Saturday, May 27, 2017

Product Review: Oh My Name! Personalised story book

Greetings Parents and People,
The best gift a child can get is the habit of reading.
Its a whole different world when you are in the company of a book.

I am a book lover and thankfully so is my son. I was thinking what to gift him on his 4th birthday. I came upon a blog post about customized book with your kids name embedded within the story.
I was very much interested !

A Personalized story for kids. Its story about a boy who forgot his name and goes on a journey to find it. How is it personalized? The name of your kid or the one you are gifting the book to, is weaved into the story. Isn't it lovely :)
The story stars the child and he/she goes on a journey to different places and collects the letters which form his name.
They design the book keeping in mind if the child is a Girl or a Boy. 

The company making these books is: Oh My Name !
Website: Oh My Name!
Facebook page: Oh My Name!
Twitter handle: @OhMyname

The Book is Priced at Rs.1299 now.
Here is a Promo Code to avail a 10% discount on the cost of the book. Place your order NOW!
Use Promo Code for Discount

I checked their website and found the cost within my budget. The story of how the company was formed got me more looking forward to the book. Read about it here:

So I created an account. I placed an order. They allow you to add an image of the kid with message on the first page of the book. I mailed them the pictures and the message.

Lets read: Oh My Name!
Dinosaurs are still in hiding and they gave us letter 'R'
Dabi helped find the letter 'A'

Aah, we found our name and can sleep now ;)
The Author Nikhil Mittal himself called up to talk to me about the book and process. I also sent mails to the Team and they coordinated very well with multiple mails and update of how the book was getting made, what step was being done, where it had reached, asking for my feedback,....

The book reached well in advance for my Son's birthday. It was a surprise for him.
It was neatly packed in bubble wrap.

Birthday boy with his surprise gift

My son laughed out aloud on seeing his picture on the first page and wanted to read it immediately.
He asked if the boy in the story was him. When I said yes and explained how the boy had forgotten his name and was going on a journey to find his name, his eyes lighted up. Adventure ! 
He got busy racing through pages. I let him go through the entire book and then started reading it slowly.

Is this boy ME?
"My photo is on starting page", says Pranav

He squealed when Dabi the puppet is introduced and I produced it from its wrap :D Then he held Dabi all the time when reading the book.

We both read the story and hunted for the alphabets which formed his name. He loved searching for the alphabets and is now more interested in learning about them, the sound of each alphabet.

The book has had multiple readings till date and we love to talk about each character in the book after its over.

What I liked:
I loved the way they have incorporated a story on the basis of each name and the child's interests.

The story and flow is smooth. Words are simple for kids to understand. Concepts are explained in rhymes. Well done Author Nikhil Mittal.

Our book had instances of team work, friendship, exploring (with Galileo, Wright brothers  as Guest appearances), helping others, showing compassion,...

The illustration of characters, their traits and talents,... is perfect. Special mention to Living Waters Studio who got the cartoons/characters alive.

The quality of paper, colors used, packaging, Dabi as a hand puppet is very good. Worth the cost, I would say. Check their Facebook page and website for offers and Giveaways.

I loved the way they followed up even after delivery of the product. Shows they value each book, child and the parents as customers.

This book will be a treasured addition to a child's belongings preserved for ages to come as its timeless. Its like the baby clothes, toys, shoes, photos we preserve of our child.

The cost is affordable. When you go gift shopping for kids, toys cost you 500-1000Rs. Also they lose interest, breakdown, out-grow them very soon. This book can be picked up anytime for atleast one read and become one of your fond memories too :)

What I wanted more:
More contribution of Dabi in the story instead of just following the child around.
Events in Mumbai too. :) I would love to attend and spread the word for this wonderful concept.

All the best Oh My Name! Team :)

Do check out this product. Follow their FB page for offers and Giveaway. The Team is super responsive to queries.

Let us know if you bought a copy and your review of it. Use the PROMO CODE !

Bye. Take care.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Event: MealMate, Initiative by JAMMs

Good day People !
No one has ever becomes Poor by Giving
, so rightly said.

So this time JAMMs initiative for completing 1100 days is to provide 1100 meals to cancer children. These children undergo chemotherapy and require fullfilling, nutritious meals to cope with the treatment. JAMMs with AccessLife has pledged to collect funds to feed 1100 meals in its #MealMate initiative. This initiative is on till May 25th,2017.

I have contributed, you too can join in this noble cause. Rs.999 is all it takes to serve 8 children a nutritious meal.

Click on the link below for contributions 👇


PayTM on 8080222377


You can also pay by CHEQUE
Call on 8080222377 for further details

‘Meal Mate’ an Initiative by JAMM’s network with Accesslife
#jammsnetwork #mealmate

Cancer – a diagnosis that strikes despair not only in the patient but the entire family. When a child is the one who has to cope with the disease, it seems so unfair and one cannot even begin to imagine what the parents, especially the mother, are going through. Add to that the burden of poverty which makes the situation even more unbearable.
What these children need besides treatment is also adequate nutrition to help boost their immunity and combat the illness better.

