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Woman at a bar

Woman At The Bar

She sat perched delicately at the bar counter on a high stool. Her drape dress was lifelessly hanging like a noose on the ground below. She was with a man. He looked…

Change Is Pain But A Huge Gain

Change Is Pain But A Huge Gain

Letting go of toxic people is an exercise of self-control, discipline, and constant reminders to self. We unfortunately and unknowingly constantly recycle people, continually carrying on the toxic cycle. We recycle people…

Picture of a girl stuck thinking

Confined in a dream

The narrow black box confined her body like a coffin. She had been inside this for hours now. She felt breathless. The box was clearly not made for her body measurements. It…

A place crowded by people.

The Queue To Serve The Dead

Would I know the grief in the eyes of the dejected family that lives in Kolkata? In those broken walls live old parents who await the little bottle of oil, rice and…

Spider's web

The Trap of Appearances!

He is the kind of guy you feel safe with in your drunken evening. He compliments easily. He will wait till you get off the car and lock your door in. He…

Only Skin Deep

It started with a small discolouration on the side of her finger. She was too frightened to tell anyone and thought it must be nothing. She wore the biggest ring to cover…

मुझे तो प्यार से ही प्यार होता है…

प्यार – यह तो एक अहसास है ना, फिर क्यों हम किसी ख़ास के होने ना होने से उस अहसास का तोल मोल करते हैं। हमारी जिन्दगी में तो लोग आते जाते…

Around the Dinner Table in 28 Days

You sit with a group that you belong to. Or maybe a cult you follow together, maybe part of the success coterie and they are all very nice people. Well dressed, perfumed…

A Mirthless Joke

Every great king has their wise jester. Every Akbar and Raja Krishnachandra, their Birbal and Gopal Bhar. Their role was to ridicule the system and not let the monarch think they are…

Norma Jeane Mortenson

“Dogs never bite me. Just humans”– Marilyn Monroe Hugh Hefner launched his ground-breaking first edition of Playboy magazine that sold millions of copies with the famous cover shot of a nude Marilyn…

Masks & Metaphors in the Time of Mass Epidemics

I am bombarded with videos of clumsy husbands in kitchens, songs of grit and prayers to the universe. The one forward of a video for the campaign #MaskForAll, for this COVID-19 Pandemic, has…

When Will Women Get to Live Inside “Civilization”?

Again, yes, all over again the entitlement towards gratification and validation (which we call “patriarchy”, for short) raised its ugly head in Hyderabad, as they found the charred remains of 26 year…