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Chayanika Singh
AtoZ Challenge 2019Book Review

How Your Personality Makes or Breaks Your Child by Dr. Chayanika Singh – #AtoZChallenge Day 16

posted by Anupriya April 18, 2019 9 Comments

Book Blurb – How Your Personality Makes or Breaks Your Child by Dr. Chayanika Singh

There are various factors both positive and negative which exert influence over a child’s behavior. We, as parents, make a lot of mistakes in the way we rear our children and some of these mistakes are unavoidable. Our innocence or ignorance may turn a child with an innocent mind into a difficult child!

We need to identify the repercussions of our own problems on our children, and look for ways to overcome them. If not, then we run the risk of our children going astray.

The objective of the book is not to instill any fear in parents or would-be parents. The author’s aim is in the direction of imparting discipline to parents and also to shed light on the problems and issues of parents.

This book is an opportunity to introspect, because everyone has unique problems, and has to manage their own behavior and consequently their children accordingly. The book serves as a mirror through which you can view yourself truly and clearly. It is full of tips on how to manage ourselves, small children and adolescents too! Continue Reading

Super Dad
AtoZ Challenge 2019Book Review

One-Minute Super Dad 99 Magic Moments to Raise Amazing Children by Dr. Prashant Jindal – #AtoZChallenge Day 10

posted by Anupriya April 11, 2019 13 Comments

Book Blurb – One-Minute Super Dad Magic Moments to Raise Amazing Children

Being a good father is an art as well as a science. New dads need some handy tools to connect with their kids at the deepest level and inspire them to develop great habits, mindset and beliefs. But raising children in today’s fast-paced world is more challenging than ever. One-Minute Super Dad gives you – the new dad – simple techniques that can be put into action in just a minute a day. Repeated consistently, they will help you forge a strong bond with your kids that will hold them in good stead for a lifetime. Featuring a Foreword by Raymond Aaron, author of Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul, this book is an outcome of five years of passionate work, research, interviews and real-life experiences. Inspire your kids to a whole new level – lack of time no longer being a factor – and raise amazing children!  Continue Reading

WOW Parenting
AtoZ Challenge 2019Book Review

Handbook of Day to Day Parenting Tips – #AtoZChallenge 2019 Day 8

posted by Anupriya April 9, 2019 6 Comments

Book Blurb – Handbook of Day to Day Parenting Tips by WOW Parenting

Inspired by “What will happen to the world when all kids get WOW Parenting ?” Narendra Goidani started an ambitious program www.wowparenting.com. He is the founder of Life School and conducts inspirational training programs. His life value is ‘Inspire OR Expire.’

This book covers topics like – How to teach kids to deal with Failure – How to provide Role Models that can transform the child – How threats in parenting can hamper Self-Belief. And many more Parenting Insights Read, Reflect, Implement…… Repeat!

Formats Available – ebook at Blogchatter

No. of Pages – 102

Book Review – Handbook of Day to Day Parenting Tips by WOW Parenting

If you are tired of reading pages after pages, posts after posts about positive parenting, its time to graduate to WOW Parenting.  The parenting concepts shared through 27 chapters in this ebook available only on Blogchatter Ebook Carnival portal, may not be pathbreaking, but they definitely are convention breaking.

As for me, a mother who is constantly seeking motivation to train my thick head towards positive parenting, I was bowled over by the crisp but new age coinage to some well know parenting behaviors. One of the concepts that I found to be really insightful was ‘Age Based Communication’ and ‘Parenting Structure’. I wouldn’t spoil the fun by elaborating on these concepts here.

Finally I found one parenting blogger cum author in the form of WOW Parenting, who believes in the power of free play. The fact that kids need to be allowed to get bored, so that their creativity can find its natural course out has been emphasized upon very aptly.

Another reason why I am very impressed with this book is that it talks about the harsh reality that we as parents might be incapable of being the ideal role model for our kids.  What do we do in such a circumstance? As per the book, we set our kids up with people in or outside the family who can prove to be role models. Or expose them to stories of people who live by certain emulation worthy qualities.

P.S. – The focus of WOW Parenting throughout remains on defining our role as parents as facilitators and help our kids to prepare to move out of their comfort zone and honing up their creativity. All the while remembering that we are always there for them as their anchors.

