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Indoindians with Shareen Ratnani presents an interactive workshop designed for parents. The focus is on parenting secrets: How to Raise a Successful Child,  to help parents gain insights to research based parenting secrets that help nurture the 12 characteristics of successful children.

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The Training Topics

  • Definition of successful children
  • Researched factors that raise successful children and predict success
  • 12 characteristics of successful children
  • The role parents play in encouraging successful traits in children
  • There is no one-size fits all coat for success
  • Parents role in raising children has lifetime effects

Duration:         90 minutes  (Includes Q& A for the last ten mins)

Training Fee:   Complimentary

Date/ Time:     24th March, 2018 from 10.30 am – 12 noon

Venue:             TBA

Facilitator:       Shareen Ratnani

Shareen RatnaniA passionate early childhood educator, parenting coach, teacher trainer, workshop presenter and a life-long learner Co-founder & Director Kiddie Planet :

–  A Montessori Plus Preschool

– Teacher Trainer

– Montessori Directress

– Parenting Workshop Presenter


Shareen has conducted the Five Love Languages for Children workshop earlier with Indoindians.

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Holi is around the corner and if you are enjoy this colorful festival playing with colors, somebody will find you and throw you into a pool of colors. Not taking enough precautions may expose you to skin problems in the coming days. Here are some important tips for skin and hair care for Holi this year.

Skincare tips

  1. Nothing can beat covering maximum part of your body with full sleeved clothes and trousers but the old remedy of using mustard oil/coconut oil/ olive oil/ vaseline over your entire body on the night before and the morning of Holi does wonders in removing the colors easily post Holi.
  2. Apply a good waterproof sunscreen and a thick moisturizer is a must.
  3. Herbal and natural colors like turmeric, tea leaves, henna, marigold flowers etc can be a very good choice for playing Holi as they don’t harm your skin much.
  4. Drink lots and lots of water as skin tends to get dehydrated with the use of chemicals so the hydration should be replenished.
  5. Use of a toner before stepping out to play Holi helps to close the pores of your skin thereby reducing the absorption and the harm.
  6. Another tip would be to remove Gulal with dry hands rather than using water as it spreads even more after water application.
  7. A transparent nail polish can take care of your nails, never rub your skin while removing colours and a facial cleanser is a better choice instead of a soap.
  8. If any irritation develops after the use of colors, wash the area with cold water and apply calamine lotion and a good moisturizer.
  9. Ripe papaya can be an excellent cleanser. Mix gram flour (besan), curd, lemon juice and one tablespoonful of coconut oil to form a paste. Apply the mixture on the face and body, rub it gently on the skin and wash off with plenty of water.

Haircare tips

  1. The best way is to tie your hair and reduce the damage because of colors.
  2. Apply leave-on conditioner or hair serum before playing holi. This protects the hair from the effects of sun exposure and dryness caused by colors.
  3. The scalp gets dry with the chemicals in the colours and the use of coconut oil or rosemary oil prevents it and the conditioner application post Holi takes care of it completely
  4. Hair should be washed with a mild shampoo and lemon juice can be added to prevent dryness and it also takes care of any infection. Don’t over shampoo and try to remove all the color in a single day. if its not going, shampoo nicely the next day.

Wishing you all a very colorful, safe and healthy Holi. Do share if this article was helpful to you in the comments below.

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Uses of Aadhaar Card

Uses of Aadhaar CardIndia’s unique identity scheme has enrolled almost a billion members already, having covered almost 50% of the population just a year ago. By the end of this year, the tally will stand close to 100% of all residents in India.

The 12-digit unique identification number called Aadhaar issued by the Central government to Indian residents has become mandatory for many services. Over the last few months, Aadhaar has become one of the most important documents to have and though it was initially argued that the mandatory provisions were for welfare schemes, it has been extended to more essential services. The document is issued after submission of biometric data and is used primarily in the verification processes.

