Momma’s are the best Salesperson

Being a parent, is like riding a roller coaster ride. You never know which side your life is going to fall in the next second. Up, down, Left cut, Right cut, turn around, somersaults or even God doesn’t know the way because driving this ride is your child, with naughtiest ideas in his/her mind .

My sister Rinku was blessed with a baby girl Tanishi (Tanu) 4 years back and that was the only time when she smiled and the infant cried. Since then till time, it’s been always the other way around. Interestingly her in – laws and even her own family with 30 years old rooted relations instantly switched their loyalty.  So the current situation is that, even when Tanu sniffs, everyone gets tensed. When Rinku complains about Tanu’s tantrums, everyone just turns their ear.  So anyone who listens to their conservation without seeing their face may think Tanu is the grandma of the home and Rinku is a disobedient grandchild who is only grown up in age and not by her mind.

Mumma, I am trying to tell you since long, Clothes are kept this way not that. Listen to me, Learn from me, I had learned it from my teacher today only. I was praised for folding the handkerchief myself.”

Rinku mama, I told you I will finish my meal after TV why do you keep putting the spoon back in my mouth again and again?”

Mama, Its already bed time, You know Dr. Uncle always says we have to be in the bed by 10, but you always keep watching TV beyond 10:30, Tell me, why?? “

Being the rock star of her home, Tanu loves to play football, volleyball, ping pong and even invent few new games to play with her mama’s Cellphone. So, Blessing in disguise for Rinku is, she gets a reason to buy new phone after 6-8 months. And now she has 2-3 old phones lying around the house and the 4th one just got crushed by her tricycle with a sound of  “Krrrrrrr”.

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As Rinku decided to buy another phone and tapped happily on next generation, ultra-slim dual camera android phone, my brother in law dropped the bomb.

Rinku , I know that Tanu creates lot of trouble for you and she is the one who crashed the phone but I want you to act responsibly. I want you to get all old smartphones repaired and try if any one of them can work. I am using same phone for last 4 years and you are about to buy 5th phone in a span of 4years.  ACT responsibly”.

The silence after a bomb drop is more painful.  Although she went silent for few minutes, but busted her anger in another way “ OK , I will surely get a new phone and I don’t need ur credit card for this. I will get all the phones repaired and sell them to fund my new phone. And YES, order some food for next few days from wherever you want, as I will be busy in other works, viz repairing and closing the deal.

So shots had been fired, promises has been made but how to keep them is the real situation for now.

“Brother,  I need your help ASAP”. She posted a message on Whatsapp to me  in Delhi. ” Yes, Tell me what happened? Tanu is all right na? ” ” For God’s sake, there is world beyond your niece, Yes she is ok but I need your help. ” ” Ok , Tell me,” ”  I am sending across my 4 old phones , get them repaired from Nehru place and sell them in Gaffar Market and order me a new phone.”

” Sis , I don’t have time for doing this repair and selling thing , but yes I can order you the phone .”

“No, I have made a promise to Aakash that I will buy a new phone after I get rid of all of past junk, thus acting responsibly.”

“Ok, Send them across, I will get them repaired and the selling part, you can take care on your own. Just sell them to any of your kitty friend or Mom’s circle at any price and I will pay for the difference”.

Deal sealed!

Fast Forward 2 weeks. Rinku is trying to sell her semi-repaired phone within her friend circle. Her target price was new phone price divided by four, simple maths. As she started showing her intent to sell phone to her friends, the nightmare began. Most of them were holding on such inventories for long and have been unsuccessfully trying to do so from years. Every phone had a story to tell and bruises like warriors to show. Some had been dropped from the roof, some were thrown in anger, some were tapped and broken like eggs in curiosity on what lies inside them and few even got flushed by kids in an attempt to see the phone circling around in the pot.

