Mother’s Day Special : The Empty Nest Syndrome

What is this, you may ask? Well, it’s those feelings of depression, anxiety, and grief that may be experienced by parents whose children leave home. Imagine taking extensive care of a child for tens of years, only to have the child you love so much come of age and leave you to be independent. Often, we don’t realize that our parents, especially our mothers, have experienced the empty nest syndrome. Let’s discuss this unsettling syndrome this Mother’s Day.

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Much like a little fledgling that flies away to start a family of its own, we too, at some point, must also leave our homes to make a home for ourselves, and leave our hypothetical “nest” empty. This obviously affects our parents quite a lot, because a whole other person, who they’ve laughed with, eaten with, fought with, shared with – that other being is now gone from their space. Along with a feeling of loneliness, comes a feeling of grief and loss. The empty nest syndrome harbours itself mainly in those families where interpersonal relationships are valued and emphasized.
Mums are the main victims of this syndrome. Those gentle, loving influences on our lives are naturally the most affected when it comes to letting go of their babies, albeit all grown-up. This Mother’s Day, visit your childhood home to be with your parents, and especially your mum, again, and watch them light up. They may be old and tired, with wrinkles and creases of age settled into their faces like old friends, but they have never stopped thinking of you as their little fledgling that flew away.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with your mum and dad. Talk to them about your life, your achievements, your problems, about whatever you can. Laugh with them, hug them, kiss them, joke about how old they’re getting, but don’t ever let them forget that you are always there for them. Let your mum rest all day, and make the day’s meals for her. A foot massage doesn’t hurt either.

If you want a more material way to express and shower your love, why not get mum and dad a gift ? Gifts have spoken so much more than they’re given credit for, for so many years. The oldest gifts in the world are said to be stone tools and beads, but we’re pretty sure mom wouldn’t appreciate that. Try an elegant, well-thought out gift like a luxurious spa hamper with a cute personalised message, or an embossed leather jewellery box , just something that you know she’ll raise her eyebrows at and go, “When did my kid get so thoughtful?” But she’ll secretly be blushing inside.

 

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Make her feel loved, even after all these years, when she might think that you might’ve forgotten about her, don’t care about her, or simply just moved on with your life. Remind her that even though you’re all grown up, you still get excited when you smell the biryani she’s cooking, or you love it when she neatly folds your clothes and arranges your closet when you can’t. You’re still her little baby, and you want to make her feel appreciated for all the times she’s saved you from dad’s punishments, or sacrificed something so you could be happy.
Banish that empty nest syndrome this Mother’s Day – barge into your parents’ home and serenade them loudly. (Not really. We suggest a quieter approach that won’t make your parents think you’ve gone bananas.)
Happy Mother’s Day from GoGappa !

 

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Top Five Mother’s Day Gifts

What do I gift her? This is the burning question on everyone’s minds since Mother’s Day is soon to arrive. There are quite many options available for Mother’s Day Gifts yet it’s a tricky decision to make. Mother’s Day is an occasion widely celebrated in several countries including U.S., U.K., India, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Belgium on 11th May. There are many stories about the history of Mother’s Day. Some believe the special day has its origins in ancient Greek mythology. The Greeks dedicated their annual spring festival to maternal goddesses. They used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities according to their belief.

The most widely accepted story about Mother’s Day is that which was told by Anna Jarvis. Anna Jarvis is considered as the founder of Mother’s Day in the U.S. Though she was never married and never had children of her own she is known as the Mother of Mother’s Day, an apt title for the woman who worked hard to bestow honor on all mothers. Anna Jarvis was inspired by her mother Mrs. Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis who was an activist and social worker.  Mrs. Jarvis used to express her desire that someday someone must honor all mothers, living or dead and pay tribute to the contributions made by them.

 

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    After her mother’s death in 1905, Anna Jarvis made a resolve to fulfill her mother’s wish of having a day dedicated to mothers.  After tons of hard work and patience, Mother’s Day came into being and was celebrated in almost every state in the Union on May 8, 1914.

Moving away from the history of this day, finding the right gift for your mother becomes an almost crucial decision. Here is a list of the Top Five Gifts that are unique and will surely bring a smile on your beloved mom’s face.

Spa Hampers & Aromatic Gift Sets: Ever wondered why most women love perfume? Ask them and they would be pleased to answer. Gifting your mother a Divine Fragrances Gift Set containing incenses, candles, potpourri, aromatherapy oils and other fragrant gift items would uplift her mood and relax her mind. Everyone likes to indulge and pamper themselves once in a while and your mother is no different. A Luxurious Spa Hamper containing body lotions, scrubs, loofah soaps and other pamper goodies would instantly gratify her. These make for great Mother’s Day Gifts.

