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Month: December 2017

My morning cuppa

My morning cuppa time is sacrosanct. It’s my time to really wake from slumber and catch up on all the missed conversations on social media from the day before and respond to them. It’s my time to reflect on the day and mentally plan out my day. Morning Chai time has also been my time to have conversations with myself, alone about life, the universe and far beyond if you get my drift. If you had to look at the journey of my life in the last decade or so, I think I could explain it all over my relationship with my morning cuppa time.

The Before

When I was running the rat race my morning cuppa would be a hurried affair or most often missed (thus causing me to have a miserable day.) However, in those hurried 10 minutes the husband and I would catch up on life, people, the news, the government, filmdom, gossip about work and just talk.

The morning cuppa would also be like a gun which goes off in a race where who finishes the cup first would determine who gets the rights to the shower and in turn first dibs on the hot, steaming water from the geyser.

And then I quit the rat race! I became a freelancer who called the shots on my own working schedules and locations (mostly the mall food court. Starbucks had still not spread its wings back then.) But what I acquired in return for dropping out of the 9 to 5 was a blissful cup of steaming hot and meticulously prepared tea. It was in this phase of life that my love triangle between coffee (blame the South Indian filter kaapi genes) and tea came to a conclusion and I belonged to chai forever. <3

My morning cuppa and I now looked forward to spending those 30 minutes together after the whirlwind that my husband left behind every morning had died down. This was my precious, precious time – sitting all alone in silence, slurping steamy tea (I like to drink it hot even before the steam has died down) and reading up and down my Twitter timeline. Yes, I was a twitter addict back then, got all my news, info, breaking headlines, gossip and entertainment there.

Then came pregnancy…

The After

Although most people avoid tea or coffee during pregnancy, I did not. I would probably die of headaches if I didn’t have my one cup of tea for the day. And so I continued having tea.

But pregnancy does weird things to you and some wiring in your brain goes awry.

I was crazy about having ginger tea. And not just any ordinary cup of adrak waali chai… I had to have it super spicy and adraki. This meant at least a 3-inch piece of ginger would be grated (not just chopped, but cleaned, scrubbed and lovingly grated into that pan of boiling water.) To the layman, it was super spicy and most people would break into a fit of hiccups with the gingery kick they got. Not me though, it was a swig of pure elixir for me. But this was probably why I never had any morning sickness at all, nope, not puked even once during my pregnancy.

Those were the good days…

And the ‘Now’

Aloha, now there was a baby in my arms. My whole life now was surrounded by all things baby. Now, breastfeeding,  cleaning poop and cleaning messes were all that was on my task list. Tea? What tea? Oh you mean ice tea, yes I had it every day.

You see, motherhood made me go from being a girl who liked to inhale the gingery tea vapour to someone who was forced to relish ice cold milky chai. Plain simple ugh. It also meant whatever this concoction I was drinking was to be hidden from the active baby/ toddler lest he finds the poison, brings it to his lips and gives fuel to his dairy allergy to flare up. Milk and chai now had to bid a teary adieu.

Just when I was about to close that chapter of my life I discovered that it was possible to have chai without dairy. Yes with plant-based milk like soy or almond. And today I love soy milk tea. I cannot imagine drinking animal milk tea at all. I love the malty flavour that is supplied by soy. My love affair with tea has been rekindled. And we now have an offspring together – babyT.

 

My toddler son now joins in my morning cuppa drinking sessions – we eat our breakfast from the same plate. He even sips on the last of the soy milk tea that I like to leave behind. My solitary tea sessions now include lots of cuddles, kisses and tomato ketchup laced caresses.

Tea and I are back to giving relationship goals to the world, don’t you think?


This blog is a part of the Chai-a-thon blog train organized by ‘The Momsteins’

I would like to thank Rashmi from Asjith’s MomStyle for introducing me. I would also recommend you to check out my fellow blogger, and friend Tripti’s blog  Explore with Tripti and read about her wonderful ‘ tea memory.’

 

It’s ‘All About Christmas’ this season

Christmas is my most favourite time of the year. Some of the fondest memories of my childhood have been the Christmases I spent in London, walking the high street drowning myself in the festive fervour. Everyone  around, young or old, white, black, brown, yellow or rainbow (haha) would have a big broad smile on their faces and hearts. Christmas was also the time we spent time decorating the tree, making DIY presents for each other, while my mom would cook up her special chicken curry – a far cry from the traditional roast but it was our special celebration nonetheless and we delighted in it and looked forward to Christmas very eagerly.

Once I got married and moved to our own nuclear setup, we made our own Christmas traditions – cooking up a sumptuous Spaghetti (If you’d like the recipe, pls visit my food blog from another life here) and watching our favourite Christmas time rom-com: Love, Actually.

