Hee’s a little something I wrote for CNN IBN Live…

I still remember, with a deep wrench in the heart, the exact moment when the boy, all of a strapping four years back then and with an opinion all his own, declared firmly that he was not going to put his arms into a particular jacket because ‘It has a Minnie Mouse onnit!’

I could have taken myself into the bathroom, locked the door and sobbed my heart out. Instead I tried the cold, calm voice of reason. ‘Son,’ I told him, ‘It also has a Mickey Mouse with the Minnie Mouse.’

He jutted out his lower lip petulantly, fixed me with the glittering eye of the Ancient Mariner and dug his heels in. “Never mind Mickey Mouse. It has a Minnie Mouse. Everyone will laffatme.”

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About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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3 Responses to Hee’s a little something I wrote for CNN IBN Live…

  1. mommybegins says:

    I am too walking a tight rope of bringing up a 14-month old boi without falling into the gender marketing ploy weaved by retail giants. Wonder what will happen by the time he makes it to school


  2. GG says:

    I’m reading this after reading a thread on how a 9 year old was bullied for bringing a My Little Pony bagpack to school. No wonder your child was adamant. The pressure to conform and fit in is so high in school. Sigh..



    • Kiran Manral says:

      It totally is, and what is sad is that generation on generation it stays the same, and new things get added to it.


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