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Life at Flame:TFI Summer Institute

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Sorry for the break in blogging! I have undergoing some rigorous and immensely enjoyable training at Teach for India’s first institute at FLAME near Pune. This is my second week of teaching summer school for 18 little 2nd graders! The experience has been great! I never knew all the work and planning that went into being a teacher! Time at the school just seems to fly. We are back at FLAME for an afternoon and evening filled of sessions covering content and lesson planning strategy.

I promise to write about the experience in more detail soon, but I need to get back to planning my reading fluency lesson. Keeping little ones engaged for 30 minutes is hard, and I am making Google and Pinterest my teaching assistants.

Leaving you with a few picture of my time at FLAME and teaching summer school.

The little pup that entertains me at FLAME <3

The little pup that entertains me at FLAME ❤

My summer school teaching collab ready for first day of school.

My summer school teaching collab ready for first day of school.

Me in my teacher outfit! Mixed a top from FabIndia with patiala pants.

Me in my teacher outfit! Mixed a top from FabIndia with patiala pants.

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Where is my Pregnancy Glow?

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When you read or hear people talk about being pregnant, 90% of it is all about how much fun it was, the glow and that it is a blessing. The not so fun side of it is something that you experience on your own, or hear about only after you are already pregnant. So, there is no time to prepare for it.

There is the constant nausea during the first trimester, which is also the time, your jeans stop fitting you. The rest of your wardrobe ceases to fit midway into the second trimester, and any new clothes you buy will be too tight within a couple of weeks. I am yet to find pregnancy jeans anywhere here in India, so have basically been living in loose kurtis and leggings.

My Pregnancy Attire

My Pregnancy Attire

And do you have any idea how difficult it is to apply or remove nail color! I mean you literally have to go into Yogic poses to reach your toes. Waxing is a strict no-no from the doctor, as the pain could trigger early labor. And all that squatting to pick anything from a lower shelf or something that you dropped kills your thigh muscles, if you did not include squatting in your pre-pregnancy exercise routine.

Sleeping on your side, while supporting your belly on a pillow makes it difficult to turn or find a comfortable position. Half the time the pillow ends up on the floor mostly with the cover somewhere else. And even the most simple acts of sitting and getting up from a couch can get troublesome towards the end of your second trimester.

A lot of these things you only find out about when you are reading the pregnancy books. I wish that articles covered more beside the glow, so that one is a little prepared. Also, people should be a little less judgmental if someone decides to say that the pregnancy was not all fun.

I am not saying it is all bad, looking at the sonogram and trying to predict a boy or a girl, and identifying body parts definitely has its moments. So is pressing your belly and waiting for a kicking response. Trust me it is so much fun and weird at the same time that someone that tiny already boasts of intelligence.

If you are pregnant and reading, or planning of trying for a baby, just know that there are others like you who are having trouble and it is not smooth sailing all the way for them either. Enjoy the parts that you do and cherish them, and ignore the people who judge.

Essential Clothing: The Indian Kurti

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This post was inspired by a question posted on one of my previous posts on Bandra Linking Road. What is a kurti? This got me thinking, a kurti is an essential piece of clothing for women in India and something that you probably only find in the Indian subcontinent.

Me in a modern kurti for a day of shopping

What is a kurti? A kurti is typically a short top (falls around the hips) made in a very light material, like cotton. Most kurtis have long or 3/4 length sleeves. In the summer, kurtis can come in short sleeves. I generally prefer the long sleeves kurtis as I feel they make me look slimmer. The kurtis are worn over skinny jeans or leggings. A quick way to identify a kurti from a salwar kurta? Kurtis don’t have a dupatta or scraf with them.

As with anything in India, kurtis are adorned with bright colors and patterns. You can easily wear a kurti to a party and have it accessorised with jewellery. It also serves as the perfect outfit to run errands, wear to work, or go shopping in one of the busy street markets. I was recently told you can even wear a kurti to an interview here. I might have to try this out and see if it really works.

An average kurti ranges anywhere from 200 Rupees  ($5) to 1500 Rupees ($30). If you want to go real high end, you can even pick a designer kurti for 20,000 Rupees. You can pick kurtis up at pretty much any clothing store. In malls, Global Desi and Biba have been my favorite shops for modern and fun kurti shopping.

Pakistani Kurti

A new kurti style that has recently emerged is known as the pakistani kurti. These kurtis are longer than traditionally kurtis and usually hit you below the knees. The pakistani kurtis are the current trend in Mumbai and Pune; most girls pair them with a pair of ankle length leggings. These kurtis are made of a georgette material, therefore making them quite light and airy.

In India, the kurti serves as a perfect blend of designer style and everyday comfort. My aim is to get more colorful kurtis in my wardrobe-make them my go to outfit for hot and humid days. Somehow, in a really weird and silly way, wearing a kurti makes me feel like I am fitting well into India, lol.