I Said Yes To Menstrual Cup- My Experience

Remember those sanitary pads’ ads where the girl is tossing and turning in the bed at night for fear of staining. Don’t know about others but that’s most definitely me. I have spent sleepless nights, slept on a side, tried those XXXXXXXLs and still made multiple nocturnal visits to the washroom. And no, it ain’t that the stain embarrasses me but doing the laundry isn’t my idea of fun! And then after almost three decades of period(ic) suffering I discover the menstrual cup, almost by serendipity. There’s a small back story to this which I have to share. Some of…

Period Talk Isn’t A Mommy Job Alone, Bring In The Daddies Too

My daughter is very close to my husband and I can’t grudge her that. He’s the fun parent after all…. funnier and more playful. Whereas I’m the bad cop of parenting. So, when she ‘chooses’ me to confide about some of her stuff, you can imagine my happiness. It’s nothing short of a badge of honour. What makes her pick one parent over the other has failed me and frankly so long as I am the chosen one, I’ve never bothered to find out either. All was well in our world till we started talking about growing up, puberty and…

Period. End of Sentence- Why Watch It With Your Children

Oscars brought a reason for cheer as little documentary from India made it big. The UP-based documentary film Period. End of Sentence emerged winner in the Best Documentary short category. It’s a reason to cheer on many levels. The fact that it’s a crowd funded project, or that it is produced and directed by women and above all it talks about menstruation…. In India… where its not just the taboos but the squeamishness surrounding it that makes it a hush hush affair. To bring this subject out in the open is a great step towards initiating discussion. It gives hope that we…

Digital De-addiction- Time To Press The Buzzer

Browsing through the newspaper, I came across a news item talking about a deaddiction centre. I had to reread the snippet just to be sure that I had got it right the first time around. It mentioned a technology deaddiction clinic in Bengaluru being run by NIMHANS doctors. Initially it did strike me as odd but as it sunk in it did make sense. The setting up of such a clinic is just a validation that digital addiction is as real as it gets. It got me looking around and I was alarmed at the revelations. For example, did you…

All You Need To Know About Nipah Virus

It’s unfortunate that Nipah virus (NiV) is grabbing headlines and our attention. The only thing deadlier than the virus is the misinformation and the rumours that are floating around. I firmly believe that knowledge is the antidote to fear and I’m here to give a low down on the virus that’s causing all the frenzy. To begin from the beginning, Malaysia in September 1998 was the first to report an NiV outbreak followed closely by Singapore in March 1999. In fact, the virus owes its name to a Malaysian village from where it was reported first. Bangladesh has also had…

Dealing with the Dehydration Demon

Come summer and whatever age group you may belong to, you dream of long vacations, mangoes and Nani’s home (may be not in that order). But in this happy space, there lurking in the corners, is the demon of dehydration. It’s not that we aren’t aware of it but somehow we never know its true face till we are taken over by it. Or rather when we allow it  to take over. It is one of the most preventable condition but is known to cause s lot of damage if not identified and corrected. To make matters worse, its the…

Failure is a teacher NOT an undertaker

Exams have come and gone. We fretted, panicked and then gathered ourselves to face them. Exam stress gave way to obsessing over the results so much so that even a holiday couldn’t take our mind off them. And now is the moment of truth. Or is it really? How can a random three-hour evaluation be the reflection of an entire academic year? Exams are important, no denying that but crippling ourselves with its results, that is not justified. I wish someone had given me these pointers but let me pass on what I have learnt. Start with watching your breath…

A Pill in the Name of God

The moment people see the tag of Dr. preceding my name, they are reminded of whatever ails them and they seek advice. No harm there. I do my best to answer them but the ones that get to me are the women who are looking for a quick fix to delay their periods. And for what? Something like a puja or a trip to the native place. I try my best to hide my displeasure but such seekers often do not notice since they are focused only on my answer. What dismays is that they sound so casual about it. …

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)- Urgent Attention Needed

“Oh, my child is so hyperactive”, so say many parents when their children become quite a handful. ‘Hyperactive’ is an oft abused term that parents resort to when the child is jumping around and seems beyond their control. There is a fallout, when as parents, we are so arbitrary with nomenclature. Firstly, we are mislabelling an active kid as hyperactive which the child does resent and her psyche is affected. Second and the more disastrous consequence is that we are missing out on the kids who are actually hyperactive implying that they are denied the intervention that could have potentially helped them…

MIND THE (GENERATION) GAP

A generation gap is a difference of opinions between one generation and another regarding beliefs, politics, or values. It’s more of a perceived gap between younger people and their parents or grandparents. Coined around the 1960s when it was observed that the younger generation questioned their parents’ beliefs, now we know it’s here to stay. The only problem is, that for every difference of opinion between generations, this term is abused and misused. Elsewhere it may not make much of a difference but a parent child equation is prone to get affected by it if we are not mindful of…