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The #YesChallenge and my changes towards parenting 

The #YesChallenge and my changes towards parenting 

I am a mom of two kids, and most of my friends are also moms, that means I come across the word “No” more than any other word. I have been saying “No” – when my kids want to get drenched in the rain, when they want to have more than one ice cream, when they want to touch the plants along the sides of the roads, when they want to have street food and so on. The list is endless.
As a positive thinker, with respect to my attitude in life, I wondered how come this “NO” entered me?
Then…I came across this video…

In the sphere of traditional parenting, kids and parents are often pitted against each other. One side looks to raise the other side by imposing their ideas of discipline and responsibility while the other, the kids’ side is all about fun and frivolity. I think these days, with the internet, we also have a lot more information on our side, so we don’t need to be as cautious or over-protective. While I have read several parenting books on the mother-child relationship, I have come to believe that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to being a parent. It’s all about evolving as a parent and in some cases, joining a parenting revolution! So, I decided to take up the #YesChallenge!

#YesMom Challenge

I can tell you there was definitely a drastic change in my life. In just a short time, I would say that there has been a tremendous growth in the connection between my kids and me.
It was lovely when I started playing with kids, hearing their stories, and together we had so much of fun, spent days in laughter – I felt myself happy, fresh, and the child within me was alive and joyful. After I joined them in the rain, dancing along with them, they have started to help me in the kitchen! I feel refreshed, my energy levels are up and my house work is done in minutes because of my little helpers! I can happily say I have much less stress.
From the kid’s point of view, they are now more open, they keep telling us what is happening in their lives and also, they approach me like a friend. Let me tell you about a recent situation.

#YesMom Challenge

My son has always wanted a pet- it changes from week to week, sometimes day to day! Just thinking the entire mess, not to mention the care that comes with another being in the house, I have always answered with a resounding no. Now, with my new #YesMom attitude, my son broached the topic again and was completely shocked when I came back with a big Yes!
But don’t worry, it was not an unconditional yes, I explained how he would need to be old enough to take care of the pet himself, how it would need to be a small pet-like a hamster or rabbit that would be comfortable in our apartment. And for the first time in our conversations about a pet, he listened, understood and even agreed! No crying, no tantrums! I was quite impressed with the brand that took this initiative of starting the #YesMom movement, ActivKids Immuno Boosters by Cipla. It definitely has touched a chord in my life. Plus the brand promises to build immunity in kids by providing uptp 100% RDA of key immunity nutrients through a yummy choco-bite format. I have seen my kid is definitely more active and cheerful after using this product. I will continue using it to see more benefits

#YesMom Challenge

I have already told all my mommy friends about about #YesMom concept and I strongly believe that every mom out there needs to give it a shot! As a mom, you won’t believe how much closer you will be with your kids. The #YesChallenge has completely changed my views on parenting- it is no longer something I have to do, its not a chore, instead now it’s a collaboration with the people I love the most in my world- my kids! I recommend this to all the moms out there!  Now let’s all join our hands, you can be a #YesMom too! With a promise of no more “NO’s” we can build a strong future and make our kids positive, happy, responsible individuals. Do you think after reading my story you can be a #YesMom too? Take up the #YesChallenge and share your story. It will inspire thousands of other mothers to adopt this new age parenting technique. Plus you might also get a chance to meet Mandira Bedi on the #YesMom day.

Madraasi Deepavali Celebration – 2017 / Diwali 2017 celebrations at home

Madraasi Deepavali Celebration – 2017 / Diwali 2017 celebrations at home


Deepavali / Diwali is an important Indian (Hindu) festival celebrated by all the Indians in India and across the world. As we are in the land of “Unity of Diversity”, each and every state people celebrate it in their own way, also Diwali is celebrated in two different states whereas south Indian celebrates it on 18 oct and North Indian celebrates it on 19th oct. Being a south Indian and living together with so many region people in our apartment, glad we got to celebrate it for 2 days.

Madraasi Deepavali Celebrations at home / Diwali celebration 2017

We (South Indian) wake up, early in the morning, apply oil to the head, take bath, later start preparing snacks and food for pooja. Once they are done, we perform pooja, get blessing from the elders, and elders of our family distribute the new dress to everyone. After wearing the new dress, we have our breakfast, and the breakfast would be served in a banana leaf with too many sweets and savories that has been prepared all over a week time. As sharing is caring we distribute sweets and savories prepared in our home to our neighbors, friends – wishing them Happy DEEPAVALI.

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #134 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

CLICK HERE for more Diwali Recipes.

After the sweets distribution, here comes the best part of a year waiting – It’s the crackers section. We start bursting crackers, with family, friends, with loads of fun and joy. After bursting few crackers, we return home and start watching the Television as there will be more and more fun filled program, also there will be numerous movie getting released for this Diwali. It would be more fun and super thrilled getting tickets for our favorite star movie, and then watching them at the Cinemas with the whole family as a group. Then over the evening we lit Deepam / Diya perform pooja and then during nights we start bursting out the crackers, sparkle sparklers, chakras, flowerpots and so on.

Sweets, snacks and lunch

On the Banana Leaf –

For more Videos from our celebrations – CLICK HERE


Kebab & Korma Bazaar at M Cafe, Whitefield Marriott, Bangalore

Kebab & Korma Bazaar at M Cafe, Whitefield Marriott, Bangalore

Got an invite for Kababs and Korma Bazaar food festival at Whitefield Marriott, Bangalore and food festival is from Oct 9th till Oct 14th from 12:30 p.m till 3:30 p.m.

This Kabab and Korma Bazaar Festival is celebrated the heritage of Nawabs and Mughal rulers who introduced Kababs and Kormas to India. The enigmatic Chef Pushkar Singh Mehra of Bengaluru Whitefield Marriott, have curated the menu and prepared a collection of delectable kebabs and rich kormas. The kebabs where doused in yogurt, covered with spices and grilled over charcoal flame. The richness of Kormas take us to the period of Mughal royalty with a royal dinning.

There was live section, where the kababs are grilled over charcoal and also there was also live section for roti, nan and paratha. Let me share the food with pictures, I had –

Shorba – Subziyan Ka Akr – The shorba was delicious with perfect texture, the way it was served was eye catching. The soup plate had few pieces of carrots and beans along with saffron strands over the sides of the plate and later the soup is poured over the veggies and then was about to consumed.

Kebab – Sahi Galouti Kebab, Murgh Tikka Mirza Hasnoo, Palak Chilgoza Tikki and Peeli Mirch Ka Tikka. All the four Kebabs was outstanding and filling.

Main Course

·         Nalli Nihari – Being one of my favorite dish with Lamb, the lamb was cooked tenderly, as it was little chewy, juicy and melt in mouth. Must to try.

·         Mahi Mussalam – The korma was too good, where the fish pieces are fried and added to the korma.

·         Lagan Ka Murg

·         Dal Gomti

·         Paneer Khushrang

·         Subz Noor Maha Parda Biryani – Although being a veg version, the briyani tasted yumm.

·         Ghost Awadhi Biryani

·         Khush Ka Chawal

Breads – Naan E Tanak –  is prepared from the fermented dough, it was too soft and yum with porous texture and Ulta Tawa Ka Parantha.

Desserts – Sahi Phirni, Shimla Mirch Ka Halwa – Definitely a must to try, it was good and Nizam Ki Nazakat – It tastes similar to Gulab jamun, filled with nuts.
M Cafe - Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Also the menu keeps on changing for every 3 days, a must to try in Bangalore.