Step Back

I have talked about depression¬† a lot of times.¬† I have talked about how it is to battle it day in and day out. The feelings one can’t explain and share (Julia Michaels puts it down accurately in “Anxiety”) . About how family and friends should help their loved ones dealing with it. Today, I…

In the pursuit of happiness

One of the most commonly used hashtag in social media right now? #happiness or #happy or #happyme All of us trying so hard to let the world know that we have one of the rarest commodity. Happiness. Most of us, trying to make ourselves believe that we are happy. Overuse of this word doesn’t make…

Third time lucky

This was supposed to be my third trip to Pondicherry. A trip I wasn’t really looking forward to. One of the main reason: Trip no.2 was traumatic as hell. I came back with a few physical and emotional scars. My friend Tanay, who was one of the good things in Trip no.2 tried to calm…

This thing called grief

In the last few months, I have felt intense grief multiple times. Once due to the irreversible breakdown of a cherished friendship and the latest due to the loss of my pet. The pain I felt due to the loss of a relationship seems minuscule compared to what I am feeling with Hela’s disappearance. (Hela…

The Silent One

Abuse. This word brings images of battered, bruised bodies. You think of physical abuse. You think of sexual abuse. It’s all over the place. Stories all over the news. Stories in our own lives. Somebody knows somebody who might have gone through it. But, rarely do you think of emotional abuse. There are no bruises…

Into the wild

School holidays were coming up and it was time to plan a trip. Every year a few friends of ours and us go on a holiday with the kids. We don’t necessarily look at it as an annual affair, but luckily it has ended being like that. This year too after discussing a few contenders,…

The Fake Feminist

You say you respect women. You say they are equal. You watch me cringe when he comes near. You ask, me why? I tell you. I was 19. He was your friend. And this, you have to hear. In the guise of affection, he would grab me, touch me and make me feel sick. I…

The Perpetual Outsider

Remember the first day at a new school? Trying to make new friends, making sure you impress; saying and doing the right things. Well, atleast not do the wrong ones! Hoping you make some connections. Now imagine feeling that…. well always. I changed schools often for different reasons. I went through four schools by the…

Kuala Lumpur 2

Day 6 Super exciting day!! I am off to Melaka or like locals spell it “Malacca”. It is around 150 Kms from Kuala Lumpur and a UNESCO world heritage site. I am going by a bus which takes 2 hours from KL’s TBS bus station, the main bus depot. I reach the bus stop and…

Kuala Lumpur

I was serving my notice period at work. Eagerly looking forward to the last working day. Ani, our friend who lives in Kuala Lumpur had been asking us to come visit him for a long long time. Now, he was even more persistent. Very soon I would have no excuse of “work” and he tried…