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A Milestone Along Our Path Together - Happy 10th!

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Looking back, ours has been nothing less than a Bollywood story with all the spicy masala. A typical saga of boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy woos girl and then the whole family drama that follows. Throw into this the long distance, a break up and right there you have yourself a blockbuster.


Life has shown me today, that people come into our lives for a reason. It could be to get us through a difficult time, to help us meet other people or to teach us a lesson or two. But there is always a reason. It took me a long time to realise this and this is how I met my husband....Arun.
My best friend at dental school introduced us. What came as a surprise was that I had been travelling in the same bus and train as him for about 2 years and we had seen one another almost everyday though we had never spoken. Then I stopped travelling by train and forgot all about him. But as fate would have it, in my final year of dental school very casually my friend introduced us saying "…

What Does Your Dentist Have To Do With Sleep Apnea

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Our sleep impacts every aspect of our health and daily life. Sleeping well helps us look, feel and perform our best. But a sleeping disorder can be detrimental to our health and well-being. One of the most common sleeping disorders is Obstructive Sleep Apnea.


Dentists are often the earliest diagnosticians of sleep disorders. The first sign of sleep apnea is often tooth grinding.Dentists look for worn tooth surfaces, a sign that a patient grinds his or her teeth.

At night when you aren't breathing like you should while sleeping because of obstructive sleep apnea, your body will often try to compensate for this restriction by tensing your jaw and grinding your teeth, thus sending a message to your brain to wake up so you can take a breath. Tooth grinding also leads to other oral issues like wearing of teeth, sensitivity to hot and cold and gum recession.

Grinding is just one oral health sign of sleep apnea.Your dentist is also looking for other signs like a small jaw, tongue with scall…

Paradise Towers by Shweta Bachchan Nanda - #Book Review

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Plot
Dinesh opens the door to the Kapoor flat to find Lata, the enchantress who works at Mrs Aly Khan’s, carrying a hot case with freshly made gaajar ka halwa. On the first floor, the inquisitive Mrs Mody wipes the dust off her precious binoculars to spy on the building’s security guard. The Singhs open the doors of their SUV, their four boys creating a ruckus – they are the newcomers, the outsiders. Through the peephole, the ever-watchful Mrs Ranganekar observes their arrival. Welcome to Paradise Towers, an apartment building in central Mumbai. Everyone here has a story to tell. Or maybe they have stories to hide. Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s quirky, intimate debut explores the intertwined lives in this building – a forbidden romance, an elopement, the undercurrents of tension in corridor interactions and an explosive Diwali celebration. Bachchan-Nanda’s is a dazzling voice that will draw you into the intoxicating, crazy world that is Paradise Towers.
Paradise Towers is a book set in a posh…

An Evening With My Favourite Author - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Do you believe that you don't choose a book, but the right book finds you at the right time? I firmly believe in this and have often experienced it in my life, that a particular book will find me at the time I need it the most and get me through some difficult periods, or will tell me what I need to hear at that time in life.



Quite by chance, at the library last year I picked up Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. What made me pick it up? Many reasons! I was attracted by the beautiful cover, I love reading hard cover books, I was curious what an Oleander was and the biggest reason, I was keen on reading a book by an Indian author and Chitra Divakaruni sounded Indian enough! When I turned to the back cover and read about the author, I was intrigued and captivated by her picture. For some reason she looked very familiar and oh so serene and calm. I had heard about Palace of Illusions and Mistress of Spices but had not paid attention to the author. So as it was meant to be,…

2019 Reading Challenges

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I love the start to the New Year, as it is the time for me to sign up for various challenges. I'm not usually the one to make resolutions, so this is a way for me to not only read more, but also read  outside my comfort zone and across various genres (which is something I'm still struggling with) and add some great books to my every increasing TBR. I feel reading challenges make you fall in love with reading and 2019 seems to be the year for challenges!
In 2018, I participated in the PopSugar Reading Challenge 2018 and much to my satisfaction, did a lot better than when I tried in 2017. I also increased the number of books I read overall, read a few new authors that I normally would not and gave poetry a try for the first time after school (which I surprisingly enjoyed). So here's a list of Reading Challenges that I plan to participate in, luckily a few books can be read across the challenges, so hopefully it will be a fun ride and not overwhelming at all. 
GoodReads Reading…

3 Lessons I Want My Children To Learn From Me

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Sometime back while reading an article, I came across a question that got me thinking..."What are the 3 lessons you want your children to learn from you?" Now that was deep! As a mother I have often pondered about this and there have always been quite a few things I would want my kids to learn from me and the elders over a lifetime, life's lessons that we probably learnt the hard way. In fact there have been many situations I have found myself in, thinking to myself,  "I hope that at least my kids learn from this!" 


