Monday, January 11, 2021

Weekend Stories, the Pramadh way

 

Ira and her Dino bag, in her happy space

The last few months, we have made a conscious effort to get out of home atleast once a month and go for a trek or a climb. This usually happens on a weekend. 


We have two of our friends who are our partners in crime. Depending on the place of the trek, which is decided and planned by Prashant, we also decide about packing breakfast and snacks. The food could be sandwiches, methi theplas or even carrot parathas, fruits and chocolate bars and roasted groundnuts also make it to the menu at times :). Yes, we are mad like that! 


These are our 4am mornings ( many of you had asked me about the 4am reference in my Gratitude blog). We generally wake up early. 6am is our regular wake up time. Ira has her alarm set and somedays need a bit of nudge, but she is also an early riser. On trek days, the nudge is just the term 'get ready for the trek' and our little girl springs from the bed and goes about getting ready. Bags are packed the previous night. Her trek bag will have some snacks, water, nimbu pani, first aid kid, soap bottle, sanitizer, hand napkin and her whistle. The rule is we carry our own bags. 

            Black and White and Happy Hues

Over these treks, we also realised that Ira likes to take photographs. She does that using our friend's heavy camera, adjusts lights and also has been learning how to frame the picture. Sometimes, random rocks and trees capture her attention and sometimes she asks us to pose in a particular way. 


            "Dadu, move a bit to the left please! "

Our January outing was a small climb. We went to Basadi Betta, also called the Mandagiri hills. Atop the hillock is a Jain temple. And beyond that is space to walk on the surface of the hill overlooking a beautiful lake. Baba also joined us this time! Ira was thrilled to have Dadu come along and the two of them began to climb the steps before any of us. While Dadu climbed fast, Ira at a point also asked him to slow down. She has been our trail-lead on earlier treks and takes her role quite seriously. 


                   Ira ke Papa and Ira's Dadu

It was a nice climb and the view from the hillock, looking into the lake was breathtaking. Lots of pics were clicked, a small photo session by some stone columns and the happy bunch of us then headed to Pavithra, Kyathsandra for Thatte Idli, post a snack of homemade green moong gugri! 


Just the perfect way to begin a Sunday Morning! 


                       Our Partners in Crime

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Friday, January 1, 2021

Hope, Anticipation, Gratitude and 2021

 



2020 is a year, that all of who have survived it, will talk about for years to come. A gratitude list from the Pramadhs for the year gone by. The list is selfish, because the list is about our survival. The list is with an acknowledgement that we had some privileges to count. The list is knowing that just listing it is a mere token for the deep gratitude that we experience. 


1. Thankful for the fact that we three and our close family and friends were in decent health, despite some small hiccups. 

2. Thankful that post an initial dip, both our work, my freelance and consulting and his business stayed afloat. 

3. Thankful that we love cooking and used this long stay at home time to create some culinary storms, providing the cathartic moments. Our plates and bowls of happiness and gratitude are testimony to that. Ira does wonder why am always taking pics. 

4. Thankful that our little girl is as much a foodie and became a part of all experimental pursuits and also did her first pakoras and helped Papa to bake some goodies. 

5. Thankful that the little human being was safe, followed the stringent no play rule for weeks on end and found ways to be creative and do her play at home. She flaunts her mask and the rules to anyone who would care to listen. 

6. Thankful that we embarked on this homeschooling journey to only discover new things about us as parents and how we parent Ira. Revelation is an understatement. 

7. Thankful that Ira took to homeschooling the way we hoped for. A total roller coaster ride, filled with high emotions, and some challenges too. But we wouldn't do it any other way. 

8. Thankful that being in each other's face, all the time, we managed to still find the me-time and the we-time. The coffee that he made with freshly ground beans and our reading time ensured a fairly good start to most of the days. 

9. Thankful that we were able to have lockdown celebrations in our own way, venture out for 2 short holidays and some treks on weekends. Our 4am routine is here to stay! 

10. Thankful that we focused on self, let go of what we couldn't control and helped the ones we could. In a year of 'no touching', we had friends who touched our lives in measures that can't be quantified. 


The picture above, taken a few days ago sums up the hidden joys, the anticipations, the wholesome drama and the hope that we feel as we embark on 2021.


