THE ANNIVERSARY OF MY DEATH

I died a year agoOnly to arise like a Phoenix from the embersAnd today as I mourn the anniversary of my deathI celebrate the birth of a new “Me”And yet fear looms largeLike an invisible fume you don’t seeSurrounding me, threatens to ignite in my face Today life stands divided, death partitionedMany parts of one puzzle – dismemberment, triumph, tragedyThe saga has continued over this year – Aphelion perihelion shifting stands Once a season of trust, innocence and hopeNow a gloom of

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LET’S KEEP IT REAL

I started with my blogging journey few years back and once I started becoming more regular and a little bit known I started getting invited for events.  The small-town girl inside me was excited and star struck when I got a chance to interact with a celebrity for the first time.  It was unbelievable!  In those events, I met a lot of like-minded women, many of whom are my friends today.  We were raw, real, started blogging which was still

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MY TEA SAGA

Let’s say Cheers to life with a hot cup of Tea ! Drinking a hot cup of tea to start the day ,to end the day or to start a conversation or sometimes for no reason , is my mantra or way of life every single day and I am sure it’s the same for many of you too . Call me an addict (who has withdrawal symptoms if she doesn’t get it at a specific time of the day)

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A VOICE WITHIN

The girl was all of ten, but her face had a frown often. The mother failed to understand. The girl screamed, made faces, hurled abuses and looked devilish at times. Mother felt frightened at the very sight. She ran amok. Uncontrolled freak, if I can say. She cared a damn. There was none, it seems she loved or cared. She spit venom. She lashed like a caged lion. Frustration and anger galore. Insolence, unbound. She behaved like anything, but a

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SELF-BELIEF

As a writer, who’s just started exploring and as someone who never aimed to be one (albeit dreamt of one), I am riddled with self-doubt…quite often…more than I would like to. I am overawed by some writers and that often intimidates me too. Then there is the negative feedback (deservedly or undeservedly) to deal with. There are days I wonder, why am I doing what I am doing. This paralyses me to the extent that I’m unable to pick my

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A MOM THAT EATS PIZZA!

Around 17 years ago when I was expecting my first child, I used to go work in an office and being in a nuclear set-up on many days both me and my husband didn’t feel like cooking after a long tiring day and we would order pizza.  A year later, when my son was a few months old, a lady from the neighbourhood confessed that she and a few of the other women in the apartment assumed for me that

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VACATIONS

Madhumita Sinha What do vacations do for you? I call myself a travel addict ready to pack my bag for any vacation short/long. In India / abroad, summer / winter anytime / anywhere. When people ask me why – I don’t have just one answer and sometimes I go blank because it’s difficult to explain. But from my innumerable travels I feel, taking a break from the routine is the number one reason. To relax, recharge and rejuvenate. Touching the

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YOU CANNOT GIVE WHAT YOU DO NOT HAVE…

” Do you teach your son Math?” the monk asked me. ” No, I am not good at it. I don’t have the knowledge, neither the skills,” I said. ” Ah. So basically you cannot give what you don’t have, right?” “Yeah, typically. I mean, how can you give something that you don’t have?” “So you agree to that, right?” ” Yeah I do…” ” Then how can you even think of raising two happy kids, if you are not

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ON GIVING BACK

Most are aware by now that I have recently migrated. And though it was a well thought of, carefully deliberated upon decision, we still had our doubts. Ours was the most well taken care of relocation, in terms of moving stuff, finding a home and school… everything was planned and provided for. And still…. still we had our moments. Then curiosity led me to attend a Women’s Day special where four refugee women were to talk about their experiences. As

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UNDERSTATEMENT OR DIFFIDENCE?

When the movie Gully Boy was released, many people commented on how MC Sher played by Siddhant Chaturvedi had overshadowed the main lead Ranveer Singh in many scenes.  No doubt Siddhant acted really well, but that’s how MC Sher’s character was supposed to be; boisterous and confident.  Ranveer Singh’s character on the other hand was supposed to a boy who lacked confidence, was sad, angry, and quiet.  That was a damn good acting by Ranveer Singh because an actor like

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