• My experiences while driving
    Jyoti | 20-Apr-2017
    I have been driving a 2 wheeler since 20 years and a 4 wheeler since a couple of years and this is my personal take on the subject: People are in such a hurry to be in the front of everyone that they jump lanes, overtake from the wrong side, jump the signals and even take wrong turns - all in the process of getting ahead. There is this need to be ahead of everyone all the time and this need is even more if there is a female driver in front of you! Some drive in such a reckless fashion that you can see them going in a zig zag pattern literally. Some overconfident ones think that rules are not meant for them: only naïve ones need the rules. Some will go to such lengths to overtake you and then you see them waiting just in front at the signal so I want to ask them what did you accomplish – you are still waiting naJ. But I guess their ego or the male pride doesn’t allow them to wait. Enough about car drivers and I have not even talked about the ones who use mobiles during driving! Now some expe
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  • IS IT THAT DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW THE RULES???
    Jyoti | 20-Apr-2017
    This question seems to be floating in my mind so often (most of the times while driving:)) - whether it is driving on the roads, standing in a queue, following etiquettes at work, public places or while using a cell phone and n number of other day to day things. Or have we simply decided NOT TO FOLLOW THE RULES!!! It is difficult for me to understand why people break rules. If everyone follows them so much chaos can be avoided and we can have a better world to live in. I can go on and on about the way people drive on roads, why everyone is in such a hurry and need to overtake everyone. People drive so rashly and everyone wants to be ahead of others. The places where I have seen people talking on cell phones while driving – in middle of the crossroads, at the top of a 2 lane over bridge, just at the turn of lanes and so on. They don’t understand that this leads to inconvenience of other drivers but who is supposed to think of others nowadays!!! While watching a movie there are so many who talk
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  • Madhura | 08-Apr-2017
    On a very pleasant summmer evening, as I was playing hostess to friends from my hometown, the topic of feminism cropped up. It started off as a harmless discussion where two people (because the other two were only audience) were sharing their views on this rather delicate and sensitive issue but it very soon snowballed into an ugly argument between one drunk person and the bound-by-duty and hence (reluctantly) polite hostess. I realized that I might be feminist. During the discussion/argument, my guest kept repeating that it was God's will and hence man and woman are made differently and we must accept it. He wanted me to accept (among a lot of other unacceptable things) that women are "designed" to take care of household and kids and men are just "meant" to earn the bread. As I was defending my stance, I realised that I am indeed banging my head against a wall. Because my conversation partner was a regressive man with extremely prehistoric views about women and the roles they should play. Following this deb
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  • Madhura | 07-Apr-2017
    I married a decade ago and came to Bangalore. I had pictured the city very differently than what had materialised in front of me. I quickly started missing my Pune and realised that it is going to take a lot out of me to "like" Bangalore as I love Pune. The food, the people and the culture seemed so much different. I remember asking my sister-in-law "Why is everyone staring at me like that? Do they know I don't understand Kannada?" She said "That's okay. You can stare right back at them". Obviously I did not. I found out and I can say it with my experience that fair skinned people are often stared at in Bangalore. Go ahead, judge me and call me rascist. But it's true. I started working and out popped a series of experiences that are very typical to a city in South India. Questions like "Are you a Brahmin?" ; (touching and sometimes even holding my Mangalasutra)"How many grams is that?"; (literally touching my cheeks) "Are you sure you don't have any foundation on?"; "How come you eat non veg in spite of
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  • Meghna Desai | 07-Apr-2017
    The word 'rant' piqued my interest. Could I actually put all the static and chatter going on in my head day in and day out into a coherent thought?What we say and what we actually do are sometimes in complete and utter contrast, the same is true for what we preach and what we inturn expect.My little one soon turns 3 and also starts school, jury is out if I am elated to get some free time or if cutting the cord is going to throw me into depression. She's already this socially aware , happy and talkative child and inquisitive to a T. She learns faster than we can teach her and I love that her innocence has kept her honest. She is honest, which is what we have been trying to imbibe in her a anyways....... But that , with the terrible twos making an appearance means a very defiant and honest "No" overshadows every conversation, opinion and requirement. Can't really blame her it's the word most used around her and with it the annoyed exasperated tone wherein the 'N' is followed by a long ooooooo a few exclamation​