2021, be kind. 


Happy New Year! 




A Pic taken on our outing the last Sunday of 2020.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Books in 2020

 

2020 has been a year like no other. In 2019, I made the resolution of reading at least one new author every month and was able to read at times, even more than one new author every month. To 2020, I added a resolution to read at least one non-fiction every month. Reading has been a great de-stressor. Some of these books have made me cry, some laugh and many of them have been thought provoking, influencing the way I think and lead my life. 

in 2019, I read about 29 books and the count is 39 this year! I read 15 non-fictions and also many of them are Debut novels. I also took to reading some books on the kindle. Reading a paperback or a hard copy still remains my favorite though. As we inch towards 2021, I want to read more this year, more new authors, more non-fiction and may be authors and stories from more diverse geographies.

 Happy Reading everyone! #LoveReading #BooksIn2020 #Fiction #NonFiction #DebutNovels #OneNewAuthorEveryMonth #SecondNewAuthorOfTheMonth #ThirdNewAuthorOfTheMonth #Happiness #Gratitude #ReadingResolutions 






Monday, November 30, 2020

Four Reflections at Forty

 



I love birthdays. I love the birthday month. I turned 40 in 2020! Some reflections and some deep learnings.

Breaking Boundaries, Exploring New Paths

The biggest leap of faith that Prashant and I as parents have taken this year is to homeschool Ira. The decision was led by various circumstances and thoughts. We are growing with this experience. It has been rewarding and also frustrating at times. Keeping pace with the little human being is a task and we are doing the best we can. I have been blogging about this and will hopefully also share not just the triumphs but some of the challenges that we face and how do we navigate them. For me, the experience of creating a curriculum for her that is customised and meets the needs for her age has been an uphill task. But a task that is now part of my life. As I write this blog today, I have already planned what Prashant and am teaching her this week. We share the activities and the explorations. I always thought that am quite patient, but there have been moments when I have lost it. The homeschooling has been the most humbling experience ever and seems like a constant conscious journey to find that merging space between being a parent, a teacher, a friend and adulting through it all.

Anyone who knows me would know that I find my comfort in reading, meeting people, cooking and board games. But as a parent, you are no more just you. So, the last year, I have tried to move out of my comfort zones and venture into a territory that my little girl loves. So, this year, I began on a new trail. Did a few treks, sometimes I find it hard to get that footing, I have slipped and stumbled, struggled to catch my breath. But He always tells me, “Maddi, one step at a time.” I have done just that. And am actually beginning to enjoy the treks. The first day of the month we went to HuthriDurga Betta, near Bengaluru. That moment when you look out and see the world from the top of the hill. Looking forward to more treks this coming year.



Doing what I love

This year I decided to not just read atleast one new author every month, but also read one work of non-fiction every month. One of the best decisions I have taken with regard to this hobby of mine. I will ofcourse write a blog on the books I read this year. For now, I have done what I love and what I set out to do.

The pandemic this year also meant there was a lot more cooking that happened. Tried simple traditional dishes and plated my food with lot of enthu most days and also took pics very religiously. Ira was at her wits end one day and said, “Now eat Mamma!”. Then, there have been days when He made exotic dishes, and I plated and took the pics. The happiness and sense of fulfilment a plate of food can give you is immense. A dear friend who loves our cooking has been nudging that we should start an insta page on food. Too much work I feel. But, like I know, Never say never. For now, I love to eat and I love to cook and did that plentiful.

There is a lot that I want to learn and do. While I teach at Mount Carmel as a Guest Professor, for both Psychology and Public Policy Masters Students; I also do trainings in Corporates. This pandemic, I focused on upskilling. Did a basic course on Coaching and have already signed up for the Practitioner’s Certification. A course that I found absolutely fascinating and that moulded some of my thoughts very strongly this year was the Science of Well-being Course from Yale University, and the rewirement exercise that was a part of it. Practicing gratitude and savoring experiences was always a priority, but now I also understand better how it really helps.

A friend asked me a few months back to be a part of a collective of Moms that works on Clean Air. While am a silent contributor most of the time and pitch in my thoughts as a lay person and an asthamatic once in a while, it is a cause that is close to me heart and my lungs. This group is called the Warrior Moms. A volunteering initiative that I hope to be more actively involved in in the coming months.

