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Urmi Chakravorty is a military spouse and former senior school/PU educator, who has imbibed lasting life lessons from both her roles. A hands-on mom and avid reader, she loves to explore the fascinating world of words. Her articles, stories and poetry have found space in The Hindu, The Times of India, many digital platforms, and several prose and poetry anthologies.
Receiving the elite Orange Flower Award for her piece on the LGBTQIA community marked a milestone in her fledgling writing career. Freelance content creation and editing-proofreading are other areas that she dabbles in, occasionally.
A self-confessed optimist, Urmi believes that writing provides the calm to her inner cacophony.
Trigger Warning: This deals with domestic violence and dark themes and may be triggering to survivors. Any movie that boasts of a stellar cast comprising Alia Bhatt and Shefali Shah is bound to pique the discerning cine-goer’s interest and draw a more-than-average viewership. Hence, it was with a lot of expectations that I started watching […]
This pathbreaking collection of short stories, penned entirely by women, seeks to challenge patriarchy, smash stereotypes, forge new paths ahead, and leave behind a breadcrumb trail of gratification, joy, pathos, smiles, tears, triumph, and the entire gamut of human emotions.
Myra reached for her phone. “Leena, don’t you think you should stay in isolation for some more days? It’s barely been a week, and you’ve not even regained your strength. The house seems to be running fine, so what’s the rush?”
The congratulatory messages kept pouring in as did the constant comparison between Disha, the accomplished all-rounder, and Sneha, the plain Jane elder sister who was, well, somehow trying to complete her basic studies!
Gradually, this became a pattern. No matter how assiduously Minati tried to evade her father-in-law, he would find ways and means of crossing her path. And touching her inappropriately.
“Would you like to change into something more comfortable, Teeya?” he asked. Teeya liked Rajat’s smile – it appeared honest. And gentlemanly. Of course, it was too early to really know.
“So, what do you suggest I tell Ma? That she give up all hopes of having grandchildren? That you had failed to take care of yourself and insisted on going to work daily, and now we all have to bear the consequences?”
One evening Tarun called up. His family had decided to enrol him for 'Gay Conversion Therapy' at some shady clinic in the suburbs. The news choked me and I was left groping for words.
But for Inaya, this was just the beginning and the long road ahead did not lead anywhere even remotely close to marriage and domestic bliss.
Each new year, I see people make new year resolutions and I try to make some too. But which ones to make, the dilemma continues...
Every discussion with Amol seemed to resonate with Sunaina while the most basic conversation she had with Dwarkesh left her feeling inept and unworthy.
Taking charge, gaining control over daily activities and rediscovering my true self. The perks of retired life!
Sitting in the quiet, uneventful and rather conservative town of Gorakhpur 28 years ago, receiving goodies on a platter was nothing less than a mic-drop moment for me!
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