Before she took the plunge to be a mom and be a part of the chaotic yet amusing world of motherhood, Meha worked as a Business Analyst in an elite IT firm and as a full time professor in management colleges. Having earned an MBA degree in Human Resource Management and an MA degree in English Literature, she now works as a Visiting Professor in a University where she passes on her wisdom to management students while trying to do the same to her opinionated four year old :) To keep her sanity while striving to be a 'decent' mom to her ever inquisitive daughter, she tells herself, what Winnie the Pooh says,"My favourite day is today" :)
For years now, the MIL has been cast as a villain in her DIL's life. Well, a recent research's findings prove that MILs do control their DIL's happiness!
It was not a secret for her family per se. But, ever since she was thirteen, she was expected to tuck away this little secret of hers in a tiny box and instead wear a garb of normalcy.
The day she reached the sleepy hill city, she was smitten with it. It was as if life had come to a stand-still.
Varun was awfully quiet today and Laxmi did not make any attempts to break the silence either. Silence hung between them like an uninvited guest
My mind is like a dark abyss and I am falling deeper and deeper into the pit. It is dark and bottomless and I am lost. I cannot see anything. Who am I?
Lokesh, Keshav and Shankar had come together for an emergency meeting of the residential society which was usually held once every month.
Made In Heaven mirrors Indian society with its follies and foibles and in doing so presents us real people sans any value judgment - this is a show that brings us women as they are, gutsy and flawed too.
Vinta Nanda, a writer of a popular 90s show, has accused actor Alok Nath of sexual abuse. Slowly but steadily women are carving a new world by speaking up.
Meet Meghna Girish, brave mother of martyr Major Akshay Girish, who inspires us with the way she has coped with her grief and worked to keep his legacy alive.
It was supposed to be be a celebrated match between two remarkable athletes, but Serena Williams' US Open Finals opened up a discussion on sexism in sport.
The brilliant show The Marvelous Mrs Maisel had me wondering about this - why is it that we take for granted that every woman wants to become a mother?
The recent incident of a passport officer Vikas Mishra lashing out at an inter-faith couple, is a clear case of how moral policing is an everyday thing in our society.
Actor Anushka Sharma was at the receiving end of numerous trolls and internet memes when she stopped a man from throwing litter on the road. Seriously?
A Singapore based Indian couple with a special child, posted about their ordeal on Facebook when they were asked to deboard a Singapore Airlines flight.
Television actress Sara Khan's nude video got leaked and all hell broke loose. We wonder why it is so easy for people to tag women as 'shameless' and troll them at the drop of a hat.
This mother's son identifies as a woman. She has written a beautiful post that is touching everyone's hearts. Kudos to this mom for supporting her trans girl.
In a recent case, the 'Sports Authority of India' took quick action by responding to complaints against sexual harassment by female athletes, sending a clear message that sexual harassment exists and we need to fight it.
Tennis star Serena Williams was back in the court after a hiatus and sent a strong message to women all around the world as she rocked a 'black catsuit'.
Meet Kavita Baluni, who adopted fifteen month old Veda with Down Syndrome. Kavita reinstates our faith in humanity and brings home the fact that you do not have to give birth to become a mother.
As we cheer for Gursoach Kaur, the first turbaned female officer in New York Police Department, it is important to understand how it will affect American Sikhs, who have been fighting against racial discrimination.
Sonam Kapoor was body-shamed yet again for having small breasts and we do not find it funny. Shame on those who spew venom by body-shaming women.
Equality at work cannot be just a slogan. 5 working professionals reflect on what equality means to them, and how organizations can help achieve that dream.
As she sat on his bed, unruffled unlike other days, she saw something. It was an envelope. On top of it was written ‘For Mom and Dad’.
Why hadn’t my husband come home? What took him so long? His mobile was switched off too and I never bothered to take down the phone numbers of his frivolous friends.
At times Akshay wondered as to why his mom continued to stay with the demon that his father was. But, he could never muster the courage to ask her.
“Come on Naina, you are not a child. How can she stay at her married daughter’s house? If she had a son, then things would have been different.”
