Friends Behind Walls – Book Review

Can we ever keep two kids apart and tell them not to play with each other? Will that actually work? Will they ever listen to you??

“Friends Behind Walls” is a beautiful story on similar lines about childhood and the strong friendship bond that forms between Putti and Inu.

Putti decides to spend his holidays in Deolali, his hometown where he has never been as his Dada Dadi had already passed away before his birth. But he had heard wonderful stories about Deolali fom his Nana Nani and wanted to visit the beautiful place.

He also makes a friend Inu who lives next door but their parents forbid them to play. All they have are grunts and stares to pass at each other. But why is it so? What happened between them? Why do they not talk? Putti and Inu start on their investigation to find answers to these questions so that they can continue with their friendship. But will they be able to do so? Will they find the answers to them??
This book took me back to my childhood times when me and my friends were just inseparable. Going to school, playing together and even studying for exams together. Our summer holidays were all about eating kulfis and golas and playing all day long.

It is a perfect chapter book for young readers. @harshikaa_udasi has given a fun twist to characters like Putti’s Dad who has a rhyme to every word he says and Eira just can’t stop laughing. She has made sure to introduce new vocabulary to young readers like “flabbergasted” and “brouhaha” with their meanings explained in the story itself. Eira is enjoying that alot and tries to use them in her sentences now. Illustrations by @krishnabalashenoi are beautiful and book cover designed by @devanganadash is very catchy.

My rating 5/5

Book details
Book: Friends Behind Walls
Author: Harshikaa Udasi
Cover illustration: Krishna Bala Shenoi
Cover design: Devangana Dash
Publisher: Penguin Random House India

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mama and Baby

There is nothing more amazing than the liquid gold called breast-milk that a Mama provides to her newborn. Starting from colostrum that is the first thick yellowish milk that a mother produces is very important for the baby and as the days go by the milk supply increases and it’s scientifically said that the nutrients adjust to meet your baby’s needs.

why is breastfeeding important for the baby

✓ Early initiation of breastfeeding after birth boosts the baby’s immunity with direct transfer of antibodies and essential nutrients.
✓ these antibodies helps the baby fight viruses any bacteria.
✓ Breastmilk provides the ideal nutrition for your infant.
✓ It provides all the nutrition including vitamins, protein and fat that your a newborn needs.
✓ It is easily digestible.
✓ Due to its high content of water, baby is properly hydrated.
✓ Breastfeeding lowers the chances of having allergies and asthma.
✓ Breastfeeding exclusively for 6 months reduces the chances of ear infections and respiratory infections in the baby and reduces the chances of diarrhoea.
✓ Breastfeeding has been linked to higher IQ in babies in later stages of their life.
✓ It helps babies in adequate weight gain.

Moreover, the physical closeness, skin-to-skin contact and eye contact of the mother and baby have great effects on the baby making them feel more secure and strengthening your bond.

How Breastfeeding helps the mother.
✓ At the top of all, breastfeeding helps you loose some calories that you have put on during pregnancy.
✓ It releases oxytocin, a hormone that helps your uterus to reduce back to its pre-pregnancy size.
✓ It reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
✓ It gives a mother time and space with the baby which is very much needed for their bonding and also the comfort which is needed for a new mother.
✓ No need of sterilizing nipples and bottles when breastfeeding.

Many experts including the organisations like WHO, UNICEF and IMA (Indian Medical Association) , IAP( Indian Academy of Pediatrics) recommend exclusive breastfeeding upto 6 months and to continue breastfeeding upto 2 years of the baby’s age.

With the leading world that we are in today, many hospitals and organisations are now having Human milk banks where storage of Breastmilk is being done. If Breastmilk is not being supplied by a baby’s own mother, many doctors are now suggesting to go for human donor milk instead of formula milk.

Hope that all you Mamas have a happy breastfeeding journey! ❤️

You may also like to read my article on how to start Breastfeeding! Ease into it!

Secrets to being a Happy Mom during lockdown! ✨✨✨

How do you think a Mom reacts when she is tired or unhappy? She’s a ticking bomb that probably might go off on anyone and everyone and with current scenario where everyone is stuck at home, Moms tend to lose it every now and then.

I’m a Mom of two kids where one is a schooling girl and needs me during all her activities and other being an infant wants all the attention and care he can get. Trying to do it all and more gets overwhelming sometimes.

There are ways to handle all of it in a much better way and I’m sharing some tricks of mine here for all you beautiful Mamas to try!

  1. Ask for help
    Yes! This is the first and foremost stress buster. Ask for help from your husband, grandparents, friends or family. It all becomes overwhelming at certain times and all you have to say is “Please help”!
  2. Eat what you like
    A big bar of chocolate, your favourite cup of souffle or just a big slice of cheese cake. Good food sets one in a good mood.
  3. Take a power nap
    Being sleep-deprived can make anyone cranky. Nothing like a good nap. No matter the time, once the kids are taken care of, just get back to your bed. Working on getting your 8-hours sleep might work out better!
  4. Coffee/Tea
    The magic potion I call it. Nothing that a good cuppa cannot fix. Go to your favourite spot in your home with your cup and just relax.
  5. Get groovy!
    Put on some good music and dance to it with your partner. Including kids can also turn out to be fun! Play a mix of evryone’s favourites and get on the floor.
  6. Me time
    Me time is very important on a regular basis. Be it for just a cup of coffee, painting your nails or with a magazine. Just keep some time for yourself.
  7. Talk
    Talk to your partner about stuff that you can handle, that you can’t handle. What you did that day, how you did it, etc. Just talk and he will understand when he needs to step in!
  8. Special weekends.
    Movie nights or game nights turn out to be super fun. Watch kids’ favourites or put them to bed and watch your favourites. Unwind with some binge watching. For games, even the simple pin-the-tail or Uno turn out to be super engaging and fun.
  9. Quiet time
    Keep some quiet time for older kids. Engage them in some activities like reading or crafts. Playing their favourite pretend plays, etc while you put your legs up.
  10. Cuddle up
    Your little bunnies are gonna be all grown up in no time. So get your hugs and kisses while you can. Lots and lots of them and especially when something is wrong. It will work it’s magic and all the stress will disappear in no time.

A happy Mom creates a happy family and this happiness within you can come with constant efforts from yourself.

What’s your trick to be a happy Mom? Share in the comments below.

Corn Upma

Monsoon is here and there is nothing more delish than a roasted corn with a dash of lime and salt.

Corn upma is also an amazing and flavorful recipe to try! This is my Nani’s special recipe and we enjoy it every time.

Roasted corn kernels (2 corn)
2 medium onions chopped
4 – 5 dry red chillies (you can even use green chillies or chilli flakes)
1/2 inch ginger finely chopped
1/2 tap asafoetida
1 tsp mustard
2 sprigs of curry leaves
2 tbsp coriander leaves
1 lemon’s juice
Salt to taste
3 tbsp oil

Remove the corn kernels from the cob and roast them in a pan. Cool them for a while and grind them in mixer. They shld not turm completely (the trick to do this is to pulse the mixer/grinder and not run it for long)

Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan. rackle Add mustard seeds and crackle them followed by curry leaves and dry chillies. Now saute chopped onions and ginger. Add asafoetida. Now add the corn mash and mix it well. Add salt as per taste. Stir fry it for a while. When almost done, add the lemon juice and mix well.

Enjoy the hot corn upma with a cup of masala chai!!