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  • PERFECTION
    Mehak Mirza Prabhu | 29-Mar-2017
    Now that’s what I call a perfect family! The kids; one boy, one girl, have just the right age difference between them. The little girl has her mother’s tumbling black hair and her dad’s big eyes. The boy, though does not show any striking resemblance to either parent, seems to be attached to his mother with glue. They are sitting on a blue beach mat with a picnic spread around them. A red ball is resting on a juice bottle and a stuffed teddy stares at the little girl with his ever awake wide wondering eyes. The girl is busy digging sand for the under construction castle next to her, which looks way too good to have been made by such tiny hands. Maybe her mother was helping her earlier, who is now attending to the little boy’s need for attention. He is smiling so hard that it seems she must have just tickled him. Dad dear is relaxing and looking extremely handsome. Specially with the light falling on his face, lighting up his eyes and smile and hair and torso, making it very difficult
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  • Beyond the Gender Code
    GOLAKAR | 27-Mar-2017
    “Times they are a-changing”, these eternal words of Dylan’s have never been more relevant than they are today. Everything around us is really changing at the speed of light, except maybe the number of women leaders in business. A Catalyst report revealed, women held under a quarter (24%) of senior roles across the world in 2016—an increase of only 3% from 2011. At this rate of change, women will not reach parity with men until 2060. Across the globe, the fundamental issue we are facing today is the lack of great leaders who can bring people together to encourage diversity in thinking; and we need them in substantial numbers. There exists, currently, a strong inclination to personify male leaders with masculine characteristics and women leaders with feminine characteristics. Hence, in the hyper-masculine world of business, diversity has become synonymous with the number of women in leadership positions. In search of diversity, and with the intent of equality, many organisations have sta
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  • Randomthoughts | 09-Mar-2017
    We celebrated Womens Day yesterday - which in today's world means exchanging messages on wts-up, social media, etc. about how we are a superior lot, why should we not be suppressed, why we deserve equality... In addition we have celebrations @ work, special treatment for us at office, restaurants, shopping discounts n all....One day to celebrate being a Women!!! All of this put me into thinking. What exactly do we want? Do we want the world to consider us equal to Men? Do we want the world to recognise the so called sacrifices we make as a Daughter, Wife, Daughter-in-law, Mother...Do we want the world to recognise that we are special as we can give birth to a child...Are we expecting special treat or are we expecting to be treated as equals? What exactly do we want??? Are we Equal, are we Superior, are we Weak??? Why can't we just accept who we are? If the Creator wanted Men and Women to be equal, why would have he created 2 genders: male and female...The fact that there exists 2 genders, means the two
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  • Priyanshi Banerjee | 21-Feb-2017
    Close your eyes for a second and go back to that day when you stayed quiet while someone did one that one evil thing- fight! Now burst that bubble of thought and feel the flames within you which are way more hotter than global warming. Isn’t it crazy the way we curse a person twenty eight times, abuse for the seventy sixth time and kill them for the fifth time in seven different ways down in our mind yet stay numb in front of that very same person? Well, yes it is. And when I dig down to find the reason behind my silence, I find the roots of tolerance. Its only our tolerance and patience I suppose which is the main cause of the grudges which seem to tear our entrails. There is a fine line between patience and cowardice but this fine line doesn’t seem to be fine enough to be seen by people. Our patience is mistaken by their cowardice, basic error in interpretation I guess? But be it Ancient history or a layman’s life, wrong interpretation creates a domino effect which falls down eventually towards interna
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  • Love
    Vaidehi Punjabi | 19-Feb-2017
    Don't ever believe someone who says Love is easy and beautiful. Or it should be. You don't need that kind of half truth in your life. Because...Love should be easy and beautiful, but it also should be tough and nerve wrecking Love should test your patience, your limits, your boundaries, and emerge. Yes, you shouldn't have to work so hard to get a little love, but who would value it and for how long, if it was always there readily available?  Let's get real. True love is tough. It's almost impossible. It's gut wrenching. It's the kind where you wanna pull your hair, smack your other half, kick them in the butt, but still want to be with them. Through all of it and never have it any other way or with someone else. That's true love.  Don't listen to anyone who tells you otherwise.
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  • Muskaan- All grown up!
