All are born creative, but not all continue to believe in their creativity!

When parents of Chavvi enrolled her into the creative writing program, they had a serious concern. The grade VIIIth student was academically doing great but there was a downward spiral in her expression. Her participation in every discussion was very limited. There was a clear inability to take a topic forward. It very much reflected in her essays in school and interaction with the teachers. The child turned out to be diametrically different when she began to participate in the program. In the observation round, she called the bulbs ‘naked’. By the second week, she had fleshed out an...

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Poker and Parenting -An Interview with Our Community Member Rupal M Bansal

30 something  Rupal Bansal is a  supermom, an entrepreneur, a writer and a poker player all rolled into one. Founder of the e-gifting website, IndiaGift.in , Rupal has been playing poker since 2010 and dove head-on into the online poker scene 5 years ago. She talks about her love for poker and how it helped her in various aspects of her life, especially when it came to managing her business and her life as a parent. Q1. When did you first start playing poker? I started playing in 2010 after I was introduced to the game by my cousins...

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The Challenges of a Cleanliness-Freak Mom in Gurugram

Living in the NCR dust becomes part and parcel of our lives. I would say it’s so woven into our lives that at times we become immune to its presence. We also have seasonal dust in the NCR.. like this unique, one of a kind “ Aandhi” – which literally translates to a dust storm. These monsters are so bad that if you come in from one and lick your lips. You can taste dust. Dusting as a task is one of the most important in any household. Although sometimes I feel we’re just displacing the dust as opposed...

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A GurgaonMoms Success Story – 2017 Mom Achievers Summit’s Elevator Pitch Contest Winners, Slurrp Farm is Now in 200 Stores in Gurgaon!

It’s a wonderful feeling to see one of our own grow and succeed in their entrepreneurial venture. It’s an even greater feeling to have been an integral part of their story! We are thrilled to share that Slurrp Farm is now available at 200 stores in Gurgaon, including Modern Bazaar, Sodhi’s, Garg Dastak, Meditree, Samrat Bakery amongst others, and is launching in stores across New Delhi next week. Do support them by visiting the stores and telling your friends and family. (http://slurrpfarm.com/store-locator/) They met at a Diwali party in London – thrown by Meghana and crashed by Shauravi. And...

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Small Lives, Big Lives

The due date had been the fourth but Alisha was feeling uneasy, not only because of the uncomfortable position and the lack of sleep but because she had been brought to this small town for her delivery. Her husband’s family had this ritual that the first delivery had to be in their hometown. She was jittery about the hospitals here as she was from a metro. Though the family was reputed enough to call any doctor but anticipating bad facilities, Alisha was slowly developing a lot of apprehensions. Add to this was also the fact that none of her...

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The Rise of ‘Pet Parents’ in India

Lana Paws’ maiden consumer survey, Pet Parents Unleashed 2018, targets pet owners across four metro cities (primarily), highlights the transitioning relationship between pets and their human ‘parent’ -50% of respondents have traveled outside the city with their pet – Vets (51%) closely followed by social media (47.7%) are the key sources of information on pet care and new products – One in every two pet parents would mix homemade with packaged diet Delhi, 6 April 2018: Gone are the days when pets were considered an extension of your family, now they are a part and, in some cases, more...

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That cold winter morning

Prajakta was very much her own person, lost in her own world and having no requirements whatsoever of conversing with the outside. She lived in a distorted yet her complete domain, dotted with her own set of monsters and angels. A workaholic and a person striving for perfection, she was happy in the small space she had carved for herself. She had made some peace with the sudden dramatic turn of events in her life, having lost her parents in a car accident. The initial shock had given way to a dull and constant pain which would carry for...

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How To Choose the Right Hair Clipper for Your Baby

Trimming or cutting your baby’s hair can be a challenging and an unsafe task as they hardly hold their head steady. However, thanks to technology and innovation, baby hair clippers are now readily available to take care of this issue. A baby hair clipper is a portable and noiseless hair cutting tool which ensures a safe and hassle-free hair cutting experience for your little one. The clipper is designed in a way that is perfect for the baby’s sensitive skin and is easy to use to provide total safety. All parents want the best for their little ones and...

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One Foot Forward

At age thirteen, she topped her school in Grade X. By the age of sixteen, she had completed her graduation. She had finished her B.ed by the age of seventeen. At twenty, she topped the prestigious Panjab University, winning a gold medal for her Masters. Armed with a scholarship, she got through Miranda House as a lecturer. Subsequent marriage and even with two children in quick succession, she went on to complete her Ph.D. by age twenty-seven. Life was not easy and she lost her husband when she was forty-eight, with the children unsettled and a big looming future...

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Some Aprils Start on a Fool’s Day But End In……

The moonlight seeping through the hospital curtain made strange and erratic patterns on her face….she was unable to sleep that night… She was getting discharged in the morning….after an ordeal of 2months of being in the hospital… She sobbed softly..as her chest heaved recalling that fateful night when she was returning from work she was crossing the road….and before she could even realize anything…a speeding car rammed into her and next, she remembered was only when she opened her eyes in a totally alien surrounding…the smell of medicines and hand sanitizer made her head spin…she wanted to throw up...

