Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Happy Diwali!

Light up a spirit of hope,
Burst a cracker of sorrow,
Rejoice the hymns of Goddess Laxmi,
Celebrate the festival of lights and Joy

Here’s wishing you all a very happy and prosperous Diwali!

Surprise your near and dear ones with beautiful, musical online greeting cards!



Friday, October 23, 2015

Can Halloween be scary for my little one?

Does this question pop up in your mind, now and then? And, you might think how to get your scaredy cat through the candy haul.

Don’t worry. It’s perfectly normal for younger kids to be scared of Halloween. Anything can frighten them- Jack-O’-lantern, scarecrow or goblin costume. And, by 6 or 7 years of age they might learn to cope up with these things. However, that’s a long way to go. Also, it’s quite possible, if you ignore this today, later these haunted images might continue to lurk in their minds and bother them.

Be mindful that something not seemingly scary might be fearful for the kid. Like, a parent wearing a ghost dress or a witch mask. Always show your kid that this is his parent trying to trick on him and nothing real. Try to unmask the neighbor or any guest at your house with spooky masks. And, tell your child these are the things created only by people for fun and do not exist in reality.

Don’t hesitate to attend Halloween parties with your kids if possible. Even though it’s once but expose them to this environment. Perhaps, they might understand it is all fake and for fun by simply seeing things around.

Celebrate the fun and not the fear. You can narrate halloween tales to your kid which has just the right amount of fright. By this I mean, less spooky and enjoyable to read. A ‘White Dog Story’ might be enjoyable for kids to listen. It has the white dog, an adventurous boy, a ghost, and a little danger. Or, simply pick up a child-friendly song from Charlotte Diamond’s (Canadian children’s singer) collection such as ‘Looking for Dracula but I’m not afraid’. Here’s another interesting story ‘Haunted’ about the ghosts who love to party with a happy ending by Harris Tobias. Such kind of light-hearted and less scary stories can help your child to overcome the fear naturally.

Lastly, I can say be patient! With patience, your support, and understanding, the little one might understand halloween is- a spooky bit of fun.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Yohoo! It’s Cold

It’s cold, it’s freezing, it’s winter round the corner,
Light up the oil burner;
Warm up your mind, soul, and heart,
It’s time for a fresh winter start.

Let’s gear up for a white Winter with freshly brewed hot coffee!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A New Mom? Coping with Baby Blues

Yup. That’s what I had to do when I became a new mom.

I remember those sleepless nights, shapeless body, and that helpless me. My priorities changed drastically. I realized I had little or no time for myself and my focus was just my baby. The newborn occupied a lot of space between me and my partner, leaving no room for us. And, the worst was my shape- it was round like an ‘O’. Everything else fell by the wayside.

You might have thought of having a baby is going to thrill you. But right after the baby’s birth many mothers feel sad and ask themselves:
“What’s wrong with me?”
“Did I make a mistake?”
“Oh! I was much happier before?”
You face the best of times and the worst of times.

Don’t worry. These are mommy blues. A passing phase.

Here’s how to fight back?

Although best source of recovery is the support from your partner and family but this may not be practical every time. They may not understand your state of mind as a new mom.

What to Expect from the Partner? I know, as a new mom, you yearn for a lot of emotional support from your hubby.

But give him space as well. He too has just turned into a new father, handling very new things. And he may pin up a lot of expectations on you. But as a new mom you too are unsure of yourself. However, being a man, he may not even understand what you are going through mentally and physically. Ground realities are always different from our thoughts.

Stay calm friends, here you need a lactation expert. Take 2 or 3 sittings from her. Or talk to the gynecologist about the problem seeking a solution. She may help your partner understand your condition and help him cope with you.

Talk to Friends of Your Age-Group. It really helps you realize-every body is sailing in the same boat . And, it’s just a temporary phase.

Allow Yourself to Make Mistakes. Don’t panic while making a mistake or failing to understand the child. Unless you won’t do that how will you be ever able to understand the kid?
Proximity with the baby through thick and thin helps you get his or her habit as well.

Be More Patient with the Baby. Small babies trouble a lot. Act maturely with them. Just think about their helplessness- they can’t express their feelings and problems. So, you need to help them, instead of venting out your anger at them.  

