What the hell is wrong with us?

Woke up to this news on the front page yesterday! A 35 year old mom feeds her 4 year old and 1 year old daughters rusted nails in their glass of milk, causing them to choke and die. After they die, she sleeps in the same bed as the dead girls for two days, before…

To the Women of My World – On Women’s Day

Their veil of ‘protection’ forcibly keeps out ‘our’ light darkening our worlds Against all odds we dream The shackles of ‘tradition’ stifle us authoritatively dictating our lives Against all odds we breathe The menacing shroud of  ignorance violently wrapped around us entangles us not allowing escape Against all odds we hope The fear of reprimand…

Reading Material

Two day old baby found in the garbage dump near the municipal hospital. So far no one has come forth to claim her. Eight year old girl raped by father. Thirteen year old girl kidnapped on her way back from school. Nineteen year old commits suicide. Found hanging by the fan in her hostel room….

Just A Rhyme

When I was a little child barely five I got a slap the first one of my life my mom was raving mad at me servants are like our family you never speak with them badly he is more than your dad’s age apologize immediately and don’t ever disrespect so what if he works for…

Bhaag India Bhaag!

I watched “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” yesterday. A lot has been said about the movie itself, the story line, the direction, the music and Farhan Akhtar’s performance. Most of it is correct. Its a stellar film. But after watching the movie what I brought back from it was a feeling of despair. Are you surprised? Despair, …

The Fortune Teller – A story

The Fortune Teller I hold her hand firmly. Its’ calloused. I use my thumb to rub the palm as if I am creasing out the lines, so as to read them better. I am waiting for the epiphany to hit me. In the meanwhile I look a little closer. I discreetly push back the long…

Woman – Just Look at the sky

woman look at the sky no matter what they say that’s where you belong let your spirit soar your ambitions fly your fertility is a gift don’t allow it to become a chain that binds your dreams take pride in it flaunt it, savor it but don’t let anyone else own it you are capable…

Blueprint for change – making a difference!

5:30 a:m I  wake up, just as the alarm goes off. Quickly choking its shrill voice lest it disturb Arjun, my husband. We both had a late night yesterday at Preeti’s place. I quickly freshening up, and head to the kitchen to whip up our ‘dabbas’. I work in a school and have to leave…