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Arundhati Roy is a literary genius, a social activist and a person who believes in fighting for the rights of disadvantaged people.
Arundhati Roy studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, but it was literature that was her true calling. Her screenplay, which was based on her own life account of an architecture student, titled In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones won rave acclaim and she also performed in Electric Moon.
It was her critical take on Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen that placed Arundhati in the limelight. Her fierce and unabashed questioning of making a movie on the rape of a woman, without her consent made the headlines of a number of tabloids.
Arundhati began writing her first novel The God of Small Things in the year 1992 – which on completion in 1996 won the 1997 Booker Prize. The book was also hailed as one of the notable books of the year by the New York Times .
She has been actively involved in a number of social causes including independence of Kashmir (for which she faced threats of arrest), Narmada dam project and planned on contributing to the book titled We Are One, which delves into the different cultures of people around the world.
Named as one of the world’s 100 most inspirational women by The Guardian, she has received a number of awards including the Booker Prize, Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom Award, Sydney Peace Prize, Sahitya Akademi awards and Norman Mailer Prize.
Why we find her inspiring:
– Even after severe criticism and threats to be incarcerated, Arundhati Roy continued to be a social activist and voiced her opinion bravely.
– A role model for those who fight for what they believe is right.
*Photo credit: Frontline Kashmir.
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As parents, we put a piece of our hearts out into this world and into the custody of the teachers at school and tuition and can only hope and pray that they treat them well.
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.
When I was in Grade 10, I flunked my first preliminary examination in Mathematics. My mother was in a panic. An aunt recommended the Maths classes conducted by the Maths sir she knew personally. It was a much sought-after class, one of those classes that you signed up for when you were in the ninth grade itself back then, all those decades ago. My aunt kindly requested him to take me on in the middle of the term, despite my marks in the subject, and he did so as a favour.
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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