Overcoming Odds with Shishu Sarothi

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Recently, mankind experienced a great loss in the form of Stephen Hawking. His valuable contribution in the field of physics and cosmology is known and highly appreciated, but what is most commendable about the man is that he achieved all of this in spite of being differently-abled. His achievements are at par or even greater than most perfectly abled men and women.

We often tend to underestimate or ignore the ones who are lesser-abled than us robbing them of their rights and means of a normal life. As the quote above clearly explains; disability is nothing but the inability of people to see the ability of others.

If disabled persons are empowered and given equal opportunities then they too can live a life of dignity and respect. This is exactly the thought and foundation of Shishu Sarothi – a non-profit civil society organisation working for the empowerment, upliftment and rights of the disabled.

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About Shishu Sarothi

Shishu Sarothi is a non-governmental organisation with a mission to uphold and advocate for rights of children and persons with disabilities, to ensure equal opportunities and promote their inclusion and active participation in a non discriminating barrier free environment. The organisation is solely dedicated to working for disabled persons and has set up special units that handle different aspects of a disabled person’s world.

♦ There is center for providing inclusive and vocational education for special needs kids which runs on the lines of a school. It offers Individualized Educational Programmes and has specially designed teaching and learning material.

♦ Its early intervention unit is set up not only to asses and detect early signs of disability in infants but also help stimulate their developmental functioning.

♦ Shishu Sarothi also has an in house Training and Human Resource division where government approved courses to generate trained rehabilitation professional are offered.

♦ It also houses a special counselling as well as employment unit for the disabled.

♦ Since one of the main mission of Shishu Sarothi is to fight for and protect the rights of the disabled there is a fully functional law unit covering the North East.

♦ Various services like psychological counselling, early intervention services and home management programs are offered by partnering with local bodies in North East via their OutReach Programmes.

Success Stories – Puja Das 

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The disabled are usually the most discriminated lot of the society. They often are amongst the poor sections and are disadvantaged in most situations.

All facilities and services offered by Shishu Sarothi are economical so that the disabled who are usually with lesser means can afford them. Like every non-profit organisation, Shishu Sarothi sustains plainly on society’s support and understanding. It is only when you show one act of kindness towards them will they further pass it on to the disabled. Show that you care and support their good work for the disabled by donating in cash or kind. Click here to know how.

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Digestive Raisin Sticks – Iron Rich Recipe

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Raisins or Dried Grapes are a good source of Iron. If you are looking at consuming Iron Rich foods then make raisins a part of your daily diet for sure. The best way is to snack on them couple of times during the day. Sharing here an easy recipe of Digestive Raisins which can be consumed after meals and also munched on as a mouth freshner.

Recipe Credit: This is my mom’s recipe. She serves it after meals for her popular food soirees. It is highly savoured and big hit with family and friends. These days am relishing the raisins to up my Iron intake and also help change my mood and taste buds ..after all being pregnant needs to have its perk 🙂

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Digestive Raisin Sticks 

3 tablespoons Raisins
1/2 cup Orange Juice
2 teaspoon roasted jeera powder
1/2 teaspoon chaat masala
a pinch of salt

Step 1 – Remove Raisin stalks and quickly wash them.
Step 2 – Soak the raisins in orange juice for 1 hour or till they are hydrated and plump.
Step 3 – Drain the orange juice and toss the raisins in remaining ingredients.
Step 4 – Arrange the raisins on toothpicks and refrigerate. Consume as required.

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Creamy Mushroom Crostini – Iron Rich Recipe

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Iron deficiency is a common problem in women. As per statistics, every second women in India is Iron deficient which causes a lot of serious mental, social and economic issues in her life.

The most simplest and effective way of overcoming this problem is to start early with an Iron rich diet made of foods and supplements that supply enough nutrient to the body.  Being pregnant myself, I have devised a daily diet which includes Iron rich ingredients like mushrooms, dates, leafy vegetables, chicken, etc that ensure a good supply of Iron to the fetus for its right development.

Here is an Iron rich recipe – Creamy Mushroom Crostini using mushrooms and whole wheat bread, both excellent sources of Iron, which I regularly whip up for its nutrition quotient as well as the ease in which it can be prepared. The recipe is a equally savored by my 5 year old child making it the perfect dish to prepare for the entire family.

