10 Tips for a healthy and safe pregnancy!

Pregnancy is a crucial turnover in any woman’s life! So, if you are planning a baby or are pregnant make sure you take certain precautions for the better health of yourself and the child. As mother’s health and fitness plays a key role for the foetus’ proper growth and development and the child’s birth condition. While you are at the stage of having the most prominent change in your life, make sure you take a look at these detailed tips for a better and healthy prenatal and postnatal results.

  • Essential minerals and vitamins: As soon as you get your pregnancy test positive, make sure you get yourself prescribed the best and most suitable vitamins, calcium and folic acid tablets. Although, your diet, which will now be richer in these nutrients may contain these minerals, it may not be enough for a healthy pregnancy. The proper intake of vitamins and folic acid is very essential in the early weeks of pregnancy as it helps in developing the baby’s neural cord, which later changes into the brain and spinal cord of the baby. While, if you miss these folate and vitamins supplements during pregnancy, you face a lot of problems like excessive hair fall, dry skin, etc after the birth of the child.
  • Necessary precautions: The early weeks and the mid weeks of pregnancy can be absolutely delicate. Make sure you just don’t change your positions rapidly and indulge in any vigorous exercise. Avoid weight lifting and standing for a longer period of time. Even sitting on a position that generates a lot of pressure on your pelvis area leads to miscarriages in the early weeks of pregnancy and having a lower placenta line during the mid-term.
  • Proper diet: The one common issue that most pregnant women face is morning nausea. This often stretches more than the mornings and even stays more than the first term too. Hence, it leads to certain nutrition deficiency in pregnant women. Enough of food cannot be consumed at the same time, hence follow a pattern of eating 6 to 8 times a day, within an interval of an hour and a half. Make sure you include loads of cereals in your diet( a high folic acid provider), fruits( contains more of vitamins), milk (a calcium agent) and meat, green vegetables and loads and loads of water and fluids.
  • Avoid disease causing factors: Diseases during pregnancy can be most crucial. They often lead to miscarriages or even a danger to the mother as well. If not that, it often leads to an underweight child being born with major complications too. Hence, a proper care of the pregnant woman is necessary against any disease causing factor. While consuming clean water to avoid water borne diseases is important, viral diseases can be dangerous too. Research have found that pregnant women attract more mosquitoes than a woman who’s not pregnant, this is because our breath becomes heavier and we exhale more carbon dioxide to which the mosquitoes are attracted to. Disease like malaria, dengue and chikungunya are spread by mosquitoes which is extremely difficult to manage during pregnancy. Malaria can also be passed on the placenta and thus even new born would get affected. Avoid mosquito bites at any cost, if you are heading outdoors, don’t forget to apply 4 dots of Good knight Fabric Roll-On, as it is 100% natural product & you apply it on fabric and not directly on skin. Also if you are at home during the daytime – make sure your mosquito repellent machine is turned on, we don’t usually do this but since dengue and chikungunya are caused by day biting mosquitoes it is a must to use a mosquito repellent even during the day. It’s also not advisable to clean your cat’s feces yourself, in order to avoid Toxoplasmosis which can be dangerous for pregnant women.
  • Exercise: A regular session of exercise and walk is extremely important for a pregnant women in order to deliver a healthy baby and keep herself fit even after the child birth. Research shows, pregnant women who indulge in more yoga and exercise tend to have a comparably easy natal time. While, a regular walk of at least forty five minutes is recommended by doctors at the last term of your pregnancy too.
  • Decreasing stress level: Most experts agree that a happy mother gives birth to a healthy and happy kid! Why not, the baby is the closest one to the mother during pregnancy, hence the vibes, positive or negative- tend to spread even during that time. Other than that, an increased level of stress often leads to blood pressure soaring high at the time of birth and resulting in pre-eclampsia, thus it leads to doctors opting for cesarean child birth.
  • Taking up hobbies and interests: Gaining appropriate amount of rest is also advisable to pregnant women. But you can’t just stick on to the bed to rest and gain more weight than you already are! So, better indulge in some activities that makes you believe your mind from stress and also keeps you relaxed and busy. Read some books for the coming transformation in your life and the preparations you have to make accordingly. Or just listen to good music while you bake some good nutritious cookies to have when you have mid night cravings.
  • Avoid excess citric acid: Although citric acid is called to be one of the healthy sources of essential minerals in body, but consuming excess of it during the last term of pregnancy can lead to swelling in certain parts of your body like legs, face etc. Although during the first weeks of pregnancy citric fruits and lemon are recommended for the relief of nausea, but it is better to avoid them in the later weeks as during pregnancy de-calcification is quite common and your bones and teeth are more prone to it. The high amount of citric acid present inside lemons are capable of damaging your teeth enamel and may lead to serious dental problems too.
  • Avoid excessive spices: As said before, a good diet leads to a healthy pregnancy and in the end to a healthy baby being delivered. But the cravings that pregnant women often face are incredible. This often leads to women having lots of spicy food and later complaints of heart burns and acidic reactions in urine. So, it’s better to keep your spice measures and cravings in control if you want a pregnancy that’s free of acidic problems. While, research also shows that more spicy food during pregnancy may often lead to skin reactions and a high blood pressure too.
  • Limiting the intake of sea food: While seafood is the richest source of proteins and omega 3 which is highly essential mineral for a better IQ development, it also contains a higher level of mercury. Being a toxic metal, it causes serious nervous damage in a person. Hence it’s best recommended for a pregnant woman to reduce fish intake. You can have some walnuts instead in order to attain the minerals which you cannot get due to avoiding fish consumption. Pregnancy and motherhood is tough no doubt, but taking a proper care of your health during this period is necessary too. With these tips, you cover a large portion of essential precautions needed during your pregnancy terms. And all these efforts are actually worth in the end. After all, you are carrying a bundle of joy along with you for a long period of nine months, wouldn’t you love it to be the most healthy and beautiful baby?

