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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

Send Rakhi From USA to India
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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

Ladies Shoes
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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!

Swimming Costumes
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4 Reasons Why You And Your Kids Should Learn Swimming

posted by Anupriya April 21, 2019 1 Comment

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

ADHD
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Creative Parenting: Can Aromatherapy Be Used to Calm down Kids with ADHD?

posted by Anupriya March 27, 2019 1 Comment

Aromatherapy is often touted as a way to help people relax, typically with the use of essential oils. Many parents say it helps to reduce symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in their children. Children with ADHD find it difficult to pay attention, sit still, and control their impulses but some parents report a significant difference when they use certain oils. This article will look at some of the most popular oils and how they are thought to work. If you already have oils in mind and you just want some options for diffusers, browse www.aromatechscent.com.  Continue Reading

Punjabi Suits
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My Musings About Work, Culture And Punjabi Suits

posted by Anupriya March 15, 2019 6 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

#ProjectWhyDelhi
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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

Younger Sister
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6 Ways How My Younger Sister Makes Me Awesome

posted by Anupriya October 17, 2018 34 Comments

I am often quoted mentioning one aspect of my childhood that makes for the very DNA of who I am today. And that is that my younger sister and I grew up in a typical middle class household where we never faced any paucity of resources that were required for our growth and learning, yet there never ever wa a penny extra for any kind of splurging. Yet we had a fun filled childhood, with frequent weekend road trips to nearby getaways  from Chandigarh, hours of cycling within our gated society and eons of hours spent playing indoor board games. And one person who has remained constant and played a vital role in maing my life fun-filled and worth remembering is my younger sister, Supriya.

As I reflect on my life today, I release that her role in shaping me up has been beyond the bouts of fun and fights that we lived through in our early life. So here’s an ode to my little sister, who I think has played a vital role in shaping me into who I am today – 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

Durga Pujo Culture
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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