Though, it doesn’t replace the existing identification documents, it can be used as a single identification document at healthcare institutions, government bodies, financial organisations, among others that can use it to identify and verify an Aadhaar holder.


As of now 6 documents need to be linked with 12-digit biometric Aadhaar number to keep the related services in operation. These documents are:

  1. Bank accounts
  2. PAN card
  3. Voter ID card
  4. LPG connection card
  5. Ration card
  6. Mobile number

So where all is Aadhaar mandatory in India now? Here is a list:

  1. Aadhaar for taxes and finance 
  2. Aadhaar for healthcare and nutrition 
  3. Aadhaar for subsidies/welfare benefits
  4. Aadhaar for education
  5. Aadhaar for employment and vocational training
  6. Aadhaar for social and economic empowerment
  7. Aadhaar for children
  8. Aadhaar for women

source: Economic Times

The use of Aadhaar card is gaining momentum as a mandatory requirement for public and private services. In Delhi, even to issue a death certificate, aadhaar card is mandatory.

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Happiness is said to be the journey and not the destination! Here is more on this topic in this week’s newsletter here >>

Kudos to Saraswati Suresh, an Indoindians Ambassador, who is using her skills and experience in IB Hindi Education online. Visit her IB Hindi Language B Tips for Exam Prep on Youtube

India Club Jakarta in association with Indian Embassy organizing Holi Hai the festival of colors this Saturday 24 February at Pasar Festival football ground from 4:00 Pm onwards. Come join the fun – music, food and colors.

Wishing you happiness always,
Indoindians Team

Read Newsletter here >>

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A huge drive to issue an Aadhaar card or the Unique Identification Number (UID) is the 12-digit identity number based on biometric data to each resident of India by the Government of India. Aadhaar card is meant for establishing unique identity of residents of India. It will eventually serve as a proof of identity and address, across India. It has nothing to do with a person’s citizenship.  changing passports From insurance policies to mobile SIM, the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) or Aadhar card with 12-digit unique ID for every resident of India is now mandatory for carrying out a number of tasks.

Approximate 30 million people of Indian origin live outside India and constitute the Indian diaspora. This includes NRI’s, OCI card holders and PIOs. Despite the distance and change in nationality, the Indian diaspora is very connected to India.

Here are the top 3 frequently asked questions:

  1. Is it mandatory to enroll for Aadhaar to file tax returns or apply for PAN in India? If yes, then what is the process for NRIs?

Section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961 as introduced by the Finance Act, 2017 provides for mandatory quoting of Aadhaar / Enrolment ID of Aadhaar application form, for filing of return of income and for making an application for allotment of Permanent Account Number with effect from 1st July, 2017.

It is clarified that such mandatory quoting of Aadhaar or Enrolment ID shall apply only to a person who is eligible to obtain Aadhaar number.

  1. Do NRIs or non-resident Indians also need to link their Aadhaar card with bank account, SIM card and PAN card?

NRIs and OCIs (Overseas Citizens of India) need not link their Aadhaar card with bank account, SIM or PAN, the UIDAI has said. NRIs, although they are citizens of India, are not eligible for Aadhaar card if they have not stayed for 182 days or more in the last 12 months, preceding the date of application.

source >> https://twitter.com/UIDAI/status/914693777087856641/photo/1

“NRI/OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) are not eligible to obtain Aadhaar as per the Aadhaar Act and hence are fully exempted to produce Aadhaar for any verification… NRI/OCI need not verify their bank account or SIM or PAN with Aadhaar. If required, they may inform the service provider(s) that they being NRI/OCI are exempted from Aadhaar verification,” the UIDAI said on Twitter.

  1. Where all is Aadhaar mandatory?

Over the last few months, Aadhaar has become one of the most important documents to have and though it was initially argued that the mandatory provisions were for welfare schemes, it has been extended to more essential services.

