How Social Media Brought Out My Inner Extrovert

"Technology has ruined our social skills!" I hear that line quite often. Actually, I'm sure you've heard it too. Perhaps, you even believe it. Despite being very pro-technology, I too agree to a certain extent, but I also disagree. Yes, we've all heard the news, read the concise versions of the research reports and heard the various experts speak -- there is definitely enough and more evidence to support this contention. Technology certainly has put its finger into the social interaction pudding and mixed things up a bit.

Paternity Leave: Why Dads Need It

We live in an era where ‘modern fathers’ are ever-so-involved and hands-on. So, the question is, why not paternity leave for Dads? Sometime last year, while many in India were celebrating the passage of a new maternity bill in Rajya Sabha, the Women and Child Development Minister, Maneka Gandhi decided to drop a bombshell. Speaking to The Indian Express, when asked about paternity leave, she said, “Paternity leave can be considered only if, once the woman goes back to work after her 26 weeks of leave, we find that men are availing their sick leave for a month to take care of the child. Let me see how many men do that. I will be happy to give it but for a man, it will be just a holiday, he won’t do anything.” While there may be some truth in her statement, there is also enough evidence to show that the role of a father in parenting has undergone a change from what it was a decade or two ago. Before we go into that, let us understand what we mean by paternity leave.

The Problem With Being A 'Nice' Guy

At a recent congregation of fellow bloggers, writers and normal people I happened to overhear a conversation. I tend to not be very interactive at social events, and usually either hang out with the people I know from before or just float about the room with a drink in hand and eavesdrop on conversations. It during one such floating session that I overheard two people talk about me. While the contents of the conversation will be up for debate in another post, I was struck by a phrase that both these bloggers uttered at the same time -- "Ah, Sid. He's a nice chap."

I Promise to Bring Up A Child Who'll Spread Love, Not Hate. Do You?

I'm not usually one to wear my heart on my sleeve, especially on social media. I see no point in doing it. Plus, it invites trolls, who often trivialize the whole thing or launch personal attacks. Instead, I try to pick up something positive happening in my life or around me and stay as optimistic as I can. But the terror attacks that are taking place on a regular basis have really started to shake my optimism levels.

Hopscotch iOS App Review

As a parent, you will probably agree with me when I say that it is unbelievably complicated to shop for your child (or anyone else’s, for that matter). And personally, I have found it even more confusing to buy things for boys rather than girls, especially when it comes to clothing and accessories. Girls seem to have plenty of choices, whereas for boys, you predominantly end up with similar looking clothes, perhaps in different colours.

Raising Boys Who Respect Women – A Father’S Take

Does your boy child help in the kitchen? Does he respect other women in the family? We tell you what a father should do to raise his son to be respectful of women What’s happening in the world nowadays troubles and worries me in many ways – as a human being who is concerned about others, as an adult who sees rampant misogyny and frequently hears reports of sexual assault, as a man who feels that he should be doing more to stand up for others, especially women, as a husband who hopes (and prays) that his wife and women he knows are safe when they go out, and as a father who is trying his best to raise a son who will respect women and everyone else.