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I am an independent writer and multi-award winning blogger who writes on parenting, humour, fiction and general lifestyle topics. - Sid Balachandran

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Guilty? Or Guilt-free?

Guilty? Or Guilt-free?

Recently, I spoke to a friend who is all set to embrace motherhood in all its glory. Now, I’ve known this person for a long time, and she loves what she does for a living. And mind you, she’s pretty darn good at it. But the more we discussed parenting and how life changes after …

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So, you want kids?

So, you want kids?

Indian society has a problem. We somewhat detest the ‘live and let live’ philosophy. Rather we’re followers of the ‘live and let’s tell others how to live their lives’ movement. And true to this ideology, if you happen to be a single person on the slightly northern side of the age scale that begins at …

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“How does it feel ?”

“How does it feel ?”

When I became a father, a few male friends asked me a question. A question, if I had to confess, I just hadn’t thought about. It might also be worth pointing out that these friends were largely unmarried twenty-something men who were in semi-serious relationships. Anyway, the million dollar question was: “How does IT feel?”. The first time …

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Extinguished

Extinguished

As the December wind whistled through the dry leaves of the Amaltas tree in their back yard, she tossed in her secret blend of spices. “Ammi-jaan, Faruq and Imran will be coming home with me after special class. Can you make your special biriyani please?”. His teenage words rung fresh in her ears, as the …

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The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer – A non-review

The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer – A non-review

‘The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer’  by Laxmi Hariharan – There were three things that intrigued me about this book and its titular character. One – Though far from being an avid reader of the YA genre, I haven’t come across many books featuring an Indian female protagonist. Two – To me, the ‘many lives’ …

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Spotting Santa

Spotting Santa

I cannot help licking my lips as I watch Gary cover the sponge cake with dark-chocolate frosting. There is a certain finesse in the way that he applies each layer, just gentle enough to kiss the surface, but merciless enough to make sure that it stays on. I know that there is work to be done, and …

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