Life is in the breath and he who breathes half, lives a half-life . Breathing keeps us alive. While we are not sure how much pure air we inhale, the bodily function of pumping air into the body continues to work incessantly as long as we are alive. However, rarely do we realize the importance of the respiratory system in our body. But a slight breathing problem can pinch you to the gut and that’s when we realize taking care of it is really important. I have faced several alarming issues in the past with my son Kabir when he was really young. Continue Reading
A recent visit to my son’s optician opened my eyes about the eyesight problems that begin to appear at a nascent age and grow exponentially. He also threw in recent facts and figures that around 20% children in India in the age group of 5–12 years have poor vision. The risk of a child collapsing into the ‘poor vision’ criteria could be anything from undernourishment to excessive electronic devices. Chronic dry eyes, negative impact on co-ordination of vision and motor skills, and problems shifting their vision from near to far are early alarming signs.
Now coming from an educated and privileged part of the society, I am thankful to look at these problems closely, get professional help and make people around me aware of these pinching problems. But what about children who belong to the economically restricted class? A large population in our country is visually impaired only because they do not have access to an eye examination and a pair of glasses. This is a bigger concern in underprivileged children as they are ignorant or economically constrained from getting the right treatment even after diagnosis. Undetected vision disorders obviously result into devastating academic, economic and psychological problems in these children. Continue Reading
Does your child have more than one talent? I agree that every child has his or her own set of abilities. And although it might appear that they are pursuing their passion, is it perhaps possible that they have a multi-faceted, a multi-talented personality that we, as parents might tend to overlook? I was forced to delve into this thought when I remember myself wanting to ace the exams in school and also play basketball at national level. Then I would pursue my dance lessons and perform at every school gathering as well. Now that my child is growing up, it gets me thinking if it is perhaps okay to let him juggle between activities or let him follow one hobby and master that one talent?
In the formative years of a child’s life, he/she is exposed to a plethora of activities. Whenever my friends and I would catch up, we would openly share the recent developments of our childrens’ activities. In most of our discussions, I found a common thread. We were pushing our children into a one-direction progressive approach. I feel kids these days want to tap into multiple opportunities and have the capacity to master more than one passion. Continue Reading
Approaching the last month of the year we’ve got a number of festivities and holidays that have kids and adults excited just the same. With a busy lifestyle as a mother, someone who loves shopping and fitness enthusiast, it is important to find things to do with my son that we both love and which gets us both the needed calorie burns! Umm, not really. When it’s time to have, it’s fun with no bars hold 😊 Continue Reading
There’s nothing quite like spending time, even if it means laborious hours in the kitchen, cooking up something your child really loves to eat. ‘Maa ke haath ka khana’ beats any Michellin Star dish! But can you ever compare that to a priceless gesture of your child surprising you one eventful evening with a lip-smacking spread of your favourite food? Continue Reading
I happened to be visiting Ananda in the Himalayas resort when master healer Jill Banwell was also visiting it as a practitioner for a month. I had never got any kind of healing done before this but on the last day of my stay, something told me that I should be more open about it. She radiated so much calm and warmth that I thought even if nothing came out of the chakra healing session, I will feel at peace for a few hours after meeting her.
A couple of days back, I happened to be invited by Panasonic to attend a masterclass with chef Michael Swamy where they also showcased their range of ‘Intelligent Home Appliances’ comprising refrigerator, washing machine, and microwave oven. To be honest, I was a little sceptical about the zero-oil concept of their microwave oven. For me, zero-oil equals to boiled and bland food which has no relation whatsoever with your taste buds.
But I must say I was pleasantly surprised to see the chef churn out one lip-smacking dish after another without using a single drop of oil, ghee, or butter, literally. This interactive class included a warm chocolate mousse, grilled peach salad, hasselback potatoes, and baked stuff chicken with salad. I still doubt I would be able to churn out anything like that ever though. Their microwave range has features like 360-degree Heat Wrap for uniform cooking, Magic Grill to retain moisture, juices, and nutrients, and Vapor Clean for easy hassle-free cleaning. Continue Reading
In India, we are really blessed that we can afford a house help. But that is no reason to put the entire responsibility on them for doing all the chores. Including kids in household chores is a good way to teach them responsibility and self-sufficiency. It’s an important life skill and helps them understand the meaning of contributing to the family and household. They need to know that it takes time, effort and work. And knowing that helps teach appreciation and empathy towards parents and the house help. Many household chores require adult hands involved or supervision, but there are also plenty that kids can handle on their own. Here are some I have listed down which I think any 6-year-old plus can manage – Continue Reading
As we grow older and life becomes hectic, the one thing that gets compromised is sleep. I have seen that happen to almost everyone. Everyone says you need less sleep as you get older but that is just another forward and a fallacy. I like to believe that I am in the best shape of my life right now. And as counter-intuitive as it might seem, I work out the least now. It’s only 3-4 days a week 45 minutes to an hour.
Compare this to when I used to run. I used to run at least 45 minutes every day. Add to that, the build up to a marathon and you are talking about at least 8-9 hours of running every week. Yet my weight barely budged. I used to still feel fatigued and survived on coffee most days. Doesn’t seem right, right? I have done a lot of retrospective analysis on what the possible reasons for this could be. And believe me, it has nothing to do with functional training being better than running. The key difference I found between the two scenarios, in fact, was how much I used to sleep. Sleep is the key time that your body breaks down fat and repairs muscle. Now that I am sleeping more, I am more enthusiastic about my workouts and see better effects thereof. Here are a few things that I have discovered on my journey to find better sleep. Continue Reading
Over the last few months, I have been lucky enough to get a lot of travel opportunities. And I have loved (almost) every moment of it. To the extent that I think I might not be able to do without it. As I was trying to analyse the reason for this transition, a lot of things came to mind – escape, discovering new places, food and a bunch of the other usual reasons. But it wasn’t until the Kashmir trip that I realised that it is the personal growth you experience that has given me a hotfoot.
When they say that travel is the greatest teacher, it isn’t without reason. Before I left for Kashmir, I had an image of the state that most of us do. Fearful people walking about with their heads down, not talking to anyone, going on with their own business so they don’t get into any unnecessary trouble. And rightfully so, what a lesson I was taught. Continue Reading