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Published: Fri 25 Jan 2013, 7:56 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:26 PM

Being a mother, the article Parents & Peer Pressure (Jan 18) particularly pulled at 
my heartstrings, motivating me to write a letter to cong-ratulate you guys.

It was a beautifully written piece. We, as parents, are prone to many social and cultural pressures, and end up being inhibited in bringing up our children as it should come naturally 
to us.

As mentioned, it is much more important to be there for your child, rather than buying stuff to bribe them, and try and stay on top of the competition in the parent-child world. Rather than gifting your children the latest and most expensive toys and gadgets, it is much more important to gift your child experiences with the family that they are sure not to forget in their lifetime. These, they will always hold close to their hearts as fond memories.

Congratulations to wknd. on featuring such informative and educational articles. Keep up the good work and keep us inspired.

CONGRATULATIONS, JUDY CASTELLINO, on your winning entry! We will be in touch with you shortly.


Being in a city definitely has its 
advantages, but reading about adv-entures in the wild can excite anybody and overpower the glamour of the city... for a while at least (Downstream in Tiger Country, Jan 18).

Once, pretty landscapes and clear waters beckoned us, and we decided to have an adventure that included camping and river rafting.

Day one was rough, due to travel sickness and adjustment issues. But after we reached the destination, we felt tranquility at its peak. Then, as the days went by, everyone had more to complain about than enjoy. Sanitation and sleep issues, the food, and sickness worried everyone. The question to ask ourselves is: are we so dependent on the luxuries in our lives, that we fail to even associate ourselves with Mother Nature?

Anagha Yegnamurthy, by email


Taming the Toddlers (Jan 11) was a wonderful article. It explored very realistic and practical ways of dealing with toddlers. Being a parent to a one-year-old myself, it reinforced certain abstract thoughts about dealing with my small bundle of energy. At the same time, it highlighted novel ways of ensuring balanced control by a parent. The article covered the behaviour of toddlers, segregating them year-wise, which is good. The approach of giving limited options seems workable in almost every situation. It laid out clear and logical border lines of acceptance, tolerance and strictness by adults. The guidelines were very convincing and practical. It was an eye opener to me, besides being an invaluable piece of advice from an experienced professional source.

Shikha, Dubai


When Bhanurekha Ganesan became Rekha, she would have hardly imagined making an indelible impact in the glamorous world of Bollywood. But to her and everyone else’s surprise, she has become one of the most beautiful and finest actresses that has entered the Hindi film ind-ustry (The Diva, Jan 18).

Rekha’s transformation has been like the metamorphosis of a butterfly. With over 180 films to her credit, she has mesmerised the masses and mandarins alike with her sultry, sed-uctive looks, eloquent eyes, flawless diction and histrionics.

From portraying a bubbly, effervescent pigtailed lass in Khubsoorat to playing an intense courtesan in the unforgettable classic Umrao Jaan, she has left a lasting impression on the viewers.

Whenever she hit a low phase in her career, she reinvented herself and never allowed her personal tempests to affect her work. It is interesting to know that the actress — called the Greta Garbo of India — is now set to portray the role of a granny on screen. I am sure she will play this role with aplomb and give a new definition to it.

Jayashree Kulkarni, Abu Dhabi

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