Monthly Archives: November 2016

Kudos Savlon India for a plan well ‘chalked’ out!

Few days ago, while browsing through some business news articles on internet, an article titled “Savlon unveils ‘Savlon Swasth India Mission’ on Children’s Day” caught my attention. I was intrigued and read on further to know more. What I learnt was that Savlon India, an ITC personal care brand, has launched its Savlon Swasth India Mission programme to bring about behavioral change towards hand hygiene among children through engaging, interactive and fun educational initiatives in schools. This is in consonance with Savlon Swasth India’s proposal of ‘Healthier Kids, Stronger India’. Savlon Swasth India Mission aims to boost ITC’s ongoing efforts in sanitation and hygiene education in India, which had kicked off a few years back.

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The article also included a YouTube video which was unveiled by the brand to give more insight into one of its brilliant on-the-ground initiatives to promote the habit of washing hands appropriately in primary schools. This extremely innovative, unique and intelligent initiative is called ‘Savlon Healthy Hands Chalk Sticks’.

Sleep when the baby sleeps – Really?!

//This article has been published by Women’s Web and is available at the below link:

http://www.womensweb.in/2017/05/sleep-when-the-baby-sleeps-not-practical/

“Get ready for sleepless nights” is the most often heard phrase by every parent-to-be from the whole world. And then when we become parents, it dawns on us how true this is. Sleep deprivation is a by product of parenthood and I don’t think there is a single day since my daughter’s birth when I have slept as many hours as I used to before bearing my child. My husband sometimes pokes fun at me about how earlier I used to grumble over not having slept enough even if it was just an hour less than my precious “8 hours sleep”. Today, each hour of sleep I get is gold. My daughter is now 22 months old and I still am awaiting the day when she will sleep through the night. Though it’s a different matter that my mom says that even then, because my body cycle has changed, I may not be sleeping through the night and I have a feeling that she might be right.

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Thank you my baby for bringing out the “me” in me

// This is a prize winning entry for the blogger contest conducted by mycity4kids on the theme “Having a baby changes everything” //

Haven’t we all heard umpteen times from everyone around that “Having a baby changes everything”? Well, you bet it does! Every parent will endorse this fact and I am no different. 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep is now a dream, and a peaceful meal and shower has become a luxury. I always thought patience is a virtue I possessed till I became a parent and then discovered what “testing one’s patience” truly means. There was a time when I used to watch movies at the theatre every weekend. But, now when a friend asks me whether I watched the latest hit, am like “Is that a movie?”. “Thank God it’s Friday” has turned to “So what if it’s Friday!”. Can you imagine completing cooking, cleaning the kitchen and bathing, all in merely 30 mins.? That’s motherhood special speed! Can you imagine breastfeeding, eating, writing an article and talking on phone, all at the same time? Yes, being a mom makes you a multi-tasking expert. We learn to love like never before and learn to laugh like there is no tomorrow. If we actually get down to write about every small and big way in which parenthood changes our lives, am sure we will have the output in the form of a book titled “1000 ways a baby changes everything”!

Swachh Bharat – Not just a campaign, but an attitude!

//This article has been published by Women’s Web and was the top most read article for the month of December 2016. It is available at below link:

http://www.womensweb.in/2016/12/swachh-bharat-not-just-a-campaign-but-an-attitude/

This article has been published by the reputed news/media company YKA (Youth Ki Awaaz) and is also available at below link:

https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2017/01/swachh-bharat-not-just-a-campaign-but-an-attitude/

 

Inorbit Mall, Hyderabad: As my husband drove out of the parking lot of one of the busiest posh malls of our city, I was engrossed discussing about my latest shopping escapade with my fashion savvy friend on whatsapp. It was a Sunday and as expected, there was a huge line up of vehicles getting out of the mall premises one by one. I got distracted by the abrupt sound of a falling object. Curious, I looked outside to find that the man at the driver’s seat in the Scorpio ahead of us had thrown out a Bisleri bottle. “Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan” was launched by our Prime Minister just a day before this incident occurred. “What an irony!” – I remember thinking to myself.

International Airport, Bangalore: It was my first trip to Goa and predictably, I was all charged up and excited. I was doing my hair at the Bangalore airport restroom when I noticed that a lady tossed the tissue paper after wiping her hands on the floor, even when there was a trash bin right beside her. I politely requested her to drop the tissue in the bin, but guess what! She frowned at me, shook her head and stomped her way out of the restroom. I suppressed the urge to run behind and give her a piece of my mind. Instead, I picked up the tissue and dropped it in the bin myself.