My 18-year-old daughter, V has been volunteering at a Tibetan school for the past few weeks, teaching the children creative writing. The first couple of days she really struggled with engaging their attention and then in a moment of desperation she decided to give up ‘teaching’ and read them a story instead. The story was [...]
An average homeschooling day
I'm always accused of being disciplined and brave by the mere virtue of being a homeschooling parent. I swear to god, I'm none of the above. My kids are ill-brought-up and as idiotic their parents. Yesterday, in the middle of desperately yawning through ancient Egyptian history of Cheops and Isis and Osiris and Nut and [...]
Mahabharata and gender wars
Gandhari had been pregnant for nearly two years with no signs of a baby emerging. It had been a most difficult pregnancy too. In despair she struck at her belly with an iron rod, and in that instant she went into labour and delivered, not a healthy baby but an unformed, hideous lump of grey [...]
Sew many times.
It is quiet this morning. The crows have been awake for an hour. Long enough for them calm down after the frenzied effort to awaken the world. I need to finish the piping on my daughter's skirt. A new found love with my sewing machine.Or a newly remembered one. My daughter wanders in sleepy-eyed, sits [...]