WOW Parenting

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Mahak Wadhwani
AtoZ Challenge 2019

Diary of a Baby: Candid confessions of a baby from 0 to 2 years by Mahak Wadhwani – #AtoZChallenge Day 4

posted by Anupriya April 4, 2019 11 Comments

Book Blurb -Diary Of A Baby Candid Confessions Of A Baby From 0 To 2 Years by Mahak Wadhwani

Have you ever wondered what goes on inside your baby’s mind?
Doctors, scientists and psychologists have been trying for centuries to get a sneak peak into what exactly goes on inside a baby’s brain and are no closer to revealing the truth. Well this book is here to not just give you a sneak peak, but a no-holds barred candid confession right from the horse’s…err…baby’s mouth!

“Diary of a Baby” is a candid, witty take on life from a baby’s perspective written in the form of diary entries. Each chapter follows a new stage in the baby’s life – starting to crawl, first solid meal, first day of preschool etc. Each entry is followed by an interpretation of that phase of the baby’s life with anecdotes from the author’s own parenting experiences. Continue Reading

Adoption
AtoZ Challenge 2019Book Review

The Confluence A novel of family, adoption, and a mother’s love – AtoZChallenge Day 1

posted by Anupriya April 1, 2019 14 Comments

Book Blurb – The Confluence A novel of family, adoption, and a mother’s love

 

The Kite Runner meets Monsoon Wedding during revolution in the Middle East.

The story of an Indian woman adopting her son as she brings her estranged family back together in fictionalized Sudan and Calcutta.

In 2045, Naina Ranjeeva writes a letter to recount the journey that led to the adoption of her son Nikhil. Decades earlier, she stumbles upon a lead on the location of her aunt,who had disappeared when Naina was just a child. After her aunt’s disappearance, Naina’s family also completely lost contact with her beloved younger cousin, Nitu. With her aunt’s location in hand, Naina takes the first step toward locating her cousin by traveling to the Republic of East Africa to search for her aunt. Her journey eventually leads her to Calcutta where she finds her cousin Nitu and his three-year-old son Nikhil. After two decades apart, the family starts to bridge the gap caused by years of separation, within the backdrop of political turmoil and revolution in East Africa.

Formats Available – Kindle

No. of Pages – 254

Book Review – The Confluence

The word ‘adoption’ in the title of the book caught my fancy and I picked this book as the first of the 26 Parenting Books which I am going to write about throughout the month of April for #AtoZChallenge.

For the first 20% of the book, I was quite skeptical about my choice and kept wondering if this book fits my agenda. The story progresses with Naina the protagonist, deciding to go all the way to political trouble striken East Africa to look for an aunt who estranged her own son along with rest of the family when she was just a child.   As the Naina progresses, I see the various hues of emotions that the author tries to project. There is a young poised girl (an only child to her parents), who can’t let go of the thought of finding her cousin and having somebody who she could call her brother.  There is a mother, who offers no apology for abandoning her son years ago yet given an opportunity wants to get to know him better. A young man, who wants to meet his mother after years in the hope of an apology from her and at the same time joyous over the extended family he has just found out, whom he could trust his son’s well-being with. And then there is a young couple, at the cusp of starting a new forever with each other yet not shying away from taking up risks and responsibilities pertaining to their family.

The story has remained with me for various reasons. One it is a young girl on the lookout for her extended family on her own. She could be happy in her own bubble and ignore the facts accidently thrown her way. Yet she decides to persevere. Secondly, every character is fighting emotions internally, but sensitive enough in their behavior to not expect too much from the other. Third and most importantly, this is a narration of a woman for her son who she adopted decades ago. The issue of adoption within families and yet the significance of the ‘adopted’ knowing full truth about his roots have been emphasized at the core of this plot.

All in all a very emotionally charged family drama with multiple cultures in the backdrop and enough familial bonding in the forefront.

P.S. – Adoptions within families are a reality of the society we live in. I have myself come across several such adoptions and often wondered how the ‘Adopted’ might feel about his parents giving him up. This book has helped me sensitize myself towards this aspect of adoption.

