A lot has changed, in recent times,in the way festivals are being celebrated in India.People are socially and environmentally becoming more and more aware.On Diwali,I saw a lot of people calling for a noise-free and no-crackers Diwali.A lot of my FB friends went ahead and did just that.Diwali ,sans the noise and pollution, but with all the festive elements including diyas and lights and lovely decor and mithai.
With Holi round the corner,I find many of my friends taking an initiative and persuading people to play a dry holi this year ,keeping in mind the droughts that have affected many of the states in India.Makes sense!Why waste water when there are other ways of enjoying a festival?So play Holi with gulaal(dry colours) and flowers.Have lots of gujiyas.Visit your friends and relatives.That’s what festivals are for.Enjoying,merry making,laughing and spending time with family and friends.Wastage of valuable resources should be avoided at all costs. Future generations would thank us for this thoughtfulness and giving a new meaning to the festivities.Holi is a festival of colours .Lets bring a lot of colour into our lives and our homes,too, this season.
Like I jazzed up my Living room with these amazing cushions from Zansaar.
Colour-coordinated the book shelf in keeping with the Holi theme.And my kitchen with these colourful storage from Tupperware.
Though the kids have taken out their squirts from last year,they will be allowed only a single bucket of water to play with and no more.
And this is how colourful the markets looked loaded with varieties of fancy squirts…
Have a colourful and happy Holi.And Do Save Water!
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Today the World Wide Fund for Nature(WWF), calls for switching of all the lights and other appliances for 60 minutes from 8:30 to 9:30 pm across the world during Earth Hour!I am gonna do it and would request all my readers to do the same.Not only today,our effort should be to conserve all natural resources and make it a part of our day to day living.We might be able to leave a better world for our children by spreading awareness in whatever way we can.The Earth is home ,not only , to us humans but to many others and we should be careful that our actions do not cause trouble to any other life form.
Little things can make a lot of difference like switching off the lights and fans of the room before leaving it,using energy saving lightings and buying good quality appliances for our home and kitchen.
I talk to my children everyday on how water and electricity are very precious and think of ways to bring them closer to nature.Slowly but surely,I think they will learn to respect the world they live in.
We do not use polythene at home to dispose off our waste and I recycle pet bottles into planters and pen holders.
Do not charge your Cell Phones or iPads overnight.
During festivals,use candles and diyas to decorate your house in place of fancy lightings.They add beauty to the entire decor as well as help save energy.
Perhaps, it might be a good idea to plan a candle-light dinner date with your loved one today!!(Wink)You know what time?8:30pm to9:30 pm IST.
Let us help each other save the earth and heal the world .Its a small price to pay considering you would be contributing your tiny bit towards making the future easy and smooth for the future generations.
The Mom of Angels
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What’s with this Valentine thing?Unconsciously your mind works at making everything around you look lovely and romantic…Like these lovely red and white cushions…or this stunning red and white dahlia blooming just at the right time…
Or the red roses bedspread adding romance to the bedroom..Time to get all cuddly and mushy..with the two gals ,of course!What did you think?Hubby is away on the front guarding the borders,as usual.Here’s wishing you a very Happy Valentines’ day Dear from all three of us…
This one is my favourite love song and it is dedicated to you..Hubby darling!
Generally,I do not blog about social issues or maybe I ‘ve never felt the need to discuss any social issues on my private blog.Whenever something happens, so much has already been said about the issue that I feel nothing more can be added to it.But this time ,even though much has been said,I felt like I too had to voice my own opinion on the Delhi rape case.As is being said ,this is indeed a black day for all of India.The failure of an entire nation to provide a safer place for the women of the country to live in.And I would reiterate that, Indeed ,ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
I am also bringing up two daughters and I am also concerned about their future.tHEY ARE MY LIFE.I love them,fulfill all their desires and needs and give them a secure and safe environment.But when the time comes for them to fulfill their own dreams,will I have the courage to send them away?I keep asking myself this question.Will I keep fretting each day and have sleepless nights when they finally leave home to pursue their dreams?Will I have to tell them to be careful when they step out on the roads each time?Will I have to tell them “Don’t wear this,it may put you in danger”?Will my daughters’ safety also be a matter of chance.No.Let us bring the change now.Let us do whatever it takes to bring that change.Let us be the difference we want to see.
Stop giving Barbies and soft cuddly toys as gifts to little girls and guns and cars to the boys.We as parents should also play a part in bringing about a change in mentality in the growing years of our children.If you send your daughter to a dance or music class, send your son there too.If you are sending your son to a martial arts class,ensure your daughter goes there as well.Who said that a girl must know how to cook and a son has no need to do so? Why can’t your son get a glass of water for the guest when the daughter does it all the time?Stop gender discrimination at home and in school and it will go a long way.
Let the anger,the frustration,the sorrow and the pain not die today.Let us take a new year’s resolution today itself, to keep those candles burning….
The system which has also miserably failed to come up with a single satisfactory solution despite nationwide protests and instead is focussing on shutting down Delhi and protecting India Gate As one of my blogger friends’ rightly says,”Let us all boycott the Republic day celebrations.” What do we have to celebrate anyway when 50% of our population still has to live in fear and cry hoarse for justice?Let the Prime Minister and the President address vacant spaces.When they are not ready to hear us out at India Gate today,they have no right to call us there, when they want to say something.We have no ears for them if they have none for us.
If this singular incident has stirred the nation’s conscience,let the story be told as many times as it can be and repeated by as many people as possible.
I want a safer country for my daughters.
A mother of two Angels.