Episode 035 FindingTheVoices : Memoirs between a Mother and a Daughter on Mother’s Day

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This is a podcast  (in Meitei-Lon/Manipuri language) sharing memoirs between a Mother and a Daughter on Mother’s Day 2013.

Coming from a background where emotional words are not spoken, love, appreciation, sorry are not explicitly expressed (maybe written in letters), kind of assumed from actions . It is difficult to really speak out emotions!! But seeing how wonderful it is to hear when emotions are spoken out ….. to make an effort to be expressive, for Mother’s Day 2013, FindingTheVoices initiated the exercise to pause and express our words to Mothers thanking and taking a moment to say sorry for any incident …. Many of our Guest Speakers, listeners participated sharing beautiful childhood pictures, beautiful write-up honoring, thanking and saying sorry to Mothers. And I took this opportunity to share my thoughts with my Mother. And yes this was the first time we spoke about this … it was really tough !!! but I felt really great after saying and sharing with my Mother. Yes Madam Saroj Nalini is my mother, my best friend.

Previous Episode 34 covers Madam Saroj Nalini, mother of 4 children, sharing her journey of being a Mother.

She shares interesting incidents as a Mother raising her kids within the economic and financial constraints, mental state she was in.

She lost her Father when she was only 6 months old, after that her birth mother came back to her maternal home, and she was raised by her grandmother and calls her grandmother “Ema” (Mother) and her birth mother “Eche” (Sister).  She always thought her mother is her grandmother but when she grew up and came to know her sister is her birth mother, and the trauma and embarrassment she went through when her birth mother got married when she was a teenager. She had this mental shock and depression, was so embarrassed to mix around with her friends, cried a lot going through that phase.

Growing up, when we asked her about her parents, she told us that she was adopted by her grandmother and that she was found under the big Banyan tree at Kwakeithel Bazaar (this tree is no longer there now, but when I was small I remember seeing that tree) and we all believed it .. until later when we grew up. She shares her memoirs of answering questions from her son on who are her parents, why she is not going for “Ningol Chakouba”, the biggest festival celebrated for daughters/sisters in Manipur ?

Episode 034 FindingTheVoices : Being a Mom,Podcast Special Mother’s Day with Madam Saroj Nalini from India

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Special Mother’s Day Podcast (in Meitei-Lon/Manipuri language) with Madam Saroj Nalini, mother of 4 children, sharing her journey of being a Mother.  She lost her Father when she was only 6 months old, after that her birth mother came back to her maternal home, and she was raised by her grandmother and calls her grandmother “Ema” (Mother) and her birth mother “Eche” (Sister).  She always thought her mother is her grandmother but when she grew up and came to know her sister is her birth mother, and the trauma and embarrassment she went through when her birth mother got married when she was a teenager. She had this mental shock and depression, was so embarrassed to mix around with her friends, cried a lot going through that phase.

Growing up, when we asked her about her parents, she told us that she was adopted by her grandmother and that she was found under the big Banyan tree at Kwakeithel Bazaar (this tree is no longer there now, but when I was small I remember seeing that tree) and we all believed it .. until later when we grew up. She shares her memoirs of answering questions from her son on who are her parents, why she is not going for “Ningol Chakouba”, the biggest festival celebrated for daughters/sisters in Manipur ?

She shares interesting incidents as a Mother raising her kids within the economic and financial constraints, mental state she was in. This is the first part of her podcast for Mother’s Day. Please continue tuning in for Episode 35 to listen to the continuation of this podcast where she shares her memoirs of her kids and her daughter trying to express her thanks and saying sorry for some of the incidents !!

Coming from a background where emotional words are not spoken, love, appreciation, sorry are not explicitly expressed (maybe written in letters), kind of assumed from actions . It is difficult to really speak out emotions!! But seeing how wonderful it is to hear when emotions are spoken out ….. to make an effort to be expressive, for Mother’s Day 2013, FindingTheVoices initiated the exercise to pause and express our words to Mothers thanking and taking a moment to say sorry for any incident …. Many of our Guest Speakers, listeners participated sharing beautiful childhood pictures, beautiful write-up honoring, thanking and saying sorry to Mothers. And I took this opportunity to share my thoughts with my Mother. And yes this was the first time we spoke about this … it was really tough !!! but I felt really great after saying and sharing with my Mother. Yes Madam Saroj Nalini is my mother, my best friend.

Episode 033 FindingTheVoices Being a Mom, Special Mother’s Day Podcast with Karina Duchastel from United States

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Special Mother’s Day Podcast with Karina Duchastel,  French-Canadian currently in United States sharing her journey about “Being a Mom” as part of the special series of podcast for Mother’s Day. I really enjoyed having her in our talk show, she brought very interesting perspective and it was a great learning experience. Please tune in to listen about Karina’s wonderful journey of being a Mom for her 3 wonderful kids.

