Fighting the demons — Let’s make Mental Health a priority


“Head over heels in love with Sushant Singh Rajput” – I wrote this way back in 2013, on my Facebook wall. I watched Kai Po Che, Sushant’s Bollywood debut film (evening show) with my colleagues. I was mad about his smile, and virtually everything about him. The news of his death completely stunned me; I’m…

Book Review: The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates


How Empowering Women Changes The World By Melinda Gates Here comes a book from one of the most powerful women in the world. Melinda Gates’ The Moment of Lift is all about empowering women — a world that treats men and women as equals, a world where women are leaders, have equal rights, and, most important, voices….

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali


I have just wrapped up reading this wonderfully poignant tale set in Iran in 1953. I picked this book up for two reasons: The title “The Stationery Shop” attracted me to it. I’m obsessed with all things stationery and love a cozy bookstore. The fact that it’s a story set in Iran, a country that…

Books to read during Quarantine: Part 1


A lot of us are seeking refuge in books during these unprecedented times. Apart from working from home, books are keeping me sane in the lockdown period. Here are four books that I devoured and hope you’d like them too. Becoming by Michelle Obama Oprah Winfrey said, “I want the whole world to read this…

Book Review: A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum


COVID-19 has grown to pandemic levels across the world with India, the second-most populous country in the world, in a 21-day lockdown. Well, I’m overwhelmed by the developments and news around the world concerning Coronavirus. A situation for the first time ever in my life, where I’m in the midst of a world crisis about…

Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi


Another great read from Bill Gates’ recommended list. He calls it “the best non-fiction story I have read in a long time.” Well, I completed reading this book in a matter of two days. Yes, it’s a short book, but more so because I could connect with the emotions expressed and strikingly many of the…

Book Review: Stephen King ‘On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft’


Stephen King’s ‘On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft’ is one book that I wanted to get my hands and mind on. Being a logophile, I relished the idea of putting my thoughts on paper on the most random things. Undoubtedly, like every teenager bubbling with hormones and zeal, I wrote my heart out in…

Book review: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings


I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou. You and I have probably read and shared her powerful quotes innumerable times. We have found an inspiration in her. And just love her for what she was – A strong, independent, and fearless woman. I was intrigued by her personality, and so picked up…

Book review: Educated by Tara Westover


Educated is a powerful, heart-wrenching and inspiring memoir of Tara Westover. Having been born to Mormon survivalist parents in Idaho, it’s a remarkable story of how Tara sought to make education her goal in life and how she went on to earn a PhD at Cambridge. Tara’s determination, courage and willpower is inspirational. Having had…

Review of We Are Displaced – Malala Yousafzai


Nobel Peace Prize winner and bestselling author Malala Yousafzai’s ‘We Are Displaced’ is a collection of true stories from refugees across the world – stories of displacement, resilience, hope, and what it means to be a refugee. According to the UNHCR, as of 2017,  a shocking 68.5 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide, and 25.4…

Are India’s daughters safe?


An eight-year-old girl child has been brutally gang raped and murdered in Kathua district, J&K early this year. She was abducted, sedated, raped and held hostage for days in a temple and was made to starve. Those barbaric animals strangled her neck and smashed her head with a stone before dumping her body in the…

‘Love’ to attain self-actualization


It is a dog-eat-dog world and the only escape mechanism is ‘love’. We have a natural tendency to lead and be the best. And the climb isn’t easy. According to Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the biological and physical needs form the foundation for a successful life. The goal to attain self-actualization is what we…