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    Rape 101: Conversations on Rape with Teenage Daughter

    Rape is in the air! Sad but true! The only good thing about Rape being in the air is that everyone is talking about it. Unlike multiple generations till now, it is not being silently brushed under the carpet or hidden inside dirty laundry never to be seen or cleaned again. My daughter and I had our first conversation about rape, 4 years ago when the documentary on Nirbhaya was released. These days there are many more – Kathua, Unnao, Surat, Indore. The list seems endless. Each act more horrifying than the other. Each day, as my daughter reads about one more case, her faith in humanity diminishes a little.…

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    Staying Happy in the Big Bad World

    For a long time now,  I have been debating in my mind whether I am pessimist or an optimist. I read only positive books. Given a choice, I only watch movies about love and joy (For my husbands record, I hate action movies). My blogs are, on the most part, positive and focus on the little things in life. Given all this, one could easily say that I am an Optimist. But yet, when it comes to real life, I keep missing heart beats on the slightest of things. When children arrive two minutes late, I have already visualized a bus accident. When I do not receive a message/call from…

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    What is Poor

    We are riding on a scooter. Yog suddenly asks,”Why that girl has a tent?”. I immediately decide that this conversation is soon going to transform into, “Why don’t we have a tent in our house?” So I tried to act ignorant. “I didn’t see any tent. Which tent are you talking about?” This was true. I wondered how Yog managed to see a tent inside someone’s house while we were on the scooter. But Yog insisted. “That tent on the road! You didn’t see?” (Implying- How can you drive without seeing??) It struck me then. There indeed was a make shift tent on the road. A lady lived there. I…