Thursday, October 24, 2013

Life




Life is like a camera. Just focus on whats important and capture the good times,
develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, just take another shot.



Toothpaste dilemma!

As a dentist, the most common question I've been asked is "which is the best toothpaste?" With the number of options available in the market today, choosing a toothpaste can be a daunting task! Should you go for a whitening toothpaste? Or one with tartar control? Or Fluoride? And to complicate things further, companies promote their brands in forceful ways. There are a gamut of advertisements on air and in print today trying to lure as many customers as they can. But is one toothpaste really better than another?



When it comes to choosing the best toothpaste for you, it's important to think about your unique individual oral health needs. Toothpastes are available in the form of pastes, gel or powder. There are various types of toothpastes.
  • Fluoride Toothpastes :  The most important ingredient to look for in a toothpaste is fluoride. Today, most of the toothpastes available in the market contain fluoride. Fluoride has been instrumental in the drop of cavities and tooth decay over the last 5 decades. Fluoride makes the tooth enamel stronger and less likely to suffer acidic damage by bacteria and it can reverse the early stages of acid damage by remineralizing the areas that have started to decay.
  • Toothpastes for Sensitive Teeth :  If your teeth are generally sensitive and easily irritated by hot and cold temperatures, there are toothpastes available for such situations. These toothpastes contain Potassium Nitrate or Strontium Chloride which help in reducing sensitivity by blocking the pathways through the teeth that attach to nerves inside the teeth and can take upto a month to reduce sensitivity. 
  • Tartar Control / Gum Care Toothpastes : Everyone develops a layer of bacteria on their teeth called plaque. If the plaque isn't removed with proper oral hygiene it calcifies into a hard layer called tartar which ultimately leads to gum disease. Tartar control toothpastes have certain ingredients like pyrophosphates and zinc citrate to reduce the tartar buildup. Some also have an antibacterial Triclosan which kills the bacteria. 
  • Whitening Toothpastes : These don't contain bleaching agents that change the colour of the teeth, but contain abrasive particles or chemicals that effectively polish the teeth and remove stains. 
  • Children's Toothpastes : Are available without fluoride for children below 2 years of age and with a small amount of fluoride for children between the ages of 2 and 6 years. These toothpastes are also flavored favorably to appeal to a child's taste.
The bottom-line is, choose a fluoride containing toothpaste that works for you as an individual. A biannual (every 6 months) visit to the dentist for a check-up and professional teeth cleaning remains a must and cannot be replaced by any over the counter product.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Go Green with Snappi Diaper Fasteners!


If you're planning to go the cloth diaper route, Snappis are a must have! Made in South Africa, they are a great substitute for diaper pins and so much safer too. I cannot imagine trying to fumble around with safety pins while the baby is squirming. I love using my Snappi! This product makes using prefolds almost as easy as using disposables. In fact, they are so easy to use even daddy has figured them out! You can fasten the diaper with just one hand and they really stay. With snappis, I can easily close prefolds, flats, fitted flats, and non-snap fitteds! There's no metal and no chance of poking the baby. They are stretchy, reusable, and extremely durable. I've even washed a Snappi on accident and it was still perfect. The composition is 100% polyurethane ( thus safe for the baby). A single snappi can last you the life of diapering your child (as long as you don't lose it!). And to add to a list of pros, they come in a variety of boy, girl and neutral colors. Also, they come in 2 sizes - Infant and Toddler and can be used right from birth.

In India, Snappi is available online at through its exclusive distributor at  Angel in a Crib




In the words of the manufacturer ~
The Snappi Diaper Fastener revolutionized clothe diapering over 25 years ago! The all-in-one diaper fastener offers a practical and reliable way to fasten a cloth diaper. it is the cloth diapering necessity that "PULLS IT ALL TOGETHER."

Snappis are made from a stretchable non-toxic material. Their T-shaped stretchable arms have grips on each end, which hook into the diaper fabric ensuring a snug-fitting diaper with enough natural movement for baby's comfort. A cover is essential over the Snappi fastener to prevent it from catching onto something and coming undone.

