#40NotOut |Discuss your health goals with your family|#BlogchatterA2Z

Did you know that Friends, family, sexual and romantic partners can make women feel much more insecure about their bodies than all of the media, doctors/medical practitioners, strangers combined. This post is about overcoming the second biggest barrier to your health transformation - your family. (The first barrier being your own self belief)

#40NotOut |Comparing weight loss to health transformation|#BlogchatterA2Z

People often confuse weight loss and health transformation. While weight loss is a short-term approach that spells the formula for failure. Health transformation is a holistic approach that guarantees physical, emotional and spiritual growth that value adds to the personal and professional of an individual. Read on to know why you keep failing to lose weight.

#40NotOut | How to begin your health transformation & weight loss journey |#BlogchatterA2Z

Well, the first post in #40NotOut was a serious & preachy one: How to activate your health transformation journey? The one you are about to read is intentionally funny and meant to help you identify where you stand in your commitment to fitness.  Read on to know more...

#40NotOut |How to activate your health transformation journey? |#BlogchatterA2Z

Chronic fatigue, terrible back pain and lack of energy was a daily story. Every week, I would decide: 'Agle Monday sey exercise karungi' Little did I realise that my entire thought process was wrong. Focussing on weight-loss was the biggest mistake. I didn't know this until one day a simple statement from my son changed my life.  Read on to know how to activate your health transformation journey?

#40NotOut: My secrets to weight loss and health transformation | #BlogchatterA2Z Theme Reveal

Well, through #BlogchatterA2Z, I will be sharing my secrets to weight loss and my health transformation journey.  I have a very selfish reason for writing these blog posts: I don't want to be the only one to be healthy. Through this series, I aim to inspire others to join me on an amazing journey to good health and fitness. #StayTuned!

Review: Never Kiss Your Best Friend a relatable millennial rom-com totally binge-worthy

ZEE5’s new web-series “Never Kiss Your Best Friend” is a romantic drama like never before. If you are looking for a fun watch after a long tiring day at college or work, then Never Kiss Your Best Friend is the best option for you. Every episode will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. The beautifully told story will make you binge-watch for sure.

7 Reasons why Ritu Kakar’s Love Unexpected is the Best Valentine’s Day Gift

Deep within each of us is a die-hard romantic who is looking for a story with a fairy-tale ending. Many of us have coloured vision due to past negative experiences. It makes us reject anything that is remotely unbelievable.  This is something Ritu Kakar seems to have realised. That is why though Love Unexpected is a romance novel, it has been written with believable characters interacting with each other through a gripping & realistic narrative. Readers will enjoy the simplicity, the chemistry and most importantly the different facets of romance the novel explores. 

Love is one of the most important ingredients in life: Ritu Kakar | Contemporary Romance Author

Anyone who speaks to Ritu Kakar over the phone or interacts with her over messenger or chat will mistake her for a 16-18-year-old youngster who is bubbling with vivacity & passion. The positive attitude of this die-hard romantic belies her age. It probably has a lot to do with the environment at home. You know her as Ritu Kakar, the Contemporary Romance Author. I know her as a doting mother, loving wife, dutiful daughter-in-law, darling daughter, cute sibling and an amazing 3-am-friend.  One chilly winter morning, I visited Ritu Kakar for a steaming hot cup of chai with Parle G biscuits & some gup shup.  Rarely does one come across an individual who speaks with so much honesty, passion and innocence. I have had the honour of editing Love Unexpected for Ritu Kakar & it has been one of the sweetest romance stories I have ever read.

Why does my child need yearly shots of the flu vaccine?

Every parent loves their kids and is willing to do anything to ensure their safety. I am no different and thus I ensure that my children get yearly flu shots so that their fun times continue. #IPromiseToStopFlu

Social Media Etiquette 2020 | Choice is yours: remain toxic or learn to express assertively

Through this post, I want to convey the sheer positivity that life brings. There are and have always been reasons to worry about our future & our well-being. We are the generation that has grown up in one of the worst phases of India & since there was no outlet called social media, we learned to express ourselves in a socially acceptable & responsible manner to a closed group of people. If there was an issue, we tackled it the way it needs to be. We didn't go crazy pasting posters on the walls of people who disagreed with our opinions. Social media gives us the power to write anything on anyone's post & it's our choice whether we want to write/comment on a post. The choice is yours: remain toxic or learn to express assertively.

How to be happy & fit | Health Transformation and 2020 Goals

Eradication has been the cornerstone of my health transformation journey. The first thing I did when I started is to remove all negative people from my life. Especially toxic people who projected their own insecurities on me and were always in a hurry to predict my failure. Some of these were friends and others were even family members. Today, you all see me as a person who lost weight, I see myself as a person who overcame life's biggest hurdle - people.

Is the flu vaccine important for my child?

