The Gateway School of Mumbai is dedicated to empowering children with learning challenges – along with their families and the professionals that support them. Our intention is to help students develop the skills, knowledge, understandings and attitudes necessary for them to lead fulfilling and productive lives – as independent and successful individuals that actively contribute to society.
Ritwika Roy Mutsuddi is a social media specialist by profession and a freelance writer and blogger by passion – parenting and women are her main muses. She lives in Mumbai with her husband and 2 kids, a 14-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter. Having gained some insight and experience in parenting, her writing mostly revolves around motherhood and different stages of children.
KLAY play schools is an award-winning care and education provider, with 53 centres across India. It is the most preferred onsite daycare for Fortune 500 companies like Pepsi, IBM, Accenture, HUL and more. KLAY centres have 24 hr CCTV surveillance so you can see your child wherever you are. KLAY centres are colourful, clean and child-friendly. Their Multiple Intelligence based curriculum ensures that children learn at their own pace, through their individual interests. They ensure there is an adult to child ratio of1:3, you can rest assured that your child will receive personalised care and love from the well-trained staff. KLAY was built to be a parenting partner so that parents can enjoy a stress and guilt-free parenting journey.
Dr. Bindiya Gandhi is double boarded by the American Board Family Physicians as well as the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Physicians. She completed her family medicine training from Georgia Regents University/Medical College of Georgia June 2014. She is also currently working on her Functional Medicine Training with the Institute of Functional Medicine. Her interests include integrative, holistic and functional medicine, women’s health, preventative medicine, international medicine and health care reform. She’s also a certified yoga instructor and reiki master. She practices emergency medicine as well. She enjoys writing and educating everyone on important health matters.
Born in India, raised in Dubai and currently living in the US, Radhika Pillai has always felt like an outsider looking in, no matter where she is. She believes this gives her a unique perspective when it comes to tackling issues, personal or professional. Radhika holds an MBA in Marketing and has considerable experience in corporate America and education, but she is most proud of her work as a mom. She recognizes that India has a long way to go when it comes to accommodating students with mild learning differences or disabilities but believes in the power of parents to bring about positive change for students and wants to educate and empower parents to take action.
Riti Prasad has grown up on a steady diet of romance novels and they continue to be her escape, her comfort read, and her happy place.
She works as Creation Head in a fragrance and flavour company. When she is not writing, she is busy being a grammar nazi polishing the language of her emails before releasing them, editing whatsapp forwards and jokes before circulating them, and the worst- correcting spoken English thereby making several enemies. She is one among the top Mommy Bloggers in India and reviews books as well.
She is the author of Double Trouble Double Fun! A Supermom’s Guide to Raising Twins and lives in Chennai with her entrepreneur husband and twin sons.
Chitra is a full-time working mom who lives in Toronto with her two children aged 4 and 1 and her husband. She works in the telecom industry and has found a renewed passion for cooking after having kids. She is constantly trying to cook more healthy and interesting foods for her family and this she does with the help of her city, Toronto that exposes them to cuisines from all over the world. That was when she started looking for healthy, comfort food from around the world. After her second child, she started making foods from different countries at least 2 to 3 times a week and posting it on her Instagram account @chitra_u.
Shruti Guha Thakurta is working too hard in an organisation that is almost a 100 years old. Wife to a man who behaves like a ten-year-old. Mother to a one-year-old and a three-year-old. Friend to many juvenile 30-year-olds. That makes her cumulative age: 144 and trying to get younger.
Namita established and currently runs the Early Advising service at The Red Pen where she strategizes and helps parents and students in classes 8-10 (and earlier) with planning for future university applications. She also specializes in training applicants for the Oxford and Cambridge interview process. Namita is actively involved in identifying and developing collaborative partnerships with education services providers who offer unique enrichment programs for students.
Ankita Jain is a certified diet consultant, recipe curator, wife and a mother to a darling daughter. Her blog ‘The Rainbow Platter’ is an attempt to create and share joyful recipes for kids with simple and creative ways to make them eat healthy, tasty and make mealtime more fun.
