Clean Life, Perfect life: Godrej Protekt hand wash soap!

Cleanliness, the biggest drive close to my heart & since becoming a mommy, it has gained all the more importance in day to day life. Bringing up the little one, in the “not so pure environment” of Metro, it’s gone that cleanliness is portrayed from clothes. For me, it’s the purity we get from within while maintaining it during daily chores.

From the new life of playschool to the all new love for colours & ever growing craziness for the garden & friends, my kid is learning to be more social & here plays all the more importance of maintaining his cleanliness drive.

For me, Godrej Masterblaster played a perfect role in ensuring that my kid’s & family’s hands remain spotless throughout the day.

Godrej Masterblaster is a naturally derived and chemical free liquid soap hand wash that effectively kills germs. This awesome smelling liquid hand soap is gentle on the hands and available in refill pack.

It comes embedded with Glycerin, perfect in maintaining the skin texture & other essential oils as well. The best part is that it is devoid of “Triclosan”,a major ingredient in most of the hand washes available ,which do more harm than good to our hands. While Godrej hand wash soap has replaced it with saner actives good on hands.

It’s not just tender, it also is environment friendly, promoting the “Green Karma”, by ensuring 100% recyclable & reusable tags on this product.

With easy availability it can be bought online or offline. So guys go for it,in the best hand wash category. It removes the germs out in single wash , retain the delicacy of your hand & you get to adore its soothing fragrance. Isn’t it a three-in –one combo product.

Do check out the site & their products!

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” कौन होता है दोस्त? दोस्त वो जो बिन बुलाये आये, बेवजह सर खाए, जेब खाली करवाए, कभी सताए, कभी रुलाये, मगर हमेशा साथ निभाए.”  !!

So here comes tale of colleagues to friends to travel mates & then to one of the best friend  & finally to mommies.

You could find many friends on this earth but the grasp of true friends who are not just besides you in the happy times but there to second you every moment, whether good or bad are the true friends whom you back on forever.

Such is our friendship, which started from normal group washroom gossip from dresses to bosses to in-laws ;). It was indeed a very slow motion friendship moving ahead with having lunches together to playing Table tennis in free office time. Suddenly we cracked some familiarity with each other, from the basic nature to the end objectives of life, all seemed to match with each other. Good liasoning was the main factor which made us both close together.

Yes both of us were married by then, but suddenly my husband decided to make a move to another city & so I had to follow him. But moving away from each other never left us shattered, we continued our long gossips in whatever meager time we had.

Meeting each other had become difficult hence we thought to enhance our friendship circles & drove it by planning a quick getaway trip with our better-half’! As the luck would have it, both the males instantly got along with each other, rejoicing every bit of our journey from hiking to playing to swimming to rafting. Not even for a moment it felt that it was the first outing & meeting together. This was the point which actually strengthened our bond all the more.

There was no turning back; we all started having small trips together, enjoying each other’s company all the more.  I still remember it was in Jan’2014, evening 7 pm when all of a sudden both of us spoke instantly..”I’m expecting”.. What?? What?? Yes, OMG you too.. WOW, that was really brilliant, our minds & hearts were all in such synchronization & not to miss, both of us had nearly same dates, just 10-12 days of difference!

Our bond grew more close, sharing the baby bump pictures, caring more for each other, sharing our doctors conversations, what to eat, what not to.. Suddenly the world had changes so much, those are the months when you are at your maximum emotional turmoil’s & then it was I realized ours as a true friendship.. No grudges, No qualms, just understanding & caring for each other.

Delivery date was shivering me, it was she, who was herself in that mode but always encouraged me to be strong, to have the feeling of motherhood, to be positive & within the span of 15 days both of us gave birth to lovely boys, Arham & Arjun! It’s said that motherhood is a new birth for mother as well & indeed it was a re-birth of our friendship as well. If it brings out the other side of a woman in the form of compassion, love, tenderness it also brings us across numerous challenges & you know there needs to be a strong support apart from your family who understands you & I can proudly say that it was her for me!

