Mona Verma

I grew up in India but I have lived in Southeast USA since 1996. Part-time reference librarian, full-time mom to three teenagers, voracious reader, addict of true crime shows. Volunteering sparks joy and so does gardening. I am a regular contributor to my local mom network at Columbia Mom ( and I enjoy writing booklists and bookreviews for our local Public library at:

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Why Kahlil Gibran’s Poem Was The Best Parenting Advice I’ve Ever Got

Wouldn't it be wonderful if this parenting gig came with instructions? Kahlil Gibran's beautiful poem on parenting became the best parenting advice the author ever needed! 

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Political Discussions And Drama In WhatsApp Groups

WhatsApp is a parallel universe where conversations are franker than the utopia which is Facebook. WhatsApp is some kind of an underworld where everything goes as it is never going to escape the four walls of the group. Ever since social distancing due to coronavirus has started, we all have been home and spending more […]

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These Sexist Jokes & WhatApp Forwards In the Times Of Coronavirus Are Infuriating

Sexist jokes stereotyping women have always been around, but the coronavirus lockdown has given people fresh reasons to display their bias. 

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Opinions And Judgments Do They Matter?

Most of the problems in this world arise when people cannot respect each other’s opinions. We have to realize and accept that the way we think and perceive varies from person to person. Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge is an iconic romantic movie from Bollywood. I had seen it in my teen years and gushed and fawned […]

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What’s There To Like About Your 40s? Plenty, As I Found Out!

The first time you are called 'aunty' by a stranger or notice the flab around your belly - you may be in your forties, but guess what? They're not bad at all!

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Why Do Boys (& Men) Dare To Say “Don’t Act Too Smart, You’re A Girl, Stay Within Your Limits”?

The way our boys are brought up is all wrong. Otherwise how do they get to a point where they behave entitled just because they're boys - who grow into toxic men?

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All Good Things In Life Are Not The Prerogative Of Slim, ‘Beautiful’ People; STOP Fat Shaming!

Indian women bear a disproportionate burden of fat shaming, and the objectification we see everywhere doesn't help matters. 

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