In short, it was a marketplace which only had sellers with stories but no buyer for them. When the wait started to move from days to weeks to months, she finally decided to change her approach. She offered all 4 phone to family members and forced them to buy as souvenir of childhood memories of Tanu. This selling process involved lot of drama, tears, false promises and lengthy discussions. But as of now, Mom’s are always the best salesperson in the world as they daily handle the toughest customer “kid” and still emerge as winners.

So from the day the 4th phone got crushed till today which was almost 50 days, the curtain over the phone drama was finally closed. All 4 phone got sold and she happily bought the new phone and even made my brother in law say “Sorry”, “ you are the best” ,“ I was wrong “.

Even while I also ended buying one of her phone, which I thought was very small price to see the glomming smile on her face.

Probably, if Cashify was there we all could have been saved from all the troubles. All mothers can now #CleanUpCashOut and get over their worries..

You can also try and use code “CLEANCASH” to get INR 250 additional on your gadgets sale. So time to wipe out this Diwali all the electronic junk from your closet.

 

 

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Fight the invisible enemy – Pollution

We are living in a Jungle made of Steel and concrete . Yes , that how a modern metro city can be defined . With growing Population due to  large volume of people moving towards Metro city for Job opportunities , their is a Hugh spurge in Skyscrapers  buildings for residential and commercial purposes . As per Sqft Prices are going up , the average size of a flat is reducing , no. of floors on a tower is increasing and many of the parks , garden have been legally/illegally encroached to turn them into profitable business means .

Rapid Form of Urbanization .. Buildings growing taller then EGO/ANGER of their resiednts
Rapid Form of Urbanization .. Buildings growing taller then EGO/ANGER of their resiednts

One of my childhood friend ( Ashish Kalra ) lives in a Greater Noida in a  residential complex  made by prominent Builder with 5 towers located closeby with a occupancy of almost 5000 persons . Being a prime city location , there are 18- 20 more complex located in vicinity . So a nearby park is 4-5 km away from his house .Although , as per govt rules and to market these projects the builders shows lush green parks and jogging tracks in their sales brochure but in reality most of these are converted into parking space for 2/4 Wheeler’s leaving no space for tress/garden for people to breathe in fresh air even at early morning hours . There are club houses for kids activities and RWA assembly but they are more sort of Big size AC containers .

To make up for lack of fresh air , modern solution  was providing AIR-PURIFIER in each home which can virtually make you feel safe . But me and my friend comes from a generation where we spend almost 50% of our time in our home town closed to nature , walking in woods , playing sports in green field and roaming around spotting flowers/fruits/vegetables and even taking short naps between tuition on the benchmark below shades of trees in park located everywhere in town few footsteps away .

Definitely  work compulsion have bounded to live closeby to office in these skyscrapers , but deep inside we missed those breeze of air and knew that without closeness to mother earth our kids immunity towards disease and the feel of freshness which unleash creative side of brain/mind would suffer as they grow old .

So almost after 6 months , During a meeting of RWA held to approve permission to open Restaurant on roof of all 7 towers helping them to  earn Roof Rent and fixed fees from franchise which would reduce AMC charges for all Flat owners . As the proposal was providing monetary benefit , everyone agreed to it . But ASHISH has a different thought in mind and asked 7 days to evaluate pro-cons and meet again . As the suggestion was coming from Ex-IIT , IIM passout  , Committee agreed to follow .

In Next Meeting , ASHISH Showed a Presentation on concept of ” TERRACE GARDEN ” , how the place which is currently dumped with waste building material , chillar units , Dish antenna and mobile tower can be converted into a perfect hangout place for everyone to chat / play / discuss and get close with nature .

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How it can be a workshop on growing organic food . How can it reduce cooling requirement for the building . After this he introduced a Child Specialist who demonstrated how kids of the block are suffering from asthama and other disease due to lack of fresh air and how this rooftop garden can benefit them . For Housewife’s , Senior Citizen ad kids these place can be a meeting point close to nature . The IDEA got real appreciation from all of the residents and they applauded on the thought process of Ashish which goes way beyond commercial sense and instantly brought real happiness on face of all . images (1)

Everyone agreed to contribute in term of there skill set and profession for realizing the concept and agreed to form 5 CLUB HOUSES with names derived from  ” ELEMENTS OF EARTH ” . Every Saturday was en-marked for get-together and people avoiding past meeting as they felt jailed in those club house were first one to confirm .

