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Why SHEROES SUMMIT Kolkata 2017 touched my heart

posted by Mommy Tincture August 7, 2017 0 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 3 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 2 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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20 million meals by 2020 – GO KFC !

posted by Mommy Tincture May 28, 2017 2 Comments

3000 Children die every day mainly in early infancy, due to poor diet! That’s what a statistic says about our country!

I am currently in a phase of life where nutrition for my two kids is always on the top of my mind. One day of my elder one not eating properly triggers my anxiety and upsets me to no bounds. The above statistic pained me to no end that in an era when our country is foraying into advance scientific projects launching satellites and missions to other planets we as a nation are still struggling for something as basic as a square meal for every citizen. Continue Reading

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DayCare Facilities – In The Government Radar

posted by Mommy Tincture May 18, 2017 1 Comment

During a conversation with a friend in Australia, I was amazed to know that for working mothers there Day Care for their little one is not an option, it is an eventuality. Home baby-sitting is another alternative, which works out slightly expensive and has its own disadvantages. We then discussed at length how things were different in India and people had huge reservations about sending their kids to a crèche/day care. Continue Reading

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The Minimalist Make-up Mom

posted by Mommy Tincture May 14, 2017 0 comments

For a major part of my life I have been ignorant towards the value of looking good. My focus was primarily on developing my skills and gain recognition for my capability. My perspective simply said that – Be known for what you do, not for how you look. I have always been a follower of the minimalist policy where personal grooming was important but that was the bare minimum necessary. Continue Reading

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Sky’s The Limit ! But…

posted by Mommy Tincture April 16, 2017 2 Comments

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Recently, over a coffee with my friend a discussion brewed up on how our lives have turned out differently from what we had planned for ourselves. In a moment of frustration, my friend pointed out that it was all her parents’ fault. I gave her a sinister smile saying, “Yeah! I know PARENTS. Our universal punching bags”.

“No! Really! I mean who were the people who convinced you in the first place that you were capable of anything. That you could be whatever you wanted to be”, she didn’t sound frustrated now, she was talking in a very as-a-matter-of-fact demeanor. “Throughout my adolescence my parents kept resurrecting my confidence by saying that I was special. I was a bright student, always among the top merit holders. I graduated with a scholarship throughout the four years of engineering. I got recruited on Day 0 with a real handsome package. Though I am doing good for myself with a six digit monthly salary, I don’t feel I am doing anything great.” I could see her eyes turning dark as she spoke the story of her life. Continue Reading

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Parenting Is Not A Corporate Job

posted by Mommy Tincture April 7, 2017 0 comments

As a corporate professional, one’s mind is attuned to think in terms of expectations, KRAs, deadlines, quality etc. as means to attaining success. This is likely to have a spillover in your personal life because every challenge becomes a matter of your honor and an opportunity to prove your capability. Because you are used to accepting professional challenges you take your parenting tasks equally seriously and embark upon completing them with similar vigor as you would do your professional tasks. Gradually, you realize you are exhausted and frustrated at the same time. You set certain expectations of yourself and your kid. When they are not met with, a sense of failure sets in. You feel that your efforts have not been acknowledged by your kid. You become even more desperate to get your kids to fall in line with your demands. Continue Reading

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The ‘No Queue’ Solution to School Admissions

posted by Mommy Tincture February 4, 2017 0 comments

Often my parents reminisce about the days when they had to stand in long queues to buy application forms to get both their daughters admitted to the school of their preference. It was an extremely painful task, because my dad usually had to take atleast a half if not full day’s off. Thankfully my mother used to ride a two wheeler and was confident enough to be able to go to a school alone and get the school admission form, which saved my dad a couple of his paid leaves. That was when I had to be admitted to school.

30 years hence, when I started searching for schools for my son for admission at the pre-primary level, I was at a little ease because most of the schools today have their own websites and have their admission process iterated there. While a lot of these schools have their preliminary screening process automated online, Continue Reading

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The Love Hate Relationship

posted by Mommy Tincture November 10, 2016 0 comments

Dear Zindagi,

Ok, first things first. In this phase, where I am going through what I am going through, you really suck. I mean really, I do not understand whether to rejoice or to mourn. Over what? I’ll get to that later, let us first just revisit the chronology of our companionship. Continue Reading