The Silent Battle of #MeToo

“I’ve been silent because I don’t have the fire to fight this battle – the battle where we are sidestepping the stories and investing energies in name calling and revenge instead. I’m not going to spend time in demeaning a whole class of citizens and generalizing misdemeanor. I can’t. Because they exist out of reach amongst us masked as people we know and love, or as those acquaintances that help you with your daily chores, or as those background actors in your life that exist but you never remember their names or faces. And this storm by itself will not move a whisker unless we all introspect and call for a higher order of morality in behavior from each other.

 It’s not about who did what to whom. It’s about who did what they did and why. At the end of the day, aren’t we all responsible in some way or the other? Because we as society, created these monsters. You are a part of the problem. And I can’t ever let myself forget that. What about you?”

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An Ode to my Feline Friend

"Life is not eternal so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me. We all know this. But we don’t pay attention to the immediateness of mortality until it touches our life in some way.

It happened to us last week. Pixie, my babe, the light of our home, the vanquisher of Gohils, the queen of our palace, left us without giving us a second’s notice. And we are left in this awkward space trying to figure out how to deal with this loss now.

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My lament on the Loss of Human Connection in the 21st Century

"You’d imagine that automating everything we want would make our lives easier. Rationally, an easier life is a better life. That should imply that a better life is a happier one? It makes sense, doesn’t it? But as I’ve been on both sides of the globe, the East and the West, it makes me believe that it’s not true. Even if we solved every possible problem in our lives either at an individual or on a global scale, we’ll still find a way to be unhappy or dissatisfied."

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Friends, HIMYM and Decision Making in Adulthood

"That’s the hardest part about growing up. At this point, everyone considers you to be adult enough to make your own choices but we never stop being that kid who was told how to tie shoe laces or how to hold a spoon in your hand without spilling the contents all over. We keep feeling like this at 20, 30, 40, 50 and maybe after retirement too. The choices get harder to make and you keep feeling like you’re shooting arrows in the dark."

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Open Letter to my Future Partner

"Sometimes, I worry that I’ll find you unknowingly. We’ll meet and everything will change because they say that love is blind. I’ll forget my dreams and linger in the comfort of your cuddles instead. I’ll choose to settle for certainty over adventure because I won’t have the strength to be in a state of flux anymore. I’ll simmer this burning fire inside me and turn it into a lovable flame that keeps burning but never bright enough to light the room."

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What It Feels Like to be an NRI Student in America Right Now

"How is it that one section of the world can be so privileged that they complain about the authenticity of sushi they get and the other is so dismal that they can’t even grow food to eat? Is that the reason why I need to be here? Because then I’m part of the privileged few who get to walk on dirt-less roads and have water straight out of the tap? Or am I exercising privilege if I refuse this opportunity in favour of roads with potholes and doctor’s clinic that host roadside dogs?"

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Drive Me Home

"On a 7-hour flight from Seattle to Newark, I was contemplating what it meant to be a first generation immigrant. Lydia Minatoya warned me about the identity crisis that slowly engulfs you without giving any notice. She was very clear that the only way to survive was to adapt but we have this terrible habit of holding on to the past. In an effort to cling to what we know, we let go of the beauty of a new culture. Can we be our past, present, and future at the same time?"

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On My Graduation

“If I’m going to do this, I’m going to give it my all. Every waking second of it… I’m going to be here, in every moment. Breathing every breath with you as if this is the only moment that ever mattered. I’m going to wake up tomorrow to look back. And when I look back I want to confidently know that there’s nothing I would’ve done differently. It could be an assignment, or e-mail or a random conversation with my Uber driver. I’m going to be present.”

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My Intolerant India

"From ban on beef to national bullying of a random celebrity, when did the nation start having so much time to engage in inconsequential propaganda? What is this intolerance that they would have us believe exists in a country that is the opposite of intolerance?

What are all these religious constructs and divides that are driving people to make irrelevant statements and pick sides when the whole conversation is just smoke and mirrors?"

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Twenty Six

It’s happening. I’m going to be on the wrong side of the 20s in a matter of a few weeks. Unlike every other birthday, this is driving me insane ever since someone subtly mentioned that I’m pushing 30s now (You NEVER do that to a woman. Neverrrr!).

In the last two years, I’ve come closer to my dreams as much as I’ve gone away from a few others. Everything starts becoming clearer. Maybe, it’s the age or the experiences you go through. Maybe, it was the big jump of moving to another city. Maybe, it’s a bit of everything.

So much changes about you but does it really?

