Debamita Chakraborty’s debut novel Lifescape mirrors the truths and travails blanketing a rural area of Gujarat. Governed by customs, traditions, and patriarchal norms, the inhabitants of Moti Chirai are also at the mercy of nature which is not always benevolent. Can the community overcome the obstacles that make their path a rugged one? Unfolding the story of Lifescape Misfortune comes in waves. A storm mercilessly … Continue reading Lifescape: A Story of Emancipation and Female Empowerment
I flew out of my parents’ nest and stepped out of India in my early twenties. Like many of us who leave their families and settle in a different country, I too always had a worry in my mind as to whether all was well at home. But what I am experiencing now is something that I had never gone through in close to three … Continue reading A Slice of Positivity And Grains of Patience During Covid
I would say it’s a rather uncanny coincidence. Mukti Bhawan is a film that I had wanted to write about for a long time. Just as I had gathered my thoughts and was close to penning the piece, I heard about the sad demise of actor Lalit Behl, who essayed the role of patriarch Dayanand Kumar in the film. The veteran actor-filmmaker passed away due … Continue reading Mukti Bhawan Celebrates The Parental Bond With Delicate Sensitivity
It was close to my birthday. Holding a present untidily wrapped with tape all over, my little one came up to me. It was his favorite red toy truck that he wanted to give Mommy. My heart instantly melted on seeing those pure, undiluted feelings. Now 20 years later, I am still recounting the incident. It’s all because mothers are touched by the simplest and … Continue reading Silliness and Smiles, Sugar and Spice: A Mother’s Day Tribute
The last dawn it was for them,for tomorrow ceased to exist.Came the moment When, sans mercy, the storm swept.They left their loved oneswithout saying their final goodbyes. Engulfed by a stark-cold harshness,millions stand today,with vanished smiles and shattered dreams.The tumultuous journey stretchesfar and beyond.Enveloped in darkness, the light seems far,unfathomable in the horizon. Breaking the shackles that imprison our minds,in compassion and tolerancelet us all unite,stepping up the … Continue reading Solemn Thoughts
With warmer temperatures greeting us, it is time for spring cleaning. To breeze through this tedious process and expedite things, I volunteered to help the younger man in my house organize his closet. Hidden among his woolens was a buttoned shirt that I had not seen him wearing in years. He had obviously outgrown it ages ago. When “Recycle and Reuse” is the slogan that we … Continue reading Buttons on the Right Or Left, It’s All About Wearing Clothes In Style!
A concept that saw the light of dawn in the 19th century, feminism over the years has been painted with various shades and hues. It goes without saying that any movement that seeks to spread the message of equality qualifies as adhering to the tenets of human ethics. Feminism is one such beautiful idea, but its purity wanes when it is misinterpreted. Sadly the very … Continue reading Feminism Is Not About Bashing Men, It’s About Equality
Michelle Obama’s Becoming found its way to my Kindle soon after it was released in 2018. The memoir chronicles her journey right from her childhood days till her final days in the White House. Saying that the book makes a very interesting read is but stating the obvious. But, what I appreciated most was the honesty and candidness with which Obama discusses the triumphs and … Continue reading We Never Stop Becoming, We Keep Changing!
A quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg meticulously summarizes a truth that builds the edifice of gender equality. An ardent advocate for women’s rights, she had said, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” Yes, the possibilities are infinite, and women have the capability to make their mark in all fields. Every year, the world … Continue reading Celebrating Womanhood On International Women’s Day
With complete honesty, I am ready to accept that I am the most talkative person in the house. This is because I am an extrovert by nature. I may not talk sense all the time, but I have given my fair share of logic and wisdom to my family. So as long as I do not drive anyone nuts by jabbering incessantly, where does the … Continue reading More Women In Meetings Sans Voices: Japan’s New Plan