My World

All I wanted was to live a life where I could be me, and be okay with that. I had no need for material possessions, money or even close friends with me on my journey. I never understood people very well anyway, and they never seemed to understand me very well either. All I wanted…

You Only Live Once?

Imagine you disappear. Twenty years later, three people are looking for you. One is dying to meet you again. The other wishes you had never met them. The third wishes to have met you at least once. You are one person. Aren’t you? But you are not the same for each one of them. Find…

Are You Successful?

What makes people successful? In my younger days, I would think it was formal education and knowledge. But that wasn’t available to all. So it seemed unfair in the larger scheme of things in the world. Coz some- the little less privileged, were deprived of the sources and resources that would help them attain success…

Promise Yourself

Promise Yourself, To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only the…

Castle On The Hill- Ed Sheeran

‘Castle on the Hill’ is a song by Edward Christopher Sheeran (popularly known as Ed Sheeran) co-written by Benjamin Joseph Levin. This single was released in January 2017. In the song, as he travels back to his British hometown- Suffolk, Ed Sheeran shares instances from his growing up years taking you through events and places…

The Ticket

It was when I was pregnant, working for the love of working, so much that I worked till the last trimester. I would commute by bus since the middle of my second trimester, as driving was a strain, rather I enjoyed sitting in peace listening to the Garbh Sanskar Mantra on Red FM sometimes. Purple…

Lilo

A friendship that can lie dormant for years only to pick right back up instantly, as if no time had passed since you last saw each other. Coined in 2012 by John Koenig in The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a project, to create a compendium of invented words for every emotion we might all experience…

Change Forever, Like Never Before

Look at what we have become around this time. All we know is from the little information we get from our surroundings. It is tough to accept the reality when we feel threatened about our lives. There is a lot on hold for everyone. Getting anxious, feeling depressed and low is normal, it is fine,…

അതിര്..ആകാശം..ഭൂമി!

അവര്‍ തീമഴ പെയ്യുന്ന ഭൂപടങ്ങളില്‍ മുറിവേറ്റ നാടിൻ്റെ വിലാപങ്ങളെ ചുവന്ന വരയിട്ട് അടയാളപ്പെടുത്തും. വീട്ടിലേക്ക് ഒരു റോക്കറ്റ് വന്ന വഴി കൂട്ടുകാരിയുടെ കുഴിമാടത്തിലേക്കു നീട്ടിവരയ്ക്കുന്നു. ഒച്ചയ്യില്ലാതെ വരയ്ക്കുന്ന നിലവിളികളെ കണ്ണീരിലിട്ടു വെക്കുന്നു. പൂക്കളെക്കുറിച്ചുള്ള ഒന്നാം പാഠം മറക്കുന്നു. പൂമ്പാറ്റകളുടെ കരിഞ്ഞ ചിറകുകളും ഉടഞ്ഞ മഴവില്ലുകളും ഉമ്മകള്‍ വറ്റിയ കവിളില്‍ തെളിയുന്നു. അവര്‍ കറുത്ത ആകാശങ്ങളെ കിളികളില്ലാതെ വരയ്ക്കുന്നു. വിരല്‍ത്തുമ്പില്‍ നൊമ്പരങ്ങള്‍ മുറിഞ്ഞൊഴുകുന്നു. പടനിലങ്ങളില്‍ നിന്നൊരു പാഠവും പഠിപ്പിക്കാനില്ലാത്ത പള്ളിക്കൂടങ്ങളിലിപ്പോഴും കുത്തഴിഞ്ഞ പുസ്തകങ്ങള്‍ കൂട്ടിത്തുന്നുന്ന കുഞ്ഞിക്കൈകളില്‍ വിശപ്പിൻ്റെ രേഖാചിത്രം…

Reality

When all by myself, I can think of all kinds of clever remarks, quick comebacks to what no one said, and flashes of witty sociability with nobody. But all of this vanishes when I face someone in the flesh: I lose my intelligence, I can no longer speak, and after half an hour I just…

The Order of the Day

Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is…

Moments

Sometimes I space out- all the voices around me turn to misapprehended languages trying to invade the bubble I form around me, but the bubble turns glass thick, and the voices walk away. And in moments like these, I really see what I never knew I was looking for. I see that friend who tries…

Wake Up, Life is Calling

What if your mind is your greatest enemy? What if you were living your worst nightmare? How would you cope? Ankita has fought a mental disorder, been through hell, and survived two suicide attempts. Now in Bombay, surrounded by her loving and supportive parents, everything seems idyllic. She is not on medication. She is in…

The Missing Ball

This is an interesting conversation among a few boys, aged around ten years, on one evening just in front of an apartment building, where they were playing around with a tennis ball. While throwing around the ball here and there and catching them, the ball rolled over somewhere and went missing. Each boy made his…