Are you more popular than you can keep up with?

On my birthday this year, I learnt about boundaries that I didn’t know earlier. “Please be nice to me without being demanding,” I said to everyone without saying it to anyone. I was amused by this line.

In 2019, I decided to turn 50 in advance. “I’m going to stay here for 4 years, maybe 5,” I declared in a poem I typed into my phone, as the car I was in was crossing a bridge on the Yamuna river that separates Delhi, where my parents live, from Noida and beyond, where I live with my husband and children. I was alone in the city that day and would reach an empty home. My family was in Pondicherry and I had returned early from our family holiday to attend a workshop for a fellowship I was part …


Natasha Badhwar

Natasha is a writer, filmmaker and communications coach. She is the author of the popular memoirs My Daughters’ Mum and Immortal for a Moment. Her columns have appeared in publications such as Mint Lounge, The Hindu, Outlook, The Globe and Mail, The Indian Express, the Hindustan Times and Quint.