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Published – Write in Power (The Hidden Pen Collective)

The Hidden Pen Collective seeks to amplify the writings from the margins imposed by religion, race, caste, class, gender and sexuality in  South Asia. For aeons, our stories have been set aside, our voices have been silenced, and we find in the 21st century that we are still struggling to be heard. With Write in Power, a compelling anthology of fictional and non-fictional prose, poems, and art, we present the writings of twenty-four writers and artists from across the spectrum of human experience.

WEP AUGUST: FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Hello Readers Welcome back! Today I am here to share my entry for the Write Edit Publish (WEP) August prompt. First about the WEP. It is a supportive writing community where creative people submit to a bloghop every second month. Writers and other artists receive and provide feedback to as many bloghop entrants as possible. …

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Ozymandias

I first read ‘Ozymandias’ by Shelley back in school. I was no more than fourteen. What did I know of pride and political power except for that which appeared in glazed history books! With my limited understanding of vanity, I still found the poem discerning. As a little backstory, we were told that the genesis of the sonnet was a discussion between Percy Bysshe Shelley (the poet) and his friend Horace Smith about the annihilation of the once great empire of Egypt.

On Being Idle

Laughter is a rarity nowadays. Taking offence, I’m afraid, practiced to perfection. I remember how stories in our text books were sprinkled with the absurd, sometimes satirical humour to expose human naivety. The truth of the matter is that humour is indeed an ingenious way to make us think, question and introspect. Consider ‘On a …

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जीवन में एक सितारा था…

1990 में एक बहुचर्चित फ़िल्म आयी थी। नाम था ‘अग्निपथ’ । मैं उस समय मात्र दस साल की थी। सिनेमा घर हम जाते नही थे और दूरदर्शन के सिवा हम कुछ देखते नही थे। इसलिए फ़िल्म कब बड़े पर्दे पे आयी, कब चली गयी, इस बात का न कोई आभास हुआ और न ही जानने …

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A Mother’s Goodbye (IWSG August 4)

Search for identity, love, longing and responsibility form a maze through which they must find their way out. Societal problems and social taboos are intricately woven into the story pattern, posing so many relevant questions which the Indian society must wake up to now!

A Doll’s House

Henrik Ibsen was a Norwegian poet and playwright (1828-1906). His writing was realistic and modern. ‘A Doll’s House’ (original ‘Et dukkehjem’) which was published in 1879, beautifully showcases the subtle truth of seemingly happy households. The story of Nora Helmer begins in a perfectly normal home with a loving husband. A princess to her father, Nora has everything a woman would want. As the play progresses, the chinks begin to appear and as they say, what is essential is often invisible to the naked eye.

My Aging Nose: How I Grow Old!

‘My Nose is Growing Old’ wrote Richard Brautigan. ‘Yup. A long lazy September look in the mirror say it’s true. I’m 31 and my nose is growing old….’ There are some obvious outcomes of aging. Noses are one among them. I don’t know how they really age, but I guess they become bigger, or, longer. …

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READING ‘COMBAT SKIRTS’

Here’s a fun book I read on my vacation and completely enjoyed it. This isn’t a review but just sharing with my blogger friends a refreshing read. Book: Combat Skirts Author: Sahana Ahmed Genre: Romance (Chick Lit) Language: English How was your life at eighteen or nineteen? I can’t say that the memories of those …

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