After my story, Mothering Across Generations, was published on the Open Page in The Hindu newspaper, I received several heartwarming responses. Below is a representative one:
The NYT Modern Love column published a lovely story about two book lovers who fall in love. The amazing thing is that the two individuals connect despite their very different tastes in books. It is almost as if the fact that both love books is sufficient!
It was not a competition, but there was a push. I felt him pushing me to be more of the person I used to be and more of who I wanted to be. Whenever he turned to discussing his current nonfiction book about the rise of Silicon Valley or environmental philosophers, I would tell him of fiction, of men who left their countries by hiding in boxes only to climb out and turn into birds. I would remind him that sometimes the only way to explain the world we live in is to make it all up.
Last week the New York Times featured an article about bite-sized reading. The writer recommends such reading as an antidote to mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media feeds. The idea is to find books that have short individual pieces, each of which can be read even when only a precious few minutes are available.
Modern Love is a popular section of the New York Times. It features deeply personal essays about relationships. The essays are emotionally honest and the story is told in a compelling way. One of our favorites, written by an Indian writer, is titled How a Bird Feeder Revived My Marriage.
We are sure there are many more Desi Modern Love stories out there — stories that are shaped as much by the people that give and receive love (or not) as they are by the situations, opportunities, and challenges against which they play out.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to read and tell such stories?
Today is the 154th birthday of India’s first woman doctor. Dr. Anandi-bai Joshee. She lived only to the age of 23, but became a catalyst for the transformation of her society’s treatment of women.