Cute Little Letter To Father – On Father’s Day

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Letter To Father – On Father’s Day

My little boy had to write a letter to his father on Father’s day for letter writing activity at school. This is what he wrote. Isn’t that nice?

Now before you leave, a teeny weeny bit on the history of Father’s Day!

What is Father’s Day?

The origin of Father’s Day celebrations can be traced to the early 20th century in the United States of America. It was celebrated for the first time on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington by Ms.Sonora Smart Dodd, at YMCA. She believed that every father had the right to a celebration similar to Mother’s Day. Her father had brought up six kids as a single parent.

Father’s Day is now celebrated all over the world usually around the third Sunday that falls in June. It is a loving tribute to all the awesome fathers in this world!

google fathers day card

Interesting Cards For Fathers Day – Google Themed Card

Want to know how to make a father’s day card? Here is an interesting search engine card based on the Google theme.

google fathers day card



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Cards For Father’s Day

Google Fathers Day Card

For this Google themed Fathers Day card, you need the following Craft Supplies:

1. Colored Textured or Hand Made Paper – A4 size single sheet
2. Your father’s passport size photograph
3. Felt tipped pens or sketch pens
4. White sheet of paper
5. Scissors and glue

Fold the textured paper in half. Make the search engine themed design on the white sheet of paper using felt tipped color pens or sketch pens. Stick your fathers picture as shown above and you’re done!

Stick another sheet of white paper inside the card you just made. Write a beautiful Father’s Day quote inside. Keeping up with the Google theme, the quote above has been written in similar colors of red, blue, green and yellow.

This particular Father’s Day quote says

“I’m As Lucky
As Can Be
As The
Belongs To Me”

This is one of the best and simplest of all cards for father’s day! What do you think?

Know your Cheese – Types Of Cheese In India


different types of cheese in india

Did you know that there are several types of cheese available in India? A few consider it safe to stick to a particular brand and kind of cheese. Since India is not a traditional cheese making country, most of us know nothing beyond the humble cottage cheese or Paneer. So when it comes to picking up cheese from the endless racks of dairy products at shopping malls, people stick to the basic processed cheese slices manufactured by Amul, Gowardhan, Mother Dairy and the like.

But then, you are losing out on a wonderfully delectable opportunity to taste some equally delicious varieties of cheese just because you don’t know all of them too well. From the easy- to- melt Mozarella to the firm and hard Parmesan cheese, how can you tell them apart? What are the benefits of each? And what the heck is Blue Cheese?

All said and done, we’re more than happy to show you the different types of cheese in India.

Types Of Cheese In India

Cheese Basics

To begin with, let’s get the basics right. The taste and texture of cheese is based on criteria like the duration of ageing, fat content, country of origin, the moisture content, the curing method used and whether it is goat, buffalo, cow or sheep milk. Did you know that a farm known as The Elk House in Sweden actually produces cheese from Moose milk?

Natural Cheese Vs Processed

Natural cheese is usually made by separating milk from water with the help of lemon, bacteria or vinegar. This is then mixed with curd in the coagulation process. The taste develops as the cheese ages. No preservatives, no chemicals. It is more solid in texture as compared to processed cheese and has lesser amount of moisture. However, unlike processed cheese, natural cheese separates into solids and oil when melted.

Processed cheese has a longer shelf life as a result of preservatives that go into them. It has more fat content, added flavours, emulsifying agents, whey, food colour and what not. It is creamier in texture and melts uniformly on your burger. It is cheaper than natural cheese.

It is for you to decide which one is a healthier option. Check out this link for how cheese is made .


Types of cheese available in India

Mozzarella Cheese

mozarella cheese, types of cheese in india

This semi solid cheese has a very creamy texture. Made from pasteurized buffalo or cow’s milk, it has very high moisture content. The colour is mostly white or a slight yellow depending on what the animal has been feeding on. It is mostly used in Pizza, Lasagne and Pasta on account of its stringy texture when melted. Mozzarella goes down well with raw salads too.

