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Planning a kid vacation

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2014 at 19:56

Ever Since Rhea was born I have been apprehensive about going for a vacation. Rhea is now 7 months old and the questions still remain the same.

“how will we manage?”

“Will we be able to enjoy at the vacation?”

“which places should we go to?”

“which places should we avoid?”

” Is it okay to take a flight?”

There were many questions I had in mind and it was only after my wife convinced me, is that I agreed. It was not before we did a Pilot. Yes, we actually tested out how Rhea reacts to long journey by taking a trip to Lonavla from Mumbai. Here are few things I would like to share in terms of how you can plan and enjoy vacation with the kids.

1. Location selection: These days the service industry has matured to a level where you have lots of kid friendly options. Even the malls now ensure there are feeding rooms available. People within service industry understand how to serve parents who carry infants/kids.

There are lots of kid friendly hotels, choose wisely. The internet is your friend. Sites like Tripadvisor have reviews that can help you to make the right selection. There are hotel chains that have kids play areas complete with attendants so you can enjoy your own time while kids play.

2. Packing kids bags: If traveling with infants carry extra change of clothes, you never know when you might need them. Carry foldable mats with extra garbage bags for changing diapers and disposing them. Most importantly ensure you are carrying enough diapers. It would be nice to find out before hand if medicine shops are close by to the place you are going to. come sin handy to find diapers.

3. Medicines: if your kid has recently had fever/cough etc it might make a lot of sense to carry those medicines with you. Believe me when your kid starts screaming you dont want to rush to the medicine store at that moment.

4. Toys: Every kid has a favourite toy/ book/ game that they love, make sure you are carrying that. It comes in handy when they get cranky.

5. Pram/stroller: Ensure you are carrying an easily foldable pram/stroller. You do not want to carry your kids along in your arms everywhere you go.

6. Be calm let kids explore: Be free, enjoy your stay with your kids. You have given them a different environment to explore, allow them to explore, while you keep a watch. Do not get mad at them when they do something wrong, you do not want to spoil their as well as your own vacation. you can keep those sermons for later once you reach home.

Most importantly dont forget to enjoy, you having a kid does not mean you should stop having fun at vacation. One life, enjoy while you are at it.

 

Note: this post is a part of happy hours run by Indiblogger. This is for Club Mahindra Teddy Travelogues. 

 

 

Make India Clean and hygenic

In Uncategorized on December 3, 2014 at 17:15

“Keep your surroundings clean” yes we learn that at school. We have grown up, and now we have our Prime Minister asking us to do the same. Do, we really need our PM to teach us these basics? Perhaps we do. Its painful when I interact with friends abroad and they talk about the level of cleanliness in their cities, and how Indian cities have to really tighten up their screws if they have to compete at the Global level.

Cleaner we keep our surroundings, healthier we will be. I sound like a teacher isn’t it? Well, I practice what I preach. I do not litter, one can find me carrying my own trash till I find a garbage bin to throw it, instead of throwing it on the road, like that uncle in BMW who just finds it convenient to throw a chips packet on the road. What’s the point of his education at all?

There are many who are also criticizing this campaign, saying its just a publicity stunt. Even if for a publicity stunt, I see people cleaning and making an impact, sharing videos, something is better than nothing is it not? Be positive, and do your bit, things will change for good. This Social media loving PM has found his way to connect with the youth. Selfies. Whats wrong if these youngsters are posing after cleaning up their surroundings? We will have a generation that cares about keeping India clean.

What’s more impressive is the participation by celebs who go on to nominate more people to help spread awareness on this issue by taking the matter in their own hands. Sachin Tendulkar, my icon has done it, why shouldn’t I? Thats the question most of his fans must be asking. NDTV has lined up Amitabh Bachchan to kick start this initiative. These celebs have a huge fan following, and if these fans ensure that their houses will be clean going forward, imagine the impact.

Here is a video of my icon for Swachh Bharat

Cleanliness begins at home and will help create cleaner India, and healthier citizens. Here are a few pointers that can be followed:

1. Throw garbage in bins

2. Ensure availability of bins at work place, in your own house and in your society

3. If you come across garbage pile up, get in touch with local authorities and bring it to their notice

4. Carry garbage bags when going on a picnic and ensure you collect the garbage and dispose it properly

5. Talk about it. Yes, the more we talk about it, the more awareness it will create and people will realize their duty towards this Nation , than just continuing to criticize and doing nothing about it.

6. Wash your hands before eating food, and post doing up any cleaning activity, stay healthy

7. Join local citizen groups and participate in the cleanliness drives being organized by them

8. MLAs/ MPs can help with surprise checks to keep the Municipal bodies on toes when it comes to cleanliness

9. Tag friends on social media and urge them to help build Clean India

10. Most importantly-Stay positive and do your bit

Hope as a responsible citizen you will take a step towards keeping India clean, Will you?

Bigger is Better

In Uncategorized on December 3, 2014 at 16:18

Before the First World War some Indian students and Freedom fighters had travelled to Germany. It was German engineering/ education system that attracted Indians to Germany and continues to do so. Back in those days Netaji Subhash chandra bose seeked Hitler’s support for India’s freedom struggle. The Germans had even financed a magazine and the broadcasting station Azad Hind. In later years people from southern part of India migrated to Germany and joined as health workers. Sikhs travelled to Germany in 1980s and formed a small community. The big change came in 2000 when German Chancellor announced the Green Card for IT professionals. and number of Indians in Germany shot up to 43k in 2003. The point I am trying to make here is, Indians have a very deep connection with Germany.

My own experience with a German has to be one with my ballroom instructor Kay Schneutzer. The first time i met Kay was back in 2010 when I went for my first Latin Ballroom Dance Competition in Delhi. It was a National level dancesport competition and organizers had managed to get a professional to judge the competition, Kay Schneutzer. I was happy to have won Gold after two months of practice. I was not expecting it. I went up to Kay and asked him for a feedback, and what he was more than kind to share his thoughts about my dancing. Years passed and now I learn in a dance school that gets its technical support from Kay Schneutzer. He visits India on a regular basis, accompanies us on our outbound activities and conducts some amazing dance workshops.

There’s a certain historical importance that Germany has, which has always made me curious about it and I am sure it makes my fellow Indians go crazy about it too. So be it the Oktoberfest

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Or taking a walk around Brandenburg Gate Berlin

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Or indulging in a bit of fairy tale at Neuschwanstein, Fussen

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There is genuine interest within Indians to visit Germany and explore its cultural heritage, indulge in the year round festivities and visit places of historical importance.

One should have seen the amount of support Germany got during world cup from Indian fans. Indian fans love German style of Football and German players. I have been a fan of Mueller, kahn, Lahm love their dedication towards team play.

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Frankfurt perhaps is the busiest airport in the world, what with so many connecting flights to Europe and beyond. Air traffic from India has been growing

The IATA in its recent report in 2013 suggested that global passenger traffic continues to expand at a healthy rate and more so from emerging markets who were leading this growth.

Air traffic to Germany has therefore increased multiple folds over the years. Lufthansa India who have been in this business in India for over 55 years realized it was time to offer Bigger and Better services to India with its new Airbus 380 .

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The Airbus 380 has also introduced the concept of Premium economy catering to the Business travellers. Companies these days have been making an effort to save on cost and restricting the amount of Business class travellers. Lufthansa’s Premium economy will cater to such Business travellers, luxury at affordable price. Now thats something even non business travellers would like to experience isnt it? ;)

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