And After 2 months of effort and work , a portion of dull steel – concrete jungle was replaced by ” GREEN SMILE ” . A view which instantly brought relief to resident’s eyesight and people who used to spend evening endlessly switching TV Channel and kids glued to Mobile games were all on the roof . Playing , Eating , Sharing ideas and watching the mother nature delivering its magic on plants .

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It shows , being progressive doesn’t mean you are confined by virtual walls know as Status .  Rather move out and be open for all as mother nature , who teaches us perfect lesson of humbleness which treat everyone and anyone as it’s kids without playing  favoritism .

 

Similarly Asian paints has come u with a new product , one which will help us fight the Indoor Pollution ..  Royale Atoms … It’s surely makes it more than a normal paint and help everyone keep their home SAFE from the dirtiest enemies ” Pollution

New Venture : Family on the wheels

Hey Friends,

I’m so happy to announce the launch of our new Family Travel Blogsite ” Familyonthewheels” , coz that’s what we are.. Travel addicts:)

The major focus of this website is to share  what it takes to travel with a Kid along side . Believe us , it takes whole  together another level of planning and  even the experiences are different . We have been through all the phase of being a Solo traveller to roaming around as couple and now ARHAM has joined us .

Be it funny situation , when we missed our flight becaz our kid has last minute urge to pee , to getting special Upgrade in Dolphin show becaz we had Arham along . Through this website we will be sharing all our experience in terms of tips as how to make Travel comfortable for yourself and kid .

We will be more than happy if you can come over, follow us and let’s begin discussing in and all around the beauty of Travelling.

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I had last posted a very small highlight of Capri on this blog, so the detailed post is out. Read here :

  1. Capri island : An amazing Italian island, waiting for you to leave you awe struck
  2. Blue Grotto : All you wish to know of the magical charm of Blue Grotto at Capri.

As the days will pass, the blog book will become heavy but interesting to help you unravel the travel goals with amazing destinations we will bring out for you!

Follow us on our new venture – familyonthewheels.com

Blog URL – https://familyonthewheels.com/

Social media :

Instagram : Witness some amazing Nature photographs directly from FOTW lens

Facebook :  Get our Travel journey

Twitter : @TalesofFOTW 

Let’s catch up soon there! Connect with us & travel the world!

See you all till then!

Curious case of SHADOW

An everyday conversation between an Einstein  kid & an average IQ  father like me☺ .


Son – Dad,  Who is he ?? 

Me: This is Shadow .. 

 Son : Why is he following me ?? 

if-shadow.jpgMe: Becaz  , it’s a friend gifted by god to you .. who can watch you over all the time.  

Son : Then it’s not a good friend , becaz he  follow me only during  day time.

Me: Becaz , it get tired running all along with you entire day and goes to sleep in the night .

Son : They why the length of shadow keeps on changing during entire day.

Me : Becaz it is scared of sun and tries to hide behind you going in reverse direction .

Son : But why is shadow scared of sun ?

Me: Becaz It cannot bear the heat of him. 

Son : Then Why I cannot change my shadow with my friend or buy a new one .

Me: you cannot exchange it like you can’t do with your eyes or nose or hairs .

Son : Then why don’t shadow wear a dress like I do.

Me: It always wear a black color dress and it’s her fav color.

Son : In case , then why I am not allowed to wear the same dress always ?? 