I live in one of the most crowded cities in India, the bustling city of Mumbai. Sure, it is the city of dreams, but it is dotted with filth everywhere. Even five-star hotels are right near dumpsters. Crowded trains, buses, high traffic on the roads is common. The flu virus could be carried by anyone of the many million citizens of this city, with the potential to affect my child or me. A kid's life is divided into two, exam time and fun time, flu is bad news in either of these.  I, therefore, got the flu vaccine for both my children to ensure that they continue having fun and being naughty through their childhood.  #IPromiseToStopFlu and therefore hope that this post will help other mothers to take a positive step towards their child's safety and health. 

How to deal with toxic parents & family members?

Friends, it's easy to succumb to the excuse, 'my parents were mean to me so I don't really know how to be nice to my kids. They will hate me anyways.' Just as Sanjana made a choice, you too have a choice. You don't have to be the very same parent you hated. You don't need to be mean, rude and resentful towards your own children. I am hoping this post helps you to cope with your negativity & channelize it into a beautiful, positive bond between you and your children. 

The bravest woman…

Her parents, neighbours and friends urged her to walk out of her marriage. However, none of them had the guts to stand up in front of this monster to protect her. She realised that these people won't keep her with them if she decides to leave him. Where would she go? Live alone? Easier said than done - he took care of her comfort and ensured every material need is fulfilled. ...Read on to know what she did next....

Deliciously Healthy, NO SALT Recipes that make dieting a JOYFUL experience! | Part Two

Recently, Mumbai Mirror featured me for my NO SALT diet since then, I have been flooded with questions on how I manage to live without salt. I realised that readers want recipes for a NO SALT diet. I am featuring one NO SALT recipe in this blog post. Do try it at home and share your experience with me. 

Why is Janhavi Samant’s Faaltugiri a must-read for parents and children?

I was unable to attend the book launch of Faaltugiri due to work commitments and when Janhavi asked me to do a Memoirs workshop with her, I first asked her to send me the book before I agree for the workshop. I received a book specially signed for DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter and I must say, when I started reading, I just couldn't stop! Read on to know why this book is a must-read.

Deliciously Healthy, NO SALT Recipes that make dieting a JOYFUL experience! | Part One

Well, it has been a 19-month long health transformation journey. I am down by 23 kgs and have never felt healthier all my life! The focus of my health transformation has been FITNESS and weight loss was a healthy by-product of this journey. When Mumbai Mirror featured me for my NO SALT diet, I was flooded with questions on how I manage to live without salt. I realised that readers want recipes for a NO SALT diet.  Here are Deliciously Healthy, NO SALT recipes that make dieting a JOYFUL experience. I have featured 2 recipes in the first part. Will feature more in the next blog post. 

9 reasons why children should learn to play Chess

Parents often question: Why should children learn chess? What are the benefits of learning chess for children? What does chess teach a child? What is a good age to learn chess? Here are 9 benefits of making your child learn to play chess. We hope that we answer your questions through each of the points enlisted in this blog post.

The King Makes His Move | Dr Parinay Fuke | World Youth Chess Championship 2019

It is a great moment of pride for every Indian! For the 1st time, India will be hosting the prestigious World Youth Chess Championship 2019.  Organised under the aegis of the All-India Chess Federation by the All Marathi Chess Association, a total of over 65 chess playing nations and 700+ players will be competing for 6 World Youth Championship Crowns.  DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter got a rare opportunity for an exclusive interview with the Honourable Minister, Dr. Parinay Fuke who heads the All Marathi Chess Association - the main organising body of the World Youth Chess Championship. In addition to leading AMCA, Dr. Fuke is also Minister of Maharashtra State for PWD, Forest & Tribal Development. Through his extremely busy schedule, he always finds time to promote chess & related activities. Read on to know more...

Who says Jainism cannot be practised in Modern Life | Diksha Shah | Varshitap

On one hand, she is a devoted daughter-in-law, loving wife & doting mother of two wonderful kids. On the other hand, she is a well-read, well-educated, former head of a call centre, committed sportsperson, a modern woman and the life of any party. But there is a 3rd angle to her personality: she is deeply spiritual. On a rainy day in Mumbai, I had a chance to meet Diksha over a cup of coffee. The next one and a half hour, I was introduced to Jainism in a way I have never experienced before. Read on to know more...

Lose weight, not muscle strength: turn to FITNESS, weight loss is a byproduct

When I tell them that I need to lose 10 kgs more of fat and build muscle, their reaction is PAGAL HO GAYI HAI KYA?? Lol... It is not their fault. We are being fed with the wrong information – look around you, how many people actually talk about BUILDING MUSCLE STRENGTH & MUSCLE ENDURANCE? How many people around you talk of getting fitter? Is there a single advertisement that markets fitness? Nearly every advertisement talks about weightloss - the harmful effects are never highlighted. No one tells you that merely weight loss is not equal to gaining fitness or strength.  People need to realize that weight loss is a by-product of your fitness journey. 

Some mothers have a DARK side…find out if YOU have one…

#LetsFaceIt: Not all mothers are loving and kind. Some are TOXIC...very TOXIC. Some spew negativity unknowingly and a large percentage uses an array of emotions to manipulate and control their children. The relationship with the mother defines what the child becomes in life. A child's self-image and view of the world largely depend on this relationship. If it is toxic then it can put serious roadblocks in life.Do you have a dark side? CLICK to find out...