This mommy gives this product a Five Star for allowing me go green, save my baby from nappy rashes and being so simple to use!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Come away with Norah Jones


Music washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.
~Berthold Auerbach


I cannot work without music. Ever since I've started practicing Dentistry, I've worked to soft music playing in the background. My regular patients now give me their requests and we play that while working on them! It not only soothes the patients, it also relaxes me while working, calms me in high stress situations at work. I usually prefer music with lyrics and am not too much into lounge music. My Ipod at work has a mix of soft music spanning various genres. My favourite for the longest time has been Norah Jones and is played on a continuous loop all day long! 
So when I heard that she was going to perform in Mumbai in March there was no way I could miss watching her live. The early bird tickets were booked at 2 am in January and the excitement was mounting. After having watched only Bryan Adams (Yes I still do love him!) in concert twice I was finally getting to watch another one of my absolute favourite artists!


The concert was a part of A Summer's Day music festival at the Turf Club, Mahalaxmi. There were various other upcoming artists performing before her but the highlight was Norah Jones. The gates opened at 4pm as promised and we secured a place right in front of the stage. A wait of 4 hours later, Norah Jones climbed up the stage and set it on fire! She opened with her popular number "Happy Pills" and enthralled everyone. She acknowledged the audience after her opening song and said " You guys are such a warm welcome!" The performance was spellbinding, her voice was mesmerizing and she had the crowd singing along and begging for more!


 Her band was fantastic and everything was perfectly synchronized and organized and they did a splendid job in accompanying her sultry vocals.


Right from the moment we entered the venue, Only Much Louder never failed to impress us with their impeccable event organisation. The stage decor was simply marvellous, beautifully lit with serial lights of cool blues and purples with large origami cranes hanging in intervals. The mood was definitely set. The crowd was a mixture of young and old. She played all of her signature tunes including Say Goodbye, Lone Star, Don’t Know Why, Sunrise and her covers of Hank William’s Cold Cold Heart and Tom Waits’ Long Way Home, ending the evening with Come Away with Me. My favourite for the evening was Chasing Pirates and remains a personal favourite even today.


The concert felt like only a few moments even though her set lasted 90 minutes; at the end, everyone was hungry for more. It was like eating only one slice of a delicious cake and with the aftertaste still lingering, we headed out, back into reality, into the traffic and into the weekend that could have had no better way to end.




Friday, October 04, 2013

Daddy's Little Girl


Dear Daddy,
I may find a prince someday,
But you will always be my King.

Every daughter is her daddy's little princess and all that a father would want is for her to be happy. I came across a beautiful children's book by Peter Wilson. By the time I finished reading it, I had tears in my eyes as did most of the readers who read the book.


The book is officially available to view online on youtube and can be viewed at -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8-Pu9FSNns&feature=player_detailpage

This book has been shared online before and here I share it with you all in it's entirety.

Daddy’s Little Girl by Peter Wilson

A father looked on at his new baby girl, With only the nursery window between her and the world. There were sweet baby girls and cute baby boys, With each little one making cute baby noise. The babies were wrapped up in pink and blue – Each one snug, like a baby kangaroo!

As cute as they were to the brand new father, He could not take his eyes off his lovely new daughter! And he watched as she cried and cried again, And he smiled and sighed and said right then,

“It’s alright, it’s okay.
Save your tears for another day.
Things may change in this big, crazy world,
But you’ll always be Daddy’s little girl.”

The father closed his eyes – and big surprise! His sweet little baby had become a little lady! She had long pigtails and a pretty pink dress, And danced all around like a tiny princess. She’d dress up, have tea parties, and play with her dolls. And sometimes she’d even draw on the walls!

But sometimes she’d cry when she didn’t get her way, And that’s when her daddy would smile at her and say,

“It’s alright, it’s okay.
Save your tears for another day.
Things may change in this big, crazy world,
But you’ll always be Daddy’s little girl.”

