‘I want to be the perfect mother’

first_img S. Kannan New DelhiJanuary 2, 2019UPDATED: January 2, 2019 12:25 IST Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik are proud parents to Izhaan Mairza-Malik (@MirzaSania Photo)Sania Mirza has been away from the tennis courts for almost a year and plans a comeback in the New Year. In an interview with Mail Today, she talks of pregnancy, recovery after a C-section and motherhood.Q: How would you look back at 2018, a year you decided to take a break from tennis and focus on raising a family?A: The pregnancy and the birth of my son, Izhaan, has been a truly exciting experience for me which has definitely touched and enriched my entire life in an amazing kind of way. I feel so grateful to God for making my life feel so complete and fulfilling.Q: Could you explain what it is like to be a mom? You adore your parents, so would you set any kind of goals for yourself in bringing up Izhaan?A: I don’t think I felt very maternal until I got pregnant and then everything changed. Whatever I ate, did or thought about was for my child that was yet to be born. And once, Izhaan was born, his needs and welfare were all that became the focus of my attention. My parents have done all they could for me and Anam (her sister) and I want to be the perfect mother to my son.Q: Is it possible for you to take the readers through your journey in 2018, the months leading up to the arrival of your son?A: I remained very active all through my pregnancy – of course, under the guidance of my doctors. It was important for me to demonstrate to myself and to those who cared that being pregnant was no impediment to living a normal life. Of course, I had to stop playing professional tennis but beyond that, not much changed. In fact, I was hitting tennis balls on court until a week before Izhaan was born, practising yoga and walking 3-4kms everyday during the last month of my pregnancy.advertisementQ: You have mentioned in an interview you are superstitious and would not like your son’s photos to be flashed in social media. Your thoughts on it?A: No, I don’t think I’m superstitious but I would like Izhaan to have as normal a childhood as possible without at any point feeling pressured.Q: Returning to the gym and training hard, how have you planned return to top fitness?A: I’ve already started work in the gym although for another month, I have only been allowed aerobic training since I had a C-section. I will start working with my physical trainer, Robert Ballard from the middle of February and possibly if things go smoothly I would be able to get back onto the practice courts in the first week of April. I will probably need another 6 months to achieve match fitness – but all this is assuming that everything goes well and my body responds positively to the workload.Q: You have said in the past there is unfinished business for you at the Olympics, is Tokyo calling? How does the new protected ranking from the WTA help?A: Olympics is important to any athlete but when one is coming back to competition after pregnancy following a long break, it would be difficult to just focus on the one tournament – however big it may be. I will need to make short term goals and then see how things pan out. But yes, the Grand Slams and the Olympics will be the most important goals for me as they are for any other tennis player. Since we do not have another women’s player in the top 50 of the world, the only way I can expect to enter the Olympics will be for me to get back to top-10 of the world. For now, that remains a distant goal, considering that the earliest that I could probably get back on the Tour would be in September this year. That will give me exactly 1 year to start from scratch and achieve a top-10 ranking. This is not an easy task.Q: Serena Williams keeps talking about her child, even when she has just finished playing a tennis match. Do you think the arrival of a child changes the approach to life and he/she becomes most important in life?A: Yes, I agree that once you become a mother, the child becomes the most important part of one’s life and that’s what makes mothers so special.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sania MirzaFollow TennisFollow Izhaan Mirza-MalikFollow Shoaib Malik ‘I want to be the perfect mother’Sania Mirza opens up about her pregnancy, recovery after a C-section and motherhood in an exclusive chat with Mail Todayadvertisementlast_img read more

No foreign firm submits bid for Central Vista revamp project

New Delhi: According to official sources, no foreign firm has submitted a consultancy bid for architectural and engineering planning of the Centre’s ambitious plan to redevelop Central Vista, Parliament and develop a common Central Secretariat. Sources in the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said that six Indian architectural firms have submitted bids for the project being executed by the Central Public Works Department. On September 2, the ministry had invited request for proposal (RFP) from national and international design and planning firms for the Modi government’s ambitious project. The last date of submitting bids was September 30. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”We were also expecting foreign architectural firms to submit bids as it is a very big project of the central government. However, no international firm has submitted bids for it,” the sources said. There was no immediate reaction available from the Central Public Works Department. A committee of experts will now evaluate the technical proposals submitted by firms. Financial proposals of only those bidders qualifying in the technical proposal will be opened. The government has so far not publicly shared the estimated cost of its project. According to the plan, the government would redevelop the 3 km-stretch of the Central Vista spanning from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate. The ministry said the entire project will be completed by 2024. read more