It’s been 2 years now that our babies are in our lives, relations take a toll, but for us nothing has changed. We are yet the same pals who care for each other, still plan trips together with kids now, eat, laugh & play together. Life has become happier with you dear friend!

Dedicated to our friendship …”Jab life ho out of control, hoton to karke gol…Seeti baja ke bol…All is well”, we know we are & will be always together & till the time it remains , life will be always be in

“All is well” mode!

Thanks for the entire bouquet of love dear friend!

We all have some amazing friends in our lives, do check out the upcoming show on ZEE TV:” Yaaron Ki Baraat” (Vivo Smartphone presenting Yaaron Ki Baraat co-powered by Amazon.in and Brooke Bond Red Label) ,which will put celebrity friendships through many challenging & interesting tasks from 8th Oct at 8Pm!

Don’t miss the fun & chance to re-live your friendship!

Horlicks- Problem Solver for Kids

The journey to Motherhood is awesome ,simply an incredible experience to have the little live in the womb ,bring him/her in this world & ensure that the little life turns out to be a Gem for all!

Well it’s not just a simple journey but a challenge on every part of parents /mother to mould the raw life into gem. From ensuring the proper development, physical, mental & emotional, there comes across a huge sense of responsibility into the parents lap.

It’s been close to 2 years of entering into this amazing part of life ,when I see more experienced mothers during evening walk or even family dinners , hover around the discussions of “What & how to make the kid eat/drink” . While most complain for kids not getting lured to drinking milk, many complain of their love for Pastas & Maggie & their loss of interest towards things providing nutritional values. Nearly 8 out of 10 mothers remain concerned always, trying to garner tricks & tips from other experienced mothers to help them enable their kids attain proper growth by having decent proportions of nutritional & wholesome meals.

This has been even true with me, from past 6 months wherein my kid completely stopped the intake of Milk, the major source of calcium for our body, so very important for growing kids, for the strength of their bones & much more. It’s always a cat & mouse game being played upon to even put some 5-6 spoons in his mouth.

For me, growth once lost can never be re-gained. Child attains maximum mental & physical strength during the initial formative 2-8 years in natural manner. These growth parameters have impact on every facet from the activities to studies. Hence for me the growth once lost is difficult to regain back, so there has to be a continuous focus from the beginning.

Looking at such desperate mothers, market is being bombarded every now & then with the supplements ensuring proper vitamin/calcium/protein supply into kids. But my question to all is, Should we introduce our kids to such supplements from so young? To all these, there comes an alternate “Horlicks Growth+, which has been specially designed by experts & yes loved by kids in milk. Although it is recommended for kids lagging in their height & weight, I would recommend it to all mums since it enables a sustained growth .It has superior quality “Whey protein”, an important nutrient which promotes muscle development & boosts immune system. Growing children need this protein according to their body weight (half a gram whey protein per pound of body weight).

It caters well to kids who:

  • Have nutritional deficiencies
  • Don’t eat well & balanced diet
  • Belong to vegetarian families ,as minerals & proteins are less in vegan dishes to be supplemented daily
  • Are highly active ,to help their active muscles

Apart from this Horlicks growth+ also contains nutrients as Calcium, Iron (for proper blood formation), various vitamins as Vitamin A ,D,C,Zinc which all are very important for growth & immunity.

Do check out the details at https://growthplus.horlicks.in/ & try out your kid with some nutritional taste .This will surely reduce the parents burden related to child growth & help parents of kids with low growth compared to their age.

Those Amazing 262 days

The wonderful quotation made me re-live amazing memories of close to 2-2.5 years back, yes those 9 months, the most special ones, when for the 1st time I established the fact that there was a life bubbling up in me!

