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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IN THE AFTERLIFE

No, no, this isn’t a preachy sermon about how you should prepare for life after death. Well actually, this is about that except its not your afterlife I’m asking you to prepare for, but for those you leave behind. Life has no surety. Death, however, is a certainty. We can get any number of insurances and jeewan bimas but nothing…

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Two Poems

Friends on Facebook I remember the time when I was a kid Playing around until the sun had hid, A bunch of buddies whom I’d call friends Running with them was a day well spent. Met some at school, some in college, Each was different in their set of knowledge. Each grew up, each grew…

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At Airport Terminals

Originally posted on Simon's still stanza:
Image source: Google via airportlink.com.au ? At Airport Terminals At airport terminals All the good looking ones Are taken Or connected to Their beloved through A smartphone Cradled in the collarbone hollow As their arms Balancing Juggling Move in a rhythm Weighed with coffee cups And hand luggage.…

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Introducing – A Budding Poet

Dear Readers, Tonight I’m posting two poems by a dear, dear cousin of mine, who’s more of a friend than just a relative. He’s a little shy when it comes to publishing his material. I have been trying to encourage him to write more often and perhaps, create a blog of his own. So far,…

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Judging Others: A Reblog

A car ahead was moving like a turtle and not giving me way inspite of my continuous honking! I was on brink of losing my cool when I noticed the small sticker on the car’s rear! “Physically challenged; Please be patient.” And that changed everything. I immediately went calm and slowed down. In fact I […]…

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Henaa’s Language School

One of my besties and twin sister from another mother has started a Language School in the Dwarka region of New Delhi, India. She is a successful lawyer, Gold Medalist and PhD Scholar who has worked with some of the best Corporate Law firms in India and has recently left her job in the Ministry…

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