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पुकार / Calling

When it comes to your calling, logic doesn’t work straight. These lines are dedicated to my calling for the written word ❤ Continue reading “पुकार / Calling”

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The ruins that once held India’s destiny

On one of my visits to Varanasi long back, I went to the nearby Chunar Fort by sheer luck. It was my birthday and all I wanted from my parents was to go stare at a Fort’s ruins. Well, they smiled and agreed. They are awesome that way!

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The Ideal Date

“What would an ideal date be like to you?”

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(S)He – Kiri, The Outcast | Uganda, Africa

‘The DNAs of Chimps and humans are 96% similar and it appears that the similarities doesn’t end with genetic structure itself ‘. Such a heartbreaking and moving post!

Sree is travelling

“Do you know why Kiri is kept in a cage, alone and away from rest of the chimps?” The caretaker enquired

It was a sunny afternoon and the “zookeeper for a day” at Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC) in Entebbe (Uganda) was proceeding in an amazingly awesome way. During the first day in African soil I had pleasant interactions with a cheetah, Edward –the cute baby elephant, Charles – another young elephant, giraffe, and even rhinos. Now I guess you would agree with my “amazingly awesome” adjective!!! Just when I thought I won’t be able to handle anymore African awesomeness I was told by the caretakers that next I’ll be taken to Chimpanzees’ shelter. Uganda and Rwanda offer trekking opportunities to watch Gorillas and Chimpanzees in the wild but exuberant price of packages were too hot to handle for the humble backpacker from Kerala. So I was more than…

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India, the sentiment.

I woke up this morning to the sounds of Vande Mataram, right outside my bedroom window in my society’s grounds. Continue reading “India, the sentiment.”

Dew – a haiku

After my prior failed attempt to write a haiku, I gathered some courage to give it another go. Do share what you all think of it! Continue reading “Dew – a haiku”

On “Person-First Language”: It’s Time to Actually Put the Person First

‘When a language rule—which was created specifically to respect people’s agency and personhood—gets in the way of actually respecting the person in front of you, it’s time to ditch the rule.’

Such a brilliant and enlightening piece!

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Speech bubbles illustrating the difference between "person-first language" and "person-centered language"Full image description.

Language is a tool. It can make our worlds bigger or make them smaller. It can be used to create connection or to cause harm. It can affirm or it can disparage.

When it comes to how we describe marginalized aspects of ourselves or others—things that are perceived as “not normal” by the mainstream—language matters a whole lot, because how we talk or write about ourselves and each other can either affirm the value of diversity and difference, or demean people who are different from the idealized norm.

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Project Prochnost: Week 12

This week was low-key in terms of writing practice, so the cover picture is a repeat. Now that I straightened that out, something interesting happened, you guys! 🙂

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The Politics of the ‘top’ of the World

Europe in the centre and the world pretty much around it. A mere coincidence or a remnant of the world’s colonial past? Continue reading “The Politics of the ‘top’ of the World”

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