Friday, December 29, 2017

Fine tuning of a Mother - ECCE course

                 As mentioned in my previous post, I came to know about the course Early childhood care  and education (ECCE). I would like to give a overview of the course and my experiences. The journey has made me experience many flavors of life.

DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL(DPS) premises..... Evening 4 PM...

       DPS In collaboration with Durgabai Deshmukh Mahila Sabha - College of Teacher Education is offering a 55 days crash course of ECCE.  A curtain raiser about the course ECCE was organised by Director of DPS Ms.Sudha & Preprimary Headmistress Ms.Ashwini, which has given us a clear idea what the course is about and also an assurance that how we are going to complete it. Its an orientation session after which we can decide if we can join the course or not. Without a second thought I have paid the fee on the spot and registered myself for the course.

        As a mother we know every aspect about our children. But is that really true? Do you know what your child wants during their childhood age of 0 to 5 years? The course is all about this.... Fulfilling the needs of the child. The course not only transforms a mother to teacher but it helps in fine tuning of a mother.

July 18th 2017 - I entered the DDMS college with mixed feelings.... A happiness that I have found a ladder to restart my career... An anxiousness of how I will be able to complete the course with two children at home. 15 members enrolled to the course.All the students are mothers. Few of them were planning to restart their career and few of them just to enhance their skills.  We had an orientation by the most experienced staff at of DDMS college. Every one assured us that we will enjoy the course but one sentence told by course coordinator Prof.Jalaja has got sowed in my mind.... " You all are like buds of a plant in a beautiful garden, just allow yourself to blossom and flourish the fragrance hidden in you." What a beautiful words??? 

          The theory classes were commenced at DDMS. Classes timings were 10 AM to 1 PM. The course has 29 theory classes which were completed at DDMS. The course has 3 theory papers & 5 practical papers. 80% attendance is required. Its like I am back to college life. I have got new friends, chit chatting, sitting like a student on a bench and enjoying the class. 

Its the flavor of college life...

        I thoroughly enjoyed the theory classes because I started viewing the childhood through the eyes of a kid. I have learnt what minor mistakes I have made in upbringing my kids. Daily I used to experiment the tips given by facilitators on my kids and it used to work like a magic. I could see a lot of change in my behavior towards my kids which in turn brought good changes in their behavior.

Its the flavor of transformation.....

             During the completion of theory part we need to prepare teaching learning material (Teaching aids) for which marks will be awarded. I enjoyed it to core because I love crafting. We need to prepare puppets, puzzles, dominoes, sensory kit, touch cards... whoa...... I used to prepare a sample one and give to my kid to see to what level they liked it. I explored many ideas, registered in many blogs and then I came to know how good it is to engage a pre-primary kid. It needs to be as simple as it can be which is toughest job for a teacher. 

Its the flavor of exploration.....

               After theory comes the best part of the course... Apprenticeship,Teaching Practice, external visits and art education i.e., 20 days of practicum and 6 days of project work... a total of 26 days. That means 29 days theory + 26 days is 55 days total. 

              During Apprenticeship we attended Delhi Public School Pre Primary classes and we observed the teacher how they are handling the classes. I was extremely happy to be with kids. The silly questions they ask, their funny talks, their surprise expressions when you are telling a story and overall their love and hugs asking me not to leave their class... A wonderful feeling.

Its the flavor of love and affection.

           Teaching learning Practice we have to take the classes under the supervision of the class teacher. External visits gave us opportunity to visit other schools, anganwadis, English Foreign language university and many more. 

                Art record involved lots of painting techniques. How careful I might be... 3 times my daughter spilled water on my paintings. I wanted paintings to be simple because I was only thinking as a 4 year old and a kid should be able to make the replica of it. Whenever I sit for art record my daughters were ready with their charts. I used to spend my time in helping them. So finally, I used to sit after 10 PM to have uninterrupted work.

               The journey was not easy but very interesting. Everything we see has to be noted and then submitted in the form of Record. Everything has a dead line. In between popping up small home assignments. I also had other side of coin... Family, my kids half yearly exams, their ill health, my sickness, unexpected rains.... Had to make lot of adjustments, compromises etc etc. Everything seemed to be simple but when I attempt to do it I used to understand how difficult it is. 

                  During the month of October, I gave my exams. After 10 years, I again entered examination hall with a hall ticket, sat for 2 hours and wrote my exams. I finally cleared my exams and passed in distinction.

Its the flavor of success.

