• Life,  World Life

    Why Girls Shouldn’t Be Raised on Fairy Tales Alone

    The multiple benefits of bedtime stories have long been in the limelight. Not only do these promote strong parent-child bonds, but they also have a positive impact on the cognitive development of the child. While reading is akin to a tree that bears sweet