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Parkinson's disease is not easy to live with, but it also taught this author the value of her own self. Here's what she wants to thank Parkinson's for...
I can’t believe I am writing you a thank you note, but let’s just say that you’ve made life interesting, shall we?
Thank you Parkinson’s for you made me fearless. I used to be conscious, self-conscious to be precise, of the way I looked, the way I spoke, the way I sang, the way I danced. But now I don’t care. And it’s all thanks to you.
You made me realise the absolute ability and beauty of my body and taught me that it can change overnight. You helped me understand the importance of the self, a notion that we are often taught to de-prioritise thanks to the warped socialisation process. So thank you.
It is only because of you that I have renewed self-confidence, something that people would not have associated with me say 10 years ago.You’ve taught me how to live in the moment, to appreciate the ordinary things for they are in fact the extraordinary things when you look back in retrospect .
I learnt this the hard way of course but then isn’t that what you taught me too ? To be grateful?
Also before I forget, Parkinson’s, you’ve taught me patience, loads of patience. Eating a damn meal with cutlery has become cumbersome these days but when I am able to do that with oodles of patience, I am ecstatic. So thank you for this virtue that I thought I would never have mastered in this life at least.
Finally you taught me the value of time and how we need to make the most of it. So here’s me trying to live every moment to its fullest because I just cannot trust tomorrow.
Your Young Warrior
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Snehal is a freelance writer and poet based in London with her husband and two young children. Her writing primarily reflects her motherhood journey, memories of her own childhood and the essence of everyday moments. read more...
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Chetan Bhagat had no business slut shaming Uorfi Javed or any other woman. If he wants to 'guide' young men in the 'right direction' then he should take accountability for his words.
Chetan Bhagat, one of India’s bestselling authors, thought it was an ingenious idea to slut-shame Uorfi Javed, an Indian actress and influencer, at the Sahitya Aaj Tak literature festival.
“Phone has been a great distraction for the youth, especially the boys, spending hours just watching Instagram Reels. Everyone knows who Uorfi Javed is. What will you do with her photos? Is it coming in your exams or you will go for a job interview and tell the interviewer that you know all her outfits? On one side, there is a youth who is protecting our nation at Kargil and on another side, we have another youth who is seeing Uorfi Javed’s photos hiding in their blankets.”
Uorfi Javed responded with a video on her Instagram stories calling out Bhagat’s bluff. She shared the screenshots of his previous chat conversations with Ira Trivedi, author and yoga instructor, which came to light during the #MeToo movement.
While boys are taught to naturally own the space they enter, girls are taught to give up, to accommodate, to adjust since "it is their primary responsibility to keep families and relations together."
Yesterday, I was watching these 4 young girls around 16 – 17 years old play badminton. They were having fun, goofing around with all 4 of them equally involved in the game.
In some time two of their male friends joined them, and as part of round robin, the 2 boys replaced two of the girls. All good.
As the play continued, I started noticing a change in the way the game was being played. The shuttle was played most of the times between the two boys and there was a sense of competition and aggression brought in. The other 2 girls playing soon starting losing interest in the game as they hardly got any game time. Even if the shuttle came towards them, the boy in their team would move and play that shot. They soon moved to the sidelines as the boys continued to play.
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