Dr Gayatri Rao Zaveri holds a Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) degree from Mumbai, India. She specialises in homoeopathy for chronic diseases, such as respiratory diseases and pain management and paediatric homoeopathy (including special needs children). She has been practising for nine years and currently sees patients in South Mumbai and Bandra.
The Bubbly Blogcast is a parenting blog published by Antara Kothari who is a doting mom of two boys. She brings to you parenting uncensored. Her blog articles address real every day and many suppressed challenges that mothers everywhere face during their motherhood journey. The blog keeps it honest and is being used as a platform by moms to be and moms everywhere to open up and share their experiences. Antara also writes for some of the top news and parenting websites like HuffPost India and Her View From Home. She is currently working on turning her blog into a book so stay tuned!
Madhumita is a story-teller at heart and has been a content developer, storyteller, and trainer for a Mumbai-based book store. Over the last few years, as a storyteller, she has enjoyed drawing an imaginative path for children at her workshops with sessions that are a potpourri of songs, games, mime, and stories. She has also helped set up the Kahani Karnival Trust, a project, that brings stories alive through multidisciplinary art forms via festivals.
In addition to her many degrees, she holds one from Kathalaya, –the only Global Storytelling Academy in the World.
Shrishti is an expecting mom from Mumbai and a finance geek with a passion for children and a zest for innovative education. Being a Chartered Financial Analyst from USA, she has spent many years crunching numbers at big finance firms like JP Morgan before exploring the field of education. While working as an administrator in an Indian school she discovered a glaring gap in formal education in our country and that’s how Money Lessons- a financial literacy initiative for children and adults was born. Shrishti has co-founded a preschool called Koco Kids in Santacruz west.
Spreading financial awareness is a cause that is very close to her heart because she believes if done right, it can change the way people live and make a much happier world.
A foundation led by Mrs. Neerja Birla, that aims to empower individuals and their families dealing with mental health disorders by raising awareness, alleviating stigma, advocating prevention, fostering education, and providing world class holistic services, so that they can lead meaningful and productive lives, with respect and dignity.
A first of its kind, Norwegian curriculum kindergarten school that offers a unique play based learning programme for children from the ages of 1-6 years. At Papagoya, Early Childhood Education is taught through Play-based Learning and this helps create meaningful play experiences through the day for children.
Shrima Rai is an Indian raised in America who searched for love and found it back home in India. She moved across the globe, with a Hindi dictionary and read it while on her daily train commute to her new banking job. She later found herself competing, on a whim, in a Mrs. India competition and even won a title! She shot for her first ever magazine cover while 3 months pregnant! Now she travels a bit and is currently a lifestyle blogger at theurbanunwind.com — all while running behind her two little rambunctious boys who definitely keep her fit!
Nayantara – mommy to babyT, is a natural mama who believes in the rearing and raising her child the way nature intended it to be. After working for 10 years in the corporate world, she quit to slow down and revel in simple, stress-free living. Bliss arrived in the form of babyT and with him came a whole new world of breastfeeding, cloth diapering, baby wearing and gentle parenting. She talks about her parenting milestones and joys at my blog mommyingbabyT.com.
Pridhee Kapoor Gupta is a trained molecular biologist and the mother to two beautiful girls. She is also the founder of T4Tales which publishes books for 0-6-year-olds in Indian languages. Prior to becoming a mother, she worked as a scientific officer at Macquarie University, Sydney. In her journey of parenthood predominantly outside of India, she quickly realised that there were not enough books in her own mother tongue, Hindi, that would engage her little one as there were in English. So, she set about correcting this imbalance through her Hindi lift-the-flap and pull-tab board book, Das din and pop up with music book, Gol Mol Bol. She loves collecting children books and preparing craft activities for her daughters and is a big Bollywood and fitness enthusiast. Born and brought up in Bahrain, completed her PhD in Germany and tried out life in USA, India, and Australia, Pridhee is now comfortably settled in Singapore.
