one example. When kids are in school, things are always rushed for parents who try their level best to keep everything in order.

In the grey cloud of continually juggling work, school, and extracurricular activities, there is a silver lining. Technology has made it much, much easier for parents and the school to communicate. A school app like Voice Snap offers a unique solution. With just a touch of a button, a guardian can contact a school administrator, a teacher can get in touch with parents, or a student can see their transcripts.

Let’s explore the three main ways parenting and school apps aid in connecting parents and academic institutions. Continue Reading

Send Rakhi From USA to India
Kids & Women LifeStyle

Shop For Rakhi Online This Year – Send Rakhi Anywhere In The World

posted by Anupriya July 30, 2019 0 comments

I moved away from home town around 15 years ago. The first year was emotionally very taxing for me, as I could not be home for major festivals. I still remember that I had joined my job in the month of August and the first festival that came was that of Rakshabandhan.

As a child, I have cherished the festival of Rakhi as it was an occasion when all us cousins would gather and the sisters would go around tying Rakhi on the brothers’ wrists. It was so much fun. As we grew up, the older cousins started leaving the nest to make a mark in their professions. But we kept the fondness of the festival alive by sending them Rakhi via courier.

We have followed the trend through all these years. I still look forward to this time of the year when my enthusiasm to shop for the Rakhi is at its peak. But as I shopped for Rakhi this year, I just contemplated calling my sister, who just shifted to Canada a couple of months ago. I offered to her to buy Rakhis on her behalf and send them. But she declined the offer outright. Continue Reading

ZEE5's Kaafir
Kids & Women LifeStyleMotherhood

ZEE5’s Kaafir – What’s it like being a mother in this day and age?

posted by Anupriya June 25, 2019 1 Comment

I have been extremely wary of the deluge of web series available on various platforms. Reasons? Well, with two boys in the tow, I can’t be seen with a gadget in my hands for too long. Also, I am scared that I might not be able to pull myself out of the plethora of content available online as of date.

But now and then I come across content that is not only pertinent but also promises to be emotionally supercharged. One such web series Kaafir has released on ZEE5 on 15th June. I happened to watch its trailer earlier and figured that Kaafir is the story of a Pakistani girl who due to very peculiar circumstances lands in Kashmir and is detained on charges of being a militant.  Continue Reading

WoTY
Work and Life

Courage – How my word of the year has panned out in 2019

posted by Anupriya June 22, 2019 1 Comment

I stepped into 2019 with WOTY ‘Courage’. The plan was to overcome my doubts and hesitations and try things that I never have tried earlier.  In retrospect I think my WOTY should have been ‘dare’. Dare to think, dare to aspire, dare to do. Oh yes! All this daring requires courage. So I guess my WOTY is justified.

So here’s an account of how I have been able to live upto my WOTY. Continue Reading

Boys Dresses for Party
Kids & Women LifeStyle

Tips For Selecting Boys Dresses For A Party

posted by Anupriya June 19, 2019 0 comments

I have iterated this numerous times that for me comfort always comes before style. But if the two can be combined then I am the first one to grab such boys dresses for my kids. This summer season saw us attending at least half a dozen family ceremonies, including an engagement, a wedding, a couple of birthdays, a kirtan etc.

This meant a lot of planning on my part as every party was different in its mood and I wanted the boys to be dressed accordingly. Also, the boys are still young and I did not want to hassle them with too elaborate a costume. So, here is my checklist that I ticked off while shopping for their outfits (click here to buy boys dress online) for the chain of parties that we have been attending over the last month – Continue Reading

Ladies Shoes
Kids & Women LifeStyle

Five Types Of Ladies Shoes That A Girl Must Have

posted by Anupriya June 15, 2019 0 comments

As a kid, I was always intrigued by the amount of shopping my mom had to do vis-a-vis my father. Those were the days when men weren’t very high on accessories and my mother was a minimalist. Yet, on any of the family occasion, she was bound to make multiple trips to the market to buy matching stuff including hair accessories, ladies shoes (Yes, my mom preferred those belly shoes over anything else), a suitable handbag etc. Being a Tom-girl, I was fond of the fetish for everything colour co-ordinated which absolutely bowled me over.

During my engineering college days and while at the first job (some tips for your first job) I remained oblivious with the fashion simpleton. After my post graduation course began at Management college in Mumbai, the city of dreams, I became apprised with fashion sense. I guess the city that does that to you!

So what did I do? Nothing much. I began to observe people around and noticed things that made the ladies around me look attractive. I then realized that apart from natural good looks, it was all about accessories. Yes, accessories, when chosen the right way, could make a sea change to even a simpler outfit.

But personally, did I emulate them all? No! I couldn’t. The one time I tried to include all sorts of accessories I ended up cancelling my attendance at the college social (Read how to style up yourself for your college prom night). It was frustrating. It wasn’t me!

I went back to the drawing board and figured out the ‘Least Common Denomination’ that would make me look good and decked up for an occasion. And guess what I figured out? I realized that quickest accessory that would make a difference to my looks, requiring little maintenance was the ladies shoes.

You have one for every occasion. And ladies shoes come in all shapes, colours and sizes. In this write-up, I explore the five types of ladies shoes that one must have to match with every costume and custom in your life.

Sneakers

You need sneakers if you are on the run always, like me. As a young adult, I was a hustler. That required me to run from pillar to post. Now, as a mum of two boys, I am still running a pillar to post. A pair of sneakers comes in handy to make made hustling more comfortable.

