Bloggers Pit Stop #66

The Blogger's Pit Stop

Friday, 24th March 2017

Blogger’s Pit Stop #66 – Welcome

Blogger’s Pit Stop is open from 9 pm ET(US Thur) 11 am(AUS Friday) and Closes 3 am Monday ET(US) 5 pm(AUS)

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See below how to be gain the blogger’s crown and an amazing opportunity to be featured.

Our Pit Stop Crew

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Kathleen from Lifestyle Building Blocks: She finds it both humbling and satisfying to write posts and to have bloggers express their appreciation for the help and guidance gleaned from her insight. Kathleen loves the blogger’s lifestyle, thinking outside the box and to keep learning. She is qualified in Professional Editing and Proofreading – specializing in eBooks.

Kathleen/Blog / Facebook /Google+ / Twitter /Pinterest / StumbleUpon /

Janice from Mostly Blogging: Janice loves writing, and meeting people from all over the globe who are like-minded and supportive. The thrill and validation she gets when bloggers tell of how she has helped them with their blogging are unparalleled. Her posts are thorough and beneficial to her many readers who are building their own blogs. Janice is the author of the popular book An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog.

Janice/Blog / Facebook / Google+ /Twitter /Pinterest / StumbleUpon / Instagram /

Julie and Menaka

Julie is the wife of Pauli and the mom of two beautiful children. As a family, they have worked hard for the lifestyle that they now enjoy. They have a successful online business, they are entrepreneurs who teach, train, coach and are mentors of their strategies to make more money more easily. Julie has two blogs, one for online coaching and one for their Niche Travel Hub. Julie is the author of the popular book The Art of Pinterest Profits.

Julie/ Blog1 / Blog2 / Facebook / Google + / Twitter / Pinterest / Stumble Upon / Youtube /Linkedin / Instagram /

Menaka Bharathi from Simple Indian Mom is a Mom, an Agricultural Microbiologist, and a Mompreneur. She is an Organic Food Producer and Markets them under her own brand as SIM Organics. She is a Parenting Consultant and believes parenting can be simple, easy and happy.

Menaka/ Blog / Facebook / Google+ / Twitter / Pinterest / StumbleUpon / Linkedin /

Kenneth

Kenneth Marshall is currently the owner and editor in chief of a pretty cool millennial lifestyle and career blog. He enjoys a good steak, spending time with loved ones, and being out in the sunshine. His main passion is creating content that inspires others to be the absolute best versions of themselves. Professional SEO by day, entrepreneur by night.

Kenneth/Blog / Facebook / Twitter /

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The Pit Stop Crew are bloggers who collectively have significant blogging experience. We don’t know it all! We are willing to step out and try new things, to think outside the box. If something does not work we move on to more innovative solutions.

Bring your posts, they can be on any subject that is family friendly –

Affiliate and giveaway links must have a content post with them. (Exceptions: No direct sales or shops.)

Blogger’s Pit Stop uses Inlinkz to make your experience smoother and quicker.

You won’t need a lot of rules, we do have some suggestions for you –

  1. First time here, it will help you to read the Welcome post in the Linky, which explains the Blogger’s Pitt Stop rationale.

2. Visit some other bloggers, you may want to comment and then leave from another page.

3. Take advantage to follow/like the Pit Stop Crew, they will follow you back. Now when you visit other bloggers why not follow/like them too, if after a week they have not followed back, go and unfollow/unlike them. Take every opportunity to grow.

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We are honoring Sue this month for her consistent weekly engagement with your posts.

Sue and crown top engager

Sue is the author of the inspiring posts on Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Check out her site.

Would you benefit from exposure like Sue is getting? Comment on a couple of posts and let us know the post numbers in the comment form. A new blogger will get the crown on the 7th April.

Chosen by the awesome Pit Stop Crew

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Meet Pavithra of Sapthavarna Creations – Who Turned Her Passion Into Her Career

“Turning your passion into your job is easier than finding a job that matches your passion”- Seth Godin.

Very few turn their passion into business and Pavithra is one such entrepreneur who is successful in doing this. She is the founder of “Sapthavarna Creations”, a startup which provides art and craft coaching for women and children, helping one to discover the creativity within.

A Short Bio

Pavithra of Sapthvarna Creations Inspiring Indian Women
Pavithra of Sapthvarna Creations Inspiring Indian Women

Pavithra started Sapthavarna Creations in 2012 in Singapore with just only one student. What started with simple crafts for kids is now conducting a lot of courses in various categories such as Glass paintings, Jewellery making,  Clay Miniature, craft works for ladies and kids. She also conducts Online classes through skype and YouTube, thus encouraging women to learn at their own pace and comfort.

How Did She Come UP With The Idea

“I was looking for art and craft classes for my daughter and my husband asked me, “Why can’t you start conducting when you have learnt arts and crafts in your young age?” These words made me a teacher.

I got great response when I started classes for kids. It grew in leaps and bounds. The coaching attracted more kids and it really took Sapthavarna Creations to the next level. I started conducting workshops and one to one classes for ladies. Courses which have ethnic touch like Tanjore Glass Painting, Warli Painting, Jewellery making attracted many learners.

How Did She Sustain

I feel it is important to introduce new courses according to the market trend. We Introduced Terracotta Jewellery making, Silk Thread Jewellery making, 3D Mural and more.”

Sapthavarna Creations has inculcated the idea of entrepreneurship in women also turned their students into successful entrepreneurs. She has also teamed up with few of her students and started conducting classes Online to support various time zones.

Pavithra enjoys making Indian food miniature in clay. Her food miniature looks realistic. She has also displayed her miniature “29 Sweets of 29 States of India” in one of the Indian events in the U.K.

“I love making Polymer clay miniature. I thought I should make something unique and at the same time it should have Indian touch. So, I decided to make the sweets that are special in each state of India. My whole family supported this and helped to gather the information about these.

The challenge was to decide a single and the most popular sweet of each state. It took three months for me to study about this and get the exact colour and texture of each sweet. The plates, spoons and bowls are all hand made using clay.”

Pavithra is the mother of two kids and conducts workshops and classes after dropping the kids at school. She finishes her jewellery orders late night. She updates herself and enjoys learning new things regularly. She feels that discovering and updating oneself in the field of one’s passion is the key to success.

“Being an Engineer and worked in an Investment bank, It was not easy to give up my job and change my career. But now, seeing myself as a Mompreneur, makes me proud and happy”.

She says, “We look forward to conduct more workshops and aim to spread the Indian art and crafts worldwide. Our motive is to create interest for learning arts and making it easy to learn through our classes”.

Let each day begin with a vision to accomplish the passion.

You can contact her on her page

Watch her video tutorial to know more about making flowers using soap!

Simmi Bhasin – Founder of Women Who Win(WWW), HR professional Who Found Her Power Connecting Women

There are women out there who not only grow in their own career, but help other women succeed too! Simmi Bhasin is one such woman who has a vision to empower women entrepreneurs, providing a platform for them.

A Short Bio

Simmi Bhasin - Inspiring Indian Women
Simmi Bhasin – Inspiring Indian Women

Women Who Win (WWW) – is a unique platform for women entrepreneurs & professionals, with a vision, “We Connect, Nurture to Empower Women Entrepreneurs”.

Simmi Bhasin – Founder of Women Who Win(WWW), an HR professional with 23 years of corporate experience across various industries like The Taj Group of Hotel, Standard Chartered Bank, Strata Sports and Marketing UK and a mother of two kids.  She was living in a familiar comfortable & a cosy life in New Delhi.  Born & brought up in Delhi, Simmi had built a great business network and support system in the city. She knew where to look for solutions and who to reach out to at the time of challenges.

Her Vision

In 2009, her husband moved to Mumbai for an exciting employment opportunity. Simmi now had two fronts to manage – both in Delhi & Mumbai. In 2011, Simmi decided to end the dual life and move to Mumbai in the interest of the family. This meant personal sacrifices of giving up clients and a prolific HR practice she had built over the years. A very tough decision to leave friends, family, a stable business and move to a new city and start afresh.

Simmi took the plunge, and whilst it was a very difficult time, she was confident that she can rebuild a new meaningful life in the new city. But, there is usually a gap between beliefs and actualisation of beliefs. Whilst settling things on the home front – helping kids adapt to a new city and adapting herself, the first 8 months proved more difficult than she had imagined. It was like starting things from ground zero- there was no goodwill, making cold calls, quite honestly, getting business at that age was difficult. Daily motivation was hard to come by and if it did, it quickly withered away.

During this struggle, Simmi did what she does best. She looked for alternative solutions to break this jinx. She applied and got selected for the Entrepreneurial Program at the prestigious ISB Hyderabad. She is one of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurs alumni. This was the unexpected turning point as Simmi realised that whilst she had over two decades of HR & Administration experience, her natural knack at networking, connecting people for business got her in touch with a lot of people. A dear childhood friend pushed Simmi to implement this skill in the business community. The seed was planted!

This seed sprouted and on Women’s Day in 2013, Simmi launched her thought child “WOMEN WHO WIN” with a simple vision “We Connect, Nurture to Empower Women Entrepreneurs”

WWW started with 24 paid members – which was an encouraging start.  Simmi built on this foundation by single-handedly conducting monthly networking meets, for almost one year.  Slowly the environment started working to help her and women started getting associated to it and offering their services voluntarily.  And before anyone took notice, there were more women supporting her in this journey.

Now this was great, as these women wanted to support this great cause, but it came with its challenges. Every women comes from a different background, mindset, needs and agendas. But taking things in her stride, Simmi carried on, hoping and knowing that the group will strengthen and align better.

In one year the WWW sisterhood grew to 180 members. By this time Simmi, had made it a free platform for women entrepreneurs and professionals, mainly start-ups to network, market, support and share knowledge. Within a year of this Simmi was given a Women Achiever’s Award in 2015 by Young Environmentalist Organisation.

They honoured her saying being a non-Mumbaikar and not knowing a soul here she was able to connect so many women under one platform.  This gave her the motivation and determination to continue helping women and connecting them.

Now Simmi was roaring to go and was on the lookout for more like minded women.  Her actions started to yield results and today Simmi has built a network of 5400 women entrepreneurs and professionals in Mumbai.

Empowering women – enabling them to maximize their potential is what Simmi’s passion and she now wants to take this to other cities as well. Simmi believes that’s where the need for networking is.  She gets lot of calls from various cities to open WWW.

Her Challenges

Challenges are non-ending and she feels it’s just a beginning now.

She is very passionate about her thought child – “WWW” and has relentlessly worked each day in making WWW an ever growing and evolving sisterhood.

WWW is an ongoing, enriching journey for everyone who is a part of it.  WWW’s vision is in keeping with the Vision Statement, Simmi says with conviction, that the “connecting and nurturing” is in the NOW & is not some futuristic destination.  To weave this philosophy into the mission of WWW, there are informal and cosy Network Meets where women connect with each other. WWW has proudly organised over more than 30 networking meets and business events.

Success Always Follows Hardwork

WWW  celebrated 3 years this women’s day at Athena Banquets in Powai.  The Dual occasion was celebrated by WWW with a Bash on 4th March 2017 at Athena Banquets, Powai. The event was honoured by the 3 Chief Guests who are women of substance and achievers in their own fields Ms. Kunickaa Sadanand, an actor and producer, Ms. Priyanka Bapna, an Entrepreneur and Ms Dina Chetan Shah, Management Trustee of Ashapura Foundation. There was a display of selective items and home chefs were given opportunity to present their signature dishes.

WWW also launched – PITARA which will be once a year event. – This was launched in August 2016 a 3 day event  Gadhkari Katta in Thane. Inaugurated by Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis, Wife of honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, PITARA turned out to be the most colourful festivity to have happened in Thane. PITARA brought to people – music, dance & a lot of fun. It was a unique concept –  with a display of products & services. Spanning three days Aug 26th – 28th  it was a very well thought through event. Most of the Women entrepreneurs had their stalls passionately displaying and selling products were start-ups. Added to this was a continuous string of interactive activities through the day. WWW members who are in services like healing, counselling, kids activities, artists, dance workshops, image consultants, beauty and beauty products had the opportunity to demonstrate their craft through the Activity Centre. The Eco-Ganesha workshop was a big hit, with Ganesh Chaturthi around the corner.

