“Why are you in despair, O my soul?And why have you become disturbed within me?” Around this time last yeara teenage girl lured by the promise of employment,imprisoned, gang-raped and sold. “Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;Lord, hear my voice.Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” Lord of the nations, … More A Lament for Unnao and Kathua
heartbreak – ubiquitous experience and yet, the one least spoken about. from a broken favourite toy, or a classmate having the superman pencil you can’t have, to a betrayal in a relationship the death of hope itself or the injustice we witness to self and others, heartbreak is simply the breaking of the heart. and … More anatomy of a heartbreak
Hearts were expectant as the Covid-19 pandemic was going to be ‘the era of history’ that never occurred nor would likely recur. The onset of the Covid-19 was a dream come true for many homes, despite the distress in its trail. Families could have deeper bonding, intimacy and quality time of togetherness; which was earlier … More The Greater Pandemic than the Covid-19
‘Your thighs are big, have you tried running’, ‘Your arms are huge!!’, ‘Should you wear that short dress?’, ‘Perhaps eat less, try eating chapatis it will help you lose weight, ‘Try lemon water with honey?’, ‘ Please exercise or walk and see how quickly you’ll lose your weight.’ These sentences may seem like simple statements … More Dear Society ! Yours Sincerely, Fat Girl…!!
Ever wondered why so many of us choose to remain silent at the sight of injustice? Wondered what spawns our passive existence? Must one credit this silence and passivity to our lack of awareness, or is there something that prevents us from taking note of the copious evil manifestations? Implied and evident in my first … More Burst The Privilege Bubble
“Sherly aunty, when I grow up, I want to be like you!” my 3 year old nephew told me as I washed my hands when I reached home. He was so excited to see me, and wanted me to carry him, but what does the first rule say? Must wash hands! The little one followed … More Can Teachers Be Bullies?
“I’m going to say I never knew you.” These words still ring loud in my ears. Each time I hear it in my head, my heart still drops to a deep place where questions and grief meet. These words were spoken in court, by a young girl who my husband, a few friends and I … More When Justice Went Wrong
One of the books that I completed recently is that of ‘Djinn Patrol on the Purple Lines’ by Deepa Anappara. Although the story is about missing children, it is presented through the eyes of Jai, Pari and Bahadur who are children themselves but full of grit and determination to find the missing children. In attempting … More Djinn Patrol: The Many Layers of Society
The meaning of the word is strong. But what does it mean to be equal to someone? It just means being the same in value and status. These thoughts were triggered with a simple message forwarded to me about Sudha Murthy, whom I consider a woman of humility. She was questioned about equality by her son … More Equality
We’ll be choked right from the start or they’ll just play with our heart they’ll lock us up or lock us in they’ll attack us for showing our skin our gender will pull us down for which we’ll always have a frown. we’ll hide ourselves all the time we’ll be blamed for every crime in … More Was This The Cost