Where identity ends and crisis begins

"Anitha suicide: Death of innocence busts NEET myth as the great leveller of India's medical education" said the FirstPost. "Dalit girl S Anitha, who filed a case against NEET, commits suicide" said The Hindu. I'm not here to argue or justify either headline. My qualm, however, has always been about whether or not to identify... Continue Reading →

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‘Distract yourself’

"I think I'm sad." "Why? You have a happy family, a good job. You're following your dreams. How could you even be sad! Stop overthinking." And I did. Stopped overthinking. Tried to shut my thoughts. My mind, like a puppeteer, kept controlling, overpowering, and diminishing my every last ounce of sanity, self-worth, strength, and energy. ... Continue Reading →

Letting go

It's almost midnight. The rain still softly falls on the windowsill, the blades of the ceiling fan turn slowly just enough to keep the buzzing mosquitoes away.  The trivial noises fill my ears for they don't know my thoughts are narcissistic. My thoughts demand to be heard as they keep getting louder with every spin... Continue Reading →

When rudeness becomes the workplace norm

Insults, rudeness, sadistic sarcasm, personal attacks, incivility, yelling, belittling, and demeaning remarks at workplace can hold back anyone who's otherwise a hard worker.  The self doubt ritual that arises from the aforementioned behaviour of a leader or a boss, overshadows all the confidence one has accumulated little by little over a period of time. A... Continue Reading →

The memories of a present long gone

​As I read about the ceasefire violations along the LoC, militant infiltration, army retaliation, thoughts ran wild. I had just finished reading Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer.  The average Kasmiri days are filled with events of civilians getting killed, pellet wounds. The 'heaven on earth' where normalcy is crippled and loses all meaning with curfewed... Continue Reading →

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