                 When I decided to join the course there were many around me saying 'its not easy', 'can't you sit at home?', 'Teacher job is the toughest job','Handling kindergarten kids is not easy'....... Why do we want only easy things? No job is easy. Every task we take up and if you want perfectionism in anything you do you have to come out of your comfort zone. The satisfaction you get in completing a difficult task is inexplicable. 

Its the flavor of difficulty.

                     Yes, I faced many ups and downs while pursuing the course. I had many sweet and sour moments through out the duration of the course. But my family, my kids, my friends, my teachers, co-teachers in DPS motivated and encouraged me a lot to complete the course. There had been a lot of disturbances because of unexpected changes in schedules. We used to feel annoyed. But later I understood that DPS is a huge educational institution and we are just a small branch of it. The management has lot more tasks to handle apart from this course. But all the time they helped us in every manner to make us feel comfortable. 

              I am very thankful to DPS for providing an opportunity to retrospect myself and bring out the talents that were sheltered. Its because of their helping hand that I came out of the box and completed the course. I am also thankful to DDMS facilitators who helped us in every possible way and who gave our good golden college days back in my life. Its because of this course I met some wonderful people who are my best friends now. Last, but not the least... I thank my family especially my husband and my sister who motivated me to reach my goal successfully.

               I am now waiting for an interview call from DPS........ Wish me success my dear friends. Any inquiry regarding the course, please feel free to approach me.



Thursday, December 28, 2017


Scene #1: 
'Do you work?'..... 
"Am a home maker."...... 
"Oh!! I can understand how difficult it might be for you to stay at home."......

Scene #2:
Tring tring (my mobile rings)..... "Hello" 
"Hi! Its me XXXXX... How are you?"
"Hey.... Am good. Can you give me 10 minutes? I will call you back. I am slightly busy."
"Hey its okay.... Give me a missed call. I will call you back. I am working no? It will be easy for me to pay my mobile bill."

        I being a home maker and a mother of 6 year old twin daughters often suffer from facing this kind of pity expressions. I wanted to reply "home makers are not any disgraced creatures on earth." Priorities changes after you have kids in your life. 

         I wanted to restart my career but not in a dilemma that whether my kids are happy and comfortable in my absence or not. So, I started exploring the various opportunities around me. I explored various available opportunities around me. But every path led to one same destination... "Investment"

Holding a B.Tech degree in CIVIL engineering from one of the most prestigious institutions 'Koneru Laxmaiah College of Engineering' (now K L University) which has opened the doors for my entry into TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES.... A rasping career with 6.2 years of working experience in TCS..... Has given a confidence that I will surely restart my career with better options. But, I have never imagined that I would choose a path of teaching career.

Behind the scenes...

year 1 / 2014: Almost a year after my resignation(to my corporate job) I started to feel lonely even though I am totally occupied with my kids. I had self-pity on myself that my talents are being unrecognized. I was spending my time completely in exploring the things with which I can make my kids more smart/healthy/active. 

I have a loving husband who is always busy with his profession. I have the freedom of going anywhere and doing whatever I like. But, an egoistic feeling was lying within myself that I used to die to ask him 'I want money' and in turn receiving a question 'How much?' That question irritated me to such an extent that I never replied. 

Finally, I have set up a tiny online business of clothing. Fortunately, my sister is a partner in my business and we started it with our pocket money. 

Still.... That question 'Do you work?' and a pity expression on their face for my reply used to annoy me. And so, the feeling of nonrecognition continued...

Year passed.....

Year 2/2015: Within a year we have built a good customer base, doubled the profits and our Facebook page has attained a reputation. Was receiving petty earnings which we used for only developing our business. 

People were more interested in my clothing and customers were doubled. I worked only for specific hours during a day because I have another responsibility of engaging my children.

My dissatisfied levels about nonrecognition were a little bit reduced as I was earning through my clothing business. 

The conversation regarding money with my husband still continued. 

Year passed......

Year 3/2016: I don't want to stick myself to my business alone because my areas of interest were completely different. I had a dream of being in any management role which utilizes my previous work experience. But having a full time with 5-year-old kids at home made me search for work from home jobs.

So, after exploring I decided to take up freelance jobs. I registered myself in many sites but none seemed professional. Then finally I came across 'UPWORK' where my thirst for technical solutions were satisfied. Apart from my clothing business I used to earn as a freelancer by taking up hourly jobs.

Many friends around me admired me for working from home and used to ask me "how you did this?"

