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Helping in the fight against breast cancer is something we all can do - donate your hair!
Imagine being diagnosed with breast cancer. It is a haunting specter, but is very possible. One in every EIGHT women is at some point, detected to have breast cancer. So this exact scenario may take place in one of our lives, or the lives of any woman connected to us – mom, sister, daughter- unless we take cautionary measures to protect ourselves and our loved ones against it. Because unlike other forms of cancer, breast cancer can easily be detected, and to a great extent be cured – if diagnosed on time.
As women, and people related to women, it’s our responsibility towards our health, to take two steps – one – women above twenty should undergo a periodic mammogram (once in three to five years depending on your age) and two – ensure that a self-checkup is conducted every month to detect any lumps or abnormalities. These simple, yet powerful measures can go a great way in the fight against breast cancer.
There are many more ways to join in help the fight against cancer. One little action you can do is to donate your hair to help make wigs for cancer patients who lose their beautiful locks to the effects of chemotherapy- because this form of chemical treatment given to cancer patients causes them to lose their hair- not only on their head but also on other parts of the body, such as the eyebrows.
By donating our hair, we not only get a nice short hairdo, but we also contribute something to someone who really needs it, and that’s what matters most. just eight inches of hair (or more if you want) , would be enough to create a beautiful wig that could make a patient look prettier.
This month, I donated my hair to the organization Hair For Hope that directs hair donations to help breast cancer patients. In fact, I had been specifically growing my short hair over a year to ensure it became long enough to donate. And the experience was rewarding and worth every bit I imagined it might be. To know that your hair is going to beautify a cancer patient is a great feeling.
One of the best things about donating hair is that it’s easy and anyone can add in. It’s okay even if your hair is short; mine too was very short last year, I have specifically grown my hair over the last year just to make it long enough to donate.
Many of us just go the parlor for a haircut to waste all our pretty locks that get swept away into the trash can. Instead we could help out in this beautiful way to make someone feel beautiful, right? There are several hair-donation accepting organizations in India such as Hair For Hope India and Hair Aid that contribute towards this cause. And it’s never too late to help.
We have to all stand together and join in with our little efforts in this fight against cancer. With every bit of help, another life may be lit.
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As parents, we put a piece of our hearts out into this world and into the custody of the teachers at school and tuition and can only hope and pray that they treat them well.
Trigger Warning: This speaks of physical and emotional violence by teachers, caste based abuse, and contains some graphic details, and may be triggering for survivors.
When I was in Grade 10, I flunked my first preliminary examination in Mathematics. My mother was in a panic. An aunt recommended the Maths classes conducted by the Maths sir she knew personally. It was a much sought-after class, one of those classes that you signed up for when you were in the ninth grade itself back then, all those decades ago. My aunt kindly requested him to take me on in the middle of the term, despite my marks in the subject, and he did so as a favour.
Math had always been a nightmare. In retrospect, I wonder why I was always so terrified of math. I’ve concluded it is because I am a head in the cloud person and the rigor of the step by step process in math made me lose track of what needed to be done before I was halfway through. In today’s world, I would have most probably been diagnosed as attention deficit. Back then we had no such definitions, no such categorisations. Back then we were just bright sparks or dim.
When Jaya Bachchan speaks her mind in public she is often accused of being brusque and even abrasive. Can we think of her prodigious talent and all the bitter pills she has had to swallow over the years?
A couple of days ago, a short clip of a 1998 interview of Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan resurfaced on social media. In this episode of the Simi Grewal chat show, at about the 23-minute mark, Jaya lists her husband’s priorities: one, parents, two kids, then wife. Then she corrects herself: his profession – and perhaps someone else – ranks above her as a wife.
Amitabh looks visibly uncomfortable at this unstated but unambiguous reference to his rather well-publicised affair with co-star Rekha back in the day.
Watching the classic film Abhimaan some years ago, one scene really stayed with me. It was something Brajeshwarlal (David’s character) says in troubled tones during the song tere mere milan ki yeh raina. He says something to the effect that Uma (Jaya Bhaduri’s character) is more talented than Subir (Amitabh Bachchan’s character) and that this was a problem since society teaches us that men are superior to women.
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