20 September, 2020

Lalita Iyer

The author of I’m Pregnant, Not Terminally Ill, You Idiot! on pregnancy and the Indian woman.

Lalita Iyer

This is the land of Mother India. Since when did pregnancy demand a tell-and-fuss book?

Ever since air-brushed pregnancy books showing beatific moms became the norm. It was time to talk about the gory details.

For centuries the pregnant Indian woman produced a brood without needing a book.

Because she had at least six siblings...an exten­ded family...efficient mother and mother-in-law, and didn’t have to worry about work-life balance.

What is the high of being pregnant?

Finding the real you. And yes, it is a high that you are a fertile statistic.

And the lows?

The fact that it is irreversible; that there will always be someone to factor in, and that your spontaneity has come down several notches.

Amma said, ‘You’ll know when you become a mother’. What exactly did you get to know?

To be stoic when woken up at six am and ask to be read a story....

When did this shift to focus on a...



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