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Where to eat in Kochi: The Rice Boat restaurant at Taj Malabar, Wellingdon Island offers an experience like no other!

Be it scorching summers or beautiful monsoons, there is no place as enchanting as Kochi, which offers culinary delights to suit every palate. You can be a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian. The vibrant cosmopolitan culture has something for every type of foodie. I have just got back from God's own country and I am missing the delicious Kerala food already, especially sea food. 

Not sure where where to eat a delicious lunch in Kochi? The city offers plenty of options but a clear favourite with foreigners and Kochiites turns out to be 'The Rice Boat'.  For delectable Kochi seafood, the Rice Boat restaurant at Taj Malabar in Wellingdon Island offers a culinary delight like no other. 
READ: Why SALAD is GOOD for you!
Just sitting by the 'boat-like' restaurant and watching the waves and the spectacular water front view and occasionally spotting dolphins adds to the joy of simply savoring every moment and basking by the Queen of the Arabian sea.
The Rice Boat restaurant is the …
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How to be happy and follow your joy trail

For parents, professionals and school going children, March is a super busy month. For me, as a mother, the icing on the cake is that my kid has entered the world of teenagers this month and I feel very emotional about every year that has whizzed by, catapulting my baby into...a teenager! I am sure most parents would agree with me when I say this - time simply flies! [READ: HOW to LOVE!]
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The icing on the cake has been that winter has finally come to an end or so I have begun to feel. I can finally tuck away my heaps of sweaters, blankets and warm clothes to usher in the vibrant summer. I simply love summer and I can't wait to tell you how it feels to blossom under the sun, literally! Throughout winter, I have felt so frozen that I was counting every day to inch closer to summer. 
Simply put, I make room for more space, colours and joy in my home and heart. In our thoughts too, we can do the same. [Make room for more family love!] 
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How to love and be happy

The scent of March is synonymous with spring, flowers that bloom and the warmth of the sun. But I am still cocooned in blankets and sweaters. The fragrance of spring has not reached me yet. In the last two months, it feels as though a lifetime has passed by. So many changes are unfolding around me, new situations surface, sometimes there are several new challenges too, but I don't find myself caught in a fog of confusion. I am watching everything, like kids watch clouds pass by, and letting it go.[READ: Lost someone you loved?]
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This is like being in a dreamy state - where you watch everything but you don't get carried away into reacting to it. 
Remember, to truly love, you need to step out of your ego, the feeling of "mine" and 'I' and that the whole world has to revolve around you.
Only then do you learn to truly love.
So, how did my inner journey begin? Let me share this with you. [READ: Crossi…

Social media for parents: 5 powerful ways to lead by example

February is the month of love yet this has also been a month of great pain for Indians across the world. Even as we pay respect to our brave martyrs in Pulwama, we are also witnessing great anger, grief and sorrow across the country. This rage is spilling on to social media platforms too.[READ: Lost someone you loved?] and [READ: The Wisest Lesson I learned in 2018]


Let's remember that our brave men in the defence forces are not the only ones to have made a supreme sacrifice for the motherland. Their families too deserve our love, care and respect, for they too make the ultimate sacrifice for the nation - they are the champions who hold their heads high for the nation. We owe them more than our words can ever convey. We owe them decency. We owe them basic humanity.


But there's one thing we need to do.  It's our duty to the nation and to ourselves. 
Here it is: 
Don't spread hatred or fake news. 

Don't share gory images that may not be authentic in the first place. 

Do no…

Crossing forty is fun and now I'm loving it!

As I battle winter's blues with cozy blankets and warm sweaters, I can't help saying that during my teenage years, I always dreaded turning forty years old. Two years ago, I panicked as my health took a bit of a real hit and my stress levels soared. Now in fact, I am loving it! [READ: Say a Little Prayer for Me!]
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I no longer feel the need to prove anything to myself or to others. I am at peace with the person I am. Every day, I feel that the whole Universe is opening up to embrace me, watch me grow into a being that is constantly evolving.  [DO READ: Mahashivaratri - I'm LOVING it!]





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Turning older has made me very cautious about the kind of people I spend my time and conversations with. I stay away from "energy vampires" - sometimes we all run into people who are so full of complaints and negative energy that once they leave, their vibes drain our positive energy! Nowadays I keep a safe d…

Make room for more family love

2019 is a year that excites me. I want to stay committed to some positive choices in my life to grow as a better human being every day. The smallest changes we make in our daily life can trigger a world of a difference. [READ: Lost someone you loved?]


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For instance, something as simple as meditating together, folding the clothes together, reading out a bed time story together or even meeting elderly family members and having a conversation with them is far more valuable to our life than wasting time browsing on the Internet and social media.
As women and particularly as mothers, I feel that we tend to be highly critical about ourselves and our choices. 
This year, let's change the narrative and be kinder to our selves. So, how do we start? [READ: FIVE Powerful Ways to Teach Your Child to Care] 
Let go of judging ourselves harshly.

We need to learn to love ourselves.

Spend more time with our loved ones, particularly the el…

Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Malawi: A little girl's beautiful memory of Blantyre!

Dear friends, this is my first post in the New Year. So, I want to begin by wishing you all a blessed start to a beautiful New Year! As a child, I used to stay awake with my parents to welcome the New Year with a spirit of cheer and joy. [READ: The Wisest Lesson I learned in 2018]

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The Internet has transformed how people like me (read: introverts) communicate. It brings us closer to the things that we miss the most. 
For instance, there is a Facebook group page on Malawi, one of the African countries where I grew up. The participants are those who grew up in Malawi. They share old pictures of the town they grew up. Old family souvenirs find a special place in the group. While scrolling through the Nyasaland-Malawi Facebook page, I found images of the famous Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre. 
So, why did my eyes shimmer with tears that refused to flow?
Was it nostalgia? 
Was it a sense of loss? [READ: Los…

Learn to Behave: The Wisest Lesson I Learned in 2018

It's amazing how 2018 has been flying faster than a jet! Have you felt the same way too? Come on, look at your calendar, people! The New Year is just around the corner! There is so much to be done. [DO READ: A Dad's Advice to the Daughter He loves]



                                                               [Image: Pixabay]The 'good' is that I did a lot of things that are unusual for me. I traveled a lot with my family and friends this year. The big surprise is that I also undertook a trip to Malaysia without my friends or family members accompanying me - now, that is a big first and I learned that I can manage perfectly well on my own. You can read about it hereand I traveled a lot with my colleagues too. 
Guess what? 
Did I miss telling you about my newfound love for sushi? I also had different kinds of sushi for breakfast during my first trip to Malayasia in October, not to mention crispy, delectable crab fritters and fish soup, again for breakfast! Simply put, I di…