A Venture to Spread Joy and Happiness 20

Gone are the days when women were considered no match for all powerful men in this world. Today India has its own pool of fearless and talented business women who’ve established their own venture.

 

Today I am going to talk about one such woman named Manpreet Sangha, daughter of Late captain Gurpreet Singh Sangha, who grew up with her other four sisters in her ancestral house in a village called Nawanpind Sardarn in Punjab. After completing their studies at Sacred heart convent, and settled in their careers, the Sangha sisters joined hands and laid the foundation of their venture -The Kothi. Yes, you read it right!

Believe me, when they call it KOTHI, they really mean it.

 

The innovative idea of converting their ancestral home into an elegant farmhouse with a turn of the century flavor is incredible. Though it was a joint venture in it’s foundation phase, today Manpreet is the heart and soul of the venture, looking after marketing, hosting, training, inventory etc.

With a vision of sharing their legacy with the world, she also hopes to work towards the betterment of the village.  Her mother Mrs. Satwant Kaur is a strong support to her, hosting whenever she is not in town and helping villagers to fetch various Govt/ non govt jobs.

Indeed a family of values and ethics!

Talking about her venture -The Kothi, surrounded by lush agricultural pastures and a canal, located in the heart of the village is just an hour drive away from Amritsar. If you really want to enjoy the rich heritage of Punjab and discover its culture by interacting with the villagers, experience crop harvesting, Punjabi food cooking, tractor, tonga rides, nature walk along the canal, dairy farm, kite flying, mehndi art, folk music and dance –The Kothi is the place.

The house not only a piece of architecture that retains its character of a traditional Punjabi kothi but also well equipped with modern day facilities- rooms with attached bathrooms, hot & cold water, both traditional and modern kitchen, television and Internet connectivity. What more one can ask for?

Oh yes! The food… 😉

One can choose from the wide platter of the local cuisine. Garden fresh fruits and vegetables to matar paneer, dal makhani, sarson da sag & makki di roti, straight out of tandoor. The meals are served as a buffet—in the dining room or you can even sit close to the chulah in the traditional kitchen or in the sunny outdoors. Though the local cuisine features mostly rustic vegetarian food, but mouth watering non-vegetarian dishes on request are also prepared.

My village is true to its rustic roots and unique cultural ethos, which remain untouched from rampant urbanization. The distance from the main highway and proximity to the canal discourages city life from trickling in. With its low height buildings, lush woody setting & vast turfs of agricultural pastures, the experience is one to keep.

– says Manpreet with a smile, while teaching Yoga to girls in her village.

A must visit coz the experience is truly pure and magical.

Find her on Facebook : The Kothi

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Most Annoying Habits of a Husband!! 3590

Talking about the husband and in-laws is one of the common topics for most women because, hey! In a way they are part of our world, aren’t they? But seriously, when the talk is about the husband, after the sweet things like how romantic he is or what all the good things he does to make us smile or feel lovely, there comes the annoying things they do, which is actually on a daily basis that constantly keeps us irritated.

Trying to change them is certainly an impossible task. We women are not perfect either and probably we too got some things that might be irritating to the husband, but here is a wife perspective.

Habit 1- chewing food with mouth open and making sounds

I am sure no women raises her son to become a cow when he grows up, although I wonder why some men just cannot get rid of the habit of making those annoying sounds of chewing while eating their food. Do they really do not realize that how annoying it can be for others who are also trying to eat the same food sitting next to them or is it simply the husband do not care?

Habit 2 – Mixing up the order of arrangement

Asking your husband to help around the house is like asking a kid to help. My husband helps a lot around the house, but what I dislike is the mixing of the order. Not that I am suffering from OCD however, I still like to keep certain things in its place which makes it easier to reach out the next time. For example, different clothes in different shelves, kids clothes another wardrobe, orderly arrangement of spice boxes in the kitchen etc. The other day I kept looking for a dress of mine for more than half an hour in my shelf and realized it was my husband who folded the washed and dried clothes. So knowing him, I looked for it in my kid shelf and found it. Things like this can be really annoying when you do not have the time and the patience.

Habit 3- Pretending listening to you while he watches the TV

Most husbands think their wife cannot differentiate when they animatedly shake their head to something she might be speaking while their eyes and mind both are on the TV. Here’s some news for all married men! Your wife knows when you are being inattentive and if you want to avoid problems and arguments later on, better you listen to her while she is really trying to make a conversation.

Habit 4 – Forgetting important things

I believe most husbands have a temporary Alzheimer. Because at least more than once they tell their wife that they forgot to inform something important and can remember only when asked about it. Why I wonder? Or is it something deliberately done? What do you think ladies?

