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Age is merely a number. A small leap of faith can often be exhilarating and make one realize that life begins at forty.
Mommies become girls when they decide to throw caution to winds, get rid of their imaginary fears and leave their inhibitions. I have moved to a new place and found a new bunch of 40 something friends who felt it’s time to reclaim my lost girlhood in true, “Jaa Simran jee le apni zindagi” spirit.
After a long session of ‘chai’ and gossip we moved out on the terrace. We saw a little parapet covering a part of the terrace and a ladder resting against it challenging us. The height would have been a cakewalk about two decades back. This time, however the ascend was shaky. The feet lacked ease and the mind- the devil may care attitude of youth. The nagging worry was, “What if I break one of my ‘boodhi haddies”– my old, brittle bones. Slowly each one of us took charge of ourselves and climbed up. The 8 metre ascend gave us the joy similar to what a mountaineer would experience after having climbed 8,848 metres( The Mt. Everest). The view from the top was amazing.
Finally, we could brush aside years of unfounded fears, cynicism and the lack of initiative. Besides I could check the condition of my water tank without the help of the reluctant, gutkha chewing ‘bhaiya’ from the water supplies department.
We wanted to open a bottle of champagne to celebrate our achievement but none of us dared to go down and then come up with the bottle. So we have left the champagne for next time.
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Born a brought up in Delhi, a PG in English literature and a B.Ed degree I set out to conquer the world. Married to an army officer, had to move several places. Taught in read more...
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I wanted to scream with excitement that my daughter chose to write about her ambition and aspirations over everything else first. To me, this was one of those parenting 'win' moments.
My daughter turned eight years old in January, and among the various gifts she received from friends and family was an absolutely beautiful personal journal for self-growth. A few days ago, she was exploring the pages when she found a section for writing a letter to her future self. She found this intriguing and began jotting down her thoughts animatedly.
My curiosity piqued and she could sense it immediately. She assured me that she would show me the letter soon, and lo behold, she kept her word.
I glanced at her words, expecting to see a mention of her parents in the first sentence. But, to my utter delight, the first thing she had written about was her AMBITION. Yes, the caps here are intentional because I want to scream with excitement that my daughter chose to write about her ambition and aspirations over everything else first. To me, this was one of those parenting ‘win’ moments.
Uorfi Javed has been making waves through social media, and is often the target of trolls. So who and what exactly is this intriguing young woman?
Uorfi Javed (no relation to Javed Akhtar) is a name that crops up in my news feeds every now and again. It is usually because she got trolled for being in some or other ‘daring’ outfit and then posting those images on social media. If I were asked, I would not be able to name a single other reason why she is famous. I am told that she is an actor but I would have no frankly no clue about her body of work (pun wholly unintended).
So is Urfi Javed (or Uorfi Javed as she prefers) famous only for being famous? How does she impact the cause of feminism by permitting herself to be objectified, trolled, reviled?
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