Angry Parents

Wednesday ~ March 03, 2015 by Sangeeta Posted in Parenting

Like most mothers, I like to think that I am a loving mom who dotes on her child. I see to his well being and safety at all times. I ensure that he is well fed, well clothed, well educated, well this and well that.

Am I doing enough ? Am I doing it right?

Often, we as mothers, believe that being a ‘mom’, pretty much puts us in the ‘We are really doing our best here and if anything needs to change around here, it’s something else’ (most cases the father!) category. We look after our children, keep house and many times also do a ‘paid’ job. I think most moms would go “You really think that we can do more!”.

Well, yes. continuar…

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Chronicles of a mom whose child is learning to swim

Wednesday ~ July 07, 2013 by Sangeeta Posted in Health,kids,Parenting

Summer of three.nine
When Tej was over three years last summer, I decided it was a good time for him to start learning to swim. I would have liked to have him start earlier, but I didn’t know of any facility in our neighbourhood where such small kids can learn. So anyway, I and Harshad took him to the coach at a nearby swimming pool. He was the one who had taught both me and Harshad and we knew him well.

On the first day, I took Tej down to the kids pool, which is about 4 ft in depth, and introduced the coach to him. Tej was not interested in the coach but in watching the scenes all around. Children shivering at the edge, some sobbing. I knew this wasn’t the ideal setting in which to start. But what followed was a disaster. Tej just refused to get into his trunks at all. I stood with him by the side of the pool and thus passed the first day watching by the side. As did the whole of the month. continuar…

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Unschoolers

Monday ~ April 04, 2013 by Sangeeta Posted in kids,Parenting

I read an article in the Indian Express about a small band of courageous parents who not just not send their kids to school, they don’t school them at all! I read it with great interest. I knew of course about home schooling, where children are tutored at home. But not schooling at all was a new thought for me.

Like many parents, I have little respect for ‘rote learning’, the ‘no freedom to express yourself in your own creative way’, ‘no scope to learn at one’s pace’ and other annoying features of a regular school. continuar…

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Can kids enjoy healthy foods? | Children & Nutrition

Thursday ~ February 02, 2013 by Sangeeta Posted in Health,kids

My 4 year old son, Tej’s food has been something I have put a lot of thought into over the years. Considering getting kids to eat healthy food is something that’s top priority for any mom,  thought of noting down my observations and experiments with trying to get Tej to enjoy healthy food.

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Barfi Review

Wednesday ~ October 10, 2012 by Sangeeta Posted in movie,reviews

I’m actually writing a review for a movie that has released very recently.  Wonders will never cease!

Right, so Barfi is a sweet tale of people with disabilities finding friendship and comfort. It’s not sickly sweet. It’s nice. The narrative is peppered with humourous scenes. Actors are competent – have done their job well.

The problem is it rings false.  continuar…

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Fashion Disaster – Film Review

Monday ~ November 11, 2011 by Sangeeta Posted in movie,reviews

It’s quite late in the day to talk about “Fashion” (Hmm… I seem to be saying that about all the movies I watch!.. Well.. with a toddler in tow, it’s good that I get to watch anything at all!).. but I watched it last night and felt so disappointed that I thought I should write about it to get it out of my system.

It starts well enough with the character of Priyanka Chopra called Meghna Mathur in the film. Meghna Mathur hails from a middle class family in Chandigarh and she lands in the.. well.. Land of Dreams, which is unsurprisingly Mumbai. Then the film takes us through her initial struggle and her big breaks… all ok enough… She also gets together with another struggling model .. Don’t know the actor’s name but he is cute and has done a good job. continuar…

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Autobiographies

Friday ~ July 07, 2008 by Sangeeta Posted in Books,reviews

I have thumbed through some autobiographies over the years and have always come away feeling touched, inspired, enriched.

What always amazes me is how contrasting our perceptions of celebrities, leaders, luminaries can be to what they actually might be. continuar…

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HoneyMoon Travels Pvt Ltd – Movie Review

Monday ~ May 05, 2008 by Sangeeta Posted in movie,reviews

Watched HoneyMoon Travels Pvt Ltd when it released ..  it’s quite late in the day to talk about it but this was lying in my unpublished list of posts gathering dust and thought I might as well get it out. continuar…

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The Music Room

Monday ~ May 05, 2008 by Sangeeta Posted in Books,reviews

The Music Room by Namita Devidayal is a beautiful book. The book unveils the journey of a girl (Namita) living in Mumbai and studying in an English school and discovering, accepting and loving a parallel world of classical music.

The author unfolds the story lovingly and languidly. The narrative is carefully peppered with research related to music though it is done in a storylike or anecdotal fashion. The story doesn’t drag anywhere and keeps you engrossed throughout. Though the book deals with classical music, which is not a layman topic, it never bores the reader. It rather enriches the curious or awestruck mind.

I would recommend it to everyone interested in a good read.

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San Francisco Diary

Wednesday ~ February 02, 2008 by Sangeeta Posted in conference,Oracle,San Francisco,travel

San Francisco is a pretty coastal city. I and my husband Harshad went there late 2007 to attend the Oracle OpenWorld conference which is held at Moscone Center every year.

San Francisco is a west coast city in the US and we travelled from India on a direct Mumbai-New York flight. We spent a couple of days with friends at the east coast. Apart from New York we also visited Washington DC , tales of which I will recount elsewhere. Both these cities had very cold weather (it rained in NewYork) and I caught a cold and the beginnings of flu inspite of all the layers of clothing. We left for San Fransisco very early on Sunday morning. I suffered from a horrible ear ache (which is quite common in air travel) during the flight inspite of the usual remedies of sweet-sucking and yawning. I had not yet recovered when we reached San Francisco at 2PM on Sunday. continuar…

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