And then came babyT and I knew I wanted to make Christmas time special for him too. He is of course too young to be enjoying cooking and feasting and watching movies. Yet I wanted to introduce Christmas to him in a way he knows best – via books, play and art and craft.

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Like a Godsend, Kajal Dharod sent me her latest book “All About Christmas” to read, indulge in and share with my readers. It couldn’t have come at a better time because it is a complete book to understanding the story behind Christmas and who Saint Nick was and why Christmas trees are so important to the celebration. What’s really special about this book is that it has activities designed around these concepts so that kids do really learn from it and have fun at the same time.

One of our favourite activities was decorating the Christmas tree with stickers. Yes, the Christmas tree and the stickers are all provided in this book. Look at what a great time we had…

Enthused by this activity, babyT has been telling all his friends, aunts and grandparents about the Christmas tree he made. I was a proud mommy to see that he too is beginning to enjoy the Christmas tradition of decorating the tree. Today when we were out shopping in the market he got very excited to see a real (faux) Christmas tree for sale and asked me if we could have one too. He even said he wanted to decorate it with yellow and blue balls like he did in the book All About Christmas.

The nativity scene is central to Christmas celebrations and for reasons unknown I have never invested in a nativity scene set. So I was really excited to see the DIY nativity set in the book All About Christmas. It is a set of triangular cones which are to be cut from the pages of the book and then two triangles are stuck together to make a cone. Although babyT is too young to do the cutting and sticking, and I had to make this for him, he had a gala time playing with his new cone-shaped toys. We even made a quick nativity scene like this one.

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The book is chock a block full of stickers, paintings to colour in and crafts and more stickers. 😉 It’s a great way to help us, busy mommies, whip out a fun-filled activity for kids especially considering that schools break for the festive season soon. There’s even a page dedicated to a letter to Santa and a “Naughty or Nice” monitor chart. Here’s a better look at some of my favourite pages.

The quality of pages and the stickers are excellent. With over 30 activities such as decorate a Christmas tree, fill the stockings, 400 stickers,  papercraft cutouts on good quality card stock, and everything Christmas. One of the most innovative features in the All About Christmas book is an exclusive interview with Santa Claus. I am sure that kids who know how to read will find this super amusing and learn a lot from it too. I am saving this story for Christmas eve and will end it with leaving a surprise under our Christmas tree for babyT to find in the morning. 🙂

This book would make a great gift for your little ones and other children in your lives. It is priced at Rs. 349 or $7.49 – really great value for money. You can buy All About Christmas here.

All About Christmas is written by Kajal Dharod and illustrated by Aaba Kamble. It is a book from the team at Your Learning Capsules who believe in adopting a 3 step methodology to make learning fun and interesting. Their approach is i) Learn: A proprietary song and video (a 2-minute capsule,) ii) Engage: Circle time with a Storyboard Activity Template to play along with the song, iii) Re-emphasize: Reinforce learning through unique arts and crafts, innovative games, storytelling, outdoor and sensory activities and more.

I received this book in return for a review. I did not pay for this book, but all the views and opinions stated here are mine and babyT’s 🙂

A journey into SELFHOOD

For most people, December has meant saying chuck it to New Year resolutions and saying aye to the weekend after weekend of parties. And now with babyT’s birthday also falling in December, its one more party added to the calendar. December is also a time when I sit down and look at how much our family, our baby and we personally have grown in our journey as parents. But what about I, me and myself, is a thought that has been constantly gnawing at my mind.

For me, year 1 with the baby was all about putting blinkers on my eyes and doing everything to keep that little bundle fed, cleaned and happy. Year 2 has been very different. It was about trying to find self-worth and prove to myself more than anyone else that I could rock motherhood and a zillion other things too. No, this wasn’t half bad as it sounds. It was in fact spectacular. Continue reading

Securing the Nation – A golden day for Godrej Aerospace

While 5th December may have been a washout day for the city and many parts of coastal India, it was a golden one for the team at Godrej Aerospace. They delivered the 100th set of airframe assemblies to BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd. ( BAPL) for use in its missile systems. Another feather in the Godrej group’s cap as they continue to make the company proud and contribute towards building India’sdefencee capabilities.

The BrahMos missile is a stealth universal supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from ships, submarines, aircraft and land-based platforms. (see more details below.) Godrej Aerospace has been associated with BrahMos programme since its inception in 2001. Continue reading

5 Essential Skills For Children Before Starting Kindergarten

Kindergarten is known as the stepping stone to start an education process for children. It is also a highly crucial time. Kindergarten marks the beginning of a lifetime of formal education. There are several things that need to be learnt at home before your child starts his kindergarten classes. Parents are also worried about the readiness of their children.

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5 Essential Skills for Children before Starting Kindergarten Sessions

If you are planning to send your children to kindergarten classes, then you need to make sure they are well prepared. A detailed parenting guide will serve as a training kit thus making them ready to face the world. Continue reading

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