If you are an OCI car holder and have properties in India, where you wish to stay some time, then the Aadhar Card is a must. Else you cannot get any facilities like electricity connection, cooking gas , property tax deposit mobile connection etc.

So where all is Aadhaar mandatory now? Here is a list >>

India’s Aadhaar card or the Unique Identification Number (UID) is the 12-digit identity number based on biometric data issued to each resident of India by the Government of India. Aadhaar card is meant for establishing unique identity of residents of India. It will eventually serve as a proof of identity and address, across India. It has nothing to do with a person’s citizenship.  Aadhaar card CANNOT be used as proof of Indian citizenship.

As per the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, only a resident individual is entitled to obtain Aadhaar. Resident as per the said Act means an individual who has resided in India for a period or periods amounting in all to 182 days or more in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment. Accordingly, the requirement to quote Aadhaar as per section 139AA of the Income-tax Act shall not apply to an individual who is not a resident as per the Aadhaar Act, 2016.

Any individual, irrespective of age and gender, who is a resident in India and satisfies the verification process laid down by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) can apply for Aadhaar card. NRIs, PIO’s, OCIs as well as foreigners, living in India can also apply for Aadhaar card.

There is NO online process by which and OCI and POI can apply for Aadhar card. Overseas citizen of India (OCI) and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) are also eligible to take aadhaar cards, and need to appear in person at Aadhaar enrolment center to process the card. They would need to make a trip to India and be present at the selected enrolment center physically.

Steps to obtain Aadhaar card:

  1. Visit Pre-enrolment portal, submit your demographic information.
  2. Find nearest enrolment centre which you are comfortable to visit during your trip to India and book an appointment.
  3. Visit the aadhaar enrolment centre on your appointment date.
  4. Don’t forget to take your identification proof and address proof along with you (address can be a foreign address & mobile number should be Indian mobile number) List of supporting documents. https://uidai.gov.in/images/commdoc/valid_documents_list.pdf
  5. Give your Fingerprint scan and iris scan.
  6. Check the details for any typos.
  7. Take acknowledgement slip which contains your demographic information, enrolment number, date and time of enrolment etc. The Enrolment ID can be used for tracking the status of your application.
  8. You can check the status of your aadhaar card here. Please note that this page is accessible only in India. You will need your acknowlwdgement number and active mobile number to check your status.
  9. Wait till you get your aadhaar card.
  10. Download and print your Aadhaar card.

Note: Keep your mobile number active till you receive your Aadhaar card.

Still have questions. Here are the top 3 FAQs which might provide the answers >>

From insurance policies to mobile SIM, the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has mandated the 12-digit for carrying out a number of tasks. Aadhaar card has to be linked with small savings schemes such as Kisan Vikas Patra and PPF (Public Provident Fund) as well as bank accounts. Applying for a PAN (Permanent Account Number) card for filing of taxes also requires quoting of Aadhaar.

Though, it doesn’t replace the existing identification documents, it can be used as a single identification document at healthcare institutions, government bodies, financial organisations, among others that can use it to identify and verify an Aadhaar holder.

So where all is Aadhaar mandatory now? Here is a list >>

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India Club Holi 2018

Holi Hai – the colorful Holi celebrations by India Club in association with Indian Embassy. With Indian music, food, water, colors and unlimited fun.

Date & Time: Saturday 24th Feb from 4pm onwards
Venue: Pasar Festival Grounds, Kuningan, Jakarta
Tickets: IDR 30,000 (India Club members)
IDR 50,000 (non-members)
FREE for Indonesians & Children below 6yrs
Enjoy the Music by singers Suswati & Kanchan
Dance to DJ Lokesh

Note: no outside food or colors are allowed.

