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I don't think I can do it

I don’t want to be strong anymore. I want to break down and howl. I want to be irrational, emotional.
I want to go back on all the wise, thoughtful, logical decisions. I just want to keep my child close to me.
So many years ago, the doctor cut off a cord, so that she could become her own self. It hurts just like that today; Cutting off yet another cord, and I can’t even cry out with pain because I have to be a mother first. Can I do it? Maybe yes, because she needs me to smile.

Fly High my birdie.

As you get ready to fly on your own, I want you to know the real answer which I never gave to all those questions on: Why are you sending your daughter to a boarding school?
It’s not because:
I am too busy with my jobs and want to hive-off the responsibility  (you know how I love to irritate you all the time!!)
Or because it is the latest fad  (Along with Smart-Phones and FB, I hate all the latest fads related to soon-to-be-teen girls)
Or because you are not ‘doing well in school’  (I do admit, here in writing, that I am proud or all your prizes, and your performance in the Choir, and Kathak, and badminton, and your painting too..)
Or because you are giving me any “trouble”  (I will miss arguing with a worthwhile partner)
Or because we do not have decent schools in our city (Yes, your school is a Great one)
I am just letting go, so that you have more horizons to explore, more opportunities to grow, to learn, to flower and to bloom.
I am letting you go even though I'll miss you every moment, be…

Thanks to Satyamev Jayate for just talking about it

I repeat, almost verbatim, a call I got from a neighbor:
Are you aware that child was molested in the E-block lift of our Apartment?
I was too shocked to frame my 'whats' and 'hows' in the correct order…
Well, the family of that child doesn't want to talk about the incident, I am informing you so that you can warn your daughters to be careful,my caller continued.
Of course, I’ll ask my children to be careful and talk to as many parents and children I know, but shouldn’t we organize a meeting to ensure that everybody knows about the threat?
Oh, but I can’t do that.  My motives will be questioned, my caller reflected.  And some people may even start sensationalizing the incident. 
Yes, I agreed, “people” are exactly like that.
The caller just wanted all the children in the complex to be informed so that they were more careful. She had seen an episode of “Satyamev Jayate” and felt she she could not do "nothing”. She could only talk to a handful of people-but the word spre…

A Bird gets me to blog

Saw a mother bird teach her brood to fly Not much teaching actually.
She flew and they saw She chirped and they fluttered their downy wings Hopped and fluttered them a little more Perched on the ledge and skipped a few steps
In a few days they were all soaring towards the sky And then they left home.
Did the mother bird know that they would go away so soon? Is she happy that they can now fly on their own paths? Scared, that they may not find the way home? Lonely, because they may not want to come back? Guilty, because she could have cared for them a little longer? Angry, because they no longer need her? Content, that she has done her work well? Proud, that they have flown so high that even she cannot reach them? Confident, that they will reach the stars? Thankful, for the moments she got to spend with them?
Mother birds is happily chirping away, My eyes are still on the chicks trying to ride the wind;
My chicks complete another year of school,  the fluttering gets louder...

Resolutions have to wait-there's a Dance

My princesses were going to have their first Kathak performance. And I just had to dance around them.
In these enlightened times of extra-curricular activities it was just one addition to the “everything from Samba and Ballet to Bollywood” performances. And with a 12-year experience in motherhood, I was well-prepared for just-another show.
When it comes to getting it right for the kids, we moms are always ready to go those extra miles and alleys we’ve never stepped into. Exploring Nahargarh ki Gali in Jaipur to get the “just-right” jewellery for the show didn’t seem too daunting.
For my kids-I could always do it.
After a crash course in costumes (what makes the Lehanga-flare cylindrical instead of conical), to hair-styling (how to make a bun with 4-inch long hair and how to make short-wavy hair look neatly classical), stitching bits of sponge behind “poky” edges of necklaces, and making make-up stay on a bunch of boisterous kids-my confidence did start quavering.
The humbling blow was the …

Post to myself

This looks like just another New Year resolution.

This year (maybe I need to specify 2012) I resolve(d) to write regularly. Also to be specified that since I never stopped posting in my head that I also intent(ed) and to add those posts on my blog.

January is almost over.

But in a desperate attempt at not giving up, I did reach this point of actually writing something non-work on the laptop. I so want to continue and write-because I really miss it all: the joy of sharing my crazy world with all; the support I got from friends old and new, the thrill of finding new ideas, making new friends; and the awesome feeling of learning from so many different experiences of wonderful people around.

The interaction is what I miss a lot. But what I also miss is the solace I find in putting down my thoughts in words. Because when I do, all the craziness begins to make some kind of sense, the frustrations begin to sound almost funny, the darkness actually seem to highlight the slivers of silver, and the…