Move Out of the Homebounds. This is important as it helps to heal a lot. Even if it means going to a nearby shop. Also, move out with the little one for a nice evening stroll.

Exercise Regularly and Correctly. Ask your doctor about this and learn the correct ones from her. Regular and correct exercises are good healer.
You even get back to shape soon. Sounds exciting! Isn’t it?  

Pamper Yourself with a Good Body Massage. A new mom deserves this after a painful delivery. Continue the body massage with coconut or almond oils for atleast 4 to 6 months.

If you feel the need later, go in for a nice massage again. It takes time to recover.

Relive Romantic Moments with the Partner. Well, that’s important. You need time with him. He too will feel better. Go out with him for a much-needed break. If there’s no one at home to take care of the little one, take him along.

Don’t worry friends, beautiful experience is here to come. As days and months pass by, you’ll know your child more than anyone. It is a lovely feeling realizing you are a “window to the baby’s world.” Everything heals with time.

Relish every moment of motherhood! It will never come back. Have patience and fight it out.
Believe me! It pays beautifully, if not sooner, then later.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Best Online Portals for Shopping Electronics in India

Does purchasing your fancy electronic devices from shopping malls pinch your pocket? Searching for a good shop is like running from pillar to post? Don’t worry, buy happy from India’s best online shopping sites.

These online portals offer a great product lineup at cool prices, with secure payment processing and deliver exactly what you want in no time. You can even sell your old electronics at a good price and purchase the latest ones in exchange that recently hit the market.

Here are the best online shopping portals showcasing your favorite electronics in India:

Flipkart: An Indian e-commerce company, went live in 2007, offers a repository of latest electronics like cameras, computers, laptops and accessories, software, mobiles and tablets and much more.

It is well-known for its pathbreaking services like lower prices to offer, a 30-day replacement policy, Cash on Delivery, free shipping, EMI options.

What’s best here? Flipkart is best known for delivering you the product exactly what you want.

eBay: It is the world’s largest online marketplace. eBay is known for facilitating trade at local, national and international levels, bringing together individuals and businesses at one online platform.

Right from cell phones and accessories, iPhones, iPads to TV, audio, video games, you get everything on the go. Find lucrative deals while purchasing your favorite electronic devices. Even sell the old ones you find obsolete. Sound’s interesting!

TechShop.in: This site houses the latest and popular electronic products across various categories. The product information page provides you with accurate information of any electronic item like major specifications, warranty information, combo deals, along with related products. There are also links to the manufacturer’s webpage and the product page to ensure you what exactly you are purchasing. And do not miss out on great discounts all year round on any product.

Along with all this, experience safe payment processing and timely delivery right at your doorstep.

Tradus: It is India’s fastest growing online shopping destination where buyer and sellers carry on trading transactions. Tradus delivers you worry-free shopping experience where you can purchase a wide variety of latest electronics items, in just one shopping cart. You get branded products at wholesale prices with no retailers in the middle.

Infibeam.com: It is also one of the best online portals for shopping for electronics in India. This platform makes your experience an unforgettable one. Infibeam.com houses some of the coolest gadgets right from e-books, cell phones, cameras to laptops and other accessories. You can even grab combo gifts and other cool offers.

Infibeam.com has got an intutive and user-friendly interface where it’ll be fun and easy for you to shop.

GadgetGuru.com: This site is surely one of the coolest online portal for shopping. GadgetGuru.com sells a slew of gadgets at very affordable prices. Grab anything from here right from latest laptops, cameras, iphones to ipads or notebooks and more.

Ezoneonline.in: Here’s another exclusive e-commerce store for you from Future Group. It’s an online extension of brick and mortar stores across India in Shopping Malls or within other format groups like Home Town.

The site also offers convenient and safe payment options. Not just this, you even get a free and timely home delivery/shipping.

Junglee.com: It’s one of the best online portals for shopping for electronics in India. The site is highly intuitive and responsive for customers to search for the product they want. It offers products from all sorts of categories such as footwear, movies, books, music. However, the electronic category has got the best and latest products to offer.

In Junglee.com’s electronic category, you can compare different products, look for specifications of a product you zero down and get best deals on it.