Well, so different was that day, amidst the hush of life, when the purple line in the test suddenly got me in qualm..Dilemma on how my professional life would move ahead? Serious skepticism on how will I raise up a life? Was I competent enough to have a perfect blend of raising up a kid with ample ecstasies along with the smart work of my professional life? With so many If’s & buts on my left logical side, the right side of brain was enjoying the moment..Hilarious, It was sensing something beautiful, something striking a chord with my life. Yes it overtook all the pessimism of left side with a lovely aura of spending the upcoming 9 months with full zeal & zest, blissfully counting on the days to hold a delicate tender darling.

With ample questions every day, wrt developments every week rather every day, how the nutrition needs to be tied up irrespective of anything, what all precautions one need to carry along..Registration to baby centre became my handy guide. Yes, numerous directions flew every day from both the Mom’s, which actually gave me a sense of great feeling..I was suddenly on the “prime list” of every family member.

Wanna eat Ice cream & Jalebi at 11 in the night? Eat, don’t control. Wanna rush to a lush garden & have a leisure time, come let’s go. No dinner mood..Leave it, ample choices to be spoilt for. Why drive, cabs are there to help! Oh God ,those superb 9 months ,full of tantrums & excitement ,those were the moments which made my family re-pamper me to the heights & I actually lived my sweet old days .

The routine was more or less the same, being a working woman, It was great to go to office & try to be the same person for close to 5 months.. Any cravings, any discussions with close friends were not allowed to be over heard to other colleagues ( Out of sheer shyness & strict instructions from in-laws to not leak out the good news) .The biggest difficulty was when I moved in 2nd & 3rd trimester & had to somehow hide the baby bump;) Well, thanks to the little one inside who did not allow me to put on much & was able to work out till the last days. Thanks to him that he allowed me to keep on my pace while working. There were amazing sentiments, while talking to your boss, you get a high kick from inside & you just stammer upon, unable to utter or laugh (& then later on you see yourself giggling ;)). I got so lovely colleagues who asked me to slow down & not to lose the appetite completely.. It was a great time to hear from people that your kid will be a super active kid (I certainly had no doubts on it looking at the life I led;)) , & the most precious comment from a close colleague when I told him that “I won’t come from tomorrow.. Hey why are you quitting the organization?” Ha Ha I was stunned but upon telling him with the fact, stunned him all the more.. 8.5 months sitting beside me & unaware of this reality..It felt as WOW..People didn’t even realize that I was expecting!! Incredible journey by me 😉


Initially there were days of upset-ness in first 3 months which I usually felt during evenings post returning from work. But being blessed with an amazing partner, those moments were always lightened..Sometimes “Doughnut guy” was ringing the bell & other times, my loved starters would!! We would sit & play “Scrabble to Ludo to Carom & to utterly kiddish “Guess who ;)”..We would be madly dancing & roaming around in the lanes for night walk. There were daily “Rasgulla’s” in the fridge & Coconut water, soya chips & what all not; all these were a daily part of my bag. God, it was extreme coddling. My better half was all the time on his toes to get me all what I even thought off J Every months there were surprises hidden (Don’t know if they were for me or the little upcoming champ) .

There were days when the visits to hospital made my heart beat go up, sonography’s longed me to see the face of little one (But I wasn’t lucky ,he was so shy to face the camera;)) , switching & increasing of the medicines putrefied my face ..Any comment by the gynecologist suddenly made me all the more cautious…There were wonderful counseling session in the last trimester to make a new mom understand the new life..

There were numerous changes going on in my body every day every minute ,sometimes eating became difficult ,sometimes travel & other times even breathing.. But it all perished when “we” used to chat & smile; When he used to kick & revolve all around inside (as if surveying the upcoming world) ,when the hearts used to beat in sync with one another ..It was the most beautiful feeling to which only I had the access & that was the feeling of “Being a Mom”. Those were the moments when the emotional bond had already been developed, we already knew each other & the only word which existed between us was of “Love, Love & Love”. We were far away from the reality of this world & were lost amongst each other.

& then there was the day ,when he was there in my arms ,so close to me ,I could feel his every breath ,I longed for him close to 9 months & yes the best gift of God was there holding me !


