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Homeopathy for Children

For most people Homeopathy is a mystery and new parents who are already worried about their kids frequently falling sick are afraid to try something that is not well tried or popular, parents have reservations when it comes to giving frequent allopathic medicines to their little ones, but they give in as that’s the only resort for them .

Here in this article, we talk to Dr. Sonia, a Homeopath and also a mom to a 3 year old. Dr. Sonia talks about Homeopathy and how it works for kids.

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Lifestyle and health, parents, Uncategorized

Makarsankranti- A festival for kids in Uttarakhand

The festival of Makara Sankranti is observed according to solar cycles, whereas most other festivals are based on lunar cycle of our Hindu Calendar. It therefore falls on the same date each year, around 14th or 15th of January.

 The festival marks the onset of longer days and bids adieu to the cold winters. It is also a harvest festival.

It is celebrated all across India in different ways and by different names.

In Uttarakhand it is called makarsankranti, Pushudiya, Uttarayan, Ghugutia and also Kala Kauwaa (black crow)

 The sweetmeat called Ghugut or gughute is prepared a day before along with Poori (Indian puffed fried bread) and offered to crows on the sankranti morning.

Legend has it that it was the crows that saved the only child of one of the Chand Kings of Kumaon and hence crows are offered sweetmeat and pooris on this day. 

While there are several other stories around offering food to crows on makarsankranti, this one is my favourite. 

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Teaching Safe & Unsafe Touch to Young Kids

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An 8 month old is sexually assaulted, a two-year old was killed after being raped, a 6-year-old succumbed to death and many thousands are living and dying with horrid sexual assault memories and traumas. Some find love and some detest it.

Each time I read such a news I hug my child a little more tight, with a tear trickling from the corner of my eyes, I feel a shiver down my body ” and then the thought and importance of teaching our kids about safe touch and bad touch resurfaces.

At 18 months my child knew the appropriate names for his private parts and the fretful mom in me now keeps reiterating about good touch/ bad touch, although I don’t know if he understands any of it, but he clearly tells me when he is hurt or in pain.

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Challenges and perks of being a sailor’s wife

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Being married to a sailor is like being in a long distance relationship for most of your life. I would be lying if I say it’s easy. 

When I meet new people they have several questions; surprised/shocked at how our life functions. I get to hear things like – why did you choose to marry a sailor? It must be so difficult for you and other such questions that make me feel like I am from a different tribe altogether! 

It is difficult and there is no denying that, but then no one said life would be easy!! 

Way back in 80s n 90s sailors could only communicate through written letters and telegrams. Letters that would take months to reach their destination. When we started our relationship we were technologically blessed for the ship had  internet access, though very limited and that too only on the computers onboard. We exchanged Emails daily, the calls were brief as those were through satellite lines and costed somewhere like 1$ a minute)

Times have changed and we are in a much better place now with Ships having their own Wi-Fi set up. We are now able to talk/ video call multiple times everyday. 
Connectivity may have improved but other challenges do remain. 

Challenges like not getting time to spend with spouse, having to manage everything on our own-single handedly. If that wasn’t enough, solo parenting your child most of your life tops the list of all the difficulties. From researching about baby stuff to schools, admissions to PTMs to planning school pick-up and drops, outings, birthdays all by oneself is just a glimpse of a few of the many things that we deal with. 

The sign-off time approaches, there is love in the air, but hold on, all is not as good as it looks, this may not be a serious challenge, but it definitely is a challenge to get your home spick and span, shining bright, for your sailorman is not coming home, he is coming to stay in a 5star hotel and can prove to be a HWEC (handle with EXTREME care )guest, that’s a hotelier in me speaking!! I will not generalise things, but being a part of this fraternity, my interactions with shippies and their wives have reaffirmed this belief( there can always be exceptions though) 

You streamline your daily schedule, you prioritise things and when your man is home all starts to revolve around him, the routine that you set just fizzles out. You thought your man would be home, two extra hands to help, but hey, he is on a holiday, isn’t he and that also means he needs sumptuous meals like those cooked on-board by his seasoned and revered Chief Cook! 

Other thing that I despise about this life is not having him around festivals and important life events. However well you plan the joining and sign-off, you are bound to miss something or the else. In these 7 years of marriage, we’ve been able to celebrate only 2 Diwalis and 3 birthdays together. 

No matter how long you ‘ve  been into a relationship or sailed; joining gives the same jitters and sign off the same joy. 

While the challenges are aplenty there are perks that you wouldn’t want to trade off with anything.

The shippies are the most hands on guys, mine is, and being married into a family where half the men are sailors I can say this for a larger population. They can be a one man army when it comes to repairs and maintenance jobs at home. 

Your sailor man will love to make his life large and will treat you at the best of the places and with the best of the things; after all you are his Queen quite literally!  They work hard, really hard ( I have sailed and I know how difficult their job is) and when they are with their family they want the best of everything for themselves and for others close to them. 
If your man is anyone like mine then I am sure you already have a huge collection of Prada, Burberry and Versace of the world and expensive toiletries. A lot of the times these things will make an entry  in your wardrobes/bathrooms much before they are launched here in India.

Luxuries of life do come at a cost and perhaps we are all paying for it in some or the other way. Those on top of the ladder in corporate jobs or running their own businesses struggle to find time for their family. 9-6 is never 9-6 for them, by the time they are home the kids are already off to bed. However, with sailors, when they are home, they are home 24/7, no running late for office, no late working hours! 

If you love traveling and if you are lucky, you can get to join your spouse on-board, experience this unique life at sea and travel far and wide!

The best perk is that the spark of love neither dies nor flickers; after all, this distance keeps our hearts growing fonder with each passing year; as a couple we come to value eachother’s presence more.

Life is like a big party when he is home as we try to make the most of our times together.

So, count your blessings and when life gives you lemons- make yourself some Kamikaze, Martinis, Mojitos or simply gulp down your Tequilla shots; just don’t forget to use your duty free booze ;)!!! 

My musings, Uncategorized

किश्तों में ज़िन्दगी

रात के सन्नाटे में घड़ी की टिक-टिक अक्सर अहसास देती है,

इस खामोशी से अच्छा साथ तुम्हारे खर्राटों का था!!

जाते हुए मुझे उदास देख
अक्सर तुम मुसकुरा के कहते,
ये आशियां तो  तुम्हारा है ही
अब हमारा ये बिस्तर भी पूरा तुम्हारा

पर  जब से  गए हो तुम
पलंग का वो खाली हिस्सा भी तुमको ही ढूंढता है,
मेरी तरह शायद इसको भी है आदत तुम्हारी

काश तुम समझ पाते
हमारे होने से ही है ये आशियां हमारा पूरा
तुम्हारे बिन अधूरा है ये जहाँ मेरा, ये आशियां हमारा

ये खामोश दीवारें भी अब मानतीं है
इस सन्नाटे से अच्छा तुम्हारा फ़िज़ूल बैठना
और उस पर शोर मेरी किट-किट का था

रात के सन्नाटे में घड़ी की टिक-टिक अक्सर अहसास देती है, इस खामोशी से अच्छा साथ तुम्हारे खर्राटों का था!!

तुम्हारे जाते ही शुरू होता है इंतजार तुम्हारे आने का,
आदत हो गयी है अब मुझे भी किश्तो मे जीने की, जिंदगी निभाने की।।