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We need to create more emotional safe spaces which allow people to open up about their vulnerabilities and insecurities.
“How are you?” And instantly we hear our self saying ‘I’m fine!‘
It’s like, this statement has been imbibed into us to such an extent that uttering the contrary which is ‘I’m not okay’, rather seems impossible.
We have been trained to say that we are fine, even when our world has turned upside down, even when we are losing control or any other negative emotion for that matter. We have to use this cliche generalized statement because doing otherwise will make us misfits and people will consider us as emotionally unstable; hence not in the correct mindset to be able to do any work or worthy to take up any responsibility.
But what I understand is that no matter what we do, in the end, we all follow this subtle art of generalization! Something imbibed and ingrained naturally into us. We need to create more emotional safe spaces which allow people to open up about their vulnerabilities and insecurities without having the fear of being ridiculed or discriminated upon at their workplaces.
Our society teaches us to always be productive, energetic, on the edge. Our lives have been converted into a constant race of proving ourselves to others.
Instead, sometimes we need to pause for a while and just breathe. And tell our self that it’s okay to not be okay.
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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.
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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.
Pathaan touted as SRK’s comeback has been in the news for mixed reasons. Right from the hype around SRK’s comeback and special mentions his body contours; yet I can't watch it!
The movie touted as SRK’s comeback has been in the news for mixed reasons. Right from the hype around the movie being SRK’s comeback and special mentions his body contours and even more than the female lead!
For me, it’s not about Deepika’s bikini colour or was-it-needed skin show. It’s about meaningful content that I find is missing big time. Not just this movie, but a spate of cringe-worthy narratives passed off as ‘movies’ in the recent past. I feel insulted, and not because I am a devoutly religious person or a hardcore feminist, but because I feel the content insults my intelligence.
But before everything else, I am a 90s kid who in the case of movies (and maybe more) is stuck in time as it wrapped around me then and the gamut has too hard an exterior for me to crack it open!
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