What do you get when you mix blue with red, or the sky with sand, or simply left with right? Madhumita Nandi Srivastava’s response would be miles away from what you would normally expect. After all, with a Masters in Architecture from the University of Michigan, followed by a Masters in Fine Art (Design and Technology), with a specialization in Broadcast Design and Motion Graphics from the Parsons, New York, her ideas are fresh and kept alive by a passion for teaching. Madhumita currently teaches at the Ecole Intuit Lab, where she helps students shape their ideas into viable projects. She has conducted art workshops for children at the Prince of Wales Museum, Bhau Daji Lad Museum, The Celebrate Bandra Festival, Kahani Karnival, Ecole Mondiale School, and many more. She is the co founder of the Flying Tricycle art workshops.
Aloka Gambhir is a mother of two, a Lactation Counselor, a Professional Babywearing Consultant and a blogger at www.wholesomemamma.in. She also co runs the Mumbai sling library which has regular meetups across the city for caregivers to learn about babywearing. She believes in natural parenting and following a child led approach to childcare.
Creative by passion and analytical by education, Keta Jha has always believed in taking an unconventional road and pursuing her dreams. With a formal degree in IT, she still chose to pursue her passion for education and creativity by being a preschool teacher for over 7 years with the reputed Kangaroo Kids – and then designed education modules/curriculum for preschoolers. Her love for kids extended to having one of her own, and that’s when she decided to be a DIY Mom! From cooking homemade and delicious health food for her fussy 5-year-old, to designing his school fancy dresses and organising birthday parties from scratch – she loves and enjoys all things DIY.
Helen’s passion for Early Childhood Education lies in the belief that the care, upbringing, play and learning that children experience at a young age shape their attitudes, values and confidence in themselves and in other people. Mother to a feisty 2-year-old and a career woman, Papagoya Kindergarten is the marrying of her long term dream to work with children and her understanding of the support a woman needs to be able to don the hats of a career woman, mother and wife. She comes with over 12 years of work experience in marketing and social media, across India & Norway.
If you find exactly what you are looking for on KSP Shop then, you have Bharti Dsouza to thank. As our in-house Directory Assistant Manager, she handles our inventory on KSP Shop and curates and compiles kid-friendly events that are perfect for your weekend. In her free time, she loves watching soap operas and dreams of travelling all over the world. You can see her sipping on her favourite Masala Chai through the day.
Darshana is the co-founder of Papagoya – India’s first Scandinavian Kindergarten in Bangalore. She and her co-founder Helen Issar are creating a paradigm shift in how children in India learn during early childhood. A true believer of the philosophy that children learn best by playing, she sees childhood not just as a phase of life, rather the foundation for a secure and joyful adulthood. Darshana is back in India with her learnings from 60+ countries in the 15 years she spent amongst global corporates. She is known to the children in her global family as their super-aunt ‘Dasho’, a title she holds dear to her heart.
Dhivya is a full-time market research professional and is the founder, editor, photographer (and dishwasher) for her blog http://maplechutney.com/. She and her husband love to cook and entertain, and almost always have their dining table teaming with food and people. For Dhivya, cooking is a deeply creative process and the kitchen is where it all comes to life. She believes in providing fun, nourishing meals for her family without breaking the bank or slaving over the stove. Always on the lookout for a clever shortcut in the kitchen, she aims for meals that can get on the menu for various occasions. What once started as a hobby, collecting cookbooks has now become a passion, with over thirty of them lining her bookshelf and making up her nighttime reading material. Dhivya is addicted to Instagram (@maplechutney) and is fascinated by new ingredients, people and culture. She currently lives in Toronto with her husband and her chatty three-year-old daughter.
