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 [...]

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 [...]

2018 Year Of Women…. Really?!

2018 Year Of Women…. Really?!

This is a piece I wrote for SheThePeople as a year-end article in 2018. I was going through the article and realised that unfortunately, not much has changed for women's safety this year either. How long will this struggle for our basic rights continue? ********************************************************************************* As we sign off for the year and spend the [...]

When She Tempted The Man

When She Tempted The Man

As they sat across the table, he clenched his fist tight. ‘You can never tempt me’ he said angrily. ‘Oh really?!’ she retorted, equally fiercely. Her legs, they spread apart ever so slowly and slightly, a movement not missed by his quick eye. His breath became shallow… and her eyes narrow… ‘So you return from [...]