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One Day, Soon, I Will Be There

A short and simple poem on striving and achieving in life, slowly and gradually.

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An Ode To My Postman, On World Post Day

On the occasion of World Post Day, I recall the happiness we experienced as kids while receiving a letter from the postman!

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Don’t Become The Person You Despise, Break The Patterns Of Toxicity In Your Family!

Our domestic worker sets an example of how women need to take charge and break the patterns of toxic behaviours in a family.

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Dear Teachers, Thank You For Your Service – At This Difficult Time & Always

Thank you to all the teachers who are relentlessly working during this difficult time, and enrich us all through our lives!

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A Queen’s Gambit: Do Boys Who See Their Mothers Suffer Become Better, Feminist Men?

What is it that can convince men to agree to give up their male privilege, to grow into feminism when it is commonly considered just 'male bashing'?

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My Son Told Me, ‘I Will Be Right Behind You To Catch You When You Fall, Mama’

Remember how I helped you when you fell? I need to you to step into my shoes. I know I will fall and that it's difficult. With you by my side, I can do it.

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I Am A Feminist And Don’t Want My Sons Left Behind

Men are a very confused lot .They don't know how and what to talk because they can't risk being called sexist. I know this , because as a mother of boys, I can vouch for the fact they are as vulnerable as any girl.

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Yes I Prefer Watching Khichdi Over Four More Shots; Why Should You Judge Me For That?

Someone said to me, "What! You watch Khichdi? How can you watch something so irrational when there are so many wonderful web series streaming?" Here's my answer.

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Gulabo Sitabo
Gulabo Sitabo Is Like A Biryani Which Tastes Good Because Of Excellent Ingredients Well Put Together

Gulabo Sitabo. The Awadhi mannerisms, the language, the stares, everything is spot on! Scene after scene you are left for asking more.

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I Wish I Would Be 20 Again But Don’t Want To Go Back To When I Was 20

The person I am today is definitely not what I envisaged when I was 20. I don't think I would become anything different even I get a chance to be 20 again.

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A Thank You Note For All Those Who Make Memes, Tik Tok Videos And The Jokes

While I know the people who post inspiring videos, cooking videos, self-help videos and the likes, I know these  people do not make me laugh.

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The Year Of Realization

The child asks him at the end of the story, "why did it take a virus"?. He just smiles , probably because he doesn't have an answer. I don't think any of us have an answer.

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A Lot Is Wrong With The World, But Every Story We Tell Need Not Be About Oppression

I am not saying that there is no oppression of women. But if everything we write or read is about this oppression, it can be very stressful.

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Maya Sarabhai
Nothing Really Great In Being The Best Mom To Our Kids; Can You Become The Best Mother In Law?

I have always thought that there is a mother in everyone who is a woman, whether she has given birth or no. But can everyone become a good mother in law?

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COVID-19 Crisis: What Our Kids Need To Learn

Are we overlooking the need of the hour during this lockdown? Kids need so much more than what they get from their online lessons.

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On Privilege: Karan Johar Apologises

The COVID-19 Crisis has shown us just how unequal the world is. This is the time for us to understand and acknowledge the weight of our privilege.

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Unconventional Hero, Irrfan Khan. Rest In Peace

Actor Irrfan Khan passed away today morning. Here is a tribute to him from a fan, that only a true fan can write. May he rest in peace.

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When My Son Began His Online Classes, I Learnt A Few Things About Him And School Too!

With schools conducting online classes, a mom wondered what kind of a student her son would be. Observing him in class, pleasantly surprised her.

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WhatsApp users
10 Types Of WhatsApp Users During Lockdown I’d Like To Avoid For My Own Sanity

These new COVID-19 conversations on WhatsApp are becoming as dangerous as the virus. Here's why I want to avoid Whatsapp users as much as possible.

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Will We Go Back To Normal After The Lock Down… Or Ever?

