Monday, July 28, 2014

Mother of All Cliches

I have a demand-fed, breastfed little baby who wears cloth diapers (and pre-folds and lengtis), is swaddled in ancient muslin squares, wrapped in kanthas, fed using glass baby bottles and sleeps with us in our bed.

And I've been using cloth pads, worn maternity jeans and shopped ahead for the baby.

I tick all the right internet boxes, which is a really funny thought.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Presenting Puchke

Born 11 July 2014, one wee baby to a very happy family. I'm told I muttered, "But I wanted a girl..." to our paediatrician but I think we can overlook things said under the influence of anaesthesia. I may have wanted a daughter, but I have to say I can't imagine a life without this second son of mine (and he's not even a fortnight old).

We have a nice name for him but Rahul has requested he be given Puchke ("Tiny") for a daak naam (pet name) and that's what he will be on this blog. Say hello to your little friend.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Things Heard around Our House Today

After a night and most of a day tending to an unusually fussy baby.

Person: I'm starting to understand why your mother feels sons are dispensable.


Trying to mop up leaking breasts yet once more.

Person: Damn, I'm bathed in my own milk. Oh well, at least I'm one up on Cleopatra.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Village Diary of a Heretic Banker by Moin Qazi

Village Diary of a Heretic Banker is a book I worked on earlier this year. The author, Dr Moin Qazi, is a gentleman who spent well over two decades working on rural microfinancing in the villages of India, as an official of State Bank of India. I found his insights, described through his personal experiences, to be extremely interesting. Among other things he sets out and explains the advantages of the Indian microfinancing model over the one imported from Bangladesh, how women's Self Help Groups flourish and falter based on the ground realities of individual circumstances and many other such intricacies of rural banking. His accounts, thankfully, do not require special knowledge of banking or finance (I have neither).

Obviously, my perspective is biased, but I can tell you that I found Dr Qazi's writing at once humorous and honest, and I enjoyed editing this book much more than I had hoped for. The book is available at retailers on and offline (see poster). I hope you will take a look and consider buying it.