• Aditya | 03-Dec-2019
    As a kid, did my parents or elders around me teach me to respect women? Is there a written procedure to follow? A mutually agreeable protocol? I guess not. Parents can share a few good things from their perspective but I believe, by and large kids observe adults around them and emulate their behaviour. That's how we learn, that's how we grow.   While growing up, I also realised that, few things men and women in my family did were wrong. As teenagers we have immense sensitivity to notice these things but not necessarily the maturity to process it. We see things in society that we don’t agree with but lack the skill to articulate our feelings or the power to influence.   But as we become adults we are supposed to have gained that wisdom to work on these inputs. Do we consciously work on it or do we continue to unconsciously emulate our ancestors? Do we merely reflect the society by being one of them or have what it takes to form an individual stand?   These are roughly the three stage
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Not everyone you let go is a loss.
    Sonal yakkundi | 28-Jul-2019
    Not everyone you let go is a loss.   Yes, Friendships are important. You need friends who brighten your life. Friendship is a two-way relation. Give and take is a perfect formula to maintain it. If your friend gives 50 percent, you should try and give more. But you should NEVER BE emotionally dependent on a friendship. Emotions like attachment, anger and love are temporary.  Such emotions should not affect you.  Some people are not worth your time/emotions and care.  Yes, the ego is wrong. But you should not lose self-respect and keep someone in life just because you are emotionally dependent on them. Choose yourself, choose self-respect.  Once you love yourself, people will love you. Hence if you choose self-respect, you will be respected. May it be a best friend or anyone, NO one is allowed to take you for granted. You don't need friends who are dominating/selfish or "who needs you coz they are lonely and miserable" Get the hell out of such toxic relations and be free. 
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  • Sonal yakkundi | 28-Jul-2019
    Not everyone you let go is a loss.   Yes, Friendships are important. You need friends who brighten your life. Friendship is a two-way relation. Give and take is a perfect formula to maintain it. If your friend gives 50 percent, you should try and give more. But you should NEVER BE emotionally dependent on a friendship. Emotions like attachment, anger and love are temporary.  Such emotions should not affect you.  Some people are not worth your time/emotions and care.  Yes, the ego is wrong. But you should not lose self-respect and keep someone in life just because you are emotionally dependent on them. Choose yourself, choose self-respect.  Once you love yourself, people will love you. Hence if you choose self-respect, you will be respected. May it be a best friend or anyone, NO one is allowed to take you for granted. You don't need friends who are dominating/selfish or "who needs you coz they are lonely and miserable" Get the hell out of such toxic relations and be free. 
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  • DOES YOUR HOME HAVE AN ECO-HEART?
    Manasi Bhosale | 20-Jul-2019
    It is heartening to know that people have become more conscious of the environment. Eco-friendly living has come a long way in the last decade. It has reached the homes of numerous families and is not limited to being a problem at the global level. Reducing plastic, conserving water and electricity are, of course, all important factors of sustainable living. But could we challenge ourselves to do more? My most recent interior design project was for a clothing store at a mall. It was here that we had thoughtlessly ripped apart existing flooring and wall paneling used by the previous retailer and “disposed them off ” as per the rules laid down by the commercial establishment. Whereas, the existing store could have been repurposed to our requirements with just minor alterations. Sadly, we did not - We did not give the smallest thought to the impact this waste disposal would have on OUR environment.    Many regrets later, I was sure I wanted to work hereafter with a new perspective- to tr
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  • Dr Sana Khan | 18-Jul-2019
    I was unable to enjoy college life due to  many reasons.  One of them being the distance from home to college as well as the distance between hearts.  There's a lot of difference in the opinion of people from place to place. I'm proud to be from Pune because we have been blessed with a broad minded outlook as well as cultural acceptance. Being raised in a cultured family I have been taught to be nice to everyone and respect everyone no matter what.  Unfortunately I was a part of a college where there was narrow mindedness, no acceptance to different cultures as well as unfriendly nature of students.  Due to these reasons I never felt that I ever belonged to the college. I always thought that I'm a localite and as soon as college is over I'll go back to my world. The batch is to be blamed probably as well as the difference in upbringing.  But life always gives everyone an opportunity to express themselves and live according to their wish so the story changed and life gave me
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  • A Touch of Green
    Manasi Bhosale | 01-Jun-2019
    We underestimate what a little touch of green can do for our well-being. Connecting with nature makes us feel happier and more alive. So true then, that the restorative benefits of greenery can be felt even when used in small doses.   It is not surprising that one of the top 10 trends of 2019 (although I believe it never goes out of style), is to add an indoor tree in a room. Plants add a touch of life and make the space look fresh and cared for.   Indoor plants or house plants can completely change the aura and feel of your home. They can do as much to a room as do other accessories. Plants brighten up empty, awkward spaces, liven up dead corners and accentuate large walls. If chosen carefully and artistically displayed, house plants can add the creative layer a home needs. The softness and warmth that plants bring can make your place feel lived-in and loved.   A few tips to keep in mind -   Think about the space The choice of the plant relies hugely on the space you want to pl
