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Author Archive: Gayatri Kulkarni

Too much career choice?

In the good old days when I was growing up in the India of the 70s and the 80s, we had very few career choices.  You either chose science and became a doctor or an engineer, or took commerce and...

The agony and ecstasy of college acceptance

This is the time of nail gripping anxiety among high school seniors across the US and other countries – because this is when the ‘thick’ and thin’ envelopes go out to the...

Do our kids have too much self esteem?

I remember being berated by a fellow parent because I had not attended my son’s fifth grade graduation day.  The friend  had taken the day off from a hectic work week, and had gone to school...

Keeping your kids safe online

Recently, my son’s school had to deal with an episode of cyber-bullying.  A list of photos was being circulated via Instagram, asking readers to vote for the ‘school’s ugliest...

Sandy Hook and the Delhi rape case – what kind of world are we leaving for our children?

The end of the year is usually a time of partying and enjoyment, when people eagerly anticipate the New Year with nary a care.  Unfortunately, two horrific incidents during the latter part of...

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My Morning Woes with a Teenager

I am writing this just after sending my teenage son off to school.  It is not even 7 am but I am exhausted, after going through the morning chaos that is the feature of my household day after...

My Impressions from Last Night’s Halloween

Now that my children are grown up, I no longer have to accompany them on their Halloween jaunts around the neighborhood.  This means I can stay warm at home and just hand out candy to the little...

Is Handwriting a Dying Art?

Recently I was clearing up a long forgotten cupboard when I found an old fountain pen.  The pen took my straight back to my early school years – the mess of a leaky pen, the morning ritual of...

Meeting the Tiger Mom

Last week, I attended a talk by Amy Chua, the author of  the book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.’ A year ago, a provocative review of her book by Wall Street Journal propelled her...