If I was God – a ‘Found’ essay

If I was God, I would want to make sure women outlived the men in their family. Not all, but some at least. Genetics, and hormones do this for us, most of the time. But I would want this because I have seen the Indian man. You know, the Indian man who can’t find hisContinue reading “If I was God – a ‘Found’ essay”

Composting for the relaxed housekeeper

Aerobic composting in 5 easy steps My advice to those new to composting is to compost small, so it’s easy, convenient, and quick. Compost just one days waste each month if that’s what works for you. Because every little bit counts. Step 1 Order matka biryani home delivered for dinner. Wash and rinse the containerContinue reading “Composting for the relaxed housekeeper”

5 Years A Victim

The sins of the mother, come down to her son, But how long should we blame her for what he’s become? One year of marriage – a journey together, That year during which we learn more about each other. Two years to bend, and to meet in the middle, Three to feel the need toContinue reading “5 Years A Victim”

Learning to write ‘Found’ Poetry

I had a really lovely time at a workshop on ‘Found’ Poetry this December. The workshop was conducted by Ankita Shah, co-founder of The Poetry Club, at G5A, Mumbai. We worked on two different kinds of found poetry – Blackout Poetry¬†and Cento Poetry. It was a lot of fun! Interesting to see how different theContinue reading “Learning to write ‘Found’ Poetry”

Teach them

Forgive and forget, that’s what they say, So you can be a fool for them on yet another day. Forgive, but don’t forget. That’s my advice, They’ve shown you what they are with those small, hurtful slights. Remember. Be wise. Love them, but with care. Because they WILL try again, and you’ll set them rightContinue reading “Teach them”

How to be a relaxed housekeeper

If there’s too much to clean, just throw it all out. When you have cabin fever, just get out of the house! Cook simple and easy everyday, You can go out for something different once in a way. Do the chores badly if your kids won’t help, They’ll learn it’s better if they do itContinue reading “How to be a relaxed housekeeper”

A Ph.D. without going to college

She’s got a Ph.D. without going to college, You’d be amazed if you understood her skills and her knowledge! She’s got her kids independent and a husband who helps, It wasn’t just good luck, don’t believe what she says. She works at it daily, organising her home, So all can contribute, and each are comfortableContinue reading “A Ph.D. without going to college”

Real Conversations

She wants to know when they’re happy but not when they’re sad, When they’re laughing out loud, but not when they’re mad. He expresses his feelings, but when THEY do it’s not fine, Unless they think alike. That’s OK… Both on the same side. He says he feels lonely, but stays away from the real,Continue reading “Real Conversations”

This busy

9 to 5 equals 7 to 7, On days that are busy, they’re home after eleven. Both of them work and their schedule’s real tight, It’s what they expected, but this busy isn’t right. So she gives up her job to stay at home, Life gets more relaxed and the stress is all gone. DoubleContinue reading “This busy”

Light A Fire That Burns Up Hate

Lets light a fire that burns up hate Let it burn strong before it’s too late. Hold onto change even if it’s small, Keep the flame burning high – it might someday help us all. Lets light the fire that burns up anger, Work for a social structure that supports good behaviour. Teach our childrenContinue reading “Light A Fire That Burns Up Hate”

A Wonderful Woman

She’s a wonderful woman – that’s all I can say, Let’s us make our mistakes and find our own way. No protests when we make our housework easy, With routines and ideas that would drive her crazy. She teaches us her wisdom when we’re sinking or stuck, And we bring some change when she’s gottenContinue reading “A Wonderful Woman”

Lets Accept That We Don’t See

Lets not be like the blind man who has met with the elephant, Who knows just one part but thinks the knowledge of others is irrelevant. Lets find comfort in difference, and give everyone a voice, Lets not be offended when their way is not our choice. Know that there are so many parts andContinue reading “Lets Accept That We Don’t See”

Stand up and fight for what is right

Stand up and fight for what is right, With words  imperfect, but a heart that’s alright. Be the flame that sheds light – alive and strong, When society wants a display of money, or when you see something wrong. Stand up and be strong, do not be afraid, Sometimes, we have to dig up theContinue reading “Stand up and fight for what is right”

She’s there for a reason

She’s there for a reason and her reason is money. If you’re not doing well she won’t find your jokes funny! She can’t understand why you treat her so well, When here purse is empty and her budget’s shot to hell. So she gets suspicious and stays away, From friends with values that might teachContinue reading “She’s there for a reason”

Can we stop and just listen?

Can we stop and just listen to what they say? ‘Cos the wheel will keep turning until every dog has it’s day. Can we withhold judgement even when we don’t agree? Even when their ideas make us want to shout and scream? Because foolish or brilliant, we all have a role, And the fool mightContinue reading “Can we stop and just listen?”

Paint The Town RED

We’re the women who dress up to visit our mothers. We live by our own standards, don’t paint us with your colour. Blow dry our hair and put on our best dress, No it’s not a night out to paint the town red! We take less care when we go out with our men, ‘CosContinue reading “Paint The Town RED”

Letter : A plea for a humane society

There are many horrifying incidents of cruelty to animals – incidents that happen within housing societies.¬†They de-sensitise people to the pain of living beings in general and this impacts society. This post also has a few tips on how societies can get strays to leave without cruelty and what people can do to help, asContinue reading “Letter : A plea for a humane society”

Occupational Therapy

  If you’re feeling bored and have nothing to do, Just pray for someone to leave some shares to you! You’ll have forms to fill and submit to the bank, Affidavits, attested copies & hopefully a signature mismatch! Occupational therapy and places to go, Always something to do on the  days that go slow. WeContinue reading “Occupational Therapy”

Comfort Food and Writing

A home that’s relaxed needs organisation and routine, Things bought in advance, and no last minute cooking. But there’s just one thing that used to cause me stress, Paperwork and clearing my inbox, something I’d rather attend to a lot less. But now, I have a method that never fails, A coping strategy for after,Continue reading “Comfort Food and Writing”