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Two poems for the gloomy days

We all have our dark, gloomy days when getting up from bed seems like a herculean task. Nothing seems interesting, except your negative emotions which surprise you. They bring a testimony of how wicked your thoughts can be and you are intrigued. Life seems meaningless. You curl up your feet in the blanket and bring it closer to your chest and start imagining all the wrongs.… Continue reading “Two poems for the gloomy days”

Leaves from life of Iron lady, Meeran Chadha Borwankar

Leaves of life (2017) is an autobiographical piece of writing that is meant to inspire girls between 15-25 years of age. The book contains stories from the life of Meeran Chadha Borwankar, 1981 batch IPS officer. The stories contain a treasure of learning from the life of hers and to make it more impactful, she has mentioned a course of action that young men and especially young women must take in their lives.… Continue reading “Leaves from life of Iron lady, Meeran Chadha Borwankar”

Birthday Girl: Murakami’s magical words

Some books leave you with a special feeling. The times when you have given up on your dreams by compromising with the reality, they make you realize that there is still some magic present in our ordinary lives. “Birthday Girl” by Haruki Murakami, is one such book. Published as a short story in 2004, under Murakami’s Birthday Stories collection, this is re-published by Vintage Books as a separate book this year (2019) for celebrating Murakami’s 70th birthday.… Continue reading “Birthday Girl: Murakami’s magical words”

The Gully Boy

Gully Boy (2019) is a Hindi musical movie based on rap artists DIVINE and Naezy. The movie is directed by Zoya Akhtar and written by Zoya and Reema Kagti. The movie stars Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, a new comer Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Varma, Kalki Koechlin Vijay Raaz, and many other artists and all of them have a special place in the movie.… Continue reading “The Gully Boy”

‘Ghachar Ghochar’ – clearly states blood is thicker than water

Charity begins at home”, the proverb that clearly expresses the fact that the demand and needs of one’s family should be taken care of first before caring for others. But, what happens, if their wants exceed the amount they really need, and all those wants are met? They want more and more then and it becomes a habit of asking and this gives birth to irreversible greed, cruelty and toxicity.… Continue reading “‘Ghachar Ghochar’ – clearly states blood is thicker than water”

Learning the art of ‘Walking’ from Thoreau

Have you ever experienced something ‘spiritual’ while reading a book? An experience so transcendental that could open your eyes and make you question the way you had been living your life till now. “Walking” also known as “Wild”, written by Henry David Thoreau is one such book. It was initially a lecture given by Thoreau, at the Concord Lyceum on April 23, 1851, and was published as an essay for the first time in “Atlantic Monthly” after his death in 1862.… Continue reading “Learning the art of ‘Walking’ from Thoreau”

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