Emmental Cheese

Emmental Cheese, types of cheese available in India

A large rind of yellow Emmental cheese with lots of holes in it – I used to love watching poor Jerry save his cheese from the wily Tom. (These were a few cartoon shows kids watched back in the 80s – that’s when I grew up )
This is originally a Swiss cheese made of unpasteurised cow’s milk. This is a medium hard cheese with a nice, yellow colour. The flavour is a bit sharp and nutty. A typical slice of Emmental cheese has holes made by the release of gases caused by bacteria. It melts really well and is mostly used in grilled sandwiches and sauces or dips. In fact, it is traditionally used in making fondue.


different types of cheese in India, parmesan cheese

Parmesan is always on the list for a top cheese connoisseur. This is a hard grating cheese made of unpasteurised cow’s milk. It has a light brown shade of dry, crumbly straw. It can be grated over Pizzas, Pastas and soups. This cheese has a strong aroma and sharp, nutty flavour. The calcium content in this cheese is quite good.

Ricotta Cheese

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Dieter’s delight, fresh ricotta cheese is low in fat and high in protein. This cheese is made from milk whey that is usually left after cheese production. It tastes mildly sweet and can be used in desserts like cheesecake and Tiramisu. You can use it to thicken sauces and make dips for bread. Use ricotta cheese instead of paneer for a low fat version of palak paneer. You can even beat this cheese with sugar and used it in pastry stuffing.

Halloumi Cheese

different types of cheese in india
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Make spicy and yummy kebabs with this cheese. Halloumi is perfectly grillable. Made from sheep’s raw milk (some cheese makers take a mix of sheep’s and goat’s milk), it tastes salty with a rubbery texture. This is meant to be grilled and eaten instead of eating it as it is. On grilling, it tastes crisp outside with a nice buttery centre.

Feta Cheese

types of cheese in india

This cheese is made from sheep’s whole milk. Loaded with 60 percent fat, this is a soft, crumbly textured cheese with small holes, which can be eaten as a snack or used as a salad dressing. It is usually kept to age for 4 to 6 weeks in salty whey and brine – so it’s also known as pickled cheese.

Blue Cheese

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Don’t get flabbergasted with the varieties of blue cheeses available in the market. Blue veined cheese is marked by a distinct pungent flavour and rich, creamy texture. It is not a vegetarian cheese. You can buy the Danish daniblu variety of blue cheese here in India. It is very interesting to note how blue cheese is made . This can be sliced and placed on crusty brown bread or even added as a salad dressing. What makes it blue is Pencillium roqueforti which is a fungus that breeds on curds.

Seasoned Cheese

You can buy a whole lot of seasoned cheeses like Jeera Cheese by La Ferme, Auroville.

Cheddar Cheese

types of cheese available in india

Cheddar is always made of pasteurised cow’s milk. Dense and creamy, it earns its name from a process called cheddaring – in which stacks of pressed curds are placed on one another to remove moisture. Then these are cut into small pieces and again stacked up in layers. This process is repeated till almost all the whey and moisture goes out of the cheese. This accounts for the crumbly, layered texture of cheddar cheese after it is aged for around 9 months or more.

Gouda Cheese

aged gouda cheese in india

One of the oldest cheeses in the world, Gouda cheese traces its origin to Netherlands. It has a high calcium and fat content. It can be aged anywhere between 3 months to five years. Properly aged Gouda cheese has a sweet milky flavour. Usually it is given an orange colour by adding natural colouring pigments like carotene. Relish it with fruit and wine or sandwiches. You can add it to salads too.

Of course, this is a very teeny weeny list of types of cheese available in India. More and more cheese makers in India are venturing into the manufacture of exotic European cheeses.

Where to buy good quality natural cheese online

All leading online grocery stores like, Nature’s basket by Godrej, Localbanya etc. sell leading brands of good quality natural cheese. In fact, Nature’s Basket has an entire section devoted to cheese. You’ll find a good variety – Brie, Emmental, Cheddar, Blue cheese and some nice goat cheese too.

A basic search on JustDial or Google Search will give you a comprehensive list of gourmet cheese retailers and shops in Mumbai. Buying online is more convenient I guess if you don’t have the time, that is.

Check out this interesting and inspiring list of excellent quality natural cheese makers in India .

And Yes! Please do share with our readers in case you know of good cheese retailers or shops in India, in the comments section below.