The father turned his back, for seconds it seemed… And his tiny princess had grown into a teen! She had strange colors in her hair, make-up on her face, Loud music in her room and clothes all over the place! She’d spend hours on the phone, talking to her friends, And soon her daddy learned those friends were young men!

One day a young man rang the doorbell quite late, And asked the father to allow his daughter out for a date. The father said “Yes,” though he did hesitate. It’s up to her, he thought, to learn about heartbreak.

And sure enough she returned that night with tears in her eyes. Her daddy hugged her, kissed her head and whispered with a sigh,

“It’s alright, it’s okay.
Save your tears for another day.
Things may change in this big, crazy world,
But you’ll always be Daddy’s little girl.”

The father rose one day to find his teenaged girl, Was now a woman, moving out, and giving college a whirl. Her bags were packed from floor to ceiling – jeans, shirts and belts. She was strong, independent, ready to take on the world – without her daddy’s help.

But when she said goodbye, he could see it in her eyes. She looked at him, hugged him tightly and slowly began to cry. She said, “I’ll miss you Daddy, I’ll see you in December.” He replied, “I’ll miss you too, but please remember…

“It’s alright, it’s okay.
Save your tears for another day.
Things may change in this big, crazy world,
But you’ll always be Daddy’s little girl.”

The father went to work each day and long before he knew it, His baby girl was all grown up with a diamond ring to prove it! Her wedding day approached, it was just a few more days, And the father knew it wasn’t long before he’d give his daughter away.

And when the day arrived at last to walk her down that aisle, The father took some time alone and remembered for a while…

The baby girl in her crib surround by her toys… The little princess who danced around and made lots of noise… The messy teenaged girl who spent hours on the phone… And the brave, young woman who cried when she left home.

Oh my, how time flies! the aging father thought, It seems like only yesterday when she was just a tot.

The time had come and gone so fast, with just a blink of an eye. He hugged his daughter tightly and tried hard not to cry. Then he walked her down that aisle on that special day, And when he felt his eyes well up, he heard his daughter say,

“It’s alright, it’s okay.
Save your tears for another day.
Things may change in this big, crazy world,
But I will always be Daddy’s little girl.”

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Coffee ~ Vacation in a Cup @ Coorg

Coffee enthusiast's heaven, nature lover's paradise, traveler's destination.......everything describes the perfect holiday getaway.......in one word Coorg. Also known as Kodagu, Coorg remains one of the top places to visit in India. Settled in the western ghats of Karnataka its about a 4 to 4.5 hour drive from Bangalore.

On our first wedding anniversary we decided to make a trip to Orange County, Coorg. My in-laws live in Bangalore, so we flew from Bombay to Bangalore, spent a night with them and proceeded the next morning to Coorg by car. The best months to visit Coorg are October to May and we made the trip in the month of February 2010. The drive was very comfortable thanks to the good roads that we Bombayites are unfortunately not destined to have in our city. We reached Orange County at lunch time and after a smooth and quick check-in we were shown our room and then proceeded to have lunch.

                                        

The rooms were set in a villa and we were in one of the "coffee cluster" villas. The room was spacious with a king sized bed and open bathroom to enjoy bathing while taking in the nature surrounding us. There was also a little balcony / sit out with a small coffee table and chairs.

                                                                   

There were activities going on in the resort everyday. Starting with the early morning bird walk, to the plantation walk, the cultural show and the boat ride, no stone was left unturned to keep the guests entertained.

                                      

We spent one evening at the plantation walk where we were shown how coffee beans are grown and processed. We learnt how pepper was cultivated and also a lot about the other plants and trees in the resort. That night we were part of the cultural program of dance and skits.


The next day we stepped out and visited Dubare elephant camp. Every morning the mahouts bring their elephants to the banks of river Cauvery for a bath. We took a little boat and crossed the river to the site where the elephants bathe. After a little cajoling one mahout agreed to let me scrub the elephant....oh what an experience it was! 

                                     

Our next stop was the Buddhist Golden Temple at Bylakuppe. A calm, serene and beautiful temple with  throngs of tourists flocking in and out. 


