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Anupriya

Love is Enough
Stories

My love is enough for Both of us – #WriteBravely

posted by Anupriya June 24, 2018 0 comments

/“Trust me Sarika! You will get someone much better to spend your life with.” Neev’s heart broke into million tiny pieces as he tried to pull his hand out of Sarika’s grip.

“You’ve been saying that to me ever since I proposed to you. But look, we’ve made it through eight long years as a couple. We just need to take the wedding vows now.” Sarika rested her head on Neev’s shoulder, thinking of how she could make him change his mind. She knew though that it wasn’t going to be easy. Continue Reading

Home Chores Kids Can Help With
Guest PostKids LearningParenting

5 Chores Any Toddler Can Do

posted by Anupriya June 22, 2018 1 Comment

Doing household chores can often make you feel bored, tired or even frustrated, especially when you have one, two or more toddlers at home. But cleaning and other chores at home could be a  lot of fun if you are patient and try helping your little child learn some basic things in the household maintenance. However, your two or three-year old child can not perform ‘tasks’ alone. Therefore,you have to understand that they are only helping you little bit in the everyday household wok. You have to be there at all times, help them do things, encourage and reward them, if they succeed. Continue Reading

Guest PostKids Learning

4 Amazing Things That Happen When You Give a Kid a Camera

posted by Anupriya June 19, 2018 1 Comment

If you think that only professional photographers can make amazing photos, you are wrong. Have you ever thought of buying a camera for your child? Exactly – for your child, regardless of the age. If you hadn’t known, there are certain benefits of providing your child with a camera. Well, not the most expensive one, but a small Polaroid would be just fine. Art plays a fundamental role in the development of children and photography is a fantastic door to awaken that moment in them. The cameras for children provide them with a tool that allows them to portray their vision of the world around them. Here is why you should consider buying this for your loved ones. Continue Reading

Shuchi singh Kalra
Book Review

A Cage of Desires by Shuchi Singh Kalra – Book Review

posted by Anupriya June 18, 2018 12 Comments

Book Blurb

‘There’s a kind of love that makes you go down on one knee, and there’s the kind that brings you down on both. You don’t need the latter, because no matter what you do, you cannot make anyone love you back.’
Renu had always craved love and security, and her boring marriage, mundane existence somehow leads her to believe that, maybe, this is what love is all about. Maya, on the other hand, is a successful author who is infamous for her bold, erotic books.
What do these two women have in common? How are their lives intertwined?
Renu’s thirst for love and longing takes her on a poignant journey of self-exploration. The answers come to her when she finds the courage to stand up for herself, to fight her inner demons and free herself from the cage of desires . . .

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Fathers Day
Parenting

5 Movies To Watch This Father’s Day – Redefining Father’s Love

posted by Anupriya June 15, 2018 1 Comment

Since childhood I have been a sucker for Bollywood movies. My exposure to Hollywood movies was very limited so to say. Why?  (Me whispers, “We were not allowed!”) But then somehow I never pined for them either. Yet when I came of age and was independent enough to take calls on what I could watch and what not, I chose to catch up on the good movies that must be watched. And along the journey, I came across some beautiful movies that have stuck with me and revisit them time and again just to feel the emotions all over again. (Well that’s the case with Bollywood movies too! Would you despise me if I told you that I have watched Anil Kapoor starrer “SAHEB’ atleast 20 times?) Now when I thought about writing a Father’s Day post, I squandered hours trying to decide what I can I right that will measure the true depths of a father’s love for his child/children. Continue Reading

Blogchatter Ebook
Book Review

Deal of Death by Sonia Chatterjee – Blogchatter EBook Review

posted by Anupriya June 13, 2018 0 comments

As a reader, I have often confessed that I can’t handle suspense thrillers. Why? Because I just can’t wait for the suspense to unfold! I become jumpy and am on my toes and can’t stop turning pages until I have reached the climax. And no, I never ever skip to the last page to find out what happened and come back to read the plot. It just doesn’t work with me. So this year after the Blogchatter Ebook Carnival, when I picked up Deal of Death by Sonia Chatterjee to review, I knew I was going to have to find an considerably big time slot in my busy schedule (oh not because I have a lot of work; just that I have two pre-schoolers who are on their summer vacations!) and finish the book in one go. And voila! I have done it in straight 90 minutes (of course amidst baby poops, milk spills, kid fights and much more). Continue Reading

Kid Friendly Kitchen
Kids Learning

Planning Kid Friendly Kitchens – #GFTR2018

posted by Anupriya June 8, 2018 11 Comments

While Kitchen designs gain much interest from young couples in the current times, an aspect of kitchen designing that remains little explored is having Kid Friendly Kitchens. Yes, kid friendly kitchens are a recent scenario, with concepts such kid chefs and Kitchen Tots  gaining popularity. In this post, I share some of my insights into how we can get our kids to be interested in Kitchen chores and how having Kid Friendly Kitchens can help us achieve this goal. Continue Reading

Kids Fun

50 Ways To Keep The Kids Busy This Summer Vacation – The Minimalist Way

posted by Anupriya June 5, 2018 26 Comments

With a houseful of three kids (for those who have followed my posts know that I have two boys. Yes there’s another girl in the house, my boys’ first cousin. We live in a joint family) , all under five, summer vacations did not pose a very pleasing proposition to me. I have dreaded this years summer vacation with all my might and pondered on every resource available trying to figure out how I could keep the kids busy throughout the vacations.  Summer camps and activity classes were an option, but most of the options available last only a week or so that too just 3-4 hours a day. This really wasn’t a sustainable solution. To add to that the kids constantly insisted that they do everything together. My elder son is the only one at a respectable age to gain from the summer camps and like activities, but he won’t go alone.

