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14 Year Old Souraj & His Supermom Proved Nothing is Impossible Through Their Indomitable Spirits

Parenting is a difficult task , everyday is a new challenge. You discover new avenues, face unexpected horizons and yet decide to brush away all the hazards and continue the journey of motherhood like a pro.

And one such pro in the journey of motherhood is Sudeshna Chakrabarti, a strong spirited lady who has lived beyond all the inhibitions, being the mother of  14 year old son, Souraj , an autistic kid ,who also happens to be a brilliant  baker.

How Did She Tackle The Society’s Curiosity?

When asked that how did she manage to escape the raised eyebrows of the society she nailed it saying, “ I just don’t care what people have to say about my son . Let them keep their valid opinions in their pockets.”

Sudeshna is a woman who inspires us to the core. She never wanted to be someone to be sympathised with. All she wanted an all-inclusive space for Souraj and herself in the society.

Recalling one past incident on this, where she went to a café, with her son and a group of women started gossiping about him. She noticed that and told her son to greet them and then smartly answered their gossiped about queries.

Sudeshna smartly stated that Souraj is just like any other normal kid posessing some different abilities known as autism. In case they want to get more information regarding this they may Google it.

Now that’s what we call a smart SuperMom who knows how to handle these gossiping aunties.

But Was It An Easy Journey For Sudeshna?

Just like any other mom, it wasn’t initially easy for Sudeshna. At first when she came to know about his problem Souraj was two and a half years old. Sudeshna was practically clueless. She came to know the term for the first time. But, she was determined, no matter to  what extent she might need to go, she will always be there for her son and promised to give him a wonderful childhood.

However it is this repetitive nature of Souraj was something that worked in his favor. While Sudeshna was trying to explore what could actually work out for Souraj, she started noticing Souraj’s eager interest in Sudeshna’s culinary skills.

How Did Souraj Become A Baker?

“ He used to be very much repetitive , annoying and nagging at times. Whenever he asked for something, before the word fell from his mouth, he wanted that to be in front of him. I had lots of patience,but at times I too got irritated  and but I never gave up”.

One thing which she noticed about Souraj is that he was a very good observer, specially when she used to cook. He would follow every minute step , and would recall sequentially. And Eureka! Sudeshna now knew what actually aligns with Souraj’s interest.

Previously she had tried many a times to explore his interest or passion by introducing him to art, music ,yoga but he never responded so diligently. Now seeing Souraj’s knack she took it as golden opportunity to make it a turning point of his life. Souraj initially starte with easy flame less recipies, which he prepared flawlessly.

Using a gas stove or flame was strictly a no no ,as it might cause any accident , moreover it may shatter his confidence. So, Sudeshna thought of introducing baking cakes for him, and involved him too. He actively participated and wanted to bake more. Seeing him so much enthusiastic, Sudeshna  tried to write the entire recipe in a pictorial format to nurture his interest and make his comprehension easier.

Gradually  he became brilliant at it, and to make his culinary skills polished she sent him to bakery classes to make sure he learns to follow instructions given by others too.

Baking a cake certainly assumed to be Souraj’s biggest passion. After mastering these skills, this rocking mother son duo opened a Facebook page named Chef Souraj and started taking orders and yes they are now getting a huge response with a bunch of satisfied customers.

“ The main thing is acceptance. Once you start accepting your situation then you must be able to understand your child’s ability in a better way. The more time you spend regretting, the more you will miss the beautiful moments of life. It might sound cliché, but stop asking yourself why me? Instead challenge the obstacles and say try me, I am prepared for everything.” Says Sudeshna.

As a Mom, when we lose at maintaining patience and multitasking, this supermom is fighting all the odds with an indomitable spirit and perseverance.

Sudeshna says , “ Whether your child is normal or differently abled, do not force or push them into anything. They are like tender buds,let them bloom on their own”.

While the current scenario everywhere is that we see parents pushing their kids to live upto their expectations, Sudeshna stands out of the crowd. According to her, one must not try to compare their kids with themselves by saying how can he/ she can’t do this when I was a pro at it in their age. Instead treat them as an individual.

Teach them as a professional without being emotionally bothered with their failures. Let them self explore themselves, then only they will shine on their own.

This was the story of  the inspiring lady, Sudeshna who is planning to give a broader spectrum to this baking passion of Souraj,   so that it may reach to many such Sourajs out there and help them to inculcate their hobbies into professions, chanelling them to their source of happiness.

Kudos to you lady, more power to you.