More info, contact Ibu Anas at +6221-30015666

Attractions –
– Big open area
– Water splash
– Unlimited free Holi Color
– Enjoy the Rain Dance
– Grove the music by Musician & singers from India – Suswati & Kanchan
– Enjoy the Bollywood dance Tracks with DJ Lokesh
– Play the Bounce Games

Open Indian street food Stall

Mango pudding , Rajma rice, Gelawati kabab with paranta, Paav bhaji and mutton keema paav , veg/non veg kabuli rice and chola bhatura, Chicken curry,Panerr butter masala ,White rice ,Yellow dal tadka ,Roomali roti , Tawa chapatti, Wada paav , Veg Keema pao , Cibatta sandwich, tea and coffee, Paneer / Chicken/ Mutton Roll, Crispy Fish Cutlet with Fries, Chicken Dum Biriyani, Mutton Dum Biriyani, Kachori bhaji, chicken tawa and jalebi, Live dosa , Steam idli with sambar chutney , Medu wada ,Onion bajia etc.

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Holi the festival of colors and joy

Holi is the festival of colors, joy, happiness and full of fun and laughter.

In Hinduism, Holi (also called Holaka or Phagwa), an annual festival celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (early March). It celebrates spring, commemorates various events in Hindu mythology and is time of disregarding social norms and indulging in general merrymaking. This year, Holi will begin in the evening of Thursday, March 1 and ends in the evening of Friday, March 2.

Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a bonfire where people gather, sing, dance and party. These bonfires not only purify the air of evil spirits, but mark the story of Holika and Prahalad.

The next morning is a free-for-all explosion of colours, where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders.

Colorful holi

The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw colour powders on each other, laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks.

Here are some typical Holi delicacies that you can try:

  1. Thandai
  2. Gujiya
  3. Mathis
  4. Pakora

Do you have a special recipe for holi. Please do share in the comments below.

There has been a long tradition to have Bhang, an intoxicating ingredient made from cannabis leaves, mixed into drinks and sweets and consumed by many. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up and visit friends and family.

In Bengal, Holi features the Dolayatra (Swing Festival), in which images of the gods are placed on specially decorated platforms and devotees take turns swinging them. In the meantime, women dance around and sing special songs as men spray colored water at them.






One legend that is associated to Holi is a story of Prahlad and Hiranyakshyapu. Yet another legend is about Krishna and Radha. As a baby, Krishna developed his characteristic dark blue skin color because demon Putana poisoned him with her breast milk. In his youth, Krishna despaired whether Radha, who had fair skin and other girls would like him because of his skin color. His mother then asked him to approach Radha and color her face in any color he wanted. He did it and then Radha and Krishna became a couple. Ever since, the playful coloring of Radha’s face has been commemorated as Holi.

One must experience the festival in Mathura and Vrindavan and also pay a visit to the famous Banke-Bihari Temple. The crowd’s enthusiasm for their beloved Lord Krishna needs to be seen to be believed. In Vrindavan, the festival is celebrated for a week.

A third story about the origin of Holi has to do with God of love Kama and Shiva

There are lessons to be taken from all the legends associated to Holi. First, devotion to God always pays, as God will take his true devotee in his arms. Second, love can bridge the distance between two different people. From these two things, we can conclude that good deeds (devotion to God and love) will always win.

The colorful, joyous Holi festival symbolizes togetherness, joy, harmony, and hope amongst people across all sections of the society. On this day people forget their grudges, past mistakes, forgive people, and erase all impurities in their hearts. This is a festival where we can see how the diverse colors of human can blend into a beautiful and joyous event.

There’s also a divine message amid the joyous, playful and intensely colorful Hindu spring festival of Holi – It reminds of the divine and eternal love of Krishna and Radha. It also reminds one of Narashima, Prahlada and Hiranyakashyapa and thus the fact that ‘Truth and Humanity are invincible forces in the Universe‘.

Krishna Rasleela in a miniature painting

Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Holi message here>>

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8 Ways to Boost Your Dopamine Levels

Feeling low? Maybe you’re low on dopamine.