“I’m writing about my wonderful journey of pregnancy for the #YummyMummy blogging activity at BlogAdda
in association with Marico Bio Oil.”

Men =Women

Well that’s a heart –rending 20th century, when everybody is trying out their hands on some amazing gadgets from a 2 year kid to 80 year old, with some incredible innovation going across, it still answers as “yes” to the question if Laundry /household chores are the tasks of women? Well that’s the ugliness of mindset in lovely Indians even today. I do acknowledge the fact that I was born in a typical family with a “gender equality” outlook ,where I did see my dad & uncle working in kitchen to clean the dishes ,leave Laundry ,which seemed to be their favourite time pass twice a week;) ,but the surroundings differed drastically from our family . I could always see aunties in neighbourhood brushing thoroughly kids dresses ,ironing them ,polishing their shoes ,cleaning the house ,which actually made me question my mom when I was in class V.. “Ma ,why in every house, all aunties do these chores while men just sit in the garden sipping cup of tea & reading papers ,is only women responsible for kids & house? “& an amazing answer I received.. “Just wait for next 10 -15 more years & you’ll see vice versa all around” .My mom was working since I was born & dad had to help to her out in every chore so as to main a harmony & share off the load..They both were a perfect role model for me.

Years passed on & I was married…Well marriage was a knock on my class V question, wherein there was a perfect demarcation of women doing household chores & men relaxing & earning money..That was absolutely hard to digest then & even now since nothing has changed ,it’s this mindset in India which has led to a scintillating figures by a survey conducted by third party for Ariel which revealed the below stats : Its really astonishing for a developing country like India & needs immediate change of thoughts in the budding trees !

Just sharing a hilarious conversation with my friend.. “My wifey asked me to do the laundry but my luck had it, I found another pair of underwear to survive a day moreJ

Well gentlemen, This is a washing Machine…much easier to operate than Video game or may be X-Box, just pressing of few buttons with some commonsense will work outJ Try out once & I can guarantee you won’t die …Neither do you have to leave the remote /keep your eyes off the match for long, nor do your friends need to know of the newly developed skillJ

What we wish to achieve is Gender Equality; Men can do the laundry, they can even cook, they can stay at home & nurture the babies, who say’s they can’t? Women can pay for their bills, they can propose a boy, they can be CEO of a company, they can go all in Olympics & be what a man can be…It’s just a matter & game of mindset & willingness to opt for feminine role & excel in it J .Women are not born working their house hold chores but they are trained, so can men get trained, if their parents wish to make them master of all instead of feeding them till throat & asking them to relax & gain kilos ;)!

Guys, isn’t it a perfect time to break upon all the deeply rooted stereotypes in our minds? If women can multitask & excel in all fields why can’t these gentlemen prove & have a sense of sharing the load? Leave the older generation who won’t agree & arrest all our thoughts of seeing their boys work, but don’t leave them in blind fold with these “labels” .Yes being a working women & a wife to an amazing person ,seeing me work all the time has changed his outlook & he is always by my side helping me out in all things ,be it laundry or cleaning dishes or any house hold task ..It’s such a feel good sense to have such a partner who believes in supporting you, who wish to see you happy & not engrossed in these daily tasks..It’s our generation who need to read these lines & change these statistics .It’s not just we wish to realign ourselves ,it’s our moral responsibility to inculcate these values in our kids minds from the beginning.

Kids learn & do what they see, so be a role model to them, give them the right values of “Gender Equality” ,make them hands on to do laundry when you are occupied, let your boys clean their dishes only , let them tidy their rooms ,make them a responsible citizen of a growing nation. Let them not take the bun , sit & relax but ask them to share the pie ,that’s what I saw in my paternal home #ShareTheLoad .Sharing is a way of caring ,to more you share ,the more you care ,educate the boys in all these tasks to ensure a secure & happy future for them.

World is progressing fast & so is India changing, it’ll be a setback if these things remain un-catered. Vouch on; it’ll be no biasness but neutrality you’ll be driving!