Karina shares a very interesting and important point to take time to reconnect with your husband. Also she shared her wonderful perspective that Children needs to be congratulated for listening & behaving well and it is their decision to take the advice parents provide 🙂

Little bit about Karina in her own words:

My name is Karina Duchastel and I am a mom of 3 kids.  I am a French-Canadian from Quebec City and have been living in the USA since 2000.  I have been raising my kids in 3 different states: California, Maryland and currently living in the a suburb of Seattle, Washington.  My journey as a mother so far has been filled with challenges of raising kids in unfamiliar environments and language and a hard choice of being apart from our extended family. I certainly never thought I would immigrate to a country other than Canada.  My shared experience with other foreign families living in the USA have not only opened my mind about new cultures but enabled me to build strong friendships that I can call family.  Before being a mom, I had a career as an electrical and software engineer.  I actually met my husband Nicolas at an engineering school called Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal.  I have been working part-time for the past 5 years as a Quality assurance and Test Engineer for a small software company in Bellevue Washington.  I also enjoyed volunteering at my kids school and I am very passionate about passing on my French-Canadian culture to my kids and their friends.

Episode 032 FindingTheVoices Being a Mom, Special Mother’s Day Podcast with Priya Ramachandran from United States

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Thanks to Priya Ramachandran for sharing her journey of “Being a Mom” for our special Mother’s Day podcast series.

Priya is mother of 2 beautiful girls, working in United States. I really enjoyed learning many things from her experience. How many of us have to take breaks from career to strike a balance with family ? It is true that women change, tweak the career path to strike a balance between work and family, taking breaks, changing roles and responsibility and even choosing jobs to get flexibility even if that means changing your line of work.

She spoke about support from her husband, networking and setting up extended family with your friends plays a very important role.

I really enjoyed listening to her story and learning a different perspective of life as a Mother. Please listen to this podcast to listen to the story of Priya’s journey of being a Mom.     

Episode 031 FindingTheVoices Being a Mom, Special Mother’s Day Podcast with Priyadarshini Koijam from United States

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Thanks to Priyadarshini Koijam, mother of 2 for sharing her journey and experience of being a MOM.

We spoke about many topics on raising kids and my favorite is talking about pros and cons of having children with less or more age gap.

Listen to the podcast to hear about Priyadarshini’s journey of being a Mom raising her daughter and son, being a GoogleMom 🙂 wearing multiple Hats all the time raising her kids.

Should the age gap between kids be more or less ? Challenges of raising a teenager ? How different is raising a boy and a girl ?How do we go about teaching and balancing Indian values raising a teenage girl in America ? Is shouting to kids productive ? Reasoning and explanation of why children should listen to parents …

Episode 030 FindingTheVoices Being a Mom, Special Mother’s Day Podcast with Surjarani Sairem from Canada

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Presenting Surjarani Sairem in our special series of podcast for Mother’s Day. Surjarani is originally from Imphal, Manipur on our special series of podcast for Mother’s Day 2013 sharing her journey of “Being a Mom”. She did her schooling from Little Flower School, Imphal. She completed her Bachelor’s of Computer Application from Mangalore and did her Masters of Computer Application  from Sikkim Manipal University.

Currently residing in Montreal, Canada, married with a beautiful daughter who is 2 yrs and 5 months old now. She was a working woman before and after her daughter arrival she become a stay home mom and a full-time student. She is a foodie and loves to cook.

How many of us think that you will have your family come over to help out during the child’s delivery to have no one as there was visa rejection ? How much we depend on books and internet to get advice on childcare rather than asking or Moms ? What learning’s a mother has to go through and grow as the child grows, particularly for an immigrant ? How beneficial are birthing classes ? We spoke a lot of interesting topics faced by a young mother.

Listen to her podcast to catch up with her sharing about journey of being a Mom. She shared her experience of having to learn French staying in Canada, and how she is trying to teach her native language Meiteilon to her daughter.

Episode 029 FindingTheVoices Being a Mom, Special Mother’s Day Podcast with Manjoo Sharma Lalwani from Australia

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Thanks to Manjoo Sharma Lalwani for sharing her journey of “Being a Mom” for our special Mother’s Day podcast series.

Manjoo is a mother of 2 boys, working full time. She shares her journey on being a mom coming all the way from Manipur to Australia.

Balancing work & home is all in the mind ? Should we be friends with the kids ? Should we give in to tantrums ? What do you do to deal with tantrums ? Should the reward to kids be materialistic ? How difficult is it to manage with single income nowadays ? What is the role of support for Husband ? Trust & faith & not spying is the key raising teenagers ? Values versus Material gifts ? Keeping up with technologies

Listen to the podcast to hear the interesting and fun way of raising kids and experience of Manjoo’s journey of being a Mom.Personally for me, It was a great learning experience talking with Manjoo. I got so many tips and things to do. Most importantly Mom needs to take care of yourself and have your own time 🙂

Episode 027 FindingTheVoices Being a Mom, Special Mother’s Day Podcast with Jennifer Sharma from England

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Thanks to Jenifer Sharma for sharing her journey of “Being a Mom” for our special Mother’s Day podcast series.

Jenifer is mother of 2 wonderful children 4 years old son and 5 months old daughter, working part time in England. I really enjoyed learning many things from her experience.

We spoke about the excellent Maternity benefits in England, how important your husband’s support is in getting a balance with kids and work and many other topics. I love her 24 hour rule to make up with her husband 🙂 Also she shared about the wonderful relationship between grandchildren and grandparents.

I really enjoyed listening to her story and learning a different perspective of life as a Mother. Please listen to this podcast to listen to the story of Jenifer’s journey of being a Mom.