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It's been a long time since I've talked about actually reading something. It's a little bit of a hit or miss right now, so I try to soak it up when I'm in the mood for it.
Currently Reading...I've spent the better part of last two weeks reading The Underground Girls of Kabul, and nothing else. It's a well-written book, mind you, but also littered with generalizations and a tone of something I can't put a word to yet. It's not condescension exactly (the author's tone is way too neutral for that) but there is a sense that the women in the West are better than Afghan women (better, not just better off). I'll need to think through that more. I know for sure that if I were Afghan and reading it, I would be .. maybe annoyed? frustrated? But how much of it is because of that sense of being looked down upon versus the subject of the book, is not clear yet. Hopefully after a few days of absent pondering, I'll have gotten to my point.

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Hitting milestones and losing help | Five on Friday

  1. This week, we crossed a big milestone with Shreya. We started her on solids. For the past few weeks, she has been overly interested in my food and what I do with it. So now, whenever we seat her on her high chair, she is more than excited to be the one going to eat all that food. Suddenly, she feels like an adult, sitting in a chair, eating out of a bowl with a spoon. (Of course, I am the one holding the bowl and the spoon.)



  2. I initially wrote a very different point here but things changed couple of hours later. Shreya's nanny quit yesterday. She asked for her paycheck in advance on Wednesday (and we paid her), and then she left a letter in our diaper table yesterday saying she quit. So in addition to leaving us without another option at short notice, she has also taken our money. So much drama! I mentioned before that Shreya has not been warming up to her. Her babysitter would put her down in her crib to cry, not going to her until some time has passed. At one point, I had to tell her that the baby is crying and she said that she is trying to "teach her" something. Really, 5-month olds? Every baby book I had read says to run to the baby when they cry not keep them waiting, unless of course you are doing the CIO method, which I was completely against. The husband and I have taken the day off to figure out what to do next. Have any of you been in a situation like this? I am frustrated.

  3. On Saturday, we headed out for our library's grand opening. They just moved to a new location which is bigger and closer to my house. We went shortly after the ribbon cutting so the place was jam-packed with people. I haven't had a chance to head back there yet but I loved what I saw of the place. They have separate playrooms for kids, some quiet reading rooms, and several other conveniences. Obviously, I am in love and cannot wait to go back.

  4. I am beginning to realize that I have too many hobbies. How do you make time for those when you have a kid? I guess you don't and just wait until you have time for those. Which is the mode I am in right now. Obviously I am blogging and I manage to find pockets of time when I can read. I generally have grand schemes for what I will do when the baby goes to sleep at 7 pm. And then I usually pass out right next to her.

  5. I have been reading Girl Waits With Gun since the end of last year. And I love this book! But I wish I could read faster. The first book I started this year, however, is Train to Pakistan. I made a promise to myself that the first book I start each month will be from my own shelves. Hopefully, that will make me read more of my books that have been collecting dust here.


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