How to Build A Deep Connection with Your Teen

Your child has turned 12 or 13 and you wonder what happened to that sweet innocent bundle of energy who is teen now. You notice snapping or talking back, slamming doors, emotional outbursts of different types, tantrums and more. Teenage is usually a highly sensitive and emotional time for your child and a tough period for you as a parent too (esp. during age 12- 15 yrs). Your child is trying to find her/his individuality and working hard to fit in this world full of pressure, high exposure, and expectations. Modern teens are ten times more stressed than our teenage...

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Basic Bras Every Women Should Have

Have you ever had to get ready and at the last minute you realize your bra does not match your outfit or there is a theme event invite and you realize you do not have the right bra or the right colour? Every one of us, at one time or another, has not had that “right” piece of lingerie just when we need it A simple list to know that there are must-haves and should have and if you find one in your size buy it store it. If you have all these items, you should be covered for...

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A Mother’s Love Knows No Bounds – An Inspiring Story

A mother’s love knows no bounds Isn’t that something we all have heard and I bet most of us mothers feel it as well. But very few of us have the courage to look deep within and accept what we might actually do when destiny rolls the wrong dice and even fewer, almost rare, will come out victorious .. and will have tales to tell. but none .. at least in my experience none, will do everything with so much grace and elan .. and still ever so silently So, let me unravel the mystery and tell you about one such soul...

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I Am a Momprenuer, I Don’t Have a Regular Income!

Guests to my home have a knack of arriving without prior notice. It looks as though the whole mobile revolution has just escaped my extended family. They love to surprise us with their unplanned visits. Earlier I would get very unsettled with these unannounced visits and the follow up high teas and dinners. No longer! The last few years have seen a surge of mompreneurs in our city, look around and every housing society has home cooks, bakers, event planners etc. you name it and you have it. So now whenever someone visits I quietly order a meal from...

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Bringing Ghoomar To All Communities : A Story Of Dedication and Perseverance

People with determination are those who get up and keep going, who believe in themselves despite all obstacles. The difference between subsequent success and failure can be a true sense of determination. Our member Tripti Singh is a true example of this as she has proved that a woman with a strong will can clearly achieve what she wants with the help and support of like-minded people.Tripti is the founder and initiator of Ghoomar-Twirl With Grace, an event that celebrates Ghoomar- a traditional dance form from Rajasthan. I got the opportunity to speak with Tripti about Ghoomar and what was the...

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Salutation to Shakti

She kept pulling her frock…pointing towards the room upstairs…her eyes were full of horror… traces of tears could be seen as some scribbling on her tender cheeks… Her disheveled hair was a telltale…her tiny finger was stuck pointing in one direction……. Her mother hugged her tight….so tight that her sobs became inaudible in the close embrace of her warm hug….. “Shhhh…….stop stop stop crying”He mother smoothed her hair…wiped her tears…and placed her finger on her lips….. “Ma loves you…you are safe….come here…stay here…stop crying….” she consoled her… She hugged her mother tight and let out prolonged mournful cry….loud..louder….. Her...

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Khosla & Ayan

“Can you come home earlier today than usual Sandeep? I need to plan.” Mrs Khosla asked while chanting her Mantras. “Why Ma? What for?” Sandeep almost snapped back at her as he responded to his emails. “This Friday, before the Navratris start, I want to see Ram Lalla at Chhatarpur. Last time you had promised. Sarayu is visiting her parents. She wouldn’t be back before Sunday. I also wanted to…” “Ma? I drive to Manesar every day. You want me to go to Chhatarpur and then drive back to Manesar? Can you imagine how difficult it would be for...

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Is Social Media Dominating Your Routine The Wrong Way?

Who doesn’t like attention? Who wouldn’t want a lot of friends without even going out? That’s what Social Media is giving us these days. It was one of the most amazing inventions of the 21st century but took another turn with overuse and misuse of online media. From falling prey to low productivity and compromising family and personal time, it’s almost taking over people’s lives. Interestingly, we all acknowledge. Unfortunately, hardly any help available. Here is an effort to show you some simple signs and reminders of social media addiction along with some simple steps to de-addict yourself. Hope...

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Raise your words, not your voice

Words-perhaps the most powerful weapon that can make or break you, that can blossom or destroy you forever… Today I would like to share a small incident, an experience I have had as a child that has left an everlasting impression on my mind. I recall it was our Hindi class, as usual, the teacher came and gave a brief introduction about what we were going to be reading in the class -a poem. Poetry had always intrigued me…I was elated, smiling with excitement as I always looked forward to the poetry sessions, be it Hindi, English or Sanskrit.it...

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The Failed Planning

It was a beautiful Sunday morning. The meeting had been fixed for eleven. Both the families were meeting for the “Roka” ceremony. The atmosphere was fun filled and happy. The would-be couple was dressed up in finery as was the immediate family. The tradition of putting a gold chain on the girl was completed by the boy’s mother. The girl was now supposed to touch the mother’s feet, an act she did not like at all, as she believed that one bowed only in front of God and not another human. But bow down she did, to complete the customary ritual....

