Author: Vidya Raja

If Only……..

The most painful part of a fight was sleeping apart, on either end of the same bed. I knew if I probably turned around and inched up towards Hemant he would hold me tight. But my ego was unfortunately too big for that to happen. I had had a rough day at home and the last thing I needed was for Hemat to tell me that the house was a mess. I hated it when he returned from work and started straightening the room; it made me feel like I did not do a good job at keeping the house well. I spent all my time in maintaining the house; I was a full time home maker and was extremely proud of it. All I wanted were a few words of appreciation from my husband, for him to tell me that the house looked nice; the food I cooked tasted good; the flowers in the garden were blooming well; or even that the clothes were well ironed and stacked in his cupboard, but instead of any of this, what I got was criticism. Criticism about how the food could be a little less spicy, the flowers could be well trimmed, the house could look better kept or even that the shirts could be hung on hangers instead of being folded and kept in the cupboard. I loved Hemant too...

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Debauchery

5:25 pm……. 5:27 pm……..5:45 pm….. 5:53 pm…….5:58 pm….. I had looked at the watch more than a hundred times in the last half an hour. I couldn’t wait for 6:30 pm; I had to get out of the office. Had to be somewhere by 7:00pm. I got up and went into the lady’s room, washed my face, and stared into the mirror. I was pretty and I knew it. I adjusted my kurti and re-did my hair. Looked at myself again in the mirror and walked out of the lady’s room. I got back to my desk and sank into my seat in the hope that no one finds me to dump work on my table. I just had to leave at 6:30 pm. It would be another twenty minutes to that. I waited, checked my e-mail, posted a few messages on facebook, and looked at the watch again. Now it would be another eight minutes before I could leave. I would need five minutes to get the car out and then depending on the traffic would need another thirty minutes to get there. I had waited enough, the minute the watch showed 6:30 pm; I got up and walked straight towards the door. I had a smile on my face, didn’t bother saying bye to anyone, lest they delay me by talking. I got into the lift and...

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SodaBottleOpenerWala – A Vegetarian’s Verdict

Having spent a good five years in Pune, Iranian cafes were a part and parcel of those glorious years. I say glorious because those were the college years, spent without much or any worry, of sitting idly in cafes thinking of what the future holds, of having little, or sometimes no money, and hence sharing that chai and bun maska. It has been a while since I graduated, left Pune and that life behind. Walking past ‘SodaBottleOpenerWala’ in Cyber Hub brought back so many memories.   Most old time Parsi households I have been to exude nostalgia. Their decor,...

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Christmas 2013

Date Place Address         Event Details Timings December 24 & 25 Epicenter – Christmas Bazaar Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon http://www.epicentre.co.in/christmas-carnival.pdf 11:00 am – 8:00pm December 25 Christmas Carnival @ Patio Clubs  with BuzzouQ Club Patio, South Patio, Nirvana Patio…. Free for Members & INR 100 for Non Members https://www.facebook.com/events/481077158678420/ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm December 21 Club 5 – Christmas Carnival DLF Phase V, Gurgaon   11.00 am onwards December 23 & 24 Vatika Business Park       December 21 – 25 Cyber Hub     12:00 pm – 7:00 pm December 21 & 22 Courtyard Marriot – Adaah Sushant Lok 1, Gurgaon   10:00 am – 8:00 pm December 21 Scottish High International School – Christmas Carnival Block- G, Sector 57, Sushant Lok II Gurgaon   ...

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Amber Dusick’s book on Parenting

Two nights ago I found my husband sitting in the hall in one corner giggling to himself. I was busy clearing up after dinner so didn’t stop to ask him why he was giggling. A few minutes later when I came back to the vicinity I found him laughing. I just wanted to finish clearing up and get to bed so that I could catch some sleep before my 15 month old woke up for his night feed, and so I continued to do my chores. As I finished up in the kitchen and came out, I found him on the floor and laughing so much that he had tears in his eyes. Seeing my curiously amused face, he pointed to the book in his hand and invited me over to see it. “I don’t have the time to read any book now,” I said to him irritated. I nonetheless walked over and sat down beside him, and trust me when I say that reading Amber Dusick’s Parenting – Illustrated with Crappy Pictures was like reading the pages right out of my life. Hooked on, it took me an hour to read this book cover and cover and it was the most hilarious one hour I have experienced in recent times. If you are a parent, then Amber Dusick, through this book of illustrations, takes you on a roller...

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Woman Of The Month – October 2013

In conversation with Aparna Santhanam, a woman who wears many hats – a sucessful author, dermatologist, mother, wife, and an ardent supporter of social causes. We spoke to Aparna on life after a baby, family holidays, food, and more….. 1. Has Mommyhood changed you? If yes, how? I think becoming a Mother has been the most defining moment of my life.Everything else  in life is on one side and Mommyhood is on the other side.To me,it is the only unselfish and  unconditional relationship in life where you never think about what you are getting back.   2. One 'aww' moment/incident with your child When my daughter was nine years old,she was asked to write about a famous figure who truly  inspires her.So,naturally I expected she would write about some musician ,politician or some  other famous person.She wrote her composition on me and said that “My mother is a very good  doctor who is going to be famous!”It was not just an aww moment but has often served as an  inspiration to me. 3. One getting on the nerve moment/incident with your child When Sharanya was about seven,she stopped being amenable to suggestions about oiling her  hair.I remember,one Sunday morning,she screaming and running around the room,while I  chased her with a coconut oil bottle and finally giving up in frustration and flinging the bottle! 4. Favourite Family food with recipe  This...

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