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Things all pregnant women hear! #SUPERBLOGGERCHALLENGE2018

You should add butter to your food. You should gain more weight. Aren’t you too fat already?  – Do these questions remind you something or someone? Well, these are just some of the questions that either you or other pregnant women around you are asked everyday.

Pregnancy is a beautiful phase & everyone around you has some piece of advice for you.  And, the wisdom of others is no doubt helpful. But, where should you draw the line? Some people have no idea of when to stop. It can be your nosy next door neighbor or a random stranger in market. Nothing stops them for giving unsolicited advice!

There were many genuine suggestions that I got during my pregnancy and  I am thankful for it. But, today I am going to list the questions/suggestions that irked me a lot!

  • Do not eat that!

According to my next-door-aunty, all my favorite food are harmful for my baby.  Want Chinese food, you cannot have it. Crave for some Pasta, that’s no good either. Only home-made food with dripping butter is good to have. It’s time to eat more sweets, else you might not have a healthy child. To that Aunty ji, thanks but no thanks!

  • Are you sure you are ready to take care of a child? You would lose all your sleep.

A pregnant women has too much to think of,  please do not add more to her worries. Planned or unplanned, she is giving birth to a child, so obviously she has thought about it and is ready.  Give her some love and support, encourage her!

  • You are the mother, don’t depend too much on husband

I have lost count of how many people had told me this. I understand that in earlier times the roles of men & women in a household had rigid boundaries. Now, as we move towards nuclear family why am I the only one responsible for our child? My husband is equally responsible and he understands his duties towards our baby.

  • You have become fat.

Thanks for the reminder, I was unaware of it. A new life is taking form inside me, so yes I know I have gained weight.  If someone is too thin or too fat, let them be. Stop body shaming pregnant women!

  • Any day now ?

Once you are in your last trimester, random people will come up to you with this question. You can be in office or out shopping. By the time my child was born, I was fed up people repeating the same question every time they met me. If only I could wash those smirked looks on their faces!

It might seem like I have a grudge against people giving me suggestions. But that’s not true! I had support of wonderful family & friends who were there for me. Ready to hear out my random blabber & calm me down. Still, dealing with the bunch of nosy aunties is a momentous task. Don’t be that nosy aunty. If someone around you is pregnant then help them, encourage them, keep them happy!

Note- *This article is written as a part of #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 conducted by Healthwealthbridge.com ,Fashionablefoodz.com, Allaboutthewoman.com and should not be re purposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused*

Staying healthy with #Instacuppa! #Superbloggerchallenge2018

With our hectic lifestyle, we seldom get a chance to consume healthy food. We are more worried about getting things done & our health takes a toll for it.  I have finally  found the answer to it – Instacuppa.  Instacuppa offers a wide range of products which are ergonomic, 100% BPA-free, lightweight and durable accessories. You can stay healthy while on the go! My favorite product is  InstaCuppa Fruit Infuser Water Bottle.

InstaCuppa Fruit Infuser Water Bottle Tritan Edition  is an easy to use product that comes with free e-recipe books. Drinking fruit infused water is great way to detox. With summers around the corner you need to  drinks adequate amount of water. Why not try different flavored water like cucumber, lemon or mint? It will increase your intake of vitamins and minerals while keeping you hydrated.

Benefits of using this product – 
  • FREE RECIPE E-BOOKS FOR DETOX: The book contains 100 fruit infuser water recipes for detox which you can try & enjoy.
  • CUSTOM ANTI SWEAT, INSULATING SLEEVE: The tailored insulated neoprene sleeve reduces the “bottle sweat” you get from most single wall bottles.
  • MORE FLAVOR, FULL LENGTH INFUSER TUBE: At 1000 ml. and with a full length infuser rod you get up to 25% MORE than other fruit infuser water bottles!
  • STAINLESS STEEL PROTEIN SHAKER BALL:  It is perfect for protein shake as its made of 100% food grade rust less 304 Stainless Steel
  • LEAK PROOF TECHNOLOGY: It has rubber seals around the screw cap and spout to prevent leaks. And, it also has a sturdy metal safety ring on the lid.

