THANKSGIVING : Practicing Gratitude

Thanksgiving, a holiday that’s celebrated in the USA. It’s a time to realize gratitude and our many blessings. Traditionally, the families gathers in giant circles and says out loud what they are thankful for. Although we do not celebrate thanksgiving here in India, but it is always good to teach children about such holidays. They should learn to give and share with love, they should be thankful for whatever they receive, and show gratitude. I love sharing stories and knowledge with my kids.

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When at the dinner table we discuss endless things, this time we talked about Thanksgiving. After explaining the importance of the day, I asked my 7 year old girl, what is she thankful for. And her answer rolled instantly, “My new Barbie, the princess dress and the games and books…..” that I got for her. These are exactly the things she should be thankful for. She is just a kid and her list made me smile.

 

All I want my children to think beyond their little world of toys, dolls and friends. I want them to know not every child has a huge number of toys, not every child is privileged to go to a great school, wear fancy clothes and have lavish meal-time.

 

No, we were never living in poverty, but after my husband, those months of very little income and tightening the budget tremendously – taught me that material possessions are something one should never take for granted. There are some weird facts about surviving with very little but I want my children to know and talk about it all.

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Sanmati Baal Niketan Orphanage

This Thanksgiving, gave me the opportunity to talk about it in ways they can understand. As we planned to visit the orphanage SANMATI BAAL NIKETAN again this year, (which I have fixed visiting every year, to mark the date it’s the death anniversary of my husband) we got to talk about donating stuff and food. We discussed how valuable small amounts of food are for families and kids, eating just one meal a day. As a mother,  when I feel about what it means to struggle, I can’t help but want to do something. I try to do what I can and I teach my children to do the same. Even a small gesture of helping others makes a difference. Each small thing is a contribution to a great world.

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Kids enjoying special meal (with sweets)

 

 

I would say in 2015, I’m thankful for. . .

 

My kids, my parents and siblings.

My close friends. I have a few of them.

The fact that I got a really nice job, that redefined my economic standing.

I have a lot to be profoundly thankful for this year. Transition isn’t easy and no one does it alone. This year, I’ve gotten to spread my wings and truly fly. I’ve been both fortunate and privileged and that’s something I don’t ever want to forget.

I am thankful for all I have in my life, I could have more, but I could certainly have a lot less too. I have more than I need and I have the privilege to share, I am indeed a lucky woman.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone !!

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Lighting up lives

Diwali has always been related with the three F’s – FAMILY, FUN and FOOD. It is also known as festival of lights. Diwali was never so much fun for us. This time kids and me decided to have an eco-friendly Diwali, bursting no crackers and doing eco-friendly craft and Diwali decorations. We drafted a rough list before the festival as to how and what we can add-on to have more amusement.

 

We decided to celebrate the festival at my hometown in Madhya Pradesh. My motive of taking kids there was basically, show them how, originally the festival was celebrated and the real importance of the traditions and beliefs that are still followed. Growing up and living in a metro, they do get to know a lot about other cultures and their festivals, languages and costumes, but I wish them to carry forward the customs and traditions we have received from our parents and grandparents. Nuclear family culture and modernization is a big reason why kids are losing grounds about the origins. My kids have been celebrating Diwali for 2-3 days, but I wanted them to know that the festival is actually a week’s celebration and the significance of each day starting from Vasu Baras and followed by Dhanteras, Choti Diwali, Lakshmi Pujan, Govardhan and lastly Bhaiduj.

I tried to involve kids in each activity from preparations to celebrations. Cleaning the mandir (temple) area, painting the floor with Geru powder (red mud/ochre ), drawing rangolis, making the Toran (festoon/gateway) with leaves and flowers, also painting diyas (lamps) and decorating the pooja thali. It was immense pleasure and a great bonding among kids and their cousins. It was all a team work.

 

The best part being, gifting and greeting the people who are our help like watchman and maids and donating clothes and food and useful articles to those less fortunate as we headed to an orphanage in the morning on the festival day.

 

Although kids got the chance to play with fireworks, they did not. Fireworks are a celebratory gesture. There are various ways in which we celebrate any occasion. We decided in celebrating without fireworks, but the kids realised that fireworks are an ‘option’, not something that ‘has to’ be done.

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Four important things that made our Diwali wonderful were:

 

  1. Spending time with our family and bonding together. Taking snaps and group photos.
  2. Visiting old friends and surprising them.
  3. Lighting up the house and brighten the night. Indulging in delicacies and relishing the authentic food.
  4. Buying some sweets, greeting and giving them to people we barely acknowledge. Buying random things like crayon boxes, cheap toys and tiny clips and giving them away to the poor children.

 

That’s what the festival of lights is all about. Lighting up others lives.

