The Problem of What to Do With a Woman


In the past few days, I have watched two old Hindi movies: Guide, released in 1965, and Aradhna, released in 1969. While obviously, one is not supposed to take these movies as true to life, we can still acknowledge, to some degree, that in cinema, characters and attitudes would be reflective of the lives of […]

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Language is a funny thing


“Five rupees for every word in Hindi,” the teacher would say, “you will be fined five rupees for every word spoken in Hindi.” That is how we were taught to speak in English. At nine or ten, we knew the theory of it, we knew how most words were spelt and written, we knew them […]

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The Limitations of Language


Perhaps it’s time to start considering yourself lucky in life if you think that you are unable to express what you are feeling, that words keep falling short, and that language is inadequate to articulate your experience. A lot of literary theory talks about the limitations of language, about how it is simply not enough […]

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Grip on Reality

Perhaps we learn something invaluable about our own selves every time we meet new people. Each of us creates a customized system for ourselves through which we navigate the world; we build that system through our experiences, the kind of people we surround ourselves with, the exposure to others’ views we receive, the socialization we […]

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I haven’t taken any new year’s resolutions for the past few years, but this time the idea seems appealing. It’s a chance to resolve to do things, and I don’t want to pass up on that. These are my new year resolutions: 1.  Focus on health: It’s been a struggle all my life, but this year […]

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Don’t Forget to Enjoy the Walk


The leaves in the meadows are now yellow and brown. They crinkle at the slightest touch, and are gathered around the elm trees that perimeter the grass, which covers the ground like rich, green velvet, cut through only by dark grey, concrete pathways. We walk on the pathways because the grass is always wet. The […]

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The Greatest Wealth


Perhaps I’m being presumptuous, for I am not so old and experienced yet; but for all I have seen and all I have known, people- supportive, loving, funny people- are your greatest wealth, and nothing else. I keep reminding myself, as a refrain in my head, I keep telling myself: the human life is a […]

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Does The Author Matter?


I’m not trying to justify my blog name. When I refer to ‘author’, it’s not simply the author of a book, but what I mean is creator of any art- filmmakers, storytellers, musicians, artists, illustrators, and so on- if you produce art of any kind, then you are an author. With any work of art […]

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Marriage, the Only Recourse

Marriage the only recourse

Tannu is her daughter from her previous marriage. When Tannu was slightly less than a year old, her father died, in a drunken brawl. Left to pick up the pieces, Tannu’s mother married another man, an older man, who refused to let Tannu be a part of his household. Tannu was sent off to her […]

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The Day You Will Look Back and Laugh


In times of stress and turmoil, fear and trouble; it is essential to try and remember, it is vital to absolutely know and be sure- that one day, you will look back and laugh. Like any other education-respecting, board-fearing student, Maths made my knees go weak. It made my stomach churn and sent waves of […]

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