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  • Asmita Javdekar | 05-Mar-2019
    New Beginnings in Mid LifeWe all became friends by fluke.While I was doing my masters in the US, on my first trip back home, I had inadvertently picked up a Black and Tan Samsonite bag from the luggage belt at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.I never bother checking the name on baggage tag and in my defence that bag looked like mine.Unfortunately, only on opening it, did the goof up dawn on me.On reaching for my phone, I bumped into twelve missed calls from an unknown number.When I returned the call, a frantic female voice squeaked in.“You have my Samsonite travel case. I mean, I really hope you have it.Do you have it?”I was cheap enough to say, “Sorry, wrong number” in an earnest voice and cracked up, sensing the nervous wreck on the other side.That was my first brush with my steadfast, crazy girl friend Manali or Man for all of us.Man was a tall, strong girl with an aquiline nose, bunny rabbit incisors and a stylish pixie cut.When she arrived home to exchange the luggage
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  • The perfect mistake
    Diyaa | 11-Feb-2019
    Sara was a charming twenty-one years young lady who recently stepped into her newly wedded life. Couple of months into this wedlock, she was still trying to adjust to the new life. It was a novel experience for her, from changing homes to cities to friends and now families. Everything was different. Since she was young, she fitted herself very easily into her new space. Rahul, her husband worked with the Indian navy, because of which he had to shift his home base near the port. He had left his family soon after he joined work. His parents lived in a city which was three hours away from his.   He was used to living alone many months of the year while the other months he sailed to far off places. He took good care of Sara now that he had her around. He made her feel very comfortable in his world. Clubbing, dinners, movies had filled their days. They even did groceries together. She remembered their honeymoon to snowcapped mountains in the Swiss. That one week had really bought them close to each other.
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  • MR. R- THE ICON OF JUSTICE SEASON 5 FINALE
    Rutwik Nalawade | 04-Jul-2018
    19. MR. R THE WAR PART 1               Apocalypse is at his hideout sitting on a round table with his gang members and he says, “We all know how much it is importance that JSF is dead and when they are we rule the City, yes, many others will stand up but when JSF is gone, the City come down on its knees, the cops, police and Military will be nothing in front of us. Behold,   THE CRUEL FACTION!!!!”             Apocalypse looks at Roy and says, “We have issues of trust and faith, Roy, I hope they are solved after you have told Rihaan and others what happened really that night.”             Roy says, “You feed them lies, I don’t want to be dead like you later.”             Apocalypse says, “Dead!!! You know what that means; you d
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  • MR. R- THE ICON OF JUSTICE SEASON 5
    Rutwik Nalawade | 04-Jul-2018
    10. MR. R- ANGEL RETURNS             It’s morning, Saina and Danny are at their house and they freshen up and Saina goes to see Rihaan and when she goes in and she Rihaan has all the clothes out of his wardrobe and Saina says, “Dad, what is going on?” Rihaan says, “It’s just Melisa told me that Tanya might wake up today and I was seeing what to wear and I was confused and hyper too and so all this mess is here.” Saina says, “I will help you, wait.” Danny comes there and says, “Looks like someone is getting ready for the big day.” Rihaan wears his suit and says, “Yes.” Saina says, “You know, Danny, still weird you are dating an alien…” Danny says, “It’s alright, she feels different here.” Rihaan says, “Of course she will, she is from a different planet.” Saina laughs and Danny says, “Sarcastic people.”   They
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  • THINGS TO DO AFTER DECLARATION OF RESULTS
    Madhura Bilimogga | 05-Jun-2018
    It is that time of the year when young students of 10th and 12th will get to know their results. It is that time of the year when,even people, who rarely talk to you will be curious to know  about your results. I know how it feels. But don’t let anyone’s reactions affect you. I was scared when I was eagerly waiting for my 10th std results. I wasn’t really happy.I scored 78.67% in 10th std. I wasn’t happy. Because at the back of my mind, I knew that I hadn’t given my best. But then again I also knew that there is no point in regretting now. Before the results were declared, I decided to do follow some things to take the right decision for myself.  As you still have time for admission process to begin ,make sure you read and implement this. Here’s what I did:1. Take a deep breath. Be calm.The scores are surely important for getting into good colleges but not at the cost of harming your self-esteem. It is okay if you haven’t scored the kind of marks you had ex
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  • Prashant Trivedi | 13-May-2018
    When you want to talk to someone and you can't is the worst feeling ever..... 'Sometimes it can be dangerous to respect and trust someone' Here is a small story of a boy and was badly restricted to talk to her....... One day a true boy confessed one thing to her and was refused. And she started making him feel that he is guilty and done wrong and a start judging him like a bad person.......... but he was not at all. He respect her very much and cared but still......... And he was restricted to talk to her forever even when he saw her 4-5 times in a week but he can't do nothing because 'he was not a shameless boy and not a misbehaving boy'. 'So never go too deep because it is very hard to come out when you have not done anything wrong with a special person' . Be careful and try not be restricted to talk because once you restricted you cannot do nothing....
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