Thursday, February 20, 2014

Isn't Normal Extraordinary??

For each new parent, their child is like a new universe. Needless to say, their life revolves around it, but also everything the child does is exotic and out of the world. Their first smile, first coos, first word, first step and the list goes on. But truth be told, our universe follows a pattern, the sun, the moon, our planet and everyone else. And so do babies. More or less. Have you ever discoverd that whenever 2 or more new parents meet, their conversation automatically steers towards their babies and how their babies and what they do is just so unlike any kid they have seen ;-) In this age of competition, no one wants to be left behind. Children start pretty young. As young as days old.

The other day, I was going through a post in one of the parenting websites I access. A new mother, pretty much like us, was going on about how her son was extraordinary. I knew what she getting at and wasn't going to read till the end but somehow I did. She had taken all possible care during her pregnancy and even later, when her son was born. At 11 months, her "extraordinary" son was showing early signs of autism. Needless to say, she and her family were devastated. And apart from the general horror of the news, it just got me thinking, isn't Normal Extraordinary??


I am so glad my daughter does normal stuff kids her age do. And this is a lesson for all possessive and competitive parents to understand and appreciate the beauty of being normal. When little S grows up, as difficult as it may sound, I will try to be happy about her average grades rather than pining for the extraordinary. Or pushing her to get something that I want and probably she doesn't.

Here is a prayer for all the "special " children this world has : may God and your parents give you enough strength and courage to achieve your dreams and let you live a respectful life. And for all the other "normal" kids, do your best. Either way, you are the center of universe of your parents' life.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My shopping experience at Jabong.com !

Smart phones and online shopping have been almost a god-sent for me ever since I have become a mother. When you have an infant dependent on you 24x7, there is no time for shopping, even for the basic stuff one needs from time to time. So I, the kind of person who always accessed websites on the laptop because phone didn't seem to do justice to the layout, turned an entirely smart phone person. Because there was never a good time to open the laptop. So I have been ordering all my baby stuff from the baby websites. Of late, I also wanted to order some essentials for myself. A search on Google and I landed on the Jabong website.

I know everybody has heard of it, but I had never shopped from there. Because you know, until then I was a go-to-market-buy-stuff person. So I decided to try out Jabong with a few things I needed and test the waters. I have to say that it was one of the best shopping experiences for me because of a few reasons:
1) lots of verticals and a lot of variety on each
2) great offers on apparel and cosmetics
3) super fast delivery

The stuff I ordered came exactly 1 day later. Neatly packaged and delivered. Want to know what all I ordered?
Let the pics do the talking.

That's my package : sealed and delivered in time

Each piece packed individually

"Berry" and "mango pie" flavored lip gel from Maybelline

Kajal, "feisty fuschia" nail enamel and the Re.1 tangerine eye liner all from Maybelline
Only after placing the order did I realize I had ordered all Maybelline stuff :-)

I got the "mango pie" lip gel from Maybelline at a reduced price under some offer.

When I checked out my order, my bill was 499/- , and the system automatically added a Maybelline eye liner to my cart. My first reaction was to remove it, for obvious reasons. But just then I saw my bill was 500/-

That's when I realized the "tangerine" Maybelline eye liner, originally priced at Rs. 225/-  was being offered at just Re. 1. Needless to say, I lapped it up. Isn't the website great? I would have surely missed the offer if the website hadn't added it to my cart.

You can buy jewellery, bags, and cosmetics from major brands like Lakme, Loreal, Maybelline, VLCC etc. and even do price comparisons and get what you need at your price all under one roof. Too good to be true, eh?

They also have gift card options and cash-on-delivery. And a 30-day return policy!!!

In all, I am a very satisfied customer of the company. No complaints so far, whatsoever.

You can also connect with them on Facebook here.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Of Motherhood and Friendships !!

When I got pregnant last year, I thought about a lot of things that would change in my life. Like going out for a vacation or movie or dinner at our whim. Anytime, any place. Like reading and re-reading my favorite books late into the night. Like talking to H over a cup of steaming ginger tea late into the night. About my girl friends, or petty office politics, or the world hunger problems. I was prepared for these and how. Now vacations have to be pre planned and detailed to the T to make sure everything is baby friendly. Even a trip to the mall is like securing stuff for a rough night. Diapers, change of dress, milk yada yada. Books are a forgotten luxury. Oh boy! I miss them so so much. And as for H and I, there's hardly any talk, forget world hunger. The little that we get to talk is, of course, about the baby. You know, baby's milk, baby's poo. So there.

But one thing that I hadn't figured was that even friendships changed. Or to put it more correctly, friends change. Even if they are "happy" about your "good news", in reality, they are just mentally checking you off from the party list. You find that weird, because you, at heart, are still the outgoing fun kinda girl. And when the baby arrives, you'd think they would be there to hold your hand and walk you through this difficult stage in your life. But holy cow. That's a good morning message for you. In the name of giving you space to figure things out, they almost leave a gaping hole where once they were. Probably they can't stand the "cutesy baby stuff". But hey!! Wasn't that what friendship was all about? In sickness and in health? In love and out of love? Or am I from an era bygone?

By the way, talking of relationships and (lost) love, happy Valentine's day people. It's late, but you see, I have just had a baby. Hope you can keep with that, or won't you?