Welcome Readers! Do you struggle to find meaningful stories to tell your children or read for yourself to grow as a person? If yes, then you are in the right place.
I am Hemal. I live in the Bay area, CA. And before you start taking me for a techie, I am a Pediatrician, a mom and a creative person.
I was born in Mumbai, India, youngest of three.
I was raised in a Gujarati family. I have fond memories of spending summers in an Ashram in Devlali, India. When we were older we went on trips around India organized by my school caterer, Ms Jokhi. If you are from J. B. Vaccha High for Parsi girls, a shout out to you…….
We lived with my paternal grandparents till my 4th grade and then moved to a home of our own. I was at home till I finished medical school. I moved to the US in mid twenties.
In the US, I stayed with my sister in Austin, TX. I moved to Philadephia, PA for my residency training in Pediatrics. This was followed by my relocating to Dumas, AR for my first job and then to the Bay area to be close to my sister. Family is important to me.
I am the mom to my lovely 4 year old girl. We were blessed with her after 6 years of a challenging journey of infertility. She is our rainbow child. She brings immense joy to our lives, teaches us to cultivate patience, be loving and understanding, giving trust among other things.
Telling stories has become my passion. My grandmom used to tell us stories and captured my imagination for hours, later is was my mom and dad. Once I could read, I would devour books, reading day and night.
Now, I tell my daughter stories and read books to her. It reminds me of our rich ancient oral tradition. We read about fishes, squirrels, pigeons, tigers, vegetables, fruits, kings, and queens from all around the world, making up most of them and then stories are of my parents, and my childhood. She laps up every word and wants more, sometimes refusing to sleep.
As a child growing up, my happy memories are of helping out at home. I studied at grade level, and had a lot of free time on my hands, went by bus on my own for craft classes, piano classes, drawing and painting classes, even got a B grade at National level in Drawing and Painting. Mom enrolled me in the Tawalkar’s gym to attend daily, she figured I had too much energy to spare after school, drawing and house work.
I would like to do the same for my child. Let her go to public school and have lots of energy on her hands so she can do many other things like cooking with me, doing house work with me, engaging in gymnastics, dancing and singing and creating art while learning Gujarati and a little about Native India.
I aspire to sprinkle a little of this magic of my life and family into my blogs and hope they take you on a journey of your own.