The lockdown may be over soon and our lives may seem to go back to normal. But will they really be normal? Will we ever forget the effects of the pandemic?

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Abused Women, Old People, Kids Shut In, Those With Disability – Lockdown Must Be Hell For Them!

I realised my privilege during lockdown when I thought of what my domestic help must be going through with an abusive husband... and other people who must be having a difficult time.

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Karan Johar with kids
KJo Seems ‘Just A Dad’ In His Lockdown Videos On Insta; The Cutest Thing To Watch Today

Karan Johar is sharing videos of himself with his kids Roohi and Yash, with the hashtag #lockdownwiththejohars, and it's wonderful to see him as just a dad.

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World Storytelling Day
This World Storytelling Day, Let’s Believe That The Universe Is Made Of Stories, Not Atoms

The theme for this year's #WorldStorytellingDay is voyages. I know we can't go on voyages considering the situation world over, but what stops our mind from going on voyages?

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Short Film DEVI Very Beautifully Shows The Reality Of Every Indian Woman

DEVI short film staring Kajol, Neha Dhupia and Shruti Hassan is a story of perseverance, pain and beutifully portrays the plight of all Indian women.

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‘You Will Know When You Become A Parent’ I Shouldn’t Have Said That Dreaded Sentence To My Son

It was as if it were pre-installed in the database. It felt like it were programmed in a manner that it knew when to pop out my mouth. I was stunned.

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Dear Deepika, Your Words Belittle Both – Homemakers And Women Who Work Outside Home

Always in the spotlight when a movie is releasing, this time Deepika glorifies the 'dutiful wife' playing second fiddle to an achiever husband, at the promotions of Ranveer's new movie '83. #Facepalm

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Love Aaj Kal – How Valentine’s Day Celebrations Have Changed Over The Years

Remember the 80s and 90s when you'd sneak out to meet you boyfriend? Now think of today, when couples are much more open about their love. How times change!

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Smriti Irani Is Being Applauded On Her Instagram Post Supporting The Thappad Trailer

Taapsee Pannu's new movie's trailer was released recently and was lauded for the way it deals with domestic violence. The latest person to praise it was Smriti Irani. Here's what she had to say.

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My Greatest Fear As A Mother

So, what can be my greatest fear? When motherhood is a journey and every stage brings its own set of fears?

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Shouldn’t Teachers Change Their Perspective About The Grades Kids Get?

Recent conversation with my kid's teacher made me think that is it enough, if we, the parents, change our view about the grades our children get? Shoudn't the teachers also do the same?

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“Ho Ho Ho” Santa Claus Is Coming

For me Santa Claus will always be a jolly, white bearded gentleman who wears red and has a huge appetite for milk and cookies.

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It’s Great That Celebrities Are Speaking Up About Depression, But We Need To Go One Step More

After Deepika Padukone, Shaheen Bhatt also spoke about her battle with depression. Is only speaking about it enough or is it high time we took some action?

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I Waited All These Years For My Husband To Change, But Finally Decided I Was Living A Lie

I was just waiting, waiting for him to change, not understanding why he didn't treat me right, blaming myself, giving more and more. But I realised I was living a lie.

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Our Kids, Our Friends?

We can be that one best friend every one has, who is like a mirror. Who can tell it like it is.

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Let Kids Be #HappyChildren’sDay

Given a choice, I think all of us would want to go back, relive our childhood, repeat everything we loved doing, do what we missed out, enjoy every moment.

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‘Men Will Be Men’ Is Passe, ‘Let Men Be’ Is The Way To Go #International Men’s Day

Why are we only talking or glorifying their weaknesses, why aren’t we talking about their achievements?

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Diwali, From The POV Of An Indian Domestic Help, A Working Woman Too…

Diwali, with all the celebrations, is a much looked forward to festival. But how does Diwali look from the POV of the women who clean our homes and do our mundane chores?

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When I Had To Talk To My Son About How He’s Important Too #InternationalGirlChildDay

We should not stop our boys from expressing their emotions.We should stop saying 'boys don't cry'.

