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I got it from my mama, and you did too.

A day that celebrates motherhood… ideally that should be every day but come on, if mums weren’t our punching bags, our cuddly hugs or our master chefs- we really won’t give them some extra love on a particularly special day! (My mum is still my sponge. She absorbs all my good, bad and ugly.. I mean there is Mr. Husband too but we don’t have “spouse day”. Thank God!)

And, fathers are fathers but mothers are always EXTRA! If you are a mum and you know what it really is to be a mum -like, in my case. I’m perpetually harping about being one because I now know what it is to take s*** and still be selfless. There, I said it (honest, I Know. Lol)

Moving on… Since we are talking about celebrating Mother’s Day and  our oh-so special mums, I wanted to tell y’all about yummy mummies.

First of all, it has nothing to do with food. Secondly, yummy mummy is not about being skinny or about perfect all the time! Okay? Are we clear? Good. (Don’t let reality TV fool you).

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So then, who is a yummy mummy? Literally, every mummy! It takes a lot (and I mean ALOT) to be a mom. Going through that 9-month period of weight gain, hormonal changes, mood swings and my god- sleepless nights. Not finding a comfy position to sleep in, constant bathroom trips- hello TB! (tiny bladder all of a sudden), sudden panic attacks to name a few.. urgh.

And just when you have popped (after an insane amount of pain and discomfort- hello labour), you realize pregnancy was easier. Breast feeding, constantly crying baby, pain in the stitches… 
Do I really need to go on? Isn’t this reason enough for every mummy to be a yummy one?

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Now that we have established that , there’s one disconnect. Dressing well! Kudos to you, if you have managed to drop the post baby weight and if you haven’t, don’t let it get the better of you. Seriously, it isn’t the end of the world. Rather embrace yourself. I wont lie, it took me a while to get there myself.. and I promise you, Kareena Kapoor Khan did too!

So here it goes :

  • Wear your size- There’s no point squeezing into something two sizes smaller and looking like you’re stuck in a wrong plastic bag.
  • It doesn’t have to be a tent– Yes, I know “oversized fashion” is cool (I do it a lot) but not every body type can work it. And also, oversized fashion is one thing and wrong size is another.

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  • Groom, groom, groom! – Find that time to take care of yourself. We all have days when our hair isn’t perfect, our nail paint might be chipped or our eyebrows overgrown. But, I’m talking about hygiene. Look clean! And hey, there’s make-up to make you glow. Mums don’t always have the time for facials and face-masks 😉 
  • Eat right and work out – First of all, a disclaimer here. This one has little to do with losing weight and becoming a Victorias Secret model overnight and more to do with endorphins and the feel good factor. Lets face it, kids are stressy. Which leads to stress eating (basically everything). DON’T. Remember to get the right amount of vitamins and nutrients in your body for the extra energy you now require. Also make sure to take a few hours out every week to hit the gym (or the mat, or really, whatever form of exercise you enjoy). It is SO important to get that ‘me time.’ It shows on your skin, hair and in general, all round demeanor.

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  • A glass of wine– This one is pretty self explanatory. Please, you’re human. Cut yourself some slack. I am not talking tequila shots at 4 am, but seriously. Go for it.
  • Love yourself– this is probably the most important one. Lets face it, there is cellulite. You have stretch marks. There are a few scars here and there. Love them and yourself. Your body will probably never be like it was at 21 again (I am talking about the inside too) but hey! You’re a tigress. You’ve earned those stripes. Be proud. Of course, there are always medical treatments available and if it really is that important to you, look into that too. Do what you love! 

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Okay so I am signing off here now. Do write in, tell me what you think and share some tips.

From one yummy mummy, to another!

xoxo

ODD-CAT believes in the philosophy of celebration. I celebrate not just festivals / occasions but also people who are admirable and inspirational in more ways than one. It’s Women’s Day and I couldn’t think of a better day to express how I overwhelmed I am, thinking of the women who not only have accomplished but also inspired. The very first person who comes to my mind is my mum (no surprises here) who has made me who I am today and also set an example of a brave woman in my life. Truly, standing up for what’s right and expressing her thoughts no matter what day or age it may have been. Also, she is part reason to why I am ODD-CAT. From my childhood, I remember- I would love to dress up and will perpetually drive her crazy over my clothes etc. All she would say to me was- wear whatever you want to wear, as long as you carry it! This kind of stayed with me to an extent that I would OVERDRESS and then work the hell outta it!

