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Are you ready for Handmade Life ?

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When was the last time you used your hands to do something other than to eat or to do daily chores or on your devices ? If you need to think this over for more than a minute, then you are welcome to this episode. Here, Dr. Nandita Iyer, a renowned food blogger and author and a medical doctor by training talks about her book "This Handmade Life".

Listen to this episode to know why you should use your hands for creating myriad stuff in very little time and some simple tips to start it in your own context!

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What the New Indian Woman podcast is about

As you may already be aware, this podcast has 2 focus areas. One, We examine the challenges faced by today's Indian woman and propose ACTIONABLE strategies in the Indian context, on a wide variety of topics - right from identifying their passion to better productivity and parenting. Second, we meet women who chose to aspire or have a dream beyond their defined roles and facilitate sharing of what worked and what didn’t, for them. Today's episode falls in the first category.

And in the process, my aim is to help you, The New Indian woman, to realize your potential, chase your dreams and aspirations, utilize the wonderful opportunities available in today's world.

What's in this episode:

Dr. Nandita Iyer starts explaining about how the title "This Handmade Life" came to her. She explains the significance of making or creating with one's own hands.

We then reflect upon the joy of creating despite the imperfect nature of what one creates, at least initially. Nandita shares how imperfection is the beauty of handmade and it is a journey, which one should continue and not get discouraged from. And how practice results in effortless fluidity.

We talk about how we owe this knowledge and joy of creating with hands, to our children, lest we lose out the "use" of hands in another 25 years. Nandita shares the power of the positive impact on children when they see both parents doing something with their hands, instead of losing themselves in screentime.

We discuss how everything cannot be handmade. At the same time how outsourcing has become aspirational and how to balance these two extremes. Nandita shares how the revival of handmade is going to start and put back respect for consciously made products.

We then reach the most crucial question of how to find time for all of this. Here, Nandita shares about how we hover over our children and do not have time to spare, a sharp contrast with our own parents and grandparents. She shares how handmade doesn’t mean spending more time and how we can start with just small bits of time and why it is important for us to explore for our own sake and for our children to figure out what they like doing.

This is Part 1 of a 2 part series. We will delve into more details about the book in Part 2.

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