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We want you to share thoughts, anec­dotes, views or sto­ries on a par­tic­u­lar sub­ject. Last week we asked: How do you hygge? Here are your replies.

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Be­ing a mum to a tod­dler and a six-year-old, my time to hygge starts at night af­ter the kids are fed and in bed. Curl­ing up on the sofa (I don’t need a blan­ket for cosi­ness to kick in) with a warm Hor­licks and catch­ing up on some TV helps me ex­pe­ri­ence ‘the present’. It’s the state of mind! I am not very fond of cook­ing, yet mak­ing sim­ple cheesy pasta and dig­ging into it in the tran­quil­lity of my liv­ing room is ideal. My hygge has one con­di­tion: the kids should be asleep! Mar­ryam Yasir

For me it’ s about ac­knowl­edg­ing an ev­ery­day mo­ment–for in­stance, cel­e­brat­ing a breezy Wed­nes­day evening with­out wait­ing for it to be a birth­day or spe­cial oc­ca­sion–just be­cause. Anita Govind Bha­tia

Be­ing a high school stu­dent makes my days very tir­ing. That is when I de­cide to hygge. For me, hygge is curl­ing un­der the quilt in comfy clothes, with a good book and a doll to cud­dle. A hot cup of green tea adds to the plea­sure! That’s bliss. Par­vathi Sreeraj (pic­tured)

Hygge? Re­ally? Some­thing that I in­fused into my life a few years ago – didn’t know there was a word to de­scribe the mun­dane made merry. For me it is in the mak­ing of my bed. I look for­ward to pulling the sheets tight, fluff­ing out the pil­lows and putting that cover over them to make it all look per­fect. Hygge is this morn­ing rit­ual! Ivy Soares

Once I dis­cov­ered the mean­ing of the ex­otic con­cept, I re­alised that I hygge prac­ti­cally ev­ery week! Ev­ery Thurs­day evening, to re­lax af­ter a tire­some week, my par­ents and I gather in the bed­room and watch the lat­est movies on­line. My mother cooks up her de­li­cious In­dian dishes, and we snug­gle up into the bed, cud­dling cush­ions, our eyes glued to the screen. Af­ter these evenings, I al­ways have this cosy feel­ing… and now I fi­nally know what to call it. Hygge. Ananya Sing­hal

I would love to hygge with my fam­ily (hus­band and kids) near the beach with some mu­sic and dance, food and games. I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to ex­press my feel­ings for them and also give them a nice gift. Seema Is­mail

Though the word may be new to me, I re­alise that we have been cher­ish­ing [hygge] for many years to­gether. We do it by get­ting close to our favourite peo­ple – en­er­getic, witty, easy-go­ing bud­dies – invit­ing them over for a karaoke get-to­gether and singing our favourite Bol­ly­wood songs. The fra­grance of Ara­bian bakhoor, the mind-bog­gling aroma of home-made biryani and the suc­cu­lence of gu­lab ja­muns are es­sen­tial ac­com­pa­ni­ments. Namita Pawar

As it’s said, the best things in life are in­deed free, but we fail to re­alise that. Thanks for such a lovely ar­ti­cle. Shaima Rauf

I in­cor­po­rated mo­ments of pure hygge into my daily life a few years ago and feel deeply con­tented. Cud­dling with my chil­dren, shar­ing warm bev­er­ages with them, art and craft ac­tiv­i­ties… just a few on my list. I think it’s very im­por­tant to lit­er­ally stop to smell the flow­ers along the path. My hus­band and I en­joy our time with the kids a lot. We place a high value on qual­ity mo­ments rather than quan­ti­fy­ing it. Ur­mila San­tosh

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