Ten to One of My Life

Saw this interesting tag at Roshan’s blog and I knew, I had to do it for two reasons.
A- Because such posts are super fun, easy and can be done in a jiffy.
B. Because they make you introspect, think and reflect on a few things and they make you travel down the memory lane too.

So, here I am with Ten to One of My Life…

TEN HOW’S!

How did you get one of your scars? From a snake bite on my toe when I was six years old. Oh, it was a non-poisonous snake.

How did you celebrate your last birthday? With KG and Aaryan.

How are you feeling at this moment? Relaxed after a long day at work.

How did your night go last? Pretty uneventful!

How did you do in high school? Pretty good.

How did you get the shirt you are wearing? Bought it from the End of Season Sale at Pantaloons. Incidentally, the top I picked was not on Sale!

How often do you see your best friends?  Not too often. Though we chat and talk over phone frequently.

How much money did you spend last month? Quite a lot, actually. I must truly not get lured by the word ‘Sale’.

How old do you want to be when you get married? This is not applicable to me for I have said, “I Do” some two decades ago!

How old will you be at your next birthday? Another year older with more greys and perhaps more wisdom!

9 WHAT’S!

Your mother’s name? The first person to like my blog posts on Facebook is my mom. So, go on and check out her name from there!

What did you do last weekend? Went to Shirdi all by myself. Had a no workshop day, so made use of it by visiting Sai Baba temple at Shirdi. A long pending trip!

What is the most important part of your life? To feel at peace with myself.

What would you rather be doing? Being home with KG and Aaryan.

What did you last cry over? Today morning, when I tried calling KG and he didn’t respond to my phone calls. Panic stricken, I called our guard at the apartment to check on him. Repeated knocks on the door and ringing of the door bell didn’t elicit any response from KG and that gave me a massive panic attack which resulted in a lot of tears.

When I finally spoke to him a few minutes later, I wept with relief. And when he scolded me for creating a panic all around and apologized for not taking his phone to the loo, I shed some more tears of gladness.

What always makes you feel better when you’re upset? Prayers and Reiki.

What’s the most important thing you look for in a significant other? Sense of humor, integrity and openness.

What did you have for breakfast? Idli-Sambhar, Upma, some fruits and a piece of cake. And all this in flat 5 minutes because I had to prepare for the workshop ahead. Didn’t do justice to the lavish breakfast spread at Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort, at all.

8 YOU’S!

Have you ever liked someone who had a girlfriend/boyfriend? Yes

Have you ever had your heart broken? Yes. Many times.

Have you ever been out of the country? Yes.

Have you ever done something outrageously dumb? Yes. Many times. I think I excel in this field.

Have you ever been back-stabbed by a friend? Yes. Quite a few times.

Have you ever had sex on the beach? Yes, just the cocktail.

Have you ever read an entire book in a day? Oh, many many times. In fact, I love finishing books in a day.

7 WHO’S!

Who was the last person you saw? My colleagues. No, the attendant at the resort who came to handover the laundry.

Who was the last person you texted? My friend.

Who was the last person you hung out with? My colleagues.

Who was the last person to call you? KG, as we exchanged the happenings of our day among other things.

Who did you last hug? A social hug to a client whom I was meeting after a year! Gosh! I am missing a big warm hug!

Who is the last person who texted you? The same friend to whom I texted the last!

Who is the last person you said, “I Love You” to? KG and that was yesterday! That’s another story that I texted “I hate you” to him in the morning for scaring the living daylights out of me!

6 WHERE’S!

Where do your best friends live? In my heart. Sounds too cheesy, but that’s so very true.

Where did you last go? Went for dinner and to watch a Live Band in the resort organised by the client for their employees. The singers enthralled us with beautiful songs from the 80s and the 90s. They had just moved to singing the songs from the newer movies and I made a hasty retreat, for I had to complete this post and sleep early, coz tomorrow is yet another hectic day at the workshop.

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Where did you last hang out? In the Royal Ball Room of the Jaypee Greens with live band and colleagues and some 170 training participants.

Where did you go to school? Sophia School, Kota.

