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Watching pk

Spoilers’ Alert PK is childlike, innocent and uncorrupted; like a new born who is confused by the ways of the world. PK takes time to understand fashion, religion, faith, and most importantly Gods while trying to survive on earth and searching for the stolen remote control to his space ship. He questions the beliefs of people, the business of wishes and worships, and the extent to which people go to make their prayers heard. It includes rituals, fasts, sacrifice, and inflicting pain on self as a method of cleansing the soul. The film leaves behind a good dose of message and food for thought. With good comic scenes, laugh-out-loud innocent dialogues, and the punch one liners, PK definitely qualifies for what is called meaningful entertainment. And of course, Anushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput’s romantic tale of meeting in Belgium- parting and again finding their way back to each other, was a huge plus point. Aamir Khan’s entry and the following sequences

Butterfly Season by Natasha Ahmed

‘Butterfly Season’ by Natasha Ahmed is the story of Rumi- an unmarried Pakistani girl on a vacation to England, visiting her married younger sister Juveria, after dealing with her mother’s sickness for years and her eventual death. It is also the story of Ahad- handsome, charming, perfect Pakistani bachelor settled in England. When their mutual friend Mahira sets them up, they get along well without complain. But as likes match and getting to know each other the intimacies increase, Rumi’s conservative family, especially her sister closes in on them. Along the journey of over a couple of months, we follow Rumi and Ahad from England to Karachi, as they understand their values, their worth in each other’s lives. We see the love that transcends all differences as they make sense of their own mistakes, handle their present, and choose the happiness that they most rightfully deserve. I liked the story, and  empathized  with the characters. Even though I disliked som

The Lost Past

Dear You, I saw you there. Behind the façade that you pulled off, behind the masks that you wore, I recognized you. You tried a million times to hide from me, but I found you. And I’m glad I did. I’m so happy I did. I have missed you. Why do you choose to hide? Why do you run away? Why can’t you face me? You think I won’t accept? Accept is such a small excuse, my friend. I’ve come all this way just to make myself believe that you exist. You don’t know how happy I am just to be able to meet you once again in this very lifetime. I had assumed, all these years, that I lost you forever. People change. Beliefs change. Life happens. And I am okey with that. The person you were ten years ago is not the person you are now; I understand that. That accident changed your life. It changed ours too. We lost you. You didn’t contact us while we spent our days grieving. The loss was too great to handle. And I’m not complaining. No. I’m sure you had your reasons. And I won’t ask

In Silence

Sitting in silence, watching the crowd pass Sensitive and intuitive in my own space Thought to be a wallflower in the corner I’m just an over thinking observer. I witness the run, the sprints, the overtakes And the stampedes in the rat race I see the joy of success, the pain of failure I see moments lost in the loud murmur. I feel the yearning for a revive and a rewind Against the fear of being left behind. Empathizing the weak and the strong I understand-The past glory doesn’t last long. In the sidelines, the footpaths of life  I have crossed travelers aplenty- Inspiring entities, lifelong friends, I’ve met pathfinders and lost wanderers. But alone once again, life feels stranded So, standing in silence, I wait for the inevitable end. P.S: This poem is based on a prompt. :) 

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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