Shruti Kapur Malhotra
(Editor-in-chief: Platform Magazine) Editor of a “one of a kind” talent magazine that also shares the same philosophy of “recognizing & celebrating” people!

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We asked her a few questions that give us an insight into her “beautiful mind”.

  1. Describe your journey as a magazine editor of a talent magazine. It’s exciting, challenging and extremely inspiring.
  2. Who would you pick as “new talent on the block” in the world of women? Any genre. Avani Rai, Photographer, Shubhangi Swarup, Writer
  3. What is your take on #metoo movement in India? Any story/ incident you’d like to share. I stand for ethical and responsible artistic and individual practices and extend my support to the #metoo movement.
  4. Who is your favorite style icon? What’s your personal style like? Don’t really have a style icon. My personal style leans more towards comfort and functionality. However, I like to add that one twisted/ unassuming element to the look.

Promila Jain Bahri
(Entrepreneur- Li’l Tomatoes & BollyGoods, Singer & Photographer)promila_bahri_oddcat

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself- your profession & life interests. I am a design addict who has enjoyed a prolific innings in the world of aesthetics. In the world of fashion, ahead of the time, I founded the first ever India born kids wear label Li’l Tomatoes. 2015, with BollyGoods, I found yet another creative bastion in bringing tinsel town to the capital city like never before.
  2. Describe your journey as a woman- a curator, singer and photographer: a woman of many talents. I am a trained singer of classical and popular Indian music whose performing career is expanding. I produced a contemporary version of Vande Mataram– Re Strung bringing home a strong gender message that “Mother, through you we become men of tomorrow”. The single was launched by Universal Music and is available on iTunes, Amazon, Artist Aloud, Airtel, Vodafone etc. I have now taken on photography and exploring the world (through my lens), Kumbh being the latest.
  3. What’s your take on #metoo movement in India? Any story/ incident you’d like to share? I have been a strong woman from the very beginning and did not ever have to bend forward for any favors. God has been great. But having said that, this movement has certainly raised awareness among women about their rights as individuals in the work place or outside and helped men understand the consequences of the same. Only when we have strong characters and stand up for our rights, will justice prevail.
  4. Who is your favorite style icon? What’s your personal style like? Anaita Shroff Adajania & Sarah Jessica Parker. My Style – Comfortable, Boho; Mix & Match and make my own statement.

Mamta Agarwal
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  1. Tell us a bit about yourself- your profession & life interests. I am a Fashion Designer and run a design studio in Delhi, doing mostly Indian Wear & Fusion Wear for Women & now kids.
  2. Describe your journey as a woman- from a daughter to a wife to a mom and back to being a daughter. I know you have made some life choices and would love to know how it defines you, now. My journey hasn’t been easy but it has been worth it. From being a li’l rebel to being a fulfilled woman, it has been a roller coaster to say the least. I have always followed my dreams whether it was studying subjects of my choice (Fashion Graduate from Pearl Academy of Fashion, MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management) or running a small design studio that was a 40km self-driven trek (with 2 tiny toddlers) or donating an organ to my father. It has always been challenging but extremely fulfilling, to say the least. However, my toughest times were recuperating after I (willingly and happily) donated a kidney to my ailing father. The surgery was successful for my dad and I, but what came after was a blow! Not prepared for never-ending physio sessions to hormonal imbalances to constant medical tests, it was physically and emotionally draining. But, thanks to my spiritual leanings in Guruji & Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, I have battled it all, showing the power of manifestation. There’s not a dream I haven’t fulfilled- latest being my meeting with Mr. Amitabh Bacchan. I met him not as a fan but as Mamta Agarwal, a proud organ donor who is inspiring lives.
  3. What’s your take on #metoo movement in India? Any story/ incident you’d like to share. I am totally in support of the #metoo movement. I believe it’s very important for all women to make a mark of their own and it’s not easy looking at the roles we play as a woman. However, we should come out and support each other and celebrate womanhood. About sharing an incident- I remember, as a child, my only scare was not to get raped (naturally so, looking at the state of our society). But, my mom- being a strong woman, taught me to be one. Once, I had gone to a gold links mela. I must have been around 11 or 12 years old and this guy came beside me and touched me from behind. I was scared and was crying when my aunt asked me what was going on. I told her about this slimy fellow behind us and she turned around and slapped him hard across his face. Later, she told me to do the same thing and not be scared of such perverts. In my growing years, my brother and my mom would tell me how safety is important and how I must be strong and look after myself. Today, I have a teenage daughter and I have inculcated the same values into her- of being strong, independent and never being defeated.
  4. Who is your favorite style icon? And what’s tour personal style like? My most fav style icon is Sonam Kapoor and my friend, Aanchal (not saying this because she’s featuring me in this), the founder of ODD-CAT. I have always loved the way she dresses up and carries herself in whatever she wears. My personal style is simple, elegant and comfortable. I love dressing up for myself on a daily basis. I am dressed for the work and use make up daily to look the part. I think dressing up for me is an extension to myself. I had got custom hospital gowns/ sleep sets for myself post surgery because I didn’t want to look and feel like a patient. Talk about obsession with style. And finally, my biggest secret to look good and feel good is meditation.

