Do you have a pebble in your shoe?

FeaturedDo you have a pebble in your shoe?

It was about a month ago. I’d pulled on my ankle-length socks, slipped into my comfortable walking shoes and set out for an energetic workout around the block.

Halfway through my first turn, I felt a nagging annoyance under my heel. At first, I ignored it, assuming it was the balled-up portion of the sock and continued walking. A sharp pain hit me as I walked ten steps further and that’s when I realised that there was a pebble in my shoe. Continue reading “Do you have a pebble in your shoe?”

We are not objects, Mr. Trump

FeaturedWe are not objects, Mr. Trump

I can’t sleep. It’s late and my sheets beckon but I can’t go to bed until I write this down.

Sometime in the late 80’s, when I was about 10 or 11, I walked down the street from my place to visit my grandma who lived a block away. White printed top with blue flowers dotting it all over; that’s what I was wearing- yes, I remember the exact colour. Continue reading “We are not objects, Mr. Trump”

A Friendship that Blossomed Online

FeaturedA Friendship that Blossomed Online

Five years ago, I came across a person on a parenting website and then stumbled upon her blog. It was a very chance meeting and to this day, I wonder at the forces in the universe that must have been working overtime to make it happen.

In the short time that we’ve known each other, I feel like we’ve known each other forever! You know those memes about couples completing each other’s sentences? We do that!


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Mindfulness as a Practice

FeaturedMindfulness as a Practice

It’s been a very interesting September, on many fronts. But it’s also been a beautiful exercise in mindfulness.

Being mindful comes with its own set of challenges. Yes, you read that right. I was getting a tad overwhelmed with the number of things on my plate this last month. In case you didn’t know already, I work a full-time job from home, manage a home alone during the week, cook, clean, run two personal blogs, squeeze in exercise and attempt to bring up a 10-year-old with a strong and wilful personality.

Of course, I’m not the first person to do it and won’t be the last either. So why get overwhelmed at all? That comes from trying to be perfect in every task with no exceptions. Continue reading “Mindfulness as a Practice”

4 Simple Ways to Stop Multi-Tasking

Featured4 Simple Ways to Stop Multi-Tasking

At this very moment, while you are reading this, how many tabs do you have open on your laptop/mobile device? Three or five minimum, I’m guessing.

You’ve clicked on this link from an e-mail alert or a social media update, which means that the other window is still open in the background. Am I right?

How about devices? How many are next to you, at this very moment? Two? Maybe more? Continue reading “4 Simple Ways to Stop Multi-Tasking”

The Mirror doesn’t Lie

FeaturedThe Mirror doesn’t Lie

July 15th, 2016

I stand before the reflective surface, studying my form as it looks back at me, in all its nakedness. I cringe at the folds of flesh that spill out of everywhere- from my belly to my rounded thighs; my hips are so wide they could fit a steamboat between them.

My face! It can give a helium balloon a run for its money. Just look at those puffed-up cheeks and the double chin. Argh! Cutting out sugar didn’t help one bit. That face is set in stone, carved from cellulite that won’t melt, even if I were to take a liposuction tool to it. Continue reading “The Mirror doesn’t Lie”

Desolation- A Microstory

FeaturedDesolation- A Microstory

The war was over.

Silence covered the battleground
Punctured only by staccato whispers
Bouncing off the bullet-ridden walls.

Women transformed
Into widows
as they prodded dead boots
and wiped bloodied foreheads.

The Angel of Death muttered,
‘I didn’t sign up for this.’

God whispered, ‘Me neither.’


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How Walking Changed My Life

FeaturedHow Walking Changed My Life

A month a half ago, I had an epiphany about my weight. Don’t worry, I won’t go into detail here, but suffice to say that it made me sit upright and think about how I was handling my health.

A visit  to the doctor in May, 2016 had set off some alarm bells in my head and the need to take better care of myself surged to the front. Continue reading “How Walking Changed My Life”

Jumping over hurdles: How to do it

FeaturedJumping over hurdles: How to do it

I don’t run.

People know this about me only too well. Marathons frighten me, jogging makes me reach for the guardrail within 20 seconds and even brisk walking beyond 30 minutes makes  my heart  believe it will stop pumping blood on any given day. So, obviously, jumping over hurdles doesn’t figure anywhere on this list.

Dramatics aside, I mean to say I’ve never jumped over an actual, physical hurdle.

Jumping over hurdles, Life lessons, The Moving Quill

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Why we must embrace change

Almost two weeks since I wrote a post here and I realised that with a start this morning.  How did I let that happen? I love blogging!

But yes, I’ve been busy. No, I don’t mean that in the generic, off-hand way we usually say it. I really have been busy- attending conferences, work deadlines, the kid’s major academic tests and a few domestic concerns plus a short, pleasant getaway last weekend. So, I suppose it’s acceptable to take a break once in a while.

change, embrace change, Shailaja

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9 ways to improve reader engagement on your blog

Do you speak to your readers? Do you listen to what they want? Do you believe that reader engagement matters for you as a blogger?

Blogging is something I love with a passion. It’s one thing I consciously make time for, or at least try to, every week. With three blogs to manage, things can get a little out of hand at times so I try to keep my expectations realistic and my goals simple.

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