All posts by Ashwini Ajjappa

An engineering graduate, served IT industry for 6 years and now a homemaker and mother of two lovely daughters.

Durga- The Captivator

An unscheduled off from school; this is what troubles the present day mommies a lot. How do I engage my kid.. ? Our routine of school-home was all in synch but now; how to handle double tantrums of a pre-schooler and a toddler..?

So, my mission was to engage ourselves. My elder daughter usually carries a handy bag and she must have something inside it. It can be a book or fancy clips anything which can fit into her bag. And the items and bags keep changing on a daily basis.  She opened the bag and there I got hold of the small pocket-sized prayer book. The book was specially designed for kids to learn and identify deities with good images. We flipped a few pages, drawing was the first thing which came to my mind and the best to do with a pre-schooler! We both sat with few sheets of paper. She had her own fun-time scribbling away to glory and I came across the divine enchanting image of Goddess Durga. I started sketching the captivating image of Goddess Durga.  I had the best utilization of time in sketching the captivating beauty.


I Turned The Key And Stepped In. What I Saw…

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Amma, I have my pair of keys…you can come whenever you get free from your religious gathering. As usual, I took my kids to the nearby playground with my pair of keys. Kids enjoy in the sand and I have a good dose of chat with my friends. Almost every day, I wait for the evening hours as a stress buster to speak my heart out with my friends.

It was getting dark and our chat time was done and we had to return back home. I with my kids were humming the chirpings of the bird and headed towards home. Finally, we were at our gate and made our way upstairs to open the door. Amma had already called and told she’ll be late at the gathering. So, it was only me and the kids; I turned the key and stepped in. What I saw…. was all usual, nothing seemed upside down as I always expect whenever I open the door… 🙂 I switched on the lights and helped the kids with water and sat on the couch.

After two minutes of resting on the couch, we headed to the room and my cupboard was slightly open. I always keep it slightly open. So, I did not feel anything unusual. I took two seconds to breathe and then before I could blink my eyes, I just saw a flash of a white object just pass within microseconds. I experienced the shiver throughout my body!! Screamed at the top of my voice; to my rescue, nobody was at home. It was only me with kids. I was myself scared to the depth and I was unable to console my elder kid who is 5 years old. The white flash which just moved was “the CAT”. I know many of you might think it as silly. But I have a phobia towards animals and was terribly petrified. By the grace of God, the cat had found its way out. Two days later, I got to know that it had given birth to 4 kittens. Ah, then I realized it was here to find a cozy place to give birth!… I thanked God for it and from next time whenever I head out…I double check my cupboards and the windows and doors… :))


Colors …as seen…

The magnificent view of tulip Gardens from the movie Silsila, mustard fields from the movie DDLJ and many more Bollywood movies have enthralled us with colors. Mother Earth, the sun, the moon, the sky bestows with an abundance of natural colors; even the grass sums up to the glamor. Colors, for me, is a refreshment to the mind. Just imagine a life without colors? It is difficult to just have a thought and imagination is way far!!
I, always treasure my fabulous birthday celebration in New Hampshire in the USA way back in Autumn 2008. Autumn season in New Hampshire is an epitome of its beauty; color capped mountains made me wonderstruck! The yellow, red, pink and orange-colored leaves give a different definition of natural beauty in autumn. We had a 4 days trip to Concord in New Hampshire and had the privilege to capture the captive beauty within ourselves.

Glimpses of the charmer:IMG_2242-COLLAGE

I, adore the sky on an early bright sunny day, pleasant to the eyes and gives a message to dive thyself and forget all the qualms. And the cotton like clouds here and there enhance the sky’s beauty. They seem like cotton candy and form a story for each formation of the clouds. The same blue sky as the sun sets; the twilight is a treat to the eyes. I, personally love the sight of the twilight. And yes, not to miss out the delightful dark blue sky in the night with the white twinkling stars.

Vibrant colors like red energize one’s mind. Kumkum(made of dried turmeric powder and other materials) is red, a religious mark in India. Devotees praise Hindu deities with red kumkum. Married women in Hindu culture wear on their forehead.
Green is mother nature and good for eyes. With the onset of closed room jobs, doctors recommend to look out for green for healthier eyes. A fresh bloom of leaves in spring is a treat to watch. Leaves wither out and bloom with the new hope in life.The pleasure of morning walk with a lot of trees is so blissful very hard to find one in a city like Bengaluru. My personal favorite color is green. I always end up with a green dress of different shades. Green bangles are worn by the married woman as it amplifies the beauty.

