Family. The importance and influence of family around the world, especially in a close knit culture like India, is well known and documented especially through movies, TV shows, books etc. But more often than not, the importance of family is portrayed in a ‘always positive’ , ‘thicker than blood’, ‘no questions asked’ sort of a … Continue reading The Grey Shades of Family
This is not a commentary on the legendary song by Britney Spears. This is a commentary/confessional/reflection on toxic behaviours and traits that I showed to others around me for the longest time. A few recent developments in my life made me realise that as much as i thought i was empathetic as an individual, i … Continue reading Toxic
Being 20-something is exactly what it sounds like. Its being something, without knowing exactly what that something is. Sometimes you feel its all figured out before it all unravels and you're back to square one. Here's my learnings so far about being a 20-something ... something. Am I an adult?Who knows? Apparently everybody has a … Continue reading Being 20-something
Help me, for I don't know who to blame anymore. Many people are concerned that media and social media has highlighted only two particular cases while the rest of the country continues to have incidents where it's daughters are facing the same atrocities. True, very true. Before we go on endorsing the proud statistic of … Continue reading Who do I blame?
Religious groups have started to grow suspicious of each other. Each wants their own autonomy, power grab and security for their respective groups. There are reports of violence erupting across the country. States are becoming witness to Muslims and Hindus killing each other. Politicians plead for peace and unity only when they realise that the … Continue reading Its Happening Again
--- I stare at the blank paper in front of me. Question number one asks me to define poverty. EASY! I chuckle at the idea that there are possibly people out there who don't know what poverty is. Poverty is the state of being extremely poor. Done. The next question asks students how they can help … Continue reading The nuisance
Ignorance is all around me, in my home. I've always been a stern believer of progressive values and systems. I have been blessed in my life to have had the opportunity to make friends from across countries, castes, religions and classes. Every dissimilarity that I come across makes me more intrigued to understand that dissimilarity, … Continue reading My Silence Enables Ignorance Around Me
Over the past few months, I've had the good fortune to come across people who believe in uplifting others and empowering those around them. Many have termed me as 'brazen', 'brave', 'confident', etc. I'm not trying to get social media affirmation in any way but when you live your life in a particular way which … Continue reading Unapologetic
There are always discussions around us in the media, on twitter and general social media outlets about the new rulings or expectations that everyone HAS to stand up for the Indian National Anthem. I'm not the one to argue that I hate standing up for the national anthem however the forcefulness of the decision is … Continue reading Stand Up.
By: Beth Vincent Beth Vincent is a first Year BSc International Development Student and Vice President of the Reading University Conservative Association The Conservatives and the Labour party are considered the two main parties in the UK- although this becoming increasingly more contestable in recent election cycles. The most fundamental difference between the two … Continue reading GE Series: The Conservative Party