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Short Take: It’s her appetite
January 20, 2018
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It’s her appetite

Each night when I look back through my daily activity, I could see myself running around the house with a plate of delicious home-cooked food, chasing a stubborn two-year-old for hours.

Later on I realised that, it wasn’t my cooking that she disapproves of, it’s the whole native cuisine. That fluffy round rice with tasty side dishes characterised by the use of coconut, which were once her favourite, is no longer the food she is fond of.

Apparently her taste buds have taken an unannounced trip to Italy, loving every bit of pasta they touch. By the time I stock up my pantry with all varieties of pasta and pasta sauces, her taste goblet would have reached China, having noodles or even North India, loving the wheat chapattis! Yes, her appetite is on some wild goose chase, without bothering to inform me. I am still waiting for that day when her tiny palate returns to my kitchen.

I have been thinking a lot about when to push and when to relax, when it comes to feeding my little rug rat. She has a habit of standing in the kitchen and repeatedly chant “biscuit” until someone gets her biscuits or cake. I am pretty sure, she will be happy to survive her childhood just on biscuits, cake and chocolates.

That doesn’t mean our little ones get to decide what they eat, but it also doesn’t mean that we should totally ignore their preferences.

As long as they are healthy and growing fine we need to trust their appetite, it’s up to them to decide how much to eat from the food that is offered. I suppose, lack of this trust can result in child’s overeating /undereating and not having the body they were meant to have.

I still remember the day when my little one tasted her first fruit puree. When it comes to trying new tastes, she always showed an open mind, but it was all up to her to like it or not.

Even if the child eats all that is served or just the half of it or even none, as long as we have a healthy, active and happy little bambino running around the house we should be grateful.
Divya Sunil

Beauty of Kashmir

Kashmir is known for its natural beauty. It is said to be “heaven on earth,” the “Switzerland of Asia.” It is also much known for art, music, poetry and, of course, food.

Kashmir has four distinct seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter – each with its own distinctive charm.

During spring and summer seasons, the beauty of Kashmir is at its peak.

In summer, the entire valley is a mosaic of varying shades of green trees, rice fields and meadows.

In autumn season, Kashmir’s loveliest, towards September, green turns to gold and then russet and red.

In winter, when snow carpets the mountains, snow-covered landscapes being watched from beside the warmth of a fire is a joy that cannot be described and no words can explain to anyone who has not experienced it.

Dotted with beautiful sights, the place looks amazing in a canopy of landscaped flowering gardens, crystal clear lakes, magnificent structures and bustling markets.

Amidst this colourful world lies something sensuous. Shikara, the small wooden carved boat, usually seen at Dal Lake and Nigin Lake of Srinagar, is one of the mesmerising attractions of the city. The swift movement of a Shikara provides a unique way to experience the eternal beauty of Kashmir. A relaxing ride while enjoying the surrounding views around Dal Lake is a pleasure. The glimpse of floating boats full of colourful blooms is definitely an eye-catcher.

As someone who belongs to Kashmir, I would suggest people who are fond of travelling to visit Kashmir at least once, as it’s one of the finest places for travel.
Sakeena Banday

Moving schools

On my first day at my new school I was like any other new kid, quiet and awkward, but now that I have a good group of friends I can say I actually enjoy their company.

The new school welcomed the rest of the new kids and me with open arms, and I will never regret my decision.

During the summer before this year started I didn’t really think of what I was leaving behind. I was more focused on what the new school would be like and if the new people I’d meet would like me.

A few months into the new school, I also realise that I’m going to miss beyond belief the people that I’ve known since the second grade.

I still talk to my friends from my old school but it is not the same as actually waking up every day and knowing you’ll see them when you get to school. Now I realise that while I was there I might have taken it all for granted because I believed I would always see them the next day and this isn’t a goodbye.

The phrase “people come and go” may be true but that doesn’t mean not to show them what they mean to you while they are here, especially since this time I am the one who left.

