'I am not an expert but a regular mother'

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Four-and-a-half years after my first son was born, I was happy being a mum but I also wanted to go back to my work,” says Tara Sharma revealing her dilemma, just like any other woman who has to choose between her children and profession post motherhood.

The celebrity-mother thus thought of coming up with a show to discuss the problem that she and other women face in their lives. “The idea for The Tara Sharma Show came to me because there wasn’t any chat show discussing issues about parenting and child care at that time. If I be honest, I always wanted a chat show of my own since I love talking to people. So unlike my contemporaries, my real career began after I became a mother,” says the actor-anchor who was last seen in the film Om Jai Jagadish opposite Abhishek Bachchan.

After becoming a mother, anchoring a show that explores issues that she faced in her real life too was nothing less than a bonus for her. “When a woman plans to have a child, people scare her saying that she has to be prepared for non-stop cleaning, 24x7 care and no holiday. But all this is not true since one can manage kids and profession together,” says Sharma who decided to bring on board experts to suggest solutions to problems that her viewers share with her.

“Infact, in the new season, I purposely invited my friends, who also happen to be celebrity mothers, to share their views on motherhood. I was touched when Kajol mentioned during this segment that ‘Everyone assumed that parenting is easier for celebrity parents but that is not true because they have another set of challenges to face while raising their kids.’”

Apart from such chats with celebrity parents, advice from experts and discussions, the show is also making news for its live blog - which chronicles the day to day activities of a young mother. “When Mr (Amitabh) Bachchan re-tweeted congratulating on the show’s success, it was a high point for me,” says Sharma as she checks the show’s Facebook page to read a post from a mother in another country.

“This African American lady has posted on the YouTube link of one of the show’s episode that she is glad to see a show based on parenting. But the most touching incident was when a single gay person from New Zealand posted on the FB page that he had tears in his eyes when he saw the episode where young fathers talked about their experiences of parenting,” she confesses talking about the rising popularity of the show on social media.

“My parents taught me ‘Nobody stops being a parent’ and I took inspiration from this to create a show which is actually for everyone, since each one of us is connected to children, directly or indirectly. My biggest learning through this show is to understand that one should never ‘judge’ another parent,” says Sharma. As a producer, she is happy that her hard work haspaid off.

“I am not an expert but a regular mother but I feel very happy when I get to know that people are watching my show. I had always wanted my work to go global and now with the third season being aired on Star World, I have finally managed to accomplish my dream!”

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