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“Life is all about breaking out of your shackles and boundaries of consumerism and attachment, and looking beyond into the unknown.” – Sabyasachi Mukherjee

When I read inspirational lines like these, I gasp in awe, realizing the enormity of the meaning of the line, and for some reason tears find their way to my eyes. I stumbled upon this motivating quote while reading the designer, Sabyasachi’s article- his views about his interview with Kangana Ranaut in t2(The Telegraph’s daily supplement page). Both him and Kangana are from middle class families, have grown with similar experiences starting from childhood days to their rise to fame. I loved the article, Sabyasachi’s honest talk about their long route to success.

Many thoughts occupied my mind while reading the article. Every day my perspective changes a bit, and my thoughts mould to something clearer. I have many dreams. A list of them. But to make them all come true, I shall have to focus on one at a time. Give my all to that one, at that particular time; watch it rise, waiver, fall, get hurt, and then rise again slowly and steadily to the sky. I may bask in fame at the end, after times of sadness, disappointment, humiliation and embarrassment. But then, at a point of time, I have to choose to detach myself from that fame, and move on- follow the next dream. Again start from the scratch- the very beginning- learning, practicing and believing.

Kangana today wants to direct films, take bakery classes in Paris, and Sabyasachi wants to do architecture, and write and that too, after all that phenomenal success in their fields.
 

 
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I love to spend time alone, to give company to myself. That ‘me time’ helps me understand myself better, and catch up with whatever new developments- additions and subtractions- that are there in me.

I too am learning to be unapologetic about myself, and to make choices on my own, without getting influenced by others.

I love myself- the little vulnerable thing that I am. I am fiercely protective of myself, I have realized that. I treasure and cherish the moments spent with myself. And being able to do so is the greatest blessing that I have.

“I own a very large company and the most exuberant stores in the country. But I still live in a one bedroom rented house. I love the dichotomy of my life. I love the fact that I can make my choices. I love the fact that within this perfect imbalance, there’s a terrific balance that only I can understand and no one else.”  --Sabyasachi Mukherjee

I want to be able to make my choices. I really do. I want to make myself capable enough to live life on my own terms.

“I asked Kangana, my ultimate question, how she would like to be remembered. She smiled and said, ‘Like a person who lived fearlessly.’ “ –Sabyasachi

That one question, I ask myself almost every day. I want to be able to answer that, soon. I aim to figure out that answer, know it for myself, and I’m working towards it. Most importantly, I am learning to ask the right questions.

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Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

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  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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