They even maintain a blog where they give in-depth analysis of features and usability of different electronic goods. Their blogs definitely help you in selecting the best one for yourself.

Life’s all about comfortable living. And the best of technology creates such kind of experience for you. Popular online shopping sites are geared to make your life smoother by giving you an opportunity to pick your favorite, best and latest electronics right from your home comfort. These sites have got a lot of facilities to offer like 24 hours shopping, comparison of prices of a product across different sites, shopping with coupons to get discounts, rich product availability, safe payment options, free home delivery or shipping and much more.  

These online sites in India are committed to keep you abreast of latest technological advances, cool gadgets popular in the market. And the online portals make these electronic products available to you at affordable prices.

Now come out of the rut of hunting for a good and trustworthy shops around your house by switching over to these online sites and get your fancy electronic devices. After all, life’s best when you are comfortable.

Shop smart, stay happy!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Oh Mama! Not Even PCOD Could Stop Me

This was a voice I heard from within for the first time when I got to know ‘I’m pregnant’.
Hey friends, PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is not a reason to lower your spirits to get pregnant. It is not a disease to make you victimized by social stigma and crave to become a mother.

PCOD is a challenge which you can overcome with calm, courage, and cheer. It is a common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. This is more a lifestyle problem than some disorder in your body.

I’ve spent two years of my life in overcoming all its symptoms. I had to do a lots to fight depression, balance my diet, gather courage and light up hope after each passing cycle. Moreover, many wagging tongues were determined to push me into ‘never-ending depression’.

“Oh! when are you going to crack the good news? We are waiting.”

“You’ve spent six years of your married life. High time! You should have had atleast one child by now.”

“I’m sure she might be having some problem.”

And the list of these melancholic compliments went on and on. Phew! It was a difficult time, my friends. Gradually, it became harder for me to see a pregnant lady or hear some couple cracking their ‘good news’. It made me more conscious of myself. Worst of all, my peers’ words struck into my head like swords.

Yes, I understand, you all might be undergoing similar experience. But life never ends with one difficult situation. We all have a natural tendency to fend for ourselves, to find fresh new meaning in our lives again. After all, there is always a ray of hope even in the darkest of hours.

PCOD can be corrected with right medications and majorly with effective food therapy. Instead of relying completely on pills, keep your spirits high, pop up fruits, homemade food and give your body and mind time to heal.

Don’t get upset with sharp-tongued chatterboxes. They’ll never understand you, they don’t even belong to you. They are just concerned if they can make some juicy conversation on your plight. It is more important to maintain your calm and remain cheerful throughout. That’s a key to success. Being happy also helps your brain release happy hormones in your body. It provides a conducive environment to your body for pregnancy.

Go for a little shopping, get glossy lipsticks, attractive nail paints, stunning dresses. Be well-dressed, look healthy and good all the time. It gives a feel-good factor to you as well as to your partner.

Eat healthy, stay happy! Good food always give a feel-good factor. Eating green vegetables, fruits, lots of salad, 1 or 2 glasses of milk, homemade fruit juices, regular meals prepares your body for pregnancy. Less or no intake of fast food like pizzas, burgers, coke, etc. helps in detoxification. Also, say ‘NO’ to alcohol and smoking to boost fertility in you.

Change your lifestyle. Sitting for 8 to 9 hours in centrally air-conditioned office affects the health too. Now, you might wonder ‘I can’t leave the job and sit at home’. Hey, I don’t tell you to do this. But you can always opt for some sports like swimming, jogging, brisk walking, etc. early in the morning. And go for some yoga exercises or mild walking in the evening too. Staying in touch with nature and keeping yourself sporty or active helps you heal your body and mind.

Say ‘NO’ to stress. It doesn't come easy when you are trying hard to become a parent. Each passing cycle not only leaves you in depression but also frustrates your partner too. And, it’s also not easy to avoid stress when doctors, family, friends tell you not to bother.

But the most difficult problems in life are never solved with the ‘stress’ factor. They are solved with a lot of patience, courage and cheer. Here you need to change your attitude because depression and anxiety will never get you anything. Stay calm and allow yourself to flow with time!

God always knows better than you when to gift you a baby- the love and pride of your life.

Wish you all the best!