Geeta Bector
(Entrepreneur, Cremica Foods, Zoet Desserts)geeta_bector_oddcat

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself- your profession & life interests. I have been the creative food head at Cremica Foods. Developed all sauces and condiments for 15 years. Had bakery passion and continued to work on that too. Successfully ran a home bakery in Punjab for many years.
  2. Did you at any point want to give up? If yes, how did you push forward? I moved to Delhi from Punjab, 10 years back and almost gave up work as settling in took time. Also, the fear of bigger city and making a mark here looked daunting. Coaxing from my kids made me give it a try and that’s how Zoet came about. The happy customer feedback keeps us trying to better ourselves. And, we are growing.
  3. What’s your take on #metoo movement in India? Any story/ incident you’d like to share? I hope that sharing and standing together with many has helped women become stronger.
  4. Who is your favorite style icon? What’s your personal style like? Favorite style icons are many- from Audrey Hepburn to Madonna to both my mothers to many more. My take back from them is whatever you wear, wear it with confidence, because that’s what gets projected not the clothes, they are always no.2. Personally, I’m best in edgy but comfy clothes!

Kanika Sethi
(Wedding Planner & Hospitality Consultant)

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  1. Tell us a bit about yourself- your profession & life interests. I have been very fortunate to have lived a life filled with diversity & intercultural experiences having grown up in the Middle East and studied and worked in the US & India. This has given me best friends all over the world and an intrinsic nomadic spirit which has only been further fuelled by a very loving, crazy and absolutely rock solid family😍. I am a strong believer that a well defined purpose is really all we can own and that ultimately becomes our security blanket . I attempt this through our intellectual property ‘The Bespoke Woman’. My hobbies include writing, travelling to quaint places, cooking for my family and friends and eating good food.
  2. Did you ever at any point think to give up? I have never wanted to give up on my profession. However, there was a time when I needed to slow down a little bit to realign our strategy and modus operandi.
  3. What’s take on #Metoo movement in India? Is there any story you would like to share? It is a bold movement that I support wholeheartedly. There should be a structured, swift punishment to anyone found guilty. Cases shouldn’t drag on either as it takes its toll on the victims/survivors and all matter is lost. I have not had such an experience & I truly empathise with any individual who has. If I did encounter an individual who made an unparliamentary move, I would ensure severe punishment for the perpetrator and make them incapable of even thinking in a twisted manner, leave alone making a physical move.
  4. Who is your personal style icon? Any style tips and your personal style? My three biggest style icons are Sushmita Sen, Salma Hayek and Meryl Streep. Flatter your assets but also be comfortable. My personal style is very elegantly sexy but definitely comfortable.

Tarinni Khattar
(Management Consulting Manager- Accenture)

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  1. Tell us a bit about yourself- your profession & life interests. I work with clients to transform the way organisations work in today’s digital age and am truly passionate about people matters and the intersection of technology and human behaviour. Other interests include music, travelling and calligraphy.
  2. Did you ever at any point want to give up? Yes – excess work hours and nonstop travel made didn’t let me focus on myself, family or friends! I am constantly making a conscious effort to bring in a balance.
  3. What is your take on me too in india? Any story you would like to share? First time women (and men) came together in one voice but the campaign needs to sustain itself to truly bring change. Multiple stories to share – name calling on the way to school, autodrivers/Uber Driver’s making inappropriate remarks and looking at places they have no business to, being groped by a random man at the age of 8 in a random delhi market to name a few.
  4. Who is your personal style icon? Any style tips and your personal style? Deepika Padukone – keep it simple and classy! Highlight one thing and one thing at a time only – for example, either go for strong eyes or heavy lips. Similarly, keep the clothes simple and go for one contrasting accessory – for me it’s typically some sort of jewellery.

Celebrating people is a complete joy. More so, when we are talking about women who are always putting their best foot forward. Happy Women’s Day y’all! Keep Shining.

Xx

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