 

Spa Hamper from Gogappa, Mother's Day Gifts

Photo Frames and Photo Albums: These are the classic gift items for any occasion especially when it involves gifting someone who is close to you. Photo Frames and Photo Albums give you the option of personalization. Give your mother a Happily after Bone Photo Frame or an Art De Casa Bone Photo Frame with a beautiful picture of you and her or create a Special Moments Photo Album with pictures of the most unforgettable moments in her life. Such gifts are bound to touch her heart and old memories have a rent free space in everyone’s hearts. Mother’s Day Gifts are not only about gifting something expensive or desirable but what matters the most are the feelings and memories attached to those gifts.

 

Special Moments Photo Album from Gogappa, Mother's Day Gifts  Art De Casa Bone Photo Frame from Gogappa, Mother's Day Gifts

Chocolates: Chocolates are relished all over the world. Age is just a number when it comes to chocolate addiction. Gift your mother a box of assorted chocolates or a Chocolate Decadence Goodie Bag packed elegantly. A personal message with any gift will add a personal touch to your Mother’s Day Gifts

Chocolate Decadence Gift Hamper from Gogappa, Mother's Day Gifts

Handbags, Clutches and Purses: The partnership between women and their handbags goes a long way. Clutches and purses that are stylish and classy will not disappoint. This is a safe option when it comes to gifting your mother.

Jewellery Box: She doesn’t know where to store her precious jewellery. She probably wraps it in a cloth that is tightly knotted so that all the contents remain in place. Gift her ravishing Jewellery box this Mother’s Day. A premium quality Jewellery Box like a Luxurious Large Croc Embossed Leather Jewellery Box will solve her storage dilemma. She will not only be pleased but will also thank you for being so thoughtful.

Luxurious Large Croc Embossed Jewellery Box Emerald Green from Gogappa, Mother's Day GiftsThese were some of the top options for Mother’s Day Gifts. No matter what you gift her, it is the attachment that means a lot to her. A simple gesture of love is enough to show her how much she means to you. Let a unique gift accompany that gesture and make her feel special on Mother’s Day, a day dedicated only to her.

Choose from an array of Mother’s Day Gifts from our online gift shop and pay tribute to the woman who made you.

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Mother’s Day 2014 – The 6 Most Powerful Indian Moms

This Mother’s Day 2014, GoGappa brings to you a list of some of the most powerful and influential moms in India. Being a woman in a top position isn’t easy. These super-heroines have managed to beat the odds, toss away the aprons, and make misogynists everywhere weep with their sheer will-power. Add to that the responsibility of being a mom, and you’re left in awe of their capabilities.

GO MUMS!

1)      Our first sensational mom is a well-known celebrity and actor. You only have to glance at those cat-eyes and coy smile to know who she is.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachhan.  Often called “the most beautiful woman in the world”, and with over 17,000 websites dedicated to her, tulips at the Keukenhof gardens in the Netherlands named after her, and of course, the title of Miss World 1994, she definitely deserves to be on this list. And it’s not just her beauty we rave about, she’s involved in humanitarian work too, and supports PETA India, is the Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS and Smiletrain, and has created the “Aishwarya Rai Foundation” in India. She’s also received the Padma Shri award, and the Order of France – Ordre des Arts et des letters, along with numerous other acting awards. She gave birth to her daughter Aaradhya Bachhan in 2011, and says “she never leaves her”. We picked up another interesting (and very sweet) quote about motherhood by her, “When I’m with her the day can be packed, there can be so much going on, you can be sleep deprived, anything, but nothing makes me feel down.”

She’s beauty, brains, and brilliance, all in one. Commendable, indeed.

 

2)      Our next powerhouse mom is the MD, CEO and head of the corporate sector at India’s largest private bank, the ICICI Bank. She’s Chanda Kochhar, who joined ICICI in 1984 and rose through the ranks to get to be the woman she is today, the recipient of the Padma Bhushan, a consistent feature on Fortune and Forbes lists of powerful women around the world, the Asian Business Leadership Forum Woman of Power Award for India, and a proud mother with equally proud children.

 

 

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Under Kochhar’s leadership, the bank reported a 30% rise in profits in 2011/12, and won the “Best Retail Bank in India” award in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005 and “Excellence in Retail Banking Award” by the Asian Banker. She has two children, a son and a daughter, and she’s fiercely private about her personal life. According to a Business Today interview, her office does not have any trace of her family life except for a framed picture of her daughter, Aarti, who she dotes on and is very proud of her mum.