Learning to let go

There are some fears that plague everyone. For me, it is often about the inability to say no, inability to put myself first, inability to prioritise self in a friendship. This year, I have slowly and steadily done this and I shall continue to do that. This is a commitment to self. Because I matter and so does my mental health.



Love is all we have

Each of us express love differently. Differently towards our parents, siblings and friends; differently towards our partners and our children. This year, while WFH and being in a space where you only end up seeing 2 people all the time, you realise even more that Love is all we have. You fight with your little one, you disagree with your partner, you ride that wheel of emotion and find yourself swaying in insane directions. You miss seeing your parents who live but a few minutes away. You are thankful for those moments when you are together and you cherish them.

He is the quiet romantic one, whose pragmatism takes precedence, and so are his ways of expressing love. While we had crazy weeks happening, he planned a surprise holiday to mark this landmark birthday. I have been totally paranoid about stepping out and so, a quaint homestay at Sakaleshpur was the perfect choice. Love, uniquely.

My little girl has her own unique ways to express love through little chits and notes that she writes for us. Sometimes, I walk out of a session or finish a tough day to find a small note tucked in a book am reading or on the dining table. She has taught me that I can love someone so much. Didn’t I say, Love is all we have.

Ma cooks my favourite dishes and sends and Baba sends me those special veggies that I like to eat. This is love, packed in boxes. Bhai and I have long chats everyday, we annoy each other but given a moment when either of us need the other, we are right there. I can crib and bitch to him about life and he will listen. Love comes in all colours.

This year has been bearable in many ways because I have had friends who have been by my side, in thoughts and actions. Helping me get thorough a difficult day or cheering me up and having pre-birthday celebrations and extended moments of gratitude. This year has seen it all. A little message, a call that has made all the difference. Because, Love matters.

 


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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Eternal Quest- Emotional Balancing

 

 


We are at the last quarter of 2020. A virus changed our lives, like forever. We are all accepting, learning and moving forward. As we do so, some conversations need to be reiterated. I was invited to give a talk to the PG Science Students at Mount Carmel College last Friday. The topic was Emotional Balancing. We had about 350 participants.

What do you tell a group of young adults who are grappling with the isolation and lack of space, the uncertainty of what next, the self-doubts and the rigor of online classes and exams.

Emotional Balance is an eternal quest and there are 3 steps to understand it. How are we understanding and managing our emotions, how are we understanding and managing our stress and how are we working towards that balance.

Emotions and me

These are moments when many of us feel on the edge, and every small experience is like a rollercoaster ride of uncertainty and chaos. What is important is to acknowledge how are we exactly feeling at this moment and time. A bit of reflection and honest conversation goes a long way. It is important to understand that emotions are complex and come in multiple hues, as demonstrated by the Wheel of Emotions (Robert Plutchik). Is my joy an experience of serenity or ecstasy? Is my sadness an expression of grief or pensiveness? If my fear about my apprehensions and my anger about my deep-seated rage? We need to ask ourselves these questions.

The participants were asked how were they currently feeling and the survey asked them to choose amongst the 8 primary emotions (they could choose 3 emotions). Over 270 participants responded on the live poll and we see while many felt happy at that moment, they also experienced anger, sadness, fear and anger. This was just to drive home the point that at a single point we could also be feeling multiple emotions.


We have to try and own our emotions, understand that they are subjective by nature and while we experience emotions, our body also reacts to those emotions, at a physical level; and each of us behave differently, even though we may be experiencing the same emotion. So, someone who is happy could be smiling and dancing and another just enjoying the moment; someone who is dejected could be weeping and another could be quiet and not talking. This awareness of emotions at both individual and social level is important. We can express empathy when we understand emotions of the self and others.

Stress- what, why and how?

