Entries by Shankari Chandran

Conjugal controlled crying

My husband and I had a discussion last night about a few important decisions we have to make.  At one point I suggested something, he disagreed and in frustration, I promptly burst into tears.  He responded with, “Darling, you can’t cry every time I disagree with you.” To which I tearfully replied, “Of course I […]

What would you say if you ran into….?

Have you ever played the “What would you say if you ran into…?” game? For example, what would you say if you ran into the first boy who broke your heart: “Oh hi X, has it really been 15 years? Time just flies by, especially as I am a very busy Pulitzer-winning journalist and astronaut.” […]

What was I thinking?

A year ago, my husband and I had one of the most important conversations of our marriage. It went as follows: Me: Do you think we should have another baby? [We already had three children at this stage.] Husband: Hmm. In for a penny, in for a pound.  That’s what I say. Me: No one […]

For whom the bell (curve) tolls

Last week my 6 year old daughter Prima received her first school report.  Her class was graded in key areas such as English and Maths on a bell curve and she was ranked on the middle of the bell.  Not the top, not the bottom, but in the middle with most of her year. I […]

Things I miss about London (Part 1): John Lewis

Today I was walking through David Jones, a department store considered to be Australia’s finest.  I was lost and alone, with no one to turn to, and confused that the nursery section was not on the fourth floor right next to “Place to Eat” where it should have been. And it struck me. I missed John […]

Cleanliness is not next to Motherliness

It’s official, I smell. It’s been 8 days since I washed my hair and 3 days since I last showered.  The last time I addressed my leg hair was when I was 36 weeks pregnant and I was grooming myself for the hospital.  At that time I could not actually reach my legs and so […]

Television: Law & Disorder

It’s killing me. Today I brought Secundo, my beautiful little 5-year-old son, home from school.  He was very excited about his day, and more excited that I let him press some buttons in the car. He was happy. On entering the house, he realised that his sister had arrived earlier and she had contravened the Television Watching […]

Everything tastes better with bacon on it

Today I have eaten (in addition to three wholesome meals): one large bowl of cookies’n’cream ice cream; 6 pieces of Cadbury’s Marble chocolate (if you have not tried this you really should); 3 marshmallows; another marginally smaller bowl of cookies’n’cream ice cream; 4 cheezels; and 4 tablespoons of Milo (straight from the tin, no milk). […]

Baby born

Birth Announcement On Monday 29th March 2010 at 4:56pm Australian time, we welcomed into the world the latest (and last), the fourth (and final) little Duck. Our son (hereafter referred to as Newborn) has broken all previous family records for being a runt, and clearly takes after his father’s side – weighing an impressive 7lbs 14oz. I […]

Duck Formation – the etymology

In 2009 we moved back to Australia because I promised my mother and grandmother that I always would.  The “back” refers to me, the Australian amongst us. My husband is a born and bred Londoner who agreed to come with me, on the promise of an eternal summer (ok, may be I exaggerated the climatic […]