Fresh Off The Boat

It was a humble neighborhood of red brick apartments in a middle-class neighborhood of Toronto. The black door to a nondescript building opens and a woman walks out. A little stooped, her entire body seems to be apologizing for its presence.  Neha wears black trousers, a slightly crumpled cotton blouse, and a large blazer. Her …

Bitiya – a daughter is born

The Second Son - Episode 2 Link to Episode 1 India was basking in the early days of independence after the withdrawal of Colonial rule. There was tentative joy, budding confidence, and a glimmer of hope that had long been absent in the country. People were exhilarated by their newfound freedom and they were eager …

The Starving Artist

God had generously bestowed talent on Ashmita, but he had not been so generous with good fortune. When Ashmita was a child, she lost both her parents in a car accident. Ashmita was nine then. And her younger brother Sameer was just over a year old.  Ashmita had just returned from school that day. From …

Gharcholu -it isn’t just another saree

Twenty-eight years ago, I was a newly betrothed young lady, soon to join a bustling and close-knit family. That pre-wedding phase was heady and exciting. In a short span of months, my transition from a girl to a young lady was happening quickly.  One day, I found myself on a trip with my mother-in-law-to-be and …

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