Being a father is akin to enrolling yourself in a lifelong journey of learning and rediscovery of long forgotten values and ways of life. I still remember the day when I held my newborn daughter in my hands. That was a moment of realisation that I hold responsibility of another soul. With exposure to learning and meeting wonderful parents in my adult life, I was confident that I know it all and will be a wonderful father to my daughter. I will teach her this, and then a bit of that. I had it all sorted, all aligned in my big scheme of things to raise my child.

But G B Shaw said, a child is the father of man. I never did understand the quote, at not until I became a father myself. Every moment since then has been a moment of self realisation that how fashionably wrong I was.

First thing I learned was that we truly are capable of loving someone unconditionally, without ever getting anything in return. That overwhelming sense of love is a blessed feeling. I realised that I need to be a better human being in order to be a better father. I realised howsoever twisted we may be in our lives, we still want out imbibe the best of human values to our offsprings. I realised patience is the most important virtue when it comes to parenting and without it, the process can be really endlessly tiring. And this happened in the very first days of I taking up the responsibility of the father of my daughter. Without even speaking a word, that little bundle of joy triggered the process of my metamorphosis as a human.

I did not consciously make the choice, I guess being a friend to my child happened on its own. I have felt that without making mistakes we cannot truly learn anything. And as a parent I wanted my daughter to make hers, only that I be there to help should she need guidance. 

My endeavors at teaching something new to her have always left me enriched with an unexpected insight. They say the more you learn the more you realize how little you know.  I experience this daily. I have learned persistence from her while I was trying to make her eat. Every time I put a bite of food in her mouth, out it came like the speed of light. Every time without fail. I would have given up but then I thought I need to be as persistent as she was. And one day she relented :) 

And when she started crawling I realized how I had lost my curiosity as life happened. For there she was my infant daughter exploring the world around her, touching things feeling them and accepting the sense of belongingness. In the rigamarole of life we stop noticing.  We stop wondering for we think we know it all.  And how naive are we! My daughter wondered about everything from the door knob to the shoe. She listened to all sounds from the creak to squeak of birds. And she saw everything from colors of clothes to hues of the world. When I paused to notice her I realized I need to keep this sense of wonder alive in me.

As she is growing I have noticed what an amazing way she has with people. She is accepting of all without any kind of discrimination not like us adults who are laden with prejudices. As I teach her how to be careful with strangers, I am learning a little to be more trusting. As I introduce her to music I am finding a bit of joy in Chip n Dale cartoons. It is kind of interesting as she is growing to be an adult one day, I'm rekindling the kinder-spirit in me. Life does come full circle, isn't it?

Raising her has reminded me of true love of life. When I explain her thankyous and sorrys, I realised I was not saying the same as often as I should. 

As I trust her more, she becomes more trustworthy. I am learning ways of life in their true from her. It is amazing that I am able to apply same philosophies in my work life with amazing results.

I feel there is no better way to raise her, or should I say rise with her, than giving her power of choice in little ways. She is already a strong willed child and is able to take small decisions for her. Whether they are right or wrong is inconsequential in the long run. What is more important that in doing so I am empowering her and making her understand responsibility of choice. With each little step she is growing to be a confident person and a wonderful human being. 

I always wish that she lives her life realising every iota of potential life has to offer. That her childhood is is full of wonderful experiences, that in happening thus, "khuljaye bachpan" for her. I guess by being her buddy, her guide, her mentor we both are growing through our mutual experiences.

This post was written for 'Khuljaye Bachpan' contest by Kellog's.

I have struggling to be in shape since a long time but my busy professional as well as private life breaks my exercise routine every now and then. Also, I noticed that only working out is not at all helping me in losing weight. Being a mature person and a foodie, I do not believe in the concept of crash diet, which I know, in fact, has more disadvantages and harmful.

But recently a talk with a friend made me realize the magical properties of honey. It was already known to me that the health properties of this thick golden liquid have been valued since ages.
I searched online and came across Dabur Honey site where they have mentioned about the concept of Honey Diet, which I really understood and appreciate. Hence, I have started following this simple routine. Every morning, I wake up and start my day having a glass of warm water with honey. I now come to the good effects of this. A Spoon of honey taken with warm water in the morning is traditionally known to be useful in weight management. Yes, it is mentioned in our scriptures as well. The long hours at night that we spend sleeping, makes our body in need of energy early in the morning. And what kind of diet we take in the first 30- 60 minutes of our morning, decides the rest of our day. Taking honey kick start day with positive energy. Here are some of the benefits of Honey:

Honey has lesser calories than sugar and contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which are good for health.

Honey is a good source of energy as it’s natural sugar and carbohydrates are easily digested by the body.

When used in your diet, Honey is known to aid in digestion.

Because of above properties, Honey can be a great replacement to sugar as a sweetener. Not only this Honey is known to help in cough and throat irritation. But what makes me marvel this magic potion is its effect on skin as well. My wife apply honey on her skin and trust me, seeing her glowing skin, I can vouch for its moisturizing and nourishing properties.

We have started replacing sugar with Honey in our recipes. Although, we are going about it slowly as we need to condition our tongues to break its old inclination to sugar. But yeah you can toss some delectable healthy recipes using Dabur honey as one of the main ingredients. There are many recipes and videos available, if you are scouting for some healthy delights, to cook in your kitchen.

I am feeling so much alive ever since I have included honey in my diet that I would suggest every body to get the daily dose of goodness of Honey and attune your mind, body, and soul to healthier lifestyle options.

