Hum Do, Humaare Zero — The Simplest Family Plan

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Four people talk about why they want to remain childless and why that’s a difficult decision to make while living in India

The year is 2015 and yet our Indian society wants all of us to behave in a certain manner. Be it complaining about the comedy group All India Bakchod’s roast video (which compelled them to take it off YouTube eventually) or political parties like Hindu Mahasabha going on record to say that they will make couples out on Valentine’s Day marry each other—more and more things these days make me wonder if we are actually moonwalking backwards and regressing by the day.

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5 Fun Things To Do When You’re Keeping Your Pregnancy A Secret

To help you make the most of the time before letting the world in on your special secret!

You have finally confirmed the news with your doctor and you both have laughed, cried, shrieked and are feeling overwhelmed by the news. But you’d rather wait awhile before breaking the news of your pregnancy to the world. Here are 5 fun things you can do with your partner that can make the two of you come even closer during this magical hush-hush period! Continue reading

5 Parents That Are Raising Kids With A Crazy Sense Of Humour

Because this world requires more kids who can laugh at themselves and not take life so seriously

Is there such a thing as too much laughter? Nope, I don’t think so. As a writer who is forever snooping and eavesdropping on strangers, I often come across people who think the earth tilts on their personal axis. And I’ve often wondered what life is like for them in the real world. Or why their parents didn’t give them one phatka while they were growing up to shatter the illusions of self-importance. So I decided that my good deed on Children’s Day is going to be to talk to parents who are committed to raising kids who can see the funny in life’s bleakest situations. Here’s what they had to say:  Continue reading

Why Banning Sex Education In Schools Is A Very Bad Idea

Dr Harsh Vardhan

Sex education does not mean wild kids indulging in depravity. It only means safer, healthier kids and reassured parents. Here’s why

When the Health Minister of a country makes bizarre statements like “sex-education in schools should be banned”, we know we’re in trouble. We live in a country where educated people of such stature think nothing of making irresponsible remarks like these (don’t forget, he also said, to prevent AIDS, fidelity in marriage was better than use of condoms)-and he is a doctor, mind you! Banning sex education to reduce STDs is a lot like banning driving in order to prevent an accident. Continue reading

Mom, Will I Be A Good Mom?

I see my friends getting married and having babies, and I don’t even have a fix on the P of Plan for my future. But it doesn’t stop me from thinking about what it would be like to be a mum one day…

I’m at that juncture in my life where 90% of my friends are either married, engaged or are with babies already. And then there are the remaining 10%, like me, that are at various stages of “figuring ourselves out”. While my friends are taking life-altering decisions like stopping the use of birth control and their subsequent plans of action, I struggle to decide what colour t-shirt to wear to work on a given day.  Continue reading