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Welcome to Say it like you mean it!, a unique blog here for you to explore. Say it like you mean it! has added such value to my life, and I love having the opportunity to share my passions and thoughts with my loyal readers. Read on, and enjoy.

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And it's a wrap!

And it’s a wrap..! My joyride of 1 month has officially ended. My last two dogs returned to their homes today. No regrets, because I learned a lot from all my dogs. I worked for 24 days as a dog sitter and took care of 18 different dogs and 14 different breeds. The age ranged between 5 months to 10 years old. The small puppy taught me patience again, taught me how to forgive mistakes and care for a baby again. The most senior dog I cared for was an English bulldog and she tau

Raising him right? No, raising him loved!

We live under the same roof, but we send each other texts filled with love all the time! No, this is not my husband, but my son. The beginning of my parenting journey was tough. I just accidentally stumbled onto parenting when I was 25, barely an adult myself. But once I started the journey, I realized parenting is like a natural gift and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Until my son was born, I paid heed to every advice and opinion I heard. But once he was born, I had already lea

Raise her wild and raise him right!

The other day I met my girl friends for lunch. We chose a place quite far from the city so that it’s easier for one of our friends who’s just had a baby to go feed her baby in between. When I told my son this reason for choosing this place, he immediately said innocently, “When I grow up, I’ll design women in such a way that they can keep their breasts at home for the baby while the mom can enjoy a peaceful lunch with friends. Nothing very unusual here but just the innocence

Brahmastra is just a 90's kid's fantasy show!

I really tried my best to refrain from writing a review for Brahmastra because I wasn’t sure if it warranted a review. But I’ve been having sleepless nights of depriving the world of my gyaan on this movie that had so much gyaan in it that by the end of the movie you question yourself whether you actually had any gyaan in you in the first place to have chosen to watch this movie despite reading bad reviews. But this movie taught me a big lesson. Always.. ALWAYS trust reviews

Our son (the miracle boy) has graduated Elementary School today!

11 years ago, 3 weeks after Aaditya, my son, was born, we got a call from the NICU.. Aadi was born premature at 28 weeks, but due to a condition I developed during pregnancy called pre- eclampsia, he was born extremely small, weighing just 600 grams (1 lb). During those days, every time the cellphone rang, we would skip a heartbeat. This particular call was about our son having had a grade 4 brain hemorrhage. We were in India then, and the law allows one to unplug life suppor

Humanity fails in itself and fails us yet again!

I stare blank at my screen, knowing not where I should begin. What would echo my emotions, but also sound politically correct? I will start by quoting Amanda Gorman’s poem about the devastating Texas school shooting that shook us on May 24th, 2022 “It takes a monster to kill children. But to watch monsters kill children again and again and do nothing isn’t just insanity – it’s inhumanity... The truth is, one nation, under guns.” Until last week I was just a regular mom waking

Happy Women's Day

The journey from a victim to a survivor is never easy. Yesterday I watched an interview of a strong survivor. Coming out of the closet and telling one’s story to the world, reliving the horrendous experience to help other women and to empower them to do the same is one of the toughest and bravest things to do in life. I am blessed to know a lot of such strong, brave survivors in my life. One name that first comes to my mind when I think of strong women is Sheeba Ameer. She lo

Re-setting perceptions!

Since my son was born (premature and with special needs) , I have kind of been on a fighting spree. I fight with the world constantly to give him a normal life and also to protect him from harm, because I strongly feel it’s my responsibility and believe that God chose me to be a mother to a child with special needs because She believed he would be safe in my hands. Many don’t really understand me for being like this, but honestly now I’ve stopped explaining myself because I’v

A lightning Christmas it was!

A little late to the party. Sorry, we were vacationing in Seattle with our dear friends like family. We were really looking forward to our vacation, because like everyone, we haven’t travelled much since Covid happened. Especially since my son and I are in the high risk category. But now all of us are vaccinated and we are good to go!:) I have mentioned many times how my son is an ardent Aju Varghese fan. So it wasn’t surprising that more than the vacation and Christmas Day o

Miracles happen to those who believe!

Yesterday we met an amazing family. The wife had last seen me just a few months after my stroke. Yesterday when she saw me, she said “you look like a totally different person!” and later she texted me, “now I believe in miracles more” I couldn’t stop my tears when I read that. For the past few weeks, my pain has peaked. I was physically hurting so much that I mentally started falling apart. For the first time in my life I actually made a google doc of the pros and cons of my

Home sweet home..