Cricket has lot of impact over me. No, not because I am a great fan, that I am not or no more you can say as once upon a time I used to be. Still, the game that takes over the nation with its ever going tournaments, series, leagues, has its impact over me. My younger brother stops listening to me for important discussions as he gets really hooked into the game and does not want to miss on the scores. Even my elderly father teams up with him adding to my frustrations. On that, the teams that I manage in office goes for the toss hitting low on productivity during matches. People turn up late, sometimes even skip meetings, even if they attend it’s with half mind, focus takes a dive as they are worried for the score updates, and don’t even ask what happens when there is a final match! Well, we generally, screen the game to boost our employees! Being the senior person I have to face the brunt of my clients for my team when they are not being efficient enough. Can you stop them? You cannot. I understand their passion - being there, having done all that. And though I am no more interested in the game (but who knows till when!) I want to help these guys so that they can enjoy life as much as they enjoy the game. For being at responsible position, it is my job to help my people manage their life.

So when I came across UC Browser, I immediately came to know that I have found the solution to this problem. It is a mobile browsing service where you can Surf it All, Surf it Fast as it is faster, easier to use and has seamless transitions. Apart from many other features, it specifically features UC Cricket as a blue icon that opens to a space dedicated for every cricket fan, connecting them to the match wherever they are through live Scores with auto update, fixture and result, latest news and videos. Looks like UC Browser provide the best cricket service in India and finally, people can stay connected to the game while not missing out on all the little as well as big things important in life.

Here are some of the best features of this super Browser:

High speed Downloads with a resume option when interrupted and a smart file manager.
Cloud Sync that provides seamless switch by syncing your open tabs and bookmarks across various devices
Easy to use customizable speed dials, themes and add-ons
Improved Data Compression technology to boost the browsing speed
Download videos with just one click.

UC Browser, the flagship product of UCWeb Inc.- an Alibaba Group company, is available on more than 3,000 different models of cell phones from over 200 cell phone manufacturers. Hence, whatever your phone model is be it iPhone 5S, GALAXY Note 3, G6-U00, iPhone 5C, MX, 3MI, 3P6-U06, XperiaZ1, One or GALAXY Note2 or any other model, you can easily have UC Browser. It is compatible with all mainstream operating systems such as Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Symbian, Win CE, Java, MTK, and Blackberry.

What say? Haven’t I have figured out perfect solution for my people who are die-hard fans of cricket? What are you thinking? 
Download UC Browser from here, open UC Browser - HomeScreen - Find "UC Cricket" with blue icon.

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I was part of a blogger contingent chosen to experience the new Renault Lodgy in all its glory at Goa. It was a wonderful weekend, spent meeting marvelous people, engaging in passionate conversations, stimulating the gray cells and yes, experiencing the new MUV from Renault - The Lodgy.

We went for a drive from The Leela Kempinsky to The Lalit Ashok and it was a smooth ride all through. We were 5 guys, nestled comfortably in the realms of the spacious car.

I will not dwell into all the specifics technical details of the car which can be picked from here. Instead, I will talk about specific things I felt during the drive.

Before I start harping about all that I liked about this, I must make a confession that I am not an auto-fanatic. Yet, I liked what I saw, and more importantly what I experienced. Renault Lodgy looks like a good cross between genres of SUV and family sedans. It looks masculine, strong and powerful. Yet not so imposing. Chiseled looks, chrome finished dashboard, adaptable seating, body coloured door handles and side mirrors, chrome-finished scuff plate - the list is endless to give that impressive look to the case.

Seating comfort is great. You could close your eyes and fall into a slumber (provided of course the road is good and driver is steady). And so I did.

From the inside, it is super spacious, you can remove the middle seat altogether to create HUGE space - to literally camp inside the car, should there ever be a need. We were so impressed by this feature that we did an impromptu skit on the fact that Lodgy probably has more space than a typical 1 BHK in Mumbai. See the video here -

The driving is easy. Lodgy comes in 2 engine variants 110ps and 85 ps which deliver fuel efficiency of 19.98 kmpl and 21.04 kmpl as per Renault's claim. It has cruise control feature which is an amazing thing for highway long drives. 
Coming to entertainment, media-nav console is a great ICE option. It doubles up as navigational assist and media control with touch screen-options. The music system is top-notch - we put it to test by pairing our cell phone with it. It has clear bass and treble controls and high-pitch sounds at high volumes are equally clear as lower basal ones. Pumping up the volume, driving on cruise-control, one can easily forget that the blissful experience is being delivered by driving the car - the Lodgy.

I have a big family and my current car always falls short of the number of seats it can offer can number of people I wish to seat. I guess Lodgy can break it as it can comfortably seat 7-8 people depending upon the configuration.

It is not often that you go for a promotional event and end up thinking of actually buying the product. It happened to me in this drive. I loved the fact that drive is as easy as a hatchback, yet, the power and comfort of a SUV is packed in a neat price package of 8.5 Lacs onwards! 

I wish I could pick one of these beautiful options that day and bring home!

We had true fun driving it around and living the Lodgycal experience! Watch this video if you are not convinced.

I would recommend, you take a test-ride and decide for your-self. I find Lodgy perfect bang-for-buck, a full paisa vasool deal. My experience was truly first class, and I hope yours is too!

I was a part of the #LiveLodgycal Drive by in association with Renault India