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Your Zodiac Predictions for April 2018

ARIES ( Mar 21-April 20) Lucky Colours: Cream/Baby Pink/ Royal Blue Lucky Days: Friday/Saturday This is not the best month to initiate any travel plans. Chances of discomfort/accident or a vehicle breakdown cannot be ruled out. Stay on the right side of the law under all circumstances. Stay away from people who spend their time talking about others in an evil manner. You can do without such negativity and these people will be happy to drag you into an unwanted controversy with ease. There are financial gains from business and self-efforts. You will be working harder than usual and remain busier than...

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How A Mom’s Love Affair With Sarees Makes Her Redesign Them

My love affair with sarees began when I was three. My mother used to spread her collection of sarees on the bed, and I used to wrap them around me and strut around the house. In fact, I learned to wear a saree just by copying my mother and soon I could tie a saree on my own. Growing up in the eighties, with my father working in a modestly paid government firm, my mother used to give us handkerchiefs to teach us hemming, embroidery, and stitching during summer vacations. She used to stitch clothes for us at home...

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Follow Your Dreams : An Initiative by HP

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” –Walt Disney When we pursue our dreams, we are connecting with what our heart desires and in turn, pleasing our soul. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, HP launched a beautiful video feature ‘Paro | Follow Your Dreams’ | It is a story of a small girl who is fond of writing stories and drawing. With the help and vision of her teacher at school Paro realizes her dream of becoming a writer. Every child is a dreamer and as parents, teachers, friends, and family it is our responsibility...

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A Moment of Pride as ‘Raaya’ Is Selected for 3 International Film Festivals

It was last winter when I got a call from a lady with a really deep voice. I could read from her voice that she was in some deep pain. She wanted to know if I work with Autistic children. It felt that she had called me with a lot of hope and I got compelled to ask her to come and see me at my center at once. We met and discussed her daughter Raaya (name changed), who was then 7 years old, suffering from Autism and had been undergoing various therapies including Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy etc....

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Let’s All Kill that Demon Within Us

She felt ecstatic …seeing the red line on her pregnancy strip. The whole family rejoiced…god had heard their prayers after ten years of their marriage, “I will offer a gold umbrella to the goddess if it is a son..”..said her mother in law… “But ma what if it is a daughter ..won’t you be happy?”Vasundhara felt bitter…n scared at the same time. “Don’t you even say that it is a girl…I know you will bear me a grandson…so let’s not even utter such inauspicious words” she said… “Do you also have the same view…you also consider daughter a bad...

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The Mighty Facebook – Hero or Villain ?

In the internet age, every user has to bear in mind ‘caveat utilitor -> let the user beware‘  . It is even more important for social media users who click on buttons oblivion of the fact what you are agreeing to or signing up for.  Facebook’s latest privacy scandal only rubs this fact on our face. [Click here to read more & understand about the scandal] How many of us enjoyed take those quizzes? What we didn’t realise is how we are giving away private information about us and making it available to all kind of people online. Some...

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WonderClass- Fueling Imagination with Hands-on Science

A significant part of any child’s growth is the experiences and the exposure he gets from various opportunities in life. This fuels the imagination and flexibility in him. These two traits serve as the two most significant distinctions between leaders and followers. Our ability to imagine things distinguishes us from other species. It influences everything we do, think and create. It leads to elaborate theories, dreams, and inventions in any profession from the realms of academia to engineering and the arts. Science is a subject that requires rich imagination. Conducting hands-on experiments allows children to witness wonders of science,...

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The Favourite Colour

Ek aur chhoti kahani….ek aur gehri baat…….. “Today we shall all write about our favourite color,” said the teacher A frail arm appeared, in the end, submitting her sheet with a trembling hand and a palpable apprehension. The sheet was blank….no words scribbled what so ever… “Weren’t you suppose to write about your favourite color?”..teacher asked narrowing her eyes. “I don’t have any favourite color..but there’s are colours that I loathe….” she said caught in the nitty-gritty of her thoughts….clenching her teeth. ”What are those”teacher asked… ”I hate purple n blue”, she said. ”Why so?those are lovely colors… “That’s...

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DRAMABAAZ Festival – World Storytelling Day

Happy World Storytelling Day – March 20th Humans are emotional creatures. Storytelling allows us to digest information more easily because it connects that information to emotions. We tell stories to children to introduce morals, culture, communicate, educate or entertain. Stories are building blocks of emotional quotient as well – As an adult, we also find comfort in stories, our life stories or our Hero’s stories – Joy, sorrow, hope, faith, motivation – all can be found in stories. It is when we learn to appreciate stories, crave for stories –  we learn to share our stories – we learn to live life! The...

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StoryLab- The Power of Stories on Childhood

If we are asked to describe our sweetest memory or our biggest achievement in life, I’m guessing very few of us will reply by stating the facts of that special day or describing the events with time stamps and accurate figures. Instead, we like to hold the attention of the listener by recreating the whole experience in the listener’s head. In short, we tell them our stories as best as we can! Children instinctively love stories as it is their gateway to wonderful ideas they haven’t yet encountered. When a story is being told, things change dramatically. Not only...

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