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Dance like a Dervish…

  “When I am silent, I fall into that place where everything is music. Jalalad-DīnMohammadRumi   dance with fervor  dance like a dervish,    enjoy the mystique  unravel the mystery,   seek the moor,  anchor your ship,   feel the… Continue Reading →

CHASING MEDIA MAVERICKS – THE GAME CHANGERS …

  “Social media has many potential positives, including expressing identity and maintaining human connections, we have to maximize these positives and mitigate the negatives.” – Anonymous Of all the Social mediums present  -Instagram the micro-blogging site has a bonanza of… Continue Reading →

Say what you need to say…

Say what you need to say… Gayatri looked through the glass pane, she saw Vikram playing with Dia, and both were deeply engrossed in solving the intricacies of a puzzle. Dia, her daughter, was that ray of sunshine that bounced… Continue Reading →

PADMAN

‘God is in the small details’ – would be an apt description for this movie called Padman, Laxmikant Chauhan is obsessed with making the perfect sanitary pad for his wife , sisters , women of his village in fact for… Continue Reading →

Curing Aarti

Shopping Mania Aarti had a ‘one stop solution ‘for all her problems – shopping. She “shopped till she dropped” would be a metaphor befitting her status. She would be seen leaving the malls, her maid, and her driver following her… Continue Reading →

It’s ok not to be okk

It’s ok not to be ok Come mid-week of December, social media was rife with rife with the reports of a 17-year-old missing boy. He came from an educated, upper-middle-class background, living in an upscale neighborhood. Having children in the… Continue Reading →

Is Flab Fab? Rhea took one more bite of the chocolate, “One more last time, before I go on my diet, keep up with the nutritionist’s mandate”. Rhea had gone from fab to flab after marriage; her self-image had taken… Continue Reading →

Nandini –An empty Cup

 

Nandini was obsessed with her family, she wanted a spic and span home , the children sent off to their school and classes on schedule , their assignments submitted on time , her husband and children's health and daily diet her top priority .        

Striving for excellence….

    Nandini always associated superior performance at work place with good work ethics and strength of character. She believed that anything short of perfection was unacceptable and it would be the end of the world if anything less than perfect would be put forward. In her job as an AD to a jewellery designer, she never short changed, coming with new ideas and concepts; seeing to it that all orders were dispatched on time, often driving up her colleagues up the wall with her demands for perfection bordering on OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).      

Running the show seamlessly…..

  She managed to run the entire show be it home or office on her finger tips, forgetting one important aspect in the entire scenario - herself .She forgot to replenish herself, associating self care with selfishness .Fatigue set in, she felt jaded all the time. She started falling ill, every few days - sometimes it would be a bout of cold which would end up in a nagging, persistent cough, on other days a nagging headache which would subside only after taking pain killers. It would only go away only after a visit the doctor – a round of antibiotics which would in turn leave her with an upset stomach. She felt lowering her standards would tarnish her image overlooking the fact that it would in fact ease the stress, the panic attacks, and the anxiety which was eating her up invisibly in the process of being the perfectionist.    

Cognizance and Action…..

 

  Then one fine day realisation set in, it dawned upon her that though we have a demanding day to day schedule, one also has to learn to take care of oneself. It took great valour on her part to make her family realize that they, her family would be her top priority but she would also give precedence to herself .She signed up for the new Zumba class in her complex, took up chanting classes twice a week, instructed the cook to make special vegan meals for her taking care of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) .Her family adapted to the new changes with a few glitches here and there.      

Epiphany….

    This epiphany triggered a list of changes –she took out time to write her blog –which she had been want to write for quite some time. She wanted to write about her experiences in Mumbai, as an outsider who made it big. She hailed from small town Kanpur and had found a foothold in this city of dreams named ‘Mumbai” albeit with a bag experiences some sweet some not so sweet. She also decided to go an extra mile by imparting to her juniors at work, some of her skills she had acquired in the course of her career. This created an amiable atmosphere at work as opposed to the previous one where everyone was on tenterhooks waiting for her reactions to day to day situations-mundane and important.        

All this introduced positive changes in her life, making her realize - "Remember to take care of yourself; it is difficult to serve from an empty cup".

     

 

  Nandini was obsessed with her family, she wanted a spic and span home , the children sent off to their school and classes on schedule , their assignments submitted on time , her husband and children’s health and daily diet her top… Continue Reading →

Durga – Girl Uninterrupted

 We were strolling the banks of the river Ganges, under the celestial sky, mesmerized by the floating diyas (little lamps lighted and let loose in the Ganges by devotees), meandering the course of the river, as we neared the Sai… Continue Reading →

Drop the “I”

Anju was a hard taskmaster; discipline and perfection was the fulcrum of her life. She was nothing short of a martinet when it came to running the women’s home leaving no scope for mistakes. Then one day, in walked Nandini,… Continue Reading →

Zeniths And Nadirs –The oscillation between the highs and lows of life.

  Dissipation of Ego It is often said a seeker reaches the zenith of his spiritual achievements only when the ego disappears, the disappearance of Ego brings out the true Divine self.The same can be applied in the material world;… Continue Reading →

A Sister from another Mother….

                Friend Zone I must confess that the term ‘sister in law ‘ never fascinated me. All through my life I have been a people’s person, making friends as I traversed from one… Continue Reading →

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