The mouse goes coochie-coo
Delhi Times, 28 June 1999


Talk about the dilemmas of modern day parents! Not to worry, help is on the way for would-be mothers looking for an alternative to Dr Spocks and Penelope Leach's guides on babies.

"Parenting has become a complex role these days with so much happening in the environment around us. We can't just rely on hearsay or what our mothers recommend. And what about those young couples who live far away from their folks? Where do they get advice and information?" asks Nirali Sanghi, who has put together a site for parenting in India.

Nirali, who had a baby last year, resigned from a high-paying corporate job to spend time with her child and help other young couples through the site.

"There are many sites on parenting on the Net. What sets our sites apart is that it is aimed at Indian mothers," says the techno savvy Nirali. "Most sites give tips on baby-care keeping a Western audience in mind," she adds.

Aspects of parenting discussed in the site include the diet to be followed during pregnancy, traditional practices adopted in newborn care, home remedies and Indian customs such as godh bharna, mundane and naamkaran. For the Indian parent, she offers 1800 pages of information on how to take care of both mother and child. For the NRI parent stuck with a toddler in Wyoming, she has Indian stories, nursery rhymes and recipes for baby food such as moong dal khichdi. The site contains more than 2000 suggested names foe babies along with the notes on what the names mean. "We are constantly updating the site to keep surfers abreast of the latest information on parenting,' says Nirali. "After all, what parents need is s forum to air to their concerns, a chance to share their experience so that they know they are on the right track," she says.

Information, be it on the diet to be followed by expectant mothers, a child's intellectual development, or parent-child compatibility according to the zodiac signs, is just a click away. Now, couples who have recently turned parents and live far away from their family elders can surf through the stormy process of child-rearing!

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