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The Chetan Bhagat Syndrome

The Chetan Bhagat Syndrome

  Just recently, I penned a post about how parents could do their bit against the Rape Culture in raising children to be more sensitive and empathetic. The Chetan Bhagat tweet saga on Twitter was a classic example to the contrary.  Mr Bhagat tweeted,  “The Rupee is asking, is there no punishment for my rapists ?” […]






The Yummy Mummy Myth

The Yummy Mummy Myth

       Standing in the checkout-line at a supermarket, I saw an ad for a weight-loss clinic go up on screen. It started with ”Ladies, do you HATE looking at yourself in the mirror? Do you want to be a page three yummy-mummy?” in bold letters with a blaring commentary to match. This was […]






Blaming the chair

Blaming the chair

  It is interesting how parents teach kids to hate and despise anything that hurts them rather than reason out that this too is a part of life. While I waited for by delayed flight back home, I saw a child -two or three years old, whose legs got stuck in the chair. The kid was shocked and screeched […]






It Is Not About You..

It Is Not About You..

  I should have learnt this lesson earlier in life. But it is one of life’s ironies that most Eureka moments come too late. The next best thing you then want to do is to try and save your children all the pain and hurt and disappointment that go with a lifelong negotiation. It is […]






The Republic Of Hypocrisy..

The Republic Of Hypocrisy..

The rape and murder of the young 23- year- old in New Delhi on December 16, 2012, has unleashed the suppressed angst of millions of men and women in India and has led to endless debates and discussions across all media, which are not going to finish too soon, but will die down nonetheless, over time.Meanwhile, rapes, […]






What Can I Do?

What Can I Do?

The December 16 horror leaves me feeling helpless beyond words. ** I am an average woman, piecing together my life, bringing up two kids, running a family, supporting a busy spouse, trying to craft out a career and busy trying to realize all my hopes and aspirations.  Suddenly the news of the death of a […]






Tears For A Mother…

Tears For A Mother…

I have been crying. There have been images on the TV, reports in the newspaper and talk on the streets. I understand the anger against the perpetrators, the concern about the victim and the frustration with the government. But my thoughts have been with the mother of the girl. ** Like me, she would have […]






The Race..

The Race..

  Editor’s Note: This is a writing assignment given (along with the above picture ) to a eight-year old by a parent.  He was asked to do a research report on dog sledding and add personal narrative as part of creative writing practice.  We post the story, the young child came up with.. My heart […]






Mary Morgan On Dr Spock, Life And Love…

Mary Morgan On Dr Spock, Life And Love…

  And this is why I believe that certain meetings, connections are fated. There was really no reason for me to meet Mary Morgan. And yet, it was preordained that I meet  her at a time when am becoming a bit disillusioned with the idea of investing in hope, resilience, love, friendship. I did not know […]






Second Act

Second Act

Whoever said women were permitted only one act in a lifetime? Do 20 extra kilos,  scars of an invasive surgery, dental implants and some somnolent muscles mean you are done for in this life? Would it be fair to say that you are now past your peak and prime, having discharged your primary obligations of […]






Family Structures And Beyond..

Family Structures And Beyond..

An ideal society should be class-less and caste-less, that is understandable, but is it right or even possible to build a society that has no family structure at all? What would be desirable – abolishing the family unit or a fundamental change in it? Social structures based on Caste or Class are either a religious […]






Why We Fail..

Why We Fail..

  Most Indian parents follow a religion of making available to their kids all they missed out on. Some go a step further; wanting to give their kids all that they did not have plus what they think the next generation should have. A sport was on one such wish list for our girls. We […]






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