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Failure Is A Detour, Not A Dead-End #Chhichhore

I urge all the parents, please teach kids to handle failure. That is very important especially in the present times.

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engineer's day
15th Sept, Engineer’s Day. Parents, Your Kid Has To Be Or Not To Be An Engineer?

15th September is Engineer's Day, so a look at this - many Indian parents try to get their kid to go for Engineering, when the kid would like to do something else. 

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helicopter mom
Worried That You Might Be A Helicopter Mom? Then Read My Story

Having doubts as a parent, in an environment changing so fast, is natural. But how do you know if you're doing what it takes?

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Judge Frank Caprio’s Real-Life Series Named ‘Caught In Providence’ Reinstates My Faith In Humanity

After watching the videos, I felt the world would have been a better place if every judge was like Judge Caprio.

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The Difficulty Of Being A Parent In The Era Of Arjun Reddy And Kabir Singh

Arjun Reddy, and Now Kabir Singh, have put a glamorous role model in front of kids that is all wrong - a toxic, entitled, violent man as a hero. How does one parent them?

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A Child’s Success Brings Pride…Even For The Most Successful Parents

Every parent no matter who they are, likes to celebrate their kids' success. They don't distribute sweets anymore, but share it on social media.

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“Are Personal Sad Stories A Must To Win Talent Contests?” Asks Actor Sanya Malhotra In This Post

Shouldn't talent be judged on the basis of itself without needing a sad story of struggle to win? These are questions actor Sanya Malhotra posed on a recent Facebook post.

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Women Want Chivalry But Are They Uncomfortable Returning The Favour? Why?

Anand Ahuja tying Sonam Kapoor's shoe laces looks cute! What if the women were tying the laces of their husband's shoes? What would the reaction be?

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An Ode To All The Moms #HappyMother’sDay

Happy mothers day; To the mom who smiled looking at the baby after being in labor for endless hours. To the mom who sheds happy tears when her baby latches to her breast after coming back from work. To the  mom who cries like a baby when she has to say goodbye to her child […]

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You Don’t Need To Give Birth To Be A Mother #Mother’sDay2019

Everyone around us, irrespective of their gender, who brings out the mom in them is a mother.

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My Own Very Special Mother’s Day

At the time when everyone talks about a girl child, women empowerment, raising boys is an honour.

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An Ode To All The Women (And Men) Who Write

I will not give up taking challenges because magic happens when you do not give up. The universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart.

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To My Brother, With Love On #BrotherAndSisterDay

It was #BrotherAndSisterDay on May 2nd. Here are some of my thoughts and memories on the occasion.

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I Want To Be Like Sita; A Woman Who Is Considered Meek, But Isn’t

Sita was not the weak, meek woman she is made out to be in most versions of the Ramayana. She was a strong woman who made her own choice at key points in her life.

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Life Is Full Of Choices…Please Don’t Hesitate To Make Another Choice

I know that the most difficult thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which bridge to burn but I want my son to know that there is always a way to build another bridge.

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Have You Ever Danced To The Music Of The Earth? #InternationalEarthDay

The Earth will fill you with perspective and remind you of what is right. I am in harmony with her, every single time, I am fortunate enough to be in her presence.

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Kids That Love To Read Are Not Born, They Are Made On The Laps Of Parents

2nd April is International Children's Book Day, and I'd like to share the happiness I get from bringing up a reader in my son.

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summer games
Every Generation Of Childhood Summer Has Its Own Story; Mine Does – What’s Yours?

Many schools are winding up for the year, and some already have. Summer vacations will soon be upon us. What do you have in plan for the kids?

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8 Hours Of Sleep, A Myth When You Are A Mom #WorldSleepingDay

I know, there is no one to disturb me during the night. But, still, I can't sleep.

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An Ode To The Women Who Inspire Me

I draw inspiration from every woman I know because each one of them is a treasure and there is so much to learn from them.

