It is amazing how life fosters its little surprises on you. You are so sure of yourself and then it just unfolds a new side of you which you never knew. Graduating through various stages of life I have grown as a person, as a man with the new responsibilities life brings at each stage.

I learned to appreciate nuances of herbs & spices when my wife needed me to be the true man of the house taking care of culinary responsibilities when she was carrying. I learned how important it is to not to leave your stuff behind, lest be ready for an impromptu lecture on etiquettes or lack of them. Jokes apart, it does makes life easier if you keep it clean then and there, rather than leaving to a mystically future date. I learned to appreciate the fine art of loading a washing machine properly with proper segregation of colored and white clothes when I noticed my wife struggling with her dual responsibilities of being a home- maker and full-time IT job.

And thus I thought I have learned everything a man has to or can do.

Boy, I could not have been more wrong! When our daughter was born the immense joy she brought with her was accompanied with a sense of urgent responsibility. Suddenly here I was, a newly arrived father who only wanted to provide only the best for his kiddo. She was so delicate, so fragile and so soft! How could I not search for the softest of stuff for her? And thus I arrived at my own list of must-have skin essentials for keeping baby's skin supple and soft.

5. Wrap
Is it velvet or is it feather
Can it be any softer than either
Searched nook and corner and found the softest wrap
Tucked in it, my baby has the most beautiful nap

I am glad we live in an era of globalization and finding the finest of wrap which suited her delicate skin was not that difficult. I had access to internet for research, reach to specialized malls and shops catering to baby needs and thus I managed to find the perfect one for my little angel.

4. Soap
Skin needs its moisture, and yet needs be cleaned
Soap can make it dry, thus I have gleaned
How do I solve this dilemma - to do or not to lather
And I found the one soft as feather

My quest for finding the soap which could effectively clean my baby's skin, and yet leaves it supple and smooth retaining its delicacy resulted in the specialized all in one liquid soap. Simply love the texture of this product which is specially designed to let skin retain its beauty while effectively cleaning it of dirt and germs.

3. Lotion
Soap as much as soft it could be
A touch of moisturizer certainly helps
For a bit of dryness can irritate the skin
But a lotion can bring back the grin

Howsoever smooth a soap can be, yet it is a soap. Post the bath, it is our ritual to apply the specialized baby lotion and cream. A fair application of this makes sure that her skin regains any lost moisture and remains soft and shiny.

2. Oil
Little massage with baby oil
Is all the kiddo needs
It makes the little body strong
And skin soft, singing a song

And before the bath my baby has the ritual of a quick oil-massage with her favorite olive oil. This age old tradition I believe is a fantastice way of connecting with the new born. I have done it for her and the connection you feel with your child is impossbile to describe in mere words. For the love it conveys and for the skin repairing and replenshing effect it has, this is a must item in our list.

1. Pampers
The skin needs its cover, thus the need of clothing
But not the artificial synthetic ones, 
Only a few can provide the protection
Yet be soft and Pamper the skin without abrasion

Like all new parents, we experimented a lot with various options for underwear - from the cotton nappies to all sorts of diapers. Cotton nappies though good for skin - had the issue of keeping child wet through the night if they wet the bed (which they do at that age!). And this could cause cold and other issues. The synthatic cloth material of many diapers did not suit the skin of our baby at all and she developed rashes - till we found and started using Pampers. These are made of premium material and our daughter was super comfortable in them until she graduated to being an active potty-trained toddler. 

Pampers brings you the softest ever Pampers Premium Care Pants. Its cotton-like softness is #SoftestForBabySkin and allows it to breathe, thus keeping baby’s skin soft and healthy, and your baby happy.

And yes, we also make sure the clothing material of our daughter's dresss is natural cotton in summers or natural wool in winters. Synthetic material though is cheap - and looks trendy - is no good for the soft skin. Cool cotton is what brings the best of being chic - and protected - for our daughter's skin.

0. Love
Nothing can be more important than the touch of love
Baby knows how to feel before she can talk
She needs to know she is cared about
The umpteen kisses and love, she needs without a doubt

A healthy mind in a healthy body is what we all parents strive for our kids. I guess, the most important ingredient in this is a healthy soul - which is nourished & nurtured with care and love. Little random acts of togetherness supplement this bond between the child and the parents - and without a doubt is the founding ground on which a healthy child, with a radiant skin can thrive.

