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4 Reasons Why You And Your Kids Should Learn Swimming

posted by Anupriya April 21, 2019 0 comments

Come summers, and I see this frenzy around me – parents rushing to enrol their kids in colourful swimming costumes for swimming lessons. When I was growing up, swimming was a skill for the elite (at least for us middle-class mortals in a city like Chandigarh). But here in Kolkata, I see that Swimming is a very popular and essential sport that parents intend to make their kids learn. So, I too took the plunge this year and enrolled my elder son Nik for swimming lessons.  It took some preparation, in terms of setting a routine, getting the swimming costume, gathering the accessories (swimming glasses, earplugs, etc.). But a couple of days down, Nik is really enjoying his swimming lessons. Continue Reading

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Travel Stories with Kids – Treating Myself with a Luxury Passport Holder

posted by Anupriya March 21, 2019 0 comments

As someone who has been living away from the nest (yes! The home where my parents live), I could call myself a frequent traveler. But travelling after becoming a mom has taken an all together different meaning. Earlier the idea of travelling excited me no end. Days before the scheduled travel I would be a chirpy bird, putting my packing together and dreaming about the adventures that would await me enroute my destination.  But ever since I became a mother, the preceding days see me more nervous than excited.  The reason? I fear that I might just forget something crucial for the travel. Or that I might pack all wrong and put stuff that needs to be in the hand luggage (specially the kids stuff). Continue Reading

Punjabi Suits
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My Musings About Work, Culture And Punjabi Suits

posted by Anupriya March 15, 2019 5 Comments

I was born and brought up in Chandigarh, the then capital of Punjab and Haryana.  For a long time (to be specific, until I moved out of Chandigarh at 22 years of age), I lived under oblivion presuming that Punjabi  suits were an attire specific to the northern region. I feel like an ignorant idiot now when I remember thinking that we in all of North India were so influenced by the strong dominant Punjabi culture that we embraced their dressing sense too.

When I first landed in Mysore at the Infosys Campus, I looked at the sea of humans aka engineering graduates who had arrived from all over India to join their first job. It was then that I realised that Punjabi Suits were actually a rage among young girls from across the length and breadth of the country. No, I did not see any girls in skirts and blouses, or sarees (like I had seen in movies in various vernacular languages). That’s when the popularity of this super comfortable attire dawned upon me. Continue Reading

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5 Things I Tell Myself to Ace My Mental Peace

posted by Anupriya March 5, 2019 2 Comments

I am a firm believer of every individual being the architect of their own destiny. ‘I am, what I choose to be’, or ‘I do what I do’ are the life philosophies that I live by. To react to actions of others’ is a personal choice. I may choose to indulge in mud-slinging or I may choose to rise above petty arguments and come out more dignified. But how do I check my reactions in the heat of a situation? And even if I manage to keep my mouth in check, how do I detach my mind from getting affected. Here I share five things I tell myself to get my mental peace and remind myself that I have a choice. Continue Reading

Green Tea
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My Trysts With Tea And Love For Green Tea

posted by Anupriya February 15, 2019 14 Comments

For all the first 22 years of my life, I had never ever tasted chai. Yes! As much as you may want to widen your eyes, that’s the truth of my life. Coffee sometimes, yes, but anything to do with tea sent my nose scrunching while the others around me scowled in disbelief.

Well! There’s some background to this aversion to tea. As per my mom I belong to that scarce species of kids who loved milk. Infact both us sisters would have a long standing face-off, inspecting two glasses on the table to claim the one with more milk (even though my mom made sure to give us the same amount to the best of her ability). Strangely enough, even during my teens, I never felt the need to switch to tea. I was more than happy with my milk indulgences with half a dozen flavors that my mom stocked the kitchen with. Continue Reading

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Help Renu Run A Sewing Circle #ProjectWhyDelhi #GivingTuesday

posted by Anupriya November 29, 2018 4 Comments

I often wonder that whether the donations I make to various NGO every year are being out to good use or not. I sincerely hope that these funds which come from my hard earned money are not subject to red tapism and corruption.  So when you come across people who are directly involved with some good work and have personal stories to share, it is always very heart warming.

I had a similar interaction with Damyanti Biswas last week, where she told me in good detail about #ProjectWhyDelhi and how it was making a positive and sustainable impact on the lives of children and women.

