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    Mango Bite

    I had a childhood blessed with grandparents. And I absolutely loved it! Why? Because they pampered us in ways they could, instilled a certain amount of discipline in us, some good habits and some bad ones and made our house warm and comforting.   Every time I hear someone say they didn’t get to spend time with their grandparents I…

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    I Believe in No Makeup

    I am a big believer of natural beauty. Long before Dove came up with their campaign, I knew the potential and strength of natural beauty.   But that wasn’t always the case. When I was young and naive, I absolutely loved makeup. I thought it was the one thing that assured beauty. Back then we hardly had money for such…

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    Mama

    Aai got a job when I was very young. Which meant that she wouldn’t be home when I’d come back from kindergarten. As a result, I’d skip lunch because I wouldn’t “feel” like having it on my own (a habit I still have – I WILL skip a meal if I am by myself). Naturally, it started taking a toll…

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    Toofan Aya Hain

    It was 24th April 1991. And in the unbelievable summer heat, my Superwoman Aai decided to travel to Madha (Solapur) with her two tiny daughters. And she chose the trusted Indian Railways as her mode of transportation.   Reason? Her life was about to change forever!   At that time my Ajji was already juggling a lot of tasks. Ajoba…

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    Ajji

    She was right there when I was born, when I first opened my eyes. And since then, she has been a constant inspiration. She’s none other than – my Ajji!   Growing up, grandparents were an essential part of our lives. We are who we are because of them. Certain traits in our personalities, certain habits come from them. But…

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    What Happened is History

    As a child, I was never an ideal student. My situation wasn’t as bad as Chaitrali’s, but I wasn’t Nupuri either. I was never the one who stood first in class, prepared for the exams well in advance or completed the homework before it was too late!   I always kept all the preparations for the last possible minute (I…

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    A Walk to Remember

    When I was little, I would go to school in a rickshaw. Like many kids my age, I didn’t have the privilege of my parents dropping me off and picking me up.   But rickshaw was good, fun even. Our kaka was a caring fellow and would entertain us with stories. He was extremely particular with time. So ours was…

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    Remember the Milk

    Morning school meant no solid food till the 10:30 AM recess. To the filmy Maa heart that my Aai had, it just seemed cruel. She couldn’t bear the thought of her three little daughters staying hungry for so long. That’s why our dabbas would be complete meals with 2 big chapatis and a hearty portion of veggies.   But that…

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    Oops! I Did It Again!!

    I am an accident prone person. Be it as silly as banging against static furniture or as severe as banging against moving vehicles, I always have scratches, bruises, burns, cuts or some or the other injury. It’s like they are an integral part of my life and I just cannot live without them.   Like when I was little (about…

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    Aye Chashmish!

    When I was about 4 years old, my parents noticed that there was something wrong in the way I looked at things – literally! They noticed that I would squint in order to focus, get really close to the TV, have my nose pressed against the paper when I would draw and other such symptoms that were alarming enough. I…