Yesterday we bid a final goodbye to our old home where we lived for 5 years. Upsizing was inevitable. After Knuckles joined the family, we had really outgrown the house. We are really at a happy place after setting up our new home. But when we visited the old house to bid our final goodbyes, all of us remained silent, including our dog. The silence spoke loud and clear. None of us were bold enough to say that we miss our old home, but each of us in our silence reminisced our

Chronic pain is no joke!

“Chronic pain is no joke. It’s every day waking up not knowing how you’re going to feel”~ Lady Gaga I suffer from migraine and fibromyalgia. Everyday when I wake up, the first thing I do is sensing whether any body part including my head is hurting. I cannot make plans about tomorrow, because I don’t know if I’m going to feel okay. Very few lucky days when I’m not hurting physically, I try to achieve everything possible. I cook, clean and tend to my chores. There’s one thing

Aju Varghese movie marathons, a Basil Joseph testimony and sweet nothings!

Happy summer! It’s been a while, sorry.. been busy with life and parenting:) Our son is recovering from a minor procedure (nothing to worry, the procedure is a personal victory for us) and he’s a smart lad, so he’s taken this recovery period to his advantage and is enjoying movie marathons of (no points for guessing) Aju Varghese. We’ve watched each of his movies so many times (at least 15 times each) that we kind of converse at home using his dialogues. It sure is fun becaus

The curious case of dowry deaths in Kerala!

The recent series of suicides in Kerala would have shattered you as much as it did me. Well, here’s some food for thought. Those were not suicides but murders! Cold blooded well planned murders. And it isn’t one person who is responsible for it. Those were women who were murdered by our prejudiced society. A society where a girl’s alliance is fixed like a sale in the market, bargained and sold as a commodity. Sometimes it’s a bidding, but mostly it’s a campaign where the addi

My father... my guardian angel

I’m back after a long break. Thank you for all the messages that came in enquiring about my health. It feels so good that my friends keep track of my posts and that my absence is felt. I’m in perfectly good health thanks to the ones who look out for me. We just moved to a new house and I just got busy with the packing and unpacking. Talking about the ones looking out for us and absences being felt, today is a special day.. It has been 14 years since my father passed away. I w

Mother- she deserves to be celebrated!

Mother’s Day is a very special day for me. Not because that’s the only day I feel like a mother, but because I feel nice about celebrating myself for something I’m good at. And this is one thing where I don’t need validation from anyone. Not just me, but every mother will agree that being a mother is hard probably 70 percent of the time, but the 30 percent of the rewarding moments is what makes every hardship worth it! I’m sure every mother will have a few stories where their

Follow your instincts!

How many times have we repeatedly heard “follow your gut”? And despite that, how many times have we still contemplated if we are doing the right thing? I have always followed this golden rule in my life, a quote by Rumi ~ “Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction”. And even if I have faced hardships and problems due to that decision, in the end, somehow the universe shows me it was meant to be or meant to happen this way! I have no psychic or super powers to see the fu

Joji bares the truth that humanity survives with a mask now!- A review

*Spoilers on the movie Joji A little late to the party.. but nevertheless, I have wanted to write a review for a Fahad Faasil movie for a long time and I'm so glad it's finally happening for such a great one. First off, let me confess I'm OBSESSED with Fahad Faasil, so the review might sound a little biased but really, even someone who doesn't like Fahad Faasil can't find anything wrong with "Joji"! Joji doesn't actually need reviews, but let me just do it for my satisfaction

Let People Be!

Cherathukal - Sithara Krishnakumar - High On Music - YouTube I absolutely love the song Cherathukal! Only Sithara can make an already beautiful song, even more beautiful with her absolute pure and beautiful singing and enhance it with her zero makeup look, having zero qualms about what people think! Don't get me wrong, I admire people who can rock makeup and I have very close friends who are killing it in makeup, but I don't like it on myself, and I've often been mocked a lot

Real feminism, is not probably what you think it is!

I probably might offend a few of my friends with this one, but I felt this is necessary. Today, I'm going to talk about the true meaning of feminism because I have realized that a lot of people around me have contorted the real meaning of feminism. People at large (both men and women), think that "feminists" are a bunch of angry women who hate men and believe they are superior. No, that's not what feminism stands for. Real feminism doesn't mean women are better than men or su

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