I am joining the Ariel #ShareTheLoad campaign at BlogAdda and blogging about the prejudice related to household chores being passed on to the next generation.

 

 

Honey..That’s Yummy Honey!!

The key to be healthy life is Regular exercise + Nutritional Diet + Meditation +Happy Feeling.
Well, out of this, a lot more focus is on the diet part these days, with the problems of obesity highlighting frequently in the youngsters. Reasons, mainly Junk food, lack of outdoor activities, ignorance towards whole grain foods.

Since kids ,we have been brought up in a very open environment but when it came to eating part ,it was a very strict routine with all nutrients to be taken in one form or the other .Since then ,a balanced diet played a very important role in my life .

Few of the reasons citing importance of a Balanced diet :

1. Happy Mind & Soul : What we eat ,have a direct relation on the brain & its activity .Reason behind -foods release many enzymes ,few of which enhance the moods ,energizes it, while few do not add any value except increase in Fat content. Healthy food means better quality of re-fuel to the brain so, better the quality, more is the productivity.
2. Immune Development & Lesser Stress: Vitamins, Minerals, Fats, Proteins are all essential & certain quantity has to be taken daily to have a balanced body & metabolism. Also, some foods help relieving the stress as foods rich in Vitamin C, Magnesium, Omega-3 by releasing stress reducing hormones & giving a feeling of freshness.
3. Important for maintaining a better weight : increasing the intake of diets as whole grains ,fruits, sprouts ,light boiled vegetables help one maintain optimum weight ,as it reduces the intake of fried & low-nutrient eatables ,which just increase the Fat & Calorie intake while providing zero nutrition.
4. A healthy heart :Above mentioned foods as whole grains ,fibres ,fruits ,not only control body weight ,but also maintain an optimum Blood Pressure & reduce Cholesterol leading to healthy heart!

It’s very popular these days, with the absence of quality time, most of us instead of refraining to Fried /Junk food, are more into it. Hungry? Here we go to have a cheese burger & sip soda/cold drink .These heavy breads ,oily foods ,chaat corners are not just providing enough sensation to taste buds but these are the major reasons for an unhealthy heart & when the waist line starts to increase we consult with our friends & pounce on “Crash Diets”.
So what are crash diets & how do they “Put body in stress” rather than making it healthier?
Sudden aerobics, fasting or relying just on protein diet, or just a lemonade diet or some soupy diet, detoxification programs are a part of crash diets & they prove serious damage to our body.

It can lead to –
1. Improper Metabolism -restriction of regular calories result in lowering of the metabolism & turning of blood fats into body fats & this starts working against us. After a while when one switch to normal eating again, you bounce back & gain more weight because of the low calorie benchmark which was set earlier.
2. Loss of Good Fat: crash diets not only cut on bad fats but good high level fats as well, which might impair the proper metabolism, resulting in loss of essential fatty acids which are important for for wear & tear.
3. Increase in Insulin: Due to low calorie intake while on crash diets, there can be a dip in the blood sugar level, resulting in increase in the hunger. Increased hunger can lead to extra intake of carbohydrates if not fats, which trigger body insulin levels & again an increase in extra fat storage.
4. Impact on Heart: Crash diets have serious impact on heart if done very frequently by increasing the risk of dehydration, heart palpitations & sudden cardiac arrests along with damage to blood vessels.

So with that much of scientific knowledge, let’s turn back to healthy lifestyle & follow the diet our elders did..A glass of lemon juice or Lemon juice & honey in the morning ,Fruits & milk for breakfast ,healthy (not extra cooked) green vegetables for lunch ,curd ,whole grains ,all should be an important part of daily lives.

Honey, (Natural Dabur Honey) a great & natural ingredient with many properties should be a part of your system.
Check out various delicious recipes, Fitness tips, more details & importance of Honey or you could even take an expert advice at http://www.daburhoney.com/ ,Honey Diet.
Enjoy Healthy life!

Pee..Poo…Ehhh….The Putrid torture!!

“Cleanliness is half health “….