Inside Golden Temple Coorg

The Golden Temple Coorg

Do not miss a visit to the famed Golden Temple Monastery at Bylakuppe if you happen to visit Coorg! Bylakuppe is home to the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet. This small town is in fact a part of Mysore district of Karnataka state, but it shares its border with Coorg.

Following the Chinese invasion in the year 1969, thousands of Tibetans fled Tibet and took refugee in India. Bylakuppe was the first refuge camp for Tibetans in exile that was set up in South India.  This small town is spic and span and well organized. It is dotted with Tibetan eateries, small houses and shops. Bylakuppe is peaceful and quiet by all means.

The Golden Temple Monastery – Interesting Tidbits

The Golden Temple Monastery Coorg
The Namdroling Monastery also known as The Golden Temple

About the monastery

Of the other monasteries present here, The Golden Temple Monastery or The Namdroling Monastery is the most well known one. It is home to more than 5000 monks and nuns. It is dedicated to the teachings of Buddha and the Palyul Lineage belonging to the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. Thegchog Namdrol Shedrub Dargyeling or Namdroling in short is the actual name of the monastery. Initially, it was a small  bamboo temple built by the throne-holder Kyabje Penor Rinpoche in 1963, with an area of 80 square feet approximately. Now it houses a religious college as well as a hospital. Dalai Lama in association with the Indian Government organized refugee camps for Tibetans in exile in India. This is one such settlement.

This monastery is almost an hours drive from Madikeri, the main town of Coorg. You can hire taxis, autorickshaws or catch a bus from Madikeri to reach here.
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Inside The Golden Temple at Bylakuppe, Coorg

Inside the monastery

Once inside the main temple, you feel humbled by the presence of three colossal and magnificient statues of Gautama Buddha, Padmasambhava and Amitāyus. Each of these gold plated statues is approximately 8 feet tall.

inside golden temple coorg, wall painting
By Sahyadri H S (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The walls are covered with beautiful hand painted Tibetan Buddhist illustrations.

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” by Sahyadri H SOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

This is the place where the monks study, meditate or read religious scriptures.
The monastery has a peaceful, serene atmosphere. You can buy trinkets, feng shui articles and Buddhist souvenirs from a shop located  at the main gate of the monastery. You get an interesting glimpse of Tibet, its people and culture when you visit this monastery at Bylakuppe.

Growing Roses From Cuttings In Potatoes

Amazing Trick To Grow Roses From Stem Cuttings And Potatoes

Growing Roses From Cuttings In Potatoes

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous looking rose bush in their front porch or apartment balcony? As seasons change, your beautiful rose plant undergoes changes and withers away.  Sad? Nah! Unless you know how to propagate the same set of roses using cuttings, a humble potato and some cinnamon! Here’s how!

Growing Roses From Cuttings And Potatoes

Choosing a rose stem to cut

Cut a healthy stem from the rose plant that you wish to propagate. The stem must be approximately 9 inches long and ripe (you can tell if the thorns break off clean). Clear it of thorns and leaves. Spare a few leaves if needed. Cut it at a 45 degree angle from just below a bud.

Choose a good spot for planting your rose cutting

Choose a spot in your garden that gets sufficient morning light. This place must be well shielded from the harsh afternoon sun. You will plant your rose cutting here.

How to plant your rose cutting

Dip your rose cutting in powdered cinnamon. This is a great anti fungal agent which prevents your cutting from fungal infections and decay. It is also an excellent rooting agent. Next, cut a fresh potato in half; remove eyes if any. Scoop out a deep hole in it. Set your rose stem into this hole.

Dig a small pit some 8 inches into the ground. Add some sand at the base. Sprinkle some compost and potting mix. Place the potato along with the rose cutting into this pit. If you plant many cuttings, set them at least 5 inches apart.

Water the cutting only till the soil looks moist. Do not soak the soil.

Why should I use a potato?

The potato provides adequate moisture and nutrients for the rose cutting to grow roots. It also keeps the stem rooted firmly in the ground. After some time, as the potato begins to decompose, it also acts as manure.
In two to three months time, your cutting will have developed roots.

So try this one and let me know how it turns out.

