Browsing All posts tagged under »spreading cheer«

My 81-year old twin

August 31, 2016

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I met Jean* and her daughter, Alice* for coffee at a nearby Starbucks today. Jean loves the ‘Bucks cappuccino as do I! I saw her sitting at a table while her daughter was getting their beverages. Jean looked so elegant in her black broad-legged linen capris and matching shirt. She wore a loose denim cape […]

Conversations with a 96-year old

May 17, 2016

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The first day I met Jay, he asked me, “Guess how old I am!” I said, “85”. “No, I am 95,” he said proudly. He turned 96 this past December. He does everything himself, without assistance. He bathes, eats, uses the washroom by himself. He walks independently with the help of a cane. He is proud […]

Of Messy, Yet Simple Things

April 2, 2016

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It was a cold winter morning, in January 2015. I woke Sid up and pleaded with him to go with me to this little shop on Dundas that sells fountain pens – you know, ink pens, like from way back. It was the day I first felt a stirring to revive the good ol’ days, or […]

10 Communication Tips I Wish I Knew as a Dementia Caregiver

August 29, 2015

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Hindsight is always 20-20. I was an Alzheimer’s caregiver between 18-15 years ago. The world was a different place then. The internet was not as big as it is today and nor was Alzheimer’s a household name. Not in India, anyway. As time has passed, my work with families and people with dementia has increased […]

A Life-Changing Experience at 34!

July 17, 2015

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I have always been an adventurous person. I’ve done brave things like sit in a hairdresser’s chair and told him to go nuts and style my hair as he wished. I have coloured my hair in rainbow hues. Yes, basically I have done a whole bunch of hair stuff. I am a daredevil, you see! […]

Our Dry-Cleaning Lady

November 9, 2014

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When you move to a new place, and some of the service providers start recognizing you, you begin to feel more at home. This epiphany came to me when I went to drop off our dry-cleaning a few weeks after we moved to Toronto. The owner of this store is a pleasant Korean woman, always smiling, never […]

My Mother’s Barber: Alzheimer’s Diary

October 31, 2014

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They say it takes a village to raise a child. As caregivers, we realize that it takes an entire community to deal with Alzheimer’s. Extended family members, friends, neighbors, healthcare professionals, coworkers, employers, employees, service providers like household help, etc.; a personalized universe of all these groups and more is essential to help a family […]

5 Ways to Win My Heart

November 21, 2013

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My blog has been post-less for four months. I wasn’t feelin’ it. My regular readers were beginning to get concerned. Heck, I was beginning to get a little concerned. So my friend Anju sent me a 30-day challenge. I am gonna do it! So here’s day one. 1. Be kind to the invisible people: This […]

My Introduction to God in Spanish

June 16, 2013

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I spent the last week in the small, remote village of El Progresso in El Salvador. I was part of an 8-member team from Willow Creek Community Church, Chicago, that went to work on a school project in this village in the mountains, untouched by Facebook or the internet. Working at this school came close […]

My Husband’s (Other) Valentine

February 15, 2013

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Sid and I don’t really celebrate this day. He teases me about getting me flowers or surprising me with jewelry. But he wouldn’t dare! So this Valentine’s Day, being a Thursday, was treated as any other Thursday. Since my husband is a consultant, he travels Monday to Thursday; so on Thursdays, we usually go out […]

How I Learned to Fail

September 10, 2012

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On this India trip, mostly people told me, “You have not changed at all! Marriage hasn’t changed you one bit.” It makes me very happy. Because it tells me that I still have the same exuberance and madness about me – the stuff that makes me – ME. But on speaking to me a little […]

I’m in no hurry

September 21, 2010

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I’m in no hurry today, I stand at my doorstep, Which way shall I go today? I’m in no hurry today, I wear no watch, I can keep time at bay! I’m in no hurry today, I have no appointments, Not for work, nor for play! I’m in no hurry today, I keep my mind […]

My Favourite 20 Minutes of the Day

September 16, 2010

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In an ideal world we would all have time to reflect – a few minutes for ourselves away from the hullabuloo of daily lives. But in the real world, we have to make time for ourselves. When there’s so little time for ourselves, where is the time to invest in relationships…get to know your spouse, […]

How to Change The Way You Feel

July 12, 2010

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The blues may be here to stay, and it may seem like there’s no way, but here’s something you can try to do, to make you NOT feel blue. Sometimes when we are down, it’s hard to pray, meditate or even share our feelings with someone else. We feel a disconnect with life around us. […]

Fruits From Childhood

July 6, 2010

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Moving to Besant Nagar has probably been the best thing that happened to me. It has put me in touch with myself. I guess part of it is because I am forced to live alone most of the times and introspect on the smallest experience that I have. About two weeks ago, I walked into […]

Early Morning Kindness

July 5, 2010

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I got off at the Chennai Central Station at 4.55 this morning. It is supposed to be an all India bandh, declared by the Left and BJP, in protest of the rise in fuel prices. I was really worried that I won’t get transportation to get back home. Anyway, so as I was walking towards […]

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