culture, women

An Open Letter From a Privileged Indian Woman to India and The World

an open letter

International Women’s day was ten days ago. I wanted to post this letter but decided that I did not have to wait for women’s day to say what I want to say. Why I didn’t write this letter before is a question that I don’t have an answer to.

In the world of Putin and the Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who said that women, above all, are mothers and they smile even amidst the chaos that their day put them up with and they are victims of their own economic independence and Chinese malls offering discounts to good looking women after their faces have been scanned — I write an open letter to homo sapiens.

My letter is not-independent of geography, age, or culture. We fool ourselves when we say we are unbiased and independent of our circumstances and surroundings.

Shall we begin?

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inspiration, story


Painting Credits – Mrinalini Sardar, a beautiful soul and a beautiful friend.


The Brown Cuckoo and The Little Girl


Once upon a time, a little girl lived in a house which had an empty land in front of it. A brown cuckoo lived on a red-berry tree in that land. Every morning, before going to school, the girl used to stand on the balcony and listen to the songs of the cuckoo.

The cuckoo flew from one branch of the tree to another to eat the wild berries that decorated the tree like stars on a starry night. One day, when the little girl woke up, she saw that the tree had been cut down and the cuckoo was nowhere to be seen.

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emotional intelligence, psychology

An Open Letter to My Mind

to my mind

Dear Mind, 

I am your human. 

How have you been lately?

We communicate — sorry, I listen to your orders — throughout the day. But I wanted to talk to you about a few things.

I want to start by thanking you.

You make me enjoy life. You have trained me to be alert, passionate, independent, healthy, and hard-working. You need me to be a good daughter and a loving sister and an understanding girlfriend and a reliable friend. 

Now let’s come to the main point.

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habits, writing

How to Write Every Day – My Journey As a Writer

How to write every day

How to write every day? Many of us — aspiring writers, bloggers, freelancers, product marketeers on social media — ask this question every day.

I am going to share with you my journey as a writer so far, how I developed a daily writing habit, and a few tips that have worked for me to minimize distraction. That is all. I cannot — no one can — tell you what to do exactly to write every day as everyone’s system is different. 

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life choices, psychology

How to Make a Bad Day Better

How to Make a Bad Day Better


Some days are harder than others. Everything seems to fall apart on these days.

I could not sleep last night. At 2:50 am, the hour of deepest sleep, I woke up when an intruding mosquito buzzed in my ear. I went to the bathroom, came back, drank some water, and lied down. I was drowsy and it hurt to keep my eyes open. But the first step to sleep was killing the mosquito. After many desperate attempts, I took its life away.

Meanwhile, the brain kept at its activity. The ideas of my mother about me encroached me from all directions. If I think about me the way she does, I start believing that my life is doomed. Then I judged the nooks and corners of my romantic relationship.

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The Lush Green Vietnam and Its Temples – Vietnam Photo Album

vietnam photo album


As promised in the photo diary of the bustling street life and delicious food of Vietnam, I am back with a photo album of lush green Vietnam and its temples.

Certain days at work, when I sit in a room and work from my desk for hours at a stretch, these photos make me feel that I am out in the green, running with the water stream, or bathing in the sunshine, or singing with the rain, or listening to the tall waterfall falling over the stones, or fine-tuning with the birds that flew above my head under the vast blue sky of those foreign lands.

Do you also long for a place that you visited in the past when you look at your travel photos? Do you still feel connected to that place?

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Bustling Street Life and Delicious Food of Vietnam – In a Photo Diary

photo diary

Vietnam was alive.

With blue skies and bustling streets.

With bowls full of colorful noodle soup in which greens and mushrooms dived in.

With ladies serving soup on the street side and road junctions while sitting on the smallest stools you could ever imagine.

With the Bánh Mì sandwiches that erupted into my taste buds and the beautiful blend of the Vietnamese coffee served with condensed milk.

With the death that lingered in the war museums that crushed me to the core and I took days to recover.

With the long-curvy rides in the toiletless buses to reach one city from another.

With the streets crowded with millions of red, blue, green scooters that must have looked like crawling painted ants when seen from the top.

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emotional intelligence, philosophy

Friedrich Nietzsche: How to Choose Between Ambition and Happiness?

Ambition and Happiness

After an hour or two of the daily evening walk, I tell myself that I should go back home and read. But sometimes, I want to keep walking with my friend. I want to sleep at 4 am after Netflixing zombie movies back to back. I want to wake up late and then write and let the day design its own schedule.

But during those zombie movies, I keep looking at the watch. The MacBook throws the battery low warning but I don’t plug in the charger as I want the computer to sleep its natural course. And then we can sleep too. But then we stay awake some more and talk about our lives.

As every hour passes by, I realize that my waking up time is getting shifted by one hour and that I had to sleep early and start the next day with a fresh run in the morning. But I continue the conversation as that was what I wanted to do in that moment.

And the next day, when I start writing at 11, I brood over the valuable time that I lost by getting up late.

Why can’t we do what we want to do when we want to do?

Why do we think about the future — the most uncertain and unpredictable   and not about now?

What do we want out of life?

Why do we wait for Sundays to lunch with our family? 

Why do we make a house and live in it and go to the office and come back to do the same all over again?

 How do we choose between ambition and happiness?

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25 Tips for Learning a Foreign Language

Tips for Learning a Foreign Language


Learning a language is a popular bucket list item.

Do you know why?

I would start by telling you that if you know a foreign language, you can travel to that foreign land and even work there and construct your life there. Like if you learn French, you can go to South America, Mexico, Spain, France, and even parts of Switzerland.

You would say that even if I don’t know a language, I can visit any country. So, taking you to the larger picture.

Language is the brain of its culture. It integrates us with its people, their thoughts and beliefs, their religion and festivals, their literature and movies, their jokes, and routine lives.

It makes us understand who they are.

After landing in Chile — the land of notoriously bad Spanish — I had started conversing in Spanish in a couple of weeks. I continued feeling like a foreigner but as I started understanding more Spanish, I got integrated into the lives of the people around me.

Once you know more than one language, your ability to learn another language is even higher; you are aware of more sounds, twists, and turns of the tongue, alphabets, words, and ideas. But most importantly, you develop the ability to switch your thoughts into a different language as soon as someone starts speaking it. You become smarter.

Hell, Homo Sapiens could coordinate and overpower the entire world of animal species, in their own habitat, with the power of language and myths and stories.

Got enough reasons to learn a foreign language?

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Our Sedated Attention: Is Social Media the Drug?

social media the drug

The intent of social media was faster communication, information and opinion sharing, and to connect with people.

Soon, social media took over, adding its own nuisances to the ones it had to fix, generating more need for social media — the worst vicious cycle.

Soon is basically 1997 to 2006 — from the world of Six Degrees, a social networking site to Facebook, which needs no description.

Facebook and Twitter bombed the internet in 2006.

We have stayed on a data plan, since then.

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