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  • World Around Me

    Is it Worth Fighting Your Cancer?

    He was not our friend. Nor was he a relative. Not even a neighbor, yet he was our solace during our worst of days. This is “his” story- of Mr. Rao (name changed on request). As we walked in to the hostile looking Oncology ward in Manipal hospital for the first time, little did we know what was actually in store. Of course we had read up on the “not so nice” side effects of chemotherapy. But we still had not seen the real picture. The first bed that greeted us in the narrow ward, had a lean man, probably as old as my Dad. He seemed to be comfortable…

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    Ek Nayi League

    I am not much of a cricket buff. I seldom catch any match on television except when it is an India Pakistan World Cup match. And even then, I seldom watch it in entirety. But something did catch my eye today. Something interesting that has been doing the rounds on social media networks. I came across a series of promotional videos that featured cricketer Kapil Dev. What was Kapil Dev doing on Twitter? This was my first reaction. I soon realized what it was. Titled “Ek Nayi League”, a series of videos have been trending in the top spots on twitter under the hash tag #EkNayiLeague. It has also gone…

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    Pads Against Sexism

    The recent campaign in Jadavpur University, Kolkata, has caused quite a furor. It was the sanitary napkin campaign, in protest against India’s patriarchy and rape culture. A group of students calling themselves ‘Periods’ had messages written on sanitary napkins. These were then stuck on walls all across the campus. The scribbled messages were clear- to break society’s taboo on speaking about menstruation, bring about gender sensitization and the stigma of those raped or molested. The protests were drawn in line with the international ‘Pads Against Sexism’ campaign that was started on International Women’s Day (March 8) by a German woman named Elonë Kastratia. Elone had messages against rape and sexism written…

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    The Salman Verdict- And Our Delayed Judicial System

    The verdict is out. Celebrated Bollywood actor Salman Khan has been convicted in the 2002 Hit and Run Case, which claimed one life and injured a few others. After a 13 year long trial, the Mumbai sessions court today handed down a 5 year jail sentence to the actor. He was charged under IPC Sections 304 part II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), which typically stipulates 10 years in jail. The incident occurred when the actor in a drunken state drove his Land Cruiser into a group of homeless men sleeping on the pavement in suburban Mumbai. He however rejected this claim in court, and said his driver was to…

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    Death Bed Visions

    “He lay on his death bed, mumbling and moaning. I noticed his eyes- they were transfixed at the room door. Did I catch a movement of his pupils? Well, probably once or twice in a span of an hour.” Just a month back, I had met father’s oncologist. “The cancer is terminal”, she had said. I asked with a grim face, “So how long more?” A tough question for any doctor to answer. But she answered, diplomatically, “Unlikely months may be weeks.”  I had got the message. Father wasn’t really going to make it through.  And his first sign of the impending death came sooner than expected. The onset of…

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    Marital Rapes Still Not a Crime

    “Rape is the crime, typically committed by a man, of forcing another person to have sexual intercourse or any other form of sexual penetration with the offender against their will”. We generally associate this term when the man involved is a stranger. But what if it’s the person within the home, such as one’s spouse? Marital rape, the term used in such cases, is non-consensual sex in which the perpetrator is the victim’s spouse. The force could result in intimate partner violence, an abuse of power, establishing dominance and control over the other. So what’s the big deal? Isn’t sex a vital aspect in marriage? As simple as it may seem…