A Note To Self

words unspoken

Dear Me,

I am so proud of you. I’m glad to have you as company in my solitude. You are precious; you are special, because you are you.

Spending time with you is such a delight. I am always in awe and wonder by your level of imagination and the path your thoughts take when your mind’s wandering. You are the director of your own movie. I love that fact. You do everything with passion. You read novels now-a-days getting completely involved in the story and allowing your thoughts to go astray. I wish you had done that last year too, and not indulged yourself is light superficial reading. I’m happy you are now the way you were, before chasing after illusions.

The creator in you is my favorite. She paints sceneries and abstruse musings on a whim. She loves to just hold the brush and play with colors. She creates childlike crafts with complete dedication. She writes her best masterpieces, when overtly emotional or hurt. She still jots down her feelings in her diary as she used to 15 years ago. She gets hurt, channels her negative energies to create something beautiful, and then she heals.

You are not perfect. Then, no one really is perfect. You are your own definition of perfect. You do what you love the most, because it makes you feel good. That’s the greatest achievement, that you allowed yourself to be you, to be original, not what was expected of you. You need to be brave, take risks, and keep doing what you are doing. Don’t stifle your creativity and talent because someone doesn’t approve it. You are the master of your own ship. Don’t let anyone force their opinion on you. Just accept those that are honest and mean your good.

And lastly, I love you.

Yours lovingly,

P.S:  This is dedicated to all creators.

RIP R.K.Laxman


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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