Author: Tasneem Maganlal

A feast of Tales at the People’s theatre

My family and I were fortunate enough to attend  A Feast of Tales which is the show currently on at the people’s theatre all thanks to the Citizen and Parenty The best part is that it’s a baby friendly environment so we could include our 4 month old Zayyan in the family outing. This show is perfect for all kiddies who love reading and fairytales. My 3 year old daughter Alayna really enjoyed the show. 12 year old ester joined us as well. She enjoyed the stories and all the songs in between had us all dancing. I learnt some new stories as well which my daughter now requests me to read before bedtime. It’s a beautiful show filled with magic and enchantment which kids and adults will enjoy. It’s a must see for the whole...

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Addiction is a family thing

Breaking the chains Adrenalin is all I seek I feel it pumping through my vein Under this spell I feel meek It’s etched in my brain I struggle to break free from this darkness My addiction is my story to tell I enjoy the peace, serenity and stillness I long to break free from this spell It hurts my family yet I don’t care All I need is my next hit I was always told to beware Of the drug and I can’t quit The chains squeeze tighter and tighter Breaking the chains shall set me free My future life will be brighter For it belongs to me. Written by Tasneem Maganlal This poem symbolizes the shackles that are placed not only on the person suffering from addiction but also their families… Their parents who can’t understand why they have to walk down this path. Their siblings who blame themselves wondering if they provided enough support.Their extended family wondering what went wrong. But in fact nothing went wrong….this was just the path they were meant to follow and I believe that it will lead to greatness. The one message that’s echoed in every NA meeting is that addiction knows no age, race, gender or religion. Everyone can become a victim and fall prey to it. What matters is recovery and living every moment fighting with your inner demons. I...

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Parenthood…. The raw truth

lo From the moment your baby is in your arms, you dream of the beautiful moments that are yet to come You dream of; the first precious smile, holding them in your arms, their first word, the first step they take, the cutest things that they say and the memories that will take your breath away. You don’t dream of being proud of yourself for catching vomit in your hands, closing the nappy before the pee hits you or cleaning up such large amounts of poo that you feel like throwing the whole baby out. Sitting up at 2am...

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An ode to a wonderful woman

An ode to a wonderful grandmother My grandmother basically grew me up. Mum dropped me of every morning and fetched me after work from the time I was 6 months old until I was 10 years old and we moved to a different area. My relationship with my gran however still continued. We visited every weekend and she usually had a gift for me everytime I visited her. All my cousins knew that I was the favorite and my grandmother often mentioned it 😊😊😊. She bought me my very first cell phone. Now bear in mind she never worked...

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RSV… The worst thing in the world

So my 2 week old baby boy contracted RSV even though we limited visitors to immediate family . Some times people are sick even though they don’t feel sick. He is a NICU baby and after spending 8 days in the NICU, the last thing we wanted was to come back to hospital. We spent 3 nights in hospital then we went home as he was feeling better. 3 days later we had to rush him back to hospital because he was not nursing or breathing properly. We have been here for 2 days already. He is on oxygen...

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