Warning: This review contains spoilers for the Hindi film Lipstick Under My Burkha When India’s Central Board of Film Certification denied certification to Alankrita Shrivastava's ‘Lipstick under My Burkha’ under claims that it is “lady oriented” and concerns “their fantasy above life”, it was clear to most modern Indian women that I know that this was … Continue reading Lipstick Under Whose Burkha?
Starting today, I'll finally be posting a lot after quite a break. And, inspired by my Film Appreciation class and the several films that I've watched over the past few weeks, I'm going to be posting a series of film reviews. Watching films always leaves me with a lot of reflections, and as I have … Continue reading ‘Following’ a Review Schedule
Fall asleep at the drop of a hat I've begun to act more and more like my cat. Sit down to work and the next thing I know I've been asleep for an hour or so. Constantly feeling drowsy, always wanting rest Days when I can nap a lot are definitely the best. Studying for … Continue reading zzz
I lived in the UK for 2 years when I was young, and the primary school I attended gave a great amount of importance to music. Children as young as 7 years of age are introduced to the recorder, and then over the consecutive years of Primary 4-6 they are offered the chance to learn … Continue reading Of Piano lessons & Prodigies
When I began this blog over 2 years ago, back when absolutely nobody knew it existed, I'd begun it to write. I'd write my thoughts, my feelings, the things I didn't quite know how to talk to people about. It was a kind of therapy, a beautiful, self-satisfying therapy that allows you to express yourself … Continue reading Writing therapy and people’s perceptions of me
Larry's first memories began in darkness. There was something hard and square on all sides of him, leaving him with no space to move. This, as he would soon learn, was his box. Surrounding this box were hundreds of other such boxes, packed tightly against each other in the loud, systematic chaos of the factory … Continue reading The ‘Light’ness of Living
A heaviness in my heart Throat feeling tight Glance up towards the ceiling Blinking. Illogical sadness Inexplicable, in a sense No one concrete reason I'm just feeling sort of Down. Distract myself with work Focus on this text Brain keeps wandering off Distracted Thinking of the same old things Wondering, musing, pondering A casual text … Continue reading .
I think back to my childhood The awkward teen I was Before I hit puberty I think of all my flaws My straight-ish, style-less, frizzy hair The acne on my cheeks The braces that I wore for years To straighten up my teeth My short height, my skinny arms My total lack of curves The … Continue reading Physical cringe
A couple whose differing views have led them to consider divorce. A daughter caught between the two parents. An ailing, ageing parent who requires time and energy. A pregnant woman stuck in a job that makes her uncomfortable, in order to support her family. The basic plot lines of the 2011 Iranian drama ‘A Separation’ … Continue reading A Separation: Film Review
Take a breath Walk up the steps Try not to trip. Stammer over your opening line Someone laughs Your heart does a flip. Ignore them all, Just keep speaking Now try to meet their eyes. Get louder, clearer, Growing in confidence It gets easier, to your surprise. State all your points - Cool, calm, collected … Continue reading Public Speech