Journeys of Hope – Part 2 – A Poem

Breaking Free What is it like to be fourteen going twenty-five? Put your life on pause and frozen alive. You feel it rushing past you, sometimes through. But at heart, you’re still a kid with issues.   You know the lines, have the script by heart, Wear the smiles and play the part. Impeccable performance... Continue Reading →

Lessons from Taare Zameen Par

Gyan Toh Gyan Hota Hai, Chahe Woh Zabaani Ho Ya Likhit… I would be the first to admit that my Hindi vocabulary is extremely limited, so if you had randomly approached me for a translation of the above quote, I would have had to blink and stammer. However, it so happens that this particular sentence... Continue Reading →

Stay Paw-sitive!

The best part about being quarantined? Hundreds of cuddles. Thousands of slobbery kisses. Infinite number of ‘Fetch’ games. In short, lots of precious time you can spend with your fur-babies. Seriously, let me tell you something; whether you’re irritated about working from home or not, I can guarantee that your furry friends are ecstatic. Because... Continue Reading →

Thoughts during COVID Quarantine

  When I think about talking to people about what I am feeling, one thought stops me from going through with it - "What will they think of me?" Will they think I am weird? Will it affect my relationship with them? I’ve realized the short answer to all those questions: yes, they will be... Continue Reading →

International Day of Happiness

It is an odd time to celebrate the ‘International Day of Happiness’. Coronavirus, global warming, social and political issues, to name a few reasons why. The future seems bleak and preaching hope sounds distant and impractical. So, should we just skip celebrating this time then? Happiness feels like a fantasy in today’s world. While happiness... Continue Reading →

Dear Songbird

Trigger warning: Mentions of depression, rape and related issues.    ‘Songbird, why dost thou bear a broken wing?’ Sarojini Naidu. Wait, I know her! Naidu...Naidu...Yes! That freedom fighter, right? The one who went on Gandhi’s Dandi march with him? There’s even a very famous photo of them marching ahead to freedom. Freedom...Independence...Such abstract concepts! As... Continue Reading →

Battle with my body

“I want to be more fit, maybe a little taller'' blurts my friend as he looks at a larger than life poster of a model on the side of the highway. Earlier in the day at a restaurant, he orders a salad for lunch and leaves the croutons untouched. He casually says he’s not hungry.... Continue Reading →

Threads of a Noose

TRIGGER WARNING: Talks about teen suicide If a picture speaks a thousand words, Then, a million spoke the one I held. Through shattered glass in battered frame, Crystal to me, to others misspelled. ‘Mom!’, you say in exasperation, For the hundredth time I compelled.   —————————————   Perhaps, I was too hard, suffocating, Like all... Continue Reading →

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