Babies and Bylines: Parenting on the Move
Welcome to Pallavi Aiyar's website. Pallavi is a foreign correspondent and author of the Vodafone-Crossword Award winning book, Smoke and Mirrors: An Experience of China. After stints in Beijing and Brussels, she now lives in Jakarta, where she reports on Southeast Asia. Her first novel, Chinese Whiskers was published in early 2011. U.S., Dutch and Italian editions are now in bookstores as well. Her book Punjabi Parmesan: Dispatches from a Europe in Crisis is pubished by Penguin in India and St Martin's Press, Macmillan, in the U.S. as New Old World: An Indian Journalist Discovers the Changing Face of Europe.
Her new book Babies and Bylines: Parenting on the move is published by Harper Collins India
Pallavi Aiyar is a hard-nosed, award-winning foreign correspondent. She’s used to working in the trenches of global journalism, from interviewing dissidents to hiking in the wilds of Tibet. But then she decides to have a baby. And another.
In three different parts of the world – Beijing, Brussels and Jakarta – Aiyar strives to keep up with both her babies and bylines -- with varying success. The result is a hilarious chronicle of overly knowledgeable nannies, chewed nipples and a dwindling salary, interwoven with philosophical inquiries into the nature of choice, value, touch and identity.
Babies and Bylines is a parenting memoir by a journalist who even-handedly reports on the battles a mother must fight with herself, and the world, as she struggles with issues that seem to stubbornly remain the same, generation after generation: finding a work-life balance, negotiating marital equality and taming toddlers. Thought-provoking and irreverent, Babies and Bylines is as much a call to arms for women in the workplace as it is a laugh-out-loud stress buster for those contemplating parenthood or experiencing it.
BABIES AND BYLINES SO CLEVERLY INTERSPERSES THESE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ALONG WITH FUNNY, MOVING PERSONAL ACCOUNTS THAT THE BOOK FEELS LIKE A CONVERSATION ONE WOULD HAVE WITH A BEST FRIEND OVER A GLASS OF WINE AFTER THE KIDS HAVE BEEN TUCKED INTO BED AND THERE'S AN ALL-NIGHT CHIT-CHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO: DNA
BABIES AND BYLINES IS A FANTASTIC BOOK: NDTV
AIYAR'S WRITING IS LACED WITH A DRY, OCCASIONALLY MAD WIT, THE READER IS LEFT INCREDULOUS AND ENVIOUS: TRIBUNE
BABIES AND BYLINES IS A DELIGHTFULLY CHEEKY ATTEMPT TO BREAK THE MOULD AND EDUCATE NOT JUST WOULD-BE DADS AND MOMS, BUT SOCIETY AS A WHOLE, WHICH BADLY NEEDS A LESSON IN EFFECTIVE PARENTING: THE WEEK.
PALLAVI AIYAR'S BABIES AND BYLINES IS THE PERFECT PARENTING GUIDE ...AND TOUCHES ON ISSUES FACED BY EVERY WOMAN AT SOME STAGE IN HER LIFE: HINDUSTAN TIMES
THIS CANDID BOOK REMINDS US AS PARENTS TO CUT OURSELVES SOME SLACK-A PERFECT READ NOT JUST FOR NEW MOTHERS BUT FOR EVERY WELL-INTENTIONED MAN WHO PLANS TO BECOME A FATHER: OPEN MAGAZINE