I have been meaning to write this article for sometime now. However, I was hesitant as no two situations are the same and I’m no expert. But like always I would like to share what’s in my heart and my experience of managing my son for almost 3 years all by myself. Social media makes my life look pretty good and I can’t deny that it has been good and I’m blessed to be making a living out of what I love. But it’s not easy. I’m not able to give as much attention to my son as I would like to and the guilt gives me many sleepless nights. I have had days of complete meltdowns and I have screamed and pulled my hair. There are a lot of days I have taken refuge in bed and then days where I haven’t wanted to go back home. Continue Reading
I have always loved wearing sarees but I started working towards bringing the saree back when I wrote the article on the 100 Day Saree Pact last year. I found myself wearing sarees and handloom more and more, especially after my mom passed away. I don’t even know if there is any connection (she had stopped wearing sarees as she grew older) but maybe it’s my way of holding on to my roots and memories. And, however insignificant it might be, I decided to work towards promoting it in my own small way through my blog and Instagram. Continue Reading
My job brought me to Gurgaon for the first time in 2001, there was no public transport to speak of and getting from one place to another was really challenging. I still didn’t dare to learn how to drive as I took all the women-can’t-drive jokes a bit seriously. But, years later, when I actually did learn how to drive, I was terrified as I would get worked up with aggressive honking or embarrassed about not being able to park correctly. Only people who are afraid of driving will understand what I’m trying to express. I just couldn’t get myself used to the constant changing gears along with the clutch while dealing with the traffic specially during peak hours and malls where one needs to drive on the ramp to exit.
I would dream of automatic cars, but they were unheard of and available only in high end models. After a couple of months, I gave up. However, when I was in the Philippines, the need to drive was even more as public transport was really expensive but automatic cars were more easily available than manual cars. On the insistence from a friend, I learned how to drive, and it has been one of the best things I have done for myself. I felt so empowered and independent. Continue Reading
I’m very unsavvy when it comes to technology. It’s not that I’m not keen on it, I’m just bad at understanding it. But as a content creator, I have to rely heavily on it too. I’m always on a lookout for products which make my life easier rather than complicate it. Honestly, I don’t even have the bandwidth to sit and understand the nuances of how something as basic as a camera works, I need it to work in a way that I can take good pictures and play with them to deliver results that my profession requires. I recently got hold of the Canon EOS M50 mirrorless camera. To begin with I resisted using it, but it didn’t take too long for me to give in. Even though I only shoot on auto mode, I still thought of listing down some of the features I found useful – Continue Reading
I have been fortunate enough to never have really been addicted to smoking other than a brief phase in the middle where I smoked 5-6 cigarettes a day for about a year. But I have seen friends and family suffer continuously under the grip of its unrelenting addiction. Everyone wants to quit but most people can’t, no matter how hard they try.
I have seen my brother suffer at the hands of smoking at close quarters and know fully well that it isn’t just an innocent addiction but one that can ruin lives because of its impact on cardiovascular health that can lead to heart ailments. The only saving grace – if I can call it that – is that cigarettes don’t have any psycho active substances. Back to my brother – he suffered at the hands of this addiction for years until he couldn’t function normally anymore and had to quit. He was determined to take charge of his health so he managed. But most people aren’t that fortunate. Continue Reading
Are you a digital-nomad? Somebody who runs complex coding from a permanent location? Or do you simply switch the laptop on for Netflix? The truth is, choosing an ideal laptop is like choosing a life partner! You have to feel comfortable with your laptop. It must match your work/leisure demands in the long run and be dispensable for every job you want it to do.
Life has become taxing with work, unending domestic chores and not to mention, being a mother to a ten-year. I thought it would get easier as Kabir grows older and in some ways it has but for most part, I’m more stressed. Maybe it’s because of the sudden increase in pressure from school regarding academics or his emotional needs or both. And then there is pressure of being a smart mom in just the way Kabir looks at me like I have solution for everything! So here are some of my secret hacks to that lovely and not-so-well managed home, without losing sleep…aah well, at least not all of it 😉 Continue Reading
Ask anyone to list out the 3 most prized possessions in life and am sure most of us will list family, health, money…agree? Sadly, chances are that we’re already negotiating on the health aspect for some more zeros in our bank accounts. Aren’t we all?
Rewind two generations; the simple and sound lifestyles our grandparents lived flash by. Active lives, zero screen menace. No Doremon robot to dish out gadgets to ease their work. No quick Ola for that lazy ride, No stress to maintain that impossible phone-life balance and no commuting that crazy traffic to be home on time to be by your child. Yes, that life was good, there was a meaning to the word harmony. Their 8 hour sleep never had annoying whatsapp pings to wake them. Continue Reading
Kids these days are super active and easily distracted, not like our times. Their minds are sharper, engaged in a thousand different things. Being a mother of a young and highly intrigued child, I understand the need to keep him productively occupied. It has been on my mind for a while to keep him occupied with something, where he could learn as well as have fun. Going forward, this could well become his hobby. And let’s not forget, sitting in a place for a while helps build concentration and even though Legos do the job well but I can’t keep buying Legos all the time. Continue Reading
I have been to Jaipur three times already and even though it’s been really long, I distinctly remember that I loved the place each time. So, there was no question about missing the opportunity when Fairmont, Jaipur invited me to spend time over the weekend with Kabir. As luck would have it, two other bloggers with their kids were also invited for the same.
The hotel is situated on the outskirts of Jaipur city and takes about 45 minutes by car to get there. And as usual, since I hadn’t done my research about the place, I was caught by total surprise. This place defines luxury. The kind of luxury which doesn’t intimidate you but fills you with warmth. We were welcomed by a grand reception and the instagrammer in me went a little crazy once I got the glimpse of the property. It’s a fairly new hotel and is inspired by a blend of Rajputana and Mughal architecture and the facade has been made to look like an old fort. Continue Reading