Shyamala Sathiaseelan

Shyamala Sathiaseelan

I am a crazy mother of two who loves books, music, travel and writing!

Is Veganism taking over the world?

Vegan Diet Constant questions that I keep hearing from people around me these days is about Veganism and if it is taking over the world? While one part of the world is wondering about this, the other part of the world is still wondering what is Veganism. India is probably...

Why do women wear revealing clothes?

women dressing

A conversation with a friend about "What a woman wears matters" reminded me about a topic that was discussed a few days ago "Why our women want to reveal their body parts". I can look at this question from different angles. Is it just "our" as in Indian women that...

Tirunelveli – The city of temples, waterfalls, dams and food!

Tirunelveli

Amazing Temple Corridors Tirunelveli city is a 2000 year old city on the banks of the river Tamiraparani in Tamil Nadu. The city is about 75 kms from Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India and twice as far from the temple city Madurai. While a lot of crowd comes to...

Building intimacy in marriages – Communication is the key!

  We live in the land of Kamasutra, a land where we have temple walls adorned by statues showing erotic postures and yet talking about sex is a taboo. A friend once told me, "I have to talk to my daughter about good touch and bad touch, which I will...

My body, my baby, my choice – Informed birthing in India

informed birthing

When I was pregnant with my firstborn 8 years ago, I was living in Ireland. We did not have family there and many people suggested that I should come back to India for the delivery, at least for the support system if not for anything else. But I was scared...

Places to visit for tech mad kids in Chennai – Top Museum in chennai

museum in chennai

Any city in the world we travel to we have to give a day to visit something techie, a science museum, a planetarium, a science center for the sake of our children. Any amount of wandering about doing other things and visiting tourist attractions don't keep them happy.Whenever we visit Chennai, I make...

Freecycle India – Join the growing crowd and make the world a better place

  We all have a habit of collecting things. Things which we think we will use in the near future, things we like, things we think will be useful to someone in the family and things in general. If you are living in a rented home and you move, that...

Reptile Parks of Chennai to enjoy, for children and adults alike

reptile park of chennai

Crazy about reptiles or just curious about them? Want to keep your child engaged in the summer heat or just want to while away time? These reptile parks of Chennai are the right places to visit. Snake Park If your children are crazy as mine about reptiles, then Chennai has...

Exquisite Mayoora Terracotta Jewellery made by Special Students

mayoora terracotta jewellery

Recently I was to attend  a baby shower and I wanted to wear a simple saree and a simple but eye-catching  and an inexpensive terracotta jewellery with it. I had nothing to go with the saree that I had and so decided to drag my friend along and go shopping...

World’s most Common Food allergies…

What are food allergies? Food allergies are an immune response by the body to a certain kind of food. In most cases, the protein in the food is the culprit. The body considers the protein to be its enemy and fights against it causing a reaction. These reactions can be anywhere...

Cloth Diapering – The eco friendly solution.

cloth diapers

When we were growing up, it was all cloth diapers in our side of world. My friend always says, our mothers had all the time in the world to wash that many clothes so it was not a problem, but we don’t. So somewhere along the line, we have switched...

Travelling with young children? Make it fun!

I am a member of a few groups which are for mothers with young children and one of the most frequently asked questions is about travel. Questions about mothers travelling alone with their child(ren), what to do to keep them entertained, what to expect for food, about sleep and about...

Babywearing – The natural art of carrying babies

*Image courtesy - Google images What is babywearing?  Babywearing is the art of carrying the baby in a sling or other carriers. But Babywearing is nothing new. This has been followed for centuries and had lost its charm but is making a come back again, specially with all the ideas...

Shivagange – Where trekking and religion come together

Shivagange - History Shivagange or Shivaganga is a pilgrimage centre located in Karnataka. Shivagange is a hill at a height of 1368 meters. The hill is located on Bangalore - Tumkur road at a distance of 54 kms from Bangalore and about 8 kms from Tumkur. The place is called Shivagange...

Homeschooling – Some of your questions answered.

homeschool

Homeschooling is still a new concept in India. When I tell my friends and family I homeschool they come up with many questions. I’ve tried to answer here some of the questions that I’ve been asked. Some basic questions: What syllabus do you follow? I have bought books from class...

Homeschooling – Why and how it works for me.

homeschooling

A few years ago, the term homeschooling was unheard of in India. It was new to me when in Ireland a few friends mentioned that their children were being homeschooled. I did not understand the concept, but somehow was fascinated by the whole idea of having the freedom to study...

Baby Led Weaning – Thinking beyond food!

baby led weaning

Earlier on I wrote about breastfeeding and how it was important beyond the initial six months recommended by WHO. As babies, we are completely dependant on our parents to feed us and do everything for us. As we grow, we are getting independent in different ways and want to show...

Toddler breastfeeding – Breaking myths Part 2

Toddler breastfeeding - My personal Experience: This is a continuation of my earlier article about the benefits and breaking myths about breast feeding. This experience of mine is sure to make all mothers determine to breastfeed their kids come what may! Check it out, it is a personal experience. I...

Toddler breastfeeding – breaking myths

Toddler Breastfeeding - Breaking Myths We come from the land of breastfeeding and it is a pity that things are changing now. I am all for change if it is moving in the positive direction. Till about 40-50 years ago, breastfeeding was the norm. If a mother couldn’t breastfeed, someone...

The History of World Heritage Khajuraho Temples

Khajuraho Temples - History   Khajuraho temples are one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and is located in the small town of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. There were around 85 temples built by the Chandela dynasty from 950 to 1050 AD. After the decline of the dynasty, the temples...