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Boys Dresses for Party
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Tips For Selecting Boys Dresses For A Party

posted by Anupriya June 19, 2019 0 comments

I have iterated this numerous times that for me comfort always comes before style. But if the two can be combined then I am the first one to grab such boys dresses for my kids. This summer season saw us attending at least half a dozen family ceremonies, including an engagement, a wedding, a couple of birthdays, a kirtan etc.

This meant a lot of planning on my part as every party was different in its mood and I wanted the boys to be dressed accordingly. Also, the boys are still young and I did not want to hassle them with too elaborate a costume. So, here is my checklist that I ticked off while shopping for their outfits (click here to buy boys dress online) for the chain of parties that we have been attending over the last month – 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!

ZEE5 D.A.T.E
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Keep Your D.A.T.E. with your dreams even if you are 50 years old

posted by Anupriya May 22, 2019 6 Comments

“India is over-flowing with a large number of over-qualified home-makers (read women), who have no idea what to do with their education.” With this statement, I was left pondering upon the fate of women who never let their careers kick-start because they were made to believe, or themselves felt that their families were to take precedence over everything. In this context, I came across this short movie on ZEE5 D.A.T.E., where it has been so aptly depicted that we have a section of women who have diligently catered to the needs of their family without faltering.

They have seen their husbands off to work and kids to school making sure they are never late. They have made whatever efforts it required to meet deadlines, whether it was to provide timely meals for family members or to help their kids submit their school projects. Their efficient management skills ensured that the household ran like a well-oiled machine without ever coming to a stand-still. In this process, they haven’t been able to keep their D.A.T.E. with their career aspirations. Then would it be too much for these ladies to ask for an opportunity to prove themselves worthy of contributing to an organization’s progress? Continue Reading

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

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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

Mental Peace
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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

#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

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