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My mentor asked me to reflect on the lessons I have acquired from my internships over the years, and here are 5 amongst many.
Pop Culture is that rose-tinted glass that makes everything look picture-perfect.
Look at The Bold Type as an example. It paints such a rosy picture of corporate internships and workplaces. But once you are into the game, you realize how you have been played! I wish I could pick up a more Indianized example, but my mind can’t think of any series or daily soap that is based in a workplace setting, and not the love triangle between everyone.
Anyways. My content writing journey is a pandemic-invention. To escape my anxiety at having lost indefinite months of college, close near-dear ones, I panic-applied to everywhere I could. And now here I am, 2 years later. As the year draws to an end, my mentor asked me to sit back and reflect on the lessons I have acquired over these years. (No, not my therapist, but my mentor)
I have come up with the following 5.
This is true for someone like me who has multiple interests. It means you would have an opinion on them as well. I started my internship journey as a trainee psychologist, where I learnt that I had too much empathy for being sane in the line. But that was also where I had discovered my abilities, and love, for content writing and editing.
As I jumped across industries- from mental health organization, to animal-assisted therapy, to a political opinion website- I am still looking for a niche to settle on. I had been embarrassed of these changes, until my mentor offered me a change of perspective, and assured me that it’s absolutely alright.
An overtly-anxious mind needs constant assurance. Doesn’t it?
I remember the time when I had joined a couple of unpaid internships as either content writer or editor. The work that they used to dump on me was enormous with very little time, but they provided no help with my doubts, or confusions. If you are in one such place, run away as soon as possible.
Internships can be a lot of hard work, but it doesn’t include exploitation.
I have had people rebuke me for joining unpaid internships. They prefer being rewarded in money. But, I have always looked forward to the experience that I would gather in an organization. I have left a few organizations as soon as I discovered their exploitative tendencies.
Hence, my resume might entail only unpaid internships, but they are the ones where I have enjoyed my times, and have acquired worthwhile experience.
There is a significant difference between the job world and the theoretical knowledge, and freshers, obviously, wouldn’t have that experience right from the beginning. Internships are the perfect opportunity to get you prepared. Hence, it is a place, where you are allowed to make mistakes, and learn from them.
Like I said earlier, there are organizations that care little for your own growth. For them, you’re just the person who can get their work done. They might add value to your CV, or folders of LORs. However, they fail to meet the purpose of an internship- to prepare you for the time ahead. It is a two-way transaction.
I have learnt this the hard way; maybe you do not have to.
I am pretty verbose, and my author’s bio downstairs, too, mentions my love for complicated sentence structures. It took my editor some time before she made sure that I stopped using them, and mostly KISS (If you know, you know!).
I have been told a many times by my well-wishers about this issue of mine, but I was somewhat proud about it. As an individual, I have an acute fear of being a failure. As a result, when kept repeating this mistake, my editor’s stern voice was enough to get me on the right track.
I am not completely out of that zone yet. But, baby steps!
Throughout my journey, I have worked with mentors who have always supported me, and have helped me find a way when lost. Such guiding forces make all the hustle seem worthwhile, like it should be. And co-incidentally, all of them have been women.
When I joined Women’s Web earlier this year, I was assigned to a senior member, and she has truly been a blessing. I have learnt so much under them, including the intricacies of industrial grammar, the different forms of content writing, about myself, and how ellipses (i.e, …) are a strict no-no. I, also, happened to have rediscovered my love for sports!
Another of my lessons include giving credits to everyone’s work- so here’s mine. Loudest cheers for my mentors-present, and erstwhile- and their contribution in the evolution of my content writing skills!
At the end of the reflection, I realize how massively my content writing skills have evolved. I revisit my first few articles, and I recognize the mistakes that I would hate committing to now. Except, my word count. That somehow always manges to escape my strict controls under my very watchful eyes!
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What I loved was how there is so much in the movie of the SRK we have known, and also a totally new star. The gestures, the smile, the wit and the charisma are all too familiar, but you also witness a rawness, an edginess.
When a movie that got the entire nation in a twist – for the right and wrong reasons – hits the theatres, there is bound to be noise. From ‘I am going to watch it – first day first show’ to ‘Boycott the movie and make it a flop’, social media has been a furore of posts.
Let me get one thing straight here – I did not watch Pathaan to make a statement or to simply rebel as people would put it. I went to watch it for the sheer pleasure of witnessing my favourite superstar in all his glory being what he is best at being – his magnificent self. Because when it comes to screen presence, he burns it, melts it and then resurrects it as well like no other. Because when it comes to style and passion, he owns it like a boss. Because SRK is, in a way, my last connecting point to the girl that I once was. Though I have evolved into so many more things over the years, I don’t think I am ready to let go of that girl fully yet.
There is no elephant in the room really here because it’s a fact that Bollywood has a lot of cleaning up to do. Calling out on all the problematic aspects of the industry is important and in doing that, maintaining objectivity is also equally imperative. I went for Pathaan for entertainment and got more than I had hoped for. It is a clever, slick, witty, brilliantly packaged action movie that delivers what it promises to. Logic definitely goes flying out of the window at times and some scenes will make you go ‘kuch bhi’ , but the screenplay clearly reminds you that you knew all along what you were in for. The action sequences are lavish and someone like me who is not exactly a fan of this genre was also mind blown.
Recent footage of her coming out of an airport had comments preaching karma and its cruel ways, that Samantha "deserved her illness" because she filed for divorce.
Samantha Ruth Prabhu fell from being the public’s sweetheart to a villain overnight because she filed for divorce. The actress was struck with myositis post divorce, much to the joy of certain groups (read sexist) in our society.
A troll responded to Samantha’s tweet, “Women Rising!!” by adding to it “just to fall”. She replied, “Getting back up makes it all the more sweeter, my friend.”
Here’s another insensitive tweet by BuzZ Basket showing fake concern for her autoimmune disease. “Feeling sad for Samantha, she lost all her charm and glow. When everyone thought she came out of divorce strongly and her professional life was seeing heights, myositis hit her badly, making her weak again.” Samantha responded, “I pray you never have to go through months of treatment and medication like I did. And here’s some love from me to add to your glow.”
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