You can also try the InstaCuppa Fruit Infuser Water Bottle Thermos Steel Edition. It can keep your drink cold for up to 24 hours or your drink hot for up to 12 hours. Serves double purpose with the same bottle.

If you are a brew lover, then you can try their InstaCuppa Green Tea Detox Double Walled Glass Bottle.

 Note- *This article is written as a part of #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 conducted by Healthwealthbridge.com ,Fashionablefoodz.com, Allaboutthewoman.com and should not be re purposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused*

 

My bagfull of travel memories! #Superbloggerchallenge2018

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

Once you start to travel nothing else can ever satisfy your soul. With travel comes the fondest memories. Memories of places you see, people you meet and the food you eat. As far as I can remember, I have always been travelling either with family or friends.

Vivekananda Rock memorial

Me at Viveknanda Rock Memorial

 

My earliest travel memories involve travelling in train from Khandwa to my hometown in summer vacations. As a five-year old kid, the overnight journey was intriguing. Thoughts of meeting my grandparents and playing with cousins kept me preoccupied. Those were the days of pure joy and innocence! 🙂

Another one of my favorite childhood travel memory is of my first school trip. How can I forget the thrill of travelling sans parents? It was also the first time that I had enjoyed snowfall.

Some places are etched in memories and you might like to visit them more often. For me, that place is Vivekananda Rock Memorial,Kanyakumari. I have been here many times and it’s still not enough. Watching sunrise at the beach, catching the early ferry to the memorial and returning with the sunset hues spread across the sea – a perfect day!

Each travel has added a new story in my life – some were funny and few were horrifying. The scariest travel experience was when two troublemakers kept following us on their bike in a hill station. It was late evening, me and my friend were returning back to our hotel. The troublesome duo irritated us until we shouted on them. Not one person around us had interfered to stop those boys.I realize that our safety is in our hands, still a little help from bystanders would be appreciated. Next time if you see wrong doings anywhere, then raise a voice!

I have also met wonderful people on my journeys. The cab driver in Gangtok who shared anecdotes of his life with us. The woman who was amazed when she learnt I was travelling without my husband. The uncle who had accompanied us in Kashmir tour. The latest being a lady who had helped me with my infant in air travel last month. I might not remember their names forever, but kindness is never forgotten.

My travel stories are never-ending & I am sure you would also have such travel stories.  What is your fondest travel story? Which is your favorite place to visit? Do share them with us.

Note- *This article is written as a part of #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 conducted by Healthwealthbridge.com ,Fashionablefoodz.com, Allaboutthewoman.com and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused*

My tryst with White Sauce Pasta! #SuperBloggerChallenge2018

Cooking White Sauce Pasta

‘Life is not worth living if I cannot have pasta or bread again.’ Monica Seles
Who can resist the creamy, cheesy textured, delectable pasta? If there is one thing that I can eat 24*7, its Pasta. After spending tonnes of hours & energy in search of good pasta at a restaurant, I decided to make it on my own. And, it turned out to be pretty good.

Ingredients
  • Butter – Two tablespoons
  • Olive Oil
  • Maida or Wheat flour – Two tablespoons
  • Milk – Two cups
  • Pasta – Two cups
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Add-on vegetables like red or yellow capsicum,mushroom, broccoli, corn.
Recipe for White Sauce Pasta –
  1. Boil two cups of pasta & set it aside to cool.
  2. Finely chop the onions, garlic & vegetables of your choice and saute them in olive oil. Add a pinch of salt, oregano & basil leaves for taste.
  3. Heat two tablespoon butter in a pan and add Maida to it. Stir the mix on low flame till it turns light brown.
  4. Add two cups of milk in the pan. Keep stirring to avoid lump formation.
  5. Add salt to the mix & simmer for 3 minutes until a consistent creamy layer is formed.
  6. Add the boiled pasta & sautéed vegetables to the pan. Mix well.
  7. White Sauce Pasta is cooked and ready to be served.Pasta with grilled vegetables
Additional tips –
  • Add few drops of olive oil to water while boiling Pasta. It helps to avoid sticky pasta.
  • For a healthier choice, prefer Wheat over Maida for preparing sauce. Wheat sauce may require more amount of milk.
  • Do not add all the milk in one go, add milk in intervals & stir continuously to avoid lumps.

