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

posted by Mommy Tincture February 7, 2018 11 Comments

I’m thrilled to be participating in a five day ‘LOL-a-thon organised by ‘The Momsteins’. Join us to read some wonderful letters written by 26 cool bloggers. Stay around to read some amazing letters coming up.
Today’s prompt is ‘Letter to Friends’

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-doubt 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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Make Success Your Way of Living – #BookReview

posted by Mommy Tincture December 20, 2017 12 Comments

One day my boss reached office in an extremely flustered mood. I pensively inquired about what the matter was. He hassled to set up his laptop on his work station and replied without looking up at me, ‘This is too much for me.’

My eyes flared up wide and I waited for him to continue.

He then met my eyes and said exasperatedly, ‘This is too much of anticipation and action for me as a new father.’

I shrunk my eye brows in suspicion, ‘Boss! You’ve been a father for two years now.’

My boss replied instantly, ‘Yes! But I am a new father to a two year old. I have no idea how to handle a hyperactive toddler. And he comes up with a new antic every day. What am I suppose to do?’

The conversation changed route after that, but the idea of ‘a new father to a two year old stuck with me.’ Isn’t life like that for everyone. Whether it’s a student, a working professional or a home-maker; it could be about studies, work responsibilities or relationships.  The dynamics keeps changing every now and then. Unpredictable! Yet, so many of us struggle with every changing phase of life – from teenager to young student, student to professional, single to married and so on. Most of us find such comfort in the known while the unknown leaves us perplexed and disheveled.

Well for those who find themselves struggling with the uncertainties of life and those around us, those who are engulfed in self-doubt at any turn of events in life,  blogger and writer Ravish Mani’s ‘Make Successs Your Way of Living’ is a must read.

Lately I have been reading a lot of about how ‘energy follows thought’, and Ravish’s book comes to me like a gospel that reaffirms my belief in this theory. The good part is that Ravish hasn’t taken the preaching path; instead he has brought in numerous stories, folklores and examples to make his point.

The author not only touches upon various topics such as success, attitude, action that mold sour lives positively, but also elaborates on some trend breaking concepts related to self-doubt and fear that can actually help us enhance our creativity.

This book comes to me at a time when I am struggling with self doubt not as a mother, daughter or a wife, but as an individual in general. I often find myself pondering upon the question about the purpose of my existence. I feel so much unrest while I wonder why things are the way they are in my life.  Well Ravish’s book has given me enough food-for-thought in terms of how even this doubt is both futile and necessary at the same time. If someone is facing more hurdles in life, it only means that a person is on his path of growth and evolution. Tests of life are meant to make one grow, and so we ought not to be discouraged by them.

I had literally stopped reading self help books around 12 years back when I decided that no one book can provide a general recipe of happiness and success that would be applicable to all mankind. But lately again and after reading this latest happiness manual, I have realized one thing. It’s that, that, ‘ The recipe of happiness and success is in fact the same. It lies in following some virtues whole heartedly and shedding ones ego and other inhibitions.’  Every self help book is an effort by those who have found a unique way to understand and follow these virtues.

In that sense, Ravish too has made a very sincere effort of bringing some eye-opening yet simple concepts of life to the fore-front. I really appreciate his initiative to spread the message of happiness and success through his book.

My Verdict

Ravish’s writing style is simple yet he makes impact with his examples and theories of good living. He does a good job of giving the reader a good amount of food for thought for better living. While I believe that one cursory read cannot do justice to any self-help book, one must make use of this free downloadable and give it atleast one shot. I am sure you wouldn’t be able to keep yourself away from the book then. You will definitely need to go back to it, to understand the deeper meaning of how changing your life is in your own hands.

For Content – 4/5

For Writing Style – 3/5

The book is available for download for free at www.ravishmani.com . Go grab your copy today and re-affirm your self-worth and your dreams.

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Tumhari Sulu – 5 Parenting and Lifestyle Cliches Highlighted

posted by Mommy Tincture December 13, 2017 7 Comments

When I decided to go and watch ‘Tumhari Sulu’, I was looking forward to a care-free Vaidya Balan sway to the tune of ‘Banja tu meri Rani’ and curl my own toes. In the beginning, I thought I was going to set up some couple goals similar to those of the lead couple. It was so much fun to watch them enjoy their life within their limited resources. My heart really warmed up to this very average middle class household whose protagonists never stopped dreaming. But as the plot revealed itself, I became more and more uncomfortable and kept shifting in my seat. There were moments when I gritted my teeth at the way this enterprising lady in her 30s was expected to submit to the norm and not dream big. Everyone around kept telling her to focus on her house, her child and not harp on the possibilities of making it big in a job that no one had an iota of idea about.

I kept wondering through the second half that the cliches highlighted by the story teller are not new. There is nothing unique about what the female protagonist is facing or suffering. Continue Reading

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I love food and food loves me back – #ThankYouNote

posted by Mommy Tincture December 6, 2017 20 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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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