• She
    Dr Sana Khan | 18-Nov-2019
    She had several people to work under her.. yet she wanted the most qualified female to run errands for her that could easily be done by the less qualified lot working in the office..  She thought she was superior , she only wanted to control others and when she found her match she wanted to opress the weaker Why should another female fall prey to these types of females that only want to suppress people . Women are not always Victims.
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  • Helping Strangers...
    Jyoti | 01-Nov-2019
    On a very rainy July day, I was waiting at Lonawala railway station for my train to Pune. I had reservation in a late evening train but wanted to prepone my journey so I went at the reservation counter where I saw two elderly females of other country trying to talk to the clerk at the counter. Initially I just went about my way and started enquiring the clerk about my situation. While I was talking to the clerk, I understood that both the females needed help as they didn’t know the local language and the few people at the reservation counter did not understand/speak English. One of the females knew a little bit of English but the other one couldn’t speak it. So, I stepped in to help and got to know that both of them were strangers and it was their first visit to India. One was from France and the other one from Poland. One was having a large map of India with her and she just pointed a finger on the map to a place in south India and wanted to know about the trains going to that place. Obviously, t
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  • It's Almost Never a Failure
    poorva94 | 22-Oct-2019
    In school, I was a bright kid. Good marks and completed homework at all times. Never had I gone to bed with any or some of my homework incomplete. It reflected in all of my exams as well. I felt like I'm made for this. Like nothing can ever go wrong. This feeling gained more strength when I passed my 12th standard boards with exceptionally good marks, which is supposed to be a "turning point" in one's career. Now when I think about it, I guess I should have had a little taste of failure in that age. My first rendezvous with the fact that life isn't always a cakewalk came in my first year of graduation. No one in my family is an architect so I was walking in an unchartered territory. The fact that I scored somewhere in the "higher second class" slab as people so popularly categorize it, was extremely shocking for me. I was disappointed in myself and I remember so many nights after getting my first semester results, that I had cried myself to sleep and woken up with swollen eyes and a blotched face. As the cou
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  • Lessons I Learnt When Life Jolted Me
    Diyaa | 15-Oct-2019
       Sitting with myself and gathering my thoughts was one of the best things I enjoyed doing alone until today. Now,  as I close my eyes, I don't find solace, rather this incident that happened with me a week back keeps flashing in front of my closed eyes and shakes me up making me all jittery.   It was a not-so-perfect rainy day wherein I sensed my life being jinxed with a lot of things going out of their way. Starting with delayed flights to my destination, which took almost twice as long to reach, to not getting my bags on arrival, it was just signs all the way for me to be more cautious. I went for an out station wedding with my family where my kids and my bags out of the whole lot hadn't arrived. We had to shop for each day in hope of receiving the bags later at the end of the day. Somehow they arrived one after the other and I didn't know whether to be grateful for it or just accept it after spending so much more on impromptu shopping for the wedding.    The day of the w
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  • Why I Would Choose My Husband Over My Kids?
    Diyaa | 15-Oct-2019
    Let me start this blog first by mentioning that I love my kids immensely. I can’t recollect what my life was like before I had them.  My kids are significantly important to me. Being a stay-at-home mom, I spend most of my time with them then with anyone else. My life right now revolves around them. My hubby and I have busy schedules and we get to barely spend a couple of our waking hours together. I equally love my husband just as I love my babies.  Many of you may dislike me saying this or even judge me for choosing my husband over my kids at this point. But, after giving it all of my thought I feel if there’s ever a time wherein I have to make a choice, I would definitely choose my husband over them and here are my reasons why... 1. WE CHOSE EACH OTHER  Being in an arranged marriage, whatever little choices I was given I chose to get married to my husband and so did he. We were the ones who decided to be by each other’s side for a lifetime and made
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  • Why I Gifted My Son This Diary!
    Diyaa | 15-Oct-2019
    I have two boys, aged ten and four. They are very precious to me. My life definitely revolves around them. While this remains a fact, the reverse is also true (at least for now ;). Living in a huge joint family, these boys have always been super pampered. I am mostly the one yelling and disciplining them. Of course, I do occasionally spoil and coddle them too (who anyway wants to live a ‘strict mom’ tag all her life?).   These millennials I believe are mostly born with a silver spoon. Everything comes to them even before they demand. What's happening because of this is, it's making the material life freely and easily available to them. I remember one of my uncles telling me, how he had struggled all his youth to get to where he is now, that he would never want his kids to do the same. He gave them the best of everything very readily. And at that time being a teenager, I would still argue with him that I wouldn’t want to do that with my kids ever. Easier said than done I guess. They go
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  • Riya Walame | 03-Oct-2019
        Sometimes losing is important because how you accept your defeat and work on it is more important in the journey of becoming successful...
