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Children are Special

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Every child is special. Do we have the heart to feel it?

These days my 9-year old seems to be obsessed with Ninjas. She loves to watch their movies, read about them and even use the primary karate moves (picked up from weekly lessons in school) to emulate them.


Last night as she was intensely watching an animated Ninja episode, she blurted out a phrase. Without any conscious effort, it caught my attention. ‘Ninjas never quit!’

As I moved out of the room and into the verandah to take off my daughter’s uniform from the clothesline, my eyes fell upon the ‘Niketan’. The school-cum-residential that stands just across the street.


It is a home in which, not one, two or even a few children live. It is one which accommodates 150 - 200 children. They live there, not with their parents or relatives but under the supervision of caregivers and special educators. Though they are like us and our children, they are often referred to as ‘special’. Apparently, they have physical, mental or sometimes eve…

Self realization

The desire to cross paths ceased...
She realized the presence was parallel all along...

Doting faces encircled her...
But it's not where she truly belonged...
Struggling in the darkness of the exile... she made every effort to reconcile...
But her soul was wrapped in someplace else...
In a distant world... less complex...
There was restlessness like a bothersome child...
Yearning for an escape... A grand beguile...

And then it dawned... she had it all wrong...
The presence had indeed been parallel all along...
She gave up the strife...
Conceived the cosmic design...
'Self-realization'... is the other name of 'life'

© Quotidian Tales

Mango fish and a cook's heart

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The kitchen coming alive is half the fun in cooking

Have you ever felt the joy of being able to cook up something delicious? If you have, then you are no stranger to the alluring sizzle and warmth of your kitchen.


There are hundreds of no-cook recipes that let you sit at your dinner table with all the ingredients and munch on. But then you would be missing out on the heady aromas and tantalising sounds coming from a busy kitchen.

I was craving the warmth of mine the other day and decided to go with ‘Mango Fish’.

My native cuisine is Indian, and its spice history is no secret. But what I love the most is how it celebrates the ingredients. Contrary to popular belief, it is not about the curry powder, a colonial concoction alien to its custodians.

In this recipe, unripe green mangoes, plucked before they turn into their sweet avatars, lend it their tang and name. Pomfret, a flat-bodied sea-fish, is ideal. But you could use catfish or prawns in its stead.

At the end of it, as you sit dow…

Do you know A Mrs Sen?

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With years of roles foisted upon her, she has forgotten what it is to be herself

A certain Mrs Sen was staring hard at life. Four decades of scathing remarks and constant belittling had reduced her to an entity she could hardly recognise as being her true self.


Irritable and lost, all that she could remember of her past was the warmth of her childhood home and the amassing accolades for her performance.

Marriage had bestowed on her, activities and engagements, but untimely and unknowingly, halted the flowering of the self. Doing the chores and tweaking her life in the larger interest of the family soon became her habit and the only way to be.


And then one day, life seemed to have passed by in a whiff. With her fledgelings flying out of the nest, age and ailments catching up on her, the gnawing presence of the spouse and every morning a span of twenty-four long hours hurled at her, she barely knew what to do.


In those yesteryears, she never had the time (though she did nurture a sec…

I Love My Body

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Body-shaming is the weapon of the weak….Shun it to emerge stronger and beautiful.

The video above has gone viral in social media. Vidya Balan (Bollywood superstar well known for her iconic presentations) has poured her heart out. She is dealing with a topic that screams for attention from society. Provokes it to think and feel. Perhaps not for the first time.

It is a collaborative effort with radio station 92.7 Big FM. It is streaming across the internet with the catchy hashtag #DhunBadalKeTohDekho.

It is about body-shaming. No...not just that. Something that goes way deeper and diffuses through the untouched. An individual, even if a child, is never spared. Every breathing moment of her life, she is judged for her looks. She is ridiculed and rebuffed for something she has no control over. And who does that? The society. That uncountable mass that has the power to not let the ‘she’ admire her reflection. But look forward to external approval.

"Don’t your parents give you enough t…