Archive for the ‘Contests’ Category


I believe we have passed through the era where fear could contain us. More often, fear, especially these days, makes us rebel or succumb to a living shell. As they say, “First impression is the last impression”, a child usually remembers the first thing what they see which is the atmosphere of his house, behavior of his parents who are usually the first ones that reaches his soul. I am not a parent yet but now when I have stepped into my adulthood, when challenges of adulthood blaze on me, when life throws lemons at me, I have realized how parenting helped me be calm at the helm of adversity, keep patience when things go wrong and work harder every time I fail rather than quitting because it didn’t happen at the first shot.

I came across this term, “Buddy Parenting” which got me ponder over past, ponder over discussions I’ve had with my friends, ponder over my friends whom I have motivated and pondered over those incidents when I was being motivated. I think for every person, their first set of friends, first source of inspiration is their parents which would also include their siblings. Maximum time of our growing up is shared with them and we, humans, tend to absorb the maximum out of our surroundings. As we grow up, the time spent at home goes reducing with increase in school hours, tuition hours and playing hours. Now, we have technologies which reduce our family time to as much time as take to have shower. While we get entangled in this new phase, the ones who become close to us is our friends. That’s when parenting gets tested. The tender child, who is just developing maturity, has all its trust put on the person with whom he spends his life with. He would start believing what his peers do and debate/discard all that he learnt from his parents. Conflict of roles renders a child to believe that parents, just like any other elder human, is only to respect but not trust. Trust gets associated to friends and you start sharing every personal aspect of your life with them, who are as less matured as you.

This is the time Buddy Parenting becomes important. The very fact of becoming a buddy while the child grows makes him believe/consider you as friend even when he starts making new ones. The trust and bond that he shares with new friends would be of the same nature he shares with you. The parent will still be a go-to friend and he would share everything happening in his life. As the child grows, the influences, the hormones, the understanding and the misunderstanding keeps expanding. Parents often miss out on the date and find their child on a wrong path which leads to scolding/grounding and eventual loss of trust. The child starts hiding and lying and there goes everything in toss. Buddy Parenting is when the parents would be able to correct at the right time.

Today, it reminds me of the time when I wept after coming home after an embarrassing moment of being tongue tied in an elocution, my parents shared their embarrassing stories. Some were cooked up but at that time, it made me laugh and think that I was not alone. It reminds of the time when I did too well and started gloating that they would start discussing over dinner how someone had a big fall after such a giant success that indirectly got me to ground. I don’t think I was ever scolded but was always had them laughing at my follies or simply disapproving what I did, just as our friends always do. We don’t really have buddies shouting at us right? They always indulge in conversations. If I wouldn’t study, they would simply stay awake and work late night indirectly telling me the importance of finishing work on time. Every mistake of mine was countered by an indirect inspiration and not direct conversations about do’s and don’ts and then with them, I’d sit at night and finish my homework. As Robert Brault puts it, “As parents, we guide by our unspoken example. It is only when we’re talking to them that our kids aren’t listening.”

Fear Parenting was always a success in the olden age where a child had a limited access to his world. Today, where we are connected to even a person sitting in Alaska from Mumbai, the very fear gets obsolete. However, I don’t mean that there shouldn’t be any level of authority to be exercised. Parents need to balance the line so that the kid would still stay in control. There’s a difference between functional role and emotional role and one can’t be on a single side. Both the sides got to have proportions. I don’t call for a buddy buddy parenting. What I press on is responsible buddy parenting.

Source: feralchild.net

     Source: feralchild.net

The contest is conducted by IndiBlogger and sponsored by Kellogg India Private Ltd (“KIPL”) on the topic “Kellogg’s Chocos Ke Saath Khuljaye Bachpan”. You can visit them at https://www.facebook.com/mychocos

You can watch their video here 🙂

Advertisements

There is nothing more appalling than to be guided in the wrong direction

— Maulik Doshi

Source: Imonline.co.in

Source: Imonline.co.in

 

So rightly said, We bring technology to life for you – the tagline of Reliance Digital Store which has now opened at various places in the country giving a cut throat competition to famous Technology and Gadget Stores like Chroma, Vijay Sales, Soni Moni and Alfa. In the City of Mumbai itself, there are more than 14 stores spread out in every zone so as to give access to anyone who feels the thirst to quench itself with a new technology or replace with a better one.

Last Sunday I happen to visit one of the store at Infinity 2, also at the recommendation of Indiblogger.in,  with an intention at the back of my mind to purchase a new Nokia Lumia 720 accompanying a friend, Harsh Kundnani who apparently was looking out for a laptop to buy. Although we did not get a Goodie Bag as promised by Indiblogger but we did have a very useful, knowledgeable and a nice experience going there. Since I am asked about experience, I’d state it under few categories which I feel would be helpful for a layman:-

 

  • Store Location:-

Reliance Digital is located on the second floor of Infinity 2, a place which has amazing shops besides it along with a fabulous food court offering a lot of cuisines. It is not even difficult to reach Infinity 2 if you are travelling by any public transport as the traffic does not clog as much as it does near Infinity 1. If you are visiting this particular store, keep yourself free for few more hours as after hopping out of the store, you might want to hop in at different apparel stores or just relax at food court and pamper your stomach.