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Creamy Mushroom Crostini
Makes 8

Ingredients
8 Wholewheat bread slices
2 cups thickly sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoon cream
2 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon pizza seasoning or oregano
Salt & Pepper
1 cup Grated cheese
2 – 3 cloves of peeled garlic
Olive oil to drizzle

Method
Step 1 – In a non-stick pan heat butter and sauté the mushroom slices for 5 minutes.
Step 2 – Add in cream, water and all the seasonings. Give a stir, cook on simmer for 2 minutes and switch off the flame.
Step 3 – Toast the bread slices. Rub garlic on hot toast and drizzle with little olive oil.
Step 4 – Spread the creamy mushroom mixture and top with grated cheese.
Step 5 – Place in a hot oven for few minutes till the cheese melts. Serve immediately.

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This Diwali hop on The Krazy Kids Karnival Bandwagon for some Family Fun Time

While Diwali is all about traditional fun, one can always take a break from the monotony and do something unconventional. If you are looking for fun family time doing something crazy, this Diwali, then head to The Krazy Kids Karnival which is coming to town on the 4th & 5th November 2017 (new date of event )

 

Spread over 2 acres of fun space, the event will have interactive fun & learning workshops, amazing live shows, dramatic amusements & adventure camps. Aimed at attracting children aged 0 to 15 along with their parents, with wide range of fun activities for the children, tasty treats for the family and great shopping experience for the parents.

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Your favorite characters like Chota Bheem, Doraemon, Gajju Bhai, Chacha Bhatija along with Guru Aur Bhole will be awaiting your presence with loads of goodies for your children, come join their gang !

What? The Krazy Kids Karnival – Family Fun Time

When? 4th & 5th November – from  11.00 Am – 11.00 Pm

Where? 12 hours of non -stop entertainment at City Park , Bandra, BKC, Mumbai. 

Tickets? Entry Rs 200/- Per Kid / Adult.  Can be booked on BookMyShow. Free Entry for Kids below 3 Yrs.

 

I am going with the super mommies and kiddos of JAMM’s network. Will you be joining me? 

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Guilt Free Chicken Hot Wings

Chicken Hot Wings are the perfect snack to indulge when its pouring outside and all you want to do is snuggle up with some comforting food while watching a movie or reading a favourite book.

However, it is given that scrumptious food that satisfies you today, usually takes you on a guilt trip later on. So, here’s a quick snack hack of making Chicken Hot Wings in the most guilt free way.

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Guilt Free Chicken Hot Wings Recipe

Ingredients

For the wings
20 chicken wings
2 teaspoons garlic powder
¼ cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons oil
Salt as per taste

For the sauce
¼th cup melted butter
1/4th cup any hot sauce (shezwan or red chilli sauce)

For serving
Cheesy dip or Mayonnaise

Method
Step 1 – Clean and wash the Chicken wings.
Step 2 – Toss them with garlic powder, flour, salt and oil. Keep aside for 1 hour.
Step 3 – When ready to cook the chicken wings, pre-heat Bajaj Air fryer to 400ºF for 3 minutes. Next Air-fry the marinated chicken wings for 12 minutes and do remember to shake half way through cooking.
Step 4 – To prepare the sauce, mix both the ingredients well in a bowl and throw in the hot wings. Give a quick toss coating the wings well with the sauce.
Step 5 – Dish out the wings in a serving platter and serve the delicious wings with cool blue cheesy dip or mayonnaise.

Hope you liked the recipe, do try it out and treat yourself to a delicious delight.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and the recipe is suggested (not tried) by me for the given product.

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Why it is important to take your child for a hearing test?

An enchanting Bharatnatyam performance, live “last-over” cricket skit and a 10-minute feat by a linguist, this is how I enjoyed one of the weekends of May.
These special performances were executed by special kids all of which had one thing in common – they all suffered from hearing loss. This was at the Cochlear™ Celebration event, where not only did I witness the performances but also learnt a great deal about hearing loss and it’s occurrence.

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Hearing Loss in children
Deafness is as serious a problem as blindness. It is very common to get one’s eyes tested but seldom do we think of getting our ears checked for its proper functioning. Likewise, we never suspect our child/children would suffer from a hearing problem or be deaf because hearing problem can easily go unnoticed or is usually given less importance compared to blindness or other health issues.
The fact is, in India scores of kids are born deaf or suffer from some level of hearing loss, it is only wise to intervene early and get them tested by gauging the symptoms.
Babies begin to hear from their mother’s womb, starting from mother’s heartbeat gradually taking in other sounds. It is nearly impossible to know if your newborn is born deaf or suffers from partial hearing loss by just general observation. The young child is equally clueless about sounds and what it is to hear them. A child suffering from hearing loss resorts to lip reading giving an impression that everything is fine until one day the truth surfaces. Here is some reading you can do to find out the early symptoms of deafness or partial hearing in your child.

