The story behind this blog


I’m so glad you’ve happened upon this blog!

Two Purple Lines started as a way of coping with the clouds of confusion, despair, frustration and occasional boredom that I experienced soon after my daughter Rumi was born, but it gradually turned into something so much more than that:  a way of documenting all that is joyous and rewarding about raising her and a platform for sharing my day-to-day experiences as a Stay-At-Home-Mom and connecting with other parents.

We are an inter-religious, multilingual family and we hope to infuse our parenting with the best of both our cultural backgrounds. Rumi is growing up with English, Hindi, Marathi and German (my husband is a German teacher) and lots of stories in all these languages. If I had to sum up my parenting philosophy in one line, it would be: When in doubt, tell a story, read a story, make-up a story. Apart from storytelling, we believe in letting her natural creativity and curiosity unfurl at its own pace without curtailing her free-spiritedness through planned schedules and activities.

As a result, Rumi, who is three, has not yet been to any school or daycare or workshop or camp although we are on the lookout for a school that will be in alignment with our beliefs. This means, that she spends all her time at home and we have to be extra creative in our time together: a challenging task that keeps me on my toes every single day.

Raising Rumi has also re-ignited an old passion for children’s books and storytelling so  I have created a section called ‘The Rocking Chair’ to write about children’s literature: book reviews, author interviews and everything about the books that she and I enjoy together.

In the ‘Things we love’ I review products that we love, that fit in with our parenting philosophy and that have made our life better in any way.

If you have an interesting insight / anecdote about parenting to share or any information / product that makes the life of parents easier, I would love to hear about it so do drop me a line! (Drop me a line, even if you don’t, I always love to hear thoughts and feedback on what I have written and I’m super-prompt at replying back too!)

Parenting is arduous and frustrating and sometimes just bleh, but it is also so momentous and gratifying and fulfilling and this is what I hope to capture with my posts: all those moments of ordinariness sprinkled with a sudden dusting of shimmering joy; feelings of fear and guilt and anxiety interspersed with laughter and warmth and pride.

Happy reading and lots of love!

Rumi’s Mommy