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Different Parenting Styles – What’s Yours?

So what kind of a parent are you? This question may make you raise an eyebrow and actually start thinking. It got me thinking too.

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It was our son’s induction day programme at school. We were at the school auditorium, attending a parenting workshop conducted by an experienced and eminent speaker, Mr. Rishabh Khanna, Director, Les Transformations. Mr. Khanna is an experienced educator and L & D expert. He helped us break a few parenting myths and focus on vital areas which we tend to neglect. There is no such thing as perfect parenting. We all learn things on the go with inputs from our parents and of course, the society which is more than ready to interfere.

Coming back to the workshop, Mr. Khanna asked us the same question. Many were either interested, thinking or plain bored till he went ahead, telling us of the different parenting styles that exist and the pros and cons of each. This got everyone back on track.
The different types of parenting styles play a vital role in bringing up a child. They affect the self esteem, happiness and academic performance of your child. His physical and mental development is also influenced by your parenting style. The way you discipline your child can have a major impact on your relationship with him over the years.

Different Parenting Styles- Effects On Children

Authoritarian Parenting

Do you put across a set of rules and expect your children to follow them without asking any questions? If yes, you belong to this category. Here children have no say in any decisions that concern them. Parents may decide everything from the food the child should eat to the extracurricular activity the child should choose. Whether a kid hates eating salads or hates to swim and would prefer doing something else, will not matter to such parents. In case the child asks, “Why should I do this?” the answer is usually “because I want it that way” or “You don’t know what is good for you!”A ‘No’ may be met with corporal punishment instead of informing the child of possible consequences of not doing the task.

Now here is what happens. Kids depend on their parents for everything which affects their decision making capability. They have low self confidence.

Now comes the most startling aspect. Such children are more than likely to become targets of CSA or child sexual abuse. They do not report it to their parents for fear of being scolded. Since they have been taught to follow orders without counter questioning, they do not retaliate when someone tries to abuse them.

If you are an authoritarian parent, it is time to change your parenting style.

Authoritative Parenting

All of us set rules when it comes to parenting. However, some parents consider the likes and dislikes of a child before setting these rules.

My son, for instance, hates milk. I tried several health drink mixes and natural fruit shakes but to no avail. Punishing him for such a futile reason was totally out of question.

Finally I tried milk with Pediasure and mashed bananas on alternate days. The only reason why he drank this was that it was served chilled. It took me a long time to find this out. But now I have no problems. This avoided so many endless arguments that usually have mothers throwing their hands up in the air.

Authoritative style of parenting believes in praising and rewarding good behaviour. To reinforce discipline and disapprove bad behaviour, parents do not resort to corporal punishment. For instance, my child often raises the TV volume to very loud levels. After two warnings, if he does not listen, I turn down the volume and tell him that I intend to skip his 4 pm snack. I also refuse to speak to him for the rest of the day. This works and he does not repeat it.

However, this may or may not work for every child. The parent needs to know in what way they can make their child understand without raising their hands. Parents who follow this style spend quality time with their children, by engaging in extracurricular activities together, for instance.

Such children are happy and successful in their lives. They take decisions in consultation with their parents. They turn out to be good leaders and speakers. They love and respect their parents.

Permissive Parenting

This kind of parenting has parents being friendly with their children, but beyond permissible limits. They give in to their kids demands and buy them whatever they want. Permissive parenting lacks discipline which is very important in raising children. Kids behave as they wish to. They do not have a set time table for studying, playing or eating.

Many a times, in nuclear families, both the mother and the father work and usually have less time to spend with their kids. By the end of the day, they are too tired to spend time with their child. Usually the kid is in left in the care of a maid or a day care centre. To compensate for the lack of time they spend with the child, the parents take them to shopping malls and splurge on toys, food, theme parks etc. to make them happy. Barring weekends, children hardly get to be with their parents. This may make them sad. They may not share their daily experiences with their parents. As a result parents will never know if the child is coming under any negative influence till it is too late to mend ways.

Ideally the parents must spend quality time with the child ona a daily basis, even an hour will suffice. But at that time, they should solely focus on the child and keep away from smartphones and laptops. If possible, leave the child in their grandparents’ care instead of a day care centre.