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Cochlear™ celebrates the joy of hearing
It was a fine Sunday morning when I entered the huge Shamukhnanda hall, which was packed to the brim with a crowd that comprised of recipients, prospective implantees, clinicians and well-wishers of Cochlear Implants. The event in question – Cochlear Celebrations was organised by Cochlear India and ihear foundation to reach out to masses and educate them about how hearing loss and how implants are an ultimate solution to the problem. A lot of young recipients of Cochlear implants shared their experiences, while clinicians busted myths and shared great knowledge. Watch one such successful story of Jehan Daboo, an Olympian, here.

What are Cochlear™ Implants?
Cochlear implants are long term and effective hearing solution for people with severe to profound deafness. Their scope is beyond the reach of the most advanced hearing aids.
Unlike traditional hearing aids that amplify, or make sounds louder, a cochlear implant system can be a more effective hearing solution for certain people. A Cochlear implant is capable of directly stimulating the cochlea hearing nerve, bypassing the damaged area of the hearing pathway. Watch this video to understand the implant functioning better.
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Parental Duty – Testing & Early Intervention. Why is it important?
At the event, an expert panel of doctors, audiologists and pediatricians discussed the vital role of parents in testing and then taking early decisions to bring back sound to a child’s life and help them lead a normal life.
Sharing below few videos where experts talk about importance of early intervention and why parents need to act fast for their own child’s benefit.

Video 1 – Dr. Milind Kirtane, ENT & Padma Shri (2014) and pioneer of Cochlear Implants in India urging parents to get their babies tested even if they appear normal.

Video 2 – How soon can hearing be tested reliably in babies? Paediatric Audiologist – Geeti Char explains.

Video 3 – Dr Samir Dalwai, developmental paediatrician, explaining why testing is important for all babies.

 

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As parents, I believe we are responsible for our child. It’s not only enough to take wise decisions for them, but more important to take them on time. Like we would get worried over minor illness and wounds it is important we get the child tested even if there is an iota of doubt when it comes to hearing. Hearing testing, as explained in above videos, is vital and needs to be done as part of general well-being check-up of the child.

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Review – Jumble Tumble, Mulund

If you have been following my posts, then you know this summer vacation I resolved not to enroll Nabeel for any fancy “summer classes”, this year he was left totally on his own, indulging in unsupervised, unguided indoor and outdoor activities with his new found group of friends. This time I just let him be, like how kids should be.
But, once in a while, when some or the other member of his gang was away on a holiday or at a class he did get bored and sluggish doing nothing. That’s when I resorted to indoor play areas to uplift him and break the monotony of home bound play. If you have been following (again) my reviews of indoor play areas, you know Nabeel and I have explored almost all of them in Mumbai city. The latest one on the list is Jumble Tumble, which is situated in R-Mall, Mulund.

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Jumble Tumble (JT) opened its doors less than a month ago and has already gained lot of popularity amongst the local crowd, mainly because there is no such activity and entertainment place within decent travel limits (read, with kids)

Jumble Tumble has the usual play sections like ball pool, roller slides, trampoline, rock climbing wall, foam pit, rope baskets and zip line, all of which are decently spaced out, erected on a strong structure and built with smooth finish ensuring safe and secure play for kids. The place is average sized but because of its smart layout it gives you an illusion of huge space that is inviting and colourful just like any kids entertainment zone should be. It definitely exudes those happy, cheerful vibes that kids need to feel in-order to get comfortable with a new place.

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Trampoline, Foam Pit & Rock Climbing Wall

 

Nabeel enjoying the zip line at Jumble Tumble

What is unique to Jumble Tumble is the collection of various sit down games and toys like the supermarket setup life sized building blocks, few board games and superb assortment of toys on the attractive toy rack. This is more for kids who are tired jumping around and need to cool down without discontinuing their play.

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Nabeel & his friend enjoying the sit down games after a wild session of jumping and bouncing in the play zone

It has an in-house café serving the regular kids favourites and a big seating area; for moms while kids play and for birthday or any celebration gatherings. I like the fact that every corner of the play zone is visible from the seating area making it easier for moms to keep a watchful eye on the kids. Plus, the fact that it is situated in a shopping mall makes it good place to drop kids and indulge in some peaceful shopping time.

The price for an hour’s play is 350 (weekdays) & 400 (weekends). JT offers attractive membership rates for regulars and themed birthday party packages.
Kids between 8 months to 10 years are allowed in the play zone.

For more details look up here : Jumble Tumble

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