Better late than never!

A mother of three, a home maker with sixteen people in the family, the one woman in the family who doesn’t look up around from the pool of chores she have to fulfill and already turning 30! Imagine this woman, suddenly being determined to fulfill her dream of being a writer after leaving it being for atleast a decade.

Well, yes! Thats me! The one girl who gre up striving with the dream of getting a PhD degree in psychology and being a great author one day. But, bring from a conservative family was the only chain that succeeded in caging out that dreams behind the walls of womanhood. Getting married at an early age followed by two kids in a gap of few years added more to the plan. Some more responsibilities of being in a huge family with so much socialising was another string that still tightened the ropes together.

Well, one fine day while nursing my last kid, scrolling through facebook feeds, I found myself again. The girl with so many dreams I left behind so many years ago. She wanted to come true of all those chains, she wanted to breathe free, she wanted an identification of her own, she wanted to live, yes finally she wanted to live being herself!

Not that I wasn’t happy in my previous roles. Those were exceptionally awesome, but I really wanted to live my dreams. Wanted to know for my talent. I discussed the same with my husband, and he suggested me, it’s never too late to start dreaming once again! He encouraged me to find myself again,to live my dreams again and start what I left out with.

So, at the age of 29, I started learning wide global languages like French and Arabic and Russian. I started with being a social media influencer and promoting brands on various social channels, slowly and steadily I started writing, though writing books replaced writing blogs, writing fiction novels replaced writing more about the in trends of fashion and yukt delights of food, but still I got a space to put my creativity forward.

Gradually, my blog started getting a lot of approval on all platforms and even being nominated for one of the best blogs awards. It got me the fame, I so much craved for, the identification I so much dreamt of.

I couldn’t continue on those formal degrees of colleges and graduation to get me a PhD, but still I am doing some private certified courses for the same. Although, I lived a decade in vacuum and couldn’t succeed in bringing my dreams to life, but still even after starting late, I am far ahead of those who got all the education and chances that I couldn’t get in life.

