Well, not enough pages ever to write about me :).
But let me try to give you a brief about myself.
I am the second daughter of my mom and dad born in Varanasi. Just missed by 10 min being born in the train. Else the Indian Railways would have given me a free pass for 12 years. Anyways, my connection with Varanasi did not last long as dad moved to various cities in India. Being an expert at breaking the lock outs and labor union related strikes, he was lured by public sector companies always to join them. So Kharagpur, Calcutta, Jharia, Dhanbad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi where all my cities for minimum 3 years. I have always loved travelling and moving to new cities have been my best experiences. I had the best childhood so mush so that it’s akin to a princess’s dream. The best schools and colleges. Did my engineering from Bangalore as we were there for 11 years as one by one my sibling did their engineering or medicine. Worked in Aptech Education and moved to Hyderabad in the same company. Later was selected into an MBA program by FORE, Delhi.
That’s where I met my would be husband. He seemed and still is the coolest dude. Nothing perturbs him ever. Always helping people out of the way. Either of us do not know if we ever expressed any words but we were together mostly doing group projects. He just mentioned that my bindaas laughter which he now describes as ravana’s laughter attracted him. Yes, I am famous for my hearty laughter and people who know me well, know where I am just by hearing my laughter.
Met my in laws the day they were going to meet a prospective bride. Of course I was unaware. But my partner we confident that after his parents met me there would be no going back. My FIL came more like a shock to me with bodyguards and stenguns escorting him in his Ambassador with red light. That’s when I realized my FIL was DIG of Orrissa. My husband still says since you never asked, I did not tell you! So they did go to see the other girl and to my MIL’s embarrassment, my FIL did not utter a word there.
And then after a few years with a lot of family drama, we got married in the most gala styles, with the chief minister and the entire who’s who from Orrissa and the heads of most Public Sectors blessing us.
Didn’t want to cry initially at the “bidai” but my aunt hugged me so tightly and her loud cry shattering every nerve in my brain, I gave in and wailed out louder than her.
A year after the marriage left to Aussi land and worked there as a software consultant and analyst. Meanwhile my hubby wanted to start a startup with his 3 friends. So while he moved back I stayed for 6 months in Sydney to finish my project. Then took a world tour alone against everyone’s wishes but with my husband’s support. After making a quick trip to cities of Australia , I went on to cities in USA, cities in UK, France, Germany and Mumbai. People thought I must a South American as Indian ladies never went out alone. Wanted to go to Singapore and New Zealand but could not.
Then started my ordeal of starting a family. 3 years of damning infertility tests, procedures and surgeries with injection every day and night turned into an emotional glass doll from an over confident one. Stopped going to friends, functions and parties where people got vicarious pleasure in asking only me when is the good news! I absorbed myself into internet which was always ready to answer my questions and helped me share my feelings without any sarcasm. I learnt astrology to understand what and why I went through. Then realized it was only delayed. Had I waited for the right time, I would have been spared a lot of pain and money.
Then, when the last surgery did not work out as expected, we thought of IVF, when my doctor said there was a new test going in west with cancer drug for infertility. And that’s what worked finally! So when he did an ultrasound and showed us the tiny embryo pulsating, my husband and I did not utter a word. For months we literally dreamt and practicing mentally how we would react when it will be confirmed, but none of that happened! And soon we were proud parents of a chubby baby boy. And then the doctor warned us to not delay if we wanted a second child. So a year and a half we had another cute baby boy.
Life seemed full and no time to for anything in the world. But it was not easy raising two babies alone. So to take a breather for 2 hours got my elder one into a playschool. That’s when my tryst with Playschools, schools and the education related journey started. I used to find peace in my blogging experiences with products that helped me in anyway as a new mother. Soon I became the star writer on one of the review sites with several fans and followers.
Once when I had a trouble with a school that refused to acknowledge their goof up I blogged about it. That’s what made me into a full time school review blogger as, in a single night I got around 100 messages supporting my cause. Since then I am busy reviewing schools. Went and bought the domain and the hosting space for my website. Bought the various add ins to complete my website. To cover the cost, I started conducting 1-1 workshops for parents who needed more than the articles. And so today I have written more that 150 articles and replied to several comments.
I have just followed my heart all the way. Never done something to earn moolahs when I could have. Several schools approach me with offers sometimes going into 5 digits to write a review for them. Kept these lures at bay successfully as my cost is covered by the workshops. Maybe in the future will let a few companies and local related people place their ads to generate some revenue.
Some of my bizarre dreams, to build a Science Center in Pune similar to National Science Center in New Delhi, to provide hands on exposure to the physics, chemistry and mysteries of science.
To build sports and activity centers in four corners of the city that allows children from all walk of life to play and participate in everything possible and enrich their personality. Only academics do not define you!
Now I am planning to provide an online admission facility to those residing out of Pune again to save the time and money that they will otherwise have to spend to get their children admitted to the school that suits them best.
Several parents want to know where my kids are going. My advice to them, based on my status, ability and financial abilities I have chosen a school for my kids, but that is not necessarily best for them. Hence prioritize the factors and then choose the schools that is best for you and your children.
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Some of the awards my blogs have won are in the category of:
Best Consumer Rights Post
Most Responsive Blogger Award
Most Disciplined Blogger Award