Looking Beyond The Gift-Giving On Valentine’s Day

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, last year, a message landed on my phone. The text read: “Happy Galentine’s Day”! I was totally clueless what it was all about. But since the note was from a very dear friend, I instantly knew the occasion had something beautiful connected to it. I learned that I was 10 years behind because Galentine’s Day has been in vogue … Continue reading Looking Beyond The Gift-Giving On Valentine’s Day

Laying Them Bare

An uncanny coincidenceI would say!For no rhyme or reason validateswhy those thoughts surfacedonly in the twilight hours!A guilt hovered,questioning me why I had distanced myself,from those who had beenat the core of my existence.They had kept me alive,had never forsaken me.I had confessed to themsecrets all;every desire,every longing.They wove the identity of who I am,encapsulating the emotions that have encircled meover the years:the joys that overflew the … Continue reading Laying Them Bare

The Spices And Flavors That Make The Thriller Pepper Chicken

My typing of “pepper chicken” in the Google search engine yielded millions of results. This was well expected, owing to the popularity of the dish across varied cuisines. But is this delicacy always so relished and welcomed? What if it was served, in the chilling dark of night, to a woman terrified out of her wits?  Ratan Sil Sarma’s Pepper Chicken addresses this issue head-on … Continue reading The Spices And Flavors That Make The Thriller Pepper Chicken

A Toast To Hope for 2021

Most of us perform a ritual as the year comes to a close. We look back in retrospect at the bygone days and gaze forward in anticipation of what the future holds for us. The year 2020 held us all in a threatening grip. If we were to analyze 2020 and assess it, we could say that it has been an extremely tumultuous year. Considering … Continue reading A Toast To Hope for 2021

Superhero Priya Is On A Mission to Combat COVID-19

She rides on her flying tiger Sahas and is an emblem of courage. The gospel of love, fairness, and acceptance is what she seeks to preach. She is none other than Priya, India’s first female comic book superhero. Something new and refreshing now emerges from this comic book series. An international array of actors featuring Vidya Balan, Mrunal Thakur, Sairah Kabir, and Rosanna Arquette have … Continue reading Superhero Priya Is On A Mission to Combat COVID-19

Was The Marriage Arranged Or Destined? A Heartwarming Short Film

A cup of spiced tea, savory snacks, and a sweet, short film are indeed a refreshing combo to spend an afternoon with. Produced under the banner of Kadambari Creations (KC Digital Films Initiative), the Assamese film Arranged was released on YouTube on October 16. It was indeed a pleasant experience for me to watch the film. The story of Arranged Jayanta and Jurima are a … Continue reading Was The Marriage Arranged Or Destined? A Heartwarming Short Film

Musings At The Fag End Of Fall

Standing on the threshold of winter,I look at her.Bonded have wethrough sixteen seasons of springas inch by inch, she grew so tallthat I failed to fathom how.Joy and laughter have I shared;comfort she has lenton those cloudy dayswhen solace I have sought.Letting out a long sigh,I now see her standbare sans her garments,bracing the wind that sweeps across.A tinge of sadness crosses my mind.Yet resolute she is,firm not to … Continue reading Musings At The Fag End Of Fall

The Past Usurps The Present In The Film Nirvana Inn

I did not make a  conscious decision. It was just coincidental that I happened to watch Nirvana Inn, with its well-designed spooky aspects, on Halloween Day.  The film was a part of the screenings at the Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati. Premiered in the Busan International Film Festival of 2019, Nirvana Inn clearly deviates from the norms that generally govern movies in the thriller genre. … Continue reading The Past Usurps The Present In The Film Nirvana Inn

Being Thankful And Keeping My Sunny Side Up

Fall is my most favorite season of the year. I love seeing the leaves of trees change colors, and the pleasantly mild temperatures encourage me to take long walks. As we celebrate Thanksgiving at the end of November, we reflect on our blessings in life. This year, it has become all the more important to be grateful for all that we have, with the world … Continue reading Being Thankful And Keeping My Sunny Side Up

The Emerging Face Of Women in the Workplace During COVID-19

The most talked about news these days is, without an iota of doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic. Citizens all across the globe, in some way or the other, can give their input. And yet, no one knows when we can put a stop to this ensuing uncertainty.  I shared my thoughts about female expertise being silenced during the COVID-19 crisis. And I also mentioned how it … Continue reading The Emerging Face Of Women in the Workplace During COVID-19