Book: The Unexpected Friend, A Rohingya Children’s Story, Raya Rahman, Inshra Sakhawat Russell Displacement. I am not able to focus on this word now, I am too busy, the story seems known, read about, many times over. True, I am far away from the land I was born, but the land I am in right … Continue reading A story of displacement
Have you seen Kipper the Dog? Do you have very little kids who like to watch whatever you suggest? Are you a little kid at heart? Kipper the Dog is the one. I would take a risk and say, one of the best kids shows around. We first started watching Kipper the Dog about six … Continue reading Life lessons from Kipper the Dog
So the elementary school kid's PE teacher told the class (ages 8 and 9) about his PE teacher. So his PE teacher, if the kids did not get ready in 4 minutes, would come into the locker room and disregard what and how the kids were dressed (or not), and come close to their faces … Continue reading Why?
So an adorable thing happened. Perhaps a bit scary to the main protagonist of this story, but quite a lot adorable and heart warming for the mama who witnessed it. So the kid is about 2 or 3 or 4 years of age. Just about one of those numbers. And they get their first dream … Continue reading When we remember our dreams
Rains in Kerala are a dripping, drenched, intense affair! There is no ambiguity in the rains there. It's probably still raining in my father's village. Ages ago when we were little, at night, there would be a deafening cacophony of a million crickets 🦗 chirping all at the same time. With the passage of time, … Continue reading Rains
Three of us, the kids and me. Noses pressed against the glass. I was happily washing plates when my older one called me over to watch out for the lightning. I got distracted and looked back at the kitchen for a moment, and my girl was like, There, another lightning! Oh no you missed it, … Continue reading Coconut trees in the desert
We would have had just finished our lunch boxes. I don’t remember clearly now, but the chana cost either rupees ten or rupees two. Probably ten. Our lunch boxes were the same throughout school life, but this school had a great attraction after the lunch, the chana seller outside the school gates. I have had … Continue reading Want to get chana?
who has dropped off her precious toddler at the play-school. This little guy has been with me a while now. And with me, I mean that him and me have been inseparable the past few years. This inseparable-ness was borne out of necessity as we were breastfeeding and I was at home always. So now … Continue reading Inside the mind of a mum
Book: No ghosts in this city by Uddipana Goswami Part 5 - Assam One feature of a cosmopolitan place is that the culture gets jumbled. At least, as children, there is freedom and much joy in friendship with the others. An Axamiya child goes in and out many houses, savoring the duck eggs and buffalo … Continue reading Fading away in the harshness
Part 5 - Telangana Looking back, it seems like I spent a large portion of my wandering years in this State. We were first in Hyderabad, maybe close to the iconic Charminar. Now about the Charminar, once every couple of years, they would close the top floor right after someone attempts (yet again) a suicide jump. … Continue reading Living in the twin cities