On the occasion of my 24th birthday, I’d jotted down an extensive list of life lessons that helped me make it this far. Read here.

Everything holds true, more so now than ever before. 

Here’s an updated version for my 26th or as my friend calls it, 1st annual celebration of my 25th birthday.

(In no particular order)

Crush Your Ego

There is a big difference between self-esteem and ego. Identify that difference when you act on your impulsive reactions. Ego is destructive. Self-esteem is constructive. Opportunities are aplenty but don’t hold yourself back.

Everyone is Equal

So what if she is prettier than you and that’s what helps her get her work done? So what if he was born with a silver spoon and that’s why he is where he is today? Has anyone blamed you for being better at balancing a wine glass on your nose than the others? Has anyone questioned your ability to sniff out the crazies like a hound? Everyone is different. Respect each other’s strengths and weaknesses.


I’m not saying pass a dollar to every homeless person on the street. I’m not asking you to join non-profits that will save the world. No. That’s your decision.

But remember that you shall reap what you sow. Everyone is selfish. Including me. What is it that you are offering to the world that no one else can? How are you making someone’s life better? Why should I talk to you and not the neighbor standing next to you?

Follow Your Heart, But Don’t Be Ridiculous

Yes. That’s what we have been taught in the past 5 years.

“Follow your dreams. Connect the dots later.”

What stalwarts like Steve Jobs didn’t tell you is that you have to work your ass off to achieve your dreams and sometimes it will include doing really mundane not-so-glamourous tasks like making 600 copies or going through 50 reports to find one piece of information or working on a creative brief for panty liners.

Don’t stop dreaming but also don’t quit your job because you had to do something “beneath” you one day.

Your Words Matter

You could get away with saying that you don’t care about gender equality or state of farmers in Maharashtra when you’re younger. But it sounds way different now when you’re on the other side of your 20s.

Your opinions make a difference and you have the ability to push the needle to make real change happen.


You’re going to meet a lot of other smart and cognizant people when you put yourself out there. They can tell the difference between someone who’s read the title versus someone who’s read the book. Don’t EVER pretend to know something you don’t know. It’s okay to admit that you don’t know something.

Your Parents Were Right About Everything

You start realizing now that whatever your parents told you about life is actually true. Remember that time at dinner when your dad wouldn’t stop talking about the importance of waking up early or having dinner on time? Yeah. He was probably right.

Fine. You don’t have to admit it to them. 

There Is No Later

You can’t afford to procrastinate anymore. Well you can, hypothetically. But that’s your loss. Because this is it!

Those random travel plans you made with your college buddies, that origami class you always wanted to take, that boy/girl you always wanted to know more, that dress you always wanted to try… do it. Time flies by faster all of a sudden.

Don’t Believe Everything You See

Everything that glitters is not gold. They’d taught this to us in primary school. We tend to forget that this is applicable to almost everything.

Even if Bill Gates comes to you one day and asks you to do something, question it. Why? Why is this going to work as opposed to something else? Don’t do things blindly because only cows do that. Are you a cow?

Pain Is Not An Excuse

Empathize, not sympathize. Stand tall; don’t look for a reason to fall. It’s easy to wallow in self-pity and not do what you're meant to be doing. But the only person you’re doing a great disservice to by being so is yourself.

It’s difficult but not impossible. You are your only person.

Everyone Has Their Own Journey

Everyday your Facebook Wall will constantly remind you how someone is getting engaged, is in a relationship, got a job, is getting married, is having babies, has become a grandparent, has baked cookies, is owning a bunny farm (okay, last one was pushing it and that would probably be me) etc.

It’s OKAY. Don’t “fall in love” with someone because you’re the only one in your friend circle who is not. Don’t start a family because it’s “time”. Your life is your own. Peer/parent pressure is what you make of it.

Also, Have A Cat.

Cause cats are amazeballs!

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P.S: Quarter Life Crisis is a real thing. 

State of Flux

"These borders don’t really exist. If I am a fish that decided to swim upstream instead of downstream, I can do that. There’s no physical force to stop me from doing that. The only real barrier is my will power to go against the grain. Do I want to float around within the same 1000 cubic meters of water for the rest of my life or do I want to explore a space 1000 miles away from me? It’s my decision."

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Mars One : Define Crazy.

"The Reality of the Mars One mission is far from reaching fruition but the reality of these people aiming for the stars is a compelling tale that forces you to look in the mirror. While we on one hand are battling with struggles like finding a job, pleasing our bosses, keeping up with our diets and balancing friends and family; these people are answering questions much deeper than that."

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