The story started as our version of Fairytopia. With me, the mad witch, trying all kinds of spells and stunts to grapple with my two sweet little bickering fairies.
The fairies are on their own wings now, but the fairy tales continue.
So does the magic and the madness!.
I'd love to hear from those of you who've had a glimpse into our world. Thanks for being a part of it.
My Story and Hers: Which way do we go?
This is a continuation of events from my previous post when
my friend and I had decided we needed to change the ‘new’ school.
My mother said bye to me as usual as I left for school. Then
she stood still with shock and screamed: You are wearing the wrong uniform. You
have the grey-and-white uniform now. (She had also given away my old blue
uniform, I had to borrow one from a friend and it was two sizes bigger than my
I told her I am not going to the ‘grey-and-white uniform’
school anymore but my old blue uniform one.
Yes, I knew I could not just walk into a school like that.
My friend had spoken to the office staff and got my Transfer
Certificate request cancelled.
I had visited the old school, met the Principal, the admin
staff and my friends. My school had changed.
My parents had a conference between each other that day and they let me continue
my way; probably because of the shock factor of the drastic step.
This was perhaps the first independent decision of my life.
Was it the right one? It did feel right and I have never regretted it. I felt
bad about the time and money lost in the school-change drama but was so glad, I
could take the U-turn in time.
As a parent at the same stage now, I had the same doubts
about my daughter continuing 11th and 12th grades from
her school. She had selected subjects that were considered 'tough'. She’ll be dealing with the
ISC curriculum which again is a tough one. She’ll not have tutor support and she’ll
be busy with sports, art, extra-curricular activities while most students of
her age in city schools would be focusing entirely on academics.
She was sure she wanted to continue in her school. Was it
the right decision for her? I’m not sure.
But it is her life and her decision.
I can only be there to try and help it become the right one
for her. And if it turns out to be a wrong one-we’ll just have to take a
It is a little embarrassing-to type in random musings
to be read by someone, somewhere is one thing. To be ‘read’ by people whom you
know is another thing. Yet, it is so
nice to know that so many of you celebrated my tiny victory. So thank you very much for taking out the time to
read this story. The context: a short-story contest organized by TOI
Books where the prompt was given by author Nikita Singh. These lines were
supposed to be used ‘as-is’ in the story, within a word limit: “I didn’t think I would ever fall in love again. I know that
everyone says that after a heartbreak, but the difference is that I’m not
heartbroken. I’m not cynical, or pessimistic, or sad. I’m just someone who once
felt something bigger than anything else I’d ever felt and when I lost it, I
honestly believed I would never have that again. But... I was 22 then and life
is long. And I’m feeling things right now that I haven’t in a long, long
time." It would be great if you could share your feedback too –on…
The Holiday Resolutions: There are too many things to do right here. I get more
tired planning for and recovering from vacations. Let’s not go anywhere this
time. Ok, we'll take one small break. But this time we’ll not drive-let's take a flight, or a train, or a cab, or hire a
driver… The Reality: Driving for three and a
half days through steep hills, sharp bends, lush forests and the Kabini river
The Decisions: Since this was an unplanned, unintended trip we quickly
decided on Wayanad because it was the only non-visited destination within
driving distance. We booked our hotel after a quick Face book research, packed
a few sets of clothes, filled petrol, and decided to leave early on Saturday
morning. My husband decided to work from home on Friday to
ensure we pack in early on Friday evening. He was determined we would leave as
early as possible on Saturday to avoid the traffic jams that happen on exit
roads to Bangalore at the onset of all long weekends. I dread waking up ea…
These are the details of my experience as a HSBC Credit Card holder. You can help me and possibly many others like me by circulating this link, taking the time to read this post, and advising me on what are my options now.If you are the independent type who believes in not learning from other people’s experiences, please continue using your HSBC Credit Card.26th April 2009After a long day out the previous day, as I was keeping away all the shopping and arranging my bag-I notice that my credit card pouch is missing. I go down, check in the car, all around the house and then not to take any risks, call up the Banks.ICICI assures me there has been no misuse, blocks the card.HSBC-yes there has been a series of transactions-of amounts adding up to approx 10K,, blocks the card and advices me to log a complaint with the police and drop a copy of that complaint to the nearest branch or ATM.I drop everything I was doing to rush and do all that.I couldn’t submit the papers to HSBC because there…