A healthy child = A happy family = A happy India

Do you think that the title of this post is weird beyond your expectation of weirdness from this blog?

Let me try and explain. For the longest time, we have seen how we, as a country, value family relations more than anything else. Talking of recent times, we never refrain from commenting on global forums that we Indians believe in family and relations and with the kind of close-knit bonds that we have in our families, we can take on the world. While shouting at the top of our voices about how we have close-knit relations on every forum possible is not really a done thing, having strong family relations is one of the best things one can have. (Let’s not talk about how it’s mostly about family and society in India than individual, let’s keep that for another day πŸ™‚ ). So, coming back to the reasoning behind the title, having a happy family ensures that we have a fulfilling life which in turn is the basis of having a flourishing country and what lies the foundation of a happy family? A healthy child. (I do realize that in that last few sentences I have made the world appear so simple). Still, we can collectively agree that the foundation of a happy family is a healthy child.

When a child arrives into a system, it fills the entire atmosphere with happiness. Children happen to have that power. No matter how stressful your day had been, when the child of the family comes in front of you, it puts a smile on your face. The opposite of this is as true. When the child of the family is sick, everyone and everything is strained and tensed. Nothing seems to be right. Precisely the reason why our parents fuss so much about what we eat and whether we are getting ‘weak’. I remember my mother telling me that they also used to get irritated when grand mother fussed so much about what they ate. No matter whom you ask, everyone seems to have some foods that were constant companions in their childhood. Even a mere mention of any of the names brings back huge memories because some foods have so much been a part of our childhood. A part of our routine so fiercely that it is hard to not get nostalgic. I am sure you are all thinking about some of those foods right now. Yes, yes, I and you are on the same track thinking about soaked almonds and milk. To take care of our health and well-being, our families ensured that we eat all the wondrous foods possible. Among these foods, the one product that was a part of the winter morning routine for most of us was Chyawanprash and I am not sure of today’s time but in those days, Dabur ruled. So much so that it is almost not possible to say ‘Chyawanprash’, we always tend to say ‘Dabur Chyawanprash’. It is that one thing that I think most homes stocked up on because they considered it a wonder product for the health of the children of the family. Let’s just say that they got to know about my theory of a healthy child = a happy family. πŸ˜‰ Now, honestly, I am not aware of it’s benefits but I really, really enjoyed eating it. I found it very tasty to be honest. However, definitely head over to this link:Β https://www.liveveda.com/daburchyawanprash/Β to know about the benefits of Dabur Chyawanprash and, of course, you should head over to Google as well to know about the benefits or any precautions whatsoever. Since these days we are all awakening again to healthy eating, this could be that one good thing in your morning routine. I know if you have a child in your family, you are already thinking about their morning routine. πŸ™‚ Wishing good health to all the children and happiness to all! πŸ™‚

PS: Totally off-topic, but I hope someone from Dabur who can be of help reads this: I totally love Dabur’s venture: NewU. To have a multi-brand cosmetics chain which is exclusive to India is very exciting, but I am refraining from buying things from NewU as Dabur is not cruelty-free. I understand that for the Dabur Research Foundation, you cannot go completely cruelty-free but in cosmetics, it is really not required. Can we have NewU’s cosmetics that are cruelty-free (or if they already are, then a confirmation would do). Thanks. πŸ™‚

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11 thoughts on “A healthy child = A happy family = A happy India

  1. I agree with what you have said ( keeping the individualist-collectivist debate for another day πŸ˜‰ ). That said, very rarely do I see people with right parenting skills. Now, you might say that its easier to point fingers and all- but that is no excuse to have bad parenting skills either.
    To be honest, I have seen only countable homes with parents really concerned about their children- though they profess how much they “love” them: what a joke!
    You should write about how you think a child should be brought up – because ‘happy child’ is a broad term. Come to think of it, it is an end product and it would be interesting to see how you think that product could be produced. The process… Would be an interesting read πŸ™‚

    Dabur Chyavanprash. Now, I have to check out what it actually had. Had forgotten about it completely πŸ™‚

    • You know what, I actually wanted to write about things that parents should do in my opinion to bring up their children well. But it sounds so weird already. Anybody can point fingers and say that who are you to talk of that. I’ll still write that post anyway sometime. πŸ™‚

      And I am not sure what you mean about most parents not being ‘concerned’, ummm, elaborate when you get time Tatsat. πŸ™‚

      On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 8:54 PM, Life of Srish wrote:

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      • Why not πŸ™‚
        What I meant was the short term perspective, or the lack of any perspective at all, that most parents have. That is understandable because for most of them being a parent was not a choice- social pressure, accident or whatever, but rarely was it a choice. Because when you ‘really’ make a choice, then you prepare. Most of them don’t know even the basics of child upbringing. For instance, I read this book on developmental psychology which elaborated as to how important it is to keep the environment around mother serene before and after childbirth. Also, how important it is for both parents to follow a healthy lifestyle at least a year in advance and till 10 years of childbirth- makes it 11 πŸ˜‰ The point is not that they should know this tiny bits of information ( which they claim they already know, and they don’t in totality ) but the attitude of thinking that they are ready to have a baby because they are married+are of the right age+there is nothing else to do. In my ever-so-humble Opinion being ready is a function of the amount of preparation we do for anything that important.

        For that reason, most of the kids today are spoilt, even when their parents boast of how well their 9 year old can operate a laptop and smartphone and can not live without pizza on weekends : exactly my point πŸ˜‰

        Good parenting is how you make good,responsible citizens- at least in my opinion. Could be wrong though…

        • I completely agree with your last two points, good parenting = good responsible citizens and let’s not even start about the fast (food and otherwise) upbringing kids are getting these days. Although we don’t know, maybe, just maybe, we also would have done the same due to lack of time/inclination even if wanted to have our kids a healthier lifestyle.

          As for the ready part, well, I don’t know. I mean if we think about it, we always have apprehensions about anything new, so in that sense, we can never be fully ready for anything. Although I get your point, some preparedness is necessary, because it’s after all a question of taking responsibility of another life, not deciding on whether you should go on that college trip or not. πŸ™‚

          • As I said, its the attitude and not so much the bits of information from Developmental Psychology or any other stream of knowledge. When you are eager, you always prepare. Like you are health conscious, you go out and find peanut butter. You google for its benefits. The point is that any sincere endeavour is about anticipation and preparation ( which can never be “complete” though ). I wish that was part of the popular culture here. We can not outsource actions such as these πŸ™‚

            Haha college trip πŸ™‚ Now that is what I call great example πŸ˜›

  2. And would you believe it…that I was telling a colleague that I miss the taste of Dabur Chawanprash…it’s health benefits be damned! πŸ™‚ I think I am gonna buy one!! πŸ˜€

  3. Hi Srishty πŸ˜ƒ, you are totally right there a healthy child is very important for a happy family . Btw I was not a big fan of chawanprash 😣 always used to end up being scolded by dad for not having it !!!

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