52 Weeks of Avantika: Week 2


Creativity at Work: Peppa Pig Pretend Play


My admiration and pride in the little one’s imagination, creativity is directly proportional to my own energy.

I have been known to:

  • Fall asleep while watching/ playing
  • Turn around and roll my eyes at having to be a spectator… again
  • Wonder how Grandmas can genuinely get wowed by this
  • Get frustrated at the loss of one of the Peppa Pig family members and the consequent hunt that I must necessarily take an active part in

Well, that’s reality.


I recently got this tip fo surviing watching Lego-Pretend Play sessions from a Fellow Chicago Mom.

Dab loads of moisturizer on your hands.

[Nail polish on your nails works too unless you have you envisage a meltdown for ‘I-want-painted-nails-too’!]

Why It Works?

  • First of all. DISCLAIMER. You won’t get out of having to watch. But it will make the viewing a tad less frustrating. Plus, you get nice, smooth hands despite the winter and cleaning grubby hands, faces, noses, dishes, etc.
  • The kiddo won’t want cream anywhere near there precious possessions. So, you just have to watch, no helping needed, no conversations on how ‘you-did-it-wrongly’.
  • You can direct. Or enjoy some calm. Your wish.
  • If the play does not go satisfactorily, just threaten with cream on the toys.
  • If it further derails, pretend you’re a monster and chase the child with cream. Chases are always a hit. Grab and go. Bonus if you can get your kid moisturized too.

Project 52 Weeks of Avantika:

This post is part of my 52 Weeks of Avantika. I add a quote or picture. And then write my thoughts about how the image that the quote/ photo portrays is far from reality. And what real life looks like.

This concept is based on my book ‘365 Days of F(IB)B-ING‘ and is my way of spreading awareness about how life is not just a still snapshot but rather a mosaic of events and range of emotions. 



Hello Again & Project Avantika

If you read my last post a while back, you must be wondering how I am Back! Well, I could not keep away from my baby of 4 years.

While the reasons still hold good, I thought I could limit myself to a single short post. After four years, I crave the joy of overcoming my everyday challenges and trivial annoyances.

So, after much deliberation I thought I should start “Project Avantika“! Like the habit of the heroine of my novel [365 Days of F(ib)B-ing], Avantika, I shall add a cutesy photo or inspiring quote. Then, I will add a short text about what the untold story of that photo is including gory details. Or if it is a quote, how far my reality is from the mentioned slogan. All this for 52 weeks (a whole year) straight.

After reading so many inspiring books this year, I am all excited to adopt the ‘Reframe the Context‘ techniques touted by so many authors. Basically when we distance ourselves from a negative thought or event and adopt an opposing view or optimistic perspective and recount it,  we can see the silver lining. While my life is much better than most, daily annoyances do pile up and skew the most cheerful of outlooks. So, I thought why not try it? No harm in trying. 🤔

While New Year is always a good point for fresh beginnings, I am taking a leaf out of one of my favorite authors. As Laura Vanderkam puts it, a Wednesday will do just as well as Monday or Sunday. Hence, sharing my resolve on a Wednesday.

I will officially commence posts related to the project on Dec1st. Please do encourage me as you have in the past (I missed you guys!) and maybe even join me in the journey!

To new beginnings! Dasvidaniya!