My Childhood Goals

Frankly speaking, I never had any goals as a child. All I wanted to do was to be able to breathe without a wheeze and left to read my books. The rest of it—studies, school, growing up—all this just happened and I just skated through it.

I never wanted to be a doctor as I had more than my share of them. I did like playing teacher and school. My students were the longitudinal iron rods in the window that were placed for security reasons. Window rodsI suppose as they were in a line, I saw students in them—bizarre for sure—and I could whack them without any reaction! I did become a teacher at the university level for three years. Then I became a storyteller for little kids…but it just happened just as my acting on the stage and films happened. I never wanted to be a heroine anyway!

I never wanted to be a writer. I used to read a lot, I still do. It was my husband, Raju who kept telling me that since I have read so much of fiction, I should try and write and give expression to all that was stored in my mind.

I have only wanted to do one thing in my life—a goal that I arrived as a grown up. I wanted to run a book shop. I never got round to doing this…..and I never will. But….I am not greatly upset about it. In the long run, I don’t think I could have sat day in and day out in a shop!

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About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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9 Responses to My Childhood Goals

  1. Grannymar says:

    I never really had time for ‘real’ goals, life was far too busy with the day to day chores and most needed full attention and concentration. Life still happened and looking back now, it worked out pretty well for me.


  2. shackman says:

    Yeah – I was on cruise-control as well and as GM said – life happened.


  3. rummuser says:

    Funny how so many of the LBC writers had such goalless childhoods.


  4. Maxi says:

    You have had a very interesting life, Padmini. Have accomplished more than the average person. Good for you, I say.
    blessings ~ maxi


    • padmum says:

      I think it is all due to my family support beginning with my Mother. She was into so many things–music, travel, cooking, reading, spirituality. Bless you for the lovely compliments.


  5. I, too, dreamed of owning a bookshop and sitting with my typewriter (that dates the dream) among much-loved books. i never really dreamed people browsing through the shelves. I’m lucky my dream eluded me. I’ve had so much more than I dreamed.


  6. interesting read padmini mam!

    best wishes to you!




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