Ahilya is a banker mum. Her 2.5 years- old daughter Sapna squats on the ground where she has discovered a beetle that has tickled her curiosity. She is on a mission to follow the beetle wherever it goes.
Sapna (in her baby voice): “Oh wow, look at this smooth and shiny beetle. But why is the sand gritty and sharp. “Putting some sand in her mouth she exclaims,”It tastes like nothing! Is this what nothing tastes like?”
Ahilya: Come on Sapna, stop it, stop it now! Don’t put sand in your mouth. See I don’t know how the school will keep her safe, she wants to taste everything. At home her Nani really takes care of her. But sometimes I also feel our culture superimposes dependence on the child. I’m always stuck in this debate about where one should draw the line between safety and over protectiveness.