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Crèche was a necessity in my life! Especially a workplace crèche, on joining work, all my fears came true; the babysitter was irregular, the pumped milk was insufficient, and many other unseeable emergencies kept popping up.
The Hindi word 'parvarish', which means the 'correct upbringing of a child', is often considered only a mother's responsibility, especially in case of married women considered to be 'stepping out of line'!
Why is there this constant need to prove that if a child is of a certain weight and height, only then is he/she the epitome of normalcy? Let us change this narrative.
I remind her that she talked me into doing things I did not want to do. To that she replies, “I am the mother and will always be, however old you may grow.”
My mother has cooked every day for her family and sometimes for others, for most of her life, without almost a single day of break.
As we were growing up, sometimes I would be in the kitchen as my mom would not be well. She used to send my brothers into the kitchen, "Go and help her, and you also cook, no point sitting in the room and watching TV."
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