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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AGE AND AGELESSNESS

Age is a fact and certainly it’s a number that keeps increasing. How you feel about the number, though, depends on how content you are in life, and how much you love what you are doing. I started my journey as a teacher in a reputed school in Bangalore when I was 27; today, I am around 60. I have always taught 4 – 5 year olds. The age difference between my students and me has been increasing every year,

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AGEING GRACEFULLY

As children, all of us love our birthdays. It was a time of receiving loads of gifts from parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends. It was a day when we looked forward to wearing new clothes [feeling one up when other sibling were in their usual attire], taking chocolates to school wearing ‘coloured clothes’ to an otherwise, dull uniforms. Your favourite food was prepared. As a child, you always started counting those three sixty five days or probably 366 days, as

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ACT YOUR AGE?

Ageism..what exactly is it? It’s discriminating, stereotyping and being prejudiced against a person based on his/her age! How often have we heard or said? “Oh my God! He is so active, EVEN AT THIS AGE?” “She wears bright colours despite being 60?” “That old man should now concentrate on pooja path rather than watching English movies.” This stereotyping is more in our country where people after a certain age are “supposed” to behave in a certain manner. Why? One does

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THE MYTH ABOUT AGEISM

Age unfortunately silos and fixes an expiry date for our Do’s and Don’ts (more importantly, the moment one hits half a century)! Life is too short and too sweet to let go off it with regrets. So, let’s live it to the fullest!! Self: The influence of the mind over the body has a major influence on the ageing process. The intimacy of the mind and the body can be compared to the power dynamics in any relationship. The body

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