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Want to Return to work? Watch out for ReStartHer

posted by Anupriya 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 Anupriya 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 Anupriya 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 Anupriya 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 Anupriya 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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20 million meals by 2020 – GO KFC !

posted by Anupriya May 28, 2017 5 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 Anupriya 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 Anupriya 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 Anupriya April 16, 2017 3 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 Anupriya April 7, 2017 1 Comment

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