The Power of Hugs and its Fabulous Health Benefits

Hugs matters! One hug from the right person takes all your stress away! Are you a hug or a handshake kind of person? If you’re the latter, you might want to reconsider the power a hug can have on your health.  We hug others when we’re excited, happy, sad, or even trying to comfort!  Hugging is universally comforting and it makes us feel good. It … Continue reading The Power of Hugs and its Fabulous Health Benefits

Monday blues or distress calls? Go ahead and take that leave!

Oh My Monday! Okay, we all agree that Mondays are difficult. And in my last therapy session, I actually made a self-deprecating joke on how I am jumpy on all Mondays. But jokes apart, today is Monday and I could not even dare to log in to work, even from the comforts of my home. Weird! Isn’t it? Isn’t this Monday blues, Monday Motivation etc, … Continue reading Monday blues or distress calls? Go ahead and take that leave!

Indian Matchmaking: Oh no, did we forget something? Oh yes, growing up!

As a part of my job, that is writing, I imagine a lot. Today, I would like you to imagine- life of a kid, not very old, about 5-7 years only. What do they do? Well, they just exist. Everything else is done by their parents. From making sure they eat on time to take care of what they wear and also who they meet … Continue reading Indian Matchmaking: Oh no, did we forget something? Oh yes, growing up!

Parenting your parents: What did you teach them today?

For years visiting home during summer and winter breaks seemed to be a lot of tasks. Reason? My parents’ dependency on me for getting their stuff fixed. The demands varied from setting up online banking to sending out bulk emails. Every time I visited them, I had to teach them from scratch and yet during the next visit, I would find out that they have … Continue reading Parenting your parents: What did you teach them today?

Bulbbul: Narrating Indian misogyny through an old folklore

SPOILER ALERT!! For some reason, while writing this one, I am reminded of a dialogue from the Hindi movie Tanu Weds Manu: “Bhaiya, kya hai na, jo aadmi hota hai wo marne ke baad bhoot banta hai lekin jo aurat hoti hai wo chudail ki chudail hi rahti hai.” (A man turns into a ghost after death but a woman is always a witch, dead … Continue reading Bulbbul: Narrating Indian misogyny through an old folklore

A letter to those too disturbed to read news

Hey there, I know how terrible it feels to be a part of this world right now. On one side, there’s nature creating havoc while on the other there’s in-numerous instances of human cruelty. If you happen to reside in India, you have been in this situation for a long time now. Every time you pick up a newspaper or a news app, there are … Continue reading A letter to those too disturbed to read news

Why I think Indian women are the most vulnerable to mental health issues?

Can love exist without respect? This is a question that I always find myself pondering upon. I come from a place where love was found in abundance. Whether it’s my own family, my friend circle, or neighborhood, there was no dearth of well-wishers. I never had to face any discrimination based on my gender or so I thought. For a long time, I thought gender … Continue reading Why I think Indian women are the most vulnerable to mental health issues?

Dear misogynists! I wish you a world free of women

Hi, No salutations here because I don’t know whether I feel angry or sorry or disgusted. Let’s admit it we don’t see each other eye to eye. But honestly, sometimes I don’t even know which side I am. Ever since I have known my anxiety and depression, I have realized and acknowledged your presence. Earlier, I thought it’s a few people but now I know, … Continue reading Dear misogynists! I wish you a world free of women