Today in India we celebrate Teacher’s day on the 5th ofSeptember every year to mark the importance of teachers in our lives and to honour Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday.
With time.. The perception of teaching and teachers too have changed and the pandemic has contributed a lot to how toddlers perceive school or education..
Being a working mother of a 5 year old, I have to, play the role of a teacher too thanks to schools being closed and attend online classes with her🙄it is back to school time for me too🙈
All parents of toddlers experiencing this can relate… Of course it is just kindergarten but I feel the kids are missing out on a lot of things apart from just education.. The basic interaction.. Sharing…meeting up friends..playing with children their age..The joy of school all seems too distant a memory now..
Hoping things revert back to normal soon..wishing all the Teachers and Parents a very Happy Teachers Day!!
Here’s wishing everyone, all my Indian friends on WP a very very happy independence day.
If you ask me I love my country, I am a mixed South Indian and proud of my roots. Yes the West does appeal to me, Whenever I watch “The English movies” (that’s how we call Hollywood) I sometimes wish and think how things would have been if I were an Indian born and brought up abroad but nope I loveeeeeee being a Southy (that’s how we are referred too)
Coming to a bit more serious topic.. What is true Independence for you?? This question applies to all my reader friends from all Nations across the world. For me personally, growing up in an open minded family (most Indian families are orthodox so) being treated equally, in fact being given more importance and attention than my brother as I am the younger one, so more pampering ensured, I never had an area where i felt I was confined and restrained.
So my views on true meaning of independence is different.
For me, today, being independent means being able to come back home at 10 p.m without having to worry about being a GIRL out at NIGHT.
Being able to wear what I want.. Even today we have people staring at you when you wear a frock or a skirt, Being able to dress freely without having to worry about being gaped at or have men oggling at you, be it the malls or the movies. Being able to wear what I want without having to worry about covering up my arms or butt. Being able to go for my walks on the roads without worrying about it being safe or not!
Not having to carry a pocket knife every time I go out alone in the evenings.
Even in today’s modern day, there are companies and workplaces who look down upon pregnant women or woman who have taken maternity leave or planning for one. It’s like as if they have committed a crime being pregnant..
Being independent means the willingness to board a cab/taxi or an auto after 8 p.m without having to call your parents and family and inform the vehicle number, without having to keep an eye on the driver (so many cases of rape have taken place this way, so better to be cautious than sorry)
Being independent would mean not having to worry and live in a constant fear about our daughter’s safety…from an infant to an elderly lady, women irrespective of age groups are not safe..
The true essence of feeling independent would be when I don’t have to expect a rude abusive answer or a harried look from the bus conductor when I ask for my return change for the ticket I have purchased or have an argument with the auto driver over the excess fare he demands.
Not having to carry a pepper spray or a small pocket knife in your handbag always…
This is the independent world we live in??!!!
I do love my country, Pardon me if I am sounding toooo patriotic but yes indeed I feel blessed to be born here but everything comes with it’s own drawbacks and these are just a few of my rants at what being truly independent means to me..
With all due respect to our freedom fighters who have laid down their lives so ours could be better.. Hope things change for the better soon… Happy Independence Day everyone..
What does true independence mean to you?? Do share in your views..
Ok guys so Independence day came and went and the little patriotic goody girl in me is still reeling in the mystery and beauty that is India so just a few thoughts about my country and what I think about the British rule..
Sounds good isn’t it.. India celebrated 69 years of independence from the British Raj..
For the few reader friends who know.. I have been on an eternal diet… Have achieved my goal, I am on a weight maintainence mode… Still I watch what I eat and count my calories too.. Some days I just follow the simple diet and some days I crave for foods..
Sometimes the cravings don’t essentially mean only biriyani or something exotic… Have been craving for this simple veg meal since a week so finally went ahead and prepared this one..
Bhindi is hindi word for Okra/ Lady’s finger..
Pyaaz is hindi for onions..
Roti is flattened wheat bread!!
Plain simple phulka/ roti goes with any veggie / non veg and is incorporated in many a diet plan…
And of course a sudden urge to have chocolate too.. As I gave a piece to my daughter I couldn’t resist biting into India’s favorite dairy milk… With my favorite roasted almonds…
Komorebi, theJapanese expression for the sunlight as it filters through the trees..
Trying to keep up with my morning walks… As I walk away at my home town Bangalore..can’t help but admire the beauty of this city….the place where I grew up…as the morning sun shines through the trees..the warmth and the sound of the birds fills me up with joy..even more a reason to wake up early, a beautiful way to keep oneself fit and sane in these trying times!!
As I bid farewell to June, my most happy month for reasons still unknown to me.. I look forward to an eventful rest of the year..(hopefully in a good way though)
I somehow feel this year went really fast initially and then the lockdown happened and things got slow again… So what have I been up to?!! Being on a break from work I realise how much I miss my surgeries.. With the usual mom..daughter in law duties..working on maintaining my weight..houshold chores ..all keep me real busy and of course I tried my best to be active on WP.. 😉
The last few days of June saw me heavily “Pms”ing according to my friend with whom I keep in touch through voice messages, as she has a really busy schedule and given that both of us aren’t free at any time of the day..
We catch up with each other through technology’s boon “Voice messages” I record them when I go for a walk and she replies back in the early hours when the whole world is fast asleep… So during one of my conversations with her, I had ranted about how I felt used by friends only when they need my medical advise! Yes I had a lot of queries from people about vaccination.. When the news channels ..tabloids..all have info about vaccination.. I was still bombarded with questions regarding the same.. And I felt like I was a free doc at hand for many..
Also many friends and acquaintances who dont even ask me how am I doing, just send a message asking for eye consultations..suggestions on vaccine and covid related treatment.. Of course being a doc and a friend and an acquaintance, I feel obliged to comply but when you feel you are being used only for this and at normal times you don’t even get a how are you message or an occasional call is when you feel really upset.. Especially when it’s from close group of friends..
So when I ranted out these to my voice message friend she pointed out #1 I was “Pms”ing.. Which was true🙈 #2 She told me people looked upto me hence this suggestions seeking behavior.. Ok I partly agree to it… 🙄 #3 She told me about how Cats and Dogs feel..😱 A Dog feels my owner loves me so he is GOD A Cat feels my owner loves me so I must be GOD…
So she told me to look at it either way.. Either I think like a Dog and feel people use me for their needs or think like a Cat and feel I am soo good hence people come to me..🙄 so I should feel superior about it… Whatever..😤
This thought really struck me.. Making me realise it’s all about how you look at things yet again.. So thus, I walk into July, a partially enlightened person, thanks to my voice message friend..😈
Hope to take things as they come..Happy doctors day to me and all the docs out there 🤗