Strange friendships -1

It was a strange friendship. They had nothing in common. But they were so close. She adored him. He worshipped her since the day he saw her. She made him laugh. He taught her to smile. She loved to hear him sing. He would spend hours listening to her chatter. He used to bake brownies... Continue Reading →

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What will people say?

This question was the guiding principle of the Rajan family. All decisions, be it Appa buying a second hand car, Amma wearing nighties at home, or putting Kavita in veena classes, or letting Swati ride a Scooty to college, were made after putting it to the test of “what will people say?”. If the family... Continue Reading →

Tell me a story

“Mummy, mummy, story, please!” Little Ritika hovered around tugging at Indira’s sari. “Not now, dear, I have a lot work to do”, she bustled about the kitchen chopping, frying and stirring. Rishi had invited his friends for drinks. Again.  He’d called her just as she was stepping out for her yoga class, and told her... Continue Reading →

To my little girl

My dear little girl, I fell in love with you the moment I saw you. Your father, well, he thinks the sun rises when you open your eyes, and the best music in the world is your laughter. As parents, we have many hopes, dreams and wishes for you. And we also have our secret... Continue Reading →

16 things I learned in ‘16

As you might know, the stork visited me and Junior had popped out by the end of 2015. So 2016 was a year of learning and laughter, trials and triumphs, growth and goof-ups, you get the picture.. Here’s what I discovered on my journey of motherhood so far Everyone is winging it. Parenting is like... Continue Reading →

2 pink lines on a stick

One fine day, not long ago, N and I joined a worldwide dastardly plot to harass poor patrons in restaurants and airports. As with all major changes in my life, I reacted with calmness and equanimity. Haha, just kidding. My mind went million miles an hour trying to process words like ‘pregnancy’, 'ultrasounds' ‘maternity’, ‘leaning... Continue Reading →

Plea from a vegetarian

The recent furore over the ban on beef has brought the veg non-veg debate to the fore again. In coffee shops and workplaces, people are furiously welcoming or questioning the move. (I hear opinions like "Why can't you not eat just this one animal?" to "How can the government tell me what to eat?"). Many of... Continue Reading →

Book review: Shattered dreams

Like every other Indian kid, I grew up hearing the Ramayana at my mom's knee. Amma kept me interested (and obedient) at the dinner table and during bed time with little tales of Rama's life. Later on I graduated to Amar Chitra Katha, Rajaji and Devdutt Patnaik's versions, but every retelling of this great epic... Continue Reading →

Book review: One part woman

I must admit I bought this book when I heard about the surrounding controversy. But reading Perumal Murugan's Madhorubagan (translated as 'One part woman' by Aniruddhan Vasudevan ) was an illuminating experience. Whatever the custodians of culture claim, essentially this is a tale of love, loss and hope. Though set in the 1920s-40s, in a remote... Continue Reading →

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