The Activity Centre was a unique spin to the event as it made the event a buzzing and enjoyable family event. There was something every hour – a workshop, a fun activity or a talk.  The stall owners were there with their families & friends engaged in various activities. There was something for every age group.

Simmi says each event was glorious outcome of great teamwork and would not have been possible otherwise. And after the roaring success of Women’s day bash at Powai, WWW is now on their way to carefully crafting the next project.

Simmi’s journey in building WWW can be summed up as following:

Simmi started by doing what was required. Then she started doing what was possible and soon she was doing the impossible. She had not imagined that within 3 years of being in Mumbai, she would have won an award, organised 3 festive bazaars and growth the sisterhood to a staggering 5400.

If you have the belief, Simmi says, just start with small actions in materializing the dream and the universe will bring the cementing forces together. Stand Tall.

You can connect with her through her facebook page

Bloggers Pit Stop #65

The Blogger's Pit Stop

Friday, 17th March 2017

Blogger’s Pit Stop #65 – Welcome

Blogger’s Pit Stop is open from 9 pm ET(US Thur) 11 am(AUS Friday) and Closes 3 am Monday ET(US) 5 pm(AUS)

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Our Pit Stop Crew

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Kathleen from Lifestyle Building Blocks: She finds it both humbling and satisfying to write posts and to have bloggers express their appreciation for the help and guidance gleaned from her insight. Kathleen loves the blogger’s lifestyle, thinking outside the box and to keep learning. She is qualified in Professional Editing and Proofreading – specializing in eBooks.

Kathleen/Blog / Facebook /Google+ / Twitter /Pinterest / StumbleUpon /

Janice from Mostly Blogging: Janice loves writing, and meeting people from all over the globe who are like-minded and supportive. The thrill and validation she gets when bloggers tell of how she has helped them with their blogging are unparalleled. Her posts are thorough and beneficial to her many readers who are building their own blogs. Janice is the author of the popular book An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog.

Janice/Blog / Facebook / Google+ /Twitter /Pinterest / StumbleUpon / Instagram /

Julie and Menaka

Julie is the wife of Pauli and the mom of two beautiful children. As a family, they have worked hard for the lifestyle that they now enjoy. They have a successful online business, they are entrepreneurs who teach, train, coach and are mentors of their strategies to make more money more easily. Julie has two blogs, one for online coaching and one for their Niche Travel Hub. Julie is the author of the popular book The Art of Pinterest Profits.

Julie/ Blog1 / Blog2 / Facebook / Google + / Twitter / Pinterest / Stumble Upon / Youtube /Linkedin / Instagram /

Menaka Bharathi from Simple Indian Mom is a Mom, an Agricultural Microbiologist, and a Mompreneur. She is an Organic Food Producer and Markets them under her own brand as SIM Organics. She is a Parenting Consultant and believes parenting can be simple, easy and happy.

Menaka/ Blog / Facebook / Google+ / Twitter / Pinterest / StumbleUpon / Linkedin /

Kenneth

Kenneth Marshall is currently the owner and editor in chief of a pretty cool millennial lifestyle and career blog. He enjoys a good steak, spending time with loved ones, and being out in the sunshine. His main passion is creating content that inspires others to be the absolute best versions of themselves. Professional SEO by day, entrepreneur by night.

Kenneth/Blog / Facebook / Twitter /

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The Pit Stop Crew are bloggers who collectively have significant blogging experience. We don’t know it all! We are willing to step out and try new things, to think outside the box. If something does not work we move on to more innovative solutions.

Bring your posts, they can be on any subject that is family friendly –

Affiliate and giveaway links must have a content post with them. (Exceptions: No direct sales or shops.)

Blogger’s Pit Stop uses Inlinkz to make your experience smoother and quicker.

You won’t need a lot of rules, we do have some suggestions for you –

  1. First time here, it will help you to read the Welcome post in the Linky, which explains the Blogger’s Pitt Stop rationale.

2. Visit some other bloggers, you may want to comment and then leave from another page.

3. Take advantage to follow/like the Pit Stop Crew, they will follow you back. Now when you visit other bloggers why not follow/like them too, if after a week they have not followed back, go and unfollow/unlike them. Take every opportunity to grow.

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The FEATURES from last pit stop

We are honoring Sue this month for her consistent weekly engagement with your posts.

Sue and crown top engager

Sue is the author of the inspiring posts on Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Check out her site.

Would you benefit from exposure like Sue is getting? Comment on a couple of posts and let us know the post numbers in the comment form. A new blogger will get the crown in April.

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My Book Review of Have Bags, Will Travel by Terri

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You can join the Blogger’s Pit Stop (Add a Post to the Linky and put our banner on your site) take every advantage to grow from the help, motivation and the tune up we are working to deliver. By joining the Blogger’s Pit Stop, you signify permission to share your posts and images here and on social media. If you entered an email address into the Linky you indicate permission to send you an email reminder when our next rally is LIVE.

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One Month ofPediaSure – My Experiences and Challenges

It has been one month since I began using PediaSure for my kids. Although I do see a good response in the weight and activities of my children, I did face some challenges too, like what PediaSure flavour would they like best.

The Initial Days

The first few days went by smoothly and my children happily drank the new flavour of PediaSure with their daily milk. I made it a point to purchase two flavours of PediaSure powder initially – the Vanilla and Premium Chocolate.

I wanted to see how well the children would come with PediaSure usage in new flavours. Well, I’m happy to say that there were no complaints whatsoever with the chocolate flavour, mainly because my children are very fond of cocoa.

However, getting them to like the vanilla flavour seemed to be more of a challenge. If your kids are easily bored, I’d recommend that you stick to what they prefer or try experimenting with different PediaSure recipes like I did below.

Check My first Post On Pediasure Here

My Experiments

I began to experiment with some PediaSure recipes; in fact, I have come up with a few new recipes of my own. Here’s one you can try out:-

PediaSure Watermelon Cucumber Asian Salad

Pediasure Water Melon Cucumber Asian Salad
Pediasure Water Melon Cucumber Asian Salad

On a hot summer’s day, there’s no better way than a cool salad to help with dehydration. By adding a few nutritious elements to it, it could be a great source of relief if your children gobble it up.

This is a simple yet nutritious salad that both hydrates and will help boost the energy levels of your children for playtime.

Ingredients

  • Watermelon – ½, peeled, de-seeded and diced
  • Cucumber – ½ peeled and diced into cubes and a few circular
  • PediaSure vanilla flavour – ¼ cup
  • Cottage Cheese – ½ cup diced into small pieces
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice – from half lemon
  • Pepper – 1 teaspoon crushed

Method

  • Add diced water melon and cucumber to a mixing bowl
  • Add the honey and lemon juice
  • Sprinkle the cheese and PediaSure powder on top
  • Mix well
  • Sprinkle crushed pepper
  • Serve garnished with the round sliced cucumber pieces

My kids love it and they finish every bit of it whenever it’s on the table.

The Monthly Report

Seeing how things have been going for the past month, I can say with confidence that with PediaSure nutrition my children are looking healthier and happier. In fact, with the stress of festivals and exams coming together, I can see both of them normal and healthy. Their weight has increased a little and I think there is definitely a connection between my interesting dishes prepared with extra care and PediaSure.

I will be following-up with you all and will continue to share my PediaSure feedback over the next few weeks. If you want to try it with me, you can buy PediaSure online, from the company’s website.

Word of Caution

PediaSure is NOT FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE LACTOSE INTOLERANT or who have galactosemia

So stick with me on our #90DaysWithPediaSure and follow #MyPediaSureJourney over the next month.

Disclaimer: Although I was approached by Abbott to write about PediaSure nutrition, the views, ideas and opinions expressed in my blog posts are purely my own and based on my own experiences with the product.

Rinku Nagda – The Lady Who Revolutionized Wedding Planning

Women are pure forms of strength and they know how to make things work and where exactly to concentrate. It all takes a little hard work and a lot of planning.

Rinku Nagda The Lady Who Revolutionized Wedding Planning
Rinku Nagda The Lady Who Revolutionized Wedding Planning

Meet Rinku Nagda – who has revolutionized wedding planning and brought about the plan of exclusive Bridal exhibitions.

YOUR REPUTATION IS YOUR INTEGRITY, DON’T COMPROMISE IT – Says Rinku Nagda, who successfully runs her Shaadi Sakhi, which exclusively does exclusive bridal and lifestyle exhibitions.

A Short Bio

Rinku Nagda, A post graduate in Management along with a Diploma in Wedding Planning from The Tania Tapel Wedding Planning Training Academy.

Having started her career with Human Resources, joined her family business. She was passionate about Fashion & Shopping which led her to start her own company Shaadi Sakhi.

She has successfully organised 25 Wedding & Lifestyle Exhibitions in the past 3 years all over Mumbai.

How The Idea Hit Her

I used to take all our NRI family friends for Wedding shopping and managed to give them best services and choices. We used to travel to South Mumbai or western suburbs to attend all exclusive Bridal Exhibitions.

I realised that there was no elite exhibition happening in the Central suburbs and hence the idea clicked about starting Shaadi Sakhi Exhibitions in Aug 2013 at Matunga CR,Mumbai. Subsequently we started Shaadi Sakhi Art Gallery in March 2014 giving Exhibition space to Designers.

About Shaadi Sakhi

Shaadi Sakhi primarily caters to Entrepreneurs and Designers that are into Bridal Wear, Semi Formals, Western Wear, Real& Semi- Precious Jewellery, Bags, Clutches, Footwear, Home Décor, Trousseau, Unique Gifting Items and wide range of Consumer & Lifestyle Products.

With Shaadi Sakhi we take your brand to another level, be it reaching your customers through our popular exhibitions held round the year to target shoppers of various Festivals like Raksha Bandhan, Navratri, Diwali and Wedding season.

Her Challenges and How She Won Over Them

My biggest challenge was getting Exhibitors for Art Gallery during the Startup phase since we  had a new location.

We got in touch with various exhibitors all over Mumbai through various modes of communication like Social media,, messaging, advertisements and subsequently through Word of mouth.

Later popularization was done by 

Social Media

Networking Platforms

Word of Mouth

 How She Made Shaadi Sakhi A Success

Increased business for our exhibitors and better choices for consumers – is our success. We conceive, plan, and make events happen – business events which benefit both consumers and producers. The exhibitions showcase a wide range of consumer and lifestyle products under one roof.

Also read other Inspiring Indian women series here

Our USP is targeting new and unique locations for exhibitions where there is less competition.

Her Advice To New Entrants

Keep yourself focused and carve a niche

You can check her Facebook page for further details and contact info.

 

 

7 Things You Should Totally Avoid During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, there are certain things women must try to avoid and be cautious of, so as to be able to improve their health, as well as that of their baby. Risks that can terminate or complicate pregnancy can be avoided too. This page presents an extensive catalog of things to avoid during pregnancy.

1. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs

Drugs that are typically safe to take on a normal day could have devastating effects on a fetus during pregnancy. A pregnant mother must avoid taking OTC drugs or prescription drugs unless prescribed by a doctor. These also include aspirin. Generally, the consumption of OTC drugs is not recommended during the first 8 weeks of pregnancy as this is when the brain, lung, and heart are being formed.

2. Sleeping On The Back

The abdomen tends to rest on the intestines and major blood vessels when a pregnant woman sleeps on her back. This can lead to problems with low blood pressure, hemorrhoids, the digestive system, breathing, backaches and cause a decrease in circulation to the heart and that of the baby. If you have problems adjusting your position, use a pregnancy pillow to keep yourself in a comfortable position.

