Baby Banters


She crawls around on the floor excitedly on seeing a lizard, while we adults try and stop her from grabbing it. Every animate object is interesting to her. I love the way she yells that happy cry with wide eyes on seeing a mouse running towards the dark corner. We laugh as she tries to hold the sun rays coming from the small holes in the window. She’s my cousin’s baby- our small bundle of energy. She’s such a darling; just watching her cute activities makes my day.

Her day starts early morning, before anyone of the entire household wakes up. She just sits there on the bed looking at our sleeping faces, poking and trying hard to wake someone up. She hates it when no one’s paying her attention. She makes curious noises as if to announce, ‘I have woken up, wake up guys. It’s very boring to sit here alone and stare at the sleeping faces.’ And that sweet laughter when the first person in the family wakes up and holds her is music to our ears. Then she points them the stairs, indicating to take her to the terrace to see the morning birds. It’s like a morning ritual she loves the most.

Our days begin with her and end with her. I love the way she moves her hands and body on the beat of the Hindi songs. She has not yet learnt to properly stand with her own feet without support, but she still tries to dance. That scene is so cute and hilarious at the same time. And she loves to play with people’s hair. Whoever tries to hold her, she doesn't resist but her hands go straight to the person’s hair. And she pulls it hard; mind it, laughing all the time.

Laughing, crawling around full of energy, dancing to songs shown in TV, and posing for photographs are the things she loves doing. I love the way she looks at herself in the mirror wondering who the other person actually is. She touches the mirror now and then while passing by with her pink doll and brown soft toy, trying to solve this mystery. She’s so adorable. Nothing can compare her cuteness quotient.

But all her excitement fades once she wets her pants. But the frequency is very less, as Pampers diapers ensure our baby’s always dry and happy. It is leak proof, ensures dryness on the inside and outside. It takes care that her energies don’t diminish and her mood is not spoilt. This new Pampers Baby Dry Pants and its unique Magic Gel promises dryness and happy moments for twelve long hours. So dryness, health and happiness are always secure for complete twelve hours.

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Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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