Was she supposed to dislike herself every day? The other girls at school acted like she was the ugliest person they'd ever seen. "You'd be a good catch if you weren't so fat," one said. And then another one thought that she was too big. "Are girls supposed to be small, Mom?" She asked finally…Read more A Big Girl
Things got more complicated in the ninth standard, when our hormones started acting up. Suddenly, holding hands just wasn’t enough. A school in India wouldn’t allow much room for experimentation. Teachers kept an eye on who sat next to each other and were aware of the current couples and serious crushes. Most of us did…Read more An excerpt from Just me, the Sink & the Pot
Cinderella was supposed to be beautiful. She couldn't be Cinderella. The teacher asked, "Who would like to audition for the role?" She felt her heart fall down. Even if she was brave enough to try out, the others would laugh at her audacity. A fat Cinderella could not exist.
"I don't want to go," she told her mom for the fifth time. But her mother didn't understand. "What's the big deal?" She shrugged and left. Preeya wished she could tell her what the big deal was without bursting into tears. She had tried telling her friend at school. But her friend was a size…Read more Body Image Series 4
"The annual swimming competition will be next Monday," announced the teacher. Rita's heart started pounding. She needed to get sick by Monday. She couldn't bear to see the other girls looking so nice when a swimsuit would make her look like a big hippo. But mother would be angry - five years of swimming lessons…Read more Body Image Series 2
She didn't like dolls or Barbies. They weren't as cool as those remote control cars that her brother had. So she asked her parents for one. They gave her a bright pink car. She hated it. The next day her parents found her playing with her brother's blue one instead. Plus, he seemed happy with…Read more Pink and Blue