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World Environment Day
Kids Learning

This Man Is On A Mission To Plant 1 Lac Neem Trees – #WorldEnvironmentDay

posted by Anupriya June 4, 2018 1 Comment

I was hearing a thought leader only yesterday, speaking about saving the earth. She made a very valid point. She said, ‘The earth will take care of itself. She has survived through the Dinosaur Age, the Holocaust and many such grave occurrences. What we need to be worried about is our survival on the earth. We need to save our homes!’

This got me thinking, how can we truly ‘Save Our Backs’? What initiatives are being taken to make our world environment-friendly? With these thoughts at the back of my mind, I took my kids to the Lions Safari Park at Southern Avenue this Sunday. I met three different set of people who are doing their bit to make this world a better place to live in. People who are doing ordinary things of great impact – one of them is on a mission to remove plastic littered across the landscape of the city, the second a group of volunteers who wish to encourage cycling as a mode of transit to save fuel and reduce pollution, and the third an individual planting Neem Trees / Saplings across Kolkata. Continue Reading

LifeStyle

The Abundance Mantra – Have So Much,Let More Coming – #GratitudeCircle May’18

posted by Anupriya May 31, 2018 4 Comments

How wrong could I be, when I thought that life would be smoother once the AtoZ Challenge was over. It got anything but smooth.  But Am I complaining? Not At All! You would think I must be crazy for whining but not complaining at the same time. Well! Here’s a peek into what all happened during the month. You would understand better!

My First e-Book

I was still recuperating from the frenzy of AtoZ Challenge when I realized I had no time to relax. My posts needed some serious editing,before they could be submitted for the EBook Carnival with Blogchatter. So whoosh went the first week of May and I was having sleepless nights over my blog posts and their editing.

Book writing is a complex process. More complex than anyone can ever fathom from the outside. It’s like unraveling the layers of a cabbage (Yes! A Cabbage) . You wouldn’t know when it’s ok to stop. Because the more layers you pull out, the shinier is the skin revealed. But how shiny is perfect shiny when you are editing your manuscript? I have learnt some of my lessons.

But yay! I am a published author now. As a young 20 something old, when I read my M&Bs I often wondered if I could ever write a love story and felt very strongly that someday I should be able to write something worth reading. (well then, things weren’t this simple, but I wanted to get published in a newspaper weekend magazine. The one where my dad worked!)

You may download my book here –

EBook - Anupriya

And today I have done it. My second manuscript is already in the pipeline, but will have to wait until end of this year to see the day of light (The reason? Read on to know more)

Until then, its gratitude for such joys of life.

Examination Fever

No! It’s not my kids who have their exams! There’s still a couple of years for that. Its me who is trying to study for a qualifying exam to pursue my professional goals. (The profession that I practiced before I became a stay at home mom and an aspiring blogger). While preparing for this exam, I realized that I have lost all capability to learn by heart and realized that if I stood any chance of clearing the exam, I have to practice. Life just isn’t all that supportive this month and not going to get better in another 20 days. Why? Becasue the kids have their summer vacations from the 12th of this month through 20th of the next month. Only when the kids’ school re-opens my life will have some chances of getting back in a routine. Right now I live in a crazy house. Ooops that’s the next part of this post.

Right here…. I am thankful that I still have it in me to be able to study for an exam.

Summer Vacations

My mother was often thankful for the vacations, because it gave her a chance to catch up on her sleep a little longer. But I have just not taken after her in this regard. I have dreaded the vacations all season, and felt that I am going to be a part of a nightmare. But it’s already been three weeks into the vacations and life hasn’t been all that difficult. It’s been hectic for sure, but manageable. I have been able to study for atleast 1.5hours everyday, spend upto 3 hours for my blog and spare an hour for my spiritual healing (through Meditation and practicing Forgiveness) Also, we (as in the kids and me) have been spending some quality time doing fun stuff such as creating a sand pit for play in our porch, setting up a tent in our balcony, learning to play board games etc. Its vacation time and I have hardly been having 6 hours of sleep daily. It really is crazy.

I really want to thank god for giving me the perseverance to work hard towards achieving my goals that I have set for myself this year. Despite a lot of physical discomfort and tiredness, I have been able to keep up with my schedule.

Oh! I forgot to mention about another first for my blog. This World Menstrual Hygiene Day, I hosted my first ever Blog Train with 12 other fellow bloggers. It was also my first ever attempt at a giveaway and a contest. It was one helluva learning experience. I am many times wiser now, on how to run a campaign.

Despite all the above mentioned challenges and the hangover from AtoZ Challenge I was able to put up 11 posts in the month of May’18. Life of ‘Me, the almost blogger’ is getting better at it. Gratitude to the blogger communities to help me keep going.

June is going to be equally crazy, with vacations till 20th of the month, several blogging engagements that I have committed myself to and the ongoing exam preparation. With just a month left for the exam, I am very nervous right now.

I think I must thank the almighty in advance for the strength and persistence that will help me sail through.

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This post is participating in April 2018 Gratitude Circle blog hop at Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles