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Irrepressible Innovator

Early Sunday morning
Coffee on my mind
I wander into the kitchen
Ignoring the buzzing child.

"Mama, I need dirty undies,
Dirty socks, dirty shirt, and lots of paper.
Oh, some soap and towel too.
I'm going to first look in the hamper."

Love & Heartbreak

A dear friend, Tamanna, is currently going through a phase where her thoughts are transitioning from a ‘love’ to an ‘arranged marriage’. Tamanna had the perfect fairy tale. She fell in love with a cute guy at college and wanted to get married. But like many of us, she had a difficult time convincing her conservative parents to let her marry him. They offered varied reasons - societal/religious norms, mismatched horoscopes, cross-cultural taboos... Indeed, before these many social evils, Tamanna gave in, gave up her love and agreed to an arranged marriage.

An economical and green desk for children in rural schools in India

Aarambh, an educational NGO in India came up with a brilliant idea. Children in rural schools spend most of the day hunched over their book on the floor, leading to bad eyesight and posture.

Check out this 2 minute video for their solution. It will open your eyes to the endless possibilities to our everyday solutions.

Best of all, it costs less than Rs. 10 and it is Ecological, Economical, Portable and most of all, incredibly Helpful.

Aunty Ji, I am not a kitchen appliance

Gauri Shinde has done it again. Check out this AD...you will understand why.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egdtnomFlcM

What is so scary about girls reading books?

What’s So Scary About Smart Girls?

Extrmists target educated girls, their worst nightmare. Why are fanatics so terrified of girls’ education? Because there’s no force more powerful to transform a society. The greatest threat to extremism isn’t drones firing missiles, but girls reading books.

So why does girls’ education matter so much? First, because it changes demography. Simply put, the more educated the girl, the less children she will have and that leads to stability in a nation.

Raising Rugrats

Two daughters and 20 years later here I am reeling from the vicissitudes of child rearing. Raising a child from infancy to adulthood and educating that child, as well as instilling morals and values, guiding that child through their life to be productive members of society …child rearing encompasses all of this and more.

Once upon a mother

How Hermann Gmeiner’s SOS Children’s Villages strive to gift a mother to every abandoned child.....

Childhood - Pain or Pleasure?

‘Two ones are two, two twos are four, two threes are six…..” the rhythmic cadence of multiplication tables recited in a chorus drill in the class room. This was a common method of learning during my father’s primary school days (in a village in Kerala).

I remember my father telling me that in the days when he went to school, he had no books or slates. He carried small coconuts shells tied with string and filled with sand to school. In class, the students sat on the floor, spread the sand in front of them and wrote in it what the teacher told them to.

The Art of Mastering a Difficult Conversation

From colleague to colleague, partner to partner, function to function, a personal or a company’s success both in gaining value and maintaining relationships depends on how well you get the conversations right.

A difficult conversation describes a common dynamic in disputes – “The attitude of ‘I’m right and you’re wrong!” that lies at the heart of practically every position based dispute. I come across this on a daily basis, while getting and giving feedback.

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