The Taming of the Queue

The Taming of the Queue is a documentary that aired in June 2017 on the Documentary Channel in Canada. It was produced and created by award-winning journalist, writer and documentary producer, Josh Freed. The Taming of the Queue travels the world to see how queuing behaviour differs in different countries. Josh had reached out to me after reading my write-up about queues in India in the HuffingtonPost India, and subsequently incorporated some of the parts into this documentary. I was also part of the on-screen documentary crew talking about analysing the various types queues we saw around Mumbai. Currently, the documentary has aired only in Canada, however, the worldwide release is due soon.


Still not a concept many Indians are familiar with, in fact most will unabashadly frown at being told that a man has willingly given up his full-time job to take care of his child – a stay-at-home dad is rare. This father’s day, while we are celebrating the oft neglected relationship of our lives, I decided to speak to fathers who are fulfilling the same role, albeit differently. An engineer by education, telecommunication professional Sidharth Balachandran decided to be a stay-at-home father to their then one-year-old son, four years ago. More commonly known as Sid, he is widely known as @iwrotethose on twitter. Four years ago, Sidharth and his wife had decided to relocate to India and the question of who will take care of their son, popped.

Interview with a Stay-At-Home-Dad_Sid

The concept of a stay-at-home dad might be alien in India but it is quite popular in the West. The roles and responsibilities are reversed wherein the father becomes the primary care giver instead of the mother. A telecommunication engineer by training, Sid Balachandran recently swapped his decade-long professional career and is now a 30-something work-from-home dad. When not running after his three-year-old son, tripping over LEGO blocks or pulling out food from his hair, he writes about fatherhood, parenting in general, fiction and satire on his blog:

Making the Move Towards Non-Stereotypical Parenting

The concept of ‘Work From Home Fathers’ while slowly gaining popularity in the west, has yet to pick up and be accepted as a norm in India. Enter Sid Balachandran, also known as Rishi’s dad, is working hard at changing the stereotypes associated with parenting, by doing it in the most obvious way possible – leading by example! Sid is one of India’s most prolific, award-winning bloggers and you can find his work at

Six-month maternity leave a leap forward, but what about paternity leave?

Isn't child-rearing the father's responsibility as well? Bengaluru-based writer Sidharth Balachandran surpassed the leave clause altogether and became a stay at home father three years ago. While Siddharth and his wife took the decision willingly and mutually, it was met with shock from relatives, friends and colleagues. “They didn’t say it openly to my face but I have enough reason to believe that I may have been the crux of many of their jokes,” he says.

Josh Freed: Montreal has all the comforts of home

I recently spent 10 days working in Mumbai, India, perhaps the busiest, noisiest city in the world. I recommend a visit to everyone, just so you’ll start appreciating our “problems” at home. According to Indian journalist Sid Balachandran: “If you’re not physically touching the person in front of you in any way, then you’re not considered to be standing in the queue. “We live in a huge, over-populated, city where there are more people than services. So if you’re not paying attention to your spot, people think you don’t really need it. And if you don’t want it enough, someone else does.”

Just for kids…

How does one juggle a 9 a.m. to 9 p.m competitive job, brave the traffic, do laundry on weekends alone, and offer a smile and a convincing explanation each time the child asks “Why do you go to office?” Siddharth Balachandran is one of Bengaluru’s more popular stay-at-home daddy bloggers. “I don’t agree with the term. We should also be called homemakers, because we are very similar to stay-at-home mums,” he says in disagreement to the term SAHD. His decision was partly choice and partly accident, says Sid. “We had to relocate from London to Bangalore. My wife got a promotional transfer, and we had a one-year-old child. We decided we would both look for jobs here and whoever gets a better one, financially and first, would take it up. So we played fair and square.”

An Interview with Sid Balachandran

Sid Balachandran is the man who 'writes those'. We mean the person who blogs at I Wrote Those. You may even know him as the recipient of the ‘Best Personal Blog in India’ at the  #WIN15 Blogging Awards. Sid is a Work From Home dad, which means he tries to get work done while spending time with his son Rishi. We asked him a few questions and Sid very graciously answered them, with none of the starry tantrums associated with an award winner.

Daddy Cool: An interview with Stay At Home Dad Sidharth Balachandran

In a country where mothers are supposed to be the primary caregivers and nurturers, we talk to popular blogger and Stay At Home Dad (SAHD), Sidharth Balachandran. A Stay At Home Dad is a new concept in India. Since women are usually the primary caregivers, it is rare to find a man taking on this role. It seems rather unimaginable to expect a man to ‘choose’ to give up his career to be a stay-at-home Dad’.

Behind every successful woman is a man managing her home! - Times of India

A successful woman professional needs exactly what a successful male professional ‘has’ - a partner who bears the burden of the house. The neat and tidy roles defined by our society may just be on the threshold of change; breaking the stereotype of husband being the primary breadwinner for the family and the woman handling household chores and kids. SID BALACHANDRAN, a freelancer and a stay-at-home dad shares his story of being a SAHD