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Things I Want To Do Just Like My Husband

My dear husband, I am already doing things I thought I could not do, I am bringing up two very fine, wonderful boys, who would contribute towards a better world.

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Finally, I Can End My Stories With “Our King Fought Back.”

I feel so proud that we are finally retaliating.  All the family members of our brave soldiers who achieved martyrdom must be feeling avenged.

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International mother language day
I’m Glad On International Mother Language Day Yesterday, I Could Lead My Child To Ours

We cannot force a language on our child. But we can make it easy for our child to be convinced to speak it, learn it, like it, love it.

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My New Year Resolution Is To Be Kind To Myself

As the new year rings in, the author makes a list of resolutions that she intends to follow and be a better version of herself.

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How’s The Josh? High Sir!

Uri:The Surgical Strike is a movie which would instill you with pride and respect for the Indian Armed Forces. 

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8 Things I Want My Son To Learn From Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya has unwittingly imparted some valuable lessons to today's youngsters who idolise him, when he crammed his foot in his mouth.

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Your Child’s Teacher Is Your Partner In Arms For Parenting – Know Them

Parent-teacher meetings are a very emotional event for me. These are emotions that come from getting to know how my child is when I am not around, and to see how much he is growing.

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Why Gender Neutral Parenting Is The Need Of The Hour

"Don't tell the kids that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. Tell them that they belong to earth.Tell them they are equally responsible and equally entitled"- Says the author as she states how gender-stereotyping is bad.

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The #MeToo Movement Taught Me To Raise My Sons Responsibly

The author writes that a big take away for her from the recent #MeToo movement is that she would focus on raising her sons into responsible human beings, who respect women. This would be her contribution towards creating a world where women would not have to say #MeToo.

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Life Lessons From Mom

A beautiful letter from a mother to her son, in which she shares meaningful life-lessons to help him lead a happy life.

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Safe Places, Nowhere?

Is there any place where we feel our kids are safe?  Where our kids can just enjoy their childhood, without fear?

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I Hit My Son For The 1st Time Yesterday; I’m Unable To Forgive Myself. Has It Happened To You?

Despite being a loving mom, this author hit her son, for the 1st time, as a reaction. She ponders on why she did it, and brings us some valuable points to think about.

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Crazy, Flawed Is The Way To Be

Over the years, in what ways have you grown stronger? It’s time to take a count. Now she’s stronger than you know A heart of steel starts to grow – The Script When I look back, I  don’t feel stupid anymore. I  am stronger now. I  am not going to control my thoughts anymore, I […]

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Patriotic Today, Patriotic Everyday

15th August, Independence Day. You get up to everyone wishing you a very Happy Independence Day. Thanks to the social media, every Indian can show how patriotic he/she is just by copy pasting or forwarding a Happy Independence Day message.

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I Am An Ordinary Mom Who Can Sometimes Be Judgemental About The World

An 'ordinary woman', an 'ordinary' mom, representative of every woman, speaks of the struggle between the dichotomy in her mind, about the way she feels about everyday things.

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Happy Father’s Day To You Dad!

DADDY, The pain never goes away and every time the same question pops up, why you? Why us?  The same thoughts rise in my mind, how nice it would have been if you were here for some more time.

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Dear Beauty Parlour Employee, I Am Not My Hair, Dry Or Otherwise!

When the desire to 'improve' oneself strikes, a visit to the beauty parlour happens...but instead, do we end up believing that we are ugly?

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When My Son Asked, “Mummy, Why Do All Mothers And Fathers Nowadays Want Only Girls?”

In trying to be fair to our daughters, are we being unfair to our sons? A son asks this question to his mom, who has shared it with us.

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No Fairytale Wedding, But We Have Each Other!

Did the Princy Harry and Meghan Markle wedding make you feel nostalgic? Well, you can always close your eyes and relive your own happiest moment!

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