Gauravi Vinay is a finance graduate and an ex-stock broker now a full-time mum. She loves learning about new cultures through food. She derives massive inspiration to cook from her mum and grandma who are amazing cooks as well. In addition to her love for cooking, she has a huge interest in nutrition and aspires to go in that direction someday. Lastly, she loves to experiment with healthy and local ingredients and make healthy food fun and exciting.
Parvathy Pothan is a doting mom to a lovely 2-year-old boy. She is an avid parenting blogger who has written for publications like Huffington Post and a budding entrepreneur who runs the baby shopping portal I Want That Momma.
Sewing aficionado, quilt-maker, obsessive children’s book reader and a passionate Stay-At- Home-Mom, Alisha Purandare loves everything about parenting, especially all of her daughter’s books! She used to be a German translator and teacher, but now dreams of working with children’s books someday, maybe writing or illustrating one or owning a library or bookstore! Who knows, the possibilities are endless! For now she documents her parenting experiences on her blog: www.twopurplelines.wordpress.com
Sumi Shah is born and bred in Mumbai but currently resides and is raising her family in the USA. Mom of 2, she loves cooking and entertaining, has a passion for home design and decorating, is a wine lover, dog lover, sushi lover, Instagram junkie, travel enthusiast and also works as a mortgage consultant.
Neha Mital is a mother of two delightful kids, who unites her own experiences as a mother and her profession as a strategic graphic designer. She founded a brand namely the Learning Room that has a refreshing blend of products that encourages curiosity, enhances soft skills and eases through the basics for young children. She has over 16 years of experience in the design industry, is an active reiki practitioner and an avid writer of her experiences.
Tarun Sakhrani is an investment banker by profession (by day… and sometimes by night as well). He works on the capital markets desk and has spent several years as a banker in Chicago and Singapore. Besides his day job, Tarun is an avid foodie with a love of trying new cuisines restaurants… and umm… wines to go with all that delicious food. He also enjoys writing in his spare time, and after blogging for himself for many years was invited to contribute to the Huffington Post in 2012. In May 2016 Tarun added another feather to his cap when he was promoted to the role of a proud father, thrilled by the arrival of his first born Kian. Tarun now lives in London with his wife Kathleen and son Kian.
Uurmi hails from a family of artists and has gained expertise in the area of Crafting under the direction of her stalwart mother, Indira Shah. Bhatia currently spearheads UurmiMehul Photography as Creative Head alongside her husband Mehul Bhatia. With several projects to their credit, she consistently finds channels to amalgamate the creative with the philanthropic aspect of growth and fulfilment and is always brimming with unique ideas. Mother of two – Rushil,16 and Ishika,12, She takes to writing to narrate her experiences of motherhood and her constant need of self-realisation.
Mansi Gala is our go to for everything that seemingly trends on social media. She has her pulse on what’s cool and what’s not on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. She maintains her favourite though, is Snapchat! Part of the younger brigade at Kidsstoppress, she loves dancing, listening to the latest tunes, and even loves to cook and bake! Kinda of a really useful person to have around!
Parul Gupta is a stay at home mom to an 11 year old girl and a 6 year old boy. She says they are as different as night and day and spends a lot of her time and energy to keep the peace between them. She was part of the travel industry for 10 long years and though she misses the corporate life, nothing compares to the joy of seeing kids benefitting from her attention while she is with them. When things get overwhelming, she de-stresses by moving to the kitchen to whip up some dessert or retreats to her art room to paint.
Our resident DIY and craft wizard, Kanishka is known to collect scraps that people normally throw out and make beautiful objects with it! Though she is qualified to be an early educator and a jewelry designer, she admits that working with a glue gun, scissors, and glitter satisfies her creatively. She traces her roots back to Ahmedabad and is being kept busy by her eight year old son who she tries all the craft ideas on before sending them out into the world.
Neha realised her true calling with the birth of her daughter. She spent her formative years in a boarding school and she attributes her spectacular sense of humour to her time spent there. Years ago she armed herself with an MBA and added 10 years of marketing experience to it. But once she held her daughter in her arms she knew she wanted to join the mad race of parents and share everything she has learnt and continues to learn daily with her chosen group. When writing doesn’t help maintain her sanity she takes to art and colour, but she is yet to share her art masterpieces with the world.