Well,I personally think it’s all because of my husband’s encouragement I got and those love I got from my kids. I often just think, thank God, I started, although a little late, but it’s better than never being able to do anything!

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda

Learning english with pathshala Funwala!

English is the universal language! A language that’s spoken most commonly around the world. The one oral key that can give you an access to various locks of knowledge around the globe. While, the importance of this language is so known by most of us, we have got more than half of Indians who still haven’t got any access to basic education in any language, let alone learning the english language.

It’s really very unfortunate that although there are various measures taken by government on bringing on the literacy and educational rates higher, little efforts are actually taken to get this language more accessible to everyone. Furthermore, those institutions who offer the education of english language cost so much that most indians, being under poverty line cannot afford to learn it.

But hey, here’s a good news for those knowledge thirsty souls who will now get to learn english language easily and totally free of cost. Nihar shanti amla has started this awesome initiative of getting little kids learning english the most simplest way and totally non chargeable.

By just dialing on Nihar Shanti Amla’s Pathshala Funwala’s toll free number 8055667788, you get a call back from their team and whoa, you are almost there taking your first step towards learning the most important language of the world.

Welcoming those children with a nice little jungle they introduce themselves and their mission of spreading knowledge with them so easily. The rest is just a piece of cake! You just have to follow their instructions and very essentially, listen to everything they speak properly. And, you never could have imagine, with these little rhythmic story telling conversations between Shanti didi and those kids, your kids are actually getting to acquire so much, so easily.

I have already got my maids daughter, who’s currently studying in third standard in a marathi medium school and my driver’s son, who’s still in his pre school classes starting with his educational step. And they are literally reciting those jingles around with their parents the whole day. Hence, taking this educational journey more forward unintentionally.

Well, I salute nihar shanti amla for this Nihar Shanti Amla’s Pathshala Funwala and the great work they are doing for spreading education. Even you can bring more people getting to know english language and move a step upward towards society.

I am blogging about Pathshala Funwala by Nihar Shanti Amla Oil in association with Blogadda

Magnificient monsoon menu at Chaayos!

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Monsoons are just magical! While the world cherish the charisma of it in the beauty of nature and flowing breeze, we foodies tend to think only about which snack would best compliment the climate and where! Grabbing a proper meal to compliment the weather always enhances its beauty, says all the foodies ever! And getting your hands on these deliceous snacks is not a cake walk, mind you!

Well, when I was already craving for a perfect snack to satisfy my growling tummy as the rains hit my window, I came across this picture on the chaayos instagram handle!

Believe me, the growling increased and I felt I should just grab it from the screen to taste this tempting yummy dish.

Ok! It was quite some time now, and my cravings were under control now, but the hunger still remained. Had to do something of it! Well, what more, adding more torture to my hunger, I got to see this on chaayos twitter page. Scrumptious, no doubt. Wish I could just snatch it from there. Cursing the already heavy flowing rains, I grabbed my rainwear and went for the bike.

Chaayos has innumerable stores across the country, Delhi being their main hub. Well, thank God they have almost ten branches in Mumbai too. I went for the chaayos, Todi mills, lower parel. A wide smile and a loud greeting that followed my entrance there lifted my mood more. This place looks cool, I thought and rushed in. A ground plus one floored outlet, with lots of table and chairs neatly arranged, some cute posters on the wall and exceptionally well designed interiors. Gazing for minutes wasn’t enough here.

