• Popcorn Zone

    The Day Grandmother Died

    Paati* died on a Friday. In the wee hours of a cold December morning in Bangalore, she breathed her last at the age of 97. As the first rays of the sun brought in the much needed warmth, we heaved a sigh of relief amidst the coldness of death. Now, don’t get me wrong here. I loved Paati, in fact all of us did. She was the back bone of the family.…

  • Gender Parity,  Popcorn Zone

    Harassment to Women- Dowry Deaths

    The news about the tragic death of Manjula Davek was doing the rounds on social media. All of 28 years, the young PhD student had been found hanging in her hostel room in IIT Delhi. It quite was disturbing to read about it. Here was a girl on the verge of completing her research from the country’s premier institute, having published papers in international journals. A girl of high intellect…

  • Parenting

    Discussing Death with Children!

    Children have this unique skill of giving the simplest of solutions to the most complex of issues in life. They can give answers to questions we ourselves never really manage to find. It’s amazing to see how innocence can address the complexities of life. I lost my father in the early months of 2015, after a fierce and unsuccessful tryst with cancer. It was not a fight that was his…

  • Popcorn Zone

    Killer is Out There- The Story of Aruna Shanbaug

    Heard of Aruna Shanbaug? The case Twenty five year old Aruna Shanbaug was sexually assaulted on the night of 27 November 1973, by Sohanlal Walmiki, a sweeper at the King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital, in Mumbai. Sohanlal attacked her while she was changing clothes in the hospital basement. He choked her with a dog chain and sodomized her. The asphyxiation cut off oxygen supply to her brain, resulting in brain stem contusion injury and cervical…

  • Parenting

    Dad’s Watch

    Dad’s watch has become my most prized possession, since the day I cleared out his closet along with my mother.  As the two of us, rummaged through his personal belongings, I picked up his watch, an old self-winding piece that had stood the test of time for over sixty years. And just seeing, touching and wearing that watch brought back a flood of memories and feelings. Going through the dead…

  • Gender Parity,  Parenting

    When The Last Right is Not For Daughters

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha was laid to rest at Marina Beach in Chennai. Her close aide Sasikala performed the last rites before her body was lowered into the earth. I watched it in entirety on national television. But why am I talking about this when this post isn’t about Tamil Nadu politics or its vendetta? It’s because…. I saw a woman out there performing the last rites!!!! Hinduism prescribes…

  • Popcorn Zone

    Terminal Illness and Death- Quality or Quantity, the Debate Goes On

    What’s more important to You, Quality or Quantity of Life? How far do we want to go to prolong our lives? What a complex life!! Amidst the web of relationships I am entwined in, I am caught in this strange cycle of life and death. Where birth brings in joy death sure does bring sorrow.  But strangely, in my 36 odd years of existence, I have learnt that not always…

  • Popcorn Zone

    Hope is All that I Have #AtoZChallenge

    Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness”- Desmond Tutu. Before I started out on the #AtoZChallenge, at the time I was choosing an appropriate theme, I decided I will write positive things about India. A country that is so incredible must be spoken about and, a few of its unknown facets must be shared with the world. We are one of those…