The Sad Truth

Listen up, everyone has their dreams and aspirations. Whether it is getting accepted to your top-choice university or travelling the world, or something simple like being with the person you love. But the sad truth is that sometimes, things don’t work out the way you want. As cliché as it sounds – that’s life. It’s meant to be imperfect,...

Where Your Izzat Lies

Izzat. Honour. Reputation. Prestige. If you grew up in an Indian household, regardless of religion, you have undoubtedly heard this word before. It has been used over and over, parents drilling into their children especially their daughters about izzat, khaandan ki izzat, maa aur papa ki izzat, the household name, the reputation of the name and the honour that...

Why Do We Talk So Much About The Weather?

We can all relate: standing awkwardly by yourself during a party, with only a miserable half-full cup of rapidly warming beer in your hands to keep you company. Your wandering gaze chances upon another mired soul in the same predicament as you. For once this evening, you decide to be the bigger person. You swallow whatever ego is left— which,...

Mistakes

Humans seldom find themselves defining who they are, based on mistakes. Simply because a bad feeling or a memory is more likely to stick around than a good one for the oddest of reasons that we are yet to put in to words. Everyone does it, regardless of gender, race, age, cultural background etc. It happens. People make mistakes. It’s how we learn. It’s...

FIGHT IT. GET UP. AND FIGHT IT

4:37AM, August 2015 :   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6x4J2GEIHA Fight it. Get up. And fight it. Discontinue your inner demon. He does not deserve the taste of the blood on your wrists and thighs, He does not deserve the pleasure of your tears, He does not deserve the power you give him, To make you cry, To make you break, To make you hurt. Fight it. Get up. And fight it. Destroy the irrelevant voices running through...

Be Patient.

Be Patient. I’m probably the worst person to say that patience is a virtue, however, it is – in relation to multiple subject matters, all one can say sometimes, is, be patient. On some days, your mom will be paranoid, she will be annoyed, she will be worried and it will all seem like only one thing to you – anger. She’s...

The Society Wanted Me To “Cover Up”

I was sixteen when I saw a boy hungrily staring at the way my skirt involuntarily pulled up as I bent down to retrieve my books from under the table. I was in my school uniform. I was seventeen when a teacher threw a shawl at me in class, asking me to cover up. I was already wearing a cardigan. I...

An Honest Conversation About Depression And Anxiety

For the longest time, I liked to think myself as an advocate against the stigma around depression. Second person narratives, mini rants on social media, heroic acts of re-tweeting and re-blogging and a healthy side of being that 3.00am call to a few made me assume I was actually dong something about ‘depression and anxiety’. I took refuge in the...

The List Maker

If I were to confess my biggest guilty pleasure, it would be this: I am a list maker. I make lists about everything. There's nothing in this world that I cannot make a list about. What to pack for a weekend getaway? Make a list. What to do on the said weekend getaway? Make a list. He says he has reasons...

The Truth About Twins

Being a twin is rather fascinating in current times - you hear the famous "Oh, I wish I had a twin!" line all the time. That is the unending jovial claims emerging from people who deem that being one is definitely worth it. However, there's also the socially corrupt stigma that drudges along with it. But, here's the catch...