Now, comes the food! The monsoon menu had paneer/chicken opened stuffed paratha, chicken kadhahi sandwich, bun samosa, barish wale pakode, chicken kulhad kulcha, kulhad jalebi and shahi chai! You know what? I ordered them all!! Sont belive it? I have pics to prove it. (I had a partner in crime to enjoy the meal with me so don’t get shocked)

The chicken open paratha was super deliceous with savoury chicken and cheese stuffed generously on top of a soft paratha. Well, don’t blame me if your mouth waters, you are reading it! The kadhahi chicken sandwich was astounding too, with chicken, sauce and veggies all pressed under the pressure of softest bread. Hmmm…. Yummy it was! The kadahi chicken kulcha( soft, battery indian bread) had chicken cooked in indian spices served in a kulhad (container made up of clay), and buttered kulcha to give it a strong competition. I think, they both have scored well here. Now comes the best, crispiest and wholesome barish wale pakode. I was actually munching it greedily enjoying the rain view outside through the doors. Paneer pakode among them were my favorite. Loved the chilli pakoda, the tallest of all but equally crunchy and yummy. The dessert consisting of kulhad jalebi made a way happily through my already full tummy! I have never before had a jalebi that’s crispy. This new crispy jalebi made me a crazy fan of it. Well, I am already full! But, what kind of indians are we, if we cannot end our conversation without sealing it with a chai! So, here comes the shahi kulhad chai. Served in a kulhad, this chai actually consisted of generous pieces of almond and strands of saffron in it. Unbelievable, isnt it? Try and have yours. You can actually devour the tea through its rich aroma before sipping it lightly over.

That was just the food during monsoon. But this place led me more curious to check what’s in store otherwise too! A curious food explorer always find their way to satisfy their curiosity in the most easiest manner. So, I actually visited almost all of chaayos outlets in Mumbai, and well, its each outlet says a different story.

Designed taking in to consideration it’s signature chai style, they decorated each outlet with a unique, impressive theme! Here, let me give you a short description of what I found so astounding about these outlets.

Monsoon, books, a strong cup of tea and your favorite palak kachori and blue berry lemon cake makes it a perfect hour spent over here. The interiors out here has pages of books everywhere you glance at, hence giving you the inspiration you need for your work at chaayos, versova.

After a movie, what you need? Exactly! Your personalised cup of tea, yummy paneer tacos and a friend to point out how you liked the movie. The same goes amazingly well at the chaayos at kurla, Phoenix. Here, they have made quite an impression by decorating the whole place with kettles and tea glasses. Hence, enhancing the beauty of the theme

While you Just want to enjoy the cool climate outside with your light cup of tea, a chocolate factory cake and chana masala, the chaayos outlet at Bandra gives you some refreshing air to enjoy with their huge outdoor seatings available. (They even have an indoor seating if you don’t like out.)

These and some more outlets, spread across the city gives your tea love a new definition. The serious way in which we take our tea cravings are carried by them too. That’s the reason they pride in preparing around twelve thousand variety of tea, (depending upon your taste too) and are still on a quest to experiment with chai some more!

Lets live some more!!

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You think you are growing and life’s come to a descending order already? You think that you just can’t catch up with your ones upon a time dreams again? Did you accept the fact that you just can’t be that kid again? That thought if getting yourself a unique identification has faded? Do you think that your growing age is taking you towards to lonelier times with yourself and stealing your right to be that carefree persona you once were?

Well, lets think again than! Thats what you need now if you are deteriorating with those growing numbers being added to your age figure. I seriously think you need a cold shower, a harsh splash of chilled water on your face and a loud music and a must read of this blog carefully.

Lets get started with your that dre
am that you so very much wanted to fulfill long back,bit you just have to leave it alone, reasons only you know. After all these years,you have the time, money and source to do it, but you just can’t take the step forward, why? Because you are so afraid, of maybe, what world may think about it! Ok, so I am a little right here! Let the workd think damn right now! Step your foot down, and take that first step to achieve your dreams, soon the world will watch you as an example, not with an unknown nobody.
If age us stopping you to catch up what you left incomplete, let us all recall that saying which saud, age is just a number! Well, I think you have enough number to strengthen you to catch up, rather than being left completing those numbers to God knows till which count at a vacuum, not knowing where it may stop.

Now, comes those milestones which you already achieved, but it. Would have taken you somewhere better if you have worked more towards that direction. You know very well which sense I am talking about. Lets take that step and give your talent the name it needed,let the world know it was you whi did such an amazing thing,but never had the source to show it off. Belive me, social media nowadays is the perfect source of getting your hidden talent known worldwide. Well, lets hope for the new posts that could make wonders now.

