When they see us, what do they see?

If there is a story that is to be told- for its wrongfulness, for its inhumanness, for its unfairness, but also for its hope, and its faith- ‘When they see us’ is the one. It’s a straight-forward, strong, harrowing and a must-see narration of real lives who were wronged for it was easier and convenient…

Made in Heaven for the People on Earth

DISCLAIMER- No spoilers alert. If you’ve watched Gully Boy (2019 Bollywood movie), you can pretty much vouch for Zoya Akhtar’s and Reema Kagti’s writing, and Akhtar’s direction capabilities, just like I do. So, not so surprisingly, in recent times, I was eager to look at any project that had names- Zoya and Reema- associated to…

The Cheesy Couple

DISCLAIMER– This is a piece of fiction; not a fragment of my real-life experiences. As Joseph and Lisa crossed the bridge, people around heaved a sigh of relief. Now, why is that? Let’s rewind a bit to this couple’s journey on that bridge. With hand-in-hand, fingers entwined, and smiles on their lips, Lisa and Joseph…

Self-Love or Self-Obsession?

It’s only in recent times that loving self has been asked to be given the highest priority. We are told to love ourselves, to appreciate ourselves, to celebrate ourselves, to not demean ourselves. And I so much love this healthy ideology. We live in a society that constantly tries to entrap us in its own…

The Window Man

DISCLAIMER: This is a piece of fiction. I, in the story below, doesn’t refer to me, i.e. Aditi (Idle Muser); I, hereafter, is the unknown narrator of the story. Dear reader, before I start narrating you this fragile segment of my life, I’d implore you to not judge me for any of my then thoughts…

The another ‘she’

‘We avoid speaking about things that matter, and love blabbering about that do not. Sitting here, staring at nothing, would do no good; neither to you, nor to anybody else; all it will do is deteriorate the situation out there. Lesser voices, lesser support for the right thing render the right to be wrong. I…

An abandoned special kid

I was a special kid, I always believed. Even Ms. Braganza used to say- you’re my special child- often. But today, the way I see it, I don’t know if I really am special or special was just a euphemism. After I started becoming a part of social gatherings- by which I mean school- I…

Cage of Independence!

Day was humid. The overcast sky had just let the sun to make its appearance. Puddles of mud and accumulated rainwater were here and there on the street of a village in Punjab. The first house on the street was of Rajesh Rao; Rao family, the Hindu family, had been living in that house for…

A Mini-Germany rises in India on New Year’s Eve!

Oh! Look at you. Who are you? A body with such luscious curves and soft skin. Oh! Do you know your sole purpose of existence? It’s to entice us, to entertain us, to make us feel more manly. These must have been the thoughts running through the mind of each and every goon that night, that scary,…