How often do you evaluate your needs vs. wants? This question is not to a person who is evaluating survival vs. living but to a person who is managing to live life reasonably well. We may never admit it openly,… Read More ›
What’s so celebratory about the New Year?
Another year-end. Another New Year. What’s so celebratory about a date in a paper (or digital) calendar that gets millions of us around the world to cheer, drink, revel and make merry? Don’t get me wrong: this is not a… Read More ›
Should you turn off your Internet to take a break?
Should you? The short answer is: yes. The long: Last month, I unplugged our home Internet cable for a break. For three weeks. Three weeks of no virtual connectivity. No news updates. No blogging, no Facebook or Twitter updates, no… Read More ›
What is family time? Events? B’days? Beach? My story of the past month
It has been more than a month since I updated my blog. Excuse me for that. June was a whirlwind of activities, starting with events at my daughter’s school. Her last month of kindergarten, it was fun being part of… Read More ›
A year of finding Self: SandhuBhamra.com is one today!
A year ago, on this date, I launched my blog SandhuBhamra.com – a voice to the internal conflict of finding who I am. I was born and raised in India and started working as a journalist after Grade 12. First… Read More ›
A little girl challenging notions of beauty and body image
Look at the picture on the right. This is a snapshot from the only fairytale book I bought my five-year old daughter. I bought it, because even though I dislike the prince-rescues-princess gender stereotype, I wanted fairytales to be a… Read More ›
Parenting rarely works on advice, but here’s one: don’t lie to your child
At my daughter’s school, to drop her off, I saw one of her classmates miserably clinging to his mother. As we waited for the kindergarten teacher to come and take the kids, I politely inquired if the child was feeling… Read More ›
Reject “girl things” and “boy things”. Sex organs don’t dictate nurturing or adventure
“Look mom, Kabir is pretending to be a mommy”, my then four-year old daughter pointed enthusiastically at her year-old brother, who lovingly pushed a doll stroller around the living room. He had carefully placed a toy baby in. My first… Read More ›
I have a womb, breasts and brains. Now give me the freedom to make my choices
Epidural or natural? Natural or elective? Breast or formula? Co-sleeping or crib? Lose the pounds before the stitches heal or let the kangaroo pouch be? Stay-at-home, go-back-to-work, or negotiate part-time week? Six-inch heels or I-love-my-back-shoes? With French feminist Elisabeth Badinter… Read More ›