Now, comes those, who always propritised their loved ones achievements and dreams and hence, never gave a thought for themselves. Now, after years, when you see them climbing those ladders of success and fame, you find yourself so lonely, so small and so lost! Well, it’s not over buddy! Give yourself sone time, think what you can achieve still, which of course you can. Make a decision, determine yourself, and go!!! I am sure you are going to find a way towards your dreams and that too pretty soon. After all, aspirations and goals are the things that keeps us going, without any goal, we are just as neutral as a dead body. So,dream today, set a goal and head on to achieve the same with all your might.
Now, the last ones, those which were so busy living their busiest lives the way they wanted, they left themselves behind, ingat those crowd of faces that they forgot what they actually are. They forgot to enjoy those tiny moments of life that would now had been the loveliest memories they would have cherished! Well, hang on! Sit a bit! Take a deep breath and imagine yourself as a child once again. Watch some cartoon shows, enjoy those nonsense, lets forget reality for a while. Call those friends, no matter if you havemt contacted them since ages and they would consider you as mean, you can always explain. If not those,make new ones. Plan an outing, a holiday, your work can wait. Let it wait! Bring that sweet smile and that musical laughter once again, pam per yourself and enjoy your life hence forth.

Phew!! There’s a lot to do! But, the reason behind the whole post is, to get to know that you are still alive. You have a life which can still beautify and improve. No matter if you have everything today, but if you don’t have happiness and satisfaction, your life is missing the asset it needs. And especially for those who think time have passed and their age doesnt permit them to do so, always remember, it’s never too late to grab what is yours! And your dreams, were always yours, no matter what the circumstances have been.

I just wish, my this post would bring anyone the motivation and happiness they so much need in their life. If so, kindly let me know. If not, I just hope, you enjoyed reading my thoughts on positivity!!

Book review- Bhrigu Mahesh PhD The Return Of Dayamanti by Nisha Singh.

New week, new book and here’s the most anticipated review! I just finished reading a new thriller, mystery novel in fiction category by Nisha Singh, the famous author of the book, The witch of Senduwar. It’s the second book of this series featuring the inimitable detective namely, Bhrigu Mahesh, PhD,  in the book The Return Of Dayamanti! 

I must say, this novel thought me varios sides of indian culture and tradition that I myself wasn’t aware of. The author here, brilliantly and in so much detail describes the Indian culture profoundly well amidst the interesting twists and turns of the mystery. The book leads you to the introductory part of the mystery in the starting, while giving you ample time and idea to derive your idea about the mystery the best way. And you also get a sneak peak in the ancient historic practises of indians in this part.

While you proceed in the second part, the mystery, which is still unsolved, takes a shocking turn and goes on from being a thriller to a mysterious murder case! As the various clues and evidences get unveiled, you feel so much at the loose ends about your guessing about the whole mystery. The writer so very well, brings about the most unexpected turns in as the mystery proceeds.

Till you proceed the third part, you are at your curiosity’s end to find out the culprit, and unexpectedly so, you find out, but in the most weird way! And the connections those minute incidences in the story had till the end and how brilliantly were those threads connected is just amazing! 

I am still very much awwed and amazed with the character of Bhrigu Mahesh, he is certainly a psychological genius and an impressive detective. The fabulous way in which he observes the smallest of the details and keeps them in his mind, and later connects his observations with the results will leave you astounded. 

Summed up, this novel has it all! The spice of a mystery, the grip of a thriller, a detailed yet an impressive expression of indian psychology and some even unexplored indian history with a little sarcasm about our very prejudiced and ancient mentality along with a hint of sarcasm about our beliefs. All these are so very brilliantly bounded up in a very admirable way with just the proper words needed for the same. 

