Entries by Shankari Chandran

What’s that word again…(Mamamia! – Part 14)

Hi again, this piece also appeared on Mamamia recently and I’ve linked it here: http://www.mamamia.com.au/parenting/adult-conversation-ive-forgotten-how-to-do-it/ The dinnertime conversation was about K. Rudd and the recent comments that the more you got to know him, the less you liked him.  The man across the table from me said, “Apparently Wolfowitz was like that too.” Everyone at […]

Not Another Painful Learning Assessment Nightmare (NAPLAN) – Mamamia! (Part 13)

This piece was published by Mamamia recently, and reproduced here (sorry about the font size, wordpress is possessed): http://www.mamamia.com.au/parenting/naplan-not-another-painful-learning-assessment-nightmare-naplan-parenting/ This week my little Prima (aged 8) has NAPLAN. It’s her first brush with standardised education and also mine, as a parent. This piece is not about the merits of NAPLAN, that debate was held last […]

Pests and pestilence

Hi there, we recently found out we have a termite infestation (cue massive panic attack). Rentokil is thankfully taking care of the problem for us soon and they have asked me blog about our experience. It’s the beginning of a lifelong pest control partnership given our neighbourhood. Here is my first instalment, I hope you […]

Heirlooms- Mamamia! (Part 12)

This piece recently appeared on Mamamia – it’s about my grandmother, the things we value and the things we pass on. I hope you like it: http://www.mamamia.com.au/relationships/my-most-important-family-treasure/ My grandmother (aged 85 and in good health) is obsessed with her own death. This is disconcerting for family because obviously we are worried about it too and […]

The Hanukkah-only Hindu (also Mamamia! – Part 11)

Hope you like this one, posted on Mamamia yesterday as: http://www.mamamia.com.au/social/religion-are-you-part-time-religious/ Today I took our four children to the temple to celebrate Tamil New Year. This was one of our rare visits to a Hindu temple and as I sat praying that my three year old Tercero wouldn’t break, steal or set fire to anything, I […]

Am I wasting my education?

Hi there, this is a repost of an article that I wrote for Mamamia. I am reposting in case the MM site collapses one day I can’t retrieve a copy of this. It’s weird the things you think about at 2am. Am I wasting my education? Last week my 6 year old son Secundo, stood […]

Mamamia! (Part 10) – Am I wasting my education?

Hi, This one was published on Mamamia last week.  The topic  means a lot to me (and many of my friends). I hope you like it too: http://www.mamamia.com.au/parenting/stay-at-home-mums-apparently-i-am-wasting-my-education/ The article was inspired by remarks made by the Danish Prime Minister – you can find out more about the debate in the UK here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2115170/Can-woman-clever-stay-home-mum.html xx […]

Mamamia! (Part 9) – the one about porn

I’m sorry, that title is unnecessarily sensationalist but occasionally I like to pretend I’m a tabloid journalist. No seriously, mostly I like to pretend I’m a Jedi Master or Tina Fey’s best friend. She wouldn’t be my best friend back, because I already have one of those and I am very loyal. Nice try Tina, […]

Mamamia! (Part 8)

Hi guys, Mamamia just published this one about my parents’ garage sale last year. I would love it if you would take a look (and as always, go onto the Mamamia site and Comment or Facebook Like it!) Thank you again for reading my work, Much love,  Shanks x http://www.mamamia.com.au/social/garage-sale-a-life-of-posessions/