Interview Compiled By : Urmi Chakrabarti Bhattacharya

“How I wish I could become a kid again!”Kidzania Noida Would Definitely Make You Feel So

Being a mom of a three year old kid makes me go through a host of challenges. Balancing work, paying attention to his tantrums, satisfying his interests with innovative avenues everyday are problems I think every mother encounters in her day to day life. And what do we usually do? Hand him a phone or switch on the TV? Yes, even I am not an exception in this group of mommies. Despite coming up with a number of activities everyday, his exploring instincts still remain dissatisfied. And keeping in mind all these issues, I decided to take him to Kidzania on a weekend and believe me I truly wished I could become a kid again with him.

 

For those who are not quite aware about what’s Kidzania, this is a set up in Noida that Has a huge host of role playing activity platforms to encourage the adventurer spirits hidden in every child’s mind. Kidzania Mumbai had been a huge success and thankfully the Capital City kids also got a chance toexperience this thrilling fiesta.

And last weekend I decided to venture out with my kid into this whirlpool of extravaganza.

The Beginning

Well, the best part is as you head towards this colossal setting and get ready to board the fun filled flight, you need to take your boarding passes( access tickets). Your kid is also handed over a cheque of a certain amount and both you along with your little one will be given wrist bands{ GPS Trackers} for keeping a track of your kids’ location throughout the entire space.

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As I quoted, this is a hub of ROLE Playing activities. You have the hospital, the Fire Station, The Studio, The Pottery Station, The Pre School, Kitchen, Radio Station, Dance Academy , Bollywood studio and what not! Popular brands like Dominos, Radio City, Camlin, Big Bazar, Shaimak Davaar Academy are associated with these role playing platforms. In fact all spheres of professions have been taken care of and your kid has the chances to explore every avenue matching his core interest.

kidzania15kidzania14kidzania4Itook my 3 year old boy to the Maruti Suzuki Play Station First where your kid in the company of a driver drives a car, fills in petrol and then rides back to his original destination.

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Our next Stop was the hospital where my little brat was handed over a doctor’s court and was skillfully trained how to dress and feed a baby in the role playing nursery. From undressing the little babies(dolls) to making it wear diapers, every meticulous detail was being addressed to. At last he was also taught how to feed a baby milk through a bottle and rest him back to sleep.

The Camlin art studio, Gaana party station, Shaimak Davar Dance Academy were all enthralling spaces that made my kiddo happy to the brim. We wished we could make it a bit early to the place as we had only 3 hours at hand and a tones of things remaining to explore.

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Let Me Tell You What Makes Kidzania a Unique and A Must Visit Avenue For Every Child?

√ It Teaches Your Child A Simple Method of Transaction

Remember the cheque that my kiddo was handed over when he entered Kidzania? Well, the real fun begins here. The cheque needs to be encashed in the virtual YES Bank and your kid could be handed over some notes for access to every activity.

The activities are broadly classified into earning and spending categories. Like for example the Party station and the Driving activity required some cash to be spent. While the dance, painting and practice as a doctor made him earn some more cash. Nothing could have been a more simplified way to teach kiddos the concept of transaction.

√Trained Professionals Imparting Knowledge

Each of the professionals in every sphere is well-trained in his/her area. The patience with which they handle kids is commendable and the role-playing sessions are conducted on a highly serious note, thus keeping the originality intact.

√Boosts A Child’s Confidence and Sharpens His Independence

Several activities are planned in such a manner that they gradually shirk off your child’s shyness. For example in the Shaimak Daavar Academy the child is not only trained how to dance to a particular song but after the training sessions, he/she is taken to the stage and perform in a group, thus making sure that his stage confidence gets boosted up. Self-reliance is one of the core parameters taken into account here as none of the parents are accessed admission into areas of activities and they need to execute the tasks independently.

√Safety is the Ultimate Priority

Well, you can leave behind your kids behind at Kidzania and go for a movie, chill out with friends or go for office. Believe me, your child’s safety is never at stake here. Before accessing any activity, each child’s GPS tracker wrist bands are scanned to keep a track of the location. When you are back to take your child home, you can always get the deets of his location from the system operator. Both your child’s and yours GPS trackers are synced to each other. Activities are sorted as per age limitations and hence you don’t need to feel worried about your kid’s safety even for a minute.

Every Child Is Given The Feel Of An Adult

Your children will be throughout treated as an adult beginning from the mere addressing to the imparting of the training sessions. Every child is addressed as “Sir/Ma’am” irrespective of their age and given tasks just like professionals. Every task is imparted a prior training followed y execution.

I am not biased but I think no play area or theme park can counter this brilliant concept. Children have tonnes to learn and loads of adventure awaits at their end.

Besides, it is indeed a cost-effective place as for a span of 5 hours, the charge is only 600 INR while for the entire day is 900. I think one day at Kidzania ia far better and lucrative( both on monetary and skill parameters) spending thousands on the toys.

So dear fellow mommies, make a visit to Kidzania soon and don’t let your little one miss out the fun.