WHY SO SOON?

There have been two deaths so far that have moved me deeply. The first was the death of my brother’s best friend, and the second was the death of a stranger. In both cases, the deceased died young. I’ve lost family too who I loved dearly, grieved for as well. Every loss was monumental in…

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THE INDIAN ‘SANDWICH’ SITUATION

At 65 years of age, Sandhya (name changed) is a busier woman after retirement than she was when she worked as a teacher. Before the lockdown, in her native Allahabad, she would care for her octogenarian in-laws. Every six months she would shuttle between one daughter based in Singapore, who can’t afford child-care for both…

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Transitioning From Married to Unmarried Women

Hello from my hidey-hole! I’ve been gone a long time. I think I may have become somewhat of a dormant volcano, bursting out only occasionally. This week on Candles Online we are discussing the big transitions in life and I’ve written the first explosive article on an Indian woman’s perspective on making the shift from…

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Self-worth

When your self-worth comesFrom what others think of you,You’ll always feel UNWORTHYBecause they don’t really know you. They dont know what ticks you off,What makes you laugh.They know just what they think they see.But is their VERSION who you really ought to be? Self-worth isn’t about worshipping yourself,By causing MISERY to another.Neither is it about…

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Second to Someone

Those eyes haven’t looked at meThe way they looked at herThat once-upon-a-time whenYour heart would skip a beatOn her every appearance. Your lips have never sighed my nameLike they still trace hersWhen you, wrecked, heartsore,Cry a river on your pillow cover. Fingers, they’ve never caressed meThe way they cling to her nightdress,Or thumb through that…

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