My current maid is the talkative kind. She regularly shares anecdotes of her family. She has two daughters younger than my children. She is working hard to put them in school. Her husband is a painter (not the Arts kind). I have noticed that whenever her children are sick, she is the one who takes Read More →

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This incident happened about a week back and frustrated me immensely. I waited to cool down substantially before penning it down. Let me give a little background first. The community where I live has boys and girls of all ages. Most of the elder boys play games like football and cricket. This motley group has Read More →

All of us watched with amusement as we saw President Obama of the United States chewing gum while enjoying the Republic Day Parade in Delhi. Some even wondered about the brand. President Obama has openly spoken about the struggles he faced in quitting tobacco use right from his teenage years. His doctors have officially declared Read More →

Becoming a mother has been a thoroughly fulfilling yet fearful experience. Before the babies were born, all that I worried about was that they be healthy. I didn’t care how they would look and what personality they would have. Just let them be healthy, God! Though all babies are wrinkled and look like little monkeys, Read More →

This weekend, I watched a couple of interesting docu-features on television. One was about finding life partners for the not-so-young upmarket Indian professionals. The story focused on a man, a woman and their struggles in the marriage market. The girl narrated how difficult it was meeting men and their parents. One tiny meeting was supposed Read More →

It is Children’s Day today. A day when we celebrate our bundles of joy. A day that they enjoy spending in school as they get a break from uniforms and classwork. Spent in fun, festivity and pampering, the children look forward to going to school today. My children are also curious as to how we Read More →

This Season of Satyamev Jayate came to an end yesterday. The topics chosen were marvelous and inspiring. While we may be aware of most of these, what is important is that this program brought about awareness, shared real-life stories of courage, despair and hope and brought these topics back to online as well as drawing-room Read More →

Becoming a parent has made me more patient, calmer and a worrier for life. I no longer take my decisions frivolously. I worry about my children’s health and safety every living minute. This has also made me more conscious of my own choices and living. Though I live in the present, I plan. This is Read More →

There are moments in your life when life slips out of your hands grain by grain. There are emotional crises one goes through – a bereavement, disease, injury, disability, conflicts etc. that take us to the brink. A shoulder to cry on or a patient ear can help dilute some of the pain and suffering. Read More →

There is this strange entity that exists among us, is seen and yet unseen. It is so important that we dare not raise our voice against its notions. So, we end up pushing our daughters to marry against their wishes. We end up mortgaging our homes to spend lavishly on the weddings that we can Read More →