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I love food and food loves me back – #ThankYouNote

posted by Mommy Tincture December 6, 2017 19 Comments

As a teenager and a young adult, food was always secondary in my list of priorities. I often wondered why people lay such importance to food, when it was just a means to survive for other important tasks of life. But when I got married, food became a quick bridge to my joint family’s heart. As rhetoric as it may sound I didn’t mind learning to cook for my family as a way to break the ice. It was then when I discovered the joy of cooking and eating good food.

Now as a mother to two toddlers, I have discovered the nutritional significance of food. These days I am always fretting over what to feed them so that their growth doesn’t suffer. This is the new aspect of food that gives me many a sleepless nights now.

There’s more for which I need to thank food. As I grew busy with my family and work, food helps me connect with my friends. Because trying out good food at some new place has become a major motivation to look for an excuse to meet my friends. I have been lucky to have friends who have a very perceptive mind to try out new cuisines and experiment with food.

To come to reflect on it, two of my closest friends in my life currently are very integrally associated with food. One of them is a chef and the other is a food stylist and a food blogger. So I am always surrounded by new trends in cooking, food items and reviews of latest food joints. Love for food is one of the many things I share with these friends of mine and that keeps me going back to them.

Over the last couple of years, cooking has become a way of retreat for me. I can just put on the apron, get into my den of a kitchen and let my imagination and love flow into the ingredients to come up with some nice desserts and savories. When I am in my kitchen, I feel I am able to unwind without making much of an effort for anything else. The joy of watching my family enjoy each portion of what I have created alleviated my mood further.

Another, reason why I am really thankful to food for it being an apt filler. In awkward situations with people who I really do not connect with very well, I do not have to fish for things to talk about, because food is there to my rescue. We can simply discuss food, restaurants and cuisines.

So all in all, I am really thankful to food for bringing love, excitement and comfort in my life. It would not be wrong to say that food is a form of therapy in one’s life.

Linking this post with Amrita and Tina for Thankful Thursday and Thank You Note

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How many lifelines do you have? I have many! – #ThankyouNote to Friends

posted by Mommy Tincture November 20, 2017 10 Comments

If someone asked me to define what importance does friendship hold in my life, this is how I’ll put it –

I really don’t fear falling anywhere…. That’s because you my friend will be there to hold me and pull me back to my feet.

Everytime, every single time I am about to go into the dungeons of self-doubts and holler in self pity about difficulties of life, I have someone hit me on my butt and get me going. That someone is you my friend.

There are times when I do not wish to do much and just chill, have some good time and enjoy. At such a time I do not have to do much. I just call up someone, make a plan and we both get going.  That someone is you my friend.

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8 Ways To Bring ‘Fun’ Home This Children’s Day

posted by Mommy Tincture November 12, 2017 17 Comments

My fondest memories of fun at school are associated with Children’s Day celebrations. Children’s Day at our school used to be celebrated with a lot of fervor and enthusiasm. We were allowed to dress up in our casual dresses and come to school. The day began with a prayer followed by a speech about the life and achievements of Chacha Nehru, whose birthday we set out to celebrate on 14th November. The assembly was followed by some dance and drama performances by our teachers who disguised themselves as kids. Then followed the fun and frolic in the form of a fair where there were various stalls that conducted games and fun events for kids.

Yes, the highlight of the Children’s Day was always this fest at the school where our teachers made a special effort to make this day fun and memorable for us year after year. But now that I have become a parent and my elder child has begun to understand Children’s Day I set out to figure how I could make this day fun for my kids at home too. So here’s a list of things that you as a parent could do to have fun on Children’s Day at home too. Continue Reading

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

posted by Mommy Tincture October 14, 2017 14 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

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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

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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

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Why SHEROES SUMMIT Kolkata 2017 touched my heart

posted by Mommy Tincture August 7, 2017 2 Comments

An event such as SHEROES SUMMIT Kolkata 2017 is a significant leap towards fostering a culture of inclusion in our society.  It is imperative that women are treated as equals and her priorities are respected and encouraged.

Educated women in our country suffer from a condition I call the Stuck-At-Home-Post-Marriage-Or-Kids-Syndrome. For almost 25 years of their lives, girls mark equivalent achievements as their male counterparts. And then one day a knight in shining armour comes riding on a horse and flips her life upside down. Continue Reading

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New Book Review – The 23rd Girl

posted by Mommy Tincture July 1, 2017 4 Comments

I picked up reading as a hobby very late in my life. It was only during the last year of my graduation that I took to reading ardently. When I did start taking reading seriously, I often wondered why there were so few Indian authors in the commercial fiction genre. Keep in mind this was 15 years back. The last decade to my delight has seen a surge in this number and has brought a revolution in the reading demographics of our country. People relate to Indian fiction more than the western ones and the youth is able to pick books for the sheer fun of reading a story that they can relate to. A high percentage of these books by the new age authors are essentially love stories and every novel brings a new aspect of love to the table.

One of the latest addition to the riot of romantic colours is the new book by Divya Ratan and Rohan Kachalia, ‘The 23rd Girl’

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Being Fair to Working Women for Becoming Mothers

posted by Mommy Tincture June 29, 2017 6 Comments

Sree had been working as an insurance underwriter with a reputed bank for last 4 years. In these four years, she had never availed leaves for more than a week or 10 days at a stretch. Even for her wedding, she had taken only 10 days off – 3 days before the wedding and a 5-day honeymoon. It was a decision that Sree and her husband had agreed upon so that both their jobs did not suffer. Sree had been 31 when she got married and the couple knew that the biological clock was ticking. When she conceived within 6 months of the wedding, the couple had been on the top of the world.
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