“I want him to be a Rambo-baby” Conversations with a young mother- Part Two

As parents in the present times, we all struggle with the directions in which children should be guided. Should the focus be on leaving the child relatively free, should we have a firm hold on moral training from the start, what focus should be placed on academic learning, should we allow children to play freely, […]

A Golden Carpet and other (Covid) Conversations

“What the lockdown teaches us is that we have much less control over the external world than we realise, but much more control over our internal world than we suspect.” Pico Iyer, April, 2020 Times have changed A lot has happened since we last posted an essay on Masala Chai. It has taken us a […]

“Send your child to preschool early so you can be ‘free’”

By Reshu Tomar Seriously? Are you serious? Is that even a question? Well, we have faced many questions about how we bring up our baby, but this one we did not expect. The pressure of sending our child to school? At two? Ohhhh…. Yet another battle to face because we (my husband and I) have […]

Why? Why did she run away from ME?

This story has been pieced together through several conversations with Veena, Preeti’s mother. Preeti is an 18 year old girl from Mumbai; the oldest of three siblings, two sisters and a brother. Before we go into the recent events that concern this blogpost, a bit more about the family. Her mother, let’s call her Veena, […]

Phones ‘r’ us: Parental controls in a digital world

By Pooja Bhargava Episode 1 One evening after tucking the kids into bed I was about to sit down for some quiet time when the phone buzzed. It was a friend from the neighbourhood, a mother of two, a teenaged daughter and a son a couple of years younger. Her family has been in the […]