Me : Becaz …Becaz  … I NEED A BREAK …. Please go back to your MOM ..only she can handle a shadow like you !!! ☺ { or I am feeling like a  shadow who needs to hide from a  SON   like you whose curiosity is brighter than the SUN rays. }

 

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Website Review – Parenting for you

 

“Something provoked …Was it the curious mommy’s besides full of questions & tips to be shared? Or her panache for the ever smiling munchkins which got her here? She feels guess her life is to write & share, on Parenting, Motherhood & Woman – relations.

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There is so much to be spoken yet, so much to create awareness on. The society is opening up to accept & come forward & that’s why this website is here.”

What to expect : Growing day by day with all the love & support of moms & dads, this is an interesting site. For to-be-parents, parents, fellow community friends who wish to read some interesting stories full of love, emotions apart from being true. Their publishing directory is expanding very rapidly. It’s been less than a month of launch & they’ve some amazing articles in their kitty.

  1. A) Positive Parenting Tips : From pre-pregnancy woes to tips & lots of personal experiences to raise an infant positively, you’ll find many articles of your interest from new born to 10year old. And, they inform that they are rapidly putting up the posts, to cover the complete niche. Summers are here & so is their Summer vacation Extravaganza series running up, have a stroll to find out some great crafts for your kids this season.!

They quote –

“Parenting and specially Motherhood is indeed a knotty affair overflowing with the warmth and emotions 24X7. The trail to being “Exceptional” in this task is an uphill task. So why not stop rating ourselves and practice “What makes us and baby Joyous”. The modes may sometimes have  a howling impact and sometimes have a contended effect overnight but let’s regain that patience to have a long term Positive impact on our baby.

Overloaded with ample questions and arguments? Figuring out a solution between granny’s and doctors advice? Go on mom’s, ponder all the categories here, you’ll certainly get what you wish for. And if not, share us the topic you wish to be covered & there you’ll sail with us.”

Don’t you all find it convincing to give it a try?

  1. B) Womanhood – Stories, real experiences, Poetry: Further, being a woman myself, I’ve loved womanhood. The strength, challenges & love which a woman has, is commendable. You can find lot many true & fictional stories, poetries under “ Personal touch” section which many women will relate to. Some stories will even bring the tears to roll down, I bet!

So here you go, Suggested to Follow the blog , let’s acknowledge Parenthood in a light, happy go lucky mode.

Get set on some of the best reads :

Mother’s days Special 

http://www.mommyinme.com/moms-happy-mothers-day/

http://www.mommyinme.com/prerna-the-inspiration/

Love story & Poem:

http://www.mommyinme.com/when-avalanche-broke/

http://www.mommyinme.com/an-ode-for-swirling-life/

Kids Activities :

http://www.mommyinme.com/popsicle-stick-crafts-for-kids/

http://www.mommyinme.com/5-kids-craft-ideas/

Learning:

http://www.mommyinme.com/kids-learn-to-rise-from-failures/

http://www.mommyinme.com/10-tips-for-money-management-in-kids/

http://www.mommyinme.com/swimming-for-kids-and-babies/

There are lots & lots more for you to interest upon. Just click www.mommyinme.com & get your space.

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Gallerist – Marketplace for Original Artwork

“Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight.”

― Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red

We all like to decorate walls of our house with a masterpiece which make our home feel personalized and buying online is the way to go .  A perfect gift for any occasion and a classy form to convey your feelings .  Visiting art galleries is not cup of tea for everyone . Also , it’s difficult to connect with the artist and understanding the idea/theme behind it  if done in offline mode .

And the worst nightmare will be getting it vetted as original as  Market is full of fakes and it’s difficult to differentiate for a common men .

With Cars to tickets to vegetables are getting sold over click of mouse with promise of originality and peace of mind . Same concept has been adapted by art houses too .

Gallerist , is one of the amazing platform exploring this concept . It has a collection of more than 4,000 original paintings & drawings, created & exhibited by 1000 artists worldwide.

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If you are looking for an original painting signed by an artist, Gallerist.in is the right place to buy from. Paintings exhibited on Gallerist are by artists, who are verified by Gallerist team to assure you the right quality & price.

