The simplicity and innocence of my childhood Deepavalis imbued happiness in a way taash parties or alcohol never can. My only grouse if it all is the fact that I was only ever a spectator, never a participant in my grandmother’s culinary rituals and I think she preferred it that way. It was indeed her territory. Though someday, when I become a mother, I think I would want to involve my child in whatever little way I can, in my kitchen endeavours. What are we without memories suffused with a little bit of mess and playfulness?
While I always dreamed of motherhood, the more I delayed, the more it opened a world of apprehensions and fears I never previously had. The moment you start planning, you’re bombarded with advice, often dire pronouncements that you’re not really ready to hear.
What is the objective here, to teach the child motor skills, logical reasoning or something more? What I saw my child learn instead is that mummy had to go to several shops to buy the required materials, and had to browse the internet for ideas (did I teach my child to cheat just then? I don't know anymore!!). Invariably, I ended up doing most of the project for her because the only few tasks that she could do at that age was applying glue to stuff.
"What will the girls in my class dress as? Did India have any female freedom fighters?" An innocent question by her 4-year-old son sent Priyanka Bhattacharya Dutt on a trip down history lane to look for and reclaim untold stories of brave women who fought alongside men, even led men into battles for freedom. “Dress … Continue reading ‘Did We Have Any Female Freedom Fighters?’ Asked The 4-Year-Old
Remember the magic of the mighty Indian Railways that most of us experienced as kids. The joy of looking out of the window as the countryside whizzed by. Or even racing to take the upper berth, making it a house of sorts for the long train journey ahead. Somewhere along the way, we grew up … Continue reading All Aboard The Choo Choo Train
Heartache, boredom, loneliness. And also a growing excitement at starting afresh and exploring the unknown. Archana Patni writes so beautifully about how she helped her daughters deal with a big move from Bangalore to Singapore.
Parenting is that one unique experience where you are constantly learning, and can never claim to truly know it all. And no one is more nervous (and eager to learn) than a new mother. Afshan Anjum tells us about her initial journey in the 'School of Parenthood' and the various teachers (good and not so … Continue reading The School of Parenthood