Where is your favorite place to be? Home 

Where did you sleep last night? In the super luxurious room and a very soft bed at Jaypee Greens.

5 DO’S!

Do you think anyone likes you? I think at least a few.

Do you ever wish you were someone else? No. I am happy in my own skin.

Do you know the muffin man? Nope

Does the future scare you? Yes. 

Do your parents know about your blog? Yes. And my mom is usually the first one to like my blog post on Facebook.

4 WHY’S!

Why are you best friends with your best friend? For the bond of non-judgemental companionship, trust and love that we share.

Why did you get into blogging? To express and explore my creative side.

Why did your parents give you the name you have? I was named by an aunt. My father wanted to call me Sanjana though.

Why are you doing this survey? Such posts make you reflect and ponder on things you would not usually do.

3 IFS!

If you could have one super power what could it be? To go back in time and change a few things.

If you could go back in one time and change one thing, would you? Yes, definitely!

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could bring one thing, what would you bring? Books.

2 WOULD YOU EVER?

Would you ever get back together if one of your ex’s ever asked you? No, because we would have parted ways for a reason.

Would you ever shave your head to save someone you love? Yes, without a second thought.

1 LAST QUESTION!

Are you happy with your life right now? If I were to rank my happiness on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being perfect, I would rate my happy state at 8. Life’s better than before, certainly and for which I am truly grateful. There are a few insecurities and some stressful things, but that’s part and parcel of life and I am ok with that!

Linking this to WriteTribe’s #writingwednesdays

India’s Finest Films @ZeeClassic

Three hours of entertainment. Some songs, dance, action and comedy. Sounds familiar? Yes, that’s Bollywood movies for all of us!

From the 1960s through the 1980s, a film movement in Indian Cinema which was called Parallel Cinema or Art Films, started as an alternative to the mainstream commercial cinema ie Bollywood. These movies were known for its serious content, realism and naturalism,symbolic elements, with a keen eye on the socio-political climate of the times. These movies not only entertained but also left an impactful message for us to ponder on. Some of these movies actually change our mind-sets while some filled us up with emotional turmoil and some others, gave our life a new direction.  From socially relevant topics of child marriage, dowry, female feticide, re-marriage to a simple love story, film-makers have done it all.

Zee Classic, India’s leading Hindi movie channel endeavours to recreate the magic of iconic classic and new age cinema by showcasing not just the films that shaped Indian cinema, but also acquaint viewers with the creative talent who were a part of that timeless era.

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Zee Classic boasts of an outstanding library of Indian cinematic classics and it has recently associated with National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC).

Starting 16th July, every Saturday at 10 PM, Zee Classic will premiere ‘India’s Finest Films’, a distinguished property showcasing masterpieces like ‘Mirch Masala’, ‘Ek Doctor ki Maut’, ’27 Down’  and ‘Salaam Bombay’ amongst many other such gems from the NFDC library. These movies mark the debut of icons like Irrfan Khan, Pankaj Kapur, Naseeruddin Shah and many more. This festival kick starts with ‘Salaam Bombay!’ directed by Mira Nair on Saturday, 16th July at 10 PM.

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Here is a list of 13 movies you cannot afford to miss:

1. Mirch Masala

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For some Ketan Mehta will always remain the man who made Mirch Masala. An attention grabbing film, it rotates around the gender divide in the society. It is the story of Sonabai (Smita Patil) and her struggle to protect her sanctity from the evil Subedar (Naseeruddin Shah) and a village full of sexist men. The dusty and dried surroundings of Kutch shown in the movie probably are an illustration for the values of a male and class-dominated Indian culture.

Amongst other things Mirch Masala has gone down in history as one of Smita Patil’s finest performances with Forbes including her performance in the film on its list, ‘25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema’.

