20 September, 2020

Lalita Iyer

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

Lalita Iyer
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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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