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Words have always played a vital role in my life. Short stories, poetry, humorous pieces or full-length novels... I love them all! Having been an Army brat and later wife, as well as a teacher, I was immensely lucky to have travelled across our country. My first book was titled 'Arms and the Woman' and took a light-eyed dekko into my life in the Army. A book of poems followed, and finally, I waded into the likes of a psychological thriller that I called 'Shadow in the Mirror'. And yes, words still fascinate me!
"When will the world become a safer place for children?" asks Deepti Menon, writing about the boy in Kerala who was beaten to death by his mother's live-in partner.
In this hilarious piece, Deepti Menon tells us of her two new year resolutions that she is resolute about making...the keeping of them is a whole different matter!
"Why do the immoral survive?" asks the author, adding, "It is time to rally around and bring decency back into society, come hell or high water."
By creating such a violent uproar about Padmaavat, the Karni Sena actually did Bhansali a favour, instead of protecting anyone's 'honour'!
A soldier may be paid to fight as part of an army, but does that mean his death can be brushed aside so callously?
Patriarchy strikes once again, with the self-styled custodians of our country’s 'honour' "questioning" Director Bhansali over Padmavati.
The desire to erase the Taj Mahal and other parts of our history seen by some as 'alien' points to a giant ego that wants to rubbish 'other people'.
“Isn’t this what you want; isn’t this why you’ve been dressing up so provocatively for me? Those earrings drive me crazy... and your perfume!”
Indians can make a career out of asking embarrassing questions and making remarks that make you feel like throttling the offender!
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