This Tuesday, some of us bloggers are joining together for a cause: supporting the Project Why Women’s Centre at Madanpur Khadar, New Delhi via the Giving Tuesday Initiative, a global giving movement.

Project Why provides after-school support to underprivileged children, and also works on women’s empowerment, so they can support themselves and their children. Since 2007, over a 1000 women have been trained at the women’s centre sewing circle, including Renu, the sewing teacher. Continue Reading

Durga Puja Pandal
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A Non-Bong in Kolkata – Much more than a Durga Pujo Pandal

posted by Anupriya October 15, 2018 7 Comments

As a non-Bong living in Kolkata for almost 8 years now, the high point of Durga Puja for the likes of me is the prospect of 4 days of consecutive night outs hopping from one pandal to another, eating out and most importantly experiencing the largest street carnival that anyone can ever witnesses.

By tradition, every locality has a common community Durga Puja managed by the local Durga Puja managing committees who invite the local residents of that area to join them in the Durga Puja proceedings that start from the sixth day of the Navratri. These are the same people who make contribution for these puja pandals for the proceedings of the rituals and bhog during the five days of Durga Puja. But over the years, these donations have become exorbitant, especially owing to ridiculous amounts doled out by the local politicians meant to appease the residents in their territory. With huge amounts getting involved, the dynamics of Durga Puja Pandal has added multiple hues to the celebrations. I am sure you are tempted to ask – How? Here are a couple of pointers – Continue Reading

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A Non Bong in Kolkata – Durga Puja Culture (Induction)

posted by Anupriya October 9, 2018 11 Comments

What would a 27 year old woman miffed with the slow life of the City of Joy know about Durga Pujo, within 3 months of being in the city? Yes, that’s me in 2010. Until then, all that I knew about Kolkata was that it’s the city of Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge and a lazy sect of people (please no offenses meant) for whom the afternoon siesta is as important as the post meal sweets at the dinner table. And mind you all these perceptions were passed on to me from the Bong colleagues from the city itself who I worked with in my various jobs.

I hardly had any idea about half a dozen other communities who had made Kolkata their home over the generations and played a prominent role in the economy of the city by living a happy but busy life, that too within a bubble they seemed to have created around themselves. Yes, that’s what I saw when I landed in this city and tried to settle down as the new bahu of a Marwari household. I saw the kids of the household and the extended family taking polarized stands in favor of their Marwari friends with remarks such as Woh toh Bengali hai!’ Frankly speaking it confused me loads. Having grown up in the pot-pouri culture of Chandigarh cross-cultural polarization actually came to me as shock. But what could a new bahu tell people about having lived in 5 different cities across the length and breadth of the country and never having been subject to such strong (hum Marwari hai, and aamra toh Bangali) communal stance specially among the regular middle class. Continue Reading

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Karma of Finishing What You Start – Karmic Fitness #4

posted by Anupriya September 30, 2018 1 Comment

Are you wondering already, what remains to be said about  becoming successful after the third episode on Karma of Success – Karmic Fitness #3. When I sat down to think of factors other than consistency of hard work might affect my success, I couldn’t think of anything other than the factors mentioned in the episode #3.  But Episode #4 on Karmic Fitness by Neha Jain of GMCKS Lightworkers based on Master Choa Choc Sui’s teachings had me in for further introspection. Click here to watch full video.

One has to admit that our success is heavily dependent on other people who form a part of our landscape. In every situation anyone will have internal and external stakeholders, who play varied roles in taking your endeavors to the next level. Let’s take for example, if I were to create a map for attaining success in my blogging journey, I would analyse my situation as having the following stakeholders – Continue Reading

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Never Lie To Your Kids – #KarmicFitness

posted by Anupriya September 12, 2018 5 Comments

In the first post of this four post series of ‘Karmic Fitness’ theme this month, I told you about how one needs to train oneself at three levels (physical, mental and emotional) to not criticize others and appreciate them genuinely. Why it is very important to sow the seeds of appreciation and non-criticism to reap similar fruits. You can read about my endeavor to practice this aspect of karma here.

After completing the challenges of week 1 of the Karmic fitness program I was kind of prepared for any kind of task in the coming week. After all as a highly opinionated person, I have consciously begun to refrain from even mentally criticizing anyone. Any other task, I presumed, would surely be a cake walk in comparison. Or so I thought! I guess the universe is hell bent on proving me wrong. Continue Reading