And yes, discipline matters. Do not give in to unreasonable demands of your child.

Uninvolved Parenting

Sometimes parents may suffer from medical problems or marital issues like a divorce etc. Or the parent maybe uneducated and unaware of basic parenting skills. In such dysfunctional families, nobody is really worried about the welfare of the child. They do not have any inkling of what the kid does at school or when he is out at play. Discipline takes a backseat here. Such kids can easily fall in bad company. Academically, they tend to lag behind. They also exhibit behavioral problems.

So which type of parenting style do you follow?

As I said earlier, no one is a perfect parent. We all have positive and negative sides. The trick is to be a good friend to your child without compromising on discipline. Discuss parenting issues with your friends who have children, share your experience with them. You will come across newer, better ideas or you may help others facing a similar situation.

Do let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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How To Get Rid Of Pimples – 5 Instant Remedies

Wondering how to get rid of pimples overnight? Take a look at these 5 instant remedies to remove pimples from your face real fast!


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A swollen, red pimple can give you nightmares especially the night before a wedding function or right before a corporate presentation. What it also means is that you may have a series of ugly breakouts all over your face.
Better to nip it right in the bud and make your pimple shrink and disappear! Now who has the time to mix all sorts of things to come up with a perfect face pack or maybe some messy cream to remove those pimples? One of these instant remedies for pimples can do the trick for you!

How to get rid of pimples? – 5 Instant Remedies

Aloe Vera Gel


I vouch for this one! Aloe gel miraculously reduces the size of your pimple overnight. It gives instant relief from redness, itchiness and inflammation. Aloe has loads of antiseptic properties that heal instantly. Scoop out some gel from an aloe leaf and apply it directly over your pimple. If do not have an aloe plant, go for some pure Aloe Vera gel from FabIndia. Aloe Gel from Aroma Treasures also works fine! Both these brands show fantastic results in diminishing acne, pimples and zits.

Banana Peel

uses of banana peels

This is unbelievable but true. The uses of banana peels have always been underestimated. Scrape some fibrous pulp from the inner part of a banana peel and apply it over your pimples. Let it sit for 30 minutes or so. Lutein present in banana peels help shrink pimples real fast. Apply at least 4 times in day. You’ll find encouraging results in one day. Use the green Robusta variety for best results.

Organic Turmeric Powder

turmeric for women

Apply a paste made of water and pure, organic turmeric powder over your pimples. Turmeric is a known anti bacterial agent that also prevents scarring. Turmeric leaves stains though. You can apply this on days when you may not have to step out of your home. I usually buy Organic turmeric powder online from . Brands like from 24/7 Mantra or Pro Nature are good preferences for both culinary as well as cosmetic uses.

Lacto Calamine Lotion


If you have Lacto Calamine handy, use it to prevent scarring and more breakouts. Lacto Calamine reduces the size of your pimples besides giving instant relief from itchiness and redness. Apply overnight for best results.

Baking Soda

This humble ingredient from your kitchen shelf is capable of drying out even the most stubborn pimple. Apply a paste of baking soda and water over your pimples. It extracts excessive oil and impurities from pimples, shrinking them in the process. People with sensitive skin must do a skin patch test before trying this remedy. Excessive use can cause skin irritation and redness. So use a minute quantity enough to cover your pimple that’s all.

These remedies work really well on healing and shrinking pus filled pimples as well. Any more instant remedies on how to get rid of pimples on face? Do share these time savers here!


7 Instant Home Remedies For Gas Problem

These are 7 easy home remedies for gas and bloating. You do not have to wince in discomfort at the thought of crushing this and boiling that and coming up with a meticulously prepared concoction to get rid of foul smelling stomach gas. 

Passing wind way too often lately? Trust me; though everyone does this once in a while, only a few are brave enough to admit it. Trouble starts when it begins to occur frequently when you’re among people. No one likes to be around those who smell of nasty undigested matter eaten the day before. Keeping all this in mind, I thought of coming up with this simple list of 7 single ingredient home remedies for gas problem which are absolute time savers and equally effective.

