Do We Still Need to Celebrate Teacher’s Day?

In India, we celebrate September 5th as Teachers’ Day. The day also commemorates birthday of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, our first Vice President of India, and second President of India. Radhakrishnan believed that ‘teachers should be the best minds in the country’, a philosophy I for one, would have been extremely grateful to accept, had it been…

When a Teen Walks Out of Home Never to Return

My neighbour’s teen son had walked out of his house one weekday evening, and was found dead on the neighbourhood railway tracks! When I met the shattered parents of the boy, I heard he had simply walked out of the house, leaving behind his cell phone and everything else. The track, where he was found,…

Remembering you, Sujata

Congratulations Sujata, Today your son got an award for All Round Excellence in school. You know when my daughter came and told this to me, I just thought of you. I know if you were here, you would have said, ‘Thanks but I hope he keeps his feet on the ground.’ You would have also…

Ma, Yes, You Can Say I Told You So

Yesterday morning, when my 12-year old flew alone for the first time, I remembered your words, ‘Mayer mon’ (roughly translated from Bengali, the attitude of the moms). You used to describe all your panics, fears and tensions with these two words, when I used to get exasperated with you being overly cautious with me. You…

For My Soldier Who Fights For My Daughter

For the real life soldier in my life, my dear husband, I had always thought of him as a little gentlemanly, sometimes have even chided him for his too compassionate nature. I always thought people in forces are these tough macho alpha males. All these thoughts stayed with me until I was pregnant with our…

The Voiceless Girl Child in India

Today is International Day of the Girl Child This is the news that caught my eyes when I glanced at the newspapers. And that made me wonder why UN had to take a resolution to mark a special day or the girl child. I curious glance at a statement at the UN website, and I…