The things that seem small and not that significant can actually make a difference. That article someone sent you about the pollution levels in your city right now? That video describing the correct, legal way of segregation you're expected to follow? The poster urging people not to burst fire-crackers, or the campaign about sharing the images of your eco-friendly celebrations? Even just this Facebook post about it all? They all matter. Even if they can change one person's opinion, THEY MATTER.
Group of ladies On their way to work Or heading out for an afternoon Of fun, who knows? Pay for their tickets Get back their change A smooth transaction "All too familiar," someone sniggers Scattered through the bus Yet unbothered by the distance Calling out to each other Chatting, joking, One of them in splits … Continue reading Transport Tales: On the Bus
Diwali, the festival of lights, is the celebration of Lord Rama's return to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, and the defeat of Ravana. It is the season of pujas and festivities, diyas and lights, Rangoli and colour; celebrated with new clothes and gifts, sweets and food and, of course, family. Diwali is a festival … Continue reading Diwali, a Festival of Lights or Pollution?
I should not have to look both sides Before I cross a one-way road, Or hesitate on a pavement because Bikes have claimed it as their own. I shouldn't have to manoeuvre Open drains on every street Or drive through the same old pot-holes That only get worse every week. I shouldn't be afraid to … Continue reading There are problems with my society
It's so highly talked about The education in our country Its perks, its flaws, that it exists Its prevalence. Its lack of. The systems that we follow, And those we try to cheat. The ideas we have borrowed The intentions we repeat. The way we teach our children Make them well aware and wise The … Continue reading Educate my country – but first educate the system
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?