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New born mango leaves and You

[Photo - Nirmala Patil] It’s the first day of phalguna, the last month in the Hindu lunar calendar. she comes running to me in the kitchen and taking me by my hand, she ushers me to the balcony and exclaims excitedly pointing her finger towards a lone mango tree faraway on the hill, ‘ma look, there are new leaves being born on that mango tree! It means it’s soon going to be spring, isn’t it?’ Such a small observation, but when my little girl of four makes it, I’m filled with joy and sweet pride. Because this is the kind of relationship with nature I’ve always hoped to cultivate in my daughter. The kind where she can learn to understand...

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Here's a small wish for you....

As bed time nears we have a negotiation ritual each day. ‘Mama can we please have one story today?' And as I am a little strict about A sticking to her bed time each night, some days I have to decline. She is getting better at her negotiation skills though. Last night she said, “You know, right? I will not always ask you to read me a story and I will not always need a torch light, I will grow up some day”  :( With THAT dialogue and some drama not only did she manage one, but two stories from me!   When I look back now, I realise I have actually learnt a lot from her in the last five...

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A letter to my 'business'

We are living in a time when entrepreneurship is in its full bloom, people are full of ideas, people want to take risks and dream big, people want to lead a life on their own terms and slog it out to make that happen. On the outside it does look quite pretty - to lead a life on your own terms. But only people in the start up world know what it takes - the hours, the non existent social life, the struggle, the anxieties, the months without salary. There’s a lot that we give to our businesses, our so called babies. But I’ve realised there’s a lot more that my business has given to me in 1.5 years than...

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And who said it was going to be easy!

It’s been almost 6 days now into the new-year and I had some thought provoking questions to ask myself that included what am I doing in life and where am I headed. Not simple questions for sure! It looks all rosy to be living a start-up life, well, from the outside. But no one told me it’s going to be such a bittersweet struggle. There have been times in the beginning, when we have struggled with cash flows. You are constantly worried about when will you break even, and the financial viability of your business. Exciting times, aren’t they? Then there are times when the sales are lower as compared to other months, times when a product line takes off...

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Love.1

Photo credit – Ishan Tankha   Mehneer Sudan | 36 | Delhi | Dance artist What does the word ‘love’ mean to you?The word ‘love’ actually means so much to me that I’ve got it tattooed on me! It seems all my life I’ve been trying to understand it, but the more I try to understand it the more elusive it gets. And yet I have obviously arrived at certain presumptions about it. I fall in love with anything, anyone, I fall in love with men and women, with children, with old auto rickshaw drivers, with drivers, with students, with strangers I don’t meet. I think there are many different versions of love, the fleeting, the long-lasting, the desperate, the...

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