    Kalamwali | 20-Jan-2017
    Today I write about the same little girl Muskaan, who isn't that little anymore. She is growing up. Growing up faster than I would have liked. And why don't I like that she is growing up so fast? Here is why!  Muskaan, who for the past three years, has smiled and waved at me from wherever she spotted me, has spoken to me despite the noise, heat, dust and pollution at the signal and made each of the long waits at that signal bearable; has suddenly stopped doing it. And why has she stopped doing it? Over the past couple of months, each time Muskaan spoke to me, she asked me for things. Sometimes clothes, sometimes food and sometimes money (not 10 or 20 Rupees. Directly 100-200 Rupees). I gave her food a few times; not leftovers but packed food. I could't give her clothes as I didn't want to give her used clothes; and money? Well we all know what actually happens with that money.  One day she raised her voice and said, "tum kyun mujhe paisa nahi deti ho? (why don't you ever give me money?". To that
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  • Mitali Bapat | 07-Jan-2017
    आसमान को तलाशेमुसाफ़िर बनते फिरेमंज़िलों के ये सितारेकाश क़दमों में गिरे है सफ़र मुश्किल तो क्या राही भी ये कुछ कम नहींअजनबी है रास्ता पर मंज़िल तो अपनी है सही ठोकरों का ख़ौफ़ क्या उनको बे बाक ही जो बहते है ख़लिश और खलबली को भी सुकून ही वो कहते है तो मंज़िलों के वो सितारे क्यों ना हासिल हो सकेआसमान की तमन्ना ये मुसाफ़िर जो रखे |
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  • That thing
    Ankit Abhishek | 02-Dec-2016
      That thing, which we are never going to achieve, is what makes us live. That thing which one day we will get we dream, but fear what will happen when the wait ends. We wake up do our work and go to sleep. That thing is what fills the time unutilized. What helps us go past the day-to-day life is both a curse and a boon disguised. When, late at night, tired and beaten, we think about it laying on our sides, amidst all our pains and sorrows, the soul smiles, and we close our eyes to, again, with the rising sun, arise. But do we live or just dream? Why are we so afraid? Life is not a somnambulic state. Is it so shallow – the meaning of life – that we have more to lose than to gain? Should we just take pleasure in our yearning or shall we strive hard for it to thrive? I reckon we should go for it. No matter what we will achieve, it won’t be enough. Don’t be scared, that’s us. How will the stars ever settle for anything made of dust? But first, we should realise that it is not
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  • Demonetisation- True Sanitization
    Kalamwali | 18-Nov-2016
    8th of November 2016, is a date, many won’t forget. Just as most of us thought the day had ended and we continued to be drunk on monotony and sunk in routine some news flashed. Suddenly phones started to buzz. There was just one message out there: From midnight onwards the 500 and 1000 Rupee notes will be invalid as declared by the respected Prime Minister. There was much more to the news but the only thing that got registered at that point was that we no longer have valid currency. What was the PMO thinking? What was that? We quickly had a family huddle and decided it wasn’t a catastrophe. We cumulatively decided to calm down and retire for the day. But the first thing I did was made a mental note of all the mental notes I had with me that would have zero value in just a couple of hours. These notes were not just notes, they were witness to all the times I could have blown the amount but chose not to. Those were my savings. But once you learn to calm yourself down under any circumstance, it&rsqu
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  • A cat. A dog. And some flies..
    Ankit Abhishek | 24-Oct-2016
    “Where’s the beauty in here? I can’t find it.A cat, a dog, and maybe some flies are all that is near.The cat, she licks her paws in the middle of the street,looks around stealthily, and then scuttles away, whilethe dog lay lazy, under the shades of a treeand lulls pass the hot summer day.And the flies, what can be said about them;they buzz, they annoy, they keep it straight,they are here to wear, they tell personally in your ears.” “Oh what a disgusting day it is, can anything worse ever be?I don’t think so, and so do that white larvae crawling so near.Don’t you take your legs away, it’s just creeping, leglessand you are way above, on your chair.But still you are afraid, it seems. And what does it mean?No, you don’t need to be shy, not with yourself, never again.Tell me, what do you think? Today, will it rain? Maybe,but the sun’s still hot and high.There is some humidity, for sure, in the air, but what do we care? Where is beauty? One day all of us
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  • Sad Little View of My  Life
    Vaibhavi | 21-Oct-2016
    Life is neither black nor white it has shades of grey but my life is a black hole.But the fact that I never show my wounds off is the icing on the cake.Being a narcissist, doesn't let me think of anyone else but myself.I might be the only person who can commit all 7 deadly sins in a single bloody action.I need to engrain this in my mind that I ain't no meta-humanThis town is too smallThe house is not that tallWish I were never born.This time when life has no meaning and I move around in circles,reach nowhere.Should just LET IT GO.If only this was some angsty poem.I wouldn't have to go through this shit.Wish I were a serial killer or maybe lobotomised.But that's just our typical Sunday.For once time just goes Rewind Could've saved a river of salt.Wouldn't mind permanent amnesia or becoming a zombie.This is me at my worst. And it keeps getting better with every passing second.And a new morning....!
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