When did I start, I do not recall,
But continuously walked alone, as moments crawled
I have been wandering in a relentless quest,
In endless search, with not a minute's rest
What am I looking for a peek,
What is this thing that I seek?
Is it treasures and riches,
Is worldly wealth what my SELF wishes?
Or is it the hunger of power,
That it wishes on itself shower?
If these are not what I desire,
Then what is that I aspire?

A friend's love remains missing,
This is what I've been wishing!
A friend who promises that souls are pledged,
A friend without words who is expressed,
A willingness to listen, a pair of helping hands,
A whisper from the heart that someone understands...
Is such a friend I desire exists only in dreams?
No, difficult it may be, impossible never seems,
For, there's something priceless I offer -
To a true friend that I decipher,
Love, understanding and my care is what I will give,
And above all a promise of friendship till I live!!
I'm alone sitting in darkness
And there is gloom all around.
My companions?
Sorrow, despair, failure-
Utter silence with no sound.

Thinking ceased, actions stopped
Breathing difficult, life robbed.
I feel everything is lost-
My courage has disappeared,
My confidence shattered
My hope crushed-my will caught.

Will this way I disappear?
With no care, nobody near,
Will I die with nobody to cry?
Will I perish with nothing to cherish?

No I can't allow myself
To be lost in this way-
I would have to come out
Come what may.

Then how with my depression I can fight?
How can I clear this darkness leading to Bright?
How across this sea of sorrow will I swim?
---I can do it by efforts in rythm.
I can do it by my perseverence,
With my toil and labour immense.

I wa swrong, darkness blinded my eyes,
Now I can hear in my failure others' cries
Yes I am loved, I am cared
If not by everyone, at least by few
And those few for me are like pearls of dew!

I would accomplish the impossible
My courage?--Their love
My hope?--Their care
And they?--My Saviour.

I would have to keep their faith in me,
I would have to prove my worth for their love.
And I know, I can do it
I can do it, because they are with me
Always to look after me,
Take care of me & guide me,
To make me reach my destiny,
Wish I fill the color in their dreams!
If I can, by any means...
Lap of Nature 
I am lying 
The river murmurs 
Trees whisper 
Birds chirp 
Colours of the rainbow 
I behold 
No thoughts 
No brain at work 
Heart content 
Just one emotion 
Its so beautiful! 
Is this Heaven? 
This is Heaven! 
Echoes the heart 
Is this Dream? 
This is Dream!! 
But has come true 
I can feel the serenity of the peace 
Its love everywhere 
Says the river, 
Say the birds 
Softly says to me every tree 
This love of Nature 
It sets my Soul free...
I am in love with a girl.
She is sweet, she is innocent,
She is lovely, she is lovable,
She is the girl, I once dreamt!

She has a place,
Too deep in my heart.
But I can never trace
Why she is so far?

She understands my emotions
But doesn't accept her too.
I wish her love she mentions
Wish only I can do!

When will she come to me,
And say you're mine, I need you.
In her eyes love I wish to see,
For her happiness, then anything I'll do

Then all her pains,
Silently I would bear.
And not allow her eyes,
To have a single tear.

But till then wait I will,
Silently, though heart will cry.
My breath ceases, I get still,
Yes, I will wait till I die!

Wish she shows her love,
Before it is too late.
Before I disappear,
If this is to be my fate.

But I will wait even then,
My love will be accepted one day.
She would come to me, her man,
And say, I wished her to say!

I pray my waiting is not too long,
Longer than I can bear.
I wish to sing duets, not a solo song,
I desparately need her near.

Come soon love, my heart is waiting,
Will you not give him what he wishes?
Believe your love and your feeling,
And your emotions are his only riches!
Though I may not say it often,
I do wish that you know.
What I feel for you,
Never in words I put though.

When I touch softly with my eyes,
And look with eyes gleaming.
I mean to say I've been at work,
Dreams infinite for you weaving.

When in silence I think of you,
I hear my heart beating for you.
In spite of emotions that I hold,
In words its difficult to mould.

I tried to say what I feel,
My heart's secrets I tried to reveal.
But its so difficult to say it all,
When I wish to say all things, big or small.

So I simply echo my soul,
Speak the words at the last,
I love you for what you are!
I love you sweetheart with my heart!!