Adoption

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AtoZ Challenge 2019
AtoZ Challenge 2019

AtoZ Challenge 2019 – Theme Reveal

posted by Anupriya March 18, 2019 22 Comments

AtoZ Challenge 2019 is around the corner and at this juncture I am reminded of my first attempt at AtoZ Challenge in 2018 with 26 short fiction stories about Parenting and the gamut of relationships and emotions it engulfs. I had participated in the month long blogging challenge with Blogchatter and as is their proposition, I submitted the set of these stories as an ebook, which was published during the Blogchatter eBook Carnival.

As a blogger who’s been around for three years now, I have participated in numerous blogging challenges, but one can easily mark AtoZ Challeng as the Daddy of all Blogging Challenges, for no other challenge makes you test your commitment and grit as this one. But once you get the hang of it and complete it successfully once, you are bound to come back to it again the following year. AtoZ Challenge 2019…. here I come! Continue Reading

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A Zen Life – #AtoZChallenge 2018

posted by Anupriya April 30, 2018 0 comments

Mr. Gunjal was busy getting the house in place. He also made his wife chalk out the food menu for whole of next week, and stocked up the kitchen with every single item that would make his grandchildren happy. Candies, lollipops, all kinds of berries available in the local market and kids favorite fruits – he had it all sorted. Mrs. Gunjal though, was more excited to have her girls to herself for an entire week. Their husbands were to join only a week later for the celebrations. Continue Reading

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Trying to be a Yes Mom – #AtoZChallenge

posted by Anupriya April 28, 2018 0 comments

Amrita woke up with a resolute gleam in her eyes. Raghav immediately sensed that his wife was upto something and asked as he picked up Nik in his arms to wake him up.

“What’s up wifey? You look like you are prepping yourself up for something today.” Amrita grinned and nodded with appreciation at her superbly observant husband. Yes I am on a very important mission today, she thought.

“I’m going to be a YES MOM today.”, announced  Amrita inviting a confused frown from Raghav, who was still struggling with a sleepy Nik. “I’ve been reading a lot about negative impacts of saying no to kids. They are all talking a lot about being a YES MOM and how it can be a booster for your kids’ growth and development. So I decided that I too must give this YES MOM thing a shot.”  Amrita further explained.

Raghav smirked and whispered something into his son’s ears. Nik immediately jumped up and gave out a loud shout of joy. Continue Reading

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Xerox Habits – #AtoZChallenge

posted by Anupriya April 27, 2018 1 Comment

Amrita wasn’t really feeling like socializing at the party today. It was short call from her mother-in-law to get ready for a family get-together in the honor of …. ahh forget it! With a family gathering almost every week, it had stopped mattering to Amrita what the occasion was. She had set a code with her mother in law, Radhaji to figure how pompously or soberly she should get dressed for the occasion.

“Get ready for a normal gathering dear. Raghav will pick you up by eight and I’ll stay back home to be with the kids.” a brief call by Radhaji was enough.

On another occasion, she would say, “We need to go to a large family gathering dear.” an indication enough for Amrita to up her dressing quotient a little for the occasion. She would gather the details of the gathering on her way in the car.

It’s not that Amrita did not enjoy going out. Infact she really liked meeting most of her husband’s cousins and had come to be friends with quite a few of them over the years. It’s just that the frequency sometimes got on to her. Nevertheless, Amrita did look forward to meet people especially after she had left her job.  These gatherings gave her the necessary oxygen to keep going through the motions of her otherwise monotonous life.

As Amrita entered the banquet hall at a newly inaugurated restaurant, she saw that around 50 people had already graced the occasion of annotation of one of her husband’s cousins as a Doctor.

Amrita shared warm pleasantries with most of the people present already. And then got into a her comfort zone with some of her husband’s first cousins and their spouses.

“So Amrita, what are you upto these days.”

“Nothing much. Just waiting for Nik’s vacations to begin and start packing for our trip to my sister’s place.”  Amrita said with a glint in her eyes.

“Oh! I happened to see your sister’s wedding picks on the social media. You two look so similar. Almost like twins.” exclaimed a cousin, as Raghav joined them at the table offering a mocktail made to order for his wife.