The feeling of anxiety and not being in control, feeling that this pandemic is never ending. Having self-doubt, feeling apprehensive about every little decision to be taken. When we are stressed, our window of tolerance reduces. We may choose to fight or run, we want to hide ourselves; and before we know it affects us emotionally and physically. The participants were asked what is stressing them out the most at present and over 225 participants responded to the live poll. The results show that  while the ambiguity and the stress of online classes took the coveted crown, the feeling of constantly being judged and criticised featured as a stressor, along with being cooped up at home and the inability to meet friends. This is a wake-up call for many of us who teach and live with young adults. They are in a fragile space and need our support the most at this point. We need to step up and be empathetic to them, help them meander this difficult path.

 


While acceptance of the stress experienced is key, it is also essential to seek help and also to reach out to friends and family.

Self and Balance

From acceptance of our emotions to our experience of stress, we then need to ‘Focus on self’, breakdown the situation, be kind to ourselves and be less critical of every thought and action we take. We can take the analogy of the Golden Circle by Simon Sinek to explain this quest for balance. Ask ourselves the 3 questions and find the answers.

·         What is it that you want? - Being able to handle emotions

·         How can you do it? - Focus on self, be kind to self, prioritise self

·         Why do you need to do it? - Emotional Balance. To feel confident. You can do this and even if you take time or can’t at the first go, it is fine.

And finally, reward yourself for every moment of perseverance, create your Pebble Jar of Resilience.

Kindness starts with self and self-affirmations. So, while we meet the world, let us first greet ourselves with gratitude and begin that journey on our quest to emotional balance.

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Put Yourself First, You Matter

 



                                                 Picture credit- Toa Heftiba, Unsplash


"In any case, I can’t have it all, I don’t want it all, and I can’t do it all either"


A close friend told me this recently when we were discussing work, home, kids and ourselves! 


When I told her that it is a strong statement and was there anything that triggered it, she said, nothing really. She is just fed up of reading the narrative- "you can have it all!"


The first thing that came to me was that this is such a misnomer. 


With the world and its pace, its uncertainties and its ambiguities, we women need to really define the 'all'. Define it for ourselves and customise it to our situations. 


We need to constantly remind ourselves that no two women are same, no two families are same and no two people's desires, dreams and expectations are same. 


So, how do we redefine that narrative. I can think of one simple thing. We all know it but we need to tell this to ourselves constantly- "Put Yourself First".


Put Yourself First

You Matter

Before your partner

Before your child

Before your family

And

Before the greater world


Put Yourself First

You Matter

Your health and your strength

Your space and your resilience

Your breakdowns and your stumbles

Your smiles and your tears


Put Yourself First

You Matter

Your coffee and your cake

Your sleep and your walk

Your Netflix and your book

Your chocolates and your ice-cream 



Put Yourself First

You Matter

Your aspirations and your ruminations

Your lists and your plans

Your choices and your songs

Your me-time and your nothingness


Put Yourself First

You matter

Own your can't s, your don't s, your won't s

Own your wants, your haves, your needs

Own your silence, your voice, your sanity


Put Yourself First

You Matter

Pick your 'all'

Put Yourself First

You Matter



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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

 


I will not be chained
I will not be broken
I will not be throttled
I will not be silenced
I will not be burnt
I will not be a spectacle

I don't want to be your fearless daughter
I don't want to be the victim
I don't want to be the fighter
I don't want to be the brave-survivor
I don't want to be the cover story
I don't want to be the nightmare

I am not an object to be devalued
I am not a subject to be delineated
I am not that analysis you tweak to your glory
I am not that yarn you shred with your story
I am not that struggle you undermine with your history
I am not that 'human' you dehumanise

The No you need to hear
The No you need to understand
The No you need to accept


#ExistentialThoughts #Poetry 



Sunday, September 27, 2020

Paint your own picture, the Ira way

 



The Pramadh household saw Elona Holmes for the family movie night this week. Confession: All three of us are movie buffs. And yes, we have all kinds of such things and days. More about that in another post! 

Ira and Mamma love all the random commemorative days in the year. This day and that day. We also do random things on chocolate day and coffee day and book reading day :) Papa while may have different thoughts, indulges our whims and fancies! 

Today, like you may know is Daughter's Day. While I called my parents and reminded them and had a long chat about how these days are commercial and yet a sweet thing to do. Of course, Ma and Baba wished me and Joy enquired when is Son's Day. For the uninitiated, it is celebrated either on 28th September or 4th March. Thank me later. 

