As a little girl, the concept of death was both frightening and alien. The first loss I experienced was of my grandfather (Dadu) at the age of ten, and for months I couldn’t come to terms with the fact that I won’t see him in the morning with his newspaper … Continue Reading
The year was 1950, and India was still reeling from the cultural upheaval that came with the Partition. Prassan and his family, like many Hindu-Punjabi families, had fled what was now Pakistan and immigrated to Delhi post-Independence. Yet several years later, safe in their new home with no fear of … Continue Reading
Masturbation– the word itself turns heads and makes us all turn into a pile of giggles and sly looks. Yet, for all that it has to offer the only connotation that I and several women associate it with is shame and guilt. So why is it that something that … Continue Reading
“But you’ll get addicted”
“If you feel better, stop taking them”
“You don’t need pills, you need to go out more”
Not really, mom.
The stigma around mental health issues is incredibly, painfully real. Worse still, is the stigma around the treatments for them. Therapy and medication … Continue Reading
With the end of the spooky season, arrives the month of November and during this month we see several men posting pictures of themselves, proudly embracing their untamed beards. This trend is known as No-Shave November that aims to raise awareness for cancer. It encourages people to let their body … Continue Reading
The word agnostic translates to ‘without knowledge’ in Ancient Greek- which captures the essence of agnosticism. It is the idea that the existence of any divine being is unknown. Used interchangeably with the term ‘atheism’ by those less well-versed in the vernacular of religion, which is the explicit disbelief in … Continue Reading
I was twelve when my father first drew a diagram of a family tree, every distant cousin, uncle, and aunt included, trying his best to familiarize me with their names. Being raised in a nuclear family meant likening seeing aforementioned relatives to a sacred pilgrimage- visiting them once a year … Continue Reading
My relationship with language has always been tempestuous.
When I was five, my great-grandmother narrated folktales in our native language of Mewari. I wasn’t fluent in the language, and I barely understood it. But I never interrupted her storytelling, enraptured by her quaint stories about the rat that went … Continue Reading
Every Pedigree ad on TV, every Instagram influencer posting minute-by-minute updates of their tail-wagging buddy’s day, even movies like Hachiko all confirm one saying: Dogs are a man’s best friend. Their favorite chew toys, their preferred times for a walk (even if it’s at the crack of dawn), even their … Continue Reading