When the world began, the first Elements were separated – Water. Land. Air. Still our lives these attach us to our Mother Earth. The umbilical cord cannot be severed lightly, For pulsing through it is life itself. Water. Water! The last cry from the lips of those dying of thirst. When the colonial powers taxed … More Water! Water!
You can cage the singer, but not the song. you can douse the embers, but the ashes are hot. The dancer is still, but the dance lingers in the heart, in the mind’s eye. the wind carries the sound of the dirge, but the clouds see from aloft. They weep at the sight of the … More Red
The 23-year-old Jyoti Singh from New Delhi had been gang raped in a moving bus in 2012. She later succumbed to her injuries. “I want to survive,” she had written on a piece of paper she handed to her doctors. The Supreme Court decision upholding the death sentence of the rapists is yet to be … More @MeToo In The Light Of “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied”
I was seventeen when I gathered the courage to confront my abuser and all he simply said was, “It was a childish mistake. I am sorry.” I kept screaming inside that, ‘sorry’ wasn’t enough to undo the horrors he had put me through. Nonetheless, I forgave him believing that he must have changed, now that … More If Only: The Price of Unspoken Shame
Photo by Melanie Wasser on Unsplash “It was just like any other day,” she said “I was walking home and was just a block away from my apartment. You know how crowded the roads get.” “Uh huh” I nodded, distracted by my phone. Scrolling through a website, I had chanced upon the word, ‘embittered’: to become … More Embittered
Everyday violence is all around us – all pervasive and yet invisible. Invisible because we live in a society where low-level endemic day to day violence is normalized that we have developed blind spots that stop us from seeing what is sometimes right below our noses – sometimes, often in our own homes. To highlight this, … More Violence and the broken Police system
It was a Sunday morning, the weather was confusing… cold enough to wear a sweater, but hot enough to sweat. I was boarding the metro to go to church. As I entered the ladies’ metro coach, I found a seat, much to my surprise. The metro announcement speaker sounded, “Next station is Laxmi Nagar.” A 30-something lady … More The Ugly Face Of Domestic Violence In India
In India, certain issues are shrouded in the garb of ‘maintaining’ the cultural norm; one that silences decades of violence against women and ensures it stays within closed doors. The dominant patriarchal narrative in the country provides open ground for predators to carry out acts of physical, psychological and sexual abuse with judicial leniency. Intimate … More The Culture of Silence that Breeds Intimate Partner Violence