Instant Home Remedies For Gas Problem

Asafoetida (Hing)


This pungent Indian spice has been used since ages in Indian cooking for its flavour. Though it may smell awful, this is an instant gas buster. Take two pinches of powdered asafoetida or hang and place it on the back of your tongue. Gulp it down with a glass of warm water. You’ll burp out gas and feel better in ten minutes or so.

Cumin (Jeera)

cumin for gas problem
Keep dry roasted and powdered cumin handy. Consume half a teaspoon of cumin with warm water. This helps in digestion and gives relief from gas.

Dabur Hajmola

Dabur Hajmola For Gas

These are ayurvedic digestive tablets made from a mix of herbs, spices and edible salts that alleviate gas problem and speed digestion. Hajmola comes in four flavours – tamarind, mint, lemon and regular. You just have to suck on one or two tablets to feel better.


mint for gas problem

Chew on 10 fresh mint leaves if you grow them or keep stock of them. Mint is a powerful digestive aid. It lets Fennel (Saunf)
Traditionally, all Indian meals are followed by using fennel seeds as mouth fresheners. These seeds double up as (digestive aids as well. Chew ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds to flare up your digestive juices, especially after a heavy meal. This prevents bloating and gas. Chewing fennel also gives relief from gas instantly.

Black salt (Kala Namak)

Suck on some black salt for relief from bloating and gas. Black salt speeds up elimination of accumulated stomach gas.

This one gives you instant relief from headaches caused by build up of stomach gas. Disprin makes you burp soon enough. Make sure you don’t take disprin on an empty stomach, though.

Try any one of these home remedies for gas problem and follow it up with Apanasana if possible for best results.

Yoga For Gas And Bloating

Apanasana (Knee to chest pose)

This is a yoga pose that helps you to expel stomach gas from both ends. It needs to be done in seclusion (obviously…it would be so gross if the world hears you fart!)

Lie down on your back on a mat. Keep your palms facing downwards on your knees. Inhale slowly. While you exhale, pull your thighs towards your chest with your arms. Clasp your arms around your knees. Inhale slowly while trying to pull your thighs away from the chest while holding them back with your arms. Now exhale and rock your back gently from side to side or from front to back. Now inhale again, then exhale and release your legs. Resume the original rest pose. Repeat this exercise five to six times. Practising Apanasana gives relief from digestive disorders, if performed regularly.


Do you have any other instant home remedies for gas problem? I would love to hear from you. Let me know in the comments below.

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Sakthi Sivakumar - Budding fashion designer

Sakthi Sivasankar – Budding Fashion Designer

Who says Fashion Designing is not for ‘bacchas’? Meet Sakthi Sivasankar, an eight year old little girl from Bangalore who thinks otherwise. And with good reason!

Sakthi Sivakumar - Budding fashion designer

Stunning Fashion Designs By An Eight Old

Take a look at the stunning sketches this little girl has created, putting her ingenious talent to excellent use. Her color coordination deserves a thumbs up too! Vivid, vibrant colors and proportioned human figures. She definitely has the potential to make it big in the fashion industry. Her mom Chithra has done a commendable job in identifying her child’s creative abilities and encouraging her. The ensembles are carefully designed, colors are apt and vibrant enough to get appreciative glances from everyone around. The best part is unlike a few fashion styles you see on the ramp today, her designs are wearable!

Sakthi Iyer - fashion designer

Sakthi Iyer - fashion designer

Sakthi Iyer - fashion designer

Encourage creativity in kids

This is what her mom Chithra has to say about her –

” Sakthi’s sketches and her colour selection look quite interesting. She is very enthusiastic about designing and spends her spare time sketching. She is very passionate about it. Her interests are badminton, movies and storytelling. She aspires to be a teacher and fashion designer”

A stylish fashion designer in the making I must say! Encourage Sakthi by visiting her page to check out more designs at  Shakthi Designs

Every parent must observe their child. Patience, observation and identifying skill sets go a long way in grooming your child for the future. Look carefully…you may see another brilliant Sakthi in your little one.


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5 Life Lessons I Learned From My Child

life lessons you can learn from children

Small, innocent eyes looking up at you, a tiny mind thinking the world of you and happy little hands tugging along wherever you go! Little children bring you joy. I was a part of this mad rush we call life, till a few interactions with my little boy made me slow down.

