weak

‘Approaching my due date I actually was excited for my first contraction and referred to labour as the Olympics — you prepare yourself for it mentally, physically and emotionally and then you give it all you got and don’t give up until you get the prize. REALITY. COULD. NOT. BE. FURTHER. FROM. THIS. Let’s just say I got the shock of my lifeā€¦’ Continue reading weak

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pregnant

I remember looking down at that long plastic wand and seeing the undeniably flat, pink line, and then again looking at another one that read, even more unmistakably, ‘1-2 weeks’. I was pregnant. I was about to get something I looked forward to having since I was eight years old and understood that I could have my own babies. Back then I just wanted another baby that looked like me and I loved my family so I wanted one of my own. But finally being the reality, it didn’t feel as magical as I imagined it. Exasperated by the fact that it was not planned, it just felt scary. Continue reading “pregnant”

Priyanka didi

Having lived in five different countries outside of my birthplace Trinidad — USA, England, Italy, France and India — for a period of time ranging from one month to five years, I have amassed a large extended family of sisters, brothers, aunties, uncles, mothers and fathers. But nowhere has the expansion of my extended family happened so rapidly as it has in India. In India I am Priyanka didi. Priyanka because it is the ‘Indian version’ of my name and didi because it is what all Indians call women or girls near to their age. It means sister… Continue reading Priyanka didi