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
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.
The revelations of the concentration camps in Chechnya has taken everyone by surprise. The anti-gay campaign is claimed to be responsible for mental and physical torture and killing of gay men. Its hard to imagine such a scenario in today's world. But the bitter truth is that we are still surrounded by social and legal … Continue reading The Desi Gay Affair
Usually I stick to Facebook when I need to vent out or rant about things that frustrate me and boil my blood. Obviously the Bangalore Mass Molestation was my most recent trigger. However, after seeing cases like Nirbhaya, the many cases of kids getting raped and now the Bangalore incident, my thoughts and anger couldn't … Continue reading The Curious Case of India and Rape
Have you ever seen those Facebook pages titled ‘men against feminism’, ‘feminism sucks’ and so on? I’m pretty sure you must have. Infuriating isn’t it? To see something that you so strongly believe in, which you feel everyone should follow and which personally affects you, to be demeaned and made fun of like this on … Continue reading He, She and the Feminist
"Mom i'm sick" "OK" Mom i'm Divorced" "WTF Your life is OVER" I know two types of people in my life (real experience, not fictional). The first, our my maternal grandparents. I've always heard my Nani giving me advice about how i should live my life, not stop my career for any boy and do … Continue reading East vs West = Marriage vs Divorce?