Catch ‘Mirch Masala’ on 23rd July at 10 PM on Zee Classic

2. Salim Langde Pe Mat Roclip_image006

Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro is a rare film and an attempt to showcase the dilemmas faced by urban Muslims thoughtfully but boldly. In addition to the portrayal of Bombay’s mohalla life, it also shows the joys of friendship and camaraderie and pleasure of loafing around. Salim Langda (Pawan Malhotra) is a confident petty thief. Salim earns his livelihood by doing odd jobs for the big bosses of Bombay’s underworld. His final ambition is to ape these underworld kings whose status he envies.

Saeed Mirza, the director, has a long history of making films which have ridiculed stereotypes to which minorities are subject to in popular Hindi films and this movie is one of his finest creations. The film won the 37th National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and the National Film Award for Best Cinematography in 1989.

Catch ‘Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro’ on 30th July at 10 PM on Zee Classic

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Ek Doctor Ki Maut is an award winning film by the noted Bengali director Tapan Sinha, which depicts the ostracism, bureaucratic negligence and insult of a doctor and his research, instead of recognition and credit. This movie is loosely based on the life of Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay, an Indian physician who pioneered the IVF treatment just around the same time when another leading scientist, Dr. Robert Edwards was conducting separate experiments in England.

The film won the 38th National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film, National Film Award for Best Direction and National Film Award – Special Jury Award awarded to the male lead, Pankaj Kapoor.

Catch ‘Ek Doctor Ki Maut on 6th August at 10 PM on Zee Classic

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The name says it all!

Gandhi (1982) was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough and written by John Briley. Starring Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Roshan Seth and Martin Sheen, it is one of the most iconic films of all times.

Gandhi is the highest Oscar winning film of all time – claiming eight awards from 11 nominations, including Best Film – although it almost never got made! The late director Richard Attenborough revealed in of his interviews “It took me 20 years to get the money to get that movie made. I remember my pitch to 20th Century Fox. The guy said: ‘Dickie, it’s sweet of you to come here. You’re obviously obsessed. But who will be interested in a little brown man wrapped in a sheet carrying a beanpole?’ I would have loved to have met that guy after the Oscars!”

Attenborough knew that he would be telling one of the 20th-century’s most remarkable stories, that of the Indian lawyer who returned from racially segregated South Africa to drive the British out of his home country through successive acts of non-violent protest.

Catch ‘Gandhi’ on 13th August at 10 PM on Zee Classic

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Ardh Satya is directed by the very talented Govind Nihalani. The film is based on a short story by D.A. Panvalkar and the script is written by Vijay Tendulkar. It has Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Sadashiv Amarpurkar in lead roles. It is the story of Anant Welankar, son of a retired constable in Maharashtra Police, who is forced to let go of his dream of pursuing an MBA and join the Police force.

After Aakrosh, Ardh Satya is the second film made by Govind Nihalani. It is brutally honest in the depiction of the trials, tribulations, character and conflicts of its protagonist. In times when everything and everyone has a price, it is a hard hitting journey of an honest man… a part of which remains back to haunt you long after the credits have rolled.

Catch ‘Ardh Satya’ on 20th August at 10 PM on Zee Classic

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Pestonjee is a film directed by Vijaya Mehta, starring Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi in lead roles. The film is an intimate look into the life and mannerisms of the Parsi community especially those living in the city of Bombay (now Mumbai) in the 1950s and 60s.

‘Life is for living, not for complaining.’ says the cover to ‘Pestonjee’. Phirohshah aka Phiroj (Naseeruddin Shah) and Pestonjee aka Pesi (Anupam Kher) are the best of friends. They are almost like twins. There is no life without one another and they also hope to get married at the same time. But destiny has something else stored for them.

Catch ‘Pestonjee’ on 3rd September at 10 PM on Zee Classic

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All of us have grown up with different kinds of stories that were narrated to us. Some of them will be overlooked while some will be lost with the passage of time. But, the story of Qissa is timeless. Irrfan Khan as Umber Singh, Tisca Chopra as Mehar, Tilotama Shome as Kanwar Singh, Rasika Dugal as Neeli are the main protagonists of the movie.

Anup Singh’s Qissa is a powerful, haunting, superbly crafted film about the complexities of character and sexuality. Does personality stem from a society or nation you were conceived in, your sex, sexuality or just the environment you were brought up in and situations that formed you? The film packs these profound inquiries into a simple story.