“Yeah! They are twins. Didn’t you know.” Raghav took a dig at his cousin as well as his wife, who he knew was tired of people calling her and her 5 years younger sister as twins.

“Yes! We do look similar. But twins? Please give me a break. They mean to say that either my girl looks beyond her age or I do not look my age. I chose to take offence on both.” Amrita often quipped whenever someone compared her and Smita as twins.

“But you two do look like ditto!” Raghav would then reply as a matter of fact and Amrita would sigh admittedly.

“I know. God it must be some very strong DNAs at work.” she grinned as she gave her husband a sharp look.

“Yeah in our case DNAs havn’t done their job too well.”, an eves dropping aunt pitched in.

“Hi there, Massi! How have you been?” Raghav turned towards his aunt and gave her a side hug. The short and stout lady ruffled Raghav’s hair fondly and asked him about her sister’s where abouts.

“Oh! Somebody had to stay back to look on the sleeping kids. Ma insisted that we go and she stay.”

“Oh! But talking about the DNA thing, you know what the similarities are not just about the looks.” Everyone looked on amusingly at the 50 something lady. They knew she would have something interesting to share with the group.

“Oh Mom! Please, we do not need your woven stories today. Just not in the mood.” said Mohan, the elder son, whom she dismissed with a slap on his arm.

“So when we were young we four sisters shared the room and our two brothers shared one room and the parents and grandparents shared one bedroom each. So that left no separate room for the guests whenever there were any.” Radhaji’s elder sister had everyone hooked with her stupefying story telling skills.

“So once my maternal cousin came stay with us and decided to take turns to sleep in each bedroom so as not to cause too much continuous discomfort to anyone in particular. After four days of his stay, he walked upto to my mother and asked her, Bua are you trying to save money? Is there a problem?. My Ma was almost bewildered at this question, so she asked her nephew the reason as to why he thought so.” It was evident to everyone that the older lady was going to come up with some thing really funny, because she was already grinning thinking about what was to follow.

“So what had happened?”

“Ahh! My cousin had spent four nights sleeping in four different rooms of the house with different occupants and he had not been able to have a sound sleep because even during the month of June, our fans were running at low speed. When he mentioned this to my mom, she said that in her room they preferred slow speed of fan because that’s how  her husband liked it and she had gotten used to it. Later that evening, when she mentioned the same to my Dadi, she got a similar reply. Betaji, your Dadaji likes the fan slow and so I too got used to it. In our times who would object to the husband’s will. It was revealed at dinner that all six of the siblings also like the fan to be slow. I find the loud noise of a fast running fan to be very distracting, said the younger one of your uncles.” Listening to this everyone in the group broke into laughter. That is, except for Amrita and Raghav. Amrita was startled, while Raghav was grinning.

“Maasiji, you mean to say, it’s a DNA thing. Your habit of liking the fan slow!” exclaimed Amrita. To this she got a long faced nod from Raghav’s aunt. And she herself slapped her forehead in response as everyone looked on in confusion. So Amrita decided to explain,

“So every since we’ve been married, I have had this basic difference with Raghav where he would want the fan slow even when I would be sweating. He just wouldn’t give in. And his explanation always is, I find the loud noise of a fast running fan to be very distracting. Thank god we have air conditioners, otherwise I would never be able to sleep in the same room with your nephew.” Amrita blushed at her last sentence and everyone in the group broke into a loud roar.

Well that’s some complex percolation of DNA across generations creating Xerox habits.

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A Worried Single Mom – #AtoZChallenge

posted by Anupriya April 26, 2018 0 comments

Amrita picked up some pastries and muffins from their favorite bakery and proceeded to her friend’s place. Sakshi had been a sole friend in the town ever since she came to live here post her marriage. They had met as client and vendor in her first job at a web designing company and hit it off almost immediately.  What Amrita appreciated most about Sakshi was that despite being a single mother of a 14 year old boy, she never played the sympathy card in any of her commitments. Instead Sakshi was a bad-ass woman, who knew what she wanted from life.

“The father of my child, my then boyfriend doesn’t know that I gave birth to this child. I decided to bring my child into this world and raise him all alone. And I have no regrets about my decision”, Sakshi was often quoted saying to her friends. Continue Reading