Some of the top artist featured on the site are :

  • Bijendra Pratap
  • Sankar Thakur
  • Girish Chandra Vidyaratna
  • & Many more

You can simply browse , select and order the paintings and rest will be taken care by Gallerist . Moving beyond , it give option to follow your favorite artist and his work .

The Website caters to all range of buyers from economic to top end .

In future , if the buyers wish to turn into artist and like to promote their own art work . This platform help in enabling the same too . It is working like one stop solution for all .

About the Founder : Founded in early 2014 by Mr. Ajay Anand . His  motive was to bring renowned and esteemed artists together along with  providing a platform for new entrants who aspire to make a mark in the art industry.

This website is must to be made a part of your bookmarks and mark under favourite category . Who knows , you may just find the perfect masterpiece which may inspire your senses .

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Donald J Trump – Real life ” Agent of Chaos “

ON 9th November 2016, world was not same anymore … It saw change of power from OBAMA to TRUMP . Yes, Donald J trump which was not even a distant possibility for WHITE HOUSE. Nowhere close to the power seat as per expert’s.

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A business tycoon, who was heavily criticized, even by his own party men for controversial statements. During Election campaign, Mr. Trump openly made remarks which people fear to even express in private.. Statements which clearly showed hatred towards Mexicans, Muslims and even women in large. .

Some political commentators called it era of dark politics after reviewing the debates held b/w presidential candidates.  And even announced that it will turn into an Era of Nazism if Republican candidate came to   power.

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But, whatever happened in last 2 years of campaigning, I believe citizens of most powerful nation of the world has already chosen their side way back in 2008.

Remember “ The Dark Knight “ ,  released in 2008 ,where the superhero  “Batman “ who was trying to save the city get overshadowed in every aspect by the villain “ JOKER “ {For which Ledger  won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor }  . imagesA negative character which was largely applauded by Americans not only for screen performance but for its dialogue and the thought process behind it . After 8 years, when you compare ideology behind that Character with TRUMP statements, you will find a similar pattern.  Pattern which defines undesired needs of voters, which they can’t accept openly but acknowledge and appreciated privately and which made them to VOTE FOR TRUMP.

 

And the basis for drawing such conclusion was statements made during debates, few of them were:

  • I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.
  • I am smart for not paying taxes ..It’s not my fault but of the system .
  • It’s freezing and snowing in New York – we need global warming!
  • My IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.
  • I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.
  • On his top spot: I could ‘shoot people and I wouldn’t lose voters’
  • I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding

 

And now compare them with what “ The JOKER “ said , 8 years ago :

  • Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos.
  • You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all “part of the plan”. But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds!
  • “Smile, because it confuses people. Smile, because it’s easier than explaining what is killing you inside.” 
  • As you know, madness is like gravity…all it takes is a little push.

And the epic one

  •  They need you right now, but when they don’t, they’ll cast you out, like a leper! You see, their morals, their code, it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these… these civilized people, they’ll eat each other. See, I’m not a monster. I’m just ahead of the curve.

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                                      Yes , Donald J trump was just ahead of the curve

  • Probably what TRUMP must have told to Obama  & Hillary while filling the nomination papers as a President candidate  🙂

“Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just… *do* things.” 

download (2).jpgTrump entire campaign was focused on winning the election and enjoying the chase to prove Potus and Hillary wrong about what the nation really wants and final he has achieved it , he proved them wrong . But Fortunately, he doesn’t know what to do anymore ….

That’s actually is good and positive for world ,as he finally going to listen to people .Real life Bureaucrats and scholars and act accordingly for betterment of all rather than forcing all into World War IV of dark ages .

Without any glazing ball to predict future, We can only hope for him to really deliver on his promise to “Make America Great Again.” . Besides keeping the world a peaceful place for others to live in harmony too.

In the End , I just want to say ————–

“Why are you so Serious ?…………………… Hope this bring some smile to your face “ 🙂