You can buy pregnancy pillows by clicking here

pregnancy pillow
pregnancy pillow

3. Illegal Drugs

Studies have shown that one of the leading causes of low birth weight among newborns is in utero drug exposure. Other negative effects of illegal drugs include mild to severe withdrawal effects, delayed or impaired neurobehavioral development due to central nervous system damage, physical malformations, such as abnormalities of facial features, eye defects, heart murmurs and cleft palate.

4. Alcohol

Depending on the dose and frequency of consumption, there are a variety of negative effects of alcohol on developing babies. A worst-case scenario is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Along with other abnormalities, FAS is the leading known cause of preventable mental retardation. It is associated with varying degrees of major organ systems as well as a number of congenital birth defects which include central nervous system dysfunction, facial malformations, and prenatal and postnatal growth deficiency.

5. Smoking

Apart from being harmful to the mother, smoking is such a well-known hazard that can expose the baby to great danger. Secondhand smoke can also be harmful to pregnant women who live or work with smokers. Exposure to smoke can result in fetal and infant death, low-weight full-term babies, pre-term birth, and spontaneous abortion. A pregnant woman is advised not to smoke or be around people who do.

6. Contact with Reptiles

Avoid contact with snakes, turtles, iguanas or lizards. Reptiles are capable of transferring the salmonella virus through their feces which can be very harmful to the pregnancy. Also, children (under age 5) are at risk of contracting salmonella when they come in contact with reptiles.

7. Junk Food

Junk food tends to fill up the stomach real quick but fails to provide the body with essential protein or vitamins. During pregnancy, the size of the stomach tends to decrease. When consumed, junk food prevents the mother to eat what she really needs for her and her baby’s health due to its ability to take up room in the stomach.

Mindful Breathing – A Way Destress Yourself And HappySunday #HS 9

Mindful Breathing

Mindful Breathing
Mindful Breathing

Breathing is what we do always, however being aware of your breath is what is important when it comes to mindfulness.

Mindful Breathing does not involve reaction of any kind, I would say, just relax – Breathe.

Mindfulness Begins From Conscious Breathing

What happens when you become aware of your breath?

When you begin to concentrate on your breath, You begin to breathe slower and deeper. In fact you will understand how much difficult this simple concentrating on your breathe is.

Your wandering mind needs to be controlled effectively to bring it back to look into your breathing pattern. Thus making your mind wander less and focus more.

Mindful breathing when practiced regularly can make you reason things and analyse your problems better.

It de-stresses you easily. Keep watching this space for How to Practice Mindful Breathing and Mindfulness.

 

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Prompt For The Week

This week it is going to be the festival of colours – and ofcourse we are going to ask you to write about exactly that!

Write about your holi experience, share with us!

It is totally your take on the festival! You can write why you love or hate the festival. What makes you think we need to go to natural and organic colours?

How to play holi safely, environment friendly and with lesser effect on our skin.

Anything that you find is going to be an interesting read.

Holi the festival Of Colours
Holi the festival Of Colours

 

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Meet Ramya Sriram – Social Activist Fighting Against Child Abuse

As a parent, a responsible citizen and as a consultant the first thing I have always found myself believing into is to impart social responsibility into children.
The society as a whole is undergoing a transformation, men young and old seem to be behaving in unnerving and unimaginable manner these days.
Somewhere during development, we seem to have lost humanity!
Well, child abuse is in raise and we need to take action. Here is Ramya Sriram a social activist, who is trying to bring some changes in the society through her organisation.

A Short Bio

Ramya Sriram - Social Activist Fighting Against Child Abuse
Ramya Sriram – Social Activist Fighting Against Child Abuse
I m 37 yrs old graduated in Psychology and also MBA from Coimbatore presently settled in Chennai.
Hubby Sriram working as Head Facility & admin in private organisation.
Mother of 2 kids daughter Yuvashini Sriram 8 yr old and Son Atharva Sriram 5 yr old.

Her Social Services

I am into social services past 10 yrs first started as a volunteer -care taker at a Orphange at Mogapair west and from there i started to help needy as much as I can.
Mainly I support for 2 causes
1. Educational support for less privileged / parentless & street dwelling kids .
2. Children safety awareness programs.

Her Organisation

My Nannsei team formed in January 2016 we are group of friends together help the needy children for their education and extra curricular activities like.. craft..painting..science experiments at school..awareness programs on environment and sexual harassment and Children.

Her Hurdles

We faced and still face a lot of hurdles in our work- regarding our child safety awareness people still hesitate to learn things and co operate and spare time for their safety
Regarding educational needs the kids are in huge numbers who are really from poor background we need more donors.

How This Started

I am from very normal average middle class family. We struggled a lot to come up in life especially educational part when I started working I felt it is important and the  right time to help the needy and moreover to help them in education.
My first day was volunteering in orphanage when I was 21 years old.
I used to be with a kid who lost his limbs and eyes, because his mother threw him in train track. That incident made me to think how blessed we are and I felt that I should help others till end.
Another incident is my cousin sister’s murder at her very home. She was not aware whom to open the door and safety which led to her being killed by a perpetrator who entered their house in the name of tenant looking for a house.
This made me to take another step towards child safety and awareness and abuse.
My aim in life is have an orphanage or home for shelter less kids and elders

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Meet Raksha Bharadia From Bonobology – The Person Who Has Put Her Heart and Soul Into Her Quest To Understand Relationships

Some people see things that happen and ask, why ?

George Carlin

Raksha Bharadia, asked why so much confusion in relationships? What was the reason behind this pandemonium in understanding each other in Indian community?

To find the answers and make a change in the basic understanding of relationships is what has made her Bonobology a unique platform where people share real stories of relationships that is seldom brushed away.

A Short Bio

Raksha Bharadia graduated from Loreto College, Calcutta University in Arts with History, Political Science and Economics. She got in the merit list and received the Best Student’s Award for the year 1992. Raksha has authored three books which are published by Rupa & Co.:

Me: A Handbook for Life (2006)

– Roots and Wings: A handbook for Parents (2008)

– All and Nothing (2010)

Ten on ten (2016)

She has so far edited 13 titles in the Chicken soup for the Indian Soul series for Westland. She has also worked with Star Plus for the show Lakhon Main Ek. She sourced seven stories and wrote the screenplay for one. She has been a columnist for Femina, Ahmedabad Mirror; and with DNA Ahmedabad. She has written several articles for Midday, Life Positive, Marie Claire, Femina India, Gurlz, India Today (Gujarat edition), and Ahmedabad Times.

Raksha Bharadia - Chiken Soup books
Raksha Bharadia – Chiken Soup books

Her latest foray is an online portal on couple relationships for urban India, here is the link, http://www.bonobology.com/Default.aspx

 

Raksha was a visiting faculty at CEPT University; Ahmedabad, Gujarat in 2011, for the Master’s program in creative writing. She is an independent director at the Media company Sambhav. She has been invited to conduct classes in creative writing in Hyderabad, Calcutta and Ahmedabad. She has also held parenting workshops in schools, like Don Bosco Kolkata, La Martinier Lucknow, AMA (Ahmedabad Management Association), YPO, EO (Kolkata), Eklavya school, Anand Niketan. On invitation, Raksha has been speaker at many conferences and seminars (TED-X Ahmedabad, AMA, Baroda Management Association, Women in Leadership Forum in India, IIM Ahmedabad etc).

Her Story

Raksha Bharadia - Inspiring Indian Women
Raksha Bharadia – Inspiring Indian Women

 

I am an author, an editor (Chicken soup for the soul series for India) and most importantly a woman on a quest. Relationships intrigue me. Love confuses me. Why do we sometimes hate the person we love? We want the security in a relationship but we hate the shackles. You know these questions really baffle me and I want to understand how our generations before us have dealt with these.

When I interviewed historians, therapists, divorce lawyers, marriage counsellors etc for this I felt that there is this big sense of chaos in understanding couple relationships. Also I felt this has to be a two-way process. We get stories from contemporary India and we give back their stories to others too. To understand that the chaos we feel is not exclusive to us.

Bonoblogy gives a space to share stories (even anonymously), it gives a panel (people with solid credentials) to ask questions on relationships which then also goes into our data and helps us understand what really is happening in India today. Also it gives a community space where people can even advice each other which operates like a forum.

The Difficulties She Faced

Difficulties were Unending! The most important to keep the integrity. Assure quality of stories being brought to the readers. We have a 4 member edit team who fight to keep the tone and yet work to bring in as much depth to the story they can through continual interaction with the contributor.
Then there was this challenge to take this voice to the readers out there. To assure them that we are all about real couples! That we do not entertain fiction.

How She Overcame These Stumbling Blocks

Hard work! Passion. I believe there is a need for a platform like this and my team believes it too. We are 9 in all, dedicated to Bonobology!
From day one I knew I would not give this up. Yes there have been days when I crashed in bed thinking have I bitten more than I can chew?   But then comes a new morning….and 🙂

Her Advice to Budding Entrepreneurs

Believe in what you do.

 

Media To Entrepreneur – Meet Shabia Ravi Walia – Founder and Owner of Natural Beauty Products Wild Earth

What would you do when you are comfortably settled in a job and happily married?

Stay happy and go on in your life.

Well, here is one woman who is ambitious as well as creative. Meet Shabia Ravi Walia who left a lucrative media profession to become an entrepreneur, and succeeded in it with flying colors.

A Short Bio

Inspiring Indian Women - Shabia Ravi Wadia
Inspiring Indian Women – Shabia Ravi Wadia

Shabia Ravi Walia, Founder and Owner of ‘Wild Earth’ is a media professional for the past 24 years. Dabbling in production, creative direction and writing, she has equal experience in both genres of fiction and non fiction.

However her biggest achievement till date as considered by her, is the birth of her baby Sia and penning down the experiences associated with it in the form of her bestselling book ‘Mamma Mania’ . The book has received rave reviews and critical acclaim from everyone.

Not one to be contented with one hat, Shabia turned entrepreneur two years back. ‘Wild Earth’ a natural skincare range, was born out of Shabia’s attempt to provide natural quality products which young, old and babies can use without any fear of side effects of harsh chemicals.

When Shabia is not rustling up stories or spreading smiles with her social initiative ‘The Bluebells Community’, she loves to whip up a storm in the kitchen cooking or design new products for ‘Wild Earth’. Shabia lives in Mumbai with her cinematographer husband Ravi, 7 year old daughter Sia and dreams of her daughter growing up in a world with no boundaries or borders.

Shabia is also the winner of the ‘Rex Karmveer Chakra Award’ ‘Women of excellence Award’ & the ‘Top 50 Rising Stars Award’ for her exceptional work in her profession and the field of social work.

Her Story  Of Entrepreneurship and Success

 

The story of ‘Wild Earth’ is quite unique. I have been a media person for the past 24 years having donned all hats of a writer, creative director, director, producer, author etc. Towards the end of August 2014 I was feeling burnt out and disillusioned with media.

Simultaneously, as destiny conspired I ran out of a body scrub that my husband had got for  me from Fiji (which i loved) on one of his cinematography trips. As I hunted high and low, I realised that either similar products were too expensively priced or laden with chemicals. My baby was around 4 years old at that time and I was anyways always concerned with what we put on our body every day.

So on an impulse, I concocted a body scrub for myself with kitchen ingredients and loved it!!! I quite quickly realised that there is a great market out there for handmade, pure, chemical free products. India was just about waking up to natural products at that time and I think I just played my cards at the right time. We named our brand ‘Tattva’ meaning ‘Essence of nature,’ which was later on trademarked as ‘Wild Earth’. I think the welcome distraction just came at the right time when I was itching to leave media behind and do something of my own. That the distraction would become a hugely successful business in less than three years was something even I had not fathomed or imagined.

 

Within months of making products in our kitchen, we got a few big corporate orders and had to shift out to an office and manufacturing unit. In the initial year, we sold directly through social media and inline websites. Last year we ventured into retail big time and are now available in many retail stores across several cities in India.

 

Our product range is wide and varied, consisting of cold process soaps, sulphate free shampoos, paraben free body lotions, body butters, lip balms, body scrubs and much more. We also have a huge range of spa and salon products available for spa chains. All our products emphasise in high quality natural ingredients, the best of handpicked essential oils and handcrafted & packaged to perfection.

