Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Indian Connect in Paris

India is one of the oldest civilizations of the world and I am proud to be an Indian, to belong to a rich heritage, to a culture that is diverse . There are a multitude of languages spoken in our country. It is like a bouquet which has flowers of different Hughes and fragrances.
India is looked upon with great respect and it has a magnetic appeal which attracts people from all over the world. The Vedas ,the literature , culture and cuisine all hold an immense appeal for people from different cultures and countries.There are many instances which prove that India has a charisma which cannot be ignored. 
It was the month of May and I was in Paris. I was standing on the pavement when I heard the sounds of  Mridungam an Indian musical instrument. Soon a group of young mostly French boys and girls filled the street dressed in saffron. They were dancing and chanting Hare Krishna. They were devotees of lord Krishna.
I was so far from my country and upon hearing these familiar sounds I felt I was at home. It was a spiritual connect with people of a different ethnicity that I got goose bumps.
That street of Paris was transformed to a scene from India.
Paris is a busy city and people have little time yet my Indian attire of the Saree and specially the vermilion on my forehead attracted great attention.
Every time I stood with a map in my hand trying to figure out the directions. I found total strangers coming upto me to help and guide. The  first thing they asked was You are from India? All because either they had been to India or wanted to go to India and talking to me and helping me made them feel closer to my country India.
On the road I met a pair of Nuns. Seeing me they stopped and started a conversation asking me if I have come from India?
One of them told me with great pride that she had been to India many years back and the second one wished to visit India some day. Even though I was in a foreign land amongst strangers their passion for India and my indianess got me so much attention that I felt I am an Ambassador of my country ,my India.

Lufthansa TVC

Saturday, 18 October 2014

a healthy child means a happy home

A child is like a budding flower, the building block of every home. A home without a child is drab and dull , lacking in spirit and liveliness .The human cycle starts from infancy ,followed by youth and old age.It is very clear that a child’s presence keeps the spirits revived .

A child is very delicate, constantly requiring attention and since he or she is undergoing various stages of growth needs proper nourishment.Dust , pollution and germs pose a constant threat to a child’s well being. As a parent we must do our utmost best to ensure the best diet and protect the child from diseases.

It is said that no home is ever complete without a child. Children are the essence of a home making it more vibrant and happy place with their tiny squeals ,their gurgles of laughter and the sound of the pitter patter of their tiny feet. Their cherubic innocence is like a spell.Looking after a child requires 24 x 7 attention..It means being constantly on your toes.

A child is unable to speak and you have to constantly guess what he or she requires from the expression or time of the day ..They howl when hungry and do not give up until fed. Once fed the look of contentment on their tiny faces is worth a look. They are constantly in motion ,rolling over ,turning sides and so on Once on their feet the whole room is their playfield..Things have to be cleared so they do not get hurt.

Just as a plant needs attention and nourishment so does a child. They are tiny and delicate and greatly susceptible to germs and diseases.They need protection , a shield to keep them safe and healthy. As long as a child is healthy he or she is a happy child ,in turn making the home a happy home .On the contrary if a child becomes ill the whole house is in a state of upheaval. It seems as if a storm has passed through..

It is very essential that along with attention and care proper nourishment is provided. There are many natural herbs and ingredients which enrich the quality of a child’s food and increase his immunity.This is essential to ensure a healthy present and future for our child. When we become a parent we understand the trials and tribulations our parents must have faced in bringing us up ,they never let go and never frowned at their own suffering but always had a concern about our welfare.

Blessed is that home where the musical laughter of a child flows showing that a healthy child makes a happy home.Children are the harbingers of happiness. As they become older and get ready to face the outside world they face a barrage of challenges . Being exposed to the outside world ,stresses and an army of germs ,bacteria’s and viruses are at the forefront of challenges ready to embark on the journey of life in the outside world. We take good care of their diets however at times we ignore to give them the much needed immunity boost. Luckily for us we have rich knowledge of ayurveda that lists so many herbs like Amla, Ashwagandha,giloy, Guduchi ,Satavari, Vidarikand etc that boost the immunity system of children and the entire family. Our children are lucky that they do not have to go to the himalays in the search of these herbs and medicinal plants. A ready made concoction in the form of chayanprash is being made available by Dabur. This Dabur Chyawanprash provides a 3X boost to our children and our whole family and better prepares to face the challenges of life

Diwali the fedtival for homecoming #GharWaliDiwali

Our country has a multitude of feasts and festivals but the one which tops the list is that of diwali.It is aptly called the festival of lights as with nightfall the city comes alive with multicolored lights set up as straight lines or geometric designs.
However in our household we relate to this festival as the time for homecoming just like the birds coming to roost.
The countdown for this day begins from Dusshera.The markets are all decked up with gifts, clothes and the halwai shops are doing a brisk business Diwali is that much awaited time of the year when everyone wants to be at home and celebrate the #GharWaliDiwali.The joy of being with your loved ones on this Festival of reunion and lights is unique and uncomparable.
It is imperative that the house be cleaned thoroughly and freshly painted too.This tradition is followed till date.There is the smell of freshness in the air.The kitchen is abuzz with activity.The aroma of freshly made laddoos make the children yearn for a bite while the mouth watering gujjias make us go yo yo.It is that time when every member of the family,be it my uncles or aunts, brothers or sisters and their children gather together for this grand reunion.
After completing my schooling I had to shift to another city  for further studies, which was located at quite a distance from my home. Festival time is the time when one wants to dump everything and rush home. But one year I was unable to get any booking either by train or plane to reach home.Tears welled up in my eyes and fell like a stream as I thought of all the things that I was going to miss..As luck would have it my roommate's father came to take her home.Seeing my plight he made a detour in his plan and offered to drive me home first.My happiness knew no bounds and just before sunset I was home.
My family had become despondent and were in low spirits but when I stood before them there were shouts of joy and the evening became miraculous all thanks to one kind act never to be forgotten.I knew that this was going to be my best diwali ever.My brother and sister had brought dresses for me keeping in view the latest fashion and my color choice.My cousins were not far behind as they loaded me with beautiful trinkets and accessories.After performing the puja we lit up the earthen diyas.Thereafter we sat down to partake of a sumptuous meal topped with my favourite laddoos and gujias. Replete with food we had an Antrakshi session intermixed with bouts of laughter over silly jokes and puns.This was not the end but the start of waiting for the next Diwali