Schools, Then & Now: Confessions Of A KG Going Toddler’s Mum

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.

‘Did We Have Any Female Freedom Fighters?’ Asked The 4-Year-Old

"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

Five Things I Will Never Say To My Son

It's true that not everyone falls in love with their newborn right away. I too spent a whole day figuring my baby out. Nine months felt like a year, for the nausea could often make a day feel like two. I used to get emotional, angry and anxious - nothing new there. I talked and sang to my baby a lot. I had thought of so much that I'd tell him/her. But once I had him in my arms, there were also a few things I was sure I'd never say to him. Afshan Anjum writes about the 5 things she will never tell her son.

‘One & Done!’ Why That’s The Best Way For Me

Bringing a baby into this world is no easy task. The first few months literally go by in a daze. But no sooner than erstwhile dazed, sleep deprived mothers start looking like they're actually enjoying this motherhood thing, that we jump in, asking (often telling) them to start planning another baby.  Sharavati Choksi has had … Continue reading ‘One & Done!’ Why That’s The Best Way For Me

What’s In A (Baby’s) Name?

In India, actually most of the world, when a Ms Bhattacharya marries a Mr Dutt and has a baby, the child is a default Dutt. Sometimes, in rarer circumstances he may be named Bhattacharya - Dutt. But its almost impossible to find a child with an entirely different and neutral last name. This was the dilemma that Taruni Mathur faced when she had her baby boy. Today she shares her story and the journey she took to naming her son.