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  • World Around Me

    You Live Every Moment When You Say Yes to The World!

    We travel for different reasons. Leaving the comforts of our home, we trot the globe to seek sights that are breathtaking, to soak in flavors of incredible cuisines and, to meet people who warm our hearts. For me, there is challenge in travel. A challenge to cope with new places, experiences and to be on my own! Yes, solo travel is my way. In a city unknown, with just a bag and a pack, and a map to come in handy, I stroll on the streets by myself. On a holiday alone, I travel far away from home, away from two little children. As a woman, I spend a large…

  • Gender Parity,  World Around Me

    The Doctors Step Towards Fighting Prejudices Against the Girl Child in #WATWB

    The modern day woman is definitely in a far better position than women from the preceding generation. Where traditionally her role and status were defined and fixed to the home front, today women are entering every sphere and field actively. There have been positive changes with women receiving higher education, stepping ahead, and breaking shackles of typical stereotypes placed by society. But, to me, these changes are at a superficial level. Scratch deeper, and one would find, an absence of gender parity to a large extent. For still, a significantly large percentage of households in India, prefer a boy over a girl child. One could pick various reasons for this.…

  • World Around Me

    Looking Back on the Month of February

    As the month of February ends and as I reflect upon it, a faint smile crosses my face… Having spent a major portion of 2017 all by myself (thanks to the husbands constant absence), I had almost begun to display traces of being a loner. Thanks to a well-stocked library in the cantonment I live in, I found myself reading like as though I was possessed and, would often go out for long walks all by myself. Thus, it was a much needed thing when my elderly aunts decided to pay me a visit. At a time when I was sulking almost on a daily basis, their visit brought about…

  • Gender Parity,  World Around Me

    Gender Role Reversal in Today’s Times

    What’s gender role reversal all about? Is it when we get into the other gender’s skin? Or is there something more to it? This morning as I sipped my coffee, a news in the local daily caught my attention. *It was the reversal of a wedding practice, in Maner near Patna. Instead of the groom, it was the bride who took the baraat in a horse chariot, to the marriage venue where she was greeted with great pomp by the groom’s relatives. This reversal of roles was planned much before their wedding was finalized. And it got me thinking. Is this just a mere inter-change of a tradition? Or is…

  • Gender Parity,  World Around Me

    When Women Reveal Their Fears!

    What could a woman’s worst fear be? Is it rape and abuse? Is it loneliness, aging, an unhappy marriage or divorce? What do you think it is? My husband’s job takes him away on trips that last a couple of days, sometimes even weeks. Each time I bid him a good bye at the door, a strange fear chokes me up. What if he encounters a mishap? As reasonable as it seems to me, to others, this may be the most irrational fear. Surely it doesn’t make sense to be afraid of something one has no control over. However, I battle this fear (albeit for a few minutes) on almost…

  • World Around Me

    Five Lessons I Learnt From the Year Gone By

    A year- with its 365 days- is a great expanse of time. As it draws to an end, it is time to look back and reflect upon it. At this last dawn, as I head into 2018, I dream, plan and pin hopes for a better year ahead. The last few months have been dreary. Moments of stress and loneliness have been aplenty. Yet there were lessons learnt. Lesson 1 : Change is a constant companion The only thing constant in life is change. And these changes are of all kinds. Some positive ones that we welcome with open arms, some that catch us off-guard, and there are those that impact us…