It’s been two years since Tattva (now Wild Earth) started and we have seen major growth in our business. Impressed by what we achieved in just about a year and a half, we have had a fair number of investors approaching us for funding but we have managed to sustain without it.

 

A great number of global deals have opened up for us this year and we have just signed a deal with an international brand to manufacture their cosmetic range for them. It’s a huge thing to begin the new year with. I am elated. My eyes are set on making Wild Earth a globally recognised brand this year and I am all geared up and working towards it.

Her Success Mantra :

I am a very hands on person, be it business or motherhood. I like to be in control and I can only do that if I am involved in every aspect of my business. My husband who is my biggest supporter handles the designing and packaging for the company while I concentrate on the rest. We have a marketing team in place but overall it’s my vision which drives ‘Wild Earth’. I am really focussed and determined and know what I want and what I don’t, even when I was in media. Leadership comes easily to me but at the same time I am a team player. I am nothing without my team’s support and hard work or without my husband watching my back. He has a huge role in the success of ‘Wild Earth’.


The Men in Her Life 

Ravi, my husband is the biggest support and shakti behind me. Be it filling in for me when I travel both for our baby or business. He is the calmer one amongst us and hence my ground leveller too in times of stress. I tend to fret a bit but he is my punching bag. Apart from this, Tarun Katial, head of BIG Reliance has been my boss, friend and my mentor. Whatever little I know of business, I have learnt from him. I often run to him and trouble him when I need advice on any front and I am lucky he has always been there for me despite his busy schedule. Rajesh Chadha, my ex-boss & father figure is always there day or night and is constantly watching for me. If you notice there are a lot of men in my life who root for me and that’s such a lovely thing. I do have a lot of female friends and co-entrepreneurs too who are close to me and constantly keep me motivated and feeling loved. I give freely and hence I receive too in multiple proportions, be it love or support.


Her Advice to Other Women

I would advise future womenpreneurs to take calculated risks at work and grow by learning every day. “Ask for help when required. Relax and rejuvenate from time to time. Never be afraid of failure or mistakes. Take calculated risks. Keep learning every day. Never lose focus of why you became an entrepreneur. Lastly the only regrets you have at the end of life are the chances you didn’t take. So live your dreams and make them come true. Life’s too short for procrastination.

6 Items You Should Not Miss Buying This Holi

Holi never fails to bring out the crazy side in us! Don’t you all agree? With the festival of colours round the corner, you must be busy planning for a big party.  So, we have prepared a checklist for you; just in case you miss on the important stuff!

 

  1. Water Blaster Gun or Pichakari

You can get this from here Sunshine Gifting Holi Water Gun with Pressure with Back Holding Tank (1.75 L) – Grey

Do you remember those summer months when all of you wanted to get rid of the heat and spend hours playing with your friends on the middle of the road with Pichkari. Let your son or daughter experience the same kind of joy by getting her the Water Blaster Gun which is crafted out of plastic.

  1. Magic Balloon

Get Magic Balloons here Sunshine Gifting Holi Water Balloons, Non Toxic Balloons,111 Balloons

Why struggle and waste precious time filling and tying one water balloon after the other? Just insert a water hose into the Water Balloon Maker and fill & tie the balloons. In about 60 seconds, you’re ready to go with 100 balloons.

 

  1. Organic Holi Colours

KING OF EVENTS Herbal Organic Holi Color 6 Pack IN 1 (Red, Green, Yellow, Pink, Blue, Orange)

Make this Holi more fun-filled, eco-friendly and safe with organic colour powder. Herbal holi colours are available in a variety of shades like bright yellow, light pink, snowy white, sea green and blue.

 

  1. Holi Sweets/Chocolates

Cadbury Dairy Milk Assorted Chocolate Hamper for Holi (Gift Hamper 01)

How can Holi be complete without sweets? Share the spirit of this vibrant festival with your friends and loved ones by gifting them a box of sweets and gujias. Dry fruits are also highly in demand as a gift on holi. Available in a variety of designer boxes, these beautiful gift items make a lasting impression.

 

 

  1. Thandai

Maiya’s Instant Mix – Badam Drink, 200g Carton
No Holi is complete without the celebration called thandai. Usually made with milk, almonds, watermelon seeds, fennel seeds, pepper corn, rose petals, cardamom, khus seeds, saffron and sugar.

 

 

  1. Water Ballons

Pre-fill water balloons the night before and they will still be full the next day. Perfect for the next neighborhood water balloon fight.

Water Balloon Pumping Station with 200 Water Balloons and Water Pump for Kids

 

Seriously, it is the most fun filled festival that I know of and I hope you make the most of it. Wishing you all a very colourful, safe and healthy Holi. So, are you ready for a  holi ?

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Everything Starts With A Dream – Meet Nidhi Dorairaj Bruce The Mom Who Made Mumbai Mom Work Wonders

Everyone has a childhood dream! A dream to become something that seemed dear at a particular age, seldom do some of us get a chance to live that dream.
Nidhi Dorairaj Bruce is one of those lucky persons who has got to live her dream.
I am extremely happy to introduce Nidhi – a wonderful person at heart to my readers.

A Short Bio

 

Nidhi Dorairaj Bruce - Inspiring Indian Women
Nidhi Dorairaj Bruce – Inspiring Indian Women
Nidhi D. Bruce, Founder Editor, www.mumbaimom.com
Nidhi has been a blogger and freelance writer for over a decade now with her work appearing in The Hindu, The Times of India, Child Magazine, The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Elephant Journal and numerous Parenting websites. Nidhi has also contributed to a bestselling book on Parenting. Through Mumbai Mom ventures, Nidhi aims to help people live better lives – everyday.

Her Story – From Mom to Mumbai Mom

Ever since I’ve known, I have wanted to be a ‘writer’. What that definition entailed was beyond me at the young age when I first let that thought creep into my head. I guess it was a combination of growing up in a family where there were more books than errrrr… designer clothes maybe and lots of free time to read and imagine.

And like all good stories, the kahaani main twist was the quintessential existential anxiety that comes up when one reaches teenage. By then, the dream of becoming a writer seemed liked a childish fantasy and getting a real job seemed to be the smart and adult thing to aim for. So one went through the rigours of studying very hard, performing even better and getting the requisite degrees and placements in multinational firms. Sigh! Becoming a Manager in a MNC was clearly what my 6 year old wannabe Enid Blyton had not envisioned as a future for herself.

Gratefully, motherhood and common sense slowly brought me back to the original path. I discovered blogging by chance in 2005 when I was between jobs and studying to get myself a Ph.D in Marketing (I know, I know – the number of detours one has taken!). That was the time when the early wave of bloggers were really ruling the roost and the quality of writing and thought was really intriguing. I was absolutely delighted to discover this group of people who seemed to be seamless communicators. The blogging community back then was limited yet very, very close knit.

Even though I became a participant in the blogosphere, I was sporadic – believing blogging to be just a ‘creative’ outlet for souls such as me who were otherwise stuck in the drama of real life. I continued in a similar vein till 2013, when my second child was born and I decided to take the full time plunge into blogging and writing. Yes, it took me 8 years after my first ever blog post to realise that this was something that I liked doing enough to warrant it becoming the ‘only’ thing that I would do (other than bring up my babies of course). That, ladies and gentleman is how www.mumbaimom.com was born!

Today as I type this, I am also preparing to host a workshop under the aegis of Mumbai Mom which will teach people how to start blogging and make money too in the process! That is called life coming full circle, isn’t it? if you would like to know more details about the workshop, you can check out this link : http://bit.ly/2lfjVxO

My only two bits of ‘advice’ if you will, to new bloggers is :
  1. Find your own voice – and don’t be afraid to use it. The world needs more original voices and thoughts. Do not imitate other bloggers. Do be inspired but do not aspire to be someone else.
  2. Create genuine content that you believe in. In this day and age of brand collaborations it is easy to give in to the lure of money. But your readers will see through that. Keep yourself as faithful to your values as possible – choose brand collaborations wisely.
  3. And finally – communicate with, engage and encourage new bloggers – because we all have been at the starting point sometime in our life. And every time you help someone you actually end up learning something new!

And with that, I will shut my trap. I wish all the readers of this blog a very Happy Women’s day – thank you for this opportunity Menaka Bharathi.

The New Breed Entrepreneurs – Meet Dr Bhavi Mody Who Has Dedicated Her Life to Remoulding Redefining and Refining Mental Health

There are people who excel in studies, begin their career and progress in that. However there are others who excel in studies but take a progressive turn in their careers – choosing entrepreneurship.

You are going to read about one such doctor turned entrepreneur who has made it her life’s main focus towards Remoulding Redefining & Refining Mental Health.

A Short Bio

 

Inpsiring Indian Women - Dr Bhavi Modi
Inpsiring Indian Women – Dr Bhavi Mody

 

Dr Bhavi Mody is a Homeopathic Expert, working relentlessly to cure health ailments in women and children while promoting overall healing. Founder and Director of Health and Wellness with Dr. Bhavi, she believes in ‘Simple Sweet Solutions for Women and Children.’

Operating out of her clinic in Mumbai, India, her vision is to provide Holistic Homeopathic Healthcare globally. She also offers her services online through www.drbhavimody.com.

Keeping with her aim to create a therapeutic impact globally for women and children, she also promotes Health and Wellness through numerous articles and blogs. In addition, she also has over 50 publications in various newspapers and magazines. An avid Mental health enthusiast,she is a leading force behind the workshops and training programs conducted by Edupsyche, a multidisciplinary institute that focuses on Education and Mental healthcare.

As part of her social outreach initiative, she has conducted multiple camps for Osteoporosis, Asthma, Women and Child care.

Commemorating her outstanding work and holistic approach to healthcare, she was honoured with the WeAreTheCity Rising Stars Award India in 2016 in the Health and Wellbeing category.

Her Story In Her Own Words – An Exemplary for All Entrepreneurs

After completing my DHMS in 1994, I got married in 1995. Like every other doctor – my husband and I settled down in our clinical practice. We had our bit of aspirations always wanting to grow out and do something better. Got an opportunity in 1999. Despite my twins being just a year, we started Shreeji Exports and E-com, my first experience as an entrepreneur. Did not last long by 2002 as most IT companies in US were going through recession. This marked an end.

Having gained experience and confidence started an IT company Locally Shreeji Software Solutions from 2003 to 2005, getting in Business, getting orders, maintaining customers did pose great challenges then. I found out a way out from all these challenges and that was opting for higher education. Completed my Graduation with Gold Medal in 2003 and post-graduation in 2006, moved ahead with a never give up attitude.

With my husband, having trained in US for Psychiatry and managing children with Special needs we set out on a mission of ‘Sculpting Minds Shaping Future’. Thus, was born of Vrudhi Research Foundation. We worked and grew enough to be working with over 55000 children annually across city of Mumbai, with the following four domain expertise; Academic, Behavior, Career and Developmental. Our center provided various services under one roof.

My role being to provide homeopathy and with my keen interest in Dietetics and Nutrition was researching on role of food as medicine for children with ADD/HD. My individual practice was on all the way.

Having worked for over a decade for mental health through our various initiatives at Vrudhi, we saw a growing need to ensure mental health delivery system. Edupsyche was thus born with the prime objective of ‘Remoulding Redefining & Refining Mental Health.’

We wanted to reach out to the population at large and ensure better mental health service delivery across the country, felt that if we combine IT with our domain expertise we would be able to reach out at a faster pace than otherwise.

We envisaged a mental health app- Mentagram. Mentagram was our most ambitious project. We had put in everything that we had our experience, expertise and funds to develop the app.

We announced Mentagram in Feb 2016. Launched it on Gudi Padwa. We were running dry with funds- Finding the right investor was not easy! And to top it all it was the 12 th board exam of our twins. It was very crucial juncture as kids get stressed with these exams though we make it a point to convince them that all they need to do is give their best.it was imperative for me to be with them to support them and boost their confidence. With this and Mentagram launch life was a roller coaster ride. So, when they would be studying I would be working on Mentagram promotions and preparing pitches. But where there is a will there is a way!