We love her banking strategy know-how, her collected attitude, and her determination. (And her always perfect hair, of course.)

 

3)      The foreign “bahu” of the oldest political dynasty in India, this woman has been embroiled in controversy, grief, and power struggles ever since her marriage. Today, she is the mother of two, who themselves are involved politically, and is the President of the Indian National Congress. We would like to tell you about – Sonia Gandhi.

 

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She is of Italian descent, but her ethnicity didn’t keep her from rising to power in the Congress six years after her husband Rajiv Gandhi’s death in 1991. In 2010, she was ranked the 9th most powerful woman in the world, the highest for any woman from India that year. Under her leadership, the Congress achieved near-majority seats in the 2009 elections and she had Manmohan Singh elected as the prime minister, while she herself shunned the limelight. She worked to implement the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and the Right to Information Act, behind the scenes. Her son and daughter, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra, are currently involved in the heavy political cross-fire happening due to the 2014 elections, and have seemingly inherited her strong statement making attitude.

We appreciate her from going from a part-time waitress in Cambridge, London, to the incredibly influential spearhead of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty of India today.

 

4)      How often have you sipped at a Pepsi, or munched on some Lays? (Don’t lie, we know you still munch on junk foods in secret.) These favourite brands of people worldwide are managed by the food and beverage business giant PepsiCo, and its chairman is an Indian-origin woman! Yes, she’s Indra Nooyi, the current Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo.

 

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In 2008, she was named one of America’s best leaders by The U.S World and News Report, and in 2013, was ranked the 10th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. She made many acquisitions during her tenure, such as Tropicana, and Quaker Oats. She is currently foraying into the world of healthier food alternatives. Her honest and aggressive strategies for PepsiCo have resulted in an increase in revenue by 1.2%. That may seem little to you, but for PepsiCo, that’s a total of 13 billion dollars. You heard me right.

She, unlike most moms, doesn’t feel guilty about not being able to magically balance both family and work life, but takes “stay-cations” whenever she can, to spend time with her two children. We tip our hats to her spirit.

 

5)      Five-time World Champion, and a bronze-medal holder at the 2012 London Olympics, AND a mother of three, this one’s a fighter. Literally.

Boxing champ Mary Kom, who’s won the Arjuna award, Padma Shri, and Padma Bhushan, has a road in Manipur named after her, and is the Additional Superintendent of Police in Manipur, has had the title “Magnificent Mary” conferred upon her by the AIBA (International Amateur Boxing Association.) We fully agree!

Mary Kom’s not just a fantastic boxer, she’s a fantastic mom too. (We were pretty tempted to rhyme Kom and mom.)

 

 

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She has three sons, and wishes for a baby girl. She works for inspiring mothers and girls everywhere to achieve their dreams, like she did, and thoroughly enjoys motherhood, calling her children “brats”. We love her confidence and her efforts to inspire (she has opened the Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation in Manipur exclusively for training for girls.) More power to her! (Yes, even literally. Beat those opponents up, Mary.)

 

6)      Our last, and definitely not the least mom in this list would have to be the charming and smile-y Nita Ambani. A dancer at heart, philanthropist, shrewd businesswoman and mum with very “middle-class values”, she who occupies the title of mother figure in the household of India’s richest family has got to feature here.

 

 

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She dons many hats – as the head of the Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation, a part of the Reliance Industries, UNAIDS, she spearheads the Drishti Foundation for the blind, chairperson of Dhirubhai Ambani International School, owns the IPL franchise for Mumbai Indians, and is also on the board for Oberoi Hotels and Resorts. That’s a LOT of hats, not counting the most demanding one, of motherhood. Her three children have been brought up with discipline, and she says that she used to give them only Rs 5 as pocket money for college. Ever since she was young, she’d wanted to become a mother, but had problems conceiving. That hurdle, however, was overcome, and her three children today are in college, or preparing to enter into their father’s company. We salute her for her integrity and her campaign for woman empowerment. Million dollar heart, million dollar smile, and she is, of course, worth a million dollars quite literally.

Our list of powerful moms ends here, their stories don’t. If you know of more facts about these women, or other Indian women who have made it big, and balanced their family life as well, be sure to comment. We are proud of these women, and wish them all the best, and sincerely hope that they bequeath their fortune to GoGappa because we love them so much.

