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Sidharth Balachandran

Independent Writer. Award-Winning Blogger. SAHD.

Sid Balachandran is an independent writer, multi-award winning blogger and a short-story author, who has been published in a number of leading magazines and online portals. Professionally an engineer, Sid is now a work-from-home Dad, and he writes on parenting, social satire, humour, lifestyle and writing in general. 
Help! He’s Playing With

Help! He’s Playing With Dolls!

I don't think it is in my nature to be confrontational. Unless it is with my parents or people who I know very well, I don't
15/09/2016 12:09 PM IST
Guys, Must You Really Squeeze Into Skinny

Guys, Must You Really Squeeze Into Skinny Jeans?

My sense of fashion isn't what you'd call trendsetting. But somewhere along the line, I seem to have missed the notice that a lot of other men seemed to have received. The notice that seems to have them convinced that skinny (or super-skinny, *shudder*) jeans are perfect for them.
24/08/2016 12:36 PM IST
How Social Media Brought Out My Inner

How Social Media Brought Out My Inner Extrovert

I detested talking on the phone. I hated speaking to people I did not know well in person even more. I spoke to my classmates, parents and immediate cousins, of course, but my comfort zone did not extend very far. So you see, the person that a lot of you so frequently interact with and think is a delight to talk to (yes, I am a delight to talk to. I say so!), was never actually so to begin with.
13/08/2016 4:28 PM IST
I Promise to Bring Up A Child Who’ll Spread Love, Not Hate. Do

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

As long as humanity keeps finding things to differentiate people, there will be attacks of terror. It's just the ugliest fact of life. The world will eventually destroy itself. But maybe, just maybe, we can do our part to delay it for as long as we can. We can start with our children.
13/07/2016 5:20 PM IST
Kids Aren't Sheep, So Let's Just Stop With The Labelling And

Kids Aren't Sheep, So Let's Just Stop With The Labelling And Comparing

When people, from strangers to neighbours, start to label young kids with terms like "hyperactive" or "slow" or as having "attention deficit disorder" it makes my blood boil. These traits may or may not apply, but why are people so quick to label kids, especially those who are not their own?
08/07/2016 8:28 AM IST
Day One Of 65, And I'm Already

Day One Of 65, And I'm Already Sweating

I watch the buzzards circling nearby, frantically flapping their large wings. Perhaps, they've spotted something to eat. It's a new day. Everything feels peaceful; much like the proverbial calm before the storm. But my heart flutters uncontrollably, for it knows what comes next.
06/06/2016 8:41 AM IST
A Serious Case Of

A Serious Case Of Loyalitis

Loyalitis is a condition that affects 1 in 4 adults, and is defined by certain characteristic traits. It starts with an inability to say NO, when the smiling customer service agent (usually an attractive person of the opposite gender) explains the benefits and perks of their 'unique' Loyalty or Reward program in a soft, dusky and slightly heavy voice, while their perfume dulls your senses and makes you take irrational decisions.
03/04/2016 8:50 AM IST
The Problem With Being A ‘Nice'

The Problem With Being A ‘Nice' Guy

Have you heard that popular adage that goes, "Nice guys finish last?" It's untrue. Because nice guys never finish. Because they are forever stopping to help someone and there is <em>always</em> someone.
28/02/2016 8:25 AM IST
Has Parenting Taken Over Your Life? Don't Let

Has Parenting Taken Over Your Life? Don't Let It

For some strange reason, parenting has become enmeshed in an "attachment-focused" culture. Which makes certain parents believe that if you're not actually physically present 24x7 for your kids, you are not a good parent. Or that if you do actually get some "me-time", you should feel guilty about taking advantage of it. I think such parents are competing for a perfect parent trophy - which, by the way, does not exist.
30/01/2016 8:14 AM IST
Deodorant Ads: A Lot Of Hot

Deodorant Ads: A Lot Of Hot Air

Sometimes, I lie awake late at night, wondering if my underarms are pristine. Or about how many women I'll be able to attract the next day. Confused? So am I. But that's what some of the deodorant adverts -- with their over-the-top humour and promises of aphrodisiacal effects on women -- seem to think occupies a large part of our brain activity.
17/11/2015 8:51 AM IST
The 5 Stages Of Pregnancy And Birth -- For A

The 5 Stages Of Pregnancy And Birth -- For A Father

Great, you're expecting! This has to be amazing news. Both of you are excited beyond words, and suddenly everywhere you turn, you can't help but notice expectant couples. You personally want to shout out the news from the top of a very high building, but you do somehow keep the news to only immediate family/friends. You dote on your partner and are available at her beck and call. Her tiniest <em>ooh</em>, her smallest <em>aah</em> has you in a flurry of concern.
25/10/2015 8:17 AM IST
Those Damned Low-Rise

Those Damned Low-Rise Jeans

Back in London, finding clothes that fit was surprisingly easy. In a country where even the average teenager has a much larger waist size than me, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I fell into the category of 'normal-sized' people. This made me rather optimistic when I had to go shopping here in India. I naively assumed that with so many big brands vying for market share, they would cater to the needs of people of all shapes and sizes.
04/10/2015 8:33 AM IST
Busted: 5 Myths About Stay-At-Home

Busted: 5 Myths About Stay-At-Home Dads

It is drummed into our heads that the man must be the primary breadwinner of the family and the woman the primary caregiver. We seem to be unwilling to accept the fact that times are changing and that most fathers are happy to do whatever it is they need to do to ensure the proper functioning of the family. Ever since I joined the club, I've noticed that my species has to contend with certain stereotypes. Today, I'd just like to bust a few of those.
17/09/2015 8:06 AM IST
So, You Want

So, You Want Kids?

I was a happy person before I met my wife. But having her in my life gives it a whole new meaning - a new dimension of happiness that I cannot begin to describe. And with my little one added to the mix, I'm now happier than ever.
17/08/2015 8:26 AM IST
Why Working Parents Shouldn't Feel

Why Working Parents Shouldn't Feel Guilty

Recently I happened to speak to a friend who was all set to embrace motherhood in all its glory. But the more we discussed parenting and how life changes after kids, the more it became evident that there was something she wasn't telling me. So, I dug a little more and coaxed her to reveal the source of her worry.
04/08/2015 8:08 AM IST
Why Queuing In India Is Not For The

Why Queuing In India Is Not For The Faint-hearted

It's perhaps best to say that queueing in India is not the same as queuing elsewhere. The reason - we don't take our queues seriously at all. For us, queuing is something we are forced to do. We do not do it out of the goodness of our hearts or kindness to a fellow human being; nor do we do it because it is the right thing to do, social-etiquette wise.
23/07/2015 8:05 AM IST