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The Story of a Not-Mom

“Hold the baby, it’s a boy!” said the lady and handed me a peeing baby. It was a Sunday. The service just ended and I was walking out the door. A good old neighbor lady walked past me with her daughter-in-law and her two-month-old grandson. I greeted her with good wishes, just like everyone does on a Sunday morning after Church. She should have pitied me, I guess. Her action proved that. On my greetings, she grabbed her  pee ing grandson from her daughter-in-law and handed him to me right in time for the infant to wet my dress. The scene was both fun and embarrassing. Have you ever heard people say “it’s good luck if a newborn pees on you”? It’s a tradition here and in many other cultures too. Probably it came about as a way to console you when you get  pee d on. But somehow it grew hands and legs on its own and now someone has put a  bindi  to it. Yeah! Now it means “if you don’t have a baby and got to hold a  pee ing one, you’ll be blessed with a baby soon”.

Pollachi Impacts - Internet Unsafe for Women?

“Don’t post those pictures on Facebook”, were my mom’s welcoming words as I hugged her capturing the joyous moment on my smartphone. I was at my parent's for a weeklong stay and those were the first of many chants that followed. The same warning went to my sister as well who was in her college and quite active on social media. Thankfully I didn't get to hear what she had to hear, “Remove your dance video from YouTube, change your Whatsapp status, tie up your hair, no loose hair, don’t wear makeup…etc.” Looking plain and removing profile pictures are a mother’s way of protecting her girl from the immoral psychopaths. The repercussions of the #Pollachi abuse is massive and today I’m particularly addressing the lighter note of the issue (but what's alleged to be the base) - women’s presence in the social media. #PollachiSexualAbuse has caused a whirlwind in Tamil Nadu. So much for the land that’s known for respecting the chastity of women. What a shame!! And

Nostalgic – My most memorable Train Journey

It was the year 2015. Chennai yans may remember the year for one reason. Not that I do not. I too was at Chennai then and was a victim of the Chennai floods, though on the obtuse side of it. I, however,  recall the year for another reason. It was June and the sun was steaming the Chennai sky, without giving a clue of what might happen six months down the time. It was 6 th of the month. I and my husband always had friends and families join us on our holidays. That morning, my collegiate sisters had come to my home for their vacation. We had 3 days of blissful fun – shopping & outings, cool nights spent watching movies on the balcony, dancing in the rain on the terrace, taking snaps with crazy outfits & make ups and pranking my entire family online. It all ended abruptly when we met with an accident on the way to Kovalam Beach, on the evening of the third day. No no, I’m not writing a tragic story here and not gonna tell you that I remember the year for that acci

Alienation – a Story

What can being completely in mobiles and internet do to us? Alienation - a withdrawal from society. Recently I was at a restaurant for dinner. It was bustling with activity. Waiters were moving around taking orders and delivering food. Friends and families were partying around happily. Breathing in the joyous mode, I sat down at my booked table with my friend. We had a tiring day at office and wanna have a relaxed dinner. After ordering food we indulged in a chit-chat about the day and were laughing out the stress. A family trio took a table beside us. The mom looked young and stylish. The dad was kind of a 360 degree business man fully attending calls right from the moment he walked-in. They looked rich and posh. Their baby girl was so cute and adorable, should be 1 -2 yrs old. She was seated in a high chair in-between her parents. My friend always loved playing with kids. She turned around and was simply cooing with the kid making some funny faces and the kid smiled

Nature – a Creativity Kindler

Invention from a Spiky Seed It was 6 in the morning when I got up from bed today. It was so cool and wonderful to see nature at its best. I walked out of home at 6.15 for a morning jog, in the park beside my home. Few other people where already there inhaling the morning freshness. As I jogged, I passed by a mom and a kid. The little girl was tugging at something in her jenkins. I observed that a spiked seed had got stuck in her cloth and she was trying to remove it off. She won after a little struggle and the spiky seed came off balling pieces of thread from her dress.  I jogged on capturing the scene.  The brief episode sparked my memory on something I had read in a website a few days back, under the title Nature Inspired Inventions. The author had discussed how great inventors have taken inspiration from nature to create some awesome everyday products.  The article said, a Swiss electrical engineer,  George de Mestral, had invented Velcro , after experiencing a