Apart from some of spelling mistakes, and a little irreverent details in the starting, I didn’t find any dull minute or paragraph in the entire book. If you love fiction and are a fan of mystery novels and like to challenge your theories now and then, I think you should check up this book and also the series of Bhrigu Mahesh for some fresh and challenging time reading.

At the end of each book, I always sort out some sentences or words that do inspire me and leave a mark on my memory, here are some from this book too.

“Simple is any person who is in the outside as he is inside. He can be a factory worker or a great thinker, if he is true to himself, he is a simple man and in the least ordinary.”
“Well, I could have used  psychology, but it feels so wrong! They have made the word sound as if we are moving in to the world of blurry images, indistinct landscapes, hocus pocus and a lot of  mumbo jumbo that has neither head nor tail. The world of psychology has evolved more as a science equivalent to tantra mantra and I hate to acknowledge what they have done to it.”
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Crystal clean skin without salon is not a myth!

We all love looking glowing and beautiful. The dream of viewing one’s reflection glowing back in mirror is just so common. But visiting a salon for the same every now and then is so much time consuming and not to forget those bucks to shell for it!

Today, let’s peep in to our kitchen cabinets and grocery stock ups to get those stuffs which can actually helo you get a beautiful, healthy and stunning skin with little effort and time.

  • Fruits and vegetables for healthy, clear skin:.                                                             Do you know our skin gets the best treatment with fruits and vegetables? The best way to get your skin glowing is to take a piece of any of these fruits like banana, papaya, strawberry, blueberries, peach, kiwi, sweetlime, orange or vegetables like cucumber, potato, tomato and pumpkin, rub it on your face and neck thoroughly for about five minutes and to wash with a cold splash. This exfoliates your skin the best way giving it the nutrition and moisture it needs while cutting off the excess oil on your  face. Thus, it’s suitable for all skin types. (You can also follow the same step for any part of your body which turns dry or patchy).
  • Honey with lime:.                                         Two teaspoons of honey along with few drops of lemon can bring a natural glow to your skin when you rub it on your face massaging it thoroughly. You can wash after leaving it on your face for about yen minutes. This brings a healthy shine on your face like never before.
  • Gram flour:.                                                Gram flour when mixed with a little milk or rose water or plain water and applied like a face mask pack on your face for just ten minutes can leave your skin clear, glowing and fairer. It’s really beneficial for the treatment of ance too. 
  • Green tea                                            Green tea is a natural cleanser. Just make a paste of grinded green tea along with a little water and clean your skin with it. The results are really stunning and lasting too.

These ingredients ensure fruitful results when used regularly and what’s more? They don’t even have any side effects after applying. So, why not give these a try and enjoy beautiful skin at home, easily 

Book review- Second Chance(fiction) by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa!

If you were given a second chance how would you change things…

Book , fiction.

The tagline says it all, but couldn’t do justice to the exquisite matter in the book second chance, a great inspiring  fiction written by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa! A doctor by profession, born in the Holy city of Ujjain, grew up in Dewas, madhya pradesh, india, he is a gem under shells I must say.

By reading this book, I just couldn’t believe it’s just his second book in his writing career. Second  chance is an inspiring story of an arrogant bussiness man, Shekhar and his journey towards getting his punishments of his wrong doings then leading him to change for better when he gets the second chance.

Inspiring and astonishing, the story unfolds certain facts of Shekhar’s life which we can all relate to some how or another. While you flip through the pages of this exciting journey, you won’t find a single moment of dullness in it. Each detail emphasized, each matter explained, each event in the life of Shekhar has been explained brilliantly in the later part of his life.

The scenario descripted of hell would give you goosebumps as you read it. I actually did feel that eeriness when I went through those details of hell and punishments of his deeds, the writing power is that effective! I must say the creativity with which the writer later connect each coming incident with those already passed off is simply awesome. 

I personally am impressed with all the perfect elaborations and those exciting twists and turns the story takes as it moves forward. The suspense, the inspiration and the narration is done the best way by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa. 

