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A poem reflecting the essence of reaching Mid thirties and evaluating life. Looking at lessons learned and opening up to new possibilities.
As I cruise through the thirties reaching the mid way
To toast to the wisdom gained
Through a few successful strides
And more blatant failed attempts
As compared to the younger- hushed up- failures!
Too much time wasted in vanity
Too much value given to the unworthy
Too much energy burnt in proving oneself
Too much pride to accept mistakes
Too many such memories looming in the mind!
Hoping to see a reflection of a better me
The mirror showed nothing but an adult version
Of the childish treads with wrinkles here and there Reminding of some progress
That wouldn’t disappear so soon.
Creating a niche for the newly found identity
In the embedded multi-layered persona
Developed in these years, to maintain sanity
From a complex world in a far more complex mind
Promising to break free of this captivity of monotony!
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Neena Gupta’s take on love between a man and woman opens a can of worms. She’s speaking her truth, which is a reality for so many people, but is it universal?
Neena Gupta made a statement in her interview with Humans of Bombay that she doesn’t believe love exists between a man and a woman. She said it starts off with lust, which then changes into affection, and becomes a habit. The only love she’s ever known and felt is for her daughter, Masaba.
Neena is married to Vivek Mehra, a chartered accountant who she first met on a flight. Vivek Mehra has two children, and it’s his second marriage. It’s Neena’s second marriage too. She was earlier married at an early age of 20. She has one child, Masaba, from her previous relationship with the now retired West Indian cricketer, Vivian Richards.
Her statement about love evoked some vehement reactions ranging from she’s not met the right man to “blood runs thicker than water”.
A man doing a PhD is rebuked for not earning well. A woman on other hand is constantly questioned why she's doing a PhD when she should have been married and raising kids.
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I too, was fascinated with the white coat fascination alongside with the Dr tag, right from childhood. However, I did not score the marks required for getting into medical college, and my dream landed on the ground with a thud, and I went in for a graduation in sciences.
My graduation and post-graduation were a roller coaster ride and a second post-graduation which I pursued since I wanted to get into the academic career brought with itself a new perspective towards life. That year I shone like the brightest star and became the most meritorious student of the campus. I cleared my Net exam much before the post-graduation results were declared, and became a sort of sensation in the university. One of my professors remarked, “So we see the next doctor in making now” when he congratulated me.
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