Yellow, turmeric is yellow. Indian meals are never complete without turmeric usage. Turmeric is deep yellow and boosts the meal with good color and medicinal value. Ripe Mango is a present to the taste buds and to the eyes.

White is a sober color but gives an immense message and preaches for peace. Our political leaders are always dressed in white(sarcasm hidden)!

Black is lovely. Doctors advise avoiding black during summers. Black is a favorite color for weight watchers.It enhances the beauty of the person and makes them look elegant and slim. Some religions avoid black as it indicates bad omen.

Not to forget, India’s most observed Holi festival, is full of colors. People blend in all colors to symbolize all are equal.

Out of comfort zone/Quintessential Change

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All the planetary objects have to evolve and revolve for the life to prosper. Without change, there is no possibility of living life to the fullest.

A wandering soul enjoys its freedom and as God destined, comes into the womb for a new life to flourish.

My life inside the womb accustomed with the warmth of my mother; it was time, I had to come to face the BIG world.

I grew in the confines of mother’s arms as a shy introvert kid; it was time, to join school.

I grew in the confines of my beloved books and a few treasured friends; it was time, to explore the BIG world and earn my living!

I grew, my earning was good and treasured immensely the bachelor life; it was time, marriage was on my cards.

I grew, flew to the States; left parents with gloomy eyes.

I grew, had an earning in “The States”,  imbued in the happiness; it was time,a sense of void settled. I wanted to move to my state and adieu “The States”.

I grew, I’m the Mother, the entire encyclopedia for my kids. It is time, I need to enhance my identity not only as a mother but as the “working” mother!

Change is a part of the life. We get accustomed to the safe confines of our mundane routine, we need to push hard to give the best and make the world around us happy!

Till next time…Spread smiles and set new standards…


Inspirational preachings of Rajrishi Janaka which makes the #WomanInMe happiest

I usually have a practice to recite “Shri Ram Raksha Stotra and Hanuman Chalisa” before bed time and make my elder daughter to offer prayers before she goes to sleep. So, by this practice Ramayana characters all are known to her. A few days later one of the popular Hindi Television channel came up with the Mytholgical series of Ramayana from Sita’s perspective.
Most of us know Shri Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman, Dasharatha the most popular characters of Ramayana. The lesser known character for me was Seerdhwaja Janaka(father of Sita) popularly  known as Rajarishi Janaka/King Janaka. He became the limelight for me with this TV series. The preaching he followed made me think “AWE” about him and the happier #WomanInMe.
a) He adopted Sita as his own daughter and made her never the know the fact until Vedic Philosopher Gargi let Sita know about her origin. He adopted girl baby and did not abandon and #SaveAGirlBaby mission was already in practice.

b) He did not follow gender bias and gave equal educational opportunities.

c) In his court both male and female Vedic philosophers were given equal opportunities.

d) He gave the right to take decisions to the women in his family and had consent with everyone to even the most sensitive topic like marriage.

e) And the last highlight which I would like to mention and which makes me the happiest is :He did not want to have a son as an heir to his legacy!!!



Are we doing our bit…?

With all the campaigns about clean India aired on TV/Radio channels….how many of us are working on it…? I know holding a broomstick and standing on the road and cleaning is not always practical…But, we can start our bit of clean mission from our home itself…
Many of the working class people who pay taxes will have to say, ” % of tax has been taken from our salary ..lets not worry ..we can throw bits of chocolate/snacks wraps on the road… Some other section of working class will have to say ..” We do not have good infrastructure..they’re not maintained well…”
Let us analyze why the infrastructure is not good …what is the reason….”POPULATION”.
As the job opportunities are high in metro cities, everybody tends to settle in the same metro city. What if the job opportunities are equally done throughout the state, not just concentrating on the capital/metro city. Few Multi-national companies are already into this, it will in turn help people to settle down with their family in their city instead moving to metro cities.
Going back to clean mission; main highlight is pollution and the reason is too many vehicles. My husband works for a IT company; his daily commute to office in his own vehicle is around 1.5 hours one way, this happens if he is very lucky. And if his days are bad then 2-2.5 hrs one way. So, at the end of the day he is very stressed and frustrated and less family time for him!
Finally, he thought of the solution as the office cab, which means very early morning hours for all of us. I must have his breakfast and lunch box ready by 6:15-6:30 in the morning. Initially, it was tough but it has become a routine! The window which I get of 30 minutes after hubby leaves to office, I go for a quick walk in the park. The woman in me is content as she gets to breathe the fresh air and smear the early rays of sun!! With the office cab as the solution; now he is back home by 7:00-7:30 evening and has good time with the family! The wife and the mother in me are content and we are doing our bit of contributing one less vehicle on the road and happy hours for us!!