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Happiness Inside

To Make or Break

Nothing comes free in life.To fall into a relationship is easy , but to sustain it , requires lot of discipline , commitments and dedication. Yes, Its true….be it your parents, friends, children or husband. Nowadays everyone talks about COMPATIBILITY…… Continue Reading →

Grandma’s Tales: From Steam Buses To Volvos, It’s Been Quite A Journey

Conversation is quite the key to a lot of interesting knowledge, and that’s something that I often savour during conversations with my grandmother. She’s part of a generation that has lived in the pre-Independence days of India right up to… Continue Reading →

Dooriyaan ya nazdeekiyan?

Mere zindagi mein tumhaara aana Aake usey noorani banana mehz ittefaq nahi Taqdeer ka yeh kaisa mazaak thha Hamaare jazbaat reh gayi ankahee Tumhe na paakar bhi, main ne tumhe apne kareeb paaya Jaise tum jism ho aur mein tumhaari… Continue Reading →

Bonded For Life!

Ringggg… my mobile buzzed, defying the serenity of the sparkling snow-clad peak of Apharwat, Gulmarg. I reached for my phone wondering who it is, disturbing the absolute peace at 14000 ft… A call from the airline canceling our flight back… Continue Reading →

Musings from life

Today I decided to stop for a moment and reflect upon life. Being lost in the daily battle of life, we are breathing every moment but running away from life. We are alive but not living life. so when I reflected… 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 →

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.      


    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 →

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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