I won the Demo -day competition held by startups club and we were to pitch in the finale but we some new developments by then. A Health care fund house whom we were in talks with for funding came with the proposal of Acqui-hiring us. The decision was not easy to give up on something you nurtured like your baby.

We thought over and over, spoke to veterans and decided that it was indeed a proud moment and we should go for it. We were aligning with a company that understood out vision and wanted to develop and build a larger ecosystem for mental health. So, we went for it. I decided to step down as we as a couple did not want to work for some other company. The entrepreneur bug had bit me by then and I needed to do something. I specialize into Women and Child health care so decided to do something in that area. Providing Quality healthcare at your fingertips just a click away looked the way ahead. I launched my website www.drbhavimody.com in Feb this year. “A Humane Approach to Holistic Healing” is our Motto. We boast of being the only portal focused on the most comprehensive strategies for MIND-BODY equilibrium.

Just to add I was awarded the WeAreTheCity Rising Stars Award India2016 in the health and well-being category. Received this in November when we were to sign the deal with Round glass. This boosted my confidence and I knew we were working in the right direction.

One needs to learn to Move Ahead, Cross Barriers and Never Give Up.

Passion, Patience, Persistence, Perseverance always Pays.

 

Nothing Comes Easy – Meet Mehak Mirza Prabhu – A Story Teller, Author, Performer

Every mother goes through a phase where she needs to invent stories after stories for her little one, here is one mom who rediscovered herself during that phase.

Finding your talent and honing it can bring success- This is what Mehak Mirza Prabhu learnt and for her to learn this was not easy.

Mehak Mirza Prabhu – A Short Bio

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Mehak Mirza Prabhu, is a mother, storyteller, writer, performer, and lives in Mumbai; is passionate about creating and narrating stories in various languages. Consciously trying to bring people face to face with reality, not through statistics and reports, but through fiction laced reality based stories that all can relate to, and thus can feel others’ pain. Social reform enthusiast, blogger at Half Baked Beans, Storyteller at Storytel (Sweden), featured in The Logical Indian page and scriptwriter for short films; is looking forward to more challenges that life can bring to her, to make her pen mightier.

How Did She Stumble Upon Story Telling – Here Is Her Story

Mostly every mother goes through the period when your child is 3 years old to about 9 years, where she has to obey the order “Mumma, tell me a story”, at the exact moment when she herself is about to doze off.

Wasn’t any different for me either.

By 5 years of age my daughter used to lay down conditions on the stories I could to tell, eg: tell me a story of a dog, but there should not be any little girl in the story or tell me a story about a horse and there should be cupcakes in the story. By the age of 8, I wasn’t allowed to tell a story the end of which she could guess. After every sentence she prompted her speculation of how the story would end and I had to say ‘no’ and immediately change in course of the story.

Point being, I realized that I loved telling stories. My sleep used to vanish and I loved the increasing level of challenges.

Now my daughter is 11 and is capable of writing a novel by herself, but I continue to challenge myself and I started telling stories for adults. That’s how my journey of being a Storyteller began.

But it wasn’t so straight forward and easy. Like the stories I like to write, this journey came with its own interesting highs and lows.

The Fall and Then The Rise

Once upon a time I was Tejal Prabhu, a simple girl from a Maharahtrain family, living a simple secured conservative life. Had planned to follow the standard route, B.com, Software programming, M.com, MBA, Job, marriage, kids. But at the age of 19 I lost my entire family in a car crash and had to change all my plans. Dad’s business of graphic designing, required urgent attention. So at 20 after finishing my B.com I took over the business. To fast track this story, I got married at 22, had my beautiful daughter at 23, and at 30 got divorced.

With my daughter, a new life began, where my universe revolved around her. When circumstances change in life it is extremely necessary to change the manner in which you approach and communicate with your child. I needed to spend as much time as possible with her, to keep a constant check that the change in situation does not affect her well being. After all it was a major event in her life as well. So I had to set my business from scratch but had only morning hours to work, when my daughter was in school. Fortunately for me some very generous friends helped me set up my business of corporate gifting. I had started writing small articles and poems during that time and was even toying with the idea of starting to write a novel. But work took most of my time and writing stayed sidetracked. But life felt settled yet again.

That is when last year a new twist met me head on. My health started dipping and after months of tests, the problem got diagnosed. Rheumatoid Arthritis kept me at home for a month, leading to bouts of depression and social anxiety. All this was unknown ground to me. Staying strong emotionally and mentally was my weapon and now I felt disarmed. I was home bound for 5 months, except for picking and dropping my daughter to school. Had to be normal, health wise, around her so did not take any risk and stayed home. It felt frustrating and a set back then, but now when I look back that was the best thing that could have happened to me.

Sitting at home with nothing else to do, I started focusing on my writing, started building my storyteller page under the pen name Mehak Mirza, and discovered my passion and ability in audio storytelling. And when I was ready to take up storytelling as a profession, my illness vanished like a miracle. Adding my roots to the name, I started my new journey as Mehak Mirza Prabhu, feeling complete.

Today I am a Storyteller, writer, performer, Blogger at Half Baked Beans, audio narrator and writer for Storytel (Sweden), Scriptwriter with 3 short films going on floor soon. I have already started an online pathshala called ‘Jhumritalaiya’ for mentoring young storytellers to tell original stories. I have even crafted the concept InstaBook – the shortest novels ever, on Instagram. I also feel inclined towards social reform and have been raising awareness in areas like marital rape, depression and also started a campaign called ‘AMAN’ for saving the boy child.

In today’s time of young achievers, where people as young as 20 know exactly what they want to be and are already on that path; I have had a late start. But now there is no looking back, I have a big motivation to make it big; that is to make my daughter proud. And I am sure that every simple Indian mom out there will agree; making our kids proud is one tough job! They have very high standards!

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Meet Renu Sakhrani – The Pranic Healer and Cancer Survivor Who Inspires Women With Her Life Story

Have you wondered that god seems to be giving loads of trouble just for your! Do you feel like leaving things take its own course?

Believe me! I do that too, but not after I met Renu online. She is  a fighter. You will feel the same way as me after you read her story and her struggle which she has triumphed cancer with  great grit.

A Short Bio

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Renu Sakhrani mother of 3 children – Roshini aged 27 – Rohan 24 and Riya 17.

Born in West Africa and having had the  opportunity to travel extensively – She has grown up in HKG and then migrated to Canada. 

She speaks 5 languages – English Sindhi Hindi Cantonese and French. 

With ample Experience in Sales, Marketing, as an Executive  Secretary and now a Pranic Healer and English Tutor. 

A Breast cancer survivor -she now also counsel women on the disease when diagnosed and explain their options of treatment to them. 

She is also a Healer and have many patients who come to me for regular healings. 

An English Tutor and works mainly with Expats and their children. She is a Native English speaker and speak 5 other languages. Hindi, Sindhi,  Cantonese, French and some Spanish.

She also do Home Catering as I love to cook and having lived internationally all my years – have been exposed and learned many different cuisines.

Her Life Story – The Ups and Downs

I was born in West Africa and am the Middle child with an older Sister and a younger Brother.  We traveled to India in the early 1970, as my father was looking for work. He left us in India and traveled overseas to look for a job. My 3 years in Mumbai had been the only experience I had to living in India. We then moved to HKG in 1973 where I lived for the next 22 years.

I studied, worked and got married there and had my first child Roshini born there as well. The uncertainty of the Tiananmen  Square massacre in 1989, prompted me to look for a safer place to live – as HKG would be handed over to China in 1997.

We then applied to migrate to Canada in 1990 and due to the back log with applications – our Visa was only approved in 1994. I was determined to move  and so we did in June of 1994. My husband however had a thriving business in HKG  and promised to join me in a few years.

In 2007 – I separated from my husband and  returned back to Pune to live with my three children Roshni aged 18 – Rohan aged 14 and Riya who was 7 at the time. My mother lived in Pune and we had visited her children constantly  while we lived overseas. The year I returned I got introduced to Pranic Healing, and found my Spiritual Guru Master Choa Kok Sui the founder of Pranic Healing. I was also so lucky to realize that the only Ashram that existed of our teacher was here in Mulshi only 60kms from where I lived.

Life in India wasn’t easy – but I was determined to make it work for me – so although I felt like a complete foreigner in my own country – I was adamant to stick it out. I soon realized that even though I spoke the language the minute I opened my mouth – the locals could tell I wasn’t from here. Everyone assured me that they were always 5 minutes away ( which in reality was a couple of hours) and everything was Tomorrow it will be done – which in actual fact might be a week at the earliest.

Journey with Breast Cancer

It was late one night in June 2012 – and my daughter Roshini – who was on her Summer vacation from Canada – and I were having an intense conversation. I reached out to my left armpit and felt an itch -and started to itch myself, to discover that there was a small ball in there moving.  I was able to feel this with my hand and there was no pain or discomfort. I quickly shared this with my daughter and asked her to feel it as well  – she in turn did the same,  and said “Mom we need to see a doctor!!”  

Being a Pranic Healer myself – I was not as alarmed as she was, but concluded that I should get tested.

Here started my journey of Medical “nightmare”!!  A few visits to Doctors – and various tests later a diagnosis of “A” typical – suggested that they could not rule out the possibility of the growth being Malignant. The doctor suggested that I come in for a surgery,  as according to them the lump could grow and start causing me discomfort. 

I was scheduled for surgery 26th of June 2012 and everything went smoothly – including the Doctor assuring my 23year old daughter right after the operation – that there was absolutely nothing to worry about – as the growth was BENIGN!!

A week later – we went to pick up the Histopath report which to our astonishment read STAGE 3 Carcinoma.  The Oncologist then informed us that there had been an error on what the surgeon had indicated!!  Really – is this even possible in this day and age – with Science being so advanced?? 

She said that the Dr who had operated on me was out of town, and wouldn’t be back for another month at least but, we should see other doctors to consult what our next course of action would be. 

The next 2 months of my childs’ vacation was spent visiting Doctors and Surgeons – to be queried by them as to where the MARGIN was.  To me, this meant a line on the left hand of a paper – but NO – to the Doctors it meant that the area around the lump which was removed, needed to have been removed as well.  As luck would have it – I had NO margin removed – and hence was now informed that I HAD to have a Masectomy – as there could be a chance of recurrence!!

I somehow then found myself scheduled for a Masectomy of my left Breast and was in the Plastic surgeons office to discuss what kind of an Implant I would prefer.  To our sheer amazement the consult with the Surgeon and the Plastic Surgeon who were to operate on me, had different opinions on how they were going to proceed with the surgery. I soon realized that I was not prepared to have this surgery, due to their difference in operation techniques,  and wanted to investigate on what my other options were.

A Pet Scan – Breast MRI and various tests later – I was told that I could opt for a Breast Conservation Surgery – they would go in and remove the nodes but save my breast – I agreed to this.  We awaited the results – and were given the news that all 24 Nodes removed were non Malignant.  My ER-PR was also Negative and so I wouldn’t need any hormone Replacement Therapy. Wow – what a relief this was!!! The downside was – I had to have Chemotherapy just in case, there was some residue left behind.  Since the Breast has a lot of fatty tissue,  it would be safer if I went ahead with the Chemo. 

My first Chemo was scheduled for Nov 2012 – and as luck would have it – the low immunity caused me to have Carbuncles which were really painful.  I had to be operated again to treat this – and so the next Chemo was delayed till I could recover completely.  I almost developed Septicaemia which is a contamination of the Blood.  If it had progressed into this, I would have needed a Blood transfusion and being a RH B-ve Blood Type – I am not even sure where I would have been able to find this!!!  

I constantly found myself turning to my Guru for guidance – strength and support through all of this.  Many conversations with my children would contain words like – ” I am living out my Karma and so, this is all a Blessing.” Moving forward in life – my karmic debt would not be as heavy.