Catch ‘Qissa’ on 10th September at 10 PM on Zee Classic

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27 Down is a film directed by Awtar Krishna Kaul, featuring Raakhee and M.K. Raina in lead parts. The film is description on 27 Down, the Bombay-Varanasi Express. Sanjay (M K Raina), the son of a railroad employee, gives up on his dreams of becoming an artist when his father demands he come back to the family occupation. He gauges life in train sounds and journeys. The requests of congruity influence his connection with a young lady Shalini (Rakhee).

27 Down is one of those rare gems of the Indian silver screen that merited more credit than what it really received. Despite it being made 40 years ago, it manages to remarkably portray the relationship between two young adults as they get together and try to discover themselves in each other through their conversations, meaningful connections and silent solitude!

Catch ’27 Down’ on 14th September at 10 PM on Zee Classic

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“Apne pasand ki cheez milna badi baat hai.

Agar sab kuch mil gaya, lekin apne pasand ki cheez hi na mili toh matlab kya hai jeekay!”

(“It is a big thing, to get what one desires.

If you have everything, but cannot get that one thing you desire, then what is the point of living!”)

Directed by Priya Krishnaswamy, Sarita Joshi is the main protagonist in Gangoobai. The story revolves around an elderly maid who strives to accomplish her dream of buying a costly Gara sari and changes the lives of individuals she comes in contact with while in Mumbai to purchase the sari.

Catch ‘Gangoobai’ on 1st October at 10 PM on Zee Classic

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Mammo (1994), a film by Shyam Benegal, is the first film in the series of Muslim trilogy including Sardari Begum (1996) and Zubeidaa (2001).

The film portrays the flinching truths frequently confronted by the powerless, post-partition. It reminds of the emotional torture of being torn far from one’s roots over and over; in spite of one turning a blind eye or making a noise for change in the circumstances which they have no control over. It makes one appreciate something which is frequently is taken for granted until it is lost or gone for good. The character of Mammo (Farida Jalal), abandons her family and home behind for love and moves to Pakistan. They live in peaceful co-existence until her husband leaves Mammo defenseless and desolate.

Even though the motion picture is named after Mammo, the film tells two stories, one of Mammo, obviously, and other of youthful Riyaaz…His life and companions, his trysts with cigarettes, adult films, his shame that he is not as affluent as his companions, him trying to find himself, his bothering on seeing a stranger trying to be a part of his family and his ambition of turning into an author in the future.

This movie is also the recipient of National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance by Farida Jalal and National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress by Surekha Sikri.

Catch ‘Mammo on 27th August at 10 PM on Zee Classic

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Massey Sahib is a 1985 film directed by Pradip Krishen, featuring Raghuvir Yadav in the main role. It was Pradip Krishen’s first film, and was based on a novel Mister Johnson written by Joyce Cary in 1939. The film also has stars like Arundhati Roy, who was yet to pen down her first novel and win the Man Booker Prize, alongside Barry John and Veerendra Saxena.

This story revolves around a man who is stuck in the crossfire where British Frontier principles smothered Indian freedom and colonializes it. This is a story told from an Indian perspective. Francis Massey (Raghuvir Yadav) works as a secretary for a British government officer in central India. Francis tries to out-do his employer in an attempt to be more British than him. He dresses British and even has a church wedding. He is not the most productive or gifted specialist, and his supervisor, the Commissioner Charles Adam (Barry John), regularly mediates on his benefit. But, Massey’s unexpected fate is entirely past the Commissioner’s mediation.

Even though Raghuvir Yadav has never won a National Award…he did win two International Awards for the Best Actor for Massey Sahib, FIPRESCI Critic’s Award, Venice Film Festival, 1986 and the Best Actor Silver Peacock, IIFI, 1987.

