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Parenting tips are just a click away
By Frederick Noronha
www.apnic.net


MILES away from mother and don't know how to deal with your baby the 
Indian way? Don't panic. Just log on to the Internet and get the best 
parenting tips Indian tradition has to offer. For Indians, or people 
of Indian origin, who have lost access to traditional ways and need 
urgent tips on bringing up children, IndiaParenting.com has all the 
answers. 

Do you have questions of what Indian tradition has to say on diet 
during pregnancy, or new-born care? Wondering what grandmom would 
have done by way of home remedies, or what exactly is the 
significance of Indian customs of `godh bharna', `mundan' and 
`naamkaran'? Answers to all that and much more are on the website. 
"We have here a veritable storehouse of information on pregnancy, 
childbirth, new-born care, developmental milestones, common childhood 
illnesses and much more,'' says Nirali Sanghi, the CEO of the company 
that put IndiaParenting together. She knows just how many questions 
parents have because she herself became a mother recently. "This is a 
one-stop shop not only for parents but also for people who want to 
buy gifts for their nieces or nephews,'' says Sanghi. 

Launched just a few months ago, IndiaParenting.com is already drawing 
visits from expatriate Indians in different parts of the world, 
including Britain, Australia, the US, Indonesia, South Africa and 
Japan. 

"Visitors say they found this site `something that Indian parents 
sorely needed','' says Sanghi. Her aim is to make it "the most 
complete and comprehensive guide for Indian parents all over the 
world.'' 

The website has a section devoted to health issues of women who feel 
they're no longer in their prime. For those finding it hard to 
conceive, there's a fertility section. 

Internet surfers can also consult the site's panel of doctors on any 
health issue or pose questions that they were too embarrassed to ask 
in person. The specialists on the panel include leading 
gynaecologists, paediatricians, radiologists, cardiologists, 
neurologists, speech pathologists and dentists. To help parents teach 
their children Indian traditions, there are also nursery rhymes in 
various Indian languages (with select audio clips) and Indian prayers 
of different religions. 

Famous Indian epics, like the `Ramayana' and `Mahabharata', tales of 
the `Panchatantra' and stories of emperor Akbar and his aide Birbal 
are also a few mouse clicks away. Party games, reviews of children's 
films, horoscopes and a section on numerology are also featured on 
the website. So is a list of over 2,000 Indian names, with meanings. 
>From a site of about 200 pages, IndiaParenting.com now has more than 
1,800 pages of content. Already 20 man-months of time have been 
invested in designing and developing the website. 

Sanghi, the brain behind the site, left a high profile corporate job 
at the Boston Consulting Group to capitalise on the Internet boom and 
establish a family of websites. After a nine-year stint in the US, 
she returned to India in 1995. She has worked for Citibank in New 
York and was a management consultant at the Boston Consultant Group's 
Mumbai office till 1998. - IANS 
 
 

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