 At the same time – I was going through a Divorce and  they say “When it rains – it really pours!” this is the truth for many of us.  I have been told that when one finds a Spiritual  Guru – many tests will be sent your way and, instead of losing hope – my faith strengthened as I knew I had the Guidance of my Spiritual teacher the Founder of Pranic Healing  – Grand Master Choa Kok Sui – walk me through this phase in my life.

I had 4 sessions of Chemo in total, and also had an allergic reaction to some of the drugs administered to me at the Day Care at the hospital. I found myself almost gagging on my tongue. As luck would have it, the Dr was on rounds and could not be located. I was lucky that  the Head Nurse had the presence of mind to quickly give me a dose of Benadryl to counter this reaction, and hence I am here writing my story. 

I was then given 31 rounds of Radiotherapy.  This caused me to have 3rd degree burns – the blessing here was that since my nodes had been removed there was a minimal of sensation in that area so, although there was pain – it was bearable. 

As soon as my Radiotherapy was over and I was slowly recovering – my mom suffered a heart attack. The blessing being it happened at 8pm in the evening while mom was visiting me – so I could rush her to the hospital and get her treated by a doctor immediately.   

I have seen with every experience that has been sent my way – I have just had to look around for the constant blessings. These are present for all of us – but we get so caught up in the negative aspects, that the positivity is usually invisible to us. 

I now counsel other women diagnosed with this illness, and help them with information and support they may need.  I also work with a Doctor where we go to the villages and educate girls on the importance of good nutrition and Self Breast examinations. I have grown stronger and more positive through this phase in my life.

My children – family and friends  – stuck by me and supported me through my journey.  I did have one door/chapter of my life end at the same time I was ill – but have been blessed to see so many others open ahead of me.  

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you or any other family member needs any help and assistance. 

I am reachable at Renu.yvr@gmail.com

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Dr. Kinjal Chandra (Bhanushali) – Who Chose to Serve children with Developmental Disabilities, A Destiny She Says

I am glad to have started this series! I am beginning to meet some very inspiring women whom I would otherwise missed if not for this series.

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Meet Dr. Kinjal Chandra (Bhanushali) – a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Founder of Pehel Pediatric Therapy Centre, Mulund, Mumbai. It caters to children with Developmental Disabilities like Autism, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s syndrome, etc.

She is a  recipient of 100 WOMEN ACHIEVERS OF INDIA title and was invited for lunch with The President of India in Rashtrapati Bhavan along with other women achievers.
She is also a recipient of KUTCH SHAKTI AWARD and YUVA RATNA AWARD.
At a very young age of 25 years since she started working clinically in various hospitals, NGO’s and clinics around Mumbai she came across the harsh reality that these kids and parents were going through about poor awareness and acceptance in the society and schools.
She realized that she wasn’t really bringing about a difference in their lives just by treating them sitting in the air conditioned clinic. Getting out and about in the society and bringing about a mind shift was the need of the hour.
She founded her own clinic Pehel Pediatric Therapy Centre and started a small, self determined fight to bring about a real change in the way in which these kids were perceived by the society, sensitizing the parents and teachers and common man about eradicating social stigmas and integrating them in a regular school system .
Since then she has been striving day and night to achieve this goal.
She started taking lectures in many hospitals, colleges, NGO’s,community organizations and schools for the parents and professionals including doctors, and para professionals which were appreciated by the media on many occasions.
Along with this she also ventured into spreading awareness into rural areas of Maharashtra like Wardha, Shirdi, Ahmednagar, etc and Gujarat.
Her work has been appreciated on social media like “Scrollthrough” ,”Humans of Thane” , “Logical Indian” and in National Dailies like DNA, Mumbai Samachar, Janmabhoomi, Dainik Bhaskar to name a few.

It’s usual that we choose a profession but it’s destiny when a profession chooses you!

Destiny or Choice

Kinjal is really a wonderful person to interact to. She is down to earth and very simple at heart. I wanted to know about her life journey and how all this started, and here is her response.

“Dentistry” was the only thing that used to resonate in my and my parents mind everytime I thought about my future professional goals. A bright student that I always was fired the wanting even more.

But destiny had some other plans! In the crucial year of 12th board exams my grandfather whom I was very attached to expired and also my best friend happened to move away. This badly affected my results.

During the same time the family was going through some financial turmoil as well. Due to these personal and financial constraints the only option I was left with was to settle down for whatever that came my way. It became a common occurrence to hear people say that I being a girl, should focus on learning kitchen skills rather than studying ahead as that’s where I belonged in the future. Many a times financial help was denied .

Some comments like –  If I had been that brilliant it would have shown in the results. You should only dream as much as you are capable of – hurt me.

It somewhere broke my confidence. I decided to move on and take whatever that will come my way. And that was Occupational Therapy something that I had never heard about nor had anyone else.

My mother being a housewife father now  a grain merchant trying to settle in life earlier working full-time under someone and an auto rickshaw driver at night. Struggling day and night to give his family a good life.

The College Days

With a heavy heart I entered the college and started my studies. Always peeping at the dental department, at their labs searching and reading dental books online.

Soon started a constant battle between my heart and mind for 5to 6 years of my studies. While all my friends were enjoying themselves I used to be usually aloof, isolated, depressed and sleepy.

When I started working I realized that the awareness about the profession that I chose was extremely poor. It was as if compromising with the career choice wasn’t enough that the poor awareness added to it. This depressed me all the more. My heart still in dentistry, praying that if finances permit I would again persuade my dreams. But I knew this wouldn’t be happening.

I got to know that in OT there is a branch Pediatrics (kids) – something I always had inclination towards. I started working when I saw that all my friends were moving abroad for studies & for work as there was better awareness and money. I knew this too wasn’t possible at that moment. With a heavy heart in midst of all the issues I joined hands with destiny but always thinking at the back of my mind how lucky my friends were or how the world there might be.

It was during these testing times that I lost my childhood best friend in a train accident ( the only friend I had). That totally broke the half broken me.

There were times when I thought life was over. Nothing interested me academically and now even socially. To a point where a cheque bounced back and I realized I had forgotten my own signature!

The Fight and Success

But I didn’t give up. I fought those battles of being extremely depressed to bouts of anxiety about how would I face the entire life that was about to begin. With a firm determination that if destiny had chosen me for this field I would do justice to it come what may.

And started that unending urge to prove something to my own self, to those talking mouths about my caliber. To prove that impossible is nothing even if it means walking alone on a less heard and untrodden path!

It was those days when I started working in the field of pediatric OT with kids that helped me heal that badly hurt heart.
During that same time I got married. Along with all the happiness that a loving and caring partner brings, it also bought along many responsibilities and duties as a daughter in law.

Juggling between my professional life that I was starting to love and married life wasn’t an easy task at all. But I was determined to not giving up and now even if I would my husband wouldn’t allow me do that. After going through testing times life started settling and I started my own clinic.

 While life started to look a bit better working with kids came the realization  that along with having a child with issues what stressed the parents more was stigmas of the society, the way in which these kids were looked down by the society, marital disharmony, unwanted sympathy that these kids were given, hunting for good schools at times changing cities, lack of resources in school, etc. it really pained me that mere therapy wasn’t enough.

And I decided to step out of my comfy A.C clinic into public directly interacting with them about these issues. Unaware that this was gradually giving a direction to my otherwise directionless life.

I just wanted to give back to my people and society all that I had. That I would really make life better for these kids.I  wanted to bring about real integration of these kids in the society.  I started taking free lectures in Govt. hospitals like JJ Hospital, Mumbai, for doctors, speech therapists. Special educators, psychologists , etc from all over Mumbai.

I approached pre-primary and play schools to educate teachers about red flags to identify children with issues so that treatment can be started in the crucial years of development.

This didn’t come easy as well. The schools were resistant. Denying the fact that they had any such kids, or saying that they know everything about such things. I used to travel each and every school irrespective of their medium of teaching or board.

I used to wait out at times for hours to meet the authorities often without meeting them. But these issues, the wait didn’t deter me. I  still managed to squeeze time out from my daily schedule of completing  household work and clinic, reaching out to schools and taking lectures without any charges.

On the occasion of first anniversary of my clinic Pehel Pediatric Therapy Centre, Mulund, Mumbai, I in collaboration with Rotaract  club started a month long campaign “ Nadaan Parindey” and did streetplays on railway stations and public gardens enacting the plight of kids and the societal outlook towards them, which was highly appreciated and covered in local  news channels.

I  took free lectures for parents of many community organizations, Nanavati womens college, Ngos sensitizing them and educating them about treatment options.

People giggling, calling me crazy, advising me to focus on work n money rather than this social work became a regular occurrence.

But I had understood my calling and wasn’t going to give up. I had something to prove to my own self.

The determination and stubbornness gradually started showing some results. For all my efforts an online blog SCROLLTHROUGH published a story about me “ Meet the real life Aamir Khan”

Local news channels had good things to tell about me. My initiative featured in many local newspapers.
Along with urban areas I also ventured into the interiors of Maharashtra like Wardha, Shirdi where I took lectures for parents, nurses and special educators.

For my unending efforts I was nominated, shortlisted and won the 100 WOMEN ACHIEVERS OF INDIA title, which was an initiative by the Ministry of women and Child Development, Government of India.
I was invited for a reception lunch by the PRESIDENT of India in Rashtrapati Bhavan , New Delhi along with other women achievers of India on 22nd January 2016.
Was invited as special guests to witness the REPUBLIC  DAY PARADE on 26th January 2016 at RAJPATH, New Delhi.

I featured many a times on social media and many national dailies like DNA, Mumbai Samachar, Janmabhoomi, Lokmat,Dainik Bhaskar, to name a few for the work that I was doing.

From forgetting my own signature to giving my first autograph to someone, from going through severe identity crisis to someone coming to me for a selfie..the journey has been nothing less then a roller coaster ride.

The struggle still continues.. 7 years gone.. many more to go.., a lot still needs to be done, a lot of stigmas still need to be eradicated, and an ocean is yet to be crossed.  But I am happy. That long lost smile is back.

No one would believe that a girl who started her career in such tragic situations, always depressed and sleepy is making headlines today in the same profession.

Well the journey doesn’t end there, infact it’s now that the actual journey begins!

Life is about being a sculptor of your own life.

Set out with a chisel and hammer in your hands. There will be blows some stronger some milder( friendships, relations,career, colleagues ,etc) each strike will cut a part of you and will make you feel weaker and broken.

But then will come the realisation that everytime you thought you were breaking down was when God and you were actually sculpting a beautiful idol of your life. And will come a day that this sculpture is what will give back rewards of patience,of perseverance,of not giving up even though that was the only option left at times!

Let’s understand that the work is still under progress..the blows and strikes will continue one after the other but now we know HIS plan!

They used to say YOU WILL NEVER REACH THAT FAR.. it’s time to prove  THEY WERE RIGHT..you reached even FARTHER!

Today I  am happy when a child succeeds in sitting on his own. I see my friend smiling at me every time I make a child smile. Every time a parent leaves the clinic satisfied I feels I  made a difference in somebody’s life.
Indeed life isn’t about all big things.

But it’s about finding happiness in the small success stories around, it’s about finding a solution to the questions that life puts in front of you.

It’s about sailing in the ocean of life, sometimes deep, sometimes through disturbed water only to find pearls and treasure at the bottom.

I have found a way to live life. The battle between the heart and mind still continues at times only to add fuel to that burning desire to do something for kids even stronger.

What started as a small clinic is today catering to people not only from Mumbai but also from all over India to even  Indians coming down from Canada,  Germany, USA as well.

You can connect with Kinjal Chandra in her Facebook Page

Celebrating Women’s Month – The One Person Who Does not Stop To Inspire Me – My Mom

March is a special month for every woman!

Yes! it is that part of the year when the whole world turns its attention towards women – owing to the International Women’s Day celebrations held on March 8.

At Simple Indian Mom – We are celebrating this Month with stories of Inspiring women from different fields.

It is an immense pleasure for to get contacts from some great achievers from all over India and also to have them share their stories with my readers.

The series begins with this post and with nobody less than my best inspirer- my Mom!

