My Mum

“I’m bored mumma” says my 9 year-old. It is a pleasant rainy afternoon and I’m immersed reading a romantic story. I think for few seconds I tell her to write a ‘Kenning Poem’ “No mumma…I’m not a writer like you” she replied. “Who told you? Everyone is born to write and you can write too,…

Mission Accomplished!

“Good news mumma……YAY!!!!” she squealed in joy as she got off the school bus. “Wow! That’s great. Now please tell me what’s it?” I reply trying to hide my excitement. “Can you guess?” “Hmm….I can’t. Please tell me” I pleaded. “I got selected for the Independence Day dance programme. Mumma you’re the BEST, like SUPER…

A story to end a wonderful day

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”- Philip Pullman Every night before going to sleep, I tell stories to my daughter. It is a little ritual that we follow as a family. Through stories I try to introduce a new value or show her how some behaviour patterns…

The Power of Words

“Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.”– Pearl Strachan Recently I attended my daughter’s friend’s birthday party. The birthday girl’s brother, a super energetic boy about 5 years old was excited to help his mom. He carried a glass bowl full of handmade chocolates to the table. He was about to…

Celebrating 9 years

Dear Samu, I still remember the feeling of restlessness and relief when the doctor placed you in my arms on 11th April 2007. I was relieved because it was a tough struggle of 13 hours. Finally you were right there in my arms, crying. I don’t remember if I laughed or cried at that moment….

The Wooden Ruler

I remember just before my exams Appa made a rule. Every evening after returning from work, Appa chose a subject and asked me questions on the chapters I had studied. If I didn’t give answers, he hit me with a ‘wooden ruler’. I was scared of that ruler. Every time I saw that ruler, I…

Learning to handle Anger

It’s not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens, shapes and empowers our life. As I hit the snooze button on my mobile, I saw the time, 6:30am. I stretched my arms each muscle in my body ached. The pain was unbearable. I decided to relax for 10 more minutes, but…