Catch ‘Massey Sahib’ on 17th September at 10 PM on Zee Classic

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Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastan (ADKAD), a film dear to Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s heart, was a masterpiece of the parallel silver screen development that was a tribute to Indian producers. The motion picture revolves around the internal clashes of a person born and brought in a city, who battles to comprehend the significance of his life and those encompassing him, including family and companions. It stars Shreeram Lagoo, Rohini Hattangadi, Satish Shah, Suresh Oberoi (in a cameo), Om Puri and Dilip Dhawan.

Arvind Desai (Dilip Dhawan) is a single child of a rich specialist (Shriram Lagoo) who deals in extravagant luxury handcrafted products. His has conflicting emotions for his dad. While he detests his commanding nature, he respects his aura, power and sharp mind. He has long examinations on workmanship and governmental issues with a Marxist companion (Om Puri). Much against his desires, his marriage is orchestrated to a young lady from a high-class family who has quite recently returned from Paris.

It’s a film about the trans-generational exchange of qualities and the repercussions of the prevalent legacy influencing the value system in the future.

Catch ‘Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan’ on 8th October at 10 PM on Zee Classic

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The Good Road is a 2013 Indian drama film written and directed by Gyan Correa. The film won the trophy for Best Gujarati film at the 60th National Film Awards. Also, it was the first Gujarati film ever chosen to represent India at the Oscars. The motion picture is described in a hyperlink arrangement, where a few stories are interwoven, with the focal point of the story being an expressway in the country terrains of Gujarat close to a town in Kutch.

A family on a holiday lose their child… A truck driver’s last rid… A young lady in search of hope… This is an adventurous journey, across a national highway, and into the heart of a concealed India, where demonstrations of extraordinary sympathy are shown to outsiders.

Catch ‘The Good Road’ on 15th October at 10 PM on Zee Classic

How many of the India’s Finest Films listed above have you seen? Which one is your absolute favourite?

All in a Day’s Work

55 Fiction

In my mind, I am miles away.

Her voice brings me back into reality.

I see several hands receding and hear some sighs of relief.

With exasperation written over her face, she repeats on seeing my blank face.

I mumble something.

She smiles ,”Yes, that’s the correct answer”, and adds sarcastically, “for some other question!”

Linking this to Day 7 – Write Tribe Festival of Words #5

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Ramayana – The Game of Life : Stolen Hope

Title: Ramayana – The Game of Life: Stolen Hope Ramayana The Game of Life
Author: Shubha Vilas
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
ISBN: 978-81-8495-824-9
Number of Pages: 312
Price: 299 [INR]
Genre: Mythology

Stolen Hope is the third book in the series of six volumes titled “Ramayana: The Game Of Life.”

I have read the first book in the series, Rise of the Sun prince which is the divine story of Lord Rama from his birth up to his marriage. Shattered Dreams, the second book in the series is about King Dasaratha sentencing Rama 14 years of exile  because of a promise made to Keikeyi.

Stolen Hope is Rama, Sita and Lakshmana’s journey through the Dandakaranya forest where the Rakshasas and sages coexist. In this forest, the deceptive demons focused on exterminating the sages, while focused on attaining self-perfection which later on turned into self-protection due to the menace of the Rakshasas.

In this book, there are a lot of stories related to this jungle of punishment and also of the time spent there by Rama, Lakshmana and Sita. Interesting tales of how Rama single handedly fought a war with Khara and Dushana and their fourteen thousand rakshasas, Lakshmana’s encounter with Surpanakha, the story of Agastya and Lopamudra, abduction of Sita by Ravana, Jatayu’s fight with Ravana and Rama and Lakshamana’s meeting with Shabri are featured in this book.

It was interesting to know about so many unknown facets of this epic story like Rama never killed anyone in front of Sita, the eighteen curses on Ravana or the origin of Sitaphal, or why Rama followed the golden deer knowing it was Maricha or why snakes have forked tongue, or why the squirrels won’t hurt even after falling from a great height. The significance of Sita throwing the blade of grass in front of Ravana or the difference between Jatayu and Maricha who both died like martyrs foe causes are pretty thought provoking.

What I also liked were the footnotes that shared profound philosophies and enlightening pearls of wisdom. These footnotes and notes explained the various actions and their consequences and how we can relate them to our actions and reactions in our day to day life. This correlation of this epic story to our day to day life makes Stolen Hope more than just a ‘tale’. The science of giving feedback or how to deal maturely with impulsive conflicts in relationships made for insightful reading.

