I AM MY KIDS' MOTHER 

A Blog by Sonal Kulshrestha 

I Asked For Vodka with Cranberry Juice On A Flight...

March 21, 2014
We were returning from our spring break trip from Boston (wonderful place, but another topic all together). My husband got one upgrade to first class. And obviously I took it (after all, Moms need that break, right?) Anyway, so as the flight attendant comes by, after much deliberation in my head as to what drink I should ask for to utilize the full value of taking the seat from my husband, I say, 'Vodka with Cranberry juice, please'. I was expecting a 'Sure'/ 'No problem'/ 'Here, Mam' or even 'No, we don't have it'. What I was totally unprepared for was, "May I please see your Photo ID?"

Now, I have no illusions about my looks. I'm a mother of a teenage daughter. So obviously, I think not that I look under 21, hugely pleasing though that might be. So I wonder if she's suspicious about my identity, and perhaps suspects that I wriggled out the privilege of the coveted first class seat from my husband. But surely that's not an issue? I do it every single time, after all. Nobody minds that- that's my prerogative! It's a 'reward' that my husband has earned and is happy to pass on to me. I like to think of it as a gift that I very graciously accept! All these thoughts cross my mind in a matter of seconds while I fish out my driver's license. It's back to- I do this every time. Nobody has questioned me before. But this time I asked for Vodka as opposed to my 'chai' that I forever yen for. Hmm, could it really be the drink? Finally, I had over the card to her and casually put forth my question, "So are you often required to check the photo ID?"

(You would not believe this....)

Seriously, you wouldn't believe the flight attendant's response to my question. She responds- "we are required to check photo id before serving alcohol to people who look under (get this...) 45 years of age" (I kid not...).

That was an information I did not know- and so the purpose of the blog, it's a 'good-to-know' kind of information. I was truly flabbergasted. And judging by the response of my fellow first class flyers, I wasn't the only one. Of course, can't argue I would qualify there, but really? 45? The guy next to me goes, "And you think I'm OVER 45? You didn't ask for mine?" Another guy went, "Trust me I'm not 45 either." The flight attendant laughs and so do everyone else. But seriously, 45 is a long way away from 21. "How safe do you possibly want to play?", I say. She quite simply replies that she has actually seen people looking 30 when they're 20 and hence getting away with consuming alcohol. But seriusly, 45 is a lonnnggggg way from 21. My neighbor tells me, "Next time, you should take offence if you're NOT asked to show you're photo ID. Don't know about that, but I do know this, there ain't any reason to feel flattered either, for now we know- we only need to look under 45 to get asked for our photo id when asking for an alcohoilc beverage. Apparently they believe in playing rreeeaaaalllllyyyyyy safe!!! Or perhaps, it still is a little bit of a compliment, maybe the lighting, or your 'youthful spirit' prompted the request, until you look her full on the face and the devleoping wrinkles become clearly visible :)
 

Conversation With My Daughter- Social Media

January 17, 2014
The ten minutes ride to school is one of the best time I get to have a good conversation with my daughter. I look forward to this. So much so that I feel cheated out of it if my husband insists on dropping her on route to an appointment at times. It's MY time with MY darling (she's his too, I know). Not that I make a big deal of it- for that'll scare her off, no doubt :)

Anyway, although I would love to talk back of the numerous rides and talks we've had, I won't, for that too will scare her o...

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Conversation With My Son- It's Not Just About The Eye Makeup Remover...

January 10, 2014
It's said (say-er unknown), if a man expects his women to be an angel in his life, then he should first create a heaven for her. And who better to 'coach' our sons than us, their mothers? After all, women understand women the best, right?

Ever since I wrote on 'Conversations With My Son' in my blog, my friend and I make it a point to discuss our conversations with our respective sons, with each other. Her son, at 15, is a really well mannered and a loving young man. She told me that when she s...

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My Son, A Techie at Ten, Sets Up A Fund-Raising Campaign For UNICEF...

December 13, 2013
Like I said, my son, now ten year old, is the force behind desideewar- as far as technology goes. I've already talked about how he set up the website for desideewar and how he generated the QR code for it (when we didn't even realize he even knows what that is) on my previous blogs. This Christmas season, he once again showed his "alertness" to technological resources available out there and his enthusiasm to use them.

So my daughter runs the 'For A Cause. Together' segment on desideewar. It's...

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Dallas- this Holiday Season, for Visiting Family!

December 6, 2013
Let's face it, Dallas is not exactly high on peoples' list of places to visit as a tourist, but if you have friends or family living there, well, that's a different story. If you have already visited them in the past, you know you enjoy the laid back 'feel' of the city and it's suburbs. And if you live here, well, you know you love it like no other place in the nation. Why wouldn't you? After all, the city allows for affordable large homes, wonderful weather for most parts, and most important...
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Teacher As A Facilitator And A Gadget- In- Hand Student...

November 28, 2013


The Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) is rolling its 1:X program with the goal of arming each kid, right from kindergarteners to seniors with ipads. This was first year that all freshmen got the gadgets. In some pilot schools, 4th and 5th graders got an ipad and certain pilot middle schools handed them out to their 5th graders as well. All with the option of picking one of the two package- $ 40.00 annual charge that covers insurance against loss or damage or the $ 50.00 refundable...


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Conversations With My Son...

October 23, 2013

Last year, December of 2012, a young girl in India was brutally attacked and assaulted by a group of six men in a bus, the youngest of the brute was just 17 year old. The 24 year old brave heart succumbed to her injuries within a fortnight. The incident jolted thousands of people to take to streets to protest and for the first time the issue of lack of safety for women and the numerous cases of groping/ staring/ leching  and assaults on the streets of India was being discussed openly and glob...
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Nine year old creates the website- www.desideewar.com

May 25, 2013

My son, Rohun, 9 at the time, is very interested in the desideewar facebook page. This was back in Oct of last year. He comes up with lots of new ideas for the page, but what he is most interested in is creating a website for it. He keeps telling me that he wants to create one, but I’m not really interested. I’m really only thinking about having a facebook page for fun, interesting and inspirational news from the desi world- I’m not really thinking about a website. Rohun, on the other h...


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My kids get involved

May 11, 2013
When we started last year, my daughter, Raashi was 13 years old and son, Rohun, 9. Raashi was the one who suggested that we name the page ‘desideewar’, all lower case and one word. She quickly comes up with the cover picture for the desideewar page. Rohun takes care of the profile picture. He asks me for all my colorful dupattas. “Mommy, can I have all of your colorful ‘thingys’ that you wear around your neck“, he says. He places them all in a decorative wall piece that we have in...
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How we started....

April 1, 2013

How we started?                   

We have a Bunco group here in Flower Mound, Texas. We gather once a month, taking turns to host the evening over delicious food and a really fun game, Bunco- a game of dice. We have been doing this for over seven years now. So I met this very cheerful lady through Bunco who became a good friend. She would always compliment me on my outfits and sense of dressing. Over the years she often suggested that I start my own fashion blog. One evening she went a ste...


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I am my kids' mother. I have two- a teenage daughter and a 11-year middle-school-er.