Saturday, 24 December 2016

Bai-Nama


Every woman (and men living with a woman) reading this will agree with me that ‘kaamwali bai’ (referred to as ‘bai’ henceforth) is arguably the most important person in their lives. Pardon my exaggeration, but haven’t you had panic attacks when your bai “calls in sick” on a Monday, or any day for that matter. Don’t you take more time deciding your bai’s Diwali/holi bonus than deciding what you want on the occasion? Aren’t you equally worried about her kid’s health as you are for your kid (and I am not only referring to your goodheartedness but also to the phobia of bai taking a leave to take care of the kid). Don’t you direct your anger to the first person who comes your way when your bai comes late but don’t dare to say a word to her. I have also heard that bais have made people go on vacations (yeah…why not. If you have enough privilege leaves and good budget, why spend the time doing household chores). Ok…so some of you may not completely agree with all the points stated above, but no Indian woman can say that she has not faced even a single trauma due to the “bai" in her life.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Can Patriotism be Taught?


The word patriotism, as we know it, has changed dramatically. Patriotism now features in the list of sensitive words along with other words like intolerance, secularism, minority etc. It has acquired many connotations in recent times. Everybody has conveniently devised a definition of patriotism for them to abide by. While some believe in proudly flaunting their patriotism on facebook timelines, others consider standing up for national anthem as epitome of patriotic attitude. But that is the benefit of being in a tolerant democracy, I guess. However, when a 7-8 year old kid asks you, what is patriotism, most of us will be at a loss of words. At least, I was.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Familiar Stranger- Guest Post by Geethica Mehra



I guess meeting people by chance is actually not by chance. It’s all pre-written in our destiny. Usually, my daily routine is a bit boring. Today, in the morning, while adjusting my earpiece, I heard a voice asking me “Is there any long park to jog around? About 1 km long?” Initially, I thought it was a voice coming out of my mobile? Puzzled I looked around to see a lady dressed in all black talking to me.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Happy Children’s Day!! Here’s to the child in us!


Remember how merrily we celebrated children’s day in school. Dressed in colourful outfits, we looked like characters out of happy Disney movies. For most part of our childhood, children’s day remained a very special day for us. Till puberty hit home. Then we decided that we were too “grown-up” to be celebrating a day that was assigned for children. And before we realised our mistake, we were already in the tumultuous tweens and nobody considered us children. Slowly, it became irrelevant for us. This holds true for most of us.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Interviewed By TimesofAmma- A community of Mommies for Mommies


Motherhood changes a woman’s life in unexpected ways. It’s a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Every mother has a different story to tell. And some mothers choose to tell it through their blogs. Times of Amma is one such platform where Moms, of all varieties-stay at home, working moms to work from home moms, share their stories to connect and inspire. In October, this sisterhood of mother ran a feature where some Mommy-Bloggers where interviewed and featured on the website. I was fortunate to be part of this bandwagon. Excerpts of my interaction with TimesofAmma :-

Friday, 28 October 2016

This Diwali, Lets Teach Our Kids Some Compassion


Diwali is the most benign and benevolent of all festivals. The enthusiasm engulfs all. Every one prepares for the festivities in their own way. And the festival, with immense magnanimity, bestows each one with enough happiness to last till the next Diwali.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Introducing Expecto Patronum- For Blogs and Buddies


It is easier to break a single stick but it’s almost impossible to break the sticks tied together in a bundle. Similarly, it is easier to break down when working alone but when you are backed by reliable buddies, even the most herculean tasks look simpler. Blogging is challenging and demanding. And when doing this alone, it requires immense patience and grit. The ever-evolving blogosphere throws new challenges at you every day. There is a new technology or a trending topic that requires your attention. Or your blog has had a technical break down, of which you know nothing. Sometimes you just run around with a hammer in your hand but just don’t know where to bang it to get the whole system working again. And oh, the writers’ block. How could I forget the monster which blocks us out completely, sometimes for days altogether.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Thank God You Don’t Have Kids #InfertilityNotATaboo

Meghana just got promoted as Senior Vice President. That was her third promotion in last five years. She had worked in this company for last 12 years. Initial years were the routine ones. She had to work twice as hard to get noticed. And the management always found somebody more deserving for promotions and challenging projects. But things seemed to have changed for good in the last 5-6 years. She was their first choice for every big project and accolades and promotions had literally started raining from everywhere. It seemed that her hard work was finally getting noticed. So when the girls asked for a party, she didn’t think twice and invited all of them for dinner.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Cost of a War


As the vengeful calls for War on the TV screen cross the bearable decibels, I switch off the television and go back to my reading. But that uproar has penetrated so deep in my mind that I am not able to “switch it off”. And it makes me think about the cost of a war - the cost that most of us, fortunately, have not paid in our lives and hence don’t realize the impact of it.