to be human

to be human is to be afraid. how can you not? in an existence so fleeting, so seemingly inconsequential, a flash of light, a dead star. to be human is to romanticise. romanticise the simplest of things, like poppy fields and sunrises and the wind. to make our nightmares into fairytales in the hope that…

are people during this pandemic intelligent or stupid?

I have seen so many influential people comment on how masks and social-distancing aren’t a necessity, and I couldn’t be more ashamed of the human race. Here we are, in the middle of a GLOBAL PANDEMIC, where people are struggling to make ends meet and find food to eat, where people of a certain country…

the benefits and limitations of the law and order approach.

Have you ever felt so much hunger, that it consumes you? Have you felt the ache of a child’s eyes, when they have no food to eat, no clothes to wear, no air to breathe? Hunger, then, becomes more a state of mind. it’s more than just hunger for food, but hungry for a better…

what has lockdown done to/for you?

Lockdown. A word that most of us associate with a visceral feeling of annoyance and irritation. I suppose, for our generation at least, this is because we have so many restrictions: we cannot go outside to play, we cannot have get-togethers and sleepovers with our friends, we cannot go shopping. While I’ve touched upon how…

XENOPHOBIA

what is xenophobia? The word can be defined as ‘the fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners.’ While this may sound unfamiliar to you, you definitely must have heard terms like kallu ( in reference to an African-American) or chinky to describe someone of Asian descent (be it Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese or Hong Kongese). Even…

print media

PRINT MEDIA  means of mass communication in the form of printed publications, such as newspapers and magazines. This topic is like a Russian Doll, there’s layers upon layers to unpack. From the distinctions between print media and electronic media, to the advantages and disadvantages, and my final opinion on the role of print media in…

unplugged

In today’s day and age, finding a person who is completely unplugged, i.e. disconnected from technology, is rare. Even more so, since we are stuck in lockdown and don’t have much else to do (check out my post Quarantine With Me). The extended use of technology is definitely harmful, so here are a few ideas…

overconfidence

overconfidence is defined as ‘the excess of confidence’ and is generally viewed by the society in a negative light – when people tell you not to be overconfident, they mean do not take the situations for granted, because life can be unpredictable at times. But just how often can overconfidence be the key to achieving…

wholesomeness and hope

‘Happiness can be found, even in the darkest times, if one remembers to turn on the light’ – Albus Dumbledore What is wholesomeness? To me, and most people of my generation, wholesomeness is cute puppy memes and ‘faith in humanity restored’ stories. It is unity through diversity, love and acceptance, and generally viewed as a…

hero worship

A pedestal changes a person. you start with starry eyes and a made up name, in a golden city chasing fortune and fame, and the disco flashes make it look like a dream. you try to mould yourself into what they want, what they expect you to be, so good at changing who you are…

individuality

Be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi This well-known quote by one of the most influential figures in India’s history, MK Gandhi. His raison d’etre was ‘being true to oneself and one’s ideals.’ This mentality, as well as his undying patience, and the lives of millions of other brave hearts,…

virus

murky waters, turned clear the absence of people, what caused it? fear. the empty streets, the desolate highways contrasted to the bustling hospitals seeing so much pain, everyday. social distancing socially distancing from humanity? a daily wage worker, sole breadwinner of the family, no longer able to make a living a person forced to remain…

quarantine with me!

If you’re like me, then these many weeks of sitting cooped up in your home is probably getting to you. But I bet a lot of us don’t see exactly how lucky we are! We have a roof above our heads, warm meals, and various forms of entertainment- not everybody is blessed with such commodities,…

Women

A clink of bangles. The clatter of a steel bowl falling to the ground. The soft chime of ghungroo, the swaying of jhumkas in the breeze. What does it mean to be a woman? The thud of a tennis ball. Bruised arms, basketballs. Cleats and the bounce of the ping pong ball! Sprained feet and…

Disappointment

Sometimes you reach for the stars and end up with a fistful of dirt. I have always been am idealist, though claiming pessimism is the more rational approach, I expect the best out of every situation. So naturally, more often than not, I am disappointed. In myself and in the world, and for a moment…

The sound of silence

What exactly is the sound of silence? Some might say-it is the sound of glass breaking – a fragile heart that has been stretched past its limits too many times and is beating no more. Some say it is the sound of peace. Of flowing rivers and the soft pitter patter of rain. To some,…

smile

sometimes, when you look at somebody, all you can think of is sunshine, and vanilla soft serve. Of warm summer breeze and daisy chains. Scrunched noses and bright smiles and laughing so hard your stomach hurts. You see them, and suddenly it’s look the room is brighter. Your head is spinning a little, but in…

thoughts

sometimes I just can’t control my thoughts A single word can make my head explode. That ‘okay’ didn’t seem right to me. Too unenthusiastic. Do you hate me now? We haven’t talked much today. Am I too needy? Too clingy? Are you finally sick of me? I’m overthinking it. Right?

battles

A hundred likes won’t make you like yourself Sometimes you have to just stop, breathe, ask for help Everything’s so confusing, you feel too much Then sometimes you’re ‘cold’ and ‘detached’ You can’t feel your lungs, too much weight on your shoulders They say ‘if this is bad, wait till you get older’ Be a…

confusion

mind bursting with thoughts, overflowing. eyes blurred by the horrors of the world ears buzzing from the events that are shaking the world to it’s core face warped by the things you experience tear after tear falls onto your cheek static. gray. pain. fade to black. black brings peace. momentary respite from the ever-plaguing confusion.

names and nicknames!

a lot of us go through life with different variations made to our names, and before last year i hadn’t met a single person who goes by the first name and their first name alone! Growing up, a lot of my friends names would be shortened, and the ‘u’ sound would be added, and lo…

ephemeral

beauty is ephemeral. this artwork was inspired by one of my favourite artists at the moment, Conan Gray. This piece depicts the artificiality of skin-deep beauty.