“By all rights, you should’ve been mine!” an intoxicated Kabir exclaimed pulling Mahi towards him. Clad in a bright red sari, she was nervous for her night with him. His sense of entitlement and attitude only made it worse. As he caressed her, she cringed. The director shouted “cut”. He had got a perfect shot.… Read More The Dark Reality
Nidhi was reminiscing at the picture of her and Nalin as children playing with balloons. The vibrant colours contrasted with the dull thought in her mind. The night before, Nalin had proposed marriage and she had revealed to him her childhood trauma from abuse. It had left her incapable of ever having children. … Read More Will you marry me?
Shiela clicked the picture of kids playing with balloons for a reputed magazine. The youngest girl in the group, about 10 years old, caught her attention. Shiela thought of herself at that tender age. She was viewed as a liability by her poor parents and married off to an old widower. But Shiela had fled… Read More The girl who wrote her own destiny
A journey starting in a remote Indian village had brought Shakti to the land of opportunities. She was to deliver a lecture in the US on how technology could be used in agriculture and the youth can be motivated to farm. She had a lump in her throat as her mind recollected that ominous day… Read More The girl with a vision
“Your wife’s cooking is delicious. You are a lucky man” saab ji remarked as Anand dropped off the tiffin. Anand distributed the tiffins his “wife” cooked. As he waited for the train home, he transformed. One could see a lady with open hair, wearing a bindi and a bright dupatta. Anand was Alka, a transgender… Read More The ‘girl’ on the train
His 10 year old’s eyes twinkled. One could feel the passion in his voice. He spoke of the brightness around him, fascinated by nature and how grateful he was for every moment on this beautiful planet. I was getting through a messy divorce and at a point contemplated even suicide. A chance meeting brought us… Read More My 10 year old teacher!
Nina was ecstatic. Winning an athletics gold medal for India had been her lifelong dream. It was the culmination of years of gruelling training and combating all physical and mental odds. As her name came over the announcer’s mike, she got a standing ovation. She imagined this moment many times staring out of the hospital… Read More When dream becomes reality
Mumbai: I was flipping the album of our last vacation. My eyes were rapidly filling with tears. On the drive back home, we had a major accident. Miraculously my husband and I had survived but our young son, Nalin died on the spot. Pune: A mother clicked the first picture of a father-son duo enjoying… Read More The gift of life!
Photography was my hobby. My husband and I were going to a solo exhibition in town. The eternity band on my finger had bound us together over a decade of struggle. The camera had taken a back seat as I juggled my roles as a daughter, wife, mother and career woman. It had returned when… Read More There’s more to me…
We had a secret that no one had discovered. Was it time for full disclosure? I was unsure how everyone would react? Would they say we gave into temptation? Would they call it lack of willpower? Could immaturity be an excuse? What example were we setting in front of our children? The story even had… Read More Our hidden secret!