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
Picture this a seven-year-old girl is watching her favourite tv show when an advertisement begins-a distraught young woman is feeling uncomfortable and is unable to sleep well. So, she uses a said product that absorbs an unidentifiable blue liquid and the woman wakes up next morning all bright-eyed and happy, … Continue Reading
“How’s the night?” Clear.
Galileo watched the fourth moon of Jupiter disappear.
“Aha! these old calculations failed again”, he said with a cheer.
Motion of stars and moons were jumbling me,
“We are not confined to the centre Andrea, we are free!”
Oh, so this apple is the earth, and … Continue Reading
It was a phone call from my aunt that broke the news about my cousin. I remember the hushed sympathy, the way the air hung heavy with a temporary gloom. The call ended, normality resumed not long after.
Young as I was, it was shocking to me how fast the … 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
After weeks of coercion from my friends and rows of memes on my timeline, I gave in. I finally binge-watched, the highly debated and controversial show, Indian Matchmaking. Like Sima Taparia (aka India’s top matchmaker) said, in India, marriage is not about the bride or the groom. Unfortunately, marriage often … Continue Reading
I was thirteen when my long-held belief that the adult world was free from slander was shattered. A “friend” of my mom’s had a snide remark up her sleeve when she saw me and she pointed out the hypocritical approach of my mother-preaching about health and nutrition at the … Continue Reading