Thursday, July 24, 2014

Things Children Teach Us!

We, as parents, think that it is us who teach the children the nuances of life. We go about reading parenting books while we are expecting and smugly think that we won’t be making any of the “mistakes” we think the other parents are making. In our heads, our child is the best behaved, well mannered, widely read and a delightful child. But just the first few days after childbirth makes sure we discard any such thoughts. The advertisements showing a cherubic infant happily suckling away and a mother who looks almost angelic are, well, just adverts. Real life is not like that.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Dream Diary (continued)

I don't know if it's the heat that made me dream like that. Or the fact that now that I have a child, I have a soft corner for every mother-child duo that I encounter on the road. I watch them intently and try to fathom the kind of relationship they have. After all, living in the kind of dearth that they do, a frustrated mother with scanty means, and a child cranky of hunger, would not really make the lovey dovey relationship that we perceive every mother child relationship to be.

So I am walking down the road with a friend. I am talking to her while pushing the pram little S is in. We near a bend and I see two other people coming from the other side. Since the bend is quite narrow, I try to steer little S's pram into a corner so the people coming in from the opposite direction can pass. I am quite engrossed in talking and haven't even noticed these people. Suddenly I see that I cannot move the pram. So I try to maneuver it to move it along a different direction. Again, I am unable to do so. It is then that I stop blabbering whatever it is that I am trying to tell my friend and actually notice these people. There is a lady who is carrying a very young baby in her arms. Holding her hand is a little boy, aged not more than 5 years. They look haggard and very poor and probably they haven't eaten in many days. Suddenly the boy collapses on the road. I see his legs have turned blue up to his knees. In my mind (in the dream), it is due to dehydration (not sure if it's true). I throw a panicked look at his mother's face. She is about to cry. Before she can do that, she collapses too. Her sari is hitched up to the knees and her legs have the same bluish hue, like the boy. There is a rickshaw puller coming from behind them. I holler to him to come and help us take these people to a nearby hospital. But the rickshaw puller, without saying a word, turns the rickshaw around and moves away. I ask other people passing by, but they pass by as if they haven't heard my cries for help! I decide to take matters in my own hands. I try to push little S's pram forward so that I can run and call someone from my neighborhood for help. Again, the pram refuses to budge. It is then that I notice the little baby from the lady's hand lying on the road. (S)he is not moving nor crying. I freeze. My heart breaks into a million pieces.  I am still wondering what to do when.....

When little S started crying and woke me up. I was quite distressed on waking up to such a dream. To having to start my day on that note. Even though my mind asked me to cheer up as it was "just a dream", my heart told me it was someone's reality.  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Practice What You Preach!

I don’t think there is anyone in this world who has not heard this from the parents – You don’t listen to us. You have bad manners, you have no etiquette etc. Also, somehow, others’ children are always better behaved and well-mannered than ours. We always tend to believe that it is the children who are the problem. That no matter how many times we tell them, they just don’t seem to learn. But wait. Have we ever heard of “practice what you preach”?

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Friday, July 4, 2014

CarConnect - A one stop shop Car Mall !

Do you love cars?
Do you love technology?
Do you know that there is something that combines these two? Something I am sure you will love.


This is a website that literally "has it all"

Navigation is super easy. You can login through your Facebook account and make a profile.
Later, you have loads of information at your click to explore. You can find your virtual friends here who share your passion for cars. You have the luxury of sharing your experiences and reading about others'.

There are "Car News" and "New Launches" sections that I am sure, will ring a bell with all car enthusiasts. I can vouch for this as the husband is a car fanatic. He knows all the specifications of all the latest cars in the market. What better than a "one stop shop" to find this information?

Not only it comes in super handy when you are looking out for new cars to buy, but also when you are looking out for information on the already launched cars.

But the one feature that totally "seals it" for me is the "Compare Cars" section.

You can select any brand, and it's model and variants and compare it with any other car of another make. I tried this feature and it said the comaprison PDF would be mailed within 48 hours. I think, some instant information would be even better. What do you think?

I think CarConnect is a website that is nothing short of a Car Mall experience for people who have a passion for cars. It not only helps you to keep updated with the latest trends and news in the automobile industry, it will help you a great deal while you decide to buy a car. Not only you get all specification and features reviewed, you also get some "real" reviews and experiences to help you make a better decision. Do check it out!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Birthday 2014!

The birthday this year was way different than I ever imagined it to be.Like last year, it was just the two of us. But unlike last year, it was me and the little one, while the husband is out working on an out-of-India project. This is the second time that he and I have been away on my birthday. Of course, something that I don't like much.

I have never been much of a birthday-party person, although a vacation is always welcome :) The next best thing is to do something fun and different with the husband, or go out for a movie/lunch/dinner with family. In the last couple of years, we have visited a zoo, attended a stand up comedy show and taken a vacation on my birthday. This year was all about changes. And literally so.

Yesterday, there was normal office work, although I have to mention a couple of things here.
A friend of mine baked a cake for me. Something very special and dear to me as no one has ever baked a cake for me before ;-)

It might not look all that tempting....but it was deliciously yummy!!!!!

Then, there were a lot of wishes - 150+ wishes on FB, phone messages, whatsapp messages and phone calls. Even though I did nothing special per se, I did feel special with all the blessings flowing in.
The evening was spent with the princess and that was the cherry on the cake.

I think of all the years, I have grown up the most during the last one year. Went through my pregnancy in a really responsible way (something that I am very proud of). Bringing my daughter in this world in a natural way (to say it was difficult would be an understatement square) :P And then when she was just 4 months old, the husband had to go away on work. For 1 month, I stayed all alone with my little one. Easier said than done. Handling the house and the baby without a proper night's sleep would put any multi tasker to shame!
And then, I had to join office. I have been driving almost a 100 kms on most days to office and back.
Also, I have been doing all the running around for getting our documents, passports and visa done to visit him soon. I think I have never packed in so much action in  the last couple of years as I have in these couple of months.

Leaving you with a picture of the little one wishing me a Happy Birthday. In her own style, of course ;-)

"Mommy, sure you want me to do this?" ;-)