Journal

Men of Chhatarpur

Men of Chhatarpur

For ages, men have kept their egos safe and hidden under the idea that masculinity resides in their forearms and is only as strong as the fear in a woman’s mind. But definitions are a flowing stream, they take shape, however, time demands of them. I…


Let me Escape the Shackles of Patriarchy

Let me Escape the Shackles of Patriarchy

When I was a child, my mother affectionately called me “Beta”. The term of endearment came from a place of so much warmth and love that I used to relish in the sweetness of the word. But even in my childlike curiosity I never questioned why my…


A Second Chance at Happiness

A Second Chance at Happiness

I have always been a firm believer of the idea that showing sympathy and wearing your heart on your sleeves takes a great deal of courage. Niceness is so often mistaken for weakness that this ruthless world leaves no chance to exploit those who are…


The Longest Distance Between People can be Measured in Words

The Longest Distance Between People can be Measured in Words

Words have more power than we can ever imagine. The biggest distance I have seen between two people can be measured in words; some said and some left unsaid. They have the ability to distance even those who have their hearts tied together. For very…


Rescuing Voices Lost in Crowds

Rescuing Voices Lost in Crowds

Imagine you lost your wallet in a crowd; you ask people if they have seen it, but in the midst of the chaos your voice goes unheard. A man walks up to you, hands you a loudspeaker, and voila, you have people’s attention. That is what journalists are…


This Nation, Where Two Universes Collide

This Nation, Where Two Universes Collide

Time and distance are funny concepts. Mere miles away from you, there are people living in an entirely different world. This world, in the same time-zone as yours, is somehow still stuck in another century. When people shy away from raising their…


What brought me to Pratappur, and made me stay

What brought me to Pratappur, and made me stay

Honest people often paint the world in the colours of their own honesty, but their blissful ignorance is broken when they are faced with deceit. My familiarisation with the immorality of the world began long before I was shaken by the impact of it.…


We are all victims of toxic masculinity!

We are all victims of toxic masculinity!

Certain moments in life are more important than others. These are moments of impact that shake you out of normalcy, making you see how every person you pass has a life just as vivid and complex as your own. They make you wonder how many people…


Let the winds of change blow through Pratappur

Let the winds of change blow through Pratappur

If you ever want a reminder of how to dream, talk to a child. They dream big, don’t they? Give them a few years and the dreams are a lot more tamed. Fantasies of going to Mars come down to the desires of holidaying in Europe. Some more years and…