Soul Mates?

I believe in soul mates. Your twin soul somewhere out there, or perhaps already in your life who connects with you the most, understands you the best. But I don't really think it has to be your beloved, or someone you are romantically connected to. It can be anyone- your best friend, your brother or sister, parent, or someone you're acquainted with.

That person is special. She accepts you as you are no matter what. She loves you for who you are. She brings out the best in you. You don't feel the need to suppress your own real self around her. You don't feel the need of any facade to save you around her. You can just be 'You'. She brings in positive changes in you. And you realize the absence of her in your life creates an irreplaceable emptiness, a void that cannot be filled by anyone else. You can recognize her when she walks into your life.

"We don't meet people by accident. They are meant to cross our paths for a reason."

I have been fascinated about twins- one soul inhabiting two different bodies. Perhaps they are the lucky soul mates, as they are born of the same mother. Reading 'The thirteenth tale' and watching the Thai movie 'Alone' has made me too curious about that special equation that twins share. In the book, the protagonist knows something is missing in her life, that uncomfortable feeling, but doesn't know what until she finds out about her twin who couldn't survive long and had died just after birth. And in the movie the girl has the uncanny feeling of her conjoint twin's presence, even after her death.

Perhaps that's my idea of soul mates- being able to sense each other and have a bit of telepathy. :) 


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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