Now, when we meet again in either of our homes we have loads of fun but I still always feel a tinge of guilt for leaving because it was my choice. But I’ve learned how to live and ignore that feeling because the memories we made will always live with us and still we will always create more.
Noura Alsuwaidi

Meaningful silence

Being alone is often seen as something bad. It is resented in modern media too: the more followers you have, the more “cool” you are.  It has almost become a representation of worth to some.

We are kept busy by our phones and computers and so even when we think we are alone we hear the horrible ringing. We are so connected that we are only one step away from our phone. Most of us just “go with the flow.” It is like we have accepted that we will never be rid of them.

The time of nothingness we get gives us time to reflect on the direction of our lives.

What we want for the future and in this time we can truly understand ourselves.

Nothingness gives us time to reflect on our experiences and grow and the best part is that there is no one to tell you what to do. You can think whatever you want. It is like a little world of your own.

“Meaningful silence is anytime better than meaningless words.”
Hussain Munawar

Bookish legacy

So I was a poet. A published poet. Finally. After years and years of waiting. Happy? Yes, absolutely. Yet there was a part of me that just couldn’t come to terms with this.

Why was that? Because all this has happened when I am 49. Suddenly I find I’m running out of time and I have so much more that I need to write and share with the world.

So where have I been? What have I been doing with my life all these years?

And I realise, with regret, that all these years, in spite of having the time, the energy and the resources to do what I had always dreamt of doing, I had been wasting all that in the pursuit of something that society demanded of me, something society has made us believe would give one security, define a purpose to one’s life and hence, confer happiness.

Society, I tell you, is so unimaginative!

But it’s better late than never, isn’t it? Better late to realise that the purpose of one’s life is what is intrinsic to one’s self and not what is dictated by society and that one’s happiness depends on oneself and not on something or someone outside of us.

And that the legacy one can leave behind need not necessarily be a progeny of the flesh but can also be an offspring of the mind and heart.

Something like a book, for instance?
Vidya Shankar

Golden thoughts

There is something unquestionably elegant and beautiful about real gold jewellery. When I think of jewellery, I’m reminded of my grandmother’s pearls and diamonds, that is inherited from generations to pass. I think of my mother’s, aunt’s and cousins wedding bands, simple and striking. Depicting the simplicity, a piece of gold jewellery can do.

When I entered adulthood, I had an ardent desire to start collecting meaningful pieces of jewellery. All my life I had spent enough of money on flakes of artificial jewellery that hardly served the purpose, losing its colour despite wearing it only once, or worse, not wearing it at all.

My favourites are most definitely finger rings. There is something personal and extremely sophisticated about wearing a ring. A graceful finger styled, with a simple band, to me is the most profound sense of style. A new term to preserve such pieces of jewellery are called stapled wardrobe.

As superficial as it may sound, I can’t help but wonder about the significance these tiny pieces of jewellery would carry down to the next generations. Perhaps they would carry sentimental values, or be considered antique or would they be considered at all?
Archana. R

Diet holds the key

Choosing a proper food routine, without doubt, is the key to a good, healthy lifestyle. When I started my fitness career, I didn’t know anything about muscle-building nutrition other than the standard “eat lots and lift heavy” rule.

What I ever worried about was protein. I never counted calories in anything and ate what I wanted. I didn’t become what I wanted to be.

Studying and researching about bodybuilding fitness career, I came to know that “Diet is a key.” Diet is the single most important part of your overall bodybuilding programme. You can work out all you want, but if your diet is not  proper, you will never achieve the physique of your dreams. Just eat clean.

Eating clean means avoiding foods that are not conducive to adding muscle mass, such as fried foods, butter and refined foods, including snack foods and fast foods. By “clean,” bodybuilders often mean “natural” and “low-fat.” So start eating clean and chase your dreams in a fitness career.
Adnan Mehmood

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