BENGALURU WAS THEN CALLED ‘BANGALORE’

It was the day before Ganesha Chaturthi in 1972! I arrived in Bengaluru with my husband, married for all of two months. I was very emotional and excited. On one hand, missing my brothers, sister and my loving mother but happy to be with my life partner. We lived together in a small flat in Malleswaram. Bangalore was a beautiful city with temperatures never more than 60 degrees Fahrenheit, 15.5 degrees Celsius. We needed a thin sweater early in the

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THE DIVIDED HEART

An Artist, A Baker and most importantly, A Mother… Nothing illuminates the challenges of being a full time Mother coupled with being an Artist and a Baker… How much more can I divide my HEART…??? Can a woman have it all….?? Creativity has been the driving force in my life since childhood. Who and how I was, as a child, has shaped who I am, as an artist today. Born and brought up in Bangalore, I graduated with a Master’s

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That paradox called Bengaluru

One rainy evening at one of the flashy Gastro Pubs in namma Bengaluru, I was enjoying the peppy music and the company of great friends when my eyes lazily panned the entire breadth of what lay in front of me; multitude of people, some staring into each other’s eyes, a few mindlessly looking into their phones with their thumbs relaying messages back and forth, young waiter boys balancing large black round trays with different shapes of glasses holding amazing shades

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Falling In Love With Bengaluru, Like Never Before

You can fall in love with anyone at any point of time in your entire life. There are people who come and go and there are few who are always make a way into your heart. There is always something special which connects, attracts and you feel the difference. The difference which lies with peace, comfort, pleasure, and contentedness. These words are not imaginary, but the semblance is incessant! During my lifetime I fell in love with many, the city

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GAYATRI ABRAHAM, PADME

Our children brought a lot of joy and happiness into our lives and I have always thought that it was important for me to share our journey, hoping that it would inspire other parents to not think of adoption as a fall-back option but to view it as an alternate way to start a family. I have always wanted to contribute towards adoption at some point in my life but had no idea where and how to begin. I would

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STAND UP FOR YOURSELF

Pregnancy cannot be described, it’s but an experience! Ours was an arranged marriage. Horoscopes matched and we were married with blessings of parents, uncles and aunts, families and friends! Soon after the marriage, I realized that there was a world of difference between the two families. I struggled to know him. He’s from a very conservative family. His family continued to live in a village named Thiruvanaikaval in Tamil Nadu, while we both lived in Kolkata due to his work

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MOTHERHOOD

It’s said when a woman gives birth, She becomes the epitome of motherhood on Earth. The joy of carrying a child in her womb, She remains a mother till  she reaches the tomb. She realizes what her mom did for her, How she toiled and lived in fear, She realizes how she ridiculed her mother and gave a hard time, How she went through puberty and it was not sublime How she transformed her life through smiles or tears, Learned how 

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A CALLOW MOTHER

A child gives birth to a mother And a mother was born She was amateur and callow Her life seemed a bit hollow Vulnerable to the dreaded postpartum Luck turned her into a spartan Fear of being clumsy and confused She perpetually felt abused She didn’t know what to do With this bundle she just delivered Who seems so selfish crying and howling Even as she quietly quivered Found no love for this being and no bond She only waited

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LIFE IS BUT AN ATTITUDE

What’s age? Everything ages….Some are sweet and tasty while others are bitter and nasty! Think about wine in a bottle (or Indian pickle in a jar) and a fruit on the dining table for a week. Is there something called time? Both past and future are in the mind. There’s only ‘NOW’, that’s why it’s called ‘present’. Past is a history, future is a mystery. Except humans all beings live. We tend to live either in the past or in

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DO WE NEED TO RELAX?

Let me first introduce myself to all of you. As a 65 year old lady, still holding on to the zest for life and a huge bucket list of many things to do and accomplish. In India, old age is an ugly word. It is so due to many reasons. Primary reason being told that “Now that you are 60…. it is time to hang your boots and chill doing nothing”. How often one has heard….. “you need to relax”…….

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