Side dishes –

It can be enjoyed alongside bread of your choice. Or,if you are like me, then you might also enjoy a bowl of soup or grilled vegetables to go with it.

Pasta with soup

Hope you liked this quick recipe of pasta. Do you prefer white sauce pasta or red sauce? Do share your own recipes with me & I would love to try them.

Note- *This article is written as a part of #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 conducted by Healthwealthbridge.com ,Fashionablefoodz.com, Allaboutthewoman.com and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused*

Must See Cultural Fests in India! #Superbloggerchallenge2018

My favorite childhood memories go back to the fairs I had attended as a kid. The colorful shops & playing on the rides or enjoying the food at the fests! The child in me still enjoys these fun fares & cultural festivals. Here is my list of must-see cultural fests in India.

  • SurajKund Mela, Faridabad

It is the largest crafts fair in the world organized in February each year. The festival showcases national & international handicrafts. There are cultural evenings where renowned artists perform. Each year the festival is celebrated in partnership of another country & is themed around an Indian state. This year’s partner nation was Kyrgyzstan & Uttar Pradesh was chosen as theme. I have been visiting it since last two years and always enjoy the rich diversity of arts & food it provides. I had tasted the best Pita Bread & humus here at a Turkish food joint last year.

How to reach – You can reach Surajkund District, Faridabad from Delhi by taking private cabs or your own vehicle.

  • KalaGhoda Festival, Mumbai

This festival was started with an objective to preserve the heritage & art district of South Mumbai. It is also organized in the month of February when the weather is pleasant and one can enjoy long hours outdoor. Here also a large conglomeration of handiwork & recycled art pieces from all over the country is present. Also, there is a different section for children to enjoy and exhibit their arts.

How to reach – You can reach venue of Kalaghoda Festival from CST station or Churchgate station either by foot or shared taxis.

  • Chitra Santhe, Bengaluru

It is a single day Arts festival organized by the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in month of January. If you are looking for paintings, caricatures and murals or home decorations items then this is definitely a to go destination. The festival is spread across a single road & it is cordoned off for traffic for the day.

How to reach- Bengaluru is well-connected by rail, road & air to different parts of the country.

  • HornBill Festival, Nagaland

It is held in December each year. Nagaland has a tribal rich heritage which depend mostly on agriculture. The festival is organized by the government to promote the cultural heritage of Nagaland & increase inter-tribe communications. You can be a part of the Nagaland culture and enjoy their food, songs & dance. I have not visited it yet & it’s a part of my to-do list!

How to reach – You need to travel to Naga Heritage Village located in Kisama, approximately 12 km from the state capital Kohima.

  • Tawang Festival, Arunachal Pradesh

It is an extravagant festival organized in month of October by the government of Arunachal Pradesh. The start of festival is marked by Sebang – the religious rally of monks from the Tawang monastery to the festival site. It showcases the Buddhist religious functions & traditional dances. The Buddhist influence attracts me to this festival & I intend to visit it this year.

How to reach – You can reach Tawang from Tezpur by road. Tezpur also has an airport so you can either reach by both air or road here.

  • Lucknow Mahotsav, Lucknow

This festival is closest to my heart as I have been visiting it since childhood. It is organized each year in winters and highlights the Nawabi Culture of Lucknow. There are stalls for showcasing art, craft and culture of the city. From buying Chikan clothes to enjoying Chicken delicacies – you can do it all. It was an annual ritual from us to visit Lucknow Mahotsav with family & friends. Even today I try to plan my vacations around the same time frame so as to enjoy this festival.

How to reach- Lucknow is easily reachable by rail, road & air travel from all parts of the country.

Source- lucknowmahotsav.in

Have you visited any of these festivals? Which of them is your favorite. Do share your fondest memory of a cultural fest with us!

Note- *This article is written as a part of #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 conducted by Healthwealthbridge.com ,Fashionablefoodz.com Allaboutthewoman.com and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused*

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