“Cleanliness is the scourge of Art” …..Craig Brown!!

The Trigger : Hearing out the ongoing awareness campaigns of “Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan” TVC ,made me think about the petite cleanliness issues & I felt that it should be re-named as “Swacch Ghar abhiyaan” . This feeling ,one cool day translated into the post mentioned below ,me being obsessed of cleanliness  –

“The fetid baby Poo & Diaper changing

The morning Garbage disposal story going

Display in the room..Pet’s morning poo

The yukk gases released before going to loo

The “Onion – Garlic”Takda for a yumm lunch recipe

The highly reeking early morning words slipped from mouth…

& added wonders from the window opening close to the neighbour’s house ;)”

Such is the starter pack of the day..Unnerving the home …distressing the olfactory senses …Unsettling the serene morning milieu!!

& Not just the mornings, the situations can even worsen up during evenings, especially monsoon evenings…

Welcoming hubby with a smile,

Which vanishes with a jibe,

The stinking socks & shoes dipped in the roads full of stagnant water of monsoon,

The deadly aromatic drenched house due to moist clothes, courtesy lovable monsoon,

The flooding of lanes & opening of gutters to give a filthy grin,

They are not all permitting me to enjoy the charming rain!!

The exquisiteness of Indian roads & the path to Old city ,

The added woes of the morning walk in the city ,

The smelling Gasoline added up to the “unwanted charm”,

Such is my story of “Piquant whiff whiff days” 😉

And, not just these few reasons ,to add up, frequent visits of relatives & the 4-5 hour long delicious preparations for them with “masaledaar ,takdedaar food” takes a toll ,with the house stinking & me feeling to run out of the house to breathe fresh ..Welcoming the relatives & to find someone with those yuckk stenching socks & you unable to comment them….OMG! What the harm have I done to someone in this life ,that I have been blessed with such a cologne 😉 I would be happy sitting in loo rather than this… Ha ha ha..I do have this feeling occasionally;)

Huh!!! Not so happy:(

Huh!!! Not so happy:(

So guys ,I believe ,this would be a drenching anecdote in every Indian’s life …living in Metro or Tier3 ,only the quantum would change a bit!

Well ,such is the “not so required” magnitude of a spiky snout with which I’m blessed!

So to hell away with them ,one fine day I had to google up & jot down the tonic apart from the routine ones which were being followed & damn it ,I sware ,this post made the most out of it:)

“Opening up of the windows ,for fresh air passage ,

Lightening of the incense sticks for a perfumed trail ,

Spreading up of Lavender or lily dry flowers for aromatic scent ,

Spraying up of Air freshner or Body mist for a fresh feeler,

Use of Baking soda or Vinegar to exude up the reekiness (refrigerator & drains),

Use of Baby powder inside shoes ,minimizing the sweat,

Use of Lemons to eradicate onion garlic smells,

Diffuser with lavender or Citrus or wild Orange oil for a spanking pristine feel,

Even essential oil dipped cotton swabs placed under pillow to have a fragrant sleep,

A dab of vanilla extract on “Off bulb” giving amazing aroma when lighted,

Lilies ,Palm trees & few potted plants to enhance ambience & contribute to great aroma,

Mixture of Baking Soda ,Borax,essential oil ,sprinkled on carpet to generate a perfect freshness,

& a generous No –No for garbage & diaper storage for more than 2-3 hours:)”

So now ,Just dream of a fragnant house ,well incenced, full of aroma ,that sweet essence ..Isn’t it wow !

An all-in-one revealation worth trying from #SmellyToSmiley…

  • Ambi Pur Lavender/Newzealand Spring for fresh room ,
  • Ambi Pur Air effects vanilla for “Takdka & left over food smell”
  • Ambi Pur Sweet Citrus for a perfect long drive

Just try & feel the relaxed serene cosy difference for the goodness of you & your home!

I am blogging for #SmellyToSmiley activity at BlogAdda.com in association with Ambi Pur

Now happy..Yuhooo!!

Now happy..Yuhooo!!

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