Men suffer from patriarchy too, although these effects are considerably more insidious. Cars, gadgets and work are not what men talk about every time!
Flexible work hours are necessary for women who manage both family and work responsibilities, making it easier for moms to get back after a break.
So, when her younger son married a fair skinned Shalini, her happiness knew no bounds. At least, one of her daughters-in-law could be ‘showed off’ to her friends.
#Poetry. An evocative poem about a widowed woman in her 50s, whose children have flown the nest - and one day she finds that only she can make or break her life.
It had become a ritual of sorts for her to watch the old man and the dog. She found solace in seeing that something in her life stood upright as a fixture.
On that day, as soon as the relatives and guests dispersed and they were on their own, Mahesh forced herself on her violently. She tried to protest, but he said it was her duty now to please him physically.
It's hard to imagine the state of a mother who not only lost her daughter but had to live with the pain of being accused of the murder.
Stealthily, she put her hand beneath the bottom of all her clothes and dug out a salwar kurta. Her eyes lit up when she wore it and saw her reflection. Yes, she could now recognize herself.
"You should tell her to mend her ways. This is not how women her age ought to behave.” To this my mom said that she could not possibly ask her fifty year old daughter to not live life the way she wants.
Teach your child that being themselves is the biggest thing they can do for themselves, and model it to them by your behaviour.
This mother writes a beautiful letter to a young daughter, a girl who is a sensitive soul that the mother wants to protect from the vagaries of the world.
A heartfelt ode to her father by the author, the one person who stood by her and was her rock of confidence, when she had a daughter.
This poignant post imagines what Mother's Day must be like for a unfortunate mother who lost her daughter due to the depravity of men who see women only as objects for the taking.
Then, right then, as if for a tiny second, Surbhi felt that she saw the tiny heads smile at her. Startled, she smiled back. May be, it was time, she thought.
"All this was at times too much to handle for Neha. And many a times she went off to sleep reminiscing about the days before they became parents."
"At times he felt lonely. He wanted to call his mom but the rift of two years had created an abyss between him and his parents."
“She wanted to work, beyond these four walls where no one would sneer at her and where each and every task she did was not something which she was ‘supposed to do’.”
"But, to her dismay, Ananya did not like such physical intimacy. She thought that since this was the first time she was in a real relationship, she was jittery."
I love my daughter to bits, but I will not let the supposed halo of motherhood to change me into a sacrificing caricature of motherhood.
This author honours 'The Iron day' - Irom Sharmila and highlights her sacrifice for her people in Manipur in this thought-provoking yet beautiful poem.
Becoming a wife and a mother is often an important part of a woman's life. But that is no reason to give up on your career dreams!
“You will fall in love with her after marriage. You have a lot of time to talk then. The arranged marriage works like this”. But is this really true?
"Life does not unfold as we foresee it, instead we have to rearrange the pieces every now and then." A wonderful story of rising up from the ashes of life.
The nightmares of that horrible day were still there, but were receding with every hopeful day! An inspiring short story about an acid attack survivor.
Neerja, a biopic on Neerja Bhanot, is sure to inspire everyone by the sheer courage shown by the 22 year old, a posthumous Ashok Chakra awardee.
While the world was getting inebriated in shots of love on Valentine’s day, a young woman faced obsessive love, what could be called stalking.
In our pursuit of happiness, do we stop complaining and count our blessings? Other people might not be as fortunate as we are...
"Are you working?" I was asked this question by someone whom I had met for the very first time. I managed to say yes and the stranger looked at me with an expression that said, “You will henceforth be taken seriously and your opinion will have weight”.
A witty and refreshingly honest write-up about a mother's difficulty in potty training her individualistic four-year-old daughter.
Getting a child ready for school, is no child's play. A mother writes the drama she has to go through each day from waking her child to saying her goodbye to the school.
When parents contradict, the child is often confused on what to believe.Is it plausible to raise our children without these conflicting ideals? A mother writes!
A woman who had phobia of dwarfs, finds something beautiful about them in a water park one day.
Teaching kids right from wrong has never been easy because many issues are not black and white. These parenting tips are helpful.
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