Book Review – The Forest of Enchantments

Book Review – The Forest of Enchantments

Since childhood, I have never been a big fan of Goddess Sita as a mythological character. Somehow she always seemed too much of a Miss Goody-Two-Shoes (Bhakts, don’t run to kill me yet! Read the review first!). The fiery Draupadi and the fierce Parvati who stood their own always seemed more attractive as Goddesses to [...]

Jasmine Khurana on spoken word poetry, and how writing heals her

Jasmine Khurana on spoken word poetry, and how writing heals her

I saw Jasmine performing for the first time last year in Mumbai. It was my first time at a spoken word performance and her words had me gripped. Here was a woman who held her own, and how. I almost blushed listening to parts of her piece sitting in my seat there. Jasmine’s poem was about 40-something women, [...]

Chhichhore Movie Review – Are you happy? Or just successful?

Chhichhore Movie Review –                     Are you happy? Or just successful?

Chhichhore is a mast watch- nope, that’s not a typo! It is MAST! I laughed out loud through the movie (and cried a lil bit too…). The movie is about a group of friends who meet in the engineering college, and friendships that last a lifetime. Hostel masti, dunk fights, sports rivalries and crushes- it [...]

Girl inside a boy: Kamalini Natesan on Raising a Child with Gender Dysphoria

Girl inside a boy: Kamalini Natesan on Raising a Child with Gender Dysphoria

Richard Bach once said, ‘I do not enjoy writing at all. If I can turn my back on an idea, out there in the dark, if I can avoid opening the door to it, I won’t even reach for a pencil.’ Yesterday I understood what he meant. I took this interview in the morning and [...]

Coz you shape lives….

Coz you shape lives….

‘Did you write this story?’ asked Raina Ma’am. ‘Y-yes, Ma’am’ replied the little girl meekly. The teacher was astounded by the depth of thought shown by the little mind… creativity beyond her age. ‘Hmm… I am not taking you to the Principal this time for not concentrating in the class. But next time, you can [...]

Growing Up As A Girl Trapped Inside A Boy’s Body Was Not Easy: Gazal Dhaliwal

Growing Up As A Girl Trapped Inside A Boy’s Body Was Not Easy: Gazal Dhaliwal

Gazal Dhaliwal’s journey from being a small town girl in Patiala to a celebrity screenplay writer is nothing short of inspiring. The woman behind the screenplay of the recently released Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga was born a boy. Till the age of 25, she had to live the life of a lie. Each day, [...]

Every cloud has a silver lining…

Every cloud has a silver lining…

Major Shukla woke up as sweat broke out on his forehead. He still remembered the day when the bullet went right through his thigh in cross-border firing. The next thing he knew, he had woken up in the army hospital. The doctor said he was really sorry. They had tried everything. But they could not [...]