Today is Children’s Day – the birth anniversary of independent India’s first prime minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. Just over 50 years after his death we seem to be forgetting our first prime minister. The buzz around this day has drastically diminished over the last couple of years. Why? Just because those ruling the corridors of power do not agree with his ideologies?
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My elder daughter turned 10 a month ago. These are interesting times for her, but confusing and scary too. Being a mother, my heart goes out to her when I see her trying to comprehend the emotional changes she is undergoing. Nowadays, I am her biggest friend as well as the bitterest of enemies. So there are so many things I want to tell her but am unable to.
Alia Bhatt and Shahrukh Khan starrer Dear Zindgai released on November 25, 2016, and I watched the movie the same day. After a real long time I had watched a movie on its day of release and it was worth the effort; with two kids in tow watching any movie is an effort. And if you have a tween by your side, who can ask uncomfortable questions or laugh at the most inopportune moment……..
I know I am being overly sarcastic, but we Indians are intolerant of whatever the other person does, thinks, or speaks out for.
Intolerance is our way of life.
And this trend cuts across age, gender, community, region and religion.
You want to be an engineer? Haven’t you read about ever declining performance of the manufacturing sector in India.
Last month we celebrated my parents’ 50th marriage anniversary.
With family and close friends in attendance and truckloads of emotions flowing freely at the dinner party.
50 years is a long time by any benchmark. So there were lots of stories to be told, and we decided to make that the centerpiece of the event. Uncles and aunties and family members sharing anecdotes and feelings about ma and papa.
By and by the party turned into a sentimental journey down memory lane – what we had always wanted.
This occasion also gave us – my brother and me – to do something we had never done before. Thank our parents for all they had done. And not done.