 

  • Store Ambience:-

The store is huge with Book Store and Music Store adjoining the last zone of the store. It has different sections for different categories of Gadgets but not different brands. The advantage which you will get from this is that whenever you are checking out a particular phone of a particular brand, you may not have to go to a different section for comparison between two phones or more of different brands. All the smartphones of the same price bracket are displayed with a working model together. You may use there, compare with different brand of phone kept besides it and get a proper information.

 

  • Store Hospitality:-

From the Manager of the store to the executives to sales persons to the guard who handles your bag and stands at the entry; you will find everyone with a smile which will make you feel good. They are courteous and gentle in their approach, the way they conversate and the way they put forth their helping hand when you seem in doubt. It is not difficult to find anyone being occupied as someone or the other will be right besides you, all ready to get bothered and get your doubts cleared. Even if they know you are not going to buy, it will not deter them to act pricey in front of you. They will behave the same way, they would do to a purchasing customer.

 

  • Store’s Information Hub:-

Every personnel that you will find in the store is aware of all the information that you may seek for the devices they look for. In case you happen to ask a wrong person; you won’t find him giving you a wrong information but you will definitely see him seeking the right person for you at earliest or get you engrossed in other things while he gets the appropriate help for you.

Also, they will provide you with a proper theses of the details of any gadget you need to know. This makes you sure that the staff at the store is well informed, well trained and well aware.

 

  • Store Collection:-

You will not only find phones worth 45k but also the ones worth 1k or less. Not only phones, but also Laptops, Cameras, PlayStations, Home and Kithcen Appliances and Home Theatres and all types of gadgets. This gives you a wide range of variety in different price to chose from. They accept all kinds of cards and that only makes you want to buy everything at that moment itself.

 

  • Overall Experience:-

Overall experience at Reliance Digital, Infinity 2 was amazing. I finally could find a proper differentiation between Nokia Lumia 720 and Nokia Lumia 820 which helped me in my purchase decision. I was very comfortable with the service that they provided and would definitely recommend this shop to be tried out before making any purchase. If not purchase, this store is definitely to give you a good rendezvous to the gadget or accessory you always yearned for.

 

You can find more information about Reliance Digital Stores at their website

This post is exclusively written for Indiblogger’s “Reliance Digital – Happiness in Store” Experience

http://www.indiblogger.in/indistuff/4/

 


The fate of your life is your choice and no one else gets a vote.

— Maulik Doshi

         Winston Churchill had once said, “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” – Democracy – Something which we always learnt as “Government of the people, for the people and by the people”. However, if we go through the statistics in India about voting, you will hardly see our Democracy sufficing the third condition – ‘by the people’, for if you see the percentage of voting turnover, it will put you to shame if you ever stuck to what you always had an image of yourself in your mind, ‘of a responsible citizen’.

      We always get a national holiday when a day is to be decided for Vote. Whereas in some areas of India, goons will rule the poll booth and threaten people if they vote against their leader and in some areas where Gunda-Raj (Mafioso Rule) is not there, affluent – educated and those people who are mentally competent to select a better leader will go for vacations with family or party at home. These apparently are the sad state of affairs and it is not really the rulers who are at fault for being corrupt, it is the fault of citizens for being so irresponsible.

     Past 10 years have been full of Scams – from Telgi’s Stamp Paper Scam to UP military land Scam, Wheat Scam to Adarsh Housing Scam, Commonwealth Scam to ISRO Scam, 2G Spectrum Scam to the current IPL Match Fixing Scandal Fiasco, we have always cursed the Government. When there were issues about MIG planes having outdated machinery to when 26/11 – the most horrendous terrorist attack on Financial Capital of Mumbai happened and Police force had no good quality bullet proof jackets or proper ammunition, to december, 2012 – Delhi Rape incident and Government’s evident inability to take action, what every citizen of India has done is – Either Crib about Government, walk and protest on roads with friends and flags and black bands and hoardings, write hate blog posts and give hate speeches and tweets and when in 2014, there shall come a time to Vote, people will again start planning a trip or a party. Everyone in this country will adore Tata Tea’s ‘Jaago re’ initiative but no one would stand up and get their Election Card processed.

   What I mean to say is, this is what “WARNING SIGNS” are !! This could probably be the reason why Emma Goldman had once said, “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” It is a situation where your body is not functioning well and you are terribly unwell. You will crib about it, cry in pain, won’t sleep in distress but won’t go to the Doctor. Why don’t we vote? Why do we ignore that each scam, each inability of Government, each unattended issue and each trouble that is faced by Citizen of India is a result of our laziness? Our inability of not doing proper research before voting? our problem of not going to Vote and let the goons dominate the unprivileged sections to vote in their favour only to extend their rule and their rights to trouble every good citizen?

    One of the flyers during US presidential elections read, “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain – Get Out, Go Vote, Be Heard !!”

