Z for Zygotic Moments – Pages from my pregnancy photo book

Sometimes, we expect but it doesn’t happen. Sometimes, we least expect but it happens. The second kind is more interesting. We breath, eat and sleep as though we are aware of what happens inside our bodies. But, we are not even close to being aware of what happens within. This is the first enlightenment that the news of pregnancy brought with it. Developmental biology used to be my most favourite subject during my master’s days. I’ve studied every detail of zygote, embryo, blastula and gastrula; yet when it was happening in reality inside my body, I had no clue of it. It – the miracle of nature – seemed mysterious to me for the nth time. It could have happened with any set of genes of the hundreds of the sperm cells. To put it in a funny way, one man is just half zygote away from becoming another.

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Those Bonding Moments – Treasures against Time!

I quit my job a few months before my son was born. My seven years’ of cancer research career came to an abrupt halt. The so-called ‘climbing the ladder of success’ had no ladder to climb. Nor were there earnings, promotions, aspirations, professional accomplishments or colleagues to bond with. And yes, my résumé has a…

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