My Mother – The True Inspiration To Me

Ever since the new research that proved the intelligence of a child is inherited from mothers and not fathers, moms all over the world have felt satisfied.

True, for all the work a mom does for her child, all the love and care what else can be a fitting return gift.

I have always considered myself to be totally gone on my mom – and feel that what I am now is completely because of the efforts she put on me.

mom - My Inspired
mom – My Inspired

I know every woman when asked would say – her mother is her true inspirer, I am not an exception.

I am who I am because of my mother.

10 Things My Mother Taught Me

My mother – Mrs R Sutha is a very calm person, however, she had never stopped to fight when it came to the quality of education we got or path we chose to travel.

She is a peace lover only until her children were not affected, if there were any occasions when we needed her to budge in – we knew she needn’t be called – she will be there.

Mom - My Inspirer
Mom – My Inspirer

Here are 10 things I learned from my Mom

  1. She taught me life is not a war to be won just by fights you can win life easily by remaining silent and working towards your goal.
  2. She taught me to work hard if you need to win, and she showed exactly how.
  3. She taught me to be ambitious, which somehow has stayed with me like a second skin.
  4. I learned from my mother that there is nothing bigger than a family, you and your children make the first preference in life, however the extended family is what helps you in time of need, and that was we were always surrounded by relatives.
  5. Though my Mother would have been a very good nurse if she was let to finish what she wanted to, she could not and this (or her inherent belief that women should study as much as possible) made her want me and my sister to do at least post graduation before marriage. Well, I understand today, the importance of the education I had had.
  6. If I love travel – I owe it completely to my mom. We never completed any vacation without travel. She had plans made before we finished our exams and immediately after the exams we would swish off! In fact I find travel has imparted a lot of good qualities in me – the best among them being -Confidence.
  7. My mother is also very nutrition savvy – she made it compulsory to buy seasonal fruits and veggies, never missed any. She cooks simple dishes yet, rich in nutrition. Now when I give some of them to my children, I realize how much I owe my mom for my health.
  8. Every few months my mother would record a cassette with newly released songs. Oh yes! she wanted music at home, movies every weekend and great food in restaurants. She taught me life needs to be celebrated. After all – we have a life only once and it has to be cherished every moment.
  9. My dad jokingly would say – even if all the world’s riches are lost, your mother would still have something hidden in her safe place- My mother spends less and saves quite a lot of money. In fact one would wonder how she managed the home so well, meeting all the needs, giving top class education, entertaining guests after guests and yet saving.
  10. I have already come to the 10th point – well, My mother taught me to be outspoken and strong. This is one quality that acts like a double headed sword in my life – but I love it that way.

This was easy!

I wish I could keep writing some personal accounts like this in the future too. I know your mother is very special and inspirational too, share with us in your comments below about your mother and her specialities.

 

 

8 Tell Tale Signs In A Child To Watch Out For Possible Sexual Abuse

Tell Tale Signs In A Child To Watch Out For Possible Sexual Abuse
Tell Tale Signs In A Child To Watch Out For Possible Sexual Abuse

After the 3-year-old’s molestation in Bengaluru, It has become important that parents become aware of the tell signs of sexual abuse in children.

8 signs YOU should look for to identify sexual abuse in your child

1. Wounds in Her Privates

Blue-black thighs, burning while peeing or visible wounds on any part of her body that’s usually covered is the first sign of physical or sexual abuse.

Make sure you always check once every day.

2. New Private-Part Language

If you’ve taught her to call her vagina susu but she randomly begins to refer to it as peepee, she’s clearly been hearing that word from someone else. Don’t stop asking her who taught her that till she responds with a name.

3. Peculiar Eating Behavior

If you notice a sudden difference in her food habits – particularly if she stops eating or begins to overeat – she’s probably trying to suppress trauma.

4. Sudden Mood Swings

It’s unlikely that a child of three has developed bipolar or clinical depression at such an early age.

If, then, she becomes withdrawn, angry, anxious or upset more often than you’d expect from a toddler or kindergartner, she’s dealing with some sort of stress she’s unable to express freely.

5. Depiction of Sexual Imagery

Watched Vidya Balan’s Kahaani 2? Where the girl she adopts as her own daughter only paints concentric red circles with her finger, and Durga Rani Singh realizes she’s actually trying to draw vaginas. Yeah, that.

6. Resistance to Nakedness

Does she refuse to allow you to take off her clothes for a bath, or when she needs to use the loo?

Chances are she’s uncomfortable with someone else doing the same thing to her and you’ll follow the action of removing her clothing with whatever it is the other person’s doing to her.

7. Sudden Fear of Places, People, Situations

When she cries if you suggest that you visit Orion Mall or Ramu Chacha, especially when she’s loved going there in the past, it could be a manifestation of her despair at either the person or the place of abuse.

8. References to an Older Friend

Has Sanjana Aunty begun to figure more often in conversation, even if the topic has nothing to do with her?

Yep, your child might not be able to directly tell you who her abuser is, but she’s probably trying to reveal the identity this way.

Now what? You’ve recognised something isn’t right, but what steps should you take? Treating a victim of child sexual abuse can be a delicate matter, especially since you’re afraid of long-term emotional scarring. But you can’t shy away from it, postpone it or hope that not talking about it will make her forget.

 

“Sexual Harassment is an offense… But if that happens to a child who doesn’t even know what good or bad its worse than anything”

Let’s educate ourselves and our beloved ones!
Let’s spread positivity! Let’s be the HOPE!
Let’s Save Their Smiles!

Join with AWARE a Non Profit Organisation that helps children and parents to rehabilitate sooner and better
“Lets Pledge to join hands and save a lot of cute little smiles”

A young mother (yet to be shortly😉) has already been ready to educate herself and stand for her little baby who hasn’t said a ‘Hi’ to this world 😀

There are a lot of kids out here who are need of attention and care. There are lot of smiles needs to be saved!

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4 Methods of Teaching Science in Schools Effectively

4 Methods of Teaching Science Effectively At Schools
4 Methods of Teaching Science Effectively At Schools

Science is a field that relates to the happening in our daily life. Science means to know, sometimes by doing things and sometimes by writing.

Science is not only about understanding, it is about developing understanding.
The curiosity inside among all is different.
We start learning from the school. In India where pre-schooling and
high school has a definite effect on the learning process of a child,
we need to understand the teaching methods.
In my observation I have seen three types of education:
1) schools where teacher comes and takes class, textbook teaching.
2) schools where teacher comes with a presentation and do the textbook teaching where
books and paper are replaced by electronic media.
3) schools where the NO schoolbag No homework is applied.
4)  which I believe will be ideal
Let us dissect each models one by one.

In case 1

the resources are limited, the teacher has to teach
like daily basis, the students are also limited.
Though teacher has textbook, sometimes this technique lacks
out of the box thinking and a result, the students gets less exposure and
so the knowledge.

In case 2

the presentation requires times, though the content
of teaching is huge, selection and delivering scientific knowledge
differs from teacher to teacher. Also school needs to act like
a censor board and select the appropriateness of the teaching material.

In case 3

you might been thinking how teacher teach in the environment!
In this case, the e learning material is used by the school and thus everything is
automated. The e learning content runs on auto pilot.
The media is played the kids do stuffs, the questions are asked and the test, mostly online is taken.
The benefit is that both Teacher and student material are available with popular boards
like ICSE, CBSE and NCERT. SO the teacher’s load is reduced.

In case 4

the idea is different, the hands-on experiment with live activities and
involvement of kids as they can understand and can ask questions.
In the modern times, with the advancement of tech and internet,
kids are curious and search the contextual content over the net.
Some parents allow and some don’t. But where is the teaching point of view involved?
The teaching is always required. It is quoted by Sir Abdul Kalam that
“We need better teacher”. It’s a teacher’s responsibility to make the student
involved in the study. Teaching is an art.
In present scenario where, the dominance of the teaching is fading away, in my opinion,
teachers need to be more sophisticated with knowledge and handling the questions
raised by the students.
The students should be taught with an hybrid approach and the teaching textbook should
relate the content with the life examples. The teacher on the other hand should be trained
with more experiment who could quench the curiosity of the children. The questioner in the kid must
be brought out. The teacher who is teaching science has a responsibility of raising our future
scientist.

Improvement:

The monotony of teaching science like other subjects Should be broken.
The teacher should discuss more with the students. The students should be given a chance to participate in the science exhibition conducted by
The students should be given a chance to participate in the science exhibition conducted by state government which is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Apart from science fair, the students should be given a chance to visit the Science Express train.  The science express demonstrates the suitable experiment for kids and its a great opportunity to visit it. The teaching science should incorporate the use of live demonstration for kids.
I think with these steps the science education will flourish.

About the Author

This is a guest post by Masoom Jethwa who is a planetary atmosphere scientist and a blogger who blogs at masoomJethwa.wordpress.com

Your Deed Small or Big Makes A Difference -#HappySunday 8

Your Deed Small Or Big Makes a Difference

Acting in a situation is important – Not the Act! Yes- your deed small of big- creates a vibration that makes the required difference.

Kindness Quotes
Kindness Quotes

This quote has made me rethink a few things I generally do in my day to day life. It was a Sunday and we were out taking a small walk. A small boy was selling a toy which I somehow wanted to buy.

It was not worth the money we paid, but it was fun buying something from a small boy.

I asked him why he was working on a Sunday, and why he was working at all.

Well, he said – he had 4 siblings and his parents’ money went totally to feed the family. He was a person who scored good marks at school yet was unable to pay his exam fees and hence was trying to earn it.

I was totally overwhelmed by the story and ended up buying the whole lot of toys, well we then donated all of them to a hostel near-by.

That day was the most satisfying day in my life.

I know you all have such satisfying days and deeds that made you wonder if this was the purpose you set out at all.

Share with us this Sunday what made you happy and why?

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Saving For Your Child – Investment Plans Available In India

Saving for your child- Investment Plans Available in India
Saving for your child- Investment Plans Available in India

A right Investment Plans and the right financial goals is important not only to an individual’s future but also as a parent, paramount for the child’s future.

Any parent would want their child to have a good education and in addition to it, have celebrations on the important steps of their life. Hence, it is important to plan for the child as early as possible as it gives more time and space to meet the financial goals and build a bigger saving for the child.

Understanding the Investment Plans

Saving for your child is a good intention but saving alone is not a good option. It is vital to save the required amount of money and invest it systematically to multiple the returns.

An ideal mix in the portfolio will help in creating a corpus that would meet the financial goals even after taking inflation into consideration.

Here are some ways through which you can save for your child.

  1. Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme

Have a girl child? Then, you can make use of sukanya smariddhi scheme introduced by the Government of India. It can be opened at any point off time from the birth of your daughter to your daughter attaining the age of 10.

The minimum amount to be invested can be Rs.1000 and maximum is Rs.1.5 Lakh per year. The maturity period will be 21 years from the date of opening of the account and deposits can be made for a period of 14 years.

What is more attractive is the 9.2% interest rate per annum and this is subject to change. There is tax exemption for this scheme under section 80C. After the child attains 18 years of age, partial withdrawals are allowed.

  1. Investment in Gold

For Indians, nothing is complete without gold. Gold has always remained the favourite investment for all the Indians. Gold acts as a protection during volatile times. Gold gives the protection against any financial loss in equity.

While people used to make physical investments in gold, it is a risk to store it. Hence, investment in gold can be done through gold mutual funds or E Gold. A wise decision would be to invest on 10-15 percent of the planned investment in Gold.

  1. Term Insurance Cover

A proper Term Insurance cover will help to come out during an unexpected event. So, it is advisable to have the child risk covered to avoid or reduce the financial stress during these unforeseen events.While taking an Insurance cover, take three things into consideration – Education, Marriage and Living Expenses.

  1. Equity Mutual Funds

This is the number one investment. One can invest it for a longer time and through systematic investment plan. The key to Equity Mutual Fund investment is the time.

As Equity funds generate 12 to 15 percent returns per annum, it is one of the best ways to invest for your child.