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  • Jalaja & Trisha
    Asmita Javdekar | 13-Sep-2019
    All of thirteen, these two eighth graders from Jnana Prabhodini have decided to make a book on educational and career choices.They are going to interview 100 people.1.Those who knew exactly what they wanted to become since childhood and pursued just that.2.Those who chose a career path which was way different from their educational qualifications.3.Those who diverge or switch gears into multiple careers...Trisha and Jalaja took my appointment, reached a few minutes before time.Smartly dressed, their excitement and nervousness tucked under their confident demeanour.They started off with crisp and clear instructions of how the interview would be conducted.Their in-depth research was evident from the questionnaire.As we concluded the interview, they gave me a beautifully thought out token of gratitude, for my time and inputs...When I asked them about their purpose behind this project, they told me that it would help the standard tenth, outgoing batch from their school to choose their career paths and also give t
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  • Lacchi
    Asmita Javdekar | 13-Sep-2019
    I was trying to get in touch with Lacchi for the whole of last week.She just wasn’t able to find time. I was almost on the verge of giving up on this idea when my phone rang.It was Lacchi, inviting me to Dadgu Shet Ganpati; her association was going to perform a pooja there...It felt like an invitation from the doorstep of the divine and there was no way I was going to refuse it.I was not interested in digging into Lacchi’s past or picking at the scabs covering the emotional wounds that society had inflicted upon her for a long time...Lacchi and her friends were an insightful lot. They told me that a lot of them are now getting an education. Their association is involved with a number of social service projects including raising funds for the recent floods in Kolhapur and Sangli. One of them was particularly proud to tell me that she drives really well and is also training others to drive...While bidding farewell, the group showered me with blessings...How amusing can the human heart be?We can act
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  • SowMIyA | 11-Sep-2019
    When you overcome your deepest fear by pushing that one last microsecond of your thought to go for ... You gain it you come over it.... A life-changing experience and a New You...
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  • Dr Sana Khan | 06-Sep-2019
    Count your blessings and stay thankful to God... People are busy updating their Facebook about where they work..  I don't update anything about myself because I'm too lazy 😴 Lazy spending Me time  Lazy appreciating Life , writing, working.. How can someone be lazy while working.. yes when you just work and work and don't make extra efforts of Flaunting things... Life's almost at a standstill but I'm too busy enjoying the stagnant stage..  I don't want to grow up and I just want life to stay the way it is...I don't think I might have appreciated the present as much as I do now..... Future a big question mark has its own consequences so I don't want to overthink... I want to Live in the present... I want to appreciate the gifts of Life and Stay motivated  Motivated to stay fit , eat healthy, No anxiety , No worry,  only in a state of happiness and Miracles are Happening everyday.....I'm at the receiving stage and I don't want this phase to get over.
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  • The Silver Lining to Burnt Toast
    Asmita Javdekar | 20-Aug-2019
    I could barely take my eyes off him.6feet 2inches, chiseled to perfection!His complexion was reeking of warm chestnut, perhaps a well earned tan from the Himalayan trek that he was brazenly boasting about. Amma always told me that I was an innate revolutionary, my first shriek into this world was proof enough that I was here to ruffle quite a few feathers.At 12, I picked up my first fight against Avva (my grandmother) for not allowing me inside the kitchen when I was on my period. At 15, the target was Amma and Appa for setting a 7 pm deadline for me to get home when my younger brother could gallivant at his heart’s whim. This unfair, biased world for women made me sick in my gut. Ever since, I prioritised Women Rights and Welfare as a cause that I would dedicate my life to.Kabir was a chance encounter.I was working on a Skilling project for a community of Himachali women. A friend had recently trekked to our program site and wanted to update me about her experience. For the first time in my life, I co
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  • Traveling with a baby
    Team Kalamwali | 20-Aug-2019
    Traveling with a baby - By Eesha Patwardhan   “Buy a ticket to nowhere, live your life and experience wanderlust.” Clearly these words were not spoken by a parent !!! As a parent and especially as a new parent , the idea of traveling is nerve racking . It can give jitters to even the strong hearted . So as a recently promoted parent who has successfully travelled with an infant , I thought I would be doing a great favor to all those parents out there who are breaking out into a sweat at the thought of taking a trip with their little one. Here’s my list of must-do’s when traveling with an infant Travel hands free Make sure you travel with minimum baggage on hand, check in whatever you can and always make sure at least one parent is dedicated 100 % to carrying the toddler . You can choose to carry the infant in your arms , in a pram or a baby carrier bag . Personally , I find prams to be cumbersome and carrying the baby in your arms can be quite tedious , so be smart , use
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  • Three Sisters
    Asmita Javdekar | 16-Aug-2019
    Three women, donning navwaris in the middle of the city, is a fairly uncommon sighting these days...These three sisters had taken early morning buses from their respective villages, bordering Pune, to convene at their brother’s house for Raksha Bandhan...All three of them were gushing about being photographed and featured on social media. They were in quite a rush to get back home as their daughters’ in law had their own Rakhi commitments as well...By the time we finished our chitter-chatter, their brother had organised for them to be dropped off by a rickshaw.Their joy knew no bounds.Neither did mine.
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  • In continuation: DOES YOUR HOME HAVE AN ECO-HEART?
    Manasi Bhosale | 16-Aug-2019
      Scrolling through Pinterest the other day, I came across a blog post that was both clever and effective at once. The blogger wrote about a game she plays with every new person she meets. This game made for a great topic of conversation as well as had a huge influence on the persons involved. So, it went like this- She would ask the person what the most toxic things in their homes were and what was the number one thing they would change!  She got some stirring answers:   Non-stick cookware Wi-fi routers Air fresheners  Bug sprays Antiperspirants Fabric softeners   As you may imagine, all these controversial items were soon dealt away with or their usage considerably reduced.   Living green is a conscious choice. Modern lifestyles have solved many problems to make our everyday life comfortable but only to have added some serious other issues. Of course, we are aware of them and want to redeem ourselves by doing our bit for the environment. We want to make chang
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  • It´s your life!
    LanguageCafe | 08-Aug-2019
    Meadows of spring flowers, vineyards and old country homes, huge old oaks that have seen centuries, creepers that find crevices to take root from and flourish, rainy evenings with cups of hot, spiced tea...... really you can fill it up with anything you wish! Now, how lucky is that!
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