Monday, September 15, 2014

Looking to buy kids "stuff" online? Here is a directory of stores..

Ever since I became a mother, sheer necessity and time have compelled me to buy a lot of "kids" stuff online.. In the recent past, I've attempted to find new sites / alternatives for different kid related shopping. In this post, I'm sharing a list of "online sites" to "children shopping"

But before the list, a few things that I realized
1) As a parent - Once you start using an online site and are happy with the services, you'll usually be a lifelong customer
2) Word of Mouth publicity is the powerful - So if a mother uses a product / service and is happy / not happy - She'll share the feedback generously (online / offline). Simply because most mothers value all the 'good stuff' especially where kids are involved
3) The 'online buying experience' is critical to have a fair chance at success. The site should be easy to use, easy to navigate, easy to explore options and easy to buy

List of sites below
Firstcry - I started using this site almost 4 years ago and continue to buy from them almost every month. No issues in their service quality so far

Babyoye

Flipkart

Amazon

KidsStopExpress

Little Muffet

Pixie Dust Tree

Hop Scotch

Needy Bee

Mothers Pride Store

Redlily


Rediff Shopping

KapKids

ShopAllDayKids

Yebhi

Yellow Giraffe

Shoppers Stop

Myntra

Home Shop 18

ShopAtDisney

Barbie Store

MyBabyCart

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Where to order online birthday Invitation Cards? (India)

Its birthday time in the family and birthdays are about celebration parties and fun.. (especially if you have kids)

As a working mother, I have invested time over the past few months to find sites which can help in much of birthday planning and activities.. Since a lot of time went into research, I thought I might as well share all that I gathered on my blog (for the benefit of other parents / mothers) embarking on this big annual project called 'Kiddie's Birthday Celebrations"..


So in this post, I'm sharing a list of online sites which print birthday invitation cards:

PrintKaro - I've used this site, and they are good

HappyMomentzz

Vistaprint - A lot of mothers claim this is a very good site too. Reasonable prices

TurtleKrafts

Parul Creations - Yet to order, but from what I've seen, her cards / work is gorgeous!

61c - I've used their cards and they are of good quality too

Have I missed any? If yes, leave a comment to let me know


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Road

The Road
Can be wide or narrow or in-between
Can be long or short or in-between
Can be hard or soft or in-between
Can be straight or curvy or in-between

The Road
At day, its there to see in the natural light
At night, its a beauty with all the lights
But not many pause on the road
To observe, to admire, to appreciate
The many sights, sounds and scenes
On many a busy road


The Road
It always takes you from here to there
You need to know the here
You need to know the there
And of course, you need to know how to go from here to there

The Road
It stands as a witness to every day life
The people
The sounds
The stories
The joys
The sorrows
The life
And the death

All come and go
But the memories stay
With the road
On the road
By the road

The Road
You need it
You use it
But do you respect it enough?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Why women should work? – Here are 30 good reasons

If you thought “(S)he loves me /loves me not” was one of the most difficult questions to answer in life, you probably got it right and wrong. 

Why? Because there’s another question which is equally (if not more difficult) to answer, i.e. “Should she work or not? – especially if she is married / mother”. This topic is much discussed and debated in almost every circle I know. No matter his / her age, almost everyone I know has a strong view, opinion and perspective on the issue – from my neighbor’s grandfather to my mother to my mother-in-law to my friends to my colleagues to my daughter to the family friends dog to the long distance uncle / aunty who saw me once as a baby...all and sundry. But of course! We live in an era where we all have freedom of thought and speech, and so literature and stories galore!  

Here’s the thing…
I know what it takes for most women to answer that question and make peace with her answer.
I know what it takes for most women to share her answer with the world, and deal with all that her response entails
I know what it takes for most women to action her answer on a daily basis, and deal with all comes her way
Why?
 
Because I’ve been there, and done that! And like with everything else in life – It has its good, bad and ugly.

And yet, anyone who listens to my voice knows that I am a strong advocate of #WomenAtWork.
A lot of times I'm asked and ask myself “Why women should work?” Here’s my response
1)      You earn. Financial independence and freedom can be one of the most important variables that influence the quality and quantity of a woman’s life. It can also be one of the most liberating aspects for a decent quality life and respect.

2)      You learn. Learning is one of the foundational pillar to personal and professional growth and life, and sky (rather your view of the sky) is the limit to what you can learn when you work.

3)      You have an identity of your own – independent of your personal relationships and associations. There’s no telling how important it is in your own self-confidence and self-worth

4)      You are a better employer as almost all working women hire more help at home / on the domestic front – in terms of home-maintenance services, like driving / cooking / cleaning / ironing, etc. You provide an opportunity for more women to work by being a working woman yourself and make a significant contribution to improve the life of all your employees
5)      You are a part of diverse life experiences and that enriches your own understanding of yourself, people, the world and life

6)      You connect and interact with people from all walks of life / diverse backgrounds  and that opens your mind, views, opinions and perspectives

7)      Your general knowledge improves – just by being part of a world out of the 4-walls  you observe, listen can comprehend a lot lot more

8)      You appreciate the differences and nuances of the world within the 4-walls and outside the 4-walls. Trust me, this bursts your bubbles in terms of what it takes to be a working woman!

9)      You understand human behavior and how the real-world really operates

10)   You get to see how fair / unfair life is beyond the 4-walls – It is Kalyug for good reasons. And that changes the way you view your own life and the way you live your life

11)   Your own self-esteem increases significantly – you just feel so much surer of yourself

12)   Your family views you in a new light – many times, this translates into more respect and value they associate with you

13)   You are better enabled, equipped and empowered to make decisions – simply because you know that you have a choice

14)   You can “buy” things for yourself – yes! You’re a good prospect for (m)any businesses. You pump  money into the economy and boost money circulation

15)   You can be a role model to someone – I know many of my role models are everyday working women who balance it all every single day

16)   You learn a lot of key “life skills”. Top among them are time management, communication, negotiation, saying NO and

17)   You tend to let-go of a lot of excess baggage – many times it is simply because you don’t have time to delve into the past or worry about the future

18)   You can inspire someone somewhere – just by being a live example of “It is possible, you can do it

19)   You can “buy” things for others – with fewer questions, and no / few answers

20)   You see life with a new lens

21)   You realize the value of all that your mother and father and teachers and supporters / advocates a lot lot more

22)   You value time a lot more. You recognize just how little / much there is

23)   You feel more independent

24)   You are in better control of your life

25)   You teach your family independence / inter-dependence

26)   You contribute to the world economy by being a productive contributor (in the economic world)

27)   You understand and appreciate the value of money a lot more

28)   You “genuinely” appreciate how life is for “him” – as he is the one who is usually working for the long haul

29)   Your work will directly / indirectly play a significant part in your off-spring

30)   Chances are you will leave a richer legacy (financial and otherwise) for your forthcoming generations

It does not matter what works she does
It does not matter where she works
It does not matter how she works
It does not matter how long she works
What matters is that SHE WORKS
Today, tomorrow and the day after

What matters is that her work makes a difference to her / their life
This post is dedicated to any / all women who have “worked” at some time in their life. May the tribe expand, flourish and prosper