A Treasure Trove of Childhood Memories

#SiblingStories is a blogging train hosted by Ila Varma in collaboration with the Brand #angtatva. 37 esteemed bloggers from the blogging fraternity have joined hands to participate in the Blog train for #SiblingTalk to revive the sweet and tickling hours spent with loving siblings and relive the golden memories of the past. I am Kalpana Manivannan, a former Biology…

8 Easy strategies that I use to get my kids to eat healthy

I understand that eating healthy and nutritious is not something you can just preach and get results instantly. It’s a journey you take along with your family towards building healthy eating habits. It needs conscious, sensible and sound decision making from the parents to inculcate a life-long good eating habit in their kids. My husband…

Welcome To My Farm

Finally! We are ready to have people over at our farm. Never in our wildest imagination did we visualise this day to arrive so soon. And yet, here we are! Ready to embrace something we have never done before. The date was decided on a whim as we have been contemplating this for quite some…

Are we chasing a cheap dream?

Have you ever wondered why home-grown/ homemade/ handmade/ handcrafted… is always expensive, and difficult to source? And all the while, their cheaper counterparts are readily available in abundance, at every nook and cranny of the city. It’s the marketing of such dubious products that prey on our time-constraint and need for convenience. They know that…

I don’t want diamonds for my anniversary…

  Twenty years… Seems like a long time, doesn’t it? Yeah, that’s how long we have been married and yet it feels like… (no, I won’t say yesterday) …probably our  6th or 7th anniversary. But you know what? We could have gotten away with that thought if not for our kids; kids who are 16…

A New Horizon – #FFfAW

The sea looked calm and serene unlike the turmoil Rishabh felt inside him. Sitting at the bar downing many a drinks, he looked over the horizon. Was his mind playing a trick on him or was it really Pia walking towards him? ………..…. He had met Pia in this very bar 6 years ago. He…

Homemade Burger buns

I have been looking for a great recipe for homemade burger buns for quite sometime now. The guilt of having to take my kids to the fast food joints for burgers never felt good. After a lot of trial and misses, this one hit the spot. I am sharing with you a recipe that I…

August Reflections – #GratitudeCircle

Well, this is the first time I am writing a gratitude list. August took me on a roller-coaster ride; lots of reasons to be grateful for and some very challenging instances that eventually made me stronger; but in all, it was a very important month that saw soaring highs and plunging lows in equal measure….

The Mighty Banyan – #ThursdayTreeLove

This mighty Banyan tree lives and grows in a small village on the outskirts of Chennai where my farm is. Every time I pass this sight, I have an overwhelming feeling that we are so minuscule compared to this gigantic tree; makes me wonder how many generations this tree must have seen so far and…

Mothering…A fiercely universal emotion- #Wordlesswednesday

This is such a powerful emotion and a unique bond shared by a mother and child, irrespective of which species it belongs to. I got just a couple of seconds to click this picture on our way up the hair-pin loops of Ooty hills. I didn’t want to disturb them or threaten them by my…