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A Journal Entry from 1997

February 27, 2019

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In 1997, I was 16 years old and in grade 11. My mother had “full-blown” Alzheimer’s. She was 46 years old. Writing in my journal was my form of therapy and probably the only productive coping tool I used during these years. I kept a diary from the time I was 13 and stopped writing […]

A Crack at “Pop” Psychology

September 12, 2016

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When I was growing up, the six of us – my mom, dad, sister, paternal grandparents and I – lived in a 2-bedroom flat. For the longest time, my sister and I shared our parents’ bedroom. When I turned 11, our parents began to insist we sleep in the living room; my sister and I […]

Like Mother, Like Daughter

April 3, 2016

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I found this picture of mummy while rummaging through pictures on my recent trip back home. Needless to say, I quiver with emotion when I see a picture of her. But this one makes me vibrate like a washer-dryer on an extra large load. It strikes me like lightning and I want to fall to […]

Whom do you love the most?

March 17, 2016

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Memories of mom – physical and emotional resurface every now and then. Precisely for this reason, I did not look at pictures of her, especially from the times she was sick. One of the major regrets I have is not taking more pictures with her when she was well. We barely have pictures of her […]

Diwali Redefined (For me)

November 1, 2014

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Festivals and me don’t go together. I hate all festivals and in that I do not discriminate. Be it a Christian, Hindu, Muslim, alien festival…I will hate it as much as all the others. My main reasons include seasonal nicety on people’s part, excessive commercialization of holidays, social pressures about personal grooming and visiting others! […]

Why My Resume Says “Full-time Alzheimer’s Caregiver”

September 27, 2014

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Recently, I had to edit my resume for my job hunt. As you may all know, it’s the most boring and mind-numbing task of all. One has to glorify one’s mediocre self. Let’s face it, most of us are not as great as we think we are, or in some cases, as others think we […]

The Summer of Twenty Fourteen (2014)

September 21, 2014

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Warning: This post may be nauseating to some people owing to its focus on marital bliss, three years in and seven years on, since I met Sid, the type of guy my father always dreamed I would marry. Strong, dependable. Macho on the outside, cute and funny on the inside. Like I said, nauseating. The summer […]

Getting to Know My Pappa (Dad)

June 13, 2014

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I never really knew my dad growing up. In a nutshell, we lived with his parents – my mom, sister and I – and he had a job that made him travel 21 days a month, far worse than Sid’s Monday to Thursday stints each week. Living in a “joint family” in a small apartment, […]

Things I Want to Say to an Ex

November 25, 2013

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I consulted Sid before I wrote this post. He said I should definitely make it a point to express my gratitude to a person who stood by me during my toughest phase. I am going to talk about someone who came into my life as a friend. We met when I was in college. I […]

I Am The Real Housewife of Chicago

January 23, 2013

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I am a housewife all right. But I am not the van-driving soccer mom nor do I look like Snooki or feature on a trashy reality show that everyone secretly watches. I have no children, no suburban home with a yard and white picket fence nor do I have a yacht and a husband with […]

A Conversation With Someone Who Has Early Onset Alzheimer’s

May 23, 2012

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Michelle* has Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease (EOAD). A person is categorized as having EOAD when they have symptoms or the disease before the age of 65. Michelle was diagnosed in 2011 and since then she has been grappling with the changes in herself, the changes that are yet to come and the reactions of her friends […]

Had a Bit of Mom Today

August 11, 2011

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This post was originally written on April 14th 2011, while I was living in Ann Arbor, MI. Never posted it. But today I can. So here. _________________________________________ It’s been so long since I lost mom to Alzheimer’s. I was very young. I barely have any happy memories of her, with her, about her. But she […]

What’s The BEST Compliment You Could Get?

August 9, 2011

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This post is based on ad hoc research conducted on Facebook. The idea is to make myself and my friends think. I put up a status message, “What’s the best compliment anyone could ever give you?” and hoped that people would reply sincerely. I have always believed, and you might agree, that we feel most […]

Confessions of a New Housewife

March 15, 2011

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They still are like foreign agents to my lips – the words – wife, husband, married; the less said the better about my new found identity as a HOUSEWIFE. It hit me when I was filling in the immigration form just before landing in America. “Occupation” demanded the cruel white sheet. Somewhat belligerently, I wrote […]

Ten Years Ago…On This Day

January 22, 2011

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…My mother died. But this is the prelude to the final eventuality. She had been sick for so long that I used to think she will be in that state for many more years to come. I had resigned to taking care of her. She didn’t speak, eat, move. Just lay on a bed breathing […]

“Buddy” Diaries: Week 1

December 1, 2009

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I reached the Vora household and was welcomed in with warm words. I saw him sitting on a sofa looking at me with disinterested curiosity. He took off his spectacles to look a little more closely, and then said, “How are you? You met me in the street, no…a few days ago. You were there […]

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