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Being a Stay-at-Home Mom & Why Words Matter

I have been a stay-at-home mom since 2017, and social conditioning, and random comments from random people, have always made me doubt the worth of what I’m doing. Now, after being a stay at home Mom for around 5 years, I can say that I feel more confident of myself and more aware of my… Continue reading Being a Stay-at-Home Mom & Why Words Matter

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Social (Media) Change & Social (Media) Anxiety

Trigger warning - this post and the poem are about high anxiety and stress. Some people, especially those already dealing with these, may feel disturbed by the content. So, after my second one was born, I took a break from social media. I completely disappeared off the face of the www, and that was the… Continue reading Social (Media) Change & Social (Media) Anxiety

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More thoughts on Home & Exile

Trigger Warning: Some readers may find the thoughts discussed in this post disturbing. So, here is another poem I wrote about my confused identity as someone from Kashmir, who has no physical connection with the land, or the trauma associated with exile. This was also published by South Asian Ensemble, like the first poem. The… Continue reading More thoughts on Home & Exile

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Mothers & Daughters & Domestic Violence

Trigger warning: This post has a poem on domestic, gender-based violence and physical abuse, which some people may find disturbing. Growing up in India, I heard so many women discussing marriage; and every time someone talked about their complaints with their husband, some woman commented, “At least he doesn’t hit you.” I talk about India,… Continue reading Mothers & Daughters & Domestic Violence

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A Poem about Home, Exile and an Unspoken Connection

Hello. I hope you’re all safe and well. I don’t know why but I have been thinking a lot about Kashmir lately. Kashmir, often called Paradise on Earth, is a troubled state in India. Its history is stained with violence, unrest and their obvious companion exile. Now, although my ancestors, Kashmiri Pandits, had to flee… Continue reading A Poem about Home, Exile and an Unspoken Connection

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Online Self-Directed Learning: My Experience

Hello. If you follow me, you must have noticed that my posts have been quite inconsistent for a while. There are two reasons for it - one, I have been feeling a little anxious and depressed since my husband’s last seizure; two, I’m studying for an online course I started last year. Being a stay-at-home… Continue reading Online Self-Directed Learning: My Experience

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Life between Lockdowns: Smart Kids, Tired Parents

I think all of us are familiar with the fresh challenges we face these days, because of the COVID crisis. One among them is parenting during lockdowns. I am home all day with a 5-year old and a 2-year old. While I’m incredibly grateful that I have a safe and comfortable space where I get… Continue reading Life between Lockdowns: Smart Kids, Tired Parents

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The Fear of Seizures…And Why Words Matter

Two years back, ten days after the birth of my younger kid, my husband had his first seizure. All of us were sleeping when it happened. It was around dawn, and I feel embarrassed to say that I had no idea what was happening when I saw him. I called 911 and they told me… Continue reading The Fear of Seizures…And Why Words Matter

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No Time for Rhyme? Tips for Writing Free Verse

Hello. So, before I start the post, let me give you a few updates. First, I did not get a call about either of the two interviews I gave last month. I am now taking a break from applying for copywriting jobs, and focussing on applying for teaching jobs instead. This is something I do… Continue reading No Time for Rhyme? Tips for Writing Free Verse

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Life around COVID-19: Milestone Birthdays

So, this Saturday was the Mr.’s 40th birthday. Last year, I was naive enough to think everything would be back to usual by this year and I would be able to throw him a surprise party, inviting all his friends and family. Well, we all know how that turned out. So, I decided that I… Continue reading Life around COVID-19: Milestone Birthdays