Habit 5 – Sleeping in unmade bed

It drives me nuts when I see anyone, not only my husband but anyone sleep before making the bed. My husband argument is, why waste so much of energy in making the bed neat just so you can spoil all of it again? It’s simply impossible for me to get some sleep even if the bedspread is crumpled.

Habit 6 – Not bathing in the weekends

It’s a ritual for most men. If it is a weekend, all they think of is watching TV, sleeping entire day and then they do not shower. I just do not get it why do you have to skip shower though?

Habit 7 – Keys and wallets are in wrong place

In our house, I am the one who can find all the things that everyone misplaces. Though we have a key stand to put all the keys as soon as one enter and each of them have a separate shelf to keep their daily belongings like ID’s, wallets etc. Yet, they go on keeping them all around the house except not where it needs to be kept.

Habit 8 – Using laptops, mobile or newspaper while sitting on the commode

My husband carries his laptop even when he uses the bathroom. Nothing is more annoying when you are actually waiting to talk about something and the husband is busy using the bathroom for more than 20 minutes. If not a laptop, some have a habit of playing games on mobile or checking out the minute news app or even read a news paper. Talk about not wasting even a minute!!!

Do these habits seem familiar? It’s not only women who do odd things, but also men. Women and men are different species who are born to annoy each other and hence they are perfectly paired. Though the husband may irritate us in so many ways, the love and care always stands up, isn’t it?

Comment if your husband got any other habits that are not listed in the list and share the article to have a good laugh with family and friends.

I wonder why women feel pride in being a ‘Doing it all’ type? 175

Years back, I came across a certain whats app forwarded message saying how great a woman is, that she can be a photographer, a cook, a gardener and so on, meaning playing different roles all at the same time or was it a home maker or I suppose it was about a mother. Whatever it was, It actually spoke about the multi tasking skills of a woman. How a woman can pull off various works and can handle all in a professional way. When I read the article (it was an exceptional piece of an article with well-defined emotions) it touched me in ways that I could not explain and immediately I sent it across to all my friends and anyone who needed a boost in life.

As time passed, I kept reading such posts, plenty of them in fact. Time then and now, there are so many various articles written and images are drawn that one quick keyword mention, you will find them all in the Google search. However, I realized my feelings have changed. I wonder why we woman have to feel pride in being a multitasker? Is it an evaluation we should undergo to survive and to be happy?Do woman need to do everything? Why can’t her work be shared?

I remember, watching a scene in one of the movies, not really sure which one though. A wife spends all her day doing all the household chores as well as some of the outside works such as paying bills etc. She gets totally drained by evening and the husband comes home and just lays down on the sofa. He see’s the wife cooking the night’s dinner and he knows that she is tired too. So what he does is, goes to her, looks at all the dishes she has prepared for the dinner and compliments her profusely. He tells in various emotions, that how truly lucky he is to have her and she is a super woman who manages everything and she is his rock and the usual Blah…Blah…returns back to the sofa picks up the remote, switches between the channels and relaxes. The wife mood is all cheerful and her confidence is lifted up until she could drop down again being all tired.

Do you see a pattern here? What I am trying to say is a woman of course like compliments for her work, but what she actually needs is a helping hand.

Dear women, as long as you convince yourself that you are a superwoman and you can manage everything, no one will ever recognize that you do need help. Reach out to your families and speak about your limits. Most people are ready to help when they are asked, as some do not realize until then. Be it a husband, in-laws or any one in the house, when you are unable to continue, ask for help. Sometimes, your family needs help from you to understand how they can help you too. Stop doing it all just because you can, just because you are taught to be a superwoman. You don’t have to!! Be firm in what you could do and what you cannot, as some do not like to help and are much happier when there is someone else to do all their works.

Why does a woman have to be a superwoman with multitasking skills? Let’s not push beyond her limits with false hype and we all can live a life for what we are born for. Let a woman discover her potential and become something on her own, provided she can give time to herself. Like how men do not cross their limits, women need not have to as well and if one does, then it should be out of choice and not out of force. Women are much bolder and educated these days but emotions and love can be really tricky some times.

Next time you see the picture of that woman with many hands by holding a baby in one hand, cleaning brush in another, laptop in one of the other hand, cooking in another and so on, I recommend, you toss it off instead of being proud. Because there is no one telling you a ‘Shaabash’ on your back and giving you a break for all that you do. What you could do, is ask a family member to take care of the baby while you cook, ask someone else to shop the groceries while you have to attend a meeting. Hire help for cleaning and any other purposes, if you can afford and so on.

Let’s help one another by reaching out, asking for help, sharing and dividing work.