British Council Library
Kids Learning

Bringing Joy along with the Library Culture @ British Council Library Kolkata

posted by Anupriya September 18, 2019 0 comments

When I was growing up, there was no Google and we looked up for our answers in Encyclopedia(s) in the library. I remember how as a student I was enchanted by my school library – a room full of racks, one row after another containing in them hundreds of books written much before even I was born.  It’s a sad irony today that libraries have lost their sheen and online search media has taken over instead.

But this 15th of September, I got an opportunity to experience the magic that a library holds at the Family Day at British Council Library. Yes, you guessed it right, I took my boy along with me to be a part of various events and celebrate completion of 70 years of British Council in India. Continue Reading

Kiran Padhi
Women In Business

#MyFriendAlexa – Kiran Padhi of Emerge Transformation – Story of a Life Coach Entrepreneur

posted by Anupriya September 6, 2019 10 Comments

Today we have with us Kiran Padhi, Life Coach who has been working ardently for last three years to help people transform their lives and achieve their dreams.

Kiran Padhi is a Management Graduate and began her career as a Human Resources professional. She then decided to switch over to being a Life Coach and is now a coveted NLP practitioner, Laws of Attraction Trainer, Career Coach. She is determined to bring the benefits of NLP and Laws of Atttraction to more and more people through her venture Emerge Transformation. Continue Reading

Ira Hand Creations
Women In Business

#WomenInBusiness – Ira Hand Creations by Akhila Shekhar Ramganesh – #MyFriendAlexa

posted by Anupriya September 4, 2019 2 Comments

The current times are said to be the best times for those who want to leave the rut of routine life and not be stuck in a corporate job (oh, I have nothing against corporate jobs. Given a choice I would get myself one asap). It is a well known fact that India is bustling with over qualified women who were once working, but put their careers on the back seat because of various personal issues. The above two trends crossing paths has given rise to a new race of entrepreneurs who in the modern nomenclature known as – Mompreneurs, Solopreneurs, Homepreneurs etc.

Starting this September, every week on my blog , I will be featuring one woman entrepreneur who is carving her identity amidst holding various caps and balancing them while traversing through all the madness of life. So here’s raising a toast to all these amazing ladies, who put their heart to everything they do and the more surprising part is that they do everything equally amazingly.

Akhila Shekhar Ramaganesh At Ira Hand Creations

Akhila is a management graduate and set her priorities in her family once she gave birth to her son Advait. She is a mother of two and her daughter Poorna became the inspiration for her to explore her creative self. Let’s hear it from here about her venture Ira Hand Creations. Ira Hand Creations is a home based venture where Akhila makes handmade customized hair accessories. Continue Reading

Book Reviews

Book Review – ‘Hiraeth’ – Partition Stories from 1947 by Shivani Salil

posted by Anupriya August 26, 2019 3 Comments

As a youngster who grew up in Chandigarh, during my growing up years I only understood that ‘refugees’ were a sect of people, who came ‘here’ from the other side. The other side that our parents’ and our battle scarred generations have come to hate with our heart and soul. But as I grew up and my social circle expanded, I got to peep into their lives, their struggles and their predicaments. As the horizons of my mind broadened, the view towards refugees transformed from being wary, to being respectful and in some cases even proud.  Like in this one instance where a fellow blogger who has come to be a very dear friend Dr. Shivani Salil, makes my heart swell with pride with her book ‘Hiraeth’ – Partition Stories from 1947. Continue Reading


Do Homemakers Need To File Income Tax Returns?

posted by Anupriya August 22, 2019 0 comments

An individual or company usually file income tax returns for the annual income earned. Filing income tax returns is a good practice even if you’re not liable to pay tax. This is because there are several benefits associated with tax return filing. It is, of course, surprising to know that homemakers can file income returns even when they do not earn a regular income. Here you would know about some of the reasons that influence homemakers to file income tax returns. Continue Reading

Arjun Gupta
Book Reviews

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 Learning

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

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

posted by Anupriya July 30, 2019 1 Comment

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
Product Reviews

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


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