Janani brings a certain calmness to any situation and when you are working in an office where estrogen runs high, that is a huge advantage! Janani started her career as a software engineer but her love of writing pulled her away from that. She is constantly setting herself high standards seeing as she is the daughter of a surgeon dad and writer mom. The birth of her daughter has made her very vocal on all things parenting and she loves sharing her thoughts on Kidsstoppress. She bleeds blue and loves watching movies in her spare time.
Rati is a true manifestation of an urban nomad. She has lived and learned in India, Saudi Arabia, Europe, and the USA. She began her career as a journalist and then became an amateur folklorist. She finally figured out she loves writing above all and now tries to earn her bread and marmalade only through that skill. Presently, she is successfully juggling a career at Kidsstoppress, two sons, and a big dog, while talking politics and pop culture with her husband. She looks great in her pajamas while doing all that too!
Aashna Shah is our resident bright spark and ray of sunshine. A social media genius (as only someone her age can be) she promotes Kidsstoppress’ agenda in ways you can’t even imagine! A self-confessed selfieholic and celebrity stalker, Aashna has her pulse on all things trendy and cool. She unwinds with Game of Thrones and totally trendy and trippy music and dreams of her prince and future children riding towards her very soon.
A powerhouse of a driving force, Kidsstoppress’ founder knows exactly what she wants. Based out of Mumbai, Mansi can be seen constantly looking at things and visualizing how she can make that work for the website. A mom of two girls, she fiercely defends her daughters’ rights to do what they want, when they want all the while finding new and interesting things for them to do. She has seamlessly integrated her lifestyle with that of her kids and loves blogging about it. When not working on Kidsstoppress she can be seen contorting her body into the most difficult of yoga poses or cooking healthy in her kitchen!
Vidhi tends to veer towards the overly dramatic, and why wouldn’t she when she loves everything Bollywood! As part of the younger lot at Kidsstoppress she is a whiz at social media marketing and makes sure our posts reach the entire world! In between dreaming about Bollywood stars she manages to plot her next travel destination.
Rohan Vyavaharkar is a father to a girl who is caught between being playing Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker and his daughter Leia Organa, a husband to an incredibly talented and strong woman (mostly for tolerating him) and a lifelong Manchester United supporter. Having worked as a journalist for about a decade, he took on marketing and communications roles with a couple of high energy brands. He now runs his own marketing set up where he consults, among other things, in sport.
Dhvani Shah is a naturopathic nutritionist, speaker and author of “Don’t just feed…Nourish your child”, “Super foods for Super Womanhood” and “Jinahaar”. She has done extensive research in traditional diet therapies and naturopathy and its relevance in modern context and is pioneering drugless healing and well being through her unique approach – FIMS (Food Is Medicine & Supplement). She runs the “FIMS clinic” which supports a body-mind-spirit approach. Dhvani specializes in Woman and Child Nutrition by developing specialized nutrition programs, conducting workshops, formulating nutritious recipes, writing books and newspaper articles.
Priyanka Bakhru Talwar is a counselor, clinical hypnotherapist, writer and holistic healing practitioner. She specialises in relationship counseling, inner child therapies and Mindful Parenting.
Kanika G is a mother and the author of the Tania series of books, a series she started to entertain her daughter. In the Tania series, Kanika writes the experiences of a schoolgirl named Tania and uses simple everyday experiences for the plots that, though completely fictitious, could very well be true. Her daughter is her biggest critic and helps her with constructive criticism. Writing the books has helped mother and daughter bond and spend a lot of time together.
Gopika Kapoor, the author of well known books like Spiritual Parenting: Wisdom (and Wit) for Raising your Child in a Stress-free and Spiritual Environment, asks all the mommies to spend their time doing activities that they enjoy rather their following certain norms that restrict them to do so.