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5 Life Lessons to Learn from the movie ‘Chef’ – not a #MovieReview

posted by Mommy Tincture October 14, 2017 4 Comments

The latest bollywood release ‘Chef’ starring Saif Ali Khan is the story of a man’s love for food and his son. Roshan K the protagonist of the story is a chef in New York who having arose from the ‘Gullies’ of Chandni Chowk in New Delhi India and achieved the summit of success as a Chef is on a path downhill in his professional as well as personal life. This man in his pursuit of success and fame gets into a vicious circle and drifts apart from his life partner. He claims to love his son most in the world even when he feels tied down by the burdens of his profession, financial obligations etc and not able to spare enough time for him. Continue Reading


8 Weird Reasons Why Some Women Observe KarvaChauth

posted by Mommy Tincture October 8, 2017 16 Comments

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As a young girl KarwaChauth for me was a day when my mom took a break from the routine chores in the house. This was because, with an entire day of stringent fasting ahead of her, she just couldn’t be bothered with discipline. I used to look forward to the evening when my mother and aunts from the neighborhood used to come together to do an hour long puja by rotating glittering thalis (plates) that comprised various signs of their Suhaag. I really did marvel at how nicely each one of them dressed up in their best outfits and dedicated this day in honour of their love for their husbands.

Also, I often wondered that when I grew up and got married, would I ever have the dedication to bear hunger for one full day for my husband’s sake? That was then. A couple of years later, I began to question the logic and validity of it all. I remember my Mom’s wide-eyed stern-faced reaction when I asked her “How can my fasting add years to another man’s life?” (I sometimes think this could really be a Noble Peace Prize winning research if it could come up with a tangent root-cause correlation) Continue Reading

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Teaching Children About Charity

posted by Mommy Tincture October 6, 2017 8 Comments

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I am a firm believer in KARMA. KARMA may be defined as the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. So yes the most important value that I want to teach my kids is ‘Do Good’. Sooner or later it will come back to you. Your act of benevolence may or may not always boomerang from the same person, but it will come back to you for sure.

I believe that there are two aspects to doing good and being compassionate towards people. Firstly, I wish to teach my kids that they ought to be good to everyone they deal with in their daily life. This everyone includes EVERYONE ranging from family, friends, foes, and people who assist in making our life comfortable on an everyday.  The second aspect of doing good is through charity. Continue Reading


5 Reasons I Enjoy Durga Puja in Kolkata

posted by Mommy Tincture October 1, 2017 4 Comments

When I came to live in Kolkata in the July of 2010, everyone in the family seemed to be very excited by the prospect of my first Durga Puja in the city. I was a bit surprised and confused because we aren’t Bengali. I was of the view that it’s the Bengali community that celebrates Durga Puja like we in north Indian celebrate Diwali. I often found myself perplexed by the excitement that my new cousins expressed. At times I would flaunt my multi-cultural and multi-geographical exposure and say, “What’s the big deal? People in North celebrate Diwali with a lot of fervor. Ganpati Puja in Maharashtra is as much a Pandal culture festival with thousands of people thronging LalBaghcha Raja for darshan.Continue Reading

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My Health My Way – #ApneTareekeSeHealthy

posted by Mommy Tincture September 18, 2017 17 Comments

For a major part of my life, I have been a weight conscious person. In my twenties when I was working –studying-working away from home, I didn’t eat healthily and eating outside every day became a norm. Being younger I didn’t get too affected and I encashed on all the health reserves that my mom’s nutritious food had created on my body.

After marriage having children was an exhausting physical experience and a mental burden. I faced numerous health issues resulting from deficiency of essential nutrients, constant limb pain, hair fall and skin pigmentation to name a few. Added to this was the responsibility to produce enough breast milk for the little one and the stress of managing a job alongside the role of a mother and a home-maker. Above all this there was this constant urge to lose the pregnancy weight which amidst the other problems seemed to be a big task. Continue Reading


Positive Parenting with Meditation (the spiritual route to being positive)

posted by Mommy Tincture September 16, 2017 12 Comments

As a mother, I often feel that a lot of what I say, do or react to my children is impacted by my state of mind, my emotions and also my surroundings.  Have you ever felt that the optimism or pessimism in your surroundings gets on to you and you, in turn, behave in a similar fashion?

As parents, we know that children’s actions are not motivated by wrong intentions. They are just instinctive. They are either naïve and don’t understand the implications of their words or actions; or they have no knowledge of the territory they are traversing into. In any case, if you are a parent who reacts too easily or worries too much, I am sure you feel the need for a magical wand to help you keep calm. Continue Reading

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Want to Return to work? Watch out for ReStartHer

posted by Mommy Tincture September 13, 2017 17 Comments

When I asked Neha Bagaria, Founder, JobsForHer as to why according to her Indian women find it so hard to get back to work after a break, her candid reply was,

“The ecosystem just does not support the comeback.”

But she was quick in adding that the corporate world was definitely headed for a transition. Several multi-national companies now realize that diversity isn’t just important because it puts them in a more socially acceptable space. Diversity is also important because it directly impacts the bottom line of their business. There is concrete research Continue Reading

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#LoveJatao This GrandParents’ Day

posted by Mommy Tincture September 10, 2017 17 Comments

My elder son Nik went to a play school where Valentines’ Day was celebrated as the Grandparents Day. His grandparents were too shy to go to the school for such a celebration, thus missed all the fun and frolic. I too did not pursue this matter too much, thinking that Nik is too young to understand anything. I regret it now, because his current school conducts no such celebration. When I read about Grandparents’ Day on 10th September this year, I was a little excited. I decided to make the day special for the grandparents and grandchildren in my house. Continue Reading


Parenting in the 90s

posted by Mommy Tincture September 9, 2017 33 Comments

When I look back at my childhood and of those around me, I see an entire generation of parents who have given up everything for the sake of their kids. Though parenting in every age and time has its challenges accrued to the ecosystem, I feel that the generation of our parents i.e. the 90s, comprised of a large section of middle-class families where fathers were the prime earners and mothers the homemakers. This is the generation of parents who lost themselves to a constant call of responsibility Continue Reading

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Book Review – The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad

posted by Mommy Tincture September 5, 2017 50 Comments

When Twinkle Khanna came up with her first book Mrs Funnybones she became the voice of every mother, daughter, wife and every other role that an Indian woman plays in her life. Her skillful infusion of humor and sarcasm into deep rooted issues that encompass our generation was a lease of fresh air for every reader. So yes, when her second book was announced, I right away pre-ordered the book as I was particularly interested in discovering how ‘Tina’ has adorned the role of a fiction writer from her current I-have-this-opinion-on-this-issue style of writing. I have been able to read the book only 10 months after just reflects that I am a real busy mom!

The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna is an ensemble of four short stories. I wish I could say that the four stories bring to you variant aspects of lives of women from different walks of life. Though three of the four stories do exactly that, Continue Reading