Mumma and Missy


My little Ishikaa,

Your name means “God’s Paintbrush” , the one chosen by HIM to paint a beautiful canvas of Love, Optimism and Empathy in this world, and that is exactly what you are, beautiful inside and out.  Your smile brings us overwhelming joy.  Your sweetness melts our heart.  And your beauty lights our world.

I still cannot believe that it is four years already since that uninterrupted and peaceful sleep in the night 😊 You have brought so much love and energy that the sleep seems secondary now.

It feels like yesterday when those 2 pink lines appeared on the stick and there we were, your dad and me, so happy, anxious, scared, all in one. We waited 9 long months and 7 days, yes you took that long and still didn’t show any sign of wanting to come out. I still clearly remember the night before the operation, your daddy and I hardly spoke, we were in a different world all together, finding it hard to contain our excitement and there you were, in daddy’s arms the next day. Mumma, on the other hand was told that a Princess has arrived, but got to see you full 24 hours later and those were the longest 24 hours ever. You were so tiny and delicate and I was scared that I would hurt you, but you held me tight and assured, “Mumma, you are going to be just fine”. That’s who you are since the day one, loving and compassionate. There is magic in your personality.


These past 4 years have just flown by in the blink of an eye and I have seen you grow up so much. All I really want to do is pause time and really soak in all that you are in this moment.

You are all our FIRSTS, you see, just as you are learning, we are too. Girl, this is the first time we’ve been parents, too. We both make mistakes, but we’re in this together, you and us. Figuring it out a moment at a time.


There are a few things I want you to never forget, even at four years old.


We will ALWAYS Love You!!

From the time since you were a peanut sized sonograph until eternity, you will always be our baby. Nothing you have done, or will do, can ever keep us from loving you from the bottom of our heart.


Beauty is what you make of IT, and YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!

Inside and out, you are beautiful. While “Main achchi lag rahi hun naa” is a constant question that you ask these days, beauty is much more than the outer appearance. You have a heart full of compassion and thoughtfulness towards others. Your beautiful big eyes and contagious laughter have a way of lighting up a room. And, that’s the most important thing.

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Don’t be afraid of the FIGHTs!!

And yes I don’t mean for you to go and pick up random fights here, but don’t ever shy away from fighting for yourself. Standing up for the right is what I have believed in always and I want you to be aware that you will always have my back. Dream big, little one. Never let anyone tell you you aren’t good enough, smart enough, pretty enough. FIGHT YOUR OWN BATTLE!

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You are our little shadow, you help us in the kitchen, you know it from my face that I am tired and you try cheering me up always. You are smart and you work hard, not giving in too easily. The first performance that you gave on the stage, or the 4 superb dances you performed all at the age of 3 in front of those 100 audience, had us all gushing over you. And the excitement only increases with every little accomplishment of yours.

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Believe in yourself.  Follow your dreams!!

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Have dreams for yourself and work hard to make those dreams come true.  If hard work is not enough, then fight for it.

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Be Kind and lend a helping hand!!

Live your life with a purpose and give purpose to your life. Never turn a blind eye to someone in need. For doing good deeds will always give a sense of satisfaction


Spread your wings, take the world head on and be the strong, independent woman you were born to be but never feel alone in this world.  You will always have us, you will always be our baby and you will always have a home to come back to

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We love to the MOON and back!!

Mumma and Daddy!!

Cocktail of Life with a Dash of Lime

The URGE to QUIT!!

There are days that absolutely do not go as per the plan…

The child that u sent to school perfectly fine comes back with a high fever and then spends the night in extreme pain,

The presentation that was supposed to be completed and sent, still has some parts missing to it,

The open air Yoga class you had planned, had to be missed coz u didn’t sleep the entire night,

The milk that was put in the night to set to become curd, is still looking at ur face nowhere close to being called curd,

The breakfast that u prepared for urself, is still kept at the table while u rushed to the doctor to get the crying child treated,

The doctor who now makes money out of ur misery and wants to charge an emergency fee coz U requested to take in ur daughter first, instead of waiting to be called in at no 5,

The same doctor then accuses you of how your parenting has all gone wrong and u need to step up the game,

The ill child refuses to eat anything and throws up the last last morsel fed to her along with the medicines,

The maid who was supposed to look after the child while you take care of office work fled away,

The husband who was needed the most at this time for support is away for work and the solo parenting is getting to ur nerves,

U are sleep deprived, hungry and with a never ending TO DO work list……

Oh and ya, the day is only half done…

And that’s when it hits you, the killing URGE to QUIT- quit work, quit being alone, quit running the show alone and sometimes quitting being a MOM.

Does that make you a bad person??

Nope it doesn’t, coz that’s not what you do, you don’t quit, you stand up, brush ur hair, follow that light at the end of the tunnel and shout out loud, BRING IT ONNN!!!

Cocktail of Life with a Dash of Lime

Break Free & Fly High


I’m super excited to be participating in the ‘Dare-a-thon‘organized by ‘The Momsteins’. It is an absolute honour to be one of the participants along with 28 amazing bloggers.

The reason I chose this to be my first ever blog post is because DARE is one word that I relate myself completely to and defines a lot of my current being and the stories can be many, but where did it all start?

The Beginning!!

There is a time in every student’s life when they finally survive through class X and the big question of what next stands in front of them.

I had that time too and being an engineer’s daughter, there was no doubt in my mind, I wanted to be an engineer. (Don’t ask why? Which engineer? Only be an engineer). Engineer during those day meant IIT & only IIT, NITs were a second best choice and the private colleges had started booming and were being looked down upon. So the only way was to start with those IIT coachings

Science- Maths happened, Super esteemed IIT coachings happened and a realisation happened too very soon, I am not made for IIT, I can’t cope up and can’t study.

Dare to Say NO!!

Now the biggest challenge was to speak to my dad about it who at that time was sure that his daughter is a born IITian (not his fault, every father thinks that). Anyways cutting a long story short daddy dear got a shock of his life, I stopped going to those horrid IIT coachings and finally did pass class XII with respectable marks. Obviously, the entrance exams didn’t go that well, but lets not talk about it, its all DONE and DUSTED well in the PAST.


I got through an integrated MBA-Engineering course in NMIMS(Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies), Mumbai. That was the only good thing on hand and getting a MBA in 5 years, YIPPPEEEEE!!!

And here was the DARE, standing right there staring straight at my face, without a blink.

The chubby little over protected girl who had her mom fighting with the bus driver to get her a fixed window bus seat because kids won’t let sit with them as she would occupy more space, had to go to MUMBAI all alone.

A plethora of emotions twirling in, MUMBAI….. the city of dreams, the city that never sleeps, the fashion capital of India and to top that all, the city of BOLLYWOOD (there was a chance to meet SRK). All I knew then was, I was going away from home, and very very far away, in a place completely unknown, amongst the people totally unknown and to top it all, the fear of not being accepted, the fear of body shaming.

The little girl in me was scared to death, but the brave faced teenager was super excited to go to a new city, explore the new ways of living and find a new dimension to herself. (More about my tryst with the MAXIMUM CITY later)

The day arrived and the brave faced teenager looked at Mom, Dad & Bhai and there they were standing tall with an ever comforting smile, if it wasn’t for them, it wouldn’t have been possible to Dare to Break Free and fly away in the vast skies of opportunity and achievements.

This post is a part of Dare-a-thon series hosted by the Super Momsteins.

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I would like to thank Sweta from cloudandsunshine for introducing me. Go through her journey of parenthood and learning on how to keep it real.

I would also like to introduce you to Amrita Mallik from She is brutally honest in her writings.