On the way back to the resort we stopped at Nisargadhama Ecological Park, a nature lover's paradise it's filled with a lush foliage of thick bamboo groves. We spent some time at the deer park inside feeding cucumbers to the deer.

                                      

The last day we decided to make the most of the resort. We both got traditional Ayurveda oil massages at the spa which lived up to their promise of "rejuvenate, regenerate and revitalize." After feeling energized, we took a dip in the infinity pool and spent the evening at the reading lounge.

                                     

The reading lounge was my favorite part of the resort. Set on stilts overlooking the paddy fields, it is such a quiet and serene environment that it can lull you to sleep. But the unlimited cappuccinos and wide choice of coffee table books can make time fall short.

                                     


Saraswati was the employee who looked after the reading lounge and made coffee there. She is today known as The First Lady of Coffee and truly so!


I have had the most aromatic and delectable coffees here made by Saraswati with her gentle mannerisms and magnetic smile and I wish to go back there someday to spend many more hours at the reading lounge drinking her coffee and doing what I love the most....reading.


It was a wonderful stay made even more special by the staff who pampered us, fed us scrumptious meals and showed us what hospitality par excellence truly means! Such was our stay there that my cousin and also my sister in law went to Orange County for their respective honeymoons and came back with the same stories to tell!

Caring for Your Infant's Mouth

Even though your baby doesn't have teeth yet you should clean his or her mouth. As soon as your baby is born, it is important to clean his or her gums by rubbing a clean, damp cloth over the gums twice a day. This will not only get rid of bacteria but will also help your baby get used to the cleaning process so that the introduction to the toothbrush will go smoothly. Although there may be a little fussing at first, your infant will get used to having his or her mouth cleaned like other parts of the body. It is important to set a routine like brushing first thing in the morning and just before going to bed.



You can continue using cloth or switch to a soft-bristled, infant-sized toothbrush after teeth first come into the mouth. By the time the molars (back teeth) first appear around age 1 (on average), it is best to use a toothbrush all the time. Until the age of 3 it is best to use half a pea amount of non fluoridated toothpaste as young children tend to swallow the paste. After 3 one can shift to a fluoridated toothpaste. Encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste.
Make teeth brushing a fun routine that your children will look forward to. Teaching your children good oral hygiene from the start will contribute to their health and well-being throughout their adult lives.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Wanderlust

Wanderlust ~ a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.


I believe travel and poetry are simply two different ways of exploring the world. Both help us understand who we are, what we believe and how it all fits together.

Here's a poem I love by John O'Donohue for the traveler / wanderer in every one of us!


For the Traveler
Every time you leave home,

Another road takes you
Into a world you were never in.

New strangers on other paths await.

New places that have never seen you
Will startle a little at your entry.
Old places that know you well
Will pretend nothing
Changed since your last visit.

When you travel, you find yourself

Alone in a different way,
More attentive now
To the self you bring along,
Your more subtle eye watching
You abroad; and how what meets you
Touches that part of the heart
That lies low at home:

How you unexpectedly attune

To the timbre in some voice,
Opening in conversation
You want to take in
To where your longing
Has pressed hard enough
Inward, on some unsaid dark,
To create a crystal of insight
You could not have known
You needed
To illuminate
Your way.

When you travel,

A new silence
Goes with you,
And if you listen,
You will hear
What your heart would
Love to say.

A journey can become a sacred thing:

Make sure, before you go,
To take the time
To bless your going forth,
To free your heart of ballast
So that the compass of your soul
Might direct you toward
The territories of spirit
Where you will discover
More of your hidden life,
And the urgencies
That deserve to claim you.

May you travel in an awakened way,

Gathered wisely into your inner ground;
That you may not waste the invitations
Which wait along the way to transform you.

May you travel safely, arrive refreshed,

And live your time away to its fullest;
Return home more enriched, and free
To balance the gift of days which call you.

~ John O’Donohue ~

Dr Seuss themed 1st Birthday!

It seems like yesterday that we brought our son Ronav home from the hospital, but a year has just flown by and all that we are left with a...