Author: Manisha Mahajan

Life in Gurgaon-Part III

I was slowly trying to find my feet, both in the city and in my married life.Having got married in June, I was now into August, which was a very stressful time as I had lost my father just two years back and this would be the first time that I would be without my family. The tears flowed freely and the emotions were raw. Never had I imagined that life would be so different after marriage. Gone were the carefree days when chores were done out of choice. Now everything had to be managed and there had to...

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Life in Gurgaon-Part II

The first month came and went and I felt more like a househelp,rather than a newly married woman. All the stardust had vanished and by now,the henna had bled to a dirty yellow. I was trying to master the art of tying a sari on my own,to go to the umpteen lunches and dinners,which were just an overload of plastic smiles and oily food. Travelling back from Delhi from them was a nightmare on a two wheeler. The buses were interstate back then and some of them,like the famous Kamal transport had people from the neighbouring villages,who had never...

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Life In Gurgaon -Part I

?I shifted to Gurgaon in 1988, just married, into a big house, with only the two of us. There were not many house helps available back then, so the first week after getting married with all the fanfare, passed in cleaning and setting up the house. It was the end of June, the weather really bad. The only water available was through a modified version of the ancient hand pump. Electricity was less there and more not there.There was only one fan and since there was no power, most nights were out on the terrace. One would think, how...

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Only We Can Clear the Air

It had been an arranged marriage. The initial years had found Kalpana and Dheeraj in love with each other.  The cracks had started showing when Dheeraj's business had started falling and Kalpana had given birth to yet another daughter. Her mother in law, Shanta had been supportive till the time her first daughter had been born. But after the third daughter, she had shown her true colors. But at heart, Shanta was a good soul, albeit she could not balance the household politics. She would sway from one side to the other like a pendulum and over the years...

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Joint Family Woes

The kids settled in their new school and I had adjusted to this way of life. But what was hard, was to adapt to the joint family sensibilities. Everyone was in each other's space all the time. The family had not learned any boundaries. There was no concept of privacy and knocking on the door was unheard of. Even on Sunday mornings, the name calling would start and when I would tumble out wearily thinking that something had happened, I would be asked the question,"Oh! Were you sleeping? Ok. No worries. Go back to sleep." At that moment, I would...

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The Fear of Insecurity & Failure

I thought of myself to be very beautiful, partly because I liked what I saw in the mirror and also because everyone around me, told me so. This was fodder for my soul. I was five feet eleven inches, with a rosy complexion, a figure to die for and a face which had already launched many brands. I was a name to reckon with in the modelling industry. The CEO of one of my clients was besotted with and very soon, he proposed to me. Suddenly my life changed to being a trophy wife and a jet setting lifestyle. The...

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