But if I were to pick only 3 of the most important lessons I would want to leave them with, they would be (in random order)......
1. IT'S OK TO CRY!
I have grown up, like most around me hearing the words, "you are brave and brave children do not cry" or "boys don't cry." I flinch every time that is said to my kids and cringe at the thought of it affecting their mental health in the long run. I want them to know that it is…

Unknowingly I Fell In Love With Being A Mama To A Boy

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I always knew I was going to have a girl. From very early on, even as  a little girl playing house or with dolls, I was sure I was going to mommy girls when I grew up. Despite playing rough with my boy cousins all the time, I knew I was going to have a girl. 
To me boys were strange beings, ones that I liked but couldn’t really decipher. I understood girls, boys - not so much, given the fact that 15 years on I’m still working to understand my husband and vice versa. There’s a reason why men are from Mars and women from Venus and I would have preferred to tip the scale towards Venus in our household. 

When we first fell pregnant, much to my husbands chagrin, I was confident of having a girl. Every scan was scrutinised unsuccessfully and every word our doctor spoke was dissected, all in hope to just get a hint of what the future had in store. 
23rd August, 2012 our world changed when we welcomed our first born, our SON into this world. Yes a Boy! How did that happen to me?! Surprisingly th…

The Ultimate Potty Training Tip That Worked!

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When our son was born 6 years ago, we clearly didn't know what to expect. The adrenaline rush of being a first time mommy soon faded to give way to a feeling of constant guilt and unpreparedness. A feeling, though less intense, still exists 6 years on. All our parenting experiments and trails and errors are carried out on our first born and that paves the way for our daughter, who just breezes through every milestone, thanks to her older brother.
So when the time came to potty train our son, lots of suggestions started pouring in right from the time he was born! It takes a village, people! Thus started the potty training schedule, way too early at 18 months in my opinion. We tried it all - trainer pants, potty seats, mobile potties, potty training books and at the end...bribes. Nothing worked. At the first sight of his poopy face, if anyone tried to get him to the potty seat, he would run in the opposite direction and hide to continue doing his job in the diaper, or he'd hold…

My Reverse Bucket List

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I'm sure we all have a bucket list of things we want to see or do before we "kick the bucket," either written down somewhere or a rough compilation in our mind.
I'm a big fan of bucket lists, there are so many positive things associated with them. In a way, it's a fun way to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and try new things, and in the process it can lead to all sorts of great experiences and friends.
But isn't is funny how quick we are to write off what we've done in the past and only focus on all the things we want for the future.
Well there is a solution for that, enter the reverse bucket list! This list is basically your gratitude list. Instead of focusing on what you haven't accomplished in life (yet), it makes you focus on the cool things you have already done.
Life today is tough with jam packed schedules, family, kids, friends, work....the list is endless. And to add to the already overwhelming list is social media, which studies …

99 Things I Love - Reflections

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In May this year I started the #100happydays challenge where I put up a picture of what made me happy, everyday for 100 days straight (I got to 118). This little exercise taught me gratitude and how to find happiness in the little things in everyday life.



Today I'd like to try a different exercise where I reflect upon the 99 things that I love. I’m hoping this helps me dig below the surface and recognize things I'm probably not even consciously aware of, about myself. While I sit down to ponder about what's really important to me in life and what brings me joy, I realise it’s the littlest of things, the ones that are  usually taken for granted and so easily disregarded. So here's my gratitude list (in a way), in no particular order. 
My first cup of coffee in the morning ( preferably before the kids are awake)Our home, messy at times and usually chaotic, but I still love it My daughter's wild spiritMy bespectacled son's goofy grinsThe sound of my husband laughing…