Practical time saving tips for working woman

A working woman in Mumbai as in any metropolitan city, has to deal with a lot.  She has to be a ‘smart’ working woman as she has to work hard and enjoy life even harder.   She looks after the family – home, husband, kids, in-laws, parents.  She maybe working a regular job and add to that the average travel time of 3 hours,  but she has to ensure that the home runs smoothly.   That means, the kids and husband are able to leave for school and office on time,  your one daily routine and the smooth machinery of running the home is in place.   It’s not as easy as it sounds and there is a lot of planning, foresight and effort put in place by the lady to ensure that all of it works smoothly as a well-oiled machine.

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Women can’t have it all!

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In this recent interview given by Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi, the responses from the CEO seem all too familiar and closer to home. The Indian woman maybe a high flyer in her workplace where she must be already working hard to prove herself, but at home, you are really nobody. All your airs and titles should be outside the home. The home will identify you as wife, mother, daughter, daughter-in-law only. Unless, you have a partner who will understand you and your aspirations, maintaining a career will be tough.

Here, the Indian woman has to be completely dependent on her family members and a host of household help. When the children are young, one has to depend on so many external factors before stepping out for office – hope the family member is not sick, the cook will come, the caretaker will come, the children are not ill – and then only leave for office. Between me and my husband, we used to look up our daily priorities and based on that decide on who will stay at home in case any emergency arises. Continue reading

It’s raining in Mumbai

After being delayed for a month,  it finally rained today in Mumbai.   Its a big relief and the whole city is happy welcoming the rain,  relieved from oppressive heat.    Mumbai receives monsoon for 4 months only during a year (June to September).  And this rain is required to sustain the city throughout the year.  It also helps to bring down the heat which continues over from the month of May.  Mumbai being a humid city, the heat and sweat is unbearable.

So,  as soon as it rains,  there are very typical things which a Mumbaikar does .. which will qualify you as a Mumbaikar

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A Day in my life..

A Day In my Life..

Day Starts –

Trrrinngg goes the Alarm,  Wake myself,  wake kids

Get kids ready and send to school

Wake up husband .. tea, breakfast, send him to work

I start my work from home.. phone calls, notes, prepare excels, prepare presentations, tea, coffee

Lunch Time –

Kids back from school,  have lunch

Kids go for extra classes

I continue my work from home, phone calls, notes, prepare excels, prepare presentations, tea, coffee

Evening –

Kids are back and go to play

I go for a walk and shopping

Some more work from home


Have Dinner,  prepare for next day (all Mumbaikars do that)

Go to sleep!

Life is simple!! this is the template for the day.  But its full of life with the kids, their jokes, tweeting, chatting, phoning, reading,  blogging and time with husband.   Tres contente!

Rare Medium

Describe a typical day in your life — but do it in a form or in a medium you’ve rarely — if ever – used before. If you’re a photoblogger, write a poem. If you’re a poet, write an open letter. If you’re a travel blogger, write a rant. (These are all examples — choose whatever form you feel like trying out!)