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Padmaja Venket

Graphic designer and blogger

Mommy, graphic designer and blogger.
How I Want My Diwali To Be When I Turn me

How I Want My Diwali To Be When I Turn 80

For some strange reason, I became very introspective this Diwali. Probably because for three continuous nights, I was out for festival dinners with family and friends. All three days were with differe...
30/10/2016 3:23 PM IST
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The Dangers Of Door-To-Door Selling

I answered the doorbell. Two young women, probably in their early 20s, smiled brightly at me and said, "Good morning Ma'am! Can we speak to you for a few minutes?" They were decently clothed, each carrying a backpack, and looked like the office-going women one sees everyday on the streets."May we come in?" They asked sweetly, totally ignoring my perplexed expression.
22/05/2016 9:13 AM IST
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Second Mothers

My own mother was so busy working full-time and keeping house, she hardly had the luxury of a leisurely chat with me. Though she was a rock solid influence in shaping my health, conscience and general happiness, my emotional growth was pretty much dependant on my grandmothers, aunts, older cousins or sometimes even neighbours.
16/04/2016 8:13 AM IST
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It's The Ordinary Days That Matter Most...

Exactly 15 days before I wrote this post, I fled from home, jumping on to a rescue boat from my first floor balcony. The boat bobbed a few feet above my husband's SUV. Once we jumped in, we zipped and zoomed against the flowing current for the scariest eight minutes of my life.
21/12/2015 8:09 AM IST
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I Believe In Angels

I remember sitting at my desk brooding about the whole thing. At that point I didn't care if he was drunk or irresponsible or anything. All I could remember was a kind old man, who'd made me feel good about myself and gave me what I needed most at that time - self esteem.
14/06/2015 8:25 AM IST
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Memories From The Stone Age

Recently, I bought a choppu set (miniature kitchen utensils) for a friend's daughter. Delightedly, she ran to her room to start playing. After a while, she came back to us, looking puzzled. "Amma, what's this?" she asked, holding up a kal-ural (grinding stone). "It's something you use to grind mavu for idli," my friend explained. "But how?" the little girl demanded.
27/05/2015 8:09 AM IST