Children look at life from a different angle which we fail to notice. To learn from them, all you need is to spend some quality time with them. These are a few life lessons that my little boy taught me.

Interesting Life Lessons You Can Learn From Children

Forgive And Forget

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Practically every self healing course and personality development programme in this world emphasises that the most important step towards healing your body is to forget your past and forgive those who may have wronged you. This is also the most difficult step to conquer. Not for kids, though.

My little one had an argument with his playmate over who rides his bicycle real fast! They did a cycling race and both claimed to have won the race. They came to blows eventually. The other kid’s mother and I had to separate them. The next day, my son insisted on playing with the same kid again. I politely refused reminding him of the fight they had. He says, “That was yesterday, mumma! He was my enemy yesterday. Today he is my friend. Please let me go and play.” I mumble an ‘Okay’ hesitantly, looking over my balcony, hoping history doesn’t repeat itself. Thankfully, I see the other boy waiting for my son. Soon they play, laugh and have fun as if nothing had happened the day before.

Ask yourself, how many hurtful experiences are you still harbouring in your mind? Empty that space right away. A negative mindset allows disease to manifest in the body. Replace every worrisome thought that tries to enter your mind with memories that make you smile.

Treat Others As You would Want Others To Treat You.

I was busy writing an article when my boy comes up and tells me,”Mumma I want to show you how an Audi R8 can jump over five cars at the same time.” I reply, “Not now, I’m busy, I’ll see that later!” Dejected, he goes away and plays with his toy cars.

Later in the evening, my husband is busy checking his office mails. I sit down to tell him something important. Without looking up from his laptop, he snaps at me and says, “ Not now. I’m busy, We’ll talk later!”
Karma or otherwise, I did learn a lesson that day!

Be Fearless


The most useless fear that limits our capabilities is “What will others think?” The next in line is a series of “What Ifs” – What if I lose?, what if I fail ? And so on… Look at kids. They laugh loudly, clap loudly and enjoy as if no one is looking. When I ask my naughty little imp to behave in the park, he says – “Let it be mumma, no one is even looking at me!” He had a great time catching crabs at the beach and bathing elephants at an elephant camp at Coorg while I was a bit worried over “What if a crab pinches him?” or “What if the elephant gets up too soon?”

Love Unconditionally

Most of the people can get real angry if their spouses forget their birthday or anniversary. You may even be disappointed for not getting a gift on this special day. This year, we decided not to throw a birthday party for our son. We simply took a day off from work, took him to the beach followed by his favourite theme park @Kidzania and let him enjoy every moment. He wasn’t bothered about the party or all the gifts that his friends would’ve given him. All he wanted was our undivided attention and lots of love.

Children love you unconditionally. They kiss you, hug you and think you are the best mom or dad in this world without expecting anything in return.

This is what he wrote for a paragraph on my mother in his semester one English exam. The entire paragraph sums up the unconditional love he has for his mom – I’m proud to be his mother.

best paragraph on my mother

Appreciate Every Little Thing In Life


“I can make a rainbow!”, says my little boy holding a glass cube against the morning sunlight. A lovely rainbow coloured pattern appears on the white floor. A simple thing as this makes him so happy. He is so happy when his dad flies his kite for him. Every time the kite flies high, he claps his hand and jumps with glee. He loves sailing paper boats in puddles and fishing in the river at his Nana’s place.

Little children are so much in awe of everything going around them. Grown ups focus more on money, work, career, relationships, mostly oblivious to small moments in life that can make anybody smile – the naughty twinkle in the eyes of a kid who has pressed the pause elevator switch on every floor, walking bare foot on wet grass, the contentment you get when you hear a thank you, the warm morning rays of the sun, the friendly ‘woof’ of your pet dog, a blooming flower in your window, a smile from your neighbor…the list is endless.

I saved the funniest part for the last – As I was writing this, my son comes along, reads the caption –5 Life Lessons My Child Taught Me . He adds, “Mumma don’t forget to mention that I taught you how to make an origami paper carrot, lantern and dog face!”

So what did you learn from your little one? Do let me know in the comments below.