need a nanny for my 18-month-old son.The nanny shouldengage my son is ac-tivities like reading, play-ing, etc. in addition totaking care of him from 10a.m. to 7.30 p.m.’, ‘Can Iﬁnd a good gynaecologistin Tambaram?’, ‘Can DPTvaccine be administered toa child when he has cold?’… . Questions like theseabound when you are anew mom or someone un-familiar to the city. Whatdo you do then?Conﬁde in a colleague,look for help in your neigh-bour (but I don’t speak Ta-mil!) or in the least call up your parents/in-laws for whatever little advice they can offer? Thanks to the In-ternet, today even the mosttechnology-challenged of us rely on the virtual worldfor every piece of informa-tion. Cashing on this trendis Bhavani K. Raman, foun-der of
– a platform that allowsmothers to address, rant,fret or laugh about any-thing that concerns moth-ers.Quest for local informa-tion about the city after herlution to every questiontheir folk go through. They need not necessarily be inChennai, but have somelink with the city.“Forty to 50 per cent of our members are women who have taken a break from work,” Bhavani saysabout how net-savvy wom-en have become. Besidesasking, advising and asso-ciating with other mothers,chennaimoms.com alsoconducts contest for moth-ers, has a blog and many more upcoming features.Happy networking!
return from the U.S. motiv-ated this mother of two anda former software engineerto come up with such aplatform with her friendRajaa Murugan. “The infor-mation is all about Chen-nai. Queries related toschools and gynaecology top the list,” says Bhavani.So, who is answering theumpteen questions they are bombarded with day-inand day-out? The websiteso far has over 400 regis-tered moms who answerthe questions – they aremoms who either know thecity very well or have a so-
This virtual hangout for moms in Chennai isdriven by fellow moms. Why not join them?
Becausemummy knows best
Friday, January 30, 2009
Around 70 per cent of women around the world believe that menbase their fantasiesprimarily on the stea-my love scenes enactedby their favourite TV andmovie stars, with provoc-ative adult magazinesplacing a close second.
For better or for worse
Expectations are inevitable when it comes to engagementrings. French women must beeasy to please — 84 per centthought their engagement ring was perfect. By contrast, almosthalf the women in the UK (44 percent) said they were less thanthrilled about their ﬁancé’s selec-tion. It’s an even split in India, where half the women adoredtheir engagement rings whenthey were ﬁrst presented withthem, and the other half were leftfeeling devastated and distraught.
Wish upon a star
If you had just one wish what would you change about yourpartner? American women (44per cent) and Dutch women (62per cent) want a thoughtful mate who understands that “chore-play” is sexier than foreplay. Men,get those vacuums revving!Breaking a sweat does more than just raise your heart rate. Austra-lian men, Italian women and American men wish their part-ners were more physically ﬁt, while the French look for the ﬁnerthings in life. French women wishfor a better-looking mate whilehalf the men wish for a more cul-tured partner.
Twenty-seven per cent of North American men ﬁnd perfect love intheir friends’ relationships and 21per cent of women see it in theirparents.
What women and men want
North American men (44 percent) are turned off by excessivemakeup – simplicity and naturalbeauty is what they want.
(This survey was brought out by Harlequin publishers – who have entertained millions of people worldwide with their sensational romantic Mills and Boons series for the last 60 years)
27-year-old man who set him-self ablaze on Thursday citing the Sri Lankan Tamil cause diedin a hospital later.The shocking incident unfold-ed in full view of the public insideShastri Bhavan complex in Nun-gambakkam.The man, identiﬁed as MuthuKumar, a native of Tuticorin, wasknown to be staying with his sis-ter and her husband in Kolathur.He was employed as a DTP oper-ator in a small Tamil magazineofﬁce in Royapettah. He allegedly took the extreme step after being disappointed over the plight of the Tamils in Sri Lanka due to the war. According to police sources,Muthu Kumar had reached Shas-tri Bhavan at around 10.30 a.m. with a can of kerosene anddoused himself with it. After rais-ing anti-Sri Lankan governmentslogans he set himself on ﬁre andthen ran around engulfed by ﬂames shouting pro-LTTE slo-gans. He soon collapsed on thepremises. Police soon reachedthe spot and rushed Muthu Ku-mar to Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital. He suf-fered over 70 per cent burns andsuccumbed to his injuries later inthe day. Before his death he gavea death declaration to the policein which he mentioned that theCentral Government should takeup the Tamil cause seriously atleast after his death, added po-lice.
is in the air
Valentine’s Day is round the corner and while you are getting ready tomake that ﬁrst proposal or woo your loved one, here’s why you must havea quick peek at some of theseinteresting ﬁndings.
Bhavani Raman (founder) and Rajaa Murugan (co-founder) of Chennaimoms
Preparing for the dream date
~ Don’t jump to conclusions: No matter how tempting it is.The whole reason you’re on a set-up is to be surprised, sobe open to the experience and avoid immediate judgments.Even if your date is not your usual type – a little tall, a bitshort, wears glasses or has a funny voice – just roll with it.~ Do your research: Use your friend’s insight to youradvantage. Ask your mutual friend about your date’sinterests, hobbies, pets, family or other quirky facts.~ Don’t get lost in a crowd : If you’re meeting your set-up ina public place, make sure it’s somewhere you can easily ﬁnd.Not knowing what your date looks like should be exciting,not a reason to miss dinner. Also, make sure you choose aplace where you can actually have a decent conversation.