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    I am changing the world

    I am changing the world, making it a better place I save lives each day, give hope where there’s none I am a doctor I haven’t spoken to my father in the last 5 years I am changing the world, making it a better place I guide CEOs on their investment decisions I am a Banker I don’t know which grade my daughter is in or who she is dating I am changing the world, making it a better place I nurture young minds on how to develop their free thought I am a teacher I don’t have time to heed to the idiosyncrasies of my Mother in law I…

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    Criminal Child Labor is closer to home than you think

    Children who do not score well in exams, spend on an average 7 hours in school. To help them improve academically, school puts extra classes adding another hour of study time. Parents also want to help so they either teach the child or put tuitions for the child, adding another few hours of study time for the child. On an average, an academically weak child (a child that scores less marks) is studying more than 9 hours in a day. This is more than adult working hours. To top this statistic, here’s another one. These children are not even 10 years old right now. Don’t we as parents, teachers or…

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    Are Parenting Books Helpful

    I was an illiterate first time parent. I was brought up in an age where we were not even taught about nuances of sex, leave alone conceiving babies and bringing them to life. I thank my eldest sister, Sidney Sheldon and Mills & Boons equally for the little sex education I had. In the first year of marriage, my husband and I used to look up books on pregnancy and child birth even when we were not planning a child. Simply because, we both had a lot to learn about the process. Needless to say, when we did get pregnant, I started to read in detail about pregnancy, child birth…

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    What is Poor

    We are riding on a scooter. Yog suddenly asks,”Why that girl has a tent?”. I immediately decide that this conversation is soon going to transform into, “Why don’t we have a tent in our house?” So I tried to act ignorant. “I didn’t see any tent. Which tent are you talking about?” This was true. I wondered how Yog managed to see a tent inside someone’s house while we were on the scooter. But Yog insisted. “That tent on the road! You didn’t see?” (Implying- How can you drive without seeing??) It struck me then. There indeed was a make shift tent on the road. A lady lived there. I…

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    Beautiful Life

    There is so much beauty around us, inside us. Most of us miss seeing it, feeling it cause we are rushing to earn more, save more. Hoping that one day we will have enough saved to go find this beauty outside of us. My day starts with the beauty of rolling out kids from their cozy blankets Spilled milk on table tops Poo poo just in time for school bus Books left behind Extended debates on the latest news (ignoring the breakfast and the clock ticking on) The peace and quite of the empty house Life is beautiful, spilled milk or not. Life is beautiful, completed homeworks or not It…

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    Do you Blame Life

    Some days life throws shit at us and we let that shit stink our clothes, body and souls. And then, there are days when life throws shit at us. We not only neatly catch it, but we also make dung cakes, package them and sell them at 100% profitability to those whom life has not gifted as much shit. Given these two scenarios, can we blame life in any way? First published on Facebook on October 25, 2014.

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    Happy Teachers Day to my Children

    As soon as I got home from office yesterday, Toyna ran to me, hugged me and said “Advance Happy Teachers Day!” I was surprised to hear this. Sensing my hesitancy to accept the title of a “Teacher”, she quickly exclaimed, “You taught me how to walk, how to say my first words. You still teach me how to eat food properly. ” She then paused, waiting for my reaction. I was not totally convinced, so she quickly added to her argument, “Our family is always our first school.” I smiled at this and my heart warmed up. I accepted the wishes with a “Thank You Toyna!!” and a big hug.…

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    Feed, Love, Pray

    The relationship between Food and Love runs very deep in India. If you love someone, you take them out to fancy restaurants. When you want to make up for a fight, you cook something special for your love. When you want to pamper yourself, you binge on food you love (not necessarily food which is good for you). Food is such an important part of our lifestyle that I sometimes wonder about the adage, “We live to eat or we eat to live”. This love for food or rather the love to feed can be observed at its peak in a mother and child relationship. I agree that during pregnancy…

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    Lessons Learnt Walking Together on a Dark Road

    Hold your light at an angle which helps you see best. Never copy the angle at which others are holding their light. What works for them, need not necessarily work for you. When you are on a dark road, the best way to guide someone is to illuminate the light from behind them, not in front of them. Life gets dark sometimes, even when you are walking with the ones you love. Find your light first, before you try and help other around you.

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    Sharing the Things that Count

    The moment I stepped in for lunch at home, my six year old niece, Sia, came running, scanning me from head to toe. With a slightly worried, curious look she asked, “You are wearing my Mothers shirt!?!” The look on her face suggested  that she was worried about me infringing into her mother’s wardrobe. Without thinking twice I remarked, “Yes I am! Did you know that you are wearing Yog’s (my son) shirt. And Yog is wearing his cousin brothers shirt.” Both Sia and Yog’s heads dropped instantly to scan their respective shirts. I kneeled down to look Sia in the eye and said, “Isn’t it fun to share clothes?”…