Dopamine is one of the most important hormones responsible for making us feel good. When the level of this great substance falls low, we can suddenly get sad and frustrated. Don’t worry, there are tricks to increase your dopamine level to the highest level and make your mood bright again.



Exercise undoubtedly can stimulate the release of endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. Regular exercising can help you relieve stress and get rid of frustration and fatigue. You can do any sport that you truly enjoy.

Don’t get addicted


Many people get addicted to something because it gives them some kind of instant gratification—shopping, alcohol, drugs, and other addictive behaviours. These behaviours actually have the opposite effect on dopamine levels in the long-term. So, don’t let your little and temporary joys take over, and try to enjoy the simple things in life.

Create something


Creativity also increases dopamine levels in your brain. You don’t have to be a world-renowned artist, painter, or chef to be creative. Maybe you can make simple DIY projects for your house, or cooking a new menu that you’ve never tried before. You’ll see that you feel much better!

Increase tyrosine


Tyrosine is one of the most important chemicals which are used in the synthesis of dopamine. Eating foods high in tyrosine will not only increase your resistance to stress but will also make you feel better. Foods high in tyrosine are almonds, avocados, bananas, watermelon, dark chocolate, and green tea. Red wine, however, contains the chemicals that increase the sensitivity of the receptors to dopamine. So if you want to boost your mood, one of the best choices you can make is to consume red wine with dark chocolate.

Ps: for extra effect, enjoy your wine and chocolate while soaking your troubles away in a hot bath.

Checklist small tasks


Have you ever felt the rush of happiness and relieves when you finally accomplished a series of tasks in a day. This happens for a reason: dopamine increases when we are organized and finish tasks, regardless if the task is small or large. Don’t allow your brain to worry about things that need to be done. Just write your tasks down and check them off one at a time. It’s been shown that it’s more satisfying to the brain’s dopamine levels when we physically check something off of our to-do-list.



Meditation really heals everything. It also increases dopamine levels differently than physical exercise. When you’re fully relaxed, your body releases more mental energy that boosts the production of good-mood hormones.

Meet your beloved ones often


One easy way to boosts dopamine is to interact with your beloved ones. Even if you live far away from your friends and relatives, reach them by phone or text to simply say hello to them. Getting together with your dearest ones once in a while can make a huge difference to your mood.

Listen to music


Listening to your favorite music is one of the quickest ways to boost your good mood. Put on your headphones, login to your Spotify account, and just listen to your favorite bands or singers.

Magic Diet For a Cheerful You

The reason for our being is to achieve eternal happiness.

A happy cheerful person spreads happiness around, projects positivity and of course is very popular.

So if you want to be the shining light of your surroundings be it work, friends, companions et al – stay happy.

Food I believe is one of the primary sources of everything that we are as not only is it the most important source of fuel for our body that keeps us healthy, looking good but also triggers comfort and happiness which is essential for our being.

We all have our zone of comfort foods – the food that immediately give us a calm, satisfied feeling that can turn a bad day around.

Forget gourmet delights or opulent spreads, it is the eternal favorites that brings a smile on one’s face and following a diet regime does not mean that we do not indulge in them- ultimately we need to be fulfilled.

As Aristotle says Happiness depends on ourselves so go on enjoy yourselves with your comfort foods…

I am listing a very few basic regimes which is to help you feel better and make the world a happier place for you! 

You can certainly beat the blues with good food. And the options are aplenty.

Chocolate- the cause of Eternal Bliss

Chocolate- the cause of Eternal Bliss

Hasn’t a bar of chocolate lifted your spirit? For no particular reason, you’re feeling lower than a snake’s belly: a little on the weepy side, kind of listless, and a chunk of chocolate lifts you right up.