Source: Facebook

Source: Facebook

Take notice of these warning signs, you mister and Vote if you are above 18 years of age after thorough research and buy yourself an effective leader. Effective and nice leader is no myth or fiction, you have seen great leaders in world. The problem with India is INDIANS themselves. Some of the top reasons on why should you vote if above texts did not convince you:-

  • Voting is a way to speak your mind and let your voice be heard! Your vote is your voice. When we vote, we are actually telling elected officials and lawmakers how we feel about education, public safety, social security, health care, and other important issues.
  • One voice, one vote really does count! Remember: there is power in numbers, and when we vote and get our family members to
    vote, we can truly make a difference. If you don’t vote for what you believe in, others will and you may not like the outcome.
  • Our children are depending on us to represent their voices too! Because our children can’t vote, we have to do it for them. That’s how we make our concerns about schools, safety, housing, and other issues heard. When we vote, we are looking out for our kids, and their futures.
  • Voting changes communities! Do you ever wonder why one neighborhood gets passed over for things it needs, while another seems to get it all? One big reason is voting. When we vote, we can get results that we can actually see.
  • Vote to effect change! It was through elections that we voted in officials who were champions for civil rights. Voting is our chance to make a difference in our own lives and within the world.
  • Believe it or not, voting is a way of honoring our history! As long as our country has existed, there have been people who didn’t  want us to vote. There were several freedom fighters that stood up for the right to vote. Well, those times may seem ancient, but there are still people today who don’t want us to vote. It’s now our turn to stand up and vote to preserve the honor of those who went before us.
  • Last but not least, because it gives you credibility! Often times, we voice our concerns to elected officials, but if we aren’t voting, our concerns may not matter at all to them. Voting can actually give you the credibility to make your concerns a top priority for legislators.

So the moral of the story is … GO VOTE for INDIA GENERAL ELECTIONS, 2014

This post is initiated for Indiblogger’s Colgate Contest of “So the moral of the story is … “

My Healthy Speak Blog


“Parents are like God because you wanna know they’re out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something.” 
                                                       ― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

Source: Google Images

Source: Google Images

It was a hard day, I returned home from work the same time my parents returned home from a wedding. I was exhausted sitting in front of the computer the whole day long, finalizing a report whereas my parents were exhausted with 2 day back to back functions followed by wedding and reception as it normally happens in any Indian Wedding. As soon as we entered house, my mom asked me if I had food and I said, I did not get time and went in the room to change. When I came out, I saw my father crashing to bed while my mom entered kitchen and started cooking for me, for she did not want me to sleep hungry. I asked her to go and sleep and that I will have chips, but she would not sleep before I ate a proper meal. Not that she waited till I finished my dinner, she even washed utensils, put all the clothes in a bucket, arranged clothes and saw if ironed clothes are there for tomorrow, did her usual chore for food that is to be prepared tomorrow and then went to sleep.

Such are moms, SuperMoms as my title reads, full of strength and full of love. Even if they would have had more work, had toiled more, would see to it that every member of family is adhered to and taken care of, and then will give herself rest. That night, I felt really bad but all I could do from next time after work to help her is, help in washing utensils at night, and I give up. There are days when I feel routine has consumed me, I feel gloomy and think there is no purpose to life, I yearn for innovation and then I see mom, doing same thing since years and yet not bored, always happy and cheerful, always active and even if she has fever, she would move about the way as if nothing has happened.

Yesterday evening when I checked my mail, I found a mail from Blogadda to write on “Tribute to Mom” as a part of Mother’s Day celebration. The starting lines read “We cannot have enough of Mother’s love! 24 hours are never enough to make our mothers feel special and express our gratitude.”, and these lines are so true. I took a night to think on what can I exactly write for her? About those days when Dad was hospitalized, she would stay in hospital and take care of her, go to office and see if the work gets done, see to it that I get proper food as my exams were on and pack lunch box for my sister, yet do it with such perfection and in the best of way as though nothing has really happened or about those days when I was in my primary school and was scared of lizards entering home, so she would stay awake with me at night so that I can study (Yes, I had a habit of night studies since 3rd grade or so) without fear. About those time when she would sacrifice her sweet or her favourite dish for her kids loved it a lot, to those days when financial situation was bleak and she will handle the house in the best possible way at the least amount of money. If I have to record what she does, from a Super Housemaker, to a BusinessWoman in need, to a learnt teacher, to a charismatic representative of the house; Moms are unbeatable.

Dictionary may fall short of the words to describe your greatness, as one of Sooraj Barjatiya movie had these lines, “Dharti pe roop ma-baap ka us vidhata ki pehchaan hai”, to those lines in a song from the movie Biwi No. 1, “O Sai Ram, Tujhse pehle lunga apne mummy daddy ka naam” and the epic, “Mere paas bangla hai, gaadi hai … etc etc etc …, Tumhare paas kya hai?; “Mere paas maa hai” dialogue, Moms have always been something, a normal synonym for greatness can’t describe.

Source: Google Images

Source: Google Images

Happy Mother’s Day Mom 😀

‘I am writing a Tribute to Mom in association with Parentous.com

If you are a parent, do log onto http://www.parentous.com 😀