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A Mother’s Dilemma – What else could she have done?

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I read this story somewhere and don’t remember where, but it has been etched in my memory forever. In the days of British India, a mother with her two young children went on a river trip on a small rowboat on the Ganges, where there are a lot of crocodiles. The older child kept playing with his one hand in the water as the boat was cruising the river, even as the mother was holding on to the other hand so that he would not fall into the water.

Suddenly the child cried as his hand in the water was gripped by the powerful jaws of a crocodile. The crocodile tried pulling the child into the water even as the frightened mother fought bravely by pulling his other hand, to keep him from tipping over into the river. This tug-of-war went on for what seemed like an eternity although it probably lasted just under a minute, with the mother growing weary physically but not giving up her spirited fight to save her child.

The boatman shouted at the mother asking her to let go of the child as the struggle would have ended up toppling the boat, thus throwing all of them into the river and into the mouths of several hungry crocodiles that were now swarming the boat. Realization quickly dawned on the mother that she might end up losing both her children and with an anguished cry, she let go of the child, which was then dragged by the crocodile into the river.

When I read this story, I could not even imagine being in that situation where I had to make such a tough choice. What could she have done in any case? This is a question for which I have not been able to find an answer so far.

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May 14, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Top US Baby Names

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As I was going through this list of the US top 10 baby girls and boys names, I was thinking to myself – Why at all bother with this exercise? Do we really want to know? What if people started using this list as a guide to naming their newborns to make them “popular”? Will we end up with more Emmas and Jacobs? Should we not feel happy in having more diversity in names?

Perhaps my fears can be put to rest. It looks like “Barack” is now soaring in popularity. More power to such off-beat names. May a thousand new names bloom every year.

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May 13, 2009 at 5:15 pm

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Why I didn’t want a girl

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When I saw this title, I was intrigued. I thought “here we go, once again a case of selective sex discrimination in some other part of the world where patriarchy rules”.  As if we did not already have enough daily news on female genital mutilation (FGM), female foeticide, girl-child malnutrition and more. But, boy (pun intended), was I wrong.

This is not some place in Africa or Asia but in the good ol’ USA. I could not even imagine someone in America talking about gender preferences when they were expecting God’s most precious gift – a child. While the writer Amy Wilson puts forth some reasons for not wanting a girl, it still left me shaking my head and wondering how can people even think on these lines.  Here is the rant if you want to read it – http://edition.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/personal/04/30/o.why.didnt.want.girl/index.html

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May 11, 2009 at 11:36 am