Sid Balachandran is a telecommunication engineer who is now a work-from-home dad. When not running after his four-year old son, tripping over LEGO blocks, or picking out food from his hair, he writes about fatherhood, relationships, fiction and satire on this blog, which recently won ‘The Best Personal Blog in India’ award.

An independent writer, multi-award winning blogger and a short-story author, who has been published in a number of leading magazines and online portals. Professionally an engineer, I'm now a work-from-home Dad, and writes on parenting, social satire, humour, lifestyle and writing in general.

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My wife is the main breadwinner, and I'm okay with that

Sid Balachandran
Sid Balachandran
Posted on : 29 Mar 2017

His wife makes more money that he does, but he doesn’t think that’s an issue

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Formula for a Happy Married Life | Bonobology

Our secrets to marriage and happily ever after

Sid Balachandran
Sid Balachandran
Posted on : 28 Nov 2016

It’s not easy and it’s no fairy-tale, but there are some things that work for building a successful relationship

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His First Celebration Of Diwali With His In-Laws | Bonobology

When his in-laws showed him the true soul of Diwali

Sid Balachandran
Sid Balachandran
Posted on : 28 Oct 2016

He’d always thought of Diwali as an occasion for extravagance and showing off but his first Diwali at his in-laws’ place showed him the real...

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Marriage Advice For Making It Through Having A Baby | Bonobology

Our Marriage Survived a Kid

Sid Balachandran
Sid Balachandran
Posted on : 02 Aug 2016

Is having a kid one of the most stressful periods in a marriage? And what can a couple do to make ‘me-time’ in between diaper changes and sl...

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Sid Balachandran Commented

30 May 2017

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Personally, I think it's not helped nor marred it in anyway. Despite being an engineering graduate and being familiar with technology, my wife hasn't really taken to it as much as I would have thought she would. Me on the other hand, is pretty much married to technology on some days. 

But I think what helps and matters is that I try and restrict usage of it when we are together or doing things together - that way, it helps make sure that technology is not pushing us apart.

WE've also done that 'reading little snippets of information' part - it's quite a silence breaker some times.

There are times when my husband and I sit in the evenings, busy on our laptops or mobiles. Since both of us enjoy reading, we break our silence to read out little snippets or interesting pieces of information. Thus, technology has enhanced our relationship, instead of taking away from it. How has technology affected your relationship? 


Sid Balachandran

Sid Balachandran Commented

30 May 2017

Comment :

I'd be lying if I said it isn't frowned upon. And not just by the new generation - every generation has it. 

I suppose there are two ways to look at it; on one side it is often considered to be an immense waste of good education if an educated person (gender irrelevant) decides to take up the role of a homemaker. Having said that, while it needs no degrees or qualifications, the role of a homemaker is not one to be belittled. IT takes a huge amount of effort to run a family, and despite our modern thought processes, equal partnership does not really work in all families. Which means, it then comes down to one person to pull most of the workload at home.

Having said all that, as someone who has been on both sides of this 'debate', I'd say, if someone is choosing to be a homemaker by THEIR choice without any external influences, that's their right. The problem seems to be conditioning - despite all our progress, in a lot of families, they still see the woman (or the mother) as someone whose priorities need to come in the order of : Family first, everything else later. 


Sid Balachandran

Sid Balachandran Commented

30 May 2017

Comment : She watched the designer bring out the heels and place them next to the crown of flowers. "Another one, eh?" he asked, a smirk apparent on his face. She let out a demure smile, but her thoughts whispered, "Always the bridesmaid."

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Team Bonobology
Posted on : 30 May 2017

Let’s think of a story behind this photo

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Sid Balachandran

Sid Balachandran Commented

26 Apr 2017

Comment :

Haha! I don't think I actually remember. Our wedding was a bit of a haze; we had a traditional Kerala wedding with the 'thali' ceremony at like 5 am in the morning - so really, I was still a bit asleep. Just awake enough to make sure that I was marrying the right person :P

 

Thank god for photos :P


Sid Balachandran

Sid Balachandran Commented

26 Apr 2017

Comment :

Any addiction is bound to have ricochet effects on a relationship - especially when it involves other people, albeit virtual ones. Personally, I think it did affect our relationship a bit - more so, because my wife hasn't really taken to social media as I have. And also the fact that a lof of my work involves being on social media, and hence sometimes 'lack of attention' has driven her mad occasionally.

However, what I don't get are people in relationships over-indulging in social media PDA. Get a room for everyone else's sake :)



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