Eating chocolate releases several neurotransmitters that have positive effects on human feelings i.e. They make you happy. One of these is Phenylethlyamine, which causes alertness and a degree of excitement, quickens the pulse rate, and makes you happy. Phenylethylamine is sometimes also called “the love drug”, because it arouses feelings similar to those that occur when one is in love. Another neurotransmitter, serotonin, is a mood-lifter, as well. One chemical that causes the release of serotonin into the brain is tryptophan, found in -wait for it- chocolate. Chocolate also has Anaamide, named after the Sanskrit word for “bliss”, it activates a receptor which causes dopamine production. Dopamine causes a feeling of intense well-being that people often associate with being high. Eating chocolate releases endorphins into the brain. Endorphins are known to decrease levels of both stress and pain.

So next time – don’t feel guilty about your bar of chocolate- just ENJOY it.

Keep the Bar of Chocolate to lift your moody blues sometimes………… even better is to avoid the Moody Blues. Here is how

Sleep is the most important body repair mechanism which can make or break a day for any one of us. If you’re not getting enough downtime at night, you can feel irritable, intolerant, inattentive, depressed, and more forgetful than folks who are happily knocking off the zzz’s. Here are some sleepy-time solutions:

Sleep better tips

  • Cut out caffeine. You know to avoid coffee, tea, cola drinks, and hot chocolate because of their caffeine content, but did you know there’s caffeine in energy drinks, those trendy vitamin waters, even chocolate and coffee yogurts? It can all add up over a day–giving you sleepless nights.
  • Lighten up on dinner. Big meals can keep you awake at night while your tummy churns away in overload. Eat a bigger breakfast and lunch instead, then have a small dinner consisting of about 500 calories.
  • Skip the nightcap. Alcohol makes you feel sleepy, but too much too close to bedtime interferes with your important REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the phase that leaves you refreshed. Alcohol can also stop you from dreaming and can make sleep fitful, leaving you tired and crabby by morning. Limit alcohol to one or two drinks with dinner, and have two alcohol-free hours before bedtime.
  • Have a chicken sandwich or enjoy a banana, sliced avocado, or half a baked potato. There’s some evidence that people who have a lower copper intake are more likely to have a hard time getting to sleep and feel less rested when they wake up.

When You’re Feeling Dull

Which is your favorite cuppa?Now’s the time for a coffee break. Within half an hour of drinking a cup, your nervous system gets revved, and you feel alert and better able to concentrate. Even your reaction time is faster. The effect of coffee and its caffeine is to block the effects of adenosine which induces sleep on your brain. It also increases the flow of stimulation chemicals including acetylcholine, epinephrine, dopamine, serotonin, glutamate, norepinephrine, cortisol, and endorphins. So reach out for that cup when you need it the most.

When you’re Depressed

Eat more fish. Mounting evidence says that omega-3 fatty acids (found in abundance in fatty fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, and tuna) may help ease depressive symptoms. The veggies don’t despair- you can have flaxseeds, walnuts, soybeans

When You’re Way Beyond Tired

Fatigue can be the sign of a serious illness. It’s one of the first signs of iron deficiency and anemia, the most common nutritional deficiency in the world, for non-vegetarians supplement your diet with red meat, pork, poultry, and seafood. The veg options would be dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, dried fruit such as raisins, apricot.

You can also indulge in your all-time favorite comfort foods comfort food such as Idly, vada, sambar, Aloo paratha, Instant noodles, Pizza,  Burger and all that gives you a kick!!!

Sugary oatmeal for breakfast? Sure, why not.

Creamy soup for lunch? Don’t mind if we do.

Baked cheesy casserole for dinner? Delicious!

The DIET MANTRA – Moderation is the key to a successful dietdo not overindulge that triggers Diet Guilt Syndrome which makes us repeat our over indulgence, thereby increasing our woes and reducing the happiness quotient.
Thankfully, craving comfort food doesn’t have to mean benching a healthy diet.

Bon appétit!

Diet Guru Aditi SrivastavaAditi Srivastava is the Director Diet Mantra- Chain of Diet & Wellness Clinics & Diet Consultant IndoIndians

If you have any diet related queries than do post below.