Bows N Arrows

Recently I have developed a strange liking towards archery. The bow and arrow appear as a symbol of a free spirited, independent and brave person who can fend for herself. I had loved Susanne in Narnia, when she rode on horses that were faithful and loyal to her and attacked enemies efficiently with her bow n arrow. The way she held the bnow in her left hand, arms straight and brought the arrow from the case behind her with the right hand and aimed the target with unwavering eyes, and eventually release it (N the arrow flies- hits the target – with precision)—the whole process seems so graceful. Ah! Love it! Heart it! Beauty with brains!

I really adored Katniss in The Hunger Games. Be it whenever she hunted for feeding her family or in the arena, trying to stay alive, I felt proud of her.i connected with her so well.while Susanne was fantasy, Katniss was very urban, and Scarlet- ancient.

Scarlet’s love of bow and arrow (apart from daggers) was a part of her need of hunting and self defense, and ofcourse her hunting sessions with her very own Hunter. While susanne’s targeting practices were with half tied hair n dress ( I love her dresses- not showy but adventurous); Katniss’ was beautifully done braids and urban wear; Scarlet’s was always open unruly hair- free flowing long black hair reaching her waists and dress. Stubborn fiery beauty!

I liked it when Tristan shot arrows into the bull’s eye one after the other to keep his attention away from Scarlet. It was awkwardly funny sometimes n sometimes I wished he had to suffer less. My first, very first memory of a character with bow n arrow that I really really liked is of Arjuna in Mahabharata. I remember the days in !0th when I used to return home from computer tuition, cycling fast- just to reach in time to watch Mahabharata n to listen to Arjuna and Krishna- my favorite characters (Karna being the third fav). Even now when I am reading ‘The Krishna Key’ by Ashwin Sanghi I miss Arjuna n his bow n arrows n the grace n the adoring looks. I heart this mythical being.

PS: Bows n arrows do the thing for the characters that ancient daggers n swords can’t. And modern sophisticated guns etc. in the hands with steroids-built muscles don’t do the thing at all.  


Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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