Browsing All posts tagged under »stranger«

A Late Night Cab Ride in New Delhi

May 28, 2015

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I am an Indian who has been living in the West for over four years. In the last few years, I have been as enraged as my fellow country folk at the gruesome rapes being reported one after the other. In 2012, I was as deeply anguished, shocked and helpless as the women in my […]

Our Dry-Cleaning Lady

November 9, 2014

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When you move to a new place, and some of the service providers start recognizing you, you begin to feel more at home. This epiphany came to me when I went to drop off our dry-cleaning a few weeks after we moved to Toronto. The owner of this store is a pleasant Korean woman, always smiling, never […]

Letter to a 15-year old forced hijaabi (wearing a veil)

October 8, 2014

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Context: Last year, I wrote a post, “On the Hijaab (Veil), Topless Jihad, etc.” The basic premise of this post was to assert that forcing someone to take off their veil is as bad as telling someone to wear their veil. I was merely trying to provoke a thought process by which we examine what we, […]

5 Ways to Win My Heart

November 21, 2013

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My blog has been post-less for four months. I wasn’t feelin’ it. My regular readers were beginning to get concerned. Heck, I was beginning to get a little concerned. So my friend Anju sent me a 30-day challenge. I am gonna do it! So here’s day one. 1. Be kind to the invisible people: This […]

My Husband’s (Other) Valentine

February 15, 2013

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Sid and I don’t really celebrate this day. He teases me about getting me flowers or surprising me with jewelry. But he wouldn’t dare! So this Valentine’s Day, being a Thursday, was treated as any other Thursday. Since my husband is a consultant, he travels Monday to Thursday; so on Thursdays, we usually go out […]

Amusing Stories From India

September 8, 2012

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Having worked out 4 days a week on average since February 1st 2012, I was keen to continue this habit while on vacation back in Ahmedabad, India. I enrolled at the nearest Talwalkar’s and was ready to burn off the dhoklas. I won’t even go into how I am stared at every morning for wearing […]

The Boy Who Loves Me

November 18, 2010

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For those who know me, it will not be a surprise. I don’t like my name. EKTA. That is one of the reasons I chose to write under a different name. I live on the 2nd floor and he lives on the ground floor. The place where I park my scooter faces the back door […]

Early Morning Kindness

July 5, 2010

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I got off at the Chennai Central Station at 4.55 this morning. It is supposed to be an all India bandh, declared by the Left and BJP, in protest of the rise in fuel prices. I was really worried that I won’t get transportation to get back home. Anyway, so as I was walking towards […]

10 Things That Made My Day Perfect…

May 26, 2010

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Today was just the perfect day. No, there wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. But I think I was in a good place to be able to enjoy the smallest things. I began my day praying with Roberto. Our prayers are simple. And I have realised, today, once again, that they are effective. 1. A […]

Dear Bob,

May 13, 2010

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I remember the first time I met you. It was less than 2 weeks ago, when I was visiting San Francisco. At around 10PM, a few of us were walking up Valencia Street when I saw Deep and you biking down the street, blaring loud, pumping music. I was very amused! Palak and I hollered […]

A Living Example of Horrifying History

March 18, 2010

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I saw 4-year old Aditya dangling from his mother’s arms. I wondered why she would ‘handle’ a child that way. And I soon found out why. I edged closer to see that the boy was unkempt. Dirty clothes, saliva drooping, eyes crisscrossed…the works. He was mumbling to himself and walking, rather stumbling at every step. […]

My Experiences With HIV – I

March 10, 2010

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This blog post takes me back a few years. Interestingly, it is as fresh in my mind as if it had happened yesterday. If I were to pass the man (the one whom this post talks about) on the street, I’d probably recognize him. The idea is not to praise my memory, rather to emphasize the impact […]

How to Influence an Artist’s Drawing!

February 19, 2010

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Most often artists see things in their paintings that lay people don’t. They call it depth, modern art, abstract painting, and any other random thing that can intimidate the lay person. But art is big business. It’s a fancy hobby, collecting art. And no longer is it limited to buying originals of classics; it includes […]

A Stranger Changed My Life.

November 16, 2009

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Most people know me as a naughty, chirpy, loud, friendly, gregarious person. My close friends often see the sad, seeking, depressed and irritable side of me. In my head, I have always felt constrained. I feel that I can do so much, but somehow don’t seem to get the opportunities. Last few months, I began […]

My Experiences With Motherhood – II

August 30, 2009

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So it was again my time to meditate. It was raining. Pouring actually. Visibility was not even at 2 feet. But somehow there was something calming about the whole scene. I was just ending with my prayers when I heard the famous trio shouting. The school van had come and the brothers had to go […]

My Experiences With Motherhood

August 23, 2009

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I know several mothers closely. But closely cannot be considered as authentic, can it now? Yet, from whatever I see around me, I am convinced it ain’t easy. DUH. Bringing up one child in 2009 is bad enough, but someone who raises 2 surely deserves a medal, and someone who does it well, needs to […]

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