His form in my eyes, His touch in my limbs, His words in my ears, His heart in my heart : Now who’s Separated? – Translated from ancient Indian language ‘Prakrit’ by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Indian Love Poems Continue reading Untitled (a poem about love from ancient India)
Casting Pearls (of Wisdom) before Thine
They say youth is wasted on the young. I think that applies specially to women, with so many of us losing precious years in our search for strength and sensuality. Which is why, while the world rushes towards the Millennials, I decided to look in the other direction for International Women’s Day (IWD); towards 13 fabulous women who actually know something about navigating the complex journey called Life, to get a fix on what womanhood and IWD means to them.
‘When the face fits’ is an Italian way of saying ‘someone is comfortable in their skin’. I like the ‘face fits’ analogy; it has a wonderful symbolism of someone who’s found herself, let go of pretences, complexes and all that’s unnecessary. And it’s the best way to describe the achievers you’ll encounter on this page. All these women have been through their share (and then some) of highs and lows, and have emerged victorious in the most authentic version of themselves.
Pour yourself a nice cuppa (or a stiff vodka) and read what they have to say. Sometimes, just sometimes, wisdom beats the rule about coming only ‘when there is little use for it’. Maybe you’ll agree with their views, and maybe you won’t. But that’s all right. As a wise man once said, ‘it is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it’.
Women are built for greater sensitivity. Where men see blue, we see majorelle. Our DNA is better equipped to handle ever-changing, ever-evolving scenarios. We are quicker to adapt, better at managing chaos, and making the best of every situation. We are a bit like water – sometimes a mountain stream which charters it’s own course, other times comfortably taking the form of the vessel it resides within. Though it’s best (and recommended) not to confuse this flexibility with weakness.
It may make us complex but never boring. I salute every woman and her every shade – we are awesome and quite frankly L’oreal shouldn’t have to remind us that! This post is enough …
The law in India doesn’t discriminate against women. It supports and protects us. But how many of us can put our hand on our heart and say that our society is gender-balanced? Isn’t it absolutely shocking that even in 2017, we the women of this country, live with a constant fear for the well-being of our body, pride and self-esteem?
People in India’s northern-belt (to which I belong) observe Navaratri – one week of strict abstinence, twice a year – a grand religious affair to offer prayers and sacrifices to the feminine essence of God – Shakti. Wonderful ideology one would say, except this region is also home to highest number of crimes against women.
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Romance, love, flowers and candy hearts, that’s what Valentine’s day is all about, right? Not exactly – from its bloody origins to chocolaty modern day traditions, here are 21 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner and in search for some magical words, I sent a personal selection of 4 most romantic love letters written by famous artists & authors to an effervescent champion of Urdu literature – Dr. Saif Mahmood – for some playful and love filled Jugalbandi.
‘Jugalbandi’ as you may know, is a duet performance when two soloists of different traditions engage in a playful competition and respond to each other on equal footing.
In this case, Saif chose sentimental verses of Faiz, Jaun Elia, Amjad Islam & Parveen Shakir (accompanied with translation) in response to letters written by Cash, Hemingway, Lafayette and Beethoven.
The magic which follows will make even the most hardened cynics give love another chance. For the rest of us – a throbbing heart is all that we’ll be left with at the end of these words.
I decided to move back to India (from London) on this day, six years ago. At the time I’d been living abroad for little over nine years. It was 2011 and even though there were many a reason to stay back in London, I wanted to return.
Just Google it and you’ll find 12.4 million results for unrequited love. Starting with a Wikipedia entry, to beautifully designed Pinterest quotes, books of poems, essays, journals – one gets a distinct feeling that this brand of love is even more popular than ‘real love’.
Last night I had a vivid, larger than life but a really strange (strange!) dream.
I’ve come to a top-notch, pretty chi-chi, super luxury resort, spread over the length & breath of an island. Everywhere I look, I see beautiful things and glamorous people. I am so chuffed about being here – after all the years work and clever thinking – I am finally at the place of my dreams. Wide-eyed and delirious with joy, it took me a while to realise that everyone at the resort looked similar. At first I couldn’t see it but then boom, it struck me. Everyone is wearing a ‘crown’- a conical contraption made of gold and shiny jewels. Some crowns are super shiny and large, others either a bit jaded or small but every guest is wearing one. That is, everyone except me.