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As Per The Norm

Bela had got married in her thirties which was very late by the norms which existed way back in the sixties. She had been a school teacher and her husband had a government job. Life was simple and they settled into matrimony pretty soon. The complexities of today about love, space, respect and knowing the person beforehand, did not cause any problems back then. One just became the two tyres of a bicycle, in total synchronization with each other. No questions asked. None answered. Very soon they raised their family and were blessed with a son first and a...

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The Missing Piece

Shweta was just two years old when her mother perceived her love for dancing. And by the age of ten, she had performed her first Arangetram. She kept on giving performances and in her first year of college had been invited to perform in from of the Prime Minister. Her father was an IFS officer so she would hope and jump from one country to another. And this led to the advent of another passion of hers. Travel. She loved to interact with people, write about them, learn about their cultures and share moments of her life. She had...

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It is time to wake up…

It is time to wake up… I hold the paper tight… creasing it, and gather my courage, as I take the first step to justify why I plan to move on I see a thousand questions running through the minds of my listeners, as I share my decision, each looking at me in disbelief …had I grown horns? Yes, it is hard today…it was hard yesterday too, when I faced the endless waves that retreated, each reminding me of the dreams I had silenced through these years I remained confined to self-imposed boundaries, feeding fear, encouraging excuses – a...

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Break the Silence ; ‘UN’ trap Yourself !!

Since the origin of social life in the country, various centuries came and went, the time has changed people’s mind and environment, however, violence against women does not seem to change much. Time is the real witness of all the sufferings (like sex discrimination, exploitation, oppression, aggression, degradation, humiliation, etc) inflicted on women.  ‘UN’ Trap yourself !!! It is somewhat ironical to see their plight especially in a country where female Goddesses are worshipped. In the Vedas, women are glorified as a creator and nourisher of life. On the other hand, they have found themselves suppressed and subjugated by...

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Let Us Celebrate Every Woman by Being the Change

Who am I? Where do I fit in? What is my role? My journey begins as a daughter, a sister, a niece, a friend, a lover, a wife, a daughter in law, a mother, a grandmother, along with my professional life, these are my multifaceted role, in nutshell, I am a women and to perform all these, I have to be a strong person. I am the fairer sex by virtue of my bodily appearance, but definitely not the weaker sex.Is this the truth? We cannot brush our conditioning of being the weaker sex under the carpet. All schools...

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Our Creative Moms

“An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world”– George Santayana Our members are truly talented. Here are some beautiful paintings and sketches by some of them Puja Rawat Sethi Pallabi Dey   Barkha Raghav   Tanjore Painting by Manisha Goyal Mahajan Prenita Dutt    ...

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Is This Your Handicap?

6am-Huda City Center metro station. He was lean…tall and casually dressed like any guy of his age would.His bag was thrown on one side of his shoulder….perhaps it had books and a laptop…a college goer it seemed. He was wearing*head phones..and his body was moving in a slow rhythm..as his head tossed with the bass..he sure was enjoying the music… He looked like a decent guy from a sound background…his body language was respectful towards others…yet he seemed so lost in his own world…he would casually look around…and then contain himself back to his digital…nah virtual world… The doors...

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International Women’s Day – A celebration ?

The last week of February and the first week of March, I just feel like a spoilt kid with everyone trying to get my attention 🙂 Brands vying against each other, trying too hard to make us cry, with their tear jerker commercials. Restaurants, salons & pubs throwing away irresistible deals. Speeches and articles extolling women achievers & talking about women empowerment [This is much needed though!] Some of us ask, why celebrate Women’s Day ? I would say , let this day be a reminder that we as a society, still have unfinished work.. and we shall work...

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Your Zodiac Predictions for March 2018

ARIES ( Mar 21-April 20) A sudden out of town trip, much closer to your heart, may materialize for some of you. And it does promise a lot of fun. Be extra careful about your fitness or else you will be battling excess weight issues sooner than later. It’s the time of the year when you could feel deeply attracted to someone but are still garnering the courage to take it forward. Even though you will exhibit good strategy and acumen in career-related matters, yet you are advised to exercise caution while handling money and investments. TAURUS ( April 21- May...

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When Some Moms Got Together to Create Magic in a Community Library

A Community Library in Sikanderpur, Gurgaon witnessed something magical recently. Well, who was behind this magic? A group of moms from the city itself who decided to use their time and skills to give it back to society, in their own special way. Subha Bahl who manages the community library along with  Gunjan Pande, Manavi Chakravarthy, Nidhi Kant, Deeksha Jashnani Bajaj, Richa Khanna Karanwal and Priti Kashyap Anand got together to paint the library wall and give it a new life. The idea to do something like this popped up last year around Diwali when the community library volunteers...

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