Sunday, April 20, 2014

My post for Yowoto last week

Who Gave Summer Leave To Arrive This Soon?


Summer vacations. Two words that strike terror in a parent’s heart. How does one hear a litany of “I’m bored, what to do?” for weeks together, and live to tell the tale? 

Read the post here

Sunday, April 13, 2014

My post last week for Parent Genius

To co-sleep or not. Read the post here.

My Yowoto post this week

I’m The Mom Who Taught Her Son The 3 Magical Words: “I Will Tell”

As part of child sexual abuse awareness month, Kiran talks about how she’d rather have people snickering and calling her a helicopter mom under their breath, than risk her child’s safety 


Read the post here

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

A panel discussion on CSA on April 19th in Mumbai

I will be on the panel, on behalf of the CSA Awareness Team, and if you are a parent in Mumbai, I recommend you attend it. And not because I am on the panel, come on, it will be good to meet you of course, but because what will be discussed is what every parent should be aware about and watchful for.

You can register here:

Sunday, April 06, 2014

At the Indiblogger preview for The Bad Touch

When author Payal Shah Karwa mailed to invite me to moderate the book preview session for her book, The Bad Touch, I thought perhaps, we would have an audience of three to four people. After all, it was a Saturday evening, and the topic was something as disturbing as Child Sexual Abuse Awareness. I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was there a full house, but there were standees at the back, more importantly, these were all bloggers who had registered at Indiblogger and taken time out to attend the event. On panel with me were CSA and LGBT rights activist Harrish Iyer and Pooja Taparia of Arpan, apart from the author Payal Shah Karwa.
It was interesting to see the audience participation and interaction, something I hadn't expected, to be honest. Here are some pictures of the event. And of course, do read the book if you are a parent. It could be an eye opener.

Friday, April 04, 2014

My Yowoto post for the week

The Boy Wants To Be Attractive Fer The Gurls, Already!


Hormone-crazed teenagehood is definitely around the corner, when a young man starts doing odd things such as spraying himself with crazy amounts of deodorant to appeal to the olfactory senses of members of the fairer sex; like this mother finds out 

Read the post here.

My Parent Quotient post for this week: The weighty issue of the overweight child

Posted by Kiran Manral
The other day we took the child to the pediatrician after a long while to get a nagging, prolonged cough checked out because regular stand-by home remedies that I normally use as my first line of defense hadn’t really worked.
In the course of the visit, the boy had his weight and height checked. “Is he overweight?” I asked, with bated breath, because this is one demon we have been grappling with for a while.Read the rest here.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

And while I am hoping and praying...

all you kind people pre-order Once Upon A Crush from flipkart, crossword, amazon....let me not forget my first print and paper baby, The Reluctant Detective available at a steal for Rs 98 only on here. Order it if you haven't read it yet. I guarantee the laughs.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Book reading at Funville by Parul Sharma...

The book is Bringing Up Vasu, The First Year, which is a guaranteed riot of a book. The author is darling friend and all round lovely person Parul. And you can get your kids along, what more do you need?
Funville to host a
Session by author Parul Sharma

April, 2014: Funville to host a book reading session of one of the best-selling books, Bringing up Vasu: That first year by author Parul Sharma on Saturday,
5th April
2014 at 11.00 am. Fascinating narratives will be read by Ms Parul Sharma from her book, Bringing up Vasu, which talks about everything that a new parent goes through while bringing up the child in the first year, in a humorous way. Here's a chance for all the mothers to reel back in time and witnessing everything that happened to you as a parent during that first year.

Leave your kids for a nice playtime at Funville, while you can enjoy the fun moments of being a mother for the first time. The book reading session will be a great opportunity for young mothers to also know what they can expect moving further with the child, from bonding with your baby to adjusting to caring for a newborn, etc.

Date:  5th April, 2014, Saturday
Time: 11.00 am 
Venue: 2/19 Kamal Mansion, 1st Floor, Near Radio Club, Colaba, Mumbai - 400005.

Limited seats
Please RSVP: Ms Hina Jumani: 9833016041
Entry Free

Monday, March 31, 2014

If you were waiting for my second book...

...tis almost here. Care to pre-book?

Pre-order at Crossword here
Pre-Order at Flipkart here 
Pre-order at Infibeam here

Friday, March 28, 2014

My Yowoto post for this week...

The Curious Case Of The Expensive Gadgets

He wanted an iPod. I promised it in a moment of indulgence. And I had every intention of keeping that promise—until I saw the many zeroes in its price! Naturally, much quivering of the lower lip followed 

 Read it here

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Here's me and the brat in the Tangerine Home Couture Campaign

Be part of CSAAM April 2014

CSAAM 2014.

