As it is with life, parenting in the new millennium does not come with an instruction manual. If you happen to be a girl about town, a super successful career woman, or someone who simply wants to live life each day as it comes, impending motherhood can seem as intimidating and foolhardy as a trip to outer space without an oxygen mask.
Welcome to the opposite of everything you know. Shunali Khullar Shroff, in Battle Hymn of a Bewildered Mother begins her journey as someone chronically devoid of what is naturally termed ‘the maternal instinct’. But in spite of her misgivings, she eventually realizes there is nothing else she’d rather be doing than burping her babies while avoiding all traces of tranquilizers. This brilliant, whimsical, bumpy tale of everyday madness is the account of a harried mother, both honest and hilarious.
From exchanging her corporate suits for mess-retardant mommy wear, from balancing work clients to battling two girls’ questions and demands, this book recounts the journey of a young mother constantly treading on thin ice while juggling a career, two babies, and two dogs. Based on the principles of lunacy and humour, Shunali Khullar Shroff reveals the realities of a parent in today’s ultramodern, supersonic, and chaotic world.
About the author Shunali Khullar Shroff has worked variously as a journalist, a corporate communications specialist, and the owner of a successful PR firm. That, however, was in another lifetime. As soon as the storks visited her, she plunged into motherhood with the trepidation of a reluctant air diver about to take his first leap of faith. An eternal optimist, she had mistakenly assumed that she could retire to being a lady of leisure as soon as the kids were out of their diapers. But she soon realized that there was no leisure in a house with two kids and two dogs. Ergo she took to blogging in order to hear herself think. Shunali lives in Mumbai with her husband two daughters the aforementioned geriatric dog and his juvenile companion.