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  • World Around Me

    Morning Walks Are Magical

    Morning walks are therapeutic. It opens up your mind, clears negative thoughts and brings about a whole new freshness. As Henry Thoreau once said, “An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day”. The essence and truth behind this statement sunk into me deeply, only off-late. For a long time my mornings were marked with the stress and the madness of getting two young kids dressed and packed to school. As much as I would decide every night to pay heed to the early morning alarm, the multiple five minute snoozes on the clock ensured I got up just in time to get lunch boxes and breakfast ready, and…

  • Parenting,  World Around Me

    Deep Rooted in Oil

    This weekend, after the ritualistic Saturday oil bath for the kids, I found myself soaked… soaked completely in nostalgia! I poured the warm oil in a cup, placed two wooden planks on the floor, and seated myself on another. The children knew what I was up to, hence it was time for them to play the hide and seek. Cornering them, and pinning them down between my legs, the glorious procedure of the oil bath began. The oil splattered on their head and scalp, dripping down their face, as I rubbed it deep into their skin. With the tip of my fingers I massaged the rest of the oil on to…

  • World Around Me

    Jasmine Flowers for Mom

    Mom loved her Jasmine flowers. Almost every single day, she would spend the afternoon hours stringing together these tiny buds into a sequence. This would then be adorned around her little bun in the evening, and it would seem mom carried with her its fragrance- a sort of divine one. A string of Jasmine flowers Much as I loved their fragrance and sight, I have never been comfortable adorning them on my braid. As a young girl, it almost always seemed to be an irritant. As mom would braid them tight into my hair, I would pull them off and discard them at the earliest opportunity. One fine day, she…

  • Parenting,  World Around Me

    There is a Sick Mom in the Home!

    After a week long bout of viral infection, I have come to the conclusion that feeling ill as a parent is one of the toughest situations. Weak and exhausted, as I lay on my bed moaning with body pain, the only thought that kept cropping up is why, oh why, did I have to fall ill? With two little kids, and a husband whose line of duty often keeps him away, I am the single caregiver and parent in the home front. Thus, by me falling ill, the household actually comes to a standstill. I look forward to the monsoons almost every year. I love the smell of the wet…

  • Parenting,  World Around Me

    May Memories & Mayhem- Summer lessons

    I am not the summer kind of person. Wait! Before you get me all wrong, let me just make it clearer. I am not the summer heat person. Having spent my growing up years in Bangalore, I am used to summer temperatures not more than 35 degrees centigrade. Before one could even rant about the rising heat, the first showers of summer would lash down and Bangalore would be enveloped in a pleasant chill. There would be freshness to everything, right in the middle of May. But well those were the days! It was only when marriage happened in my life that I came face to face with the actual reality…

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    Living Life Completely with Smart Homes

    With our cities expanding, the real estate market is in a complete swing. Residential spaces are no more mere blocks of houses but have transformed into smart locations. In the quest to pick that perfect home, it makes sense to opt for such locations, which give you the advantage of connectivity, proximity and is also within budget. Connectivity is all about ease of commuting. It is about being connected to main arterial roads of the area, to be able to reach any destination. It is about the convenience to reach out to other modes of conveyance such as a metro network or direct bus service. And that’s what a smart…