  1. PPF

PPF is another favourite of wise investors. The maturity period is 15 years and this is the optimal period for investing for your child.

You get tax exemption and it is a flexible option because the investment made can be from Rs.500 to Rs.1.5 lakhs per year. The account can be opened in the child’s name and in the parent’s name to double the investment limit.

  1. Short Term Funds

To take care of recurring needs in short term like medical requirements, school fees and clothing, one can invest in short term funds like bond funds and fixed deposits to avoid market risk. Though the returns are only in the range of 6 to 8 percent, the risk is too low.

  1. Teach your child the value of saving. Teaching the child to save and manage the money itself is one of the greatest assets because it is building the child’s skill sets.

 

Some Points to Remember

  • Before planning, evaluate the child’s future needs and then work towards reaching the goals.
  • Investment and Saving should be done from the child’s early life. Have in mind that adequate corpus is essential to fulfil your child’s dreams.
  • Make investment plans based on your risk tolerance level.
  • Do not sacrifice other priorities like Retirement plan, medical expenses and Housing to fund the child’s account.
  • Do a thorough check about financial products before investing on one. Do not get carried away by names.
  • Your investments are separate entity from Insurance.

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How to Choose the Right School for Your Kids

 

How to Choose the Right School for Your Kids
How to Choose the Right School for Your Kids

My friends and siblings have children just ready to go to school and I get call asking – How to choose the right school.

This seems to be the most important decisions a parent has to make for their child – choosing a good school for him/her.

Well, if you were asking me I would straight away say this

  1. Don’t give in to peer pressure
  2. The posh buildings or posh cars coming by to drop the students have no connections, whatsoever, to the educations standards provided.
  3. Do not spend too much money on education – at least still the schooling, save it up so that you child could use (if required) at a later stage.

Instead choose schools that provide quality education, teach moral to children and helps them behave in the most disciplined way.

Here are few crucial factors that are worth considering when you think of of how to search a good school.

  1. How to Choose The Right School

The size of the classrooms should adhere to the government standards. Also, if the size of the class is large, then the children would be able to work in groups. The teacher would be able to interact with kids and teach them according to their learning styles.

There has to be basic cleanliness, safety aspects fully taken care of and also the best caretakers for the younger children.

  1. The Right Infrastructure  

The infrastructure (library, extra-curricular classes, technology) should be constructed to enrich the child in all the ways.

Good computer facilities and also a basic first aid room with doctor and nurse.

The school should also communicate with the parents in a regular basis to discuss the progress of the child. There are whatsapp groups of parents and teachers of each class nowadays and automated message services for announcements. That is good in many ways.

Check the accreditation of the school.

  1. Teacher – Student Relationship

Parents are the backbone to the child’s future. There is no doubt about it because the child spends most of the early years with one or both the parents. Next in line comes the teacher. The relationship between the teacher and the child is very important, especially during the preschool years.

When the child starts attending the school, he is going to be away from his parents for a long time and would be expecting his/her teacher to fill the gap. The teacher should be able to give individual attention and also should be able to judge the strengths and weaknesses of the children.

If the school has teachers who consider everyday as a new day and has a good knowledge on the interests, emotions and academic achievements of their students, then the school might be the right one for your loved one.

Just make a note of how often teachers are changed- choose a school where teachers stay for a longer term.

  1. Quality of Teaching Staff

Teachers should be constantly provided with adequate materials, mentors, and discussions on best practices. A good school should have teachers specialized in their own areas and should not be interchangeable.

Check the teacher –student ratio, there must be a teacher for every 20 students; this will be a healthy ratio.

  1. Vocabulary

The early learning should focus more on building the vocabulary of the child. The more the teachers allocate time for story-telling and reading, the better.

For this a small interaction with parents who have already sent their children to the school will be valuable.

 

  1. Mathematical Skill

Basic Mathematical concept should be started right from the preschool age. Maths skills are inherent in all of us and encouraging the kid to do simple maths concept will pave the way to his success.

Hence, make sure that the school curriculum has maths at pre-school level. Some plan that teaches in a play way in the earlier stages and some serious ABACUS in the later stages should be followed.

  1. Syllabus

Before going to any school, you need to make sure which syllabus you want your child to study in. CBSE, ICSE or IB – be clear and then proceed.

Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, so you decide depending on your necessity and preference.

 

Don’t Fall prey for Schools that show high Results or is Just Popular

Good scores in test might be indicating that the school has a good education system in place. But sometimes, it might also mean that the school is teaching only based on the test materials. Also, don’t admit your child just because a school is popular just because of advertisements or influence.

Look into the curriculum and see if it is balanced. Sometimes, a government school might be as good as a private school. Hence, judge based on your observation.

 

Above all, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”! Kids should get a break from rigorous learning. A good school should have enough break time that improves the cognitive development of the child.

DO you have other suggestions on how to choose the right school?

 

5 Negative Things Envying Others Will Teach Your Children

There are a lot of negative things Envying others will teach your children, Beware! Your children are at the risk of getting emotionally hurt.

Suhas was among the children playing with my boys recently and during the conversation said, ” How I wish your home blows off”.

I was in fact jolted from such strong words. A small talk lead me to know how his parents would speak about the houses and its location. Suhas in fact was praying t god that this house should be destroyed.

Envy – The Reason For Your Peace-less-ness

Have you wondered why certain people who seemed to be very happy with you suddenly turned into a foe!

Have you suddenly found out that someone has been talking a lot bad bout you?

Well, you will not be alone, almost everyone has one or two people who envy them.

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Why Do You Envy Others

Envy is a form of dissatisfaction with one self.

You need to understand that the personal preferences differ from person to person and seldom you have all that you aim for.

However accepting what is present and enjoying the present moment is what makes you a happy person

What Envying Others Will Teach Your Children

Your dissatisfaction with your own life and Envy on others will easily be transferred from you to your children.

As I have time and again told, children learn fast and this you need to be very careful what you are imparting into them. Here are 5 negative things that you would be imparting if you are an envious person.

  1. Inability To Appreciate What They Possess

Children will not be able to appreciate what they already have and begin eyeing for what others have. This is something that is going to be very deleterious in the long run.

5 Negative Things Envying Others Will Teach Your Children
5 Negative Things Envying Others Will Teach Your Children

2. Inability To Be Happy

Children will find it very difficult to find happiness. Happiness is a state of mind and if that inner peace is lost – it is lost forever

5 Negative Things Envying Others Will Teach Your Children
5 Negative Things Envying Others Will Teach Your Children

3. Behavioural Problems

Children may end up getting certain behavioural problems such as uncontrolled anger, negative state of mind and hyperactive. This is because they want to attract others towards them and be seen above the people they envy.

This is not good for the children, they may personally get hurt. Teach children mindfulness instead.

5 Negative Things Envying Others Will Teach Your Children
5 Negative Things Envying Others Will Teach Your Children

4. Child Will Lose Individuality

I have seen some parents complain that their child is not achieving as another X in his own class and every time I tell them this – Comparing, envying and discussing the same with your child is not going to do any good.

Your child will try to copy the person with whom you are comparing him and begin losing his own unique individuality.

Every child is blessed with a unique talent, as a parent it is your responsibility to find that, not instil a quality you like.

5. Your Child Will Be Seen As  Negative Person

I could understand Suhas, I knew it was a result of the talk that is happening around him that he was behaving in such a manner. However, the society is not this understanding – right?

If you keep speaking about someone else in your home you would soon see your child being called a ‘negative person’ by people around him.

People are ready to give names easily – DO NOT VICTIMISE your child due to your immaturity.

 

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Kindness – The Ever Required trait of Human Beings

I have always considered myself as a kind person, not that I am in patient always but when there is a need I have always seen that my heart goes out to help.

Kindness – even if it were random has a lot of effect on the person it is showered on.

This Sunday! I really feel humbled when I suddenly got a call from a student who completed his engineering course. I had at sometime in the past helped him for his studies. He called me and thanked profusely and reiterated that the timely help made him want to cross a difficult situation and complete his studies.

Random Act Of Kindness
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It is not often that I come across such  overwhelming situation. It reminded me of Robin Sharma’s quote

Never Be Too Busy To Be Kind

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Welcome Lovely Bloggers!

Yes! Blog gives you that freedom. Come lets blog our heart out – this Sunday and make it a Happy Sunday

I have been having a great party this week and am enjoying it thoroughly. It is with immense pleasure that I am announcing the featured blogger of #HappySunday #6.

 

Vasantha blogs at MySweetNothings a teacher by profession. She was a professor at an Engineering College for nearly 15 years. Teaching is her passion n Reading her love.

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Blogger’s Pit Stop #61

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Friday, 17th February 2017

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9 Post Pregnancy Health Issues Every New Mom Suffers The Most

Post Pregnancy Health Issues are less discussed mainly because everybody around you is busy with your young baby. It is important that the baby does get all the attention, however New Moms also need a lot of attention.

9 Post Pregnancy Health Issues Every New Mom Suffer The Most
9 Post Pregnancy Health Issues Every New Mom Suffers The Most

Tender from delivery, your body would need more attention – In India – that is the reason delivery is preferred at your moms’ place where you can be looked after too.

With the baby is born, your body will start changing both physically and emotionally. Here are few common post pregnancy health issues that can be expected by the new mothers.

  1. Vaginal Bleeding

After the birth of the baby, the blood and tissue inside the uterus must come out of the body and the body will try to expel it in the form of vaginal bleeding.

The discharge might be heavy for the first few weeks, it will gradually decrease over the next days and stops thereafter.

You need to mention to your gynecologist about this problem, even if you feel the bleeding is manageable, do make sure to have a check-up.

  1. After-birth Pains

As the perineum stretches during the labor, it might create soreness around that area after birth, especially for vaginal births. Doing Kegel exercises, sitting on a pillow, and putting cold pack will help with reducing the soreness.

You might also get pain in the abdomen as the uterus shrinks and gets back to its original size. This pain would last only for a few weeks.

For mothers who had a C-Section delivery, there would be tiredness due to loss of blood and the incision on the body will be painful until it heals. Pain medicines will help alleviate the pain.

Back pain is also one of the common problems after delivery.

  1. Sore Nipples

Sore nipples are caused due to the crack in nipples. This would subside in a few days if a cream for cracked nipples is applied in the affected area.

You can use butter or some other nipple creams; however I would go with butter or virgin coconut oil.

  1. Breast Engorgement

Breast engorgement is painful because the breasts start swelling as they are filled with milk. If the child is breastfed, then the pain will go away or it may last till the breasts stop producing milk.

For temporary relief, a warm shower might help. You can learn more about Home Remedies for Breast Engorgement Here

  1. Urinary problems

A common problem is that you might feel irritation or pain during urination. Drink lots of water and take a warm bath.

Few mothers can’t stop or control urinating. This is called urinary incontinence and can be rectified by making the pelvic muscles strong. This can be done by doing Kegel exercises.

  1. Weight Issues

It doesn’t matter how much you weighed before child birth. But it is a great time post pregnancy to lose all the baby weight. Though it may take several months to get back to your normal pre-pregnancy weight, be patient as you are breast feeding.

Taking a balanced diet with nutrition and milder form of exercises will help you get back to your form. In fact, breast feeding helps you lose weight easily.

  1. Constipation

Many mothers find difficulty in having a bowel movement after childbirth. This is very common and can sometimes be very painful.

In order to avoid this problem, food rich in fibre and lots of water need to be taken as part of the diet.

  1. Hair and Skin Problems

It is very common to lose hair after pregnancy. Your hair would look thin and dull. With proper nutrition and hair care, you can get your lustre back on your hair.

Stretch marks on several places in the body are unavoidable. Creams and lotions will help to manage the problem.

  1. Swollen Feet

The body would have retained some fluid to get you ready for the labour and child birth. Hence, water retention would be seen in the feet. This would go away gradually. Always wear loose clothing and lie down with the feet up to manage the swelling.

Whatever the issues are, your body will soon feel strong with proper diet, exercise and medication! Be positive and try to concentrate on the moment, everything else will follow suit.