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Janani Balaji

I am Janani Balaji. A grade 9 student, 14 years old and passionate about writing stories and poetry. I feel strongly about gender equality, body issues and mental wellness.

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A Strong Single Mom, Just Like Hidimba From The Mahabharata

The landlords did not want a single woman with a child and said they preferred a ‘family’. What were they then, she thought.

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It Was The Fall Of Everything She’d Held Dear, But…

It was like a hidden vault had been opened. All those comments that had never hurt her then now came cascading out. 

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There’s Always Been Love, But I Doubted It At The Time

We heard the ambulance come in. I saw you on the stretcher, with blood pouring from your nose and head. I couldn’t even run out with all the lockdown.

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She Had Been There For Me; And I Had Pulled This Stunt For, THIS?!

And she said, looking at me with eyes reluctant to leave me. “Lie down for a bit, then we’ll watch some movie on Netflix tonight? It will be okay."

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Ranting Is Not The Language Of Queens

Grow up, Rachna! Did you know my father had a paralytic stroke when I was five? Did you think my barely graduate mother with both in-laws and children to care for sat uselessly and lamented? No, she didn’t!

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