Raising Self Reliant Kids

Parenting is an experiment, the results of which are visible years later. And by then any intervention is not feasible.Of all the traits that I would want to inculcate in my 9 year old, self reliance is a must have for me. It is often ignored when education, morals and values take precedence. That is not to undermine their importance but to draw attention towards what we might be overlooking.  Why so much premium on self reliance?  Because its not just a trait but a survival kit. A child who knows she can rely on herself will sail through challenges…

Progressive Regression – The Daily Soap Saga

The controversy surrounding “Pehredaar Piya Ki”, the daily soap which revolves around a 9-year-old boy who marries a grown-up woman double his age, deepened enough to prompt the BCCC to push the show to a late night slot with a disclaimer. But it was not strong enough to stop the serial altogether. In fact the controversy might have piqued the interest of some and that will eventually help the serial build its viewership and TRP. What makes me say that is because there is another online petition started by supporters against the ban. They claim that news and media are…

Love Blindness-The Dhritrashtra Syndrome

Remember the Mahabharat… Silly question… Right? Who doesn’t know about the epitome of truth Yudhishthir, the strong Bheem, the great warrior Arjun and of course Krishna….  But how often do we think of Dhritrashtra? Even if we do, it’s not without a tinge of scorn. What we forget is that not only should we learn from good examples but bad examples also teach us. In fact, they should be more effective as lessons, for the consequences of their actions are there for all of us to see. From good examples, we learn how to be. From bad examples, we learn how…

Why Mess with Perfection?

As Indians we tend to have a deep ingrained faith in God. A lot of stuff is swallowed smilingly in the name of ‘God’s will’. We happily bear losses, personal and professional, without batting an eyelid in the name of Supreme power. But what is contrary to this attitude is the way we bring up our children. The moment it comes to them we become control freaks. Children are the most perfect creations of God. Unblemished, untouched, supremely pure. But the moment we have one, we get to work on it. As if God has given a power of attorney to…