Ira was excited and wanted to know if she is getting a card or we are doing something. She was busy doing her business but was constantly on the lookout, literally. 

I had  a small portion of a sticker sheet and so decided to draw and write one of our favorite quotes from Elona Holmes. We coloured it together later and she stuck it on a door. Do not remember the last time when we bought  a card. We have always made them and with homeschooling and all the exploration we do, we have found more innovative ways to share sweet messages. It was also a day when some of her favorite food was made and we also got her a kit kat fudge ice cream jar and her happiness knew no bounds. Ice cream is literally like  a treat for her :) 

Like I always say, our little human beings need little things to be happy. So, from one daughter to another, "Paint your own picture!"  

And yeah, Happy Daughter's Day! 

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Being Teachers, the Pramadh way


                                                     "Look Papa, the Frog is telling a story!"


This year has been about many firsts. A year where plans have had to change and evolve. A year where we have been humbled by the uncertainties, by the moments of not knowing and not having answers really. 


A few months back, I had blogged about Ira starting her Early Elementary Montessori. Few weeks into it, we felt that online it was quite hard to implement learning in a Montessori manner. After  a lot of deliberation, speaking to her school principal and many educators, we decided to take  her off school this year and teach her at home. So, technically, we have begun homeschooling her. Using the word homeschooling for the lack of a better word. When Ira was about a year old, Prashant and I did think about homeschooling her. But as time went by, we decided to enrol her into a Montessori. The last few years we have seen her grow, learn and express herself very strongly. We have to thank Ms. B and Ms. A, her Montessori teachers who have been amazing. 


So, we made the transition in the 3rd week of July. We had  a talk with her to make her understand what this would entail and what it means for her. She said ok. She is 50% fine and 50% not sure. We decided to take that leap of faith. 


6 weeks of homeschooling, there is a lot that we have learnt. While the journey has just begun, sharing our learnings here. 


1. Research, Learn, Teach- As parents, we have to do a lot of research and continuously learn ourselves. This is the most time consuming component. Prashant and I have been reading up, making notes and planning every step of it. I attended a 5 day course on understanding Homeschooling by someone who has been a homeschooler and runs an alternate school. I would definitely recommend the course. It helped me bring together many a psychological components and see how that can impact learning. 


2. Unlearning and Relearning- We have to understand that homeschooling is not just about teaching at home and using worksheets and videos. Each of us can choose the curriculum that we shall follow, we can then work to customise it to suit the needs of our child. We are following the basic NCERT curriculum for Class 1 to understand what she has to learn conceptually and then planning the learning thematically. The books are only a reference point for us. It is essential to understand the child's developmental stage, how they learn and also how we teach and how can we optimise our collective intelligences. 


3. Keeping the experience Child-led and Organic- It is very easy for us to make this experience about us. The fact that we have an agenda that the child has to complete and learn certain components this year and we have  a list to complete. A constant reminder to self that the activities we plan have to be child-led and organic in nature. Am a person who makes lists constantly and likes to tick them off. While for months, we have been doing a lot of activities with her, right now, we teach a few things everyday based on a particular theme and let the rest of the day unfold organically. Somedays, Ira spends a lot of time colouring or doing her imaginative play. We also let her have a choice with regard to the order of the activities. Somedays, be prepared for a flat NO and it is important to accept that. 


4. Understand how you teach and how the child learns- some children learn better through visual mediums and some through experiences. Some are nature child and some learn better when the process is algorithmic. Understand how your child learns. Ira loves nature and experiences. So, we try and incorporate that into the learning. One particular week when we were working on the theme, Road Safety, we also happened to plan a long drive and discuss components of road safety. Also, some of us teach well through anecdotes and for some of us as parents, we may prefer reading, writing and learning. Figure out the styles that match and teach the child and make it a multi-dimensional experience. 


5. Homeschooling is a Collaborative Effort- In nuclear families, it is important that both the partners are on board with the process. The little human being also has to understand how we are doing it and we need to discuss and plan the activities with them. They feel the ownership and you will see how they effortlessly take to this. At our home, Prashant and I share the subjects and the way we teach her. While am a more read, write and learn person, he seamlessly intertwines a discussion and a video component.  