Somewhere in my mind that I am not giving my 100% of skills to do the work is still haunting me. 

Another year passed....

Year 4/2017: Kids entered into Grade 1 and they are now having full day school. I have been engaging myself for the whole day in some or other work so that I can kill the time.
Business was productive. Upwork was giving me petty earnings. One day......

I went to attend Parent - Teacher's meeting in my kid's school and the teacher told me about a course which made me to think about my abilities. The course is 'Early Childhood Care Education' (ECCE).

My retrospection has made me realized that all these 6 years I have been

  • Learning and singing many rhymes to kids
  • Making my kids engage themselves in various play activities
  • Encouraging them to play various games
  • Exploring fun and creative activities
  • Knowing age old famous stories
Above all, my kids building a confidence upon me that I am their best playmate. This has laid the strong foundation to pursue the course and dream about a teaching career.

With the encouragement of my husband and my sister, I decided to join the classes and complete "ECCE" course.

There comes a point in every woman's life where they need to take a break from their career life to support their family. But there also comes a point in that woman's life where she needs to choose a career that balances both family and profession. The retrospection that I have made has given me the confidence to choose 'ECCE' course. I enjoyed this course to the core and I found it very helpful in understanding my own children.

Its the flavor of satisfaction.

A complete overview about the course and my experiences in next post.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Tomato Curd Curry/ gutti tomato kura

In this festive season let me share with you a variety of curry with Tomato and Curd.


Tomatoes - 1/4 kg
Curd - 1 cup
Khus Khus - 2 tbsp.
Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
Besan Powder - 1 1/2 tbsp.
Green chillies - 2 to 3
Garlic Pods - 4 to 5
Red chilli powder
Garam Masala Powder

For Tadka:
Turmeric Pwd - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Split Black Gram (husked)/Minapappu - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp

1)Mix besan powder in water and make a thick paste. Mix this paste in curd and put it aside for 10 mins.
2)Put the tomatoes as it is(without chopping) in hot water and after few mins peel off the skin.
3)Make 4 slits on each blanched tomato.
4)Soak Khus khus for half an hour. Make it a paste along with grated coconut.
5) Now, add khus khus - coconut paste to curd and mix it well.
6)Take a pan and heat some oil for tadka.Add Dal and mustard seeds. When dal turns brown and mustard seeds splits, add jeera, turmeric,asafoetida, chopped garlic pods, green chillies.
7)Now add the curd paste and mix it. Leave it for a minute.
8)Add salt, red chilli powder, garam masala powder.
9)Put the lid and leave it for 2 mins.
10)Add the tomaotoes now. MIx it and put the lid.
11) After 5 mins add the chopped coriander and switch off the flame.

Serve hot with rice or roti.

This dish required very less oil and tomatoes looks as if they are stuffed with curd when served. If you wish to have the ginger flavor you can add ginger garlic paste instead of garlic pods.

Variation: You can avoid khus khus & coconut paste. Instead, grind 2 or 3 tomatoes and add that paste to curd.

Eat healthy food & stay healthy


Friday, October 18, 2013

Flavour of traditional dish

Dasara & Diwali Greetings to all my near and dear ones!!

In Andhra Pradesh 'Pulihora' is the most common dish that is prepared during a festival. Today I am going to post the recipe of 'pulihora'. There are many variations. Like:

Chinthapandu/Tamarind Pulihora
Nimmakaya/Lemon Pulihora
Mamidikaya/Raw Mango Pulihora
Tomato Pulihora

Generally pulihora refers to Tamarind pulihora. So lets know how to make this traditional dish.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins.

Rice - 1 Big Cup
Tamarind Pulp - 5 tbsp.
Ginger -  finely chopped 1 tbsp.
Green chillies - 5 to 6
Curry Leaves - 10 to 12
Turmeric Pwd - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Split Black Gram (husked)/Minapappu - 1 1/2 tsp
Bengal Gram/Pachchi senaga pappu (soaked) - 2 tbsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Jaggery - very small piece
Mustard seeds powder - 3/4 tsp

1) Wash rice and pressure cook it.
2) Take oil in a pan for tadka. When oil is heated up, put split black gram dal, mustard seeds. When mustard seeds starts splitting, add asafoetida, ginger pieces and curry leaves.
3)Now add thick tamarind pulp and also add split green chillies. Stir it for few seconds. Now add turmeric powder, jaggery.
4) Keep stirring the contents often till the lump of jaggery disappears. Add soaked Bengal gram. Now add salt and mix it. Switch off the flame and let it cool for a minute.
5)Spread the cooked rice in a wide vessel and add the above tadka.
6)Mix it till the content gets mixed up uniformly.
7)Add the mustard powder now when the rice is not steaming hot and mix it.
8)Serve it hot.