JAMM’s (Journey About Mast Moms) empathizes with what these families are facing; as mothers we can best understand the pain of another mother who is coping not only with a child battling cancer but also the sense of helplessness that pervades due to the lack finances.
This is why JAMM’s network has collaborated with Accesslife ( to ensure that these children get their fighting chance and the necessary food nutrition through the initiative 1100 Meal Mate. JAMM’s network will have been in existence for 1100 days and this initiative is a marker in its history of giving back to society. After all, mothers know about giving of oneself and bringing joy to others.


JAMM’s network - *Journey About Mast Moms*, initiated by Ritu (Chief Connecting Officer) is a multi-award winning Mumbai based Moms support group for networking that started in April 2014 and has been steadily expanding and evolving since then...

Over 20,000 Moms from various areas connect and communicate online via what's app & a secret Facebook group + meet offline every month via their complimentary workshops, seminars and events which aid informed/conscious parenting decisions!

Over 365 underprivileged kids received haircuts during JAMMs network first anniversary event - Happy New Hair. Over 550 needy visually impaired people received white canes & dark glasses during their 'i-light' social initiative. The 'Mast Santa' social campaign done in Dec 2015 donated unused handbags with goodies to homeless women. 'Step-Up' was their April 2016 social initiative where 730 underprivileged children received footwear and over 910 sarees were collected & donated to less fortunate women during their Nov 2016 social drive.
To join JAMMs:
Whatsapp Ritu, CEO of JAMMS: +91 99302 03454
JAMMs Network: Facebook

About Accesslife

Access Life Assistance Foundation provides a loving and temporary home for the parent or care taker and the child undergoing the treatment for cancer. Our mission is to offer a home-like environment for these families and we also try to improve the quality of life of these children by providing practical support services, educational resources and recreational programs.
We understand the financial pressure cancer puts on some families so we provide them dignified accommodation at no cost while their child receives the treatment. In a country where care for the needy has long been accepted as dismal, Access Life is working to not only fill in a large unmet need but also to fundamentally change this mind-set.

Other initiatives we have been a part of with JAMMs:
Event: Drape a Smile, Initiative by JAMMs
Event: Mast Santa organised by JAMM's, one bag leading to empowerment

Workshops and activities done with JAMMs:
Event: Mithai Cupcake workshop by Chef Anees at APB Studio with JAMMs
Event: Umbrella Painting with JAMM mommies and kids at Bright Beginnings Preschool, Thane
Event: Mother's Day at KidZania Mumbai for #ZuperMomDay at #ZuperDayAtKidZania
Event: JAMMs Thane Meet up and PlayDate at The Riot Room
Event: Italian Cuisine cooking workshop by Nandita Gupta, organised by JAMMs
Event: Beauty and the Beast Musical by Disney, book reading with JAMMs
Event: JAMMs Book Club meet and Book Reading by Kiran Manral
Event: JAMMs Fitness workshop with Payal Gidwani and Bookclub meet
Event: Eco-Friendly Ganesha Idol making workshop with JAMMs at The Culture Studio, Mulund

Do join in & pledge your support.

Bye. Take care.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Whats that pic-47

Greetings People !
Sorry for the loong gap in posts :)
But lets start on a funny note gain. Some more pics today for our Whats that pic series.

Washroom/ Toilet/ Lavatory/ Loo/ Restroom... some of the names we use.
But here are some versions I found recently:

I am sure we have seen many such spelling blunders or ways of expressing diplomatically ;)

Show us more funny pics if you have seen :)

Check some from our series:
Whats that pic-42
Whats that pic-41
Whats that pic-36
Whats that pic-35

Bye. Take care.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Event: Drape a Smile, Initiative by JAMMs

Good day People !
Happy Diwali Everyone ! May you have a fun-filled, prosperous, healthy Diwali :)

We are celebrating Diwali with much fan-fare. But there are some who cant afford a basic sweet on those 5days.
JAMMs has taken up an Initiative for the Woman of the House, to drape them in a Saree and give them something to deck up in this festive season. Our target is 910 sarees by Nov 14th, 2016.

One of the Initiative I was part of earlier with JAMMs:
Event: Mast Santa organised by JAMM's, one bag leading to empowerment

Drape a Smile, Initiative by JAMMs

DRAPE A SMILE – JAMM’s 5th Social Initiative 

JAMM’s unveils its latest social initiative ‘DRAPE A SMILE’, where all the ‘Mast Moms’ of the JAMM’s network are being encouraged to donate sarees for underprivileged women who are less fortunate than us. The goal is to collect 910 sarees to commemorate the 910 days that JAMMs network has been in existence.

Mothers from all walks of life know the meaning of the word ‘sacrifice’. Even the upwardly mobile metro dwellers have had to sacrifice their time and career at the altar of motherhood. But these underprivileged women give up so much more – to ensure their children and families have a happy Diwali, they slave away to make the basic sweets and use their meager savings to buy their children new clothes – there is seldom anything left for themselves. During a festival where new clothes are almost de rigueur; these women do without!

