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    Maid in Heaven

    Any professionally inclined woman in India, in order to foster a hope of having a rich and rewarding career, has to get two extremely important decisions, right. The first one is quite obvious. It is the decision to choose a life partner who believes in her capabilities and considers her ambitions at par with his own. As easy as it may sound, all of us are aware of the hard work it takes to find someone like that and then settle down with him. I thank God, hundred times a day, to have gotten this decision right. The second decision, which I underestimated the importance of, and hence have been…

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    Sweet as Sugar

    Sugar was always meant to be sweet. It doesn’t care if flies are attracted to it, or if it is blamed for half the obesity in the world. It will not change its constitution, no matter what.

  • Yog

    The Kiss Goodbye

    Time flies by so quickly. Just a few weeks back I was writing about Yogs first day at school. Today, I am writing about how both him and me reached another set of critical milestones in our journey. Yesterday, as I dropped him at school, I was expecting him to cry his heart out, seeing me leave.  Till we reached the school gate, Yog was smiling happily, sitting proudly in any arms. In my mind, I was counting seconds and preparing for the outburst. Any moment now, he would start screaming at the injustice of having to separate from his one and only biological mother. We entered his classroom and…

  • Toyna

    Physical Change vs. Chemical Change

    . Teaching Science to a nine year old can make you learn some deep lessons yourself. We spoke about matter today and the fact that it is made up of molecules. We also discussed the various states of matter namely solid, liquid and gas. We then talked about the difference between physical change and chemical change of matter. Physical change is defined as a change in matter, where only its physical form changes but the molecules remain the same. For example, cutting a paper into two pieces. Chemical change on the other hand, is a change where the molecules of the matter themselves change. For example, burning the paper makes it into…

  • Thoughts and Quotes

    It is OK

    It is never the environment that causes the stress. It is the realisation that you are incapable of handling the environment that causes the stress. I wish I could just close my eyes, take a deep breath and calm down. On some days, it’s OK to be late to work. It is OK to make a quick meal in place of an elaborate one. It is OK to just stop in the middle of the chaos and find the sense. It is OK to just say to yourself, “It is OK!” Life is still good.

  • Yog

    Day Four at School

      Day 4 at school – Although 8 days have passed since Yog started school, he barely attended school for 3 days till now. By the end of the third day at school, he was down with a bad cold and had to miss school. Yesterday was the first night after 3 straight nights that he slept peacefully. Today he seemed fresh and shining in the morning, so I tentatively broached up the topic of school. I was quite sure, he would not want to go and would cling to me, at the mention of school. Mentally and physically prepared to handle this outburst, I gently took him in my…

  • Thoughts and Quotes,  Toyna,  Yog

    The Default Settings for Our Body

    When Yog was small and didn’t know any of his sign language, it was often a challenge to make out what he was trying to communicate. Over time, experience taught me that there were only a limited number of things that could make an infant cry. These include – milk, when they are hungry; sleep, when they are tired; hug, when they need to feel loved; blanket, when they are cold; fan, when they are hot and lastly a change of diaper when the diaper is wet. So when an infant is crying, you normally check on all these things and address the one that needs attention. Surprisingly, few days back,…

  • Yog

    First Day at School

    At one and a half years of age, Yog started his first school, today. Selecting a school for him was easier than I had expected. Before I started the hunt, I was apprehensive about the outcome; not so sure if I would be able to find the right place for his budding tastes and personality. The memory of Toyna crying all the way, to her first school and clinging to me with dear life, on the way back, seemed all too fresh. When I stepped out yesterday, searching for the right school, I didn’t have too many thoughts in mind. For preparation, I just had a list of 10 schools…