Some lines and incident from the novel really inspired me, when shekhar says, he got blessing by just giving 500 rs as charity, which he never got before even after spending lakhs at bars. The funding lines, no money can give you contentment and happiness. Do what your heart wants and what you will get would be priceless!

After reading the whole book, I would say, I evolved as a different persona all together, a better one, as if even I got a second chance in my life. Do read it, may be even you can rectify your mistakes before its too late!

You can buy this book at Amazon in ebooks or paperbacks too here Or drop in your comments to Dr. Sandeep Jatwa here

Everyday of being mommy!

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Getting up with the rising sun but feeling still sleepy! Going on, starting those chores. Doesn’t feel like smiling, but still I do when i wake up ny little one for school. Rushing and running within fifteen minutes of getting up so that the kid isn’t late to school. Doesn’t feel like cooking, bit still I do, make a meal, a healthier one, for my little one.

Pheww!! The child’s gone! Oh my God!! Husband needs to be woken up. Rush,rush rush!! Wake him up, prepare a good breakfast, pack the tiffin and pheww! Even he’s gone.

Let’s heave a sigh of relief! Oh Gosh! Baby is tossing, Oh my God! nooo, not now! But this one didn’t hear that. Why? Because he’s already crying on top of his voice. Run, run, run! Get him a feed. Oh God! He’s still screaming, let atleast the milk heat itself a little. Yeah, finally. He’s happy with the feed, gives me a smile and wait, ohh, finished it already and is already on an another mission.

Don’t tell me! How can he load his diaper when I haven’t even had a proper five minutes in bathroom? But who cares? ,He needs immediate attention or else, you know, your hears are going to be banged with loads to clean too. Noo! Not that mess, let’s get over this.

Ok, bathed and dressed, we seem to be happy playing with those blocks. Let’s get the cleaning done. Glad, bedroom looks fantastic, let’s get to kitchen and have some food. Feels good to have something finally after being running around the house for two hours consecutively. Ok, so little one enters here too toddling slowly and giving cute smile. Let’s share the meal!

Half of the meal in clothes and hopefully half in tummy, get him cleaned again, let’s head to the bedroom. Blink blink! Am I dreaming? Thought so there was a bed of mine behind those heap of topsy turvy things out there! The very perfectly managed room was all trashed and messed. I get a cute smile back when I stare at the culprit standing with me.

Four hours past! Hush! Baby’s asleep, lunch is cooked. I am full, let’s take a nap. Haww!! Feels great lying down and my eyelids are already dropping. Ding ting ding! Doorbell rings. Ok, the elder one’s home! “Hey, welcome back”, although feeling extremely sleepy, the glad fresh smile is genuine.

Well, sleep is a forgotten story, time to be a tutor after refreshing and fulling up the tummy of this big guy. Not to forget, the junior is around the corner on a mission against studies, tutor and especially on those pages of the books. Sigh! Two hours, literature and mathematics done, with hushing the little one away from the colourful books and stopping him from snatching those pencils.

Cooking time is the toughest! Both of them seem to be having all sorts of nature calls, fights and urgent needs at the same time. Doreamon acts like an angel at that time. Well, as fast as I can, cooking task gets completed. When mr. Daddy comes, I get a partner in dealing with the hoolygons, a little tired one though!

After dinner house looks like a whole cyclone has passes through it. Getting them in bed, a task to be completed any how immediately because I want to read something today, let’s see if I get some time and energy for it. Afer all those alleged calls from lions, bears and ugly old lady, they are finally snoring.

Oh my, my! I just couldn’t describe the bliss I feel when I see both of them fast asleep! And when I glanced at their dad, I know he feels the same. Too tired even to move, I yawned, showered and was ready to just drop dead, reading, can wait! Thank God, tomorrow’s a sunday. But I’ll have to wake up early tomorrow too, because the little one needs attention at 7a.m. in the morning. But that can be compensated as I have their dad to share the load.

