15 June, 2018

#SpecialFeature :: #GuestPost - Humour is the best Weapon by Richa Mukherjee

*** Special Feature - June 2018 ***

About the Book:

Tara is living a blessed life in the maximum city with her husband Abhimanyu, the love of her life. At the pinnacle of her career, she is the apple of her parents’ eyes and hasn’t spotted a wrinkle yet – so far, the 30s are looking great!
Nothing fazes Tara – not a foul-mouthed best friend or a food-burning arch-nemesis in the form of her maid – not even a landlady who chats with ghosts.
And then, Tara discovers that she’s pregnant, and suddenly, all that well-honed composure crumbles. It doesn’t help that she’s got an equally jittery (if supportive) husband by her side. Now, Tara must face her anxieties about parenthood as she navigates friendships, marriage and career, all the while dealing with the fact that her body and mind are steadily feeling like they belong to someone else.
An irreverent, honest and funny journey down the road – potholes and all – to (accidental) parenthood!

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Humour is the best weapon

The entire time I was pregnant, I kept checking and inspecting my tummy to really ensure that I had a baby in there and not just an enormous amount of gas. After being steadily fed the entire news feed around what to expect when you’re expecting, I was mentally prepared to start throwing up nonstop like the Merlion in Singapore, eat chutneys and imli like they were going out of fashion and make my husband do the midnight runs to the nearest chocolate dessert shop. Oddly, I was the most well behaved pregnant woman ever! I complain to him now that I should have made more of a nuisance of myself having being told by society and Bollywood that I had a long leash to exploit. 

All advice, instructions and rituals, I’m sure start with the right intentions. Then along the way they are twisted and convoluted and often end up becoming baseless diktats that drive people nuts. And the excitement that popping a baby brings with it from all sections of society is truly remarkable. From making the mother-to-be eat for about a large Baraat ( if you don’t look like a Pehelwan, then you’re not eating enough) to treating them like little delicate China tea sets, to the no-nos of pregnant women can’t work before or after delivering (The child will be scarred for life without the mother around. Ma ka dharm hai bachche  ko sambhalna)!! Each one is more precious than the next.

The book takes on each one of these and other questionable mindsets in a humorous and unconventional way. I wanted to reach out to women and tell them that if they led normal lives while being pregnant, even went a head and had fun during their pregnancy, the earth would still rotate on its axis and that their child would still be born without any major personality issues. Humour is the best weapon with which fear can be neutralised, and this book is here to tell them to relax, bring out the earplugs and enjoy the ride!

About the Author:

Richa’s life has always been marked with abundance. She grew up with three elder sisters, lived in eight cities across India, and went from being a B Com graduate who wanted to pursue dance (and eradicate poverty), to a journalist, and then landed up in an advertising agency. The only constant was that she had a blast through all of it. Now, she wants to spend the rest of her life observing people, spinning yarns and writing books. Every pocket she owns is stuffed with scraps of paper scribbled with ideas and stories. This is Richa's debut novel.

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