Pregnancy & Motherhood


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While most of India worship Goddess Lakshmi during Diwali, communities from the North East worship her divine contrast, Goddess Kali. If you consider Goddess Lakshmi as the opulent full moon, Goddess Kali is the regenerative new moon. We attended the vibrant Bengali Kali Puja celebration under a new moon for a second […]

Baby’s First Kali Puja


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Santa, known as Father Christmas in my family, is a jolly man who every Christmas Eve travels around the world on a sledge pulled by flying reindeer delivering presents to good children while they sleep. He comes down the chimney leaves behind all sorts of wonderful gifts. It’s coming up to baby’s […]

To Santa, or Not to Santa?



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Not only was it baby’s first Diwali, it was my mum and youngest sister’s too! I was really excited for my English family to experience the Indian festival of light, but I was equally as nervous about how the noise and smoke pollution would affect my little one. We followed precautions and […]

Baby’s First Diwali


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Baby’s First Friend: Episode 1 Hello, it’s me again, Alfonso the pug. I thought we should catch up on how things have been going since last time we spoke. In short, things have started to play to my delicious advantage… A couple of weeks ago, the new baby started eating food. […]

Baby’s First Friend: Episode 2



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I need to start this by saying how proud I am of my little chap. It was a bit daunting, inviting so many people to a party for a baby, everyone expecting to meet the new member of the family, how would he react? Would he be scared? Would we […]

Baby’s Naming Ceremony


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“Will your baby speak Marathi, or just English?”, she said as she looked at me, almost disapprovingly. As if my influence would be shielding my son from speaking the local language. I had to suppress my urge to turn defensive and simply smile and say, “both”. I didn’t even know who this woman was. Why […]

Which Language Will Your Baby Speak?



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Navratri celebrates sacred feminine energy, shakti, over nine divine nights. As it was baby’s first Navratri, I wanted to make it special. On the first night, hundreds of idols of Goddess Durga are welcomed into pandals across the city. A pandal is a temporary tent style temple, built with bamboo and fabric. These nine nights […]

Baby’s First Navratri


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I’ve spent many hours sat soaking up the tranquil vibes on the marble floor of temples. I used to be a bit apprehensive and nervous to enter, fearing that someone would turn around and say, “hey, Lauren, you absolutely do not belong here”. That has never happened, in fact I have experienced the opposite. […]

Babies & Temple Bells



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A couple of days after I became a mother, an elderly lady came up to me and said, “he will teach you as much as you will teach him”. As the months pass by, I can appreciate how true that really is. In our modern, busy world, we are forgetting the importance of listening to our […]

5 Life Lessons from a 5 Month Old


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Baby clothes are so adorable, who knew a tiny pair of socks could evoke so many emotions? My husband looks so handsome when he wears traditional Indian clothes, so I was excited for Rohan’s first kurta. I knew it would look incredible. I felt a kurta was essential for his naming […]

Baby’s First Kurta