Friday, August 19, 2016

MY DREAM






The dream is not that you see in sleep, dream is which does not let you sleep” – Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

How true and how deep is this quote from the great scientist and former president of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. We all dream while we are asleep but the real dream – the dream which you wish to fulfill – the dream in which you have set your hearts on – will not “let you sleep”.

When I was a kid, whenever someone asked me as to what I wish to become, I would say “I wish to become a doctor”. As I grew up, my interests and goals started to differ, from doctor, it shifted to becoming an Engineer or a teacher. 

After completing school, I was really confused as to what I really wished to become. My father and teachers at school suggested that I take up a degree course and go on to do masters. This would help me in taking up teaching as a profession. I was academically good but shy and timid. I would get goose bumbs even on standing in front of my own class. How could I become a teacher or professor was all I thought. But the trust my family and teachers had in me was more than what I had in myself.

I joined college for a bachelors degree in physics and went on to do masters in the same subject. Those 5 years at Women's Christian College, Chennai were the most memorable and life changing years of my life. My professors there transformed me from being shy to a strong and confident girl. There, I found my love for books, interest in writing and defeated my stage fright.

I would like to thank Geeta Ma'am, Sabitha Ma'am, Anna Ma'am, Mercy Ma'am, Bright Ma'am, Lakshmi Ma'am, Hannah Ma'am, Mallika Ma'am and all my professors at Women's Christian College for making me the person that I am today. 
 
WCC moulded me and the advice that I got from my professors there are something I would remember all my life. As I came out of WCC, I could have taken teaching as a profession or got into research, but I had finally found my true calling -  writing and blogging. I had always wanted to start a blog and was finally determined to start one. Whether I would succeed in this field or not, I did not know and did not care, as I only knew that I have finally found a dream which would not let me sleep.




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I am blogging about my dreams and the people who helped make them true for the #AdviceThatMattered activity at BlogAdda in association with Stoodnt

Monday, August 1, 2016

STORY FROM THE LITTLE ONE




Stories are an integral part of my life. I often tell my daughter stories during meal times to keep her glued to her seat. The idea of story telling came as she used to run here and there while eating making me run behind her every time to feed her a spoon of food. Thus feeding her had become a difficult task for me and finally I decided to put an end to it by engaging her with small stories. The idea clicked and she started asking me to tell her stories every time during her meals.

Every day objects, things that she saw became subject of my story and in this way through stories, I started teaching her new things and passing information to her about birds, animals, vegetables, etc making meal times playful and interesting. This took away a huge burden from my shoulders as she would get engrossed with the stories and eat without much fuss.

I also started buying educational toys and looking for new objects and things in my home to keep her occupied. The objects and creatures that are printed inside the new Colgate strong teeth packs were also very useful. They had colourful and attractive pictures of underwater creatures like mermaids, fishes, etc along with trivia about them. These have to be cut along the dotted line and played with. So I too got into this interesting activity by cutting the pieces in front of her and asking her to arrange them in a row. She arranged the pieces one by one on the table and I then took each piece and told her its name. It was hard for her to grab the names at first but as we started playing she got used to them and I then started telling her stories about underwater castle, fishes, ship, etc.




She instantly liked the idea of a magical sea world and carefully listened to my stories. One day she surprised me by coming up with her own story during her lunch. It is a very simple one but coming from 2 and half year old made the experience and the story more enjoyable. She took the sea horse, octopus and turtle in her hand and began telling the story.

Mumma listen..."the sea horse, octopus and turtle were friends, once they had a fight and they went to their homes. One day the shark tried to attack the sea- horse when he was sleeping, the octopus and turtle wanted to help him. So the octopus threw the turtle on the sea horse and the sea- horse got up with a jerk. They all ran and hid inside the sea- castle and locked the door. The shark tried to enter but could not open the lock. The sea- horse thanked the two and they all became friends again."

I never thought she would come out with such a nice and sweet story. It is indeed a great pleasure for we mothers when our kids surprise us with their endearing acts. I am sure you too would have heard wonderful stories from your children. Do share them in the comments section below.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

EXPLORING DATSUN REDI-GO




Datsun is all set to launch its latest car “redi –GO” in a few days. Going by the looks of it, the car indeed looks promising as it is a unique fusion of a compact crossover and urban hatchback. The car is aimed at the current generation who are ready- to - go and hence the name. It boasts of a machine that would give Indian youth the confidence to go further and strengthen their sense of freedom.

And Datsun redi-GO does not disappoint. It has a unique combination of style and comfort and no doubt it is the car to look out for this season. There are several features which make the car stand out from the crowd. Personally, three features which appealed to me the most are its

Fuel efficiency:

The Datsun redi-GO has a 799cc engine which provides an impressive fuel economy of 25.17 km/L. This is a great feature as it will make travelling a lot cheaper and we can take out our car more often for rides. Further living in urban city where re directions, traffic and one ways are common having a fuel efficient car is one of the main criteria for most users like me.

Looks:

The look and style of the Datsun redi-GO car is impeccable. It looks elegant and sporty with a compact and sleek design. It is taller than other cars and puts our heads above everyone on the road. Hence we can have a wider view of the road and surroundings. Its head and tail lamp designs are modern and different from other cars. This is one car we would want to flaunt with our friends and relatives.

Interiors:

The interior of the Datsun redi-GO is spacious and has more space than regular cars. It can easily seat 5 people along with luggage and yet you can feel roomy and comfortable. So we can go for a picnic or shopping spree or even a long drive with the entire family without worrying about space. The interiors of the car have a fabric which has been inspired by sports cars and provides premium comfort. Its power windows are another plus point as the switches are strategically placed to ensure easy access to both the driver and the co- driver.

If I could ever get my hand on the car’s wheel, I would like to test it along the roads near villages and towns where there are trees, paddy fields, farms, and lakes. Going on a test drive to a beautiful location with a great view of the surroundings is a dream and having a car like redi –GO would surely fulfill my dreams. One thing I would like to test the car is whether it can provide smooth travel along the bumpy roads, ditches and thin lanes. 

I think Datsun redi-GO can beat the urban driving blues since it has small turning radius, fuel efficiency and sleek design which makes driving along congested Indian roads a lot easier and cheaper.

So go ahead and check out the new Datsun redi-GO.




Fun. Freedom. Confidence. The ultimate Urban Cross - Datsun redi-GO - the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback.