Jatin Marwah, the young owner of Residency Hotel, was found dead in his office, leaving behind his entire fortune for Shimona, his charming wife. Cardiac arrest, that’s what the doctors declared. He was known to be an alcoholic.
Standing beside the round table and looking at the array of towering glasses and the tea cups in the hotel lobby, Shimona looked captivating in her white embroidered Kurta salwar. There was a faint bewitching smile on her pink lips, “When marital rape and adultery are not crimes, then choosing a path of freedom isn’t too,” she said to herself.
Her canvas had lost its colours after the death of her mother due to cancer. He was a wanderer, a nature photographer. The love for colours brought the two closer. He had lost his love due to cancer too. “Losing love in life doesn’t mean losing hope too,” he said. Taking out a ring from his pocket and sliding it in her hand, he said, “I want you to fill colours in my life.” “Me too,” she said. Together they coloured not only their lives but also the life of his girlfriend’s autistic child whom they adopted with all the love and care, and called her Neelima, after her mother.
If there was one thing Latika was obsessed with was her slippers. She had innumerable pairs of slippers still she could never resist herself from buying more. She was getting married to Saarthak and was planning an entirely new collection of them for her trousseau. “Don’t you think 15 pairs are a bit too much?” her mother questioned. “Mom, I can’t go on repeating the same for every party,” was her answer. A month later, she came back to her mom. Her face full of bruises, her eyes swollen and blue. There were red marks of slippers on all over her body. She cried in her mother’s arms, “You were right mom. I shouldn’t have bought them!”
She was born to dance. She was learning ballet since she was 5. Her dream was going to be true. She will be performing at the biggest dance competition. “Sam,” she called her boyfriend to break the news. She told him about it, excitement clearly showed in her voice. They fixed up a date to celebrate. He brought her chocolates and strawberries. He kissed her and dropped her outside her house. In a flash of a second, she was flying and thrown yards away. “Your feet shall not dance on anyone else’s tunes.” He grinned evilly.
Kids these days are much smarter and aware than earlier. They observe and start noticing everything from a very young age. I remember when my younger one was a year old and we all went to Goa for a holiday. It was her first time on the beach and when we made her stand on the beach, she would not let her feet down in the sand saying, “chhi, chhi,” then slowly when she noticed that sand could be washed away easily with the waves, she started having fun with it. She enjoyed getting her feet “dirty” with the sand and letting the waves clean her feet. We had great fun watching her antics and her liking for cleanliness.
It is extremely important for kids to learn the habit of maintaining hygiene in order to grow up as an adult who practices hygiene. The other day my elder one was telling me an incident that happened at her school. She told me that during lunch time all her friends were having lunch together in the playground. All of them had washed their hands before eating lunch but there was one child who hadn’t and didn’t want to go all the way to the handwashing area. Following from the 1-2-3 regime that I had taught her, my daughter asked him to close his eyes and bring his hands in front. Then she flipped open the cap, poured a coin-sized drop of Dettol hand sanitizer in his hands and asked him to rub them. After that, she asked him to open his eyes and He noticed his hands were clean he thanked her. He went back home and asked his mother to buy him a Dettol Sanitizer with a sling to tie it to his bag. The next day, during lunchtime, he asked my daughter to close her eyes and bring her hands in front. He put a drop of the sanitizer and asked her to rub her hands. He then asked her to open her eyes and she immediately guessed the product and was happy to see her friend using it too.
I have always taught my kids to clean their hands in a fun way and love the way they follow it for themselves but are teaching it to their friends also. Here are a few games and tips by which I make hand washing fun for them:
1. Rhyme and song
We sing a rhyme while washing hands which goes-
Wash, wash, wash your hands,
Wash it every day,
Father, mother, sister, brother,
Wash it every day”
The rhyme makes it fun for kids and they love to sing it together whenever they wash their hands.
2. Making bubbles
Kids love playing with bubbles. I always keep a liquid hand wash on the wash basin and show them how fun it is to make bubbles during a hand wash. We can build a story like how there are several germs in their hands which can make them sick. The bubbles of hand wash have germ kill in it. Kids enjoy stories and love to wash their hands themselves and play with bubbles in the washroom.
3. Attractive hygiene essentials
Getting attractive bath accessories with kids’ favourite cartoon helps a lot in developing their interest in hand wash regime. A beautiful towel with Peppa Pig and a beautiful hand wash dispenser bottle are two of my kids’ favourite hygiene essentials.
4. Fun in park
I usually notice that while playing in the park mothers of small kids carry their snack boxes with them. Small kids are generally impatient and instantly grab on their snacks without even waiting to clean their hands. It is important at that time to sanitize their hands before eating. Teaching them to use a hand sanitizer using the1,2,3 Germs se ho free regime that Dettol sanitizer has in its ad is a helpful way to remember using it before eating.
Also because its monsoons it is more important to take care of health and hygiene during this season. Developing hygiene habits and teaching them to maintain personal hygiene helps in preventing diseases caused by viruses in this season. Good hygiene habits also ensure good health for kids. Helping them learn about hygiene solutions is therefore very important.