Note: Never add mustard powder when rice is very hot. This gives bitter taste.

Enjoy the flavor of pulihora.


Monday, September 30, 2013

Flavor of healthy life

If wealth is lost something is lost. But if health is lost everything is lost. How true is this saying!! Imagine a life which is no more healthier. Does it have any flavor??

Time and again all the magazines, tv channels , radio channels, websites/blogs  are echoing the tips to keep ourselves healthy. Let us recollect some of the tips which would be helpful to us.

1)      Follow proper diet – Diet doesn’t reflect restricting yourself from eating all types of food. We have to balance our foods with more of healthy foods like vegetables, sprouts, fruits, oats, cornflakes, eggs, milk etc.

2)      Avoid junk food – Like I said, we should have junk food less often. Anything in excess is poisonous. Junk food like fast food items, deep fries would increase percentage of fat in your body. This might lead to obesity. Obesity is one of the primary causes which would increase the probability of heart diseases, diabetes.

3)      Eat fresh fruits and vegetables - Per day you are supposed to eat atleast 400gm of fruits and vegetables. Let you and your family practise the good habit of munching fresh fruits instead of junk items.

4)      Workout daily – If you are having proper BMI then it would be better to do workout for at least half an hour in a day. This includes things like walking, yoga, gym.

5)      Avoid smoking & drinking.

September 29th is considered as ‘World Heart Day’. We have an ‘ABC’ principle to have a healthy heart. A for Avoid (junk food). B for Better food. C for Control (your diet) .

                Apart from following these healthy tips we also should have regular health checkups. We should not ignore any kind of ill health let it be small or big. More important is let us share our illness with our near and dear ones. Might be they have a suggestion for us which can help us in curing the illness.

                Gastirc problem is also one of the most common illness that we hear now a days. I personally had some experience in facing this illness because of ignoring it. I could have got rid of it when it was beginning. It has become a  very severe gastric problem now. I follow timely and healthy diet that will keep me away from gastric problem.

                Our health is our responsibility. As an educated person we have take care of ourselves and our family members as well. Abide to the medication that your doctor suggests. Apart from all these it is needed to ‘Stay happy and cheerful’. This will keep you healthy. Please take very good care of yourselves to feel the flavor of ‘Healthiness is wealthiness.’

Stay fit!!


Friday, September 27, 2013

Hello dear readers,

Finally I found time to restart my blogging. Am planning to be an active blogger. Will be posting regularly from now. Please keep reading my posts and post your valuable comments.

Thank You,

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Thiruvannamalai is a place in Tamil Nadu. A place that replicates the divinity of Lord Siva AKA Arunachaleswar. This is the place where Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi lived in 'Sri Ramanasramam'. Such a wonderful place where you will find endless glory. Heart floats in peace and mind will be free of all tensions. The highlight of the town which makes all the tourists from all over the world to visit this place is the 'Mountain' named as 'ARUNACHALA'.I have been to this place a year ago. My knowledge about 'Ramanashramam' and the story of Sri Ramana Maharshi (Seen in a documentary) made me visit this place again and again.

About the Temple:

I have no words to describe this temple. The biggest temple I have ever seen in my life. When you enter the temple for the darshan of Lord Siva you can experience the divinity hidden in this place. Such a great architecture and sculpture. Temple has 4 big gopurams on each side of the temple. After each big one you will again find 4 small gopurams. In the midst of these gopurams is the beautiful 'Arunachaleswar' temple. When you go during Karthika Masam, the temple looks amazing during the evening with all the diyas lightened by the devotees.

About Sri Ramana Maharshi:
Let me start with Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. Bhagavan was born in 1879 and he was named as 'Venkataraman'. At the age of 16, one day when he was alone in home, suddenly a strange scary feeling entered his mind. He started shivering and feeling like as if he is going to die. In this panic state, suddenly a question strike his mind.... what is going to happen after death and who is dying? He realised that its only this body that is going to expire and not the soul. He went through this realisation and he understood that its only the SOUL that is going to last forever. After having attained the liberation he left home for Arunachala, a mountain considered sacred by hindus at Thiruvannamalai.

