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After reading Kiran Manral’s last fiction outing, All Aboard and getting a glimpse into her writing style, I was super excited and looking forward to reading her “parenting book”- “Karmic Kids-The Story of Parenting No One Told You!” which has its roots in her personal blog, Karmic Kids.
Now let me confess. I am ardent Bollywood fan. I love reading about celebrities and how they represent such extremes in lifestyles- whizzing away on private planes one day and taking their kids to school the next. So for me, reading about how celebrity moms deal with their kids is a fabulous glimpse into their lifestyle.
I’ve discovered much to my amazement by reading their books and blogs that they too fight the same battles like us “regular” moms do-whether it’s the sleep deprivation of infancy, the tantrums of toddlerhood, the fashion expertise of their threenagers, the picky eating of the fabulous fours and so on and forth.
Kiran Manral is someone I’ve always admired as a woman, for her many roles as author, journalist, blogger, feminist, NGO India Helps founder and due to all her efforts on raising awareness about Child Sexual Abuse and Violence Against Women. So for me she is what a celebrity should be all about, real, down to earth and promoting “real causes” for “real change”.
All through reading Karmic Kids, I had the hugest of grins on my face and broke into spontaneous laughter at so many intervals that my husband was quite worried. “The last time I saw you laugh so much was when you were watching that F.R.I.E.N.D.S rerun for the 1000th time. What’s gotten into you? Is it really the book that’s making you laugh or are you daydreaming about being Brad Pitt’s wife again?”
Because to me, that’s what the whole experience of reading Karmic Kids was- One Incredible Joyride.
It was just such a relief to understand that all moms go through that whole phase of feeling like “Mother Dairy” when have this HUGE responsibility of being responsible for another humans nutrition ( and in my case, two of them!).
All kids throw temper tantrums that could put “The Hulk” to shame and so did Kiran Manrals’ “BRAT” and yes, so did my kids and I’m sure yours did too! (C’mon, you can admit it. We’re all in the same boat here!)
When I read about her son’s obsession of “jakkid with jeans” in the third year of his life, I can’t help but compare it to my kids now when every SINGLE day they want to wear the T-shirts with the “bhows bhows’ on them. (To the uninitiated, bhow bhow could be any animal, or anything which even looks like an animal!) So much so that when I now go shopping for the boys I quite innocently ask the salesperson for “bhow bhow” T-shirts and am unable to understand why he can’t comprehend what I say!
I love the fact that this is not a preachy preachy parenting book, neither does it advise you on how to raise your child(ren). It’s just humorous anecdotes from a “chilled out moms” life in which she’s trying her level best to get her son to develop a mind of his own, and listen to her while he’s at it! I also love the fact that it’s so relevant to “today”- with references from Fifty Shades of Grey and Taare Zameen Par to The Exorcist and all Superheroes.
Ultimately, this book is a good laugh because EVERY mom will identify with it, and that I think is its biggest plus point. The language is very simple and truly what moms like me need to read to refresh themselves in those five minutes off we get from raising our kids.
I would recommend this book to every mom out there; it’s a great read and will definitely make you laugh at the absurdities which are all common to the sisterhood of motherhood.
Happy Reading everyone!