Make Mother’s Day 2014 special – celebrate the one day devoted entirely to mums, gift your mum something exquisite, and don’t be surprised that even on this day, she’ll want to cook for you. Moms are just wired like that.

Mother’s Day 2014 is on May 11. Save the date!

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10 Facts about Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a day dedicated only to mothers. It is an occasion celebrated throughout the world. Besides the U.S. and U.K., countries like India, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Belgium also observe this day. Here are a 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Mother’s Day .

Fact 1# 

A woman named Anna Jarvis was the founder of Mother’s Day in the U.S. As a child, she witnessed her mother express her desire that someday someone must honor all mothers, whether living or dead and pay tribute to the contributions made by them. Anna Jarvis put in efforts to turn her mother’s mere desire into reality. Her hard work paid off and Mother’s Day and was celebrated in almost every state in the Union on May 8th, 1914.

 

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Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day in the U.S.

 

Fact 2#

Even though it was her idea to mark the day Anna Jarvis wanted it to be a day of prayer and reflection on the role of mothers. She was unhappy with the commercialization of the Mother’s Day and actually went to court to prevent it. However, she lost the battle.

 

Fact 3#

Mother’s Day is not celebrated on the same day throughout the world. Most countries observe it on the first Sunday of May.

 

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Fact 4#

The World Record for Most Children Bore is held by a Russian woman named Valentina Vassilyeva. She had 69 children in 27 pregnancies. She had no single births but multiple sets of twins, triplets and quadruplets.

 

Fact 5#

The early origins of Mother’s Day can be traced to ancient Greek and Roman Mythology. The Greeks dedicated their annual spring festival to maternal goddesses. They used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities according to their belief.

Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. The celebration was marked by offerings in the temple of Cybele and included parades, games and masquerades.

 

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Roman Goddess Cybele

Fact 6#

Even those that live away from their mothers and are unable to travel home mark the occasion with a phone call. That clearly shows the significance of Mother’s Day in today’s age.

 

Fact 7#

The letter ‘M’ is for Mother in most of the world’s languages like Mother or Mummy in English and Ma in Hindi.

 

Fact 8#

During the 1920s the flower known as the ‘White Carnation’ became a popular gift item for mothers especially on Mother’s Day. They were believed to signify the purity of a mother’s love.

 

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White Carnation Flower

 

Fact 9#

Experts suggest that in England, centuries ago, young servant girls would travel home around the time of Lent; it was one of the few days in the year that families would be reunited.

 

Fact 10#

Mother’s Day is a busy time for florists, sales increase by 40%, however Valentine’s Day is a more popular time for people to buy flowers and so is Christmas. The popular gift items for Mother’s Day include flowers, chocolates, bath and spa products, perfumes, greeting cards etc.

 

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Chocolate Decadence Goodie Bag from Gogappa

 

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Spa Hamper

 

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For unique Mother’s Day Gifts, check out Gogappa’s collection of exquisite online gifts.

 

The GoGappa blog’s birthday!

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Happy Birthday GoGappa Blog

 

Yay! We’re open, and ready for business.

Well, not business. More like your reading pleasure, really. Welcome to our first ever blog post on the new gogappa.com blog. We’ll make sure that many more interesting, quirky articles will come soon, just for you.

So who are we, and what do we do?

We are an e-commerce company, that’s all about quality service, hand-picked products, and being awesome. (We’re not exactly modest) Don’t let the words “e-commerce company” keep you away though, we also love getting personal with our customers and loving them loads! Our Gappas know all about the quality and class that you look for in a product, whether it’s a gift, personal or corporate, or just a little something you want for yourself. They’ve worked hard to get the GoGappa exclusive online store and gift shop up and running, and would love to know your response to it.

Why use the name GoGappa, you ask? Because we can. (And it’s super cute.)

The GoGappa online store stocks only the best products with ergonomic designs and high aesthetic intelligence. In other words, our products are smart and pretty! The more elegant a product is, the more we recommend it. If you’re looking for a gift for your mum because mother’s day is coming up, and you’re in a bit of a hurry, or if it’s your brother’s birthday and you want to impress him even after he teased you endlessly, our gift shop will sort you out. A wide range of premium gifts, to suit a wide range of premium tastes! And lastly, our corporate gift store is for all those corporate companies that want their employees or clients to suffer from a case of “severe awe-itis” (It’s the legit disorder of being in awe) because our hand-picked gifts are nothing but extraordinary.

Stay tuned to our blog to know more about us Gappas, and explore hundreds of different ideas and topics under the sun that we would love to share with you.

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