The year that taught us kindness, connections and gratitude

Returning to a classroom of young adults, I learnt that the gentler I am with my students, the more I learn how to connect deeper with my children.

As I got into the car and began the commute back home on the Eastern Peripheral Highway, I received a text from my husband. “How did it go?”

“It was cool,” I texted back. “I don’t think they fell in love with me.”

Bhala ho,” he wrote. “varna mere liye pareshani ho jaati.” (Bless them, otherwise it would have made things difficult for me.)

It was early September and I was on my way back from teaching the first class of my video production course for undergraduate students at Ashoka University. It is typical of me …


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.