The girl who had no dreams | Vibhuti Duggar | Untold Story of Success

Imagine a girl wearing salwar kameez, meek, no confidence, no opinion about anything in life. She would very quietly agree to norms of the society like - not talking to boys, not wearing western clothes, not aspiring for a career, not going out after 6.00 pm. This was who she was until the age of 21.  She could see her life forward very clearly wearing a sari, married to a businessman, cooking, cleaning, producing kids and managing life with a lot of compromises. That was the old Vibhuti for you. Read on to find out how this lady continues to transform lives through her training sessions and soul stirring poetry.

Romantic Poem: That Passionate Kiss…

A kiss is born when two souls bathe themselves in pure love and crazy passion. Does it ever die? Read on to find out...

9 things no one tells you about Senior Citizen Care

What noone tells you about Senior Citizen care: You are walking on a tightrope with a huge burden of responsibilities and just for fun, God has put grease on the tightrope!! You are expected to manage and smile through it all. After all, no one wants to show that their lives are in trouble or in chaos because they need to take care of their parents/in-laws.

How to make your home senior citizen friendly?

Just as you prepare the home for a new baby, the same way you need to prepare the home for Senior Citizen care.  Did you know that the Fear of Falling (FF) is a serious problem in the elderly. How do you ensure that your home minimises the risk of falls?

Why do good people suffer? #AskRoshani

Dear Roshani, Is Karma real? If yes then, why do good people suffer and we see bad people happily doing things which are wrong? - NK

“I have been watching you….” | Women’s Day Poem

"I have been watching you...." Yes...I have... I observed how you make a million sacrifices that go unnoticed... I have noticed how you ensure your family gets more than the care they deserve...

What can help me create better positive thinking? #AskRoshani

#AskRoshani: I try hard to be positive, but my mind constantly thinks of negative things and I witness the negative outcomes manifesting in life. I am worrying most of the time without a reason. Why does this happen? And what can help me create better positive thinking? 

How to boost your child’s Immunity & Creativity | PediaSure #UnboxGrowth

This post deals with a topic really close to my heart: how to ensure your child’s mental and physical growth is being taken care of? DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter discovered the unique DIY activity box by PediaSure. Nutrition along with nourishment for the right brain.

90% of fires can be prevented by intelligent facility management | Saurabh Agarwal | UNIFY

A fire, accidental or otherwise, is likely to cause 12 times more deaths than injuries as per 2018 National Crime Records Data. In 2018, the Mumbai Fire Brigade recorded 3987 fire calls from March to December 2018. Illegal constructions, fire non-compliant extensions, encroachments & material blocking exits, fire hazardous goods all contribute to the risk of fire says Mumbai Fire Brigade. 90% of fires can be prevented by intelligent facility management says Saurabh Agarwal, Director, UNIFY Facility Management.

How to let go of jealousy? #AskRoshani

Whenever someone around me receives praise or achieves success, I feel an intense and overwhelming feeling of jealousy towards that person. The feeling intensifies when I see so many people leading a happy life on social media. I feel inadequate, like a loser. Please help me to get rid of these feelings of jealousy. 

Saroj’s Kitchen: #2 Secret to perfectly boiled potatoes | Cooking Tips

One of the common problems that one faces in the kitchen is, boiling potatoes to perfection. Many of our readers share that they either overcook or undercook the potatoes and some even said that the potato tears at the skin. Here are Saroj Mom's expert tips to boil potatoes perfectly:

Saroj’s Kitchen: #1 Stuffed Chilly Pakodas| Yummy and easy Indian snack in 6 steps

To beat the cold wave, we decided to begin this series with everyone's favourite dish. You can serve this dish as a starter or a snack. It's easy to assemble and make. Do try it and let us know how it turned out. For a North Indian, Pakodas are like Manna from heaven! Chai and crisp Pakodas are a favourite tea-time snack. During a sudden visit by guests, mom can put together a plate of piping hot pakodas in no time. Most of the ingredients are easily available at any Indian home. If you are reading this post from a location out of India, then you can procure these ingredients from any Indian superstore in your neighborhood.

Help! I am in a toxic relationship and it’s ruining my life!!: #ASKROSHANI

I am in a toxic relationship since many years. I know it’s killing me yet I don’t want to leave. I know many friends who are in a similar situation. Please guide me.

Falling sick often? Your office could be the cause | 7 Workplace Infection Risks

Your working environment is full of germs. Except if you work in a disinfected workspace, like an operation theatre or lab, you are exposed to millions of  bacteria and germs each time you are at work. There is a high risk of being exposed to germs around the workstation from keyboards, phones, desks to the mouse. Microbes can be transferred through toilet faucets, microwave, fridge door handles, water fountain buttons, vending machine buttons among others. Read on...

Affirmations for Assured SUCCESS in 2019 | Kareena Punjabi

We all agree that 2019 is going to be a defining year for each one of us. Or at least we believe it will be. Most of us have prepared a long list of New Year Resolutions and are determined to get them ticked off one by one. This post will enable you to reach your goals faster.

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