I remember being five and thinking about how big the ten-year-old seniors at my school were. They were older, taller, more mature, smarter even. I remember being ten and thinking the same about the 14-year-olds in class 9. I wanted to be in high school, I wanted to be in the student council. I wanted to be older and more important. I remember growing older each year and fantasizing about being even older on my next birthday. And if I’m being perfectly honest, I still do.
“What’s the favorite time of your life?”, my friend had asked me out of the blue one day. A question like that really makes you wonder about your life and all the memories you’ve lived through in a very different way. All of a sudden, it’s as if your life is a movie and every moment you’ve ever lived now has double takes of emotions and drama. When I thought of this question with respect to my life, I could remember all the tiny achievements that I’d had when I was a little kid, like the fashion show I participated in dressed as a Malayali girl and how my mother made me learn a Malayalam phrase by heart so that I would get extra points.
Ting ting ting, the bell echoes, in deserted alleyways, “Ice-cream! Ice-cream! Homebound children come out!” The sun simmers overhead,children rush out to the ice-cream vendor, as though a moth flying to a flame, with their loose change clunking. A cacophony of orders! Draws in ire of mothers, “Tsk tsk tsk! Their appetites will be ruined! […]
Racism has permeated black lives in multifarious ways. Despite having abolished slavery decades ago, racial stereotypes and white supremacist behaviors continue to thrive even today right under the nose of a judicial and law enforcement system that’s supposed to check its spread. The latest hot topic that’s been doing the rounds in the black community […]
One day I had gone to my building’s play area to meet my friends where we played seesaw and catch. There I saw a little girl in the corner merely 3 years old sitting with a scared look. I went by and offered to play with her but she did not want to do anything. […]
Turning to an adult is overrated. Don’t you think? Right from the beginning of our very existence, we are made aware of the perks and responsibilities of becoming an adult. We get so over-excited at the thought of growing up and often tend to underestimate the journey of growing up. The irony is that the […]
It was a pleasant evening at Dehradun, the sky turned orange and the cool winds started to blow as the excitement in the Mehra family grew. Ryan Mehra belonged to a middle class family and being the only child of his parents, he was showered with enough love. Meanwhile at Neeti’s house things were not […]