• Toyna,  Yog

    My Brother Stole My Childhood

    Some adults always remain children and some children grow up into adult hood even before they have been properly potty trained . I think the speed at which we grow mentally has a lot to do with one, our basic nature and two, the environment around us. A very important factor in the environment is the presence or absence of siblings. I learnt this through two independent events, few days back. Yog recently changed schools and I wrote about how traumatic the first day experience was for him and me. What I did not write about then, was another story that unfolded the same day as Yog and me tried to…

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    Maybe it is time for Happy Mothers Day

    A few days back I was casually discussing the sale season with my mother. I like to think that both of us are “smart shoppers” who ensure that we spend the right amount for the right thing at the right time. Given the ongoing sale, I was nudging my mom to check out the stores and complete her shopping list. She, however, sadly exclaimed, “Beta, I don’t feel like going alone to the malls. They are so big and crowded. I fear I will get lost.” My heart filled with love for her. I tried reading beyond her words into what she really meant. After all, my Mom is a…

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    Festivity and Responsibility

    The festival season is here. Lights, sweets, and flowers usher the festive spirit in our hearts and homes. We praise God for his wisdom, strength and patience. We thank Him for his numerous blessings and add a few more things in his To Do list as we submit our wish list to him. Last but maybe the most important, we seek his forgiveness for the crimes we have done or are about to do. We then step outside our homes, burn half the air around us with crackers, or immerse His Holiness into the nearest polluted lake (making it even more polluted). We come back home, stuff our stomach with rich food,…

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    Power of Cinema

    Bollywood plays a vital role in defining the sense and sensibilities of people in India. After all, it is the biggest forms of recreation for the entertainment starving 1 billion people. The film industry, in this context, holds a lot of power in its hands. It can use this power to nuture values and ethics or spread obscenity and cultural violence. Sadly, under the pretext of making money, most filmmakers choose the easier route of generating trash and feeding it to the minds of gullible, junk loving Indian audience. In many ways, our film industry is responsible for the increasing violence against women by showcasing women as sex objects having nothing more…