As I look back, down the memory lane, the last four years of engineering in ITER, I realize how much we have grown up, how much we have evolved- especially mentally, emotionally and psychologically. Life happened, and fate conspired beautifully to make us meet. It gave us lots of fun; innumerable laughters; stressed times with dwindling will and faith- times we supported one another to regain the lost hopes; enough emotional moments to remember; so many pranks, bunks, leg pullings, embarrassing moments and memories to last a lifetime.

Words will fall short if I start to tell you what a support system you have been for me. Every little word of encouragement has motivated me, every word of advice and appreciation has meant a lot, and has made my day. Now where do I start. You have cheered me up at times you needed cheering the most. Every sweet scolding helped my self esteem and confidence. You have no idea how many emotional blocks you have helped me through. My present self has learned so much from you, things my past self couldn’t even imagine. I draw my inspiration from you. I feel lucky and infinitely blessed to have you in my life. Thank you for tolerating me.

Lipsa: Have I ever told you how much it touched me when your eyes became teary on seeing me depressed and cry. Your words always strengthened me in ways only an elder sister can, dear Mama. May all your dreams come true.

Rajat: I don’t remember if I’ve said this, but I take this opportunity to. You are one of those few persons I draw inspiration from. Stay the way you are. Stay blessed. May every step in your life be rewarding.

Sagar: I will miss your tasty dishes especially veg-paneer and egg-paneer. Make sure to invite me when you and Saswati open your restaurant-‘The Stone Soup’. And your signature dialogues shall be remembered! Live on. Be happy. May you taste every cuisine on earth!

Saswati: It’s from you that I learnt to love myself. You are the one person who sees through all my layers- understands what is fake what is real and what is superficial and what is deep rooted. You love me inspite of all that I am and make me feel I deserve lots of love, and care. You are my emotional anchor; you have helped me through those emotional upheavals which could destroy me. I feel blessed to have you in my life. May you get what you seek.

PP: I will miss our talks during the bus journey. Psst! It’s secret. Someone somewhere gets motivated by you. Never forget that. Remember our shopping spree deal, a year from now. J Have a happy future in Mumbai. May you be surrounded by loved ones wherever you go. Meet you soon.

Arpita: Your practicality has helped, yes, and has ticked a daring streak in me. I enjoy our time together. Hope we can be actually together as we are now, not just be there, and hope time won’t affect it. May you reach the heights which you now think is next to impossible. May you strike off every single thing in your wishlist.

Sonam: Perhaps God forgot to make us sisters. The first two and half years of college, I confess I took guilty pleasure in scolding you: you always allowed me to and listened. It felt I had a right in your life. And I liked our role reversal after that- every time you made me realize how much I underestimate myself. Hope we stay this way forever! May life shower upon you that which you thought you’d lost, once again!

We meet to create memories and we part to preserve them, someone has rightly said. And hence do we part, some of us already in their path and some at crossroads, and life will go on. Hope you all shall be those special people who came into my life and stayed. Best wishes and all the best for future. Lots of love. Stay in touch. And don’t you dare to forget me!! Hope we’ll make time to meet even if our priorities change.


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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