Almost all of us have some sarees packed away which we have never used, either because they were gifted to us and not quite our style, or merely because we don’t feel like wearing sarees. This is the perfect opportunity from JAMM’s to not just de-clutter your closet but do a good deed this festive season as well. 30 drop points have been set up across the city by volunteer moms to streamline the process of donating sarees. The saree donation drive will continue till 14th November 2016.

Think about it, this Diwali as a woman in some corner of the country is draping her new saree gifted by you she is also draping a smile on her face. That joy is simply priceless!

So collect all the sarees you havent used in a while and go drop them at the centers mentioned. I have collected a few, how about you? Glad to be part of JAMMs :)

About JAMM’s:
JAMMs network
JAMMs network

Ritu Gorai
Ritu Gorai

Journey About Mast Moms / JAMM’s network - is an award winning social initiative for Mumbai & Navi Mumbai based mothers. Vision is to connect and communicate with like-minded mothers both online and offline, JAMM's is a no-nonsense and complete "Momsense" support group for networking led by Ritu Gorai. In a very brief period of time JAMM's has grown in strength and currently has over 13,000 mothers connected via whats app groups & a secret Facebook group and their numbers are growing every day!

JAMM's is also very socially conscious and regularly organizes workshops, talks and events for its members across the city on topics as varied as dealing with teenage angst to cancer screening. It has hosted over 100 workshops in the last 910 days & every single intervention is complimentary. Last year around Diwali time, JAMMs had initiated ‘i-Light; and had gifted 550 white canes and dark glasses to the visually impaired in Mumbai

JAMM’s has been felicitated by ‘Entrepreneur Excel’ for women empowerment in Dec 2015, winner of WOW award in May 2016, winner of Womennovator award & has also been nominated for the prestigious international ‘Manthan’ award for digital empowerment & not misusing technology

Mob: +91 9930203454
TWITTER handle:

Check out other activities and Events we enjoyed with JAMMs:

Lets Drape a Smile this Diwali :)
Bye. Take care.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Event: Eco-Friendly Ganesha Idol making workshop with JAMMs at The Culture Studio, Mulund

Greetings People !
Ganpati festival is over. So this post is late since I had 5day Gauri-Ganpati at my house. But still would like to share the wonderful experience we had of making Ganesha Idols in an eco-friendly way thanks to JAMMs and The Culture Studio. Check my Prasad contribution for our family Ganpati, Event: Mithai Cupcake workshop by Chef Anees at APB Studio with JAMMs

JAMMs mommy+kids Eco Ganesha Idol Making workshop at The Culture Studio, Mulund
JAMMs mommy+kids Eco Ganesha Idol Making workshop at The Culture Studio, Mulund
Our Ganesha Idol was submerged in the artificial lake with our family Ganpati and Gauri idols.

Introductions ! Getting to know more about the Teachers, JAMMs and The Culture Studio
Introductions ! Getting to know more about the Teachers, JAMMs and The Culture Studio

JAMMs, our no-nonsense only Momsense Mommy group tied up with The Culture Studio to conduct this fun & learning workshop for kids and mommies. It gave the kids a glimpse into the Ganesha festival, unique experience to play with hands with Shadu (natural clay from river beds), tenacity to complete something, satisfaction of creating something so divine. All the mommies agreed it was like meditation or had a calming experience on each of them.
Step by Step we make our Ganu Bappa !

Thanks to the Teacher Pankaj Patil and his team who very patiently taught step by step how to make the Idols. The way they explained it in simple terms gave us non-crafty-hands moms confidence that we can do justice in making a good-looking Ganesha ;)
Kids offline bonding & showing off their Creations :)
Kids offline bonding & showing off their Creations :)

Thanks to JAMMs and The Culture Studio for organizing this workshop. The Culture Studio is becoming a hub for superb, unique sessions. The 2 ladies founders want people to come join The Culture Studio by participating or conducting sessions there. They have a huge space which can host conferences or dance sessions or any workshops for that matter. Its a warm, friendly, well equipped space. Do check it out.

Know more about:
JAMMs : JAMM's is a no-nonsense & complete Momsense support group for social networking amongst Mumbai / New Mumbai based mothers. We connect online + offline ! It empowers mothers to come back into the workforce with their talents, hobbies, business they build and networking.
Whatsapp Ritu, CEO of JAMMS: +91 99302 03454
JAMMs Network: Facebook
JAMMs: Website

The Culture Studio:  It provides the community with a meltingpot for different discussions. Things of interest for all age groups. A place where you can spend time doing what you really enjoy. Things that your heart desires.A place to listen, learn, discuss and share.
Facebook page
Phone no:+91 9820110046

The other workshops we have participated with JAMMs:

Let us know of cool things you do especially for Kids ;)

Bye. Take care.