The worth of revisiting childhood Image credit — Google ImagesWe all have some fond memories from our childhood, don’t we? Sometimes they sprout back through the aroma of your favourite savoury dish, or when a childhood beanie pops out of the winter clothes’
Keeping a balance between the good and the bad news Image credit — Google imagesHeart beating fast ready to pop out of my mouth, hands icy cold, voice weak, and stomach grumbling, I stepped into the radiological unit to enquire about Dad’s MRI
When emotions take over unexpectedly Image credit — Google imagesHaving an ill parent often means that your emotions are on tenter hooks. Regardless of how much you’re accustomed to the illness, its side effects, its pain, and its outcome; the anxiety never ceases
Handling emotional pressure Image credit — Google Images“Since you and your mother both are here, I think it’s better to discuss your marriage plans,” said Dad last evening, just as I was seating myself comfortably in their blanket. I froze, sealed my lips,
Creating memories I’ve always been worried about not spending enough time with my Dad, especially more since his diagnosis. When I was finishing my Master’s in Singapore, I would crave to be with him and book flight tickets for home
Undo the mundane chemo daycare regime Image credit — New Yorker / Google ImagesChemotherapy, despite being one of the most rigorous medical treatments, demands a pretty simple administration regime. More often than not, cancer patients spend a few hours at the hospital’s daycare,
Handling Late night medical emergencies Image credit — Google ImagesOne of the biggest concerns when taking care of a cancer patient on chemotherapy is the bout of side effects. The most common side effects of any form of chemotherapy is — nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation,
Learning new skills I recently drove Dad’s car. I’ve known how to drive since the last five years, but never ever had the courage to drive his multi utility vehicle. I would merely park it inside the house, once Dad
When autopilot mode leads to burnout Image credit — Google imagesIn my previous, I wrote about the necessity and importance of switching to an autopilot mode, when handling a personal crisis like a cancer patient in the family. However, as I was writing
Switching to autopilot mode Image credit — Google Images“All okay at home?”, my sister replies, when I ask her, by what time will she back from her college. It’s nearly 8.30 pm, and her moot court event seems to have run later than
A journalist by training, Mariyam Haider is a writer and performance poet in Singapore.
She is the researcher of the book The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age written by James Crabtree.
Her writing has appeared in Hindustan Times, Livemint, Feminism In India, New Asian Writing and Kitaab.