I am the Shell Keeper

    Somedays, I am the shell keeper, the lone guardian of their sea. Somedays at the shore, I trove memories. Somedays, a soothsayer, trudging raised barriers, taking a leap of faith. Somedays, I am a naysayer, fearful of a future, unseen. But. On all days, undoubtedly, I am a woman; the creator, a mother; the... Continue Reading →

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Watch an evening go by Kovalam Beach!

On #WorldTourism day, sharing how an evening spent at the lighthouse and the Kovalam Beach in Trivandrum (Tiruvanthpuram) can leave an indelible mark on your heart.  Lighthouses are love. Showing us a life less ordinary. A life above the mundane. The one above the rising tide,  the beaten stones,  the one away from turmoils. Lighthouses... Continue Reading →

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The Photographers’ Poem

50 mm lens, a compact nifty fifty, aperture shifting, @ f/1.2,f/2.4,f/4, Zoom in, out slant of the eyebrows, The face, myopic, microscopic now. (-0.50 lens, are appearances everything)?   The scuffle between agility and survival, Amma's saree pleats on her forehead, mish and mashed, like parallel plateau, in an ebb & flow, embedded in her... Continue Reading →

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Happy Mahalaya – Sharing Viakat.blog’s post

The alarm clock’s shrilly tune couldn’t wake me up at 5.30 am today. I’d fixed the time after negotiations with myself that 4.30 or 5 am wouldn’t be feasible options given the fact that I traded off sleeping at a decent time last night for an engrossing read (thanks Liane Moriarty for writing Big Little […]... Continue Reading →

Positive parenting skills for modern age parents

Summing up the positive parenting skills in a parenting skills checklist : 1. Effective communication between parents and with children. 2. Make ground rules for children and yourself. Adhere to them. 3. Set routines for children to form new habits. 4. Be involved and evolve together. 5. Teach them empathy, compassion and self-respect. 6. Participate in parenting skills workshops at school and in the community. 7. Get involved in parenting skills activities with other parents and teachers. 8. Give them a stable and non-conflicted environment at home to have good self-esteem. 9. Be unconventional sometimes and teach children to live outside their comfort zones. 10. Remember, moderation is the key to effective parenting skills.

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