Dear Friends,
It is that time of the year again. To poke the dragon. That time of the year when we, a team of people, gear up and talk about that topic which is taboo but which should not be; that topic which is only whispered about, hastily, fearfully, but about which we should be making a loud, deafening din; that topic which many people believe to be an urban legend but is a frightening reality on a depressingly large scale . ‘That topic’ is Child Sexual Abuse.
April 2014 is around the corner, and we are ready to spread the word in our fourth year of CSAAM. Once again, just as we have been doing for the last three years, we talk across social media, via Facebook, twitter and blogs about the menace that is CSA . All through the month of April.
This menace must stop spreading. Children must be made to feel safe. Parents need to know how to talk to their children. Survivors must know that they are not alone. We cannot do all this alone and we count on your support and participation.
Partnering us in our efforts this year will be organisations working in this field like Arpan, Tulir, Human Rights Watch as well as online initiatives like Blogadda and Womens Web. You will see personal testimonials, expert advice, twitter chats, information sources, resources, workshops, an iPhone app and lots and lots of blog posts across the blogosphere.
We understand confronting this issue is quite uncomfortable. But we also know silence is not a solution. We need to talk our minds out. We need to act. We need to support.
If you would like to post on your blogs, do send us a tentative date, so that we can schedule your post. If you would like to participate in a twitterthon, do let us know. Even forwarding this email to anyone you think might be interested in participating and contributing would be very helpful.
If you would like to add to the discussion or know somebody else who would, please note that we welcome entries:
  • posted as FB notes and linked to Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Month Page OR
  • posted on your own blog with the badge and linked to the main blog OR
  • posted on your own blog with the badge and linked to the main blog OR linked or posted on Twitter tagged  OR
  • linked or posted on Twitter tagged OR
  • Anonymous contributions are accepted and requests for anonymity will of course be honoured.
You can also support us by simply adding our logo of the initiative to your blog’s sidebar. Grab the code below to do so
Please remember to send a mail with all necessary links or just your input to so that we can track your contribution and make sure that it is not inadvertently lost or missed out.
Some guidelines

  • Please precede the title of your post with CSAAM April 2014. Then add a hyphen and your title.
  • Please insert the badge html in your post. If you carry it on your sidebar for the entire month of April too part from just within your post, we would be honoured.
  • If you refer to sources for information kindly italicise that part of your post which is taken from the source and provide the link to the original source in a bracket.
  • And finally please avoid graphic descriptions of the abuse. Stay as factual as possible if you’re doing first person accounts.
We need all your help to make this month a success, and are counting on your support.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Warm regards,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My post for Yowoto this week

The Things You Do To Make Your Child Study. Read it here

And we are mid way through the final exams....

We are done with Marathi, English Language, Computers, Math and today, English Literature. I am breathing somewhat easier because Math and English Language are done with, and these are the two subjects in which he, errm, you know, errm, blemished his hitherto unblemished record.
Every morning before the exams, I wake him half an hour early to revise. He wakes up, gets to his desk, takes his book brimming over with the froth of good intentions, and when I peep in to check after a while, I find him snoring open mouthed head on desk. I pack him off to school, repeating on a loop, read through the questions thoroughly first, understand what they're asking you, if you've been given options, select the questions you want to attempt right at the start and tick them, as you finish answering a question tick it off, so you don't skip any, go back and read through what you've written, don't be terrified about asking for an extra supplement, no one will laugh at you if you write always he's busy dreaming of things more exciting than boreding exam papers while I rattle off  my instructions.
He emerges skipping happily from the examinations. Very easy paper, I finished in half an hour and I had to kill time till 9.30. The maternal heart sinks like cold stone to the feet, given that the other kids are emerging massaging their aching wrists, talking about how many extra supplements they took, etc. How can you finish in half an hour I shriek in horror, and quickly count to hundred before I implode into subatomic particles in a public situation.
"Don't take tenshun, mamma," he tells me, cheerfully. "I wrote what I knew. And dat is enough. I don't need to write lots."
Maybe I should trust him on this. Maybe I should stop worrying. Maybe I should just relax, knowing that what is done is done and what is written is written.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This story gives me hope...

...and this mom makes me want to be a better mom.
For years I have been fighting with what the boy cannot do. Trying to work with his attention deficit, his lack of focus, his fine motor skill issues that make his handwriting the stuff that ants crawl is defined by.
Perhaps I could look in the other direction and try work with what he does have, an ability for incredible focus on what interests him. Apart from WWE of course. Or why not WWE?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

And we are at MOMentum

What did I do on Women's Day? I was part of a panel discussion at MOMentum 2014 with Mansi Zaveri of kidsstoppress and Aloka Mehta Gambhir of Wholesomemamma and Vinita Bahl urf Blogwati G, where we spoke about mommy blogging and how it is changing from a community of women who wanted to reach out to a community of influencers.
We brought to the table three very different perspectives, with Mansi Zaveri being the focused blogger who takes her blogging very seriously, and has proved herself by being judged the best parenting blog in India this year by Blogadda, with Aloka being the blogger with a cause she is passionate about, namely diet and nutrition, and me being at the extreme end of the spectrum being the slothful kind who posts when she remembers to, and began this blog as purely an online diary to remember the brat's antics when he's grown and she's an empty nester.
Vinita moderated the discussion with aplomb and the key takeaways I got from the session were these:
Blogging will sustain if your passion about what you're writing about sustains.
You have to treat your blogging with respect and be sincere about it. (God knows, I've been guilty of slacking off ever so often now that the boy is grown)
Keep posting. Keep interacting.
Very few people leave comments, so don't judge the success of your blog by the comments you get or don't get.
Brands often want a free ride on your blog. If you give them one, put up a disclaimer for your readers. (I've been diligent about steering clear of brands and promos so far, and prefer to do activities unrelated to this blog, like my Parle G Parent Quotient Blog or the Tata Capital Do Right Blog.)
What do you feel? Why do you blog, if you do? Why do you read blogs, if you do, and given you are here, reading this, I presume you do.
It would be interesting to know.
Here are some pictures from the discussion.