Flat Sandals

If you are averse to sneakers or anything as sporty, the next best thing that you could get your feet is a pair of Flat Sandals. They are an ideal and comfortable companion to get you through the rut of your routine.

Black Loafers

You need to give a formal or semi-formal look to yourself before a meeting? Well, the black loafers are an ideal complement that sober officious look.

A Pair of Heels

And then there are times when you need to exhume style and suaveness. A pair of pencil heels, or walking heels, or pumps would do great to add that delicacy to your well thought out attire.

A Dash of Color

Add a pair of belly shoes, or any other style, with or without heels, but make sure that it has that pop of a solid colour adding zing to your personality.

With these five types of shoes, you are ready to style new looks every day!

Influenza
Kid Issues

Things To Know About Influenza In Children

posted by Anupriya June 11, 2019 13 Comments

As educated and informed parents, we want to be diligent about matters that concern our kids. But sometimes, due to lack of enough authentic information we tend to take some calls that cost us, rather our kids dearly. One such area of concern is their health. I have been extremely careful about my kids’ vaccinations throughout.  So much so that I almost memorized their vaccination schedules and always took an appointment well in advance to not miss any deadline. In line with the vaccination calendar, I also got my kids administered with the Influenza (commonly known as ‘Flu’) vaccination in the first year itself. But I was in for a shock when my elder one suffered from flu in the middle of his playschool session when he was just about 2 years. No, missing the studies part wasn’t that difficult for his age, but dealing with the ailment while he brooded about missing his play time at school was.

On my subsequent visit to the pediatrician, I had loads of queries as to why he got infected by Flu even when he was vaccinated for the same last year. What follows in this write up is a summary of some important things that every parent must know about Influenza in Children.

Influenza is different from Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTIs)

It is an air-borne viral infection, different from common cold, cough and sneezing or any other form of URTIs which are normally bacterial infections. Thus administering any antibiotics is of no use.

Major symptoms of Influenza are –

  • Sudden fever
  • Chills and shakes
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Weakness
  • Dry cough, sore throat
  • Loss of appetite

Influenza in children may not show all the above-mentioned symptoms. But high fever, febrile seizures, body ache and loss of appetite are some prominent symptoms of Influenza in kids.[i]

Influenza Virus is an ever-changing virus

Influenza is a virus that changes its shape frequently. That answered my question about why my kid suffer from ‘flu’despite having given the vaccination against it. Actually, because it changes its form very frequently, the vaccination already administered is not able to recognize the virus and the anti-bodies are incapable of doing their job. To handle this situation, it is best if the vaccination is administered every year.

Influenza Vaccination is safe for all age groups, even as young as 6 months, and should be administered once a year to prevent occurrence of Flu.[ii]

What should you do if your child has the flu?

Influenza is an air-borne infection; thus, your child should be quarantined inhouse for atleast 5-7 days or up to 2 weeks. Inability to do so, will have several repercussions. One is that other children become high on risk of getting infected. Secondly, your kid is very weak due to the infection. If enough rest is not taken, it may cause prolonged weakness. That will weigh adversely on his performance even if he starts going to school. Given enough rest to the child, with sufficient liquid intake and a balanced nutritious diet to expedite the recovery.

Children upto the age of five years are most susceptible to this viral infection. Thus, get them vaccinated at proper intervals to avoid contamination with the virus.[iii]

When protection for your child is available in the form of a vaccine, it is recommended you use it to prevent occurrences of the flue.

#IPromiseToStopFlu for my child. You?

[i]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3098742/

[ii]https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=influenza-flu-in-children-90-P02514

[iii]https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=influenza-flu-in-children-90-P02514

ZEE5 D.A.T.E
Kids & Women LifeStyle

Keep Your D.A.T.E. with your dreams even if you are 50 years old

posted by Anupriya May 22, 2019 6 Comments

“India is over-flowing with a large number of over-qualified home-makers (read women), who have no idea what to do with their education.” With this statement, I was left pondering upon the fate of women who never let their careers kick-start because they were made to believe, or themselves felt that their families were to take precedence over everything. In this context, I came across this short movie on ZEE5 D.A.T.E., where it has been so aptly depicted that we have a section of women who have diligently catered to the needs of their family without faltering.

They have seen their husbands off to work and kids to school making sure they are never late. They have made whatever efforts it required to meet deadlines, whether it was to provide timely meals for family members or to help their kids submit their school projects. Their efficient management skills ensured that the household ran like a well-oiled machine without ever coming to a stand-still. In this process, they haven’t been able to keep their D.A.T.E. with their career aspirations. Then would it be too much for these ladies to ask for an opportunity to prove themselves worthy of contributing to an organization’s progress? Continue Reading

BlogchatterWritFest
Blogging

What I Learnt From The #BlogchatterWritFest

posted by Anupriya May 18, 2019 0 comments

My Writing Journey

In the beginning of my career, writing was not a part of the core tasks that I was expected perform. My creative writing ventures had been limited to the submissions I made for my school magazine, or the speeched I wrote for myself for various events that were conducted at college or in my organization. Structured writing of research papers was a part of my curriculum during my MBA. But that was again a job that needed to be done within a certain premise. Years later, I came to be a free-lance admissions consultant to help candidates write and edit their Statements of Purpose and Essays to present their profiles in the best light. That was the first time, I came to understand story-telling. Though the scope was limited, but it was story telling nevertheless. I was helping people write their stories to answer the queries about their strengths, weaknesses, challenges faced in personal/professional lives and their greatest learnings till date. Continue Reading