Guest Post: by Mom Gone Mad

31 Jan

From the land of fjords comes our very own desi girl Mom Gone Mad, gorgeous and talented in equal parts. I could read her ’til the cows come home. And then I’d have a giant burger and continue into the night. Vegetarians pliss excuse all animal-eating references.


After a fanfare-filled (yes, I blew trumpets in my own office. What do you think?) blogging premiere in 2005 and an equally meteoric burnout, I settled for writing for myself. Occasionally, I would also torture great and tolerant friends with philosophical treatises in the garb of e-mails.

I didn’t really begin to read personal blogs till 2007. Maternity leave coincided with my wonderful best friend blogging about her life with children. Through her blog, I stepped carefully into the strange and fascinating world of Indian mommy bloggers. A world of friendships, cliques, empathy, envy, support and spite. It spanned a complex spectrum of emotions, yet it seemed to inspire such belonging.

I quickly tired of the blogs that recounted the minutæ of daily life, but was drawn back to those blogs where feminism, current affairs, new parenting paradigms/challenges, food and humour were staple fare. I delighted in this newfound sense of community; the freshness of the voices, the compassion and the obvious intelligence in well-expressed posts. It was liberating to see a space so public for a kind of gendered discourse that had previously been confined to quietly exchanged confidences. I began blogging in late 2008 and slowly gathered the nerve to start commenting on my favourite blogs.

As is the case with blogs, you would read an interesting, insightful comment on a blog, entirely by happenstance, and proceed to click on the handle. There is no way to NOT click on a handle that says Orange Jammies. There is no way because these two words, well, they hold an entire world of favourite things. Of a fire that creates a mellow roast. Of cups of warming tea. Of warm flannel, delicious satin, worn cotton. Of long, cinnamony kisses.

The OJ space is one where you’ll carefully dry your feet before entering. It has its bright orange warmth and glow, a huge heart weighed with feeling and the rarest combination of tremendous dignity combined with a zesty wickedness. Oh, she’ll trip the light fantastic with her words, our OJ. She tweaks them, she teases them and she’ll make them do the most unusual, astonishing things. They will curl into some crazy shapes, those words. She can run literary rings around the best of them.

Yet, what I love the most is really quite simple.

I love how OJ loves. Her fierce and sure devotion to the things and the people she believes in. Her joy in the simplest, the best, the truly good things in life and her willingness to share of herself and her thoughts.

For better or worse, this is what blogging does to us. It gives us a strong sense of people, a sense of a connection. So much so, that if I really try, I can see OJ whipping up some world-class eeda in her kitchen, humming an ABBA showtune and sighing contentedly as the happiness of the moment surrounds her.

I hope you continue to bless this space for many more years, dear OJ. Maybe your fire burn bright and orange and may your jammies always wash soft.

11 Responses to “Guest Post: by Mom Gone Mad”

  1. hAAthi January 31, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    Oh yay, one favourite blogger guest posting on another favourite blog! This is what they call a double whammy in blogdom 🙂
    MGM, Iv been a long time reader (and lurker) at your space, and I have to say I truly miss your honest and deeply insightful and reflective posts. So Im glad OJs anniversary brought you here for a little sneak peak into the past.

  2. dipali January 31, 2013 at 4:54 am #

    Awwww, MGM, how I wish you blogged more often. I miss your posts. I’m glad OJ got you to write here- her request was utterly irresistible!

  3. R January 31, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    Will you please get back to blogging some more, MGM? There, that is all I had to say 🙂

  4. sukanyabora January 31, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    MGM is one of my favorite bloggers. OJ, thanks for enticing her out of hibernation. She nails it every single time.

  5. Mom Gone Mad January 31, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    You guys! *blush*. Thanks. Now if only I wasn’t so terminally lazy;-) And OJ, I was just so happy to be asked to write about one of my favourites:-)

  6. Null Pointer January 31, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Oh my MGM! You certainly brought out the sparkling mimosa that is OJ. And what hAAthi said.

  7. Zarine Mohideen January 31, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Wow. That’s a beautiful post 🙂

  8. Aunty G. January 31, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    MGM, about OJ, you’re pretty insightful
    With words you seem equally skillful
    You are so popular
    All urge you to be regular
    Try, do, their wishes to fillfull

  9. Mom Gone Mad February 1, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    Thanks everyone. Easy to write well when you have such a wonderful, inspiring subject. Aunty G: You win this round. That’s what I call a comment:-)

  10. dipali55 February 1, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    Shalini, Aunty G has spoken! Please do listen to her:)

  11. Orange Jammies February 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    The people speak, MGM. Hear them roar.

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