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Nabanita Dhar
Writer, Blogger & Social Influencer @ http://www.nabanitadhar.in/
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#Travel #Goa #GoaVillas #Holidays
Goa
What comes to mind when you hear the word?
Sun, Sand, and Surf. Am I right?
It was only last year that I set foot there for the very first time in my life. And tell you what, it has become my favourite travel destination in India ever since. In fact, I revisited Goa as a 20-weeks pregnant woman last year, just a few months after my first visit there. And this year, I'm planning to celebrate our daughter's first birthday there as well. In fact, my tickets and bookings are already done. So, you see, you cannot help but fall in love with Goa. You just can't.
http://www.nabanitadhar.in/2016/09/always-travel-goa.html/

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#MommyTalks

If you see us while we are rushing to pick our children to make it to the bus or cab in time, you’ll see a glimpse of our on-the-run lives. Rains worry us for we need to take those munchkins home without getting them wet. You’ll see all of us running to the daycare when the weather is gloomy because we need to beat the rain and get the cab. Sudden strikes worry us for how do we take them home safely. Sudden calls from the creche almost give us heart attacks even if it’s to inform about a homoeopathic doctor visit. We are always on the edge. Always. Sometimes we are so vulnerable that a simple look from a fellow mother is enough to open the floodgates.


http://www.nabanitadhar.in/2017/05/moms-of-daycares.html/

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#OneWeddingWish

If I could go back in time and redo my wedding again, I would have probably done that photo shoot that I didn’t. A less dramatic one but still. I would have also used a wedding loan to bear the expenses of my wedding because no parent should have to spend so much on their adult working children. Yes, even if they want to.

Yes, weddings are special and every couple desires for that special day to be something worth remembering forever. So take matters in your own hand especially if you are working. Take that wedding loan and do whatever you wish to do with it. To book that honeymoon, buy that dress or even go for that photo shoot. Yes, take that wedding loan that will not only fulfil your wish and make you happy but make your parents proud too. Be responsible for yourself. If you are old enough to get married, you are old enough to do that.

http://www.nabanitadhar.in/2017/05/fulfill-that-oneweddingwish-on-your-own.html/

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#Women

If my memory serves me right then sometime in October last year, the women in Iceland left work at 2:38 pm, about 2 hours earlier than usual. Why? Well, because beyond that they actually work for free. Yes, considering they are paid 30% less than men. They united and effected a change. This year on International Women’s Day, Iceland became the first country to make it mandatory for firms to prove that they pay equal pay for equal work. If they could do it, why can’t we?

http://www.nabanitadhar.in/2017/05/gender-pay-gap.html/


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#FeministMondays

I recently saw a video posted on the Lean In Community which actually made me think on this issue again. Women are paid at least 20% less than men. Imagine if we were paid 20% less in everything. Well, it kind of is, isn’t it? Indirectly but yes.

We have actually over hundreds of years placed men in a position where we will need to fight to even reach. From being served the best and freshest portions at the dinner table to paying them more, that is now a norm. For us women, though, it will take years of conditioning and fighting to bring that change from the dinner table to the salary slips.


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#MommyTalks

Dear M,

Today while you were sleeping with you head on my stomach, you tiny hands holding mine, I promised to not let my work affect the quality of the time we spend together. Yes, there will be days when I’ll be exhausted or you’ll be cranky but we will make up for all that. We’ll have our own version of normal amidst our crazy. Do you know why? Because your happiness means the world to me.


http://www.nabanitadhar.in/2017/05/mother-daughter.html/

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#Letter

I was at my grandma’s for winter vacations at that point. And I remember Mom asking me not to push at my gums with my tongue, for apparently, that would make you guys uneven, bent. But like always I had other plans altogether, didn’t I? For some reason, I decided I shouldn’t listen to her at all. So I spent all my time thrusting the tip of my tongue at the vacant plot. And then when you guys finally showed up I was shoving at you too. And the result? Well, let’s just say it is something between two spaced monoliths and a passageway between two boulders.


It was only after a few years that I realised what I had done.


http://www.nabanitadhar.in/2017/04/my-gapped-teeth.html/

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#NewPost

Talk to me about samosas and I’ll immediately start thinking of two specific kinds. One that has a potato stuffing, is best had accompanied with some tangy tamarind chutney and a piping hot cup of tea. The other, well, is one of my mum’s specials, a spicy coconut samosa and that’s what I’m going to talk about today.

https://nomnomwithnaba.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/spicy-cocunut-samosas-recipe/

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#FeministMondays

There is so much more I want to say to women holding on to unhappy marriages. The intention is to implore them to not sacrifice so much. A relationship which makes you cry and compromise on a daily basis while your man doesn’t budge an inch is to me not a relationship you need to fight for. Realise your worth, please!

Recognise the emotional abuse in a marriage and do something about it.


http://www.nabanitadhar.in/2017/04/marriage-emotional-abuse.html/

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#MommyTalks


There’s no flexibility in my schedule. If there’s too much work at the office I still need to do that within the 9-hour time frame. And it’s not always easy to do that. I feel like I’m always on the run with this fear of missing the last bus out. I’m always on the clock, timing myself.

Sometimes I just feel that the freedom that I was used to earlier is now gone. I am always running against time. Always.

http://www.nabanitadhar.in/2017/04/mom-stress.html/
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