GRIEF

ARE WE TRULY ABLE TO WEIGH SOMEONE’S PAIN OR GRIEF? The other day Maa and I got talking, and she was telling me about a death in the family. And, also how, even though everyone knew it was coming, still it was difficult to accept once it happened. I heard her. And she said, “you know, dealing with death and the aftermath is very individual. You can never weigh it from your own stance.” True na? How do I know

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JEALOUSY!

Once upon a time there was a village. The village had a library, a clinic, and a church. In the village lived a poor family, the Smith family. The family had Mr. Smith, Mrs. Smith and their kind daughter Ivy. They were always a happy family until one day at night when everybody gathered around for dinner; which was the last meal for normal families but the first meal of the day for the Smiths’. They did not have good

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MONDAYS WITH MAITABI: ARE WE LIVING UNDER A GARB?

This is the only question that I ended up asking myself when I heard her narrate her tale. The other day in the yoga class, my instructor was a little off the hook. She was pensive. Not talking much. Being reclusive. So much so that her inner turmoil was visible. Clearly. So, once the class ended and everybody left, I put my arms around her and asked, “Kya hua? Why you look so worried today?” “Madam ghar mein bahut problem

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PARAMESHWARI THE LITTLE ASTRONAUT FROM PARAMKUDI

A visual treat and an epitome of a child’s imagination awaits you when you visit the Paramakudi municipal school at 4 PM. A petite eight year old is seen gathering a bunch of friends to play the game of launching a space shuttle. She takes on the role of her favourite astronaut Kalpana Chawla. “Welcome crew to Johnson Space Centre. We will be now launching our space shuttle to the big red planet, the Mars.” She gives them instructions after which

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RESURRECTION OF THE BURNT

With the snap of her neck On swinging branches that were cold Setting fire to her wit You could never burn her soul. Her tongue deemed diabolical Incantations that cast a spell Of intellectual opinions Of reasons and knowledge That your blind ego couldn’t tell. Cauldrons bubble with anger now Her soul haunts the creases over your brow History and fiction, both treat her as a glitch Guiding a man towards the fulfillment of his wish Was what people could

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MONDAYS WITH MAITABI: ROLES PAPAS PLAY!

How important is a Father in a boy’s life? I often wonder about this. No, not in terms of the financial security that a father brings to a child’s life. Or for that matter the social and emotional security. But, what a child, especially imbibes from his father, in a wholesome way. I have a boy who has just turned eleven. Growing faster than I could fathom. Doing and saying things beyond my permissible capacity. Stumping me every now and

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CINDERELLA’S STEPMOTHER

I am the stepmom of Cinderella, No one knows my fairy tale Or how it was harmed by a male. I was harmed by a beast Who did not care least. – When I was young and naive My uncle dug my grave. As he abused me and my soul Guess I lost will to live or find my goal. – I carried the guilt and shame Throughout life and started a game. A game to hurt one and all.

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YES, I LOVE BEING THE UGLY DUCKLING!

I have grown up loving Disney just like any other kid, but most of the kids grow out of it, I never did. Even today I watch Disney movies if I am confused about something and want some answers. My favourite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast because it taught me two very important lessons- one, what a person is on the outside should not matter and two, with love we can change even the rudest and most broken

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THERE’S MORE TO JACK AND JILL…

Jack and Jill belonged to one family but in temperaments, they were poles apart. Jack was a naughty and clever boy always playing pranks while Jill was a sensible little girl always happy in the company of Jack. She was very innocent and could never fathom Jack’s mischievous tricks and many a time, it was she who got punished because of Jack’s mischief and he went scot-free. So far so good — little boys should be full of fun and

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MONDAYS WITH MAITABI: SHE’S BOSSY!

“ Your daughter is all of eight, and she is so loud. Quite vociferous. She is always bossing. And talks too much too.” I hear this quite often about my little one. And, I don’t deny. She is like that. She is bossy. She speaks her mind and makes sure that everyone hears what she says. She is talkative. Extremely inquisitive by nature, and by and large a no nonsense person. So what? More than often we all talk about

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