Just like her books, Shunali Khullar Shroff is brilliantly unassuming. The author and compulsive reader has penned two books, Battle Hymn of a Bewildered Mother and Love in the Time of Affluenza, netting in rave reviews for her pithy, humour laced style of writing, replete with generous inputs from real life parenting experiences of her gorgeous teen and pre-teen Zara and Rania, whom she raises with her husband Shravan Shroff.

Excerpts from a conversation with Express Parenting:

From a full-time working professional to a full-time mom to now an author-mom, are you happy

Yes, I am in a happy space now. As I feel one parent needs to take a step back on the career front, to be around for the children (not that my husband offered to stay at home!), I chose to stay at home. When you are young and impetuous, you don’t think twice about tossing your career away for motherhood. I was pretty kicked about turning mom when I conceived Zara. In retrospect, I feel I should have kept my career going on the backburner, on low heat. The folly of youth

What makes you say that?

I believe whether you are Posh Spice or Michelle Obama, under the best of circumstances, you need to have a source of personal wealth. For me, it was convenient to stay at home, as there was no responsibility (by the grace of God) of paying bills.

When did realisation dawn?

About nine years ago. My younger child was two years old when I took over the corporate communications of my husband’s company.

Shilpi Madan for The Indian Express

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