Showing posts from November, 2020

Can we have another lockdown please?

Dear Ms.Harris, Congratulations on making history. Of everything that you stand for today, Momala is my favorite. It gives me a hard nudge on my rear to stop lamenting being single at 38 and childless. Unbelievable, right? 2020, right? I admire you for the two key choices you made for your life- marrying when you felt it was right and becoming the mother you felt was right. Both fall outside the ‘acceptable’ and the ‘standard’—both subject to indiscriminate scrutiny and gossip. Because you are Kamala Harris, the gossip dare not raise their hood. For me, they are sleeping partners. Although I know- we all can choose not to deter, digress, and divert. That, I am sure you will agree, requires immense courage and conviction: most of the days, I surrender. It is not the status per se that is bothersome; it is the verdict that people pass without understanding and awareness. Just yesterday, they babbled with impudence, “ That happens. Marriage provides stability, and you wouldn't feel so

Four Clover Life Magazine- Upside Down

This July, Hope, Perseverance, and Ingenuity launched towards our neighbor- Mars, on their  7-month long journey, each assigned with the task of unraveling the mystery of the red planet. I  am amazed at the tenacity and fortitude of our space missions and the teams in the face of the  crisis we all, unfortunately, find ourselves in. Howbeit, I am also struck by the beautiful  coincidence of what is up there, and we need down here on planet Earth-Hope, Perseverance,  and Ingenuity to stand tall in front of the invisible mighty opponent. There is hardly any aspect of life where the 'virus' has not sneaked into and turned our life  upside down. The center of our narrative has shifted heavily, and as I write, the noun has  immense possibility of becoming a verb-You see, in the year 2020, we got 'virussed,' and then life  was never the same. What started in late 2019, spread over 2020, and we know- we have to  wait, hang in there for some time before the case is dismissed fo


  " A Siberian proverb says it is easy to tempt the frog to the river. I was that frog who reached its destination in Sampoorna Kranti Express three years back. With 98% in 12th CBSE, I was on a high tide. My father, a small-town grocer, was in two minds over Delhi University. His casual apathy succumbed to the magnificence of 98% and Prof.Rao’s wisdom- Educate your girl, Pandey Jee, she is your real treasure. In a month's time, I was in Delhi, sharing a rented accommodation with five other small-town girls in Mukherjee Nagar. The restroom had a western commode, and I refused to use it with the ferocity of a wild boar. Using all my intellect, I tried to figure out where to place the feet, but to no avail. Asking PG mates for help would have been simpler, but it was a chance I didn’t want to take. A 98% SRCC student knows it all." To read the full story, click on  PeeShe . It was featured as #BlogOfTheDay yesterday on Momspresso-India's largest parenting platform.  Thi