Defiance

Neda Ganji does’t quite understand the word “No“. Since she was a little girl and she started dreaming of being an air hostess one day, the one resounding word she got from her mother was “No“. She noticed that the boys in her family didn’t get to hear that word very often; in fact, they…

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Undefeated

By some miracle, the mother and the baby survive. Born on the 20th, the baby has to be given something like 25 injections so she can make it. She makes it.
That was my best friend by the way. Shreya Chakraborty. Or Chacks as I like to call her.

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You will live on Part 2

In the first part of this interview, you’ll recall that Akshita talked about her job as an event planner, the loss of her younger brother and the strong bond she has with her parents. Now, our talk turns to life after. Cherishing the memories of her brother, keeping her faith in God and asking herself…

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You will live on Part 1

Akshita Bhatia and I were classmates at law school. Sweet, vivacious and charming, Akshita immediately drew your eye because of her affable nature. She was incredibly popular at college and though not academically inclined, she was constantly immersed in extra-curricular activities. She was also one of the few people I knew, who did not possess…

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Happy Place: An Introduction

I’ve decided I’ll be starting something known as the Happy Place series. Young people go through myriad emotions; Happiness, sadness, peace, anger, hope, disappointment, excitement, depression, so on and so forth. We also go through strife. The difference is, we do a good job of covering it up. The Happy Place series is aimed at…

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Wallpaper, madam, please!

“Madam…tut tut tut….this will not look nice” The young man shook his head solemnly. “It look good here but it in real life, it not look good!!!” My interior designer was not only uncomfortable with English, he was also patronising about my requests. My mother was trying to reason with him calmly, holding a standard-issue…

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The Destabilization of an Institution

“Sakshi’s getting married?” I asked, stunned. “Yes!” There was a squeal of pleasure from the other end. A friend had phoned me up with the good news. “Isn’t that wonderful?” I wasn’t so sure. Sakshi was not yet 18, and even though I was no older than she was, I suspected her marriage wasn’t entirely…

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A dog owner’s letter to her neighbour

Dear neighbor I believe you have some issues about living next-door. I understand most of these issues involve my dog. Since I sympathise with the plight of non-dog lovers, I’ve decided to write to you some gentle pointers about co-existing with these amazing animals. Here are some that you may find useful: If there’s poop…

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