 

Diwali or Deepavali is one of the biggest festival celebrated throughout India and also in many parts of the world. As we all saw President Obama declared a holiday in the US now. That was such a proud moment.

In his address to the White House, this is what President Obama had to say:

It is fitting that we begin this week leading up to the holiday of Diwali – the festival of lights, where members of some of the world’s greatest faiths celebrate the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance.

It is a time for rejoicing, but also a time for reflection. To reach out to those in need. In that spirit of celebration and contemplation, I am happy to light the White House diya, and wish you all a happy Diwali and a Saal Mubarak”.

 

So rightly said !!

Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year to all !!

Diwali gift for Choco-Lovers

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As the festive season had already kicked in with the ongoing celebrations of Navratra followed by Dussera, Karva Chauth, Diwali and Bhai dooj, all of us have geared up for the celebrations. It is a month filled with new clothes, various pooja’s, delicious food, lamps,lights, family get together and not to forget the gifts.

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Diwali is celebrated with the vigor and liveliness in India and also among the Indians staying abroad. Diwali also marks the beginning of the New Year. Along with grand celebration, exchanging Diwali gifts has become an integral part of the celebration. We love to send Diwali gifts for our loved ones. Even the employees look forward to receive some excellent gifts from their CEO and the company.People celebrate the festive season with lights and gifts. So for this Diwali and also for the accompanying festivals we bring here for you “Happy Feet Chocolate Home”.

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If you are still confused about the gift for Diwali and the coming festivals and not yet planned here we have some great options for you. If you are thinking what would be the best, then no need to strain your brain, because what’s better than CHOCOLATES as Diwali gifts. Chocolates are something loved by all, be it any age. Chocolates always turn out to be an excellent gift for any occasion. Be it your friend, family, relatives colleague or your employees chocolate is the pick of the season.

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Ask Me the Time…..!!!

I have been disciplining my kids too much, I think. What goes in, comes back. The way I’ve been instructing them, my girls are learning well, especially the younger one. Many times in a day I am telling them the right time to do things pointing the watch and what it says, like “It’s eating time”, “It’s sleeping time”’, “It’s playing time” and blah blah blah. Today the little one was wearing her watch and here is our conversation :

ANIKA : Ask me what the time is.

Me : What time is it, ANIKA?

ANIKA : my watch says it’s ICE CREAM time. It says we have to eat the ICE CREAM right now. Can we?

Me : Uh..

ANIKA :

Me :

ANIKA :

Me :

ASHITA : (whispers) Say yes.

ME : (sisters conspiracy I’m sure) Hmmmm

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When you have a growing daughter, who develops her own thought process each day, you should always be ready for what comes next. Sometimes the kids leave us wondering and compel our minds to wish if what they say can be true  !!!!

Ashita : I wish you were more like me.

Me: In which way?

Ashita : In every way.

Me : Can you specify how?

Ashita : Like you could remain a kid, and play more with me.

Me : But then everyone has to grow and become adults.

Ashita : We would have had more fun, if you were a child.

Me : (sigh) I wish the same baby.

(This way I would have stayed away from the realities and the dark secrets of the world)

CHOCO PIES !!!

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“Candies”, the mother offered to the little girl to make sure that the girl could forget what she was fighting for and loose her wishes to the will of her mother. The mother was certain to win because this is the way it had always been.

“Little girls get attached to things easily and then also abandon the same things for the next big thing. She would move on…. be the same again”   …she had thought to herself.

The girl did not agree though. She was a rebel at heart and this time she wanted to convey her firmness.

Firm she was to not fall for the bait…  but she rather wanted to convince her mother…  for how much joy that thing brought to her. “She always says she loves being, then why is she so inconsiderate for my wishes”  …she murmured.

The environment was numb. Nobody moved. Even the plants looked like to have stopped shaking for a while for they all wanted to hear the verdict ….

Mother : “When we go home, I will make those choco pies that you have always loved eating, only if you abide by what I say…

Girl: “Mother, you should have known, I have stopped loving choco pies, the same way you have stopped loving me” !!!!

That was too much to have come out from a 5 year old. The mother was shocked. Next step was taking the girl into her arms that came naturally. She cuddled and kissed her. ‘My little rabbit, when did I stopped loving you …..  You are the loveliest of all things that have ever touched my life’.

The girl flew her arms around her mother. Life seemed beautiful again….

Her demand….!!!!  She didn’t even remember about that anymore. She wanted to go home quickly eager to have the choco pies.

A person sitting at a nearby bench had witnessed the whole episode. She quickly went back to her house and published the episode into her notes. Her friends are now reading it!!  😛

P.S. Yes, of course, I was moved by this episode, although I make sure to devote time for them and kids are my priority but I hugged them tightly as I reached back home.