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
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.
It’s Mother’s Day, you tell me. So what should I do? I woke up at dawn, as usual, To clean the baby’s poo. I rushed to make his breakfast, And ate his leftover food, All the while, reading forwards, Celebrating my motherhood. It’s ‘my day,’ I should celebrate, Get waited on hand and foot. Oh … Continue reading A Mother’s Day Ode … To Me. And You
Imagine 3 million trucks line up, piled up high with waste. That's how much untreated waste India dumps into its landfills every day. And while we wait endlessly for governments to change policies to tackle our waste crisis, it's high time we understood our own role in it. While it is easy to preach change, very few people have the conviction to be that change. Fewer still are trying to inculcate that sense of responsibility in their children. Mridula Swamy writes about how her two children are green warriors in their day to day life.
A blast from the past, where we should pause and spare a thought for mothers back in the 60s and 70s. Mothers who were the target audience for clever ad agencies that used bonny babies to sell everything from cigarettes to beer. Here's a walk down memory lane ... aka 'When advertisers were probably high on the cocaine they were trying to sell to children'
We live in a hyper-informed age, where we are just a book or website or whatsapp mommy group away from the answer to all our problems. While that can be enormously helpful, it often comes with its own pitfalls. Like when Debkanya Dhar Vyavaharkar decided to (unsuccessfully) follow the parenting advice of a mummy in another country. A few tears and white hair later, she has found inner peace by coming to terms with the fact that parenting is much easier when you follow your own instinct, even if it goes 'against the book'
We all dream of a life of adventure, where we can spontaneously chuck our day jobs and go off seeking the unknown. But what if the dream did come true? If someone told you to pack your belongings and move to the other end of the world? With a little toddler in tow? While some may hesitate, Roshni Rao took the plunge. Here is her story ...