• Understanding mindfulness with Dr Nimisha Rastogi; copyright for From The Corner Table
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    Understanding the basics of mindfulness

    What is mindfulness? If you look up the word ‘mindfulness’ in the dictionary, you’ll find it defined as the state or quality of being mindful or aware of something. And under the subtext Psychology, it is defined as a technique in which one focuses one’s full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations but not judging them; the mental state maintained by the use of this technique. In current times, mindfulness is also a term that a lot of you would have stumbled across while browsing the internet. And that is probably because mindfulness is said to be an effective tool or strategy to manage anxiety and…

  • Half a year later: The Work From Home experience - photograph by Rapti Bhaumick for From The Corner Table (copyright image)
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    Half a year later: The Work From Home experience

    The global WFH phenomenon has been a cause of changes in dynamics at the personal and professional level, which, in turn, have caused a domino effect on various parts of lives.As most organisations continue to encourage employees to WFH, with some even declaring 2020 as being the year of WFH, the situation has put us in this state of haze – the struggle to balance work-and-home while working from home is a harsh reality!As someone who’s been working from home for more than a year now, I am well aware of how little it takes to send that precariously balanced routine tumbling. And trying to find that space to focus…

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    Things to remember when you plan a blog

    A blogger need not be a ‘writer’ or an ‘expert’. Because while people do like to know what an expert has to say, a first-hand encounter or experience shared by someone they identify with is more credible. That said, blogging regularly and over a period of time is a step towards becoming a better writer and more knowledgeable about the topic(s) you are blogging about. And that, people, is a pretty good reason to stop procrastinating and start working on that blog! The thought of starting a blog can seem intimidating and time consuming. It was both of these, and certain other reasons, that led to an 8-year wait before…

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    Children’s well-being in the lockdown

    The children are fine! And they’ll continue to thrive with a little more love, attention and some exercises! So says Dr Shinee Shanbhag, a mother of two and a consultant physiotherapist who has been fielding varied queries from concerned parents about their children’s well-being. Several of my parent friends have been expressing concern about their children’s health and the effect that these uncertain situations – pandemic, lockdown, lack of physical activity, affected social skills, the list is varied and dependent on the family’s situation. And with education having shifted online, parents are worried about the effect on children – so much screen time and not enough running around! A mother…

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    Branding solutions for small biz

    From a boutique owner to an influencer, jewellery store to MNC, businesses have been shaken up and how! The lockdown and its after-effects are being felt far and wide forcing companies to take time out to regroup and restructure for the new normal. While big companies have their own sets of marketing teams, small-scale industries, local mid-level business owners and self-employed individuals seem to be a loss. Restructuring requires rebranding, advertisements and re-budgeting which is difficult in the given times. As a freelance content writer | blogger | home baker, I’ve had my share of moments trying to figure out how to make things work. At times like these, it…

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    Memory String 2018 Unravelled #2

    Beat this now! I’m getting better at planning! I actually managed to time the second part of my ‘best of 2018’ and am publishing it on the last day of the year! I could go on and on about how amazing it feels but let’s keep it short and sweet today. It is a Monday, several of us are battling the Monday blues with the added shot of sad coz who wants to work on a Monday when you know you are going to party the night into the New Year! Depressing much? I’m going to ring in 2019 with my friends-more-than-family. It’ll be a night of music, dance and…

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    Memory String 2018 Unravelled #1

    It’s been a few days since the giveaway was announced. The winners have been declared and handed over their loot. While in the process of putting together bags for the giveaway winners, I decided to send out a few to friends who’ve been a rock for me in the past year; and some to people who’ve inspired me time and again. So amid the planning, backing, packing and delivery, I’m a little run down and just about ready for the weekend; or to await the beginning of the New Year. But no complaints because this is the good kind of tired – the kind where your back hurts because you’ve…

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    Food Shaming is a Reality

    It’s the wedding season in town and I’ve been busy attending related functions and receptions. My attendance at these events depends on three factors1) WHO is getting hitched and my relationship with them.2) WHO among my friends or family will be in attendance?3) FOOD! There’s always something interesting about shaadi ka khaana and if the venue is known for good food, the foodie in me is always willing to go shake a few hands and send out a few smiles.And I was all geared up to have a splendid time with good food and company this wedding season.Only, at an event in the past week, a rather unsavoury comment left…

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    Top 10 Reasons To Blog

    A year! Wow! It’s been a year and a few days to that first click on the ‘publish’ button – that click marking the roller coaster ride that From The Corner Table is! Another upload and click sometime today will mark another milestone for the blog – I’ve got a logo that is a visual representation of the idea that is ‘From The Corner Table’! Do check it out on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Amid this nostalgia trip and a bit of excitement over the logo, my current mood is similar to that of a child let loose in a playground – jumping from ‘astonished’ to ‘pride’ before rushing towards…

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    Harepyaaz ki Lehsuni Khichdi | Spring Onion & Garlic Khichdi

    I’ve been feeling a bit off weather the past few days, having strained my right arm to the maximum with all the typing and keyboard bashing that I indulge in. Add to that the moody weather – at times cloudy, at times scorching – and I am feeling down in the dumps. At such times it’s comfort food that the body and soul crave. Cue in lots of khichdi – sometimes with kadhi, or roasted fish, or vegetable fritters or just some achaar. Khichdi, after all, is the hug in a bowl. As a Bengali growing up in Gujarat, I’ve had my share of khichdi at Bengali and Gujarati households. And the tastes varied in each…