With drooping eyes, I got a bomb to hear, “let’s go for a picnic tomorrow!” Eyes opened wide I repeated, “picnic tomorrow?” And the cassette started playing, getting the two excited kids ready, preparing all the snacks and drinks, managing the two fidgeting souls trying to drag almost everything they get their hands on, and not to forget the travel sickness to go with it. Ok, so let’s drop the plan, it’s going to be a huge flop!

But then, I glanced at those sleeping little ones and imagined all the glory they are going to feel and the exploring they are going to do, I smiled. said ,”yes, let’s go for a picnic tomorrow!” I know I would be dead tired when I’ll be back, would regret each second when they’ll drive me nuts, would end up being more crazy, but it’s ok, I’ll be glad! Feel the most pleasure ful seeing my kids happy. Well, that’s being a mommy, that’s motherhood!!

Some misconceptions about Ramadan and the reality!

Ramadan, One Of the beautiful names of Allah, the Almighty! It’s also one of the twelve months in the Islamic calendar or Muslims worldwide since 1400 years. 

While most of the people around the world know about this very sacred month in Islamic religion, very few are actually aware of the message behind this month of fasting and worshipping. Most of the muslims and non muslims assume this month to be that of fasting and it being the only month the muslims should worship which actually is quite a big misconception in itself. Here, I have tried to point out some of those misconceptions about Ramadan and it’s sacred meaning and beholding in Islamic religion.

Very firstly, the name people often refer to this month is Ramazan, which actually beholds no meaning to it. It’s precisely known and pronounced as Ramadan. It’s called as the month of the almighty as all that worshipping that’s done in this month, is being rewarded by the Almighty himself.  It starts with sighting the moon on the last evening of sha’ban and ends when we sight another moon for the month of Shawwal after 29 or 30 days of consecutive fasting. 

While most people think it’s the month when muslims eat and feast loads, in reality it’s the month of giving up those feastings and exotic food and only concentrating on worshipping the Almighty more than we actually worship on other days. The reason or concept behind those fasts is going without food and water from before the sunrise till sunset so that you get a control on your nafs or your inner self that arouses you to do certain things that should be otherwise avoided and you get a better capacity to worship your Lord. It also makes people realise the feeling through which each of their fellow humans go through who couldn’t afford the basic food for daily life while they enjoy those delicious meals. It helps in softening our hearts towards those underprivileged fellow humans and thus motivates us to help them or atleast don’t waste the food we have.

It’s a common misconception that muslims pray only during the month of Ramadan . Which actually is absolutely wrong. The prayers ot offerings to be done by a muslim is the same throughout the year except those very  few tasks that are to be performed only in a specific period of time. For example a muslim can perform Haj only during the starting days of Zil Haj, or the fasts of the entire month of Ramadan, that’s a compulsion for every healthy, adult muslim. But due to the devil being caged during this month and the rewards being increased of all the offerings you do, muslims are asked to worship more so that they can get closer to thier Lord with all these worshipping.

Some also presume that muslims offer Zakat or charity only in this month. It actually it’s an annual offering of 2.5% of the total wealth that’s above the nisab value, it being more than what’s permitted in Islam as your basic usage of wealth. It’s a way through which you purify your surplus existing wealth by donating them to the needy and it’s a compulsion for each able muslim. It can be given in any muslim month as soon as your year ends or is about to end, but Ramadan is preffered for it because as I said above, the reward of your each good deed gets doubled in this month and zakat is counted to be a noble deed too.

These are some of the common misconceptions I have been asked about Ramadan which I tried to clear. There may be more as there are for any other religion or sacred months too. Do let me know in the comment box below. I’ll try my best to clear those but just to be precise, Ramadan is a holy month which holds a special position is each muslims life, where in people lovingly fast for around 18/19 hours (or more of less too depending on the sunsets and sunrise) and are NOT FORCED by anyone for doing so.  The message of love, helping, charity and doing good deeds given in this month is actually to be carried out even during the other eleven months. Thus, making our whole year and  gradually whole life beautiful!