Author: Manisha Mahajan

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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New Place -New Memories

Suddenly all the locked doors open. Everything once again is in the public view. Neighbors stand peeking from their doors with a question mark on their faces. Many others with whom you never exchanged any eye contact stand on their balconies, a look of glee on their faces. For they would get the parking for their extended family. Multiple sizes of cartons, assorted bottles, stuff which one did not know existed inside the boundary walls, memories new and old, nice and not so nice plus the sadness of leaving my beautiful trees behind. It is another matter that they were...

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Unconditional Love

My children were after my life to get them a pup. They had even selected the breed and wanted a Lhasa Apso. I was working full time and the kids would be at school plus they had loads of after school activities. "So who would take care of the pup?",was my question to them. With two sets of hands around my neck and promises to do everything for the new member, I was literally smothered into letting them have their way. All promises went out of the window pretty soon and I was left with litter everywhere, chewed up...

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