The language in the book is simple and compelling and the narrative is crisp and vivid! At places, I felt that the dialogues between the characters were too dramatic. The story in the book moves at a steady pace with beautiful life lessons.

Stolen Hope is an engaging read and I cant wait to read the next book in the series.

Linking this to Day 4– Write Tribe Festival Of Words #5

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Travel Tales

After having woken up at an unearthly hour to catch the first flight of the day, I am now sitting in the airport lounge. With the breakfast done and out of the way, I am awaiting the departure of my second flight which is a few hours away. And I am doing what I love doing the most. Yes, observing the buzz of life around me.

Actually, it all started as soon as I made myself comfortable in my assigned seat in the aircraft. WP_20160528_00_13_14_ProI was looking out of the window and drinking in the beauty of the early morning when a strong aroma hit me. I looked around and saw a passenger in front of my seat opening her lunch box.

The lady was eating stuffed karela (bitter gourd) with parantha. The stuffing inside was secured with a thread, just as my mom does it and this made me smile and crave for food made by mom. Seeing her having breakfast at 6 am and that too before the flight taking off got me thinking. I think she must be a 6 am breakfast lover or must be believing in eating early in order to keep insulin and blood sugar levels regulated while kick-starting the metabolism. Wonder what would be her actual reason to do so though!

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A couple with a 2 year old kid are sitting next to me in the lounge.  As I was chatting with the parents, I observed the kid’s hand. He was wearing a gold ring. I saw a kid wearing a gold ring with his name engraved on it for the first time. I mean, have seen kids made to wear gold chains, bangles, earrings from a young age. But seeing a kid with a ring was a first for me.

 

 

Saw the promotion of Rajinikath starrer Kabali on the Air Asia aircraft.  Air Asia is the official airline partner of one of the most awaited movies of the year, Kabali, and several of its planes will also feature in the film. It seems that in Kabali , Rajinikanth plays the role of a Malaysia-based don, and this seemed like a right brand boosting strategy for the Malaysian carrier, Air Asia to partner with this movie. Interesting!

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Last week, during my travel by the Jaipur-Delhi Double Decker train, I came across yet another interesting sight. The cracked glass window of the train had this sticker…

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I saw such a sticker for the first time, though I have seen innumerable damaged things in the trains.

This train journey reminds me of the scene I witnessed at the railway station before boarding the train. A family of 4 who were standing next to me were chatting and having a good time together. As soon as the train arrived on the platform, young man of the family began saying good-byes to his parents and sister. And suddenly, their laughter ceased as they saw him leave them. I watched them some more from my window seat in the train. Seeing the mother’s silent tears, made me teary eyed too. It’s always harder to be left behind than to be the one to go…

Hope they all meet soon again and have lots of reasons to smile and laugh again.  And I am thinking of me reaching back home too after five days on the road.

Linking this to Day 3 – Write Tribe Festival of Words #5

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Catch Up On Growth

As parents, we all want the same things for our kids. We want them to grow up well in every way, to follow their dreams, to find success in life. Right from the beginning, we try to give them the right start.

We are so concerned about their health and well being that we give them the right nutrition and follow the growth charts of our kids pretty seriously. We monitor their height and weight, month after month religiously.

But what if despite our best efforts, our child is not racing up the growth charts? I am sure, feeling anxious would be the most common feeling for most of us. We may wonder, “Is my child growing normally?”

Some children have weight and height or rate of weight and height gain which is significantly below than that of other children of similar age and gender. These children seem to look smaller, weaker or shorter than other children of same age.

There could be a lot of reasons for the children  to have delayed growth. As parents we need to ask ourselves a few questions.

