Hell It's Mine

What we think, what we speak and what we do are never in tune with one another. This page is dedicated to what I think.

The corridors reverberated with the excited voices of the students spilling out of the classrooms. Every one of them was excited and all had something to say; now, who was listening I don’t know. I didn’t see anyone pondering over the question paper to check how many questions they got right or was something left out. It brought back memories of our school days. God, do I miss them! They may not agree now but the school years are the best time in a person’s life, and we realise this only when we have passed out of school and trudging through our dreary lives, carrying the load of responsibilities and expectations. 

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(for those who know it all and for those who are still struggling even after years of experience)

Is it only me or are there other overwhelmed and hassled parents out there wondering what’s happening around them? I mean with raising children. Am I doing it right or is there something wanting? Every time I call up any of my friends, the conversation somehow manages to drift to the children – their studies, behaviour, food habits, digital media, etc. etc. In short, it’s all about the children. No, no, I am not complaining. I’m blessed with two angels (well, that description varies on the situation and circumstances!) and I can’t think of a life without them. But how did this happen? Why is it we can’t discuss another mundane yet interesting things like, I don’t know, maybe our interests, hobbies, books, movies? When did they take over us and started dictating terms? We had a whole rocking (no pun intended!) life before these lovable minions invaded our universe. So, what happened?

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It took Russia to attack Ukraine for our newspapers and news channels to change their headlines. Ever since the Hijab ban controversy spiralled out of control, everyone (with any or no knowledge) was giving their unwarranted advice/suggestions/opinions. So I decided it was time to express my feelings too. I mean why should I not, whether it makes sense or not to others is totally secondary and inconsequential. So here goes, and you don’t have to agree with what I say. 

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We are a little less than a fortnight into the new year and 2022 promises to look exciting. The year 2021 came and went and nobody felt bad about it coming to an end. I mean it’s a complete year, a twelve-month duration from our lives and yet everyone I spoke to was glad it was over. Kind of sad but then I guess each one of us had our own reason for that. But I can’t get myself to blame it for the way things went. I believe it’s all in the head; it’s how we want to look at it.

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At the beginning of every year, I religiously set a target for myself – the number of books I’m going to read in the year. I’m proud to say till this year I’ve always managed to meet the target and had even surpassed it some years (oh yes!). But this year, I realised that I had not met the target; actually, I was way, way below the mark. My excuse – it’s been a crazy year. I know I used the excuse last year also but this year I’m admitting it. Feeling a little bad about it but no worries I have still managed to read some fantastic books and loved the time I spent with them. Here are the top 5 books of 2021 I super enjoyed.

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The year’s coming to an end, and I’ve never looked forward to it with so much excitement. Yes, I’ve to accept some bitter truths like the grey streaks in my rapidly denigrating mane are not the result of the climate change or that my favourite bands are part of the retro collection or that it’s another year closer to the kids leaving home (it just felt like a punch in the stomach!). Every year I’ve watched my friends prepare their kids as they get ready to leave home to join college and every time I would wonder why was it such a big deal.

I understand it now as I’m standing at that very place, counting the months before we have to let go. Not one to get all teary-eyed, yet I know it’s going to be one of the most difficult things to do. That’s how I got around to thinking about what’s needed for these kids to be on their own. Just having a dozen accounts on social media or having a large following on Insta doesn’t speak much about their rapidly deteriorating life skills – which have further taken a beating during the pandemic. 

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