6. This becomes or is a way of life- sometimes, we may plan the activities, but it is important to be in the moment and savor the experiences that happen. For eg., we can plan to do some cooking related activities as a life skill. Or there could be  a time when the family cooks a meal together and it becomes a trigger for discussion on types of food habits, importance of the ingredients etc. Ira has a knack for cooking and made prawn curry in coconut milk with her Papa one day. The entire experience evolved to talking about food habits, seafood masala and how coconut milk is made. A rock art activity where she is drawing insects can lead to a discussion about insects and their features. The journey is continuous, every moment. 


7. Embrace the Challenges- There are challenges, this requires  a lot of effort. There are times when it is exhausting, and you will wonder what's happening, you may wonder why did you even embark on this. Between the days when your little one seems to be completely onboard, there are times when she may not what to do anything that you want her to do, respect that choice. Have a conversation, try and plan one day at a time for her. Also, there is too much information available. To just sift through that, decide what you want to pick and make a part of your learning and teaching journey is work. Don't get on the bandwagon of wanting to buy materials and kits, and online tutorials. You have chosen this journey, define it your way. 


                                                                "Learning through doing."


For now, the Pramadhs are enjoying this. 2 weeks into it, one day Ira told me that am acting like  a Principle with my list of activities. That honest feedback was a revelation. What worked for me doesn't for her. Our strengths must not become their limitations.Then, I also changed how we go about it. I still have my lists for my reference but we give her the choice of what would she like to do that day. We are learning along the way and it is a revelation. Keeping an open mind to the endless possibilities makes this journey fascinating. 


Are we finding this experience life changing? Definitely.

Will we continue this next year? We don't know. 

For now, it is one day, one week, one month and sometimes one theme at a time. 

For now, what matters is Ira tells her friends that she is being homeschooled, her Papa and Mamma are her teachers and she has a choice in her activities. This morning, she also wished us, "Happy Teacher's Day"! 

So, Happy Teacher's Day from the Pramadhs to all teachers out there❤


                                                        "Happy Teacher's day Mamma and Papa!"

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Happy Birthday India, the Ira way




Every year Independence Day celebrations happen at school, and Ira usually wears the white kurta and some bangles. There is also some craft work on the theme of India's independence day. 


This year, we are home and we decided to celebrate India's birthday the way Ira relates to birthdays. We ordered a banana walnut cake from a homebaker (Check Sharu's cakes and bakes on FB), with the HB cake topper et al. 


It has been a while since Prashant is teaching Ira about India, the states and their capitals. They have also begun reading about the Constitution from one of our favorite children's books.


So, today, we cut the cake, had Ira's favorite lights gifted by a dear friend for Company and we all sang for India and then Ira sang again <3


Happy Independence Day! To peace, harmony, acceptance and diversity!


Happy Birthday to you India, Happy Birthday to you. 



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Monday, August 3, 2020

A little thread, innumerable memories



A little thread that has innumerable memories woven. The only festival(s) thats am  sentimental about is Rakshabandhan and BhaiPhota. Both commemorating sibling relationship. While traditionally, it has a connotation of the brother protecting the sister, been long since we moved past that narrative.

For me, it is a special day to celebrate the special bond. Love to buy rakhis, order them in advance, plan some gifts and pamper the sibling.

This year, life taught us that we must live in hope, be grateful for what we have. First time that I haven't seen Joy on this special day. Ever since Rony moved to Bangalore, it has always been the two of them.

I did manage to pick up some simple Rakhis this year. And planned to send across some food, along with the Rakhi. Thankful for the drop services like Dunzo and Swiggy Genie. What would we do if not for these privileges.

So, while I sat thinking of them and looking at some earlier photos, they diligently wore the Rakhi, took pics and sent me.

Bhai has every Rakhi that I have given him in a special box. Yes, we are sentimental that way <3 nbsp="" p="">
So, Happy Rakshabandhan. As we celebrate the special bonds today, let us also celebrate being empathetic, kind and grateful.



Weekend Stories, the Pramadh way

  Ira and her Dino bag, in her happy space The last few months, we have made a conscious effort to get out of home atleast once a month and ...