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Remnants of a Separation - A Review

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As I read through the book, chapter after chapter of poignant memoirs, juggling between the text and the endnotes or references section, I am overcome with such powerful emotions of longing and loss. I am witness to a series of nostalgia, suffering, migration, and pain of so many people through this 400-page book, author Aanchal Malhotra’s careful, sensitive and emotional archiving of oral histories around The Partition of the Indian Subcontinent in 1947 through material memory. I belong to the third generation of those who lived during this Great Divide, an event that saw the largest mass migration in human history. And what meager knowledge I had of the partition through history books, this work of non-fiction added greatly to my perspectives, through its tales from real people who had to migrate- from there place of belonging, their homeland, to a land that was considered safe according to their and was assigned to them.

I wonder, is independence even worth celebrating, considering …

In the Times of Lockdown

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I woke up to the alarm like ringtone of my phone, at 6.48 am. It was his call. The super awesome delivery guy from SuprDaily, who was to deliver 1.5 kg tomatoes by our door step this morning. And in consequence, save us from stepping outdoors. I confirmed the address and went downstairs to wait for him, lest I should sleep again. Sitting in the kitchen elevated floor with the fan switched on and the main door open, I could feel the morning chill through the gate. It was so refreshing. And the air smelt so inviting. I could go for a morning walk now, had I not been alone awake in the PG, and had the situation been otherwise. Finally the delivery guy came- his face covered with a mask and saying- ' Aap ne last week kanda bhi mangwaya tha na! Door band tha tab.' I remembered last week's unsuccessful attempt at waking up so early, to receive 1kg of onions. Times we live in.
God knows when all of this would end. Lockdown. Miss the life as we knew it. Though secretly I am enjoyi…

All That Makes Us Human: An incoherent diary entry

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Let's talk about boundaries. How do we understand and realize our boundaries in a relationship? Parent, sibling, partner, friend- which ever relation might it be, how do we put a finger on what is an excess? How much exactly is too much? Tracking your daughter’s phone without her permission- is it okay or are you over protecting? Or are you crossing a moral boundary of privacy? Calling your partner repetitively in the middle of the night to ramble your emotional dilemmas, without a bother about his/her sleep cycle and health- isn’t it a misplaced sense of entitlement? It’s a child’s behaviour, seeking attention and importance, in my opinion. Imposing on your friend, seeking more of her time than she can spare, since she has to go back home to her partner, are your boundaries in their right place? The more you justify your behaviour, the more you are at fault. A person plays a lot of roles- someone’s child, sibling, roommate, and so on. He’s an individual too. We have to set bounda…

Tree Love : Pics from France

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Dear Anjali went for a student exchange program in France, and sent me such lovely pics of trees there, on my special request. Enamored with the beauty there. And such a beautiful scene the change of season paints. Even the shedding of leaves fills me with the romantic thoughts of a new beginning. Winter is cold, yet beautiful. Spring is oh so beautiful. Humans will come and go from the face of the earth. May dearest nature blossom and prosper. May its beauty be eternal.

Thappad - A Review

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Taapsee’s acting is wonderful. So believable, so realistic and it prods us so much to think. I admired how she could act to be so vulnerable and yet so strong. The slap scene when she just goes numb and confused to as what has happened around her, is deep. And the days passing by, as she tries to deal with the memory of the humiliation, the blow to her worth in the household, her near and dear ones, especially women and younger brother telling her to just move on. Forgive and forget. Let it go. And all this while, Vikram, the once sweet husband, refuses to see that he needs to apologize and acknowledge that it was his fault. And that its not cool to slap your wife, whatsoever be the reason. He stoops down to reasoning his state of mind, and his excuses for it, instead of just saying sorry and meaning it. 
Along with Taapsee, there are some amazing ensemble of characters in the movie, whose lives are entwined with her. Lovely characters. I loved Diya Mirza’s characters, I’m bad with rem…

This Pretty Painting Project

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I painted after long. 3 years to be precise. And I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I am quite satisfied with this end product. Though this piece looks tricky and artistic, it didn't require anything besides patience. No creativity or mind's magic. There's something called paint-by-numbers, where the canvas comes with lines drawn, each section numbered and colors are numbered. All you got to do is match both and viola, after 15 or so hours, you end up with this beautiful piece. I wanted to write somewhere 'Colored/Painted by Ruchi' but it kind of felt like cheating. Now that this piece is done and dusted, I am missing the daily ritual of painting. Playing with the colors. The strokes. The beautiful 20 shades. It had almost become an obsession for about a week. I have decided to get myself another such scenic canvas and paint for my room in Bhubaneshwar. I am loving it.

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