Learn­ing CURVE

Stylish ‘n’ sen­si­ble, the very savvy in­dus­tri­al­ist Pinky Reddy helps you cel­e­brate life!

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My friend and her hus­band don’t have any chil­dren. She did un­dergo IVF and suc­cess­fully con­ceived twice, but the ba­bies did not sur­vive. Her fam­ily is very sup­port­ive and some­how she tries to be nor­mal. The bit­ter part is that when­ever she at­tends so­cial gath­er­ings, all the ed­u­cated and cul­tured ladies seem to only talk about her lost ba­bies. They are sym­pa­thetic and show a lot of con­cern, but it makes her feel de­pressed and hurt. Now be­cause of the over­dose of sym­pa­thy, she has started avoid­ing peo­ple. I am her clos­est friend and I care for her and want her to re­gain her lost con­fi­dence. How do I tackle this?

Priyanka Sax­ena, Mumbai

I re­ally feel for your friend as this is re­ally tough for any woman to go through. She ob­vi­ously needs a lot of sup­port and I’m glad you are such a good and un­der­stand­ing friend. You need to mo­ti­vate her and tell her to stay strong. She should not let peo­ple bother her – a lot of peo­ple will say a lot of things, but they are not im­por­tant. Also, I’d like to say that there are a lot of op­tions like adop­tion and sur­ro­gacy to­day. So tell her not to lose hope.

I’m a 36-year-old mar­ried woman with two teenage kids (11-year-old son and 13-year-old daugh­ter). Their ex­ams are over and all day, they are ei­ther watch­ing TV or are on their smartphones. I re­ally would like to know how to keep them away from their screens and oc­cu­pied?

Vidya Lele, Mumbai

It’s sum­mer hol­i­days and ab­so­lutely the right time for your kids to pur­sue a new hobby or in­ter­est. There are so many in­ter­est­ing hobby classes go­ing on ev­ery­where. Ad­mit your kids into one of them or get them to en­joy the out­doors by join­ing some sport. This will keep them busy, in­ter­ested and away from the TV screen and phone. I am throw­ing a party at my place for my in-laws’ 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary. Could you tell me how I can make it ex­tremely spe­cial for them?

Meeta Bak­shi, Ban­ga­lore

That’s such a won­der­ful ges­ture on your part. There are many ways by which you can make their an­niver­sary spe­cial in terms of plan­ning out the event. But I think a spe­cial ges­ture would be mak­ing a good photo vis­ual of the en­tire fam­ily or just them alone, or you can make an au­dio­vi­sual on their 50 years of to­geth­er­ness. This will be ex­tremely touch­ing.

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