Although born as a Brahmin, after having attained the enlightenment he declared himself in a 'Shastric' state which is unattached to anything in life and which is beyond all caste restrictions. He stared leading 'Ashram' life. The ashram that grew around him was named as 'Sri Ramanashramam' and it is located at the foot of the sacred hill 'Arunachala'.

About the sacred mountain 'The Arunachala':
There is a story about this hill. Once Vishnu & Brahma had a discussion who among them is superior. Their quarrel brought chaos on earth and so all the others approached Lord Siva and besought him to settle the dispute. So, Lord Siva emerged as a column of light/linga from which a voice came out saying 'Who ever can find its upper or lower end is superior.' Thus Vishnu took the form of a boar and started dwelling down in to the earth to find the base, while Brahma took the form of swan and soared upwards to the seek the pinnacle. Both travelled for a long distance but still they were not able to find the base or the peak points. Vishnu returned back and accepted his failure saying 'You are Self-knowledge. You are OM. You are the beginning. You are the middle and you are the end. You are everything and you illuminate everything.' Brahma during his travel saw a flower falling down. Planning to win by deception, Brahma returned with the flower saying he has plucked the flower from the peak point. Finally Brahma was exposed and confessed his fault.

The story continues and Lord Shiva took the form of Arunachala hill as the lingam/column of light was too dazzling to behold. Thus Lord Shiva declared "This is the only place where I have taken this form for the benefit of those who wish to worship me and obtain enlightment. Arunachala is OM itself."

The hill is even now considered as Lord Shiva. People who come to this place will have a walk around the hill which is termed as pradakshina. This Giri Pradakshina means, we have done pradakshina for Lord Shiva who is in the form of a hill.The circumference around the hill is of 14km. Its just a normal tar road and so walk will not be so tiring.

I have been to this place last year. We started giri pradakshinam at 4AM and was able to complete in 3 hours. Such a wonderful experience we had. We did not feel tired even after walking 14 kms. Not only we, but each and every one who takes a walk around the hill tells the same. As we started at 4AM, we experienced the flavour of fresh air in the morning. Walk through the villages around the hill, green fields all around and the most sacred hill in front of the eyes.... I have no words to explain this experience. The giri pradakshinam will release you from all kind of sins, fulfill your desires and gives freedom from future births.
There are 9 Siva lingas located around the hill and each has a specific name.

About the 'Ramana Ashramam':
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi reached this place at the age of 16. He started living in a cave which is in the mountain. He used to always sit and meditate.Even though he never encouraged any people to come to him, slowly people got attracted to this great sage. After some years his mother came and joined him. She used to cook for all the followers. They used to eat the food given by the village people. All of them has made their shelter at the foot of the hill which got named as 'Sri Ramana Ashramam'.

The ashram is such a beautiful place. It has so many peacocks(count will be in hundreds) roaming here and there. Ashram has a meditation hall. When you sit here and meditate in deep you can feel the power of that great place. The ashram also has Lord Siva's temple. At the back side of the ashram they have kitchen and every day they serve food for hundreds of people. The Lunch served by them is considered as prasadam. I had the Lunch here. Even though the meal consists of very limited varieties and small amount is severed, it makes you feel 'Am filled!' All the people who come to the ashram regardless of caste, creed and age will queue up here to have the prasadam. No royal treatments.

Ashram has excellent rooms which were built years back, replicating the designing that belong to old ages. You can book a room by sending mail to the president of ashram. Getting a room in the ashram is winning like a lottery for me, because staying in the ashram will make your mind float in peace.

Above all reading the books of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi will bring a kind of maturity in the mind. Irony is that, very less number of Indians know about this wonderful place and large number of tourists from all over the world come here. I have seen and spoke to some people who came from different parts of the world. The depth of enlightenment they had and their enthusiastic nature to follow Bhagavan's principles.... really appreciable. Many tourists who visited this place, has understood the purpose of having this life and so they settled at this wonderful place to lead their rest of life in peace and to have freedom from future births.

Let it be any one, say... Shirdi Sai Baba or Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi.... All these great people they have never propagated the word they are God. They always told that they are servants of God and they are here to help the common man to get released from this materialistic desires and make them move in the right path. They are "Sadguru". No one can have liberation or enlightenment alone. For a common man to reach that state they need the guidance of SADGURU.

Lets learn about the purpose of this life and let us move in a right path by knowing about these great sages. Sadguru says... Initially every one approaches God to fulfill their materialistic desires. But in later on stages they will slowly attain a state where we can feel the flavour of the enlightenment.