  • Is the child eating enough? Some children are fussy eaters, so they may be not be eating adequately and getting the desired nutrition necessary for ideal growth.
  • Do the child’s meals have too little growth or energy foods? Different stages of the life cycle dictate differing nutrient needs. To develop to their optimal potential, it is vital that children are provided with nutritionally sound diets. Do their diets contain foods that help them grow as per their growth rate? Children who aren’t getting the nourishment they need will not gain optimum height and weight.
  • Is / Was the child sick?  Certain illnesses can also prevent weight gain. While after an illness, the child needs to eat more than usual to regain the weight lost and to replenish energy and nourishment. If the child is frequently ill, he or she may need more energy and nutrient intensive diet.
  • Is the child neglected or abused or has undergone mental trauma? Research has shown that children exposed to violence or abuse, if left unaddressed or ignored, are at an increased risk for emotional and behavioural problems. Possible emotional and behavioural effects of trauma include eating disorders and troubled sleeping which are not conducive for proper growth and development of a child.

If these issues are not addressed, the child may miss out on growing normally as per the standard growth charts. His physical, mental and social skills may be delayed too. 

Despite this setback in growth in early childhood due to whichever reason, specialised nutrition can help to get the growth in terms of height and weight back on track.

A child falling behind on growth requires higher than average levels of nutrition to catch up on their growth and development1,2 which is where Horlicks Growth+ can help. Horlicks Growth+ is a break through nutrition formula designed by international paediatric experts and contains high quality protein with added nutrients that have been identified and known to support catch up growth in children with lost growth.

Horlicks Growth+ has been designed and tested by experts, and is proven to increase height and weight in 6 months1. In fact, this balanced nutritional supplement has been developed to optimise growth without causing obesity in children.

Horlicks Growth+ offers advanced nutrition for growth and development of children aged 3-9 years.  It is clinically proven to help children catch up on weight and height in only 6 months1.     

Catch-up on lost growth with Horlicks Growth+ which is a unique health drink. Horlicks Growth+ naturally contains essential amino acids and immunity boosting nutrients like Vitamin A, C and D.  It contains high quality whey protein. Horlicks Growth+ is available in creamy Chocolate or smooth Vanilla flavour and can be enjoyed hot or cold.

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What Am I Thinking About Now?

What am I thinking about now?

Well… Lots of things…

  • How do I get back to active blogging? With work travel for about 10-15 days in a month to locations with no internet connectivity and of course work, blogging takes a back seat. And when I am back home, then life and its jingbang coupled with lethargy and poor internet connectivity take precedence.
  • And poor internet connectivity reminds me that I must get a new ISP real soon. Stabbing the Reload page again and again is not my idea of exploring the world wide web. Have applied for a new FTTH connection, but the company is taking its own sweet time to install it. Actually, they have to lay down new fibre cables in our area and knowing the public sector giant, it’s not gonna happen anytime soon.
  • That I need to pack for I am traveling for a week tomorrow.
  • Which books to carry? Earlier, I used to fret and fume when I visited places with poor internet. But now, I look at these places a bit differently. With no TV and phones to distract, I look forward to read in all the available free time. And I have read quite a few books this month!!
  • When will I get to respond to the comments on my blog and do some blog-hopping? This plays a lot on my mind and yet I don’t do much about it.
  • That I hadn’t missed swimming in the pool today. The swimming pool maintenance equipment conked off so the authorities closed the pool. Also on my mind is a wish that my co-swimmers (mostly young girls and a few ladies) wear actual swimwear and not their cotton night wears or regular clothes in the pool. Despite subtly sharing that cotton clothes can hold detergents, germs, and bacteria in them, which can be released into the water.  And these can cause allergy or sickness and even affect the water chemistry and clarity. But they just don’t get it that wearing a swim suit which is made of nylon or lycra, reduces the risk of contaminating the pool with waterborne illness and contaminants.
  • That people are so mind-numbingly stupid! Got a message on whatsapp that a member of Rajasthan state commission for women clicked a ‘selfie’ with a rape survivor! Such an irresponsible act from a person who is supposed to be facilitate redressal of grievances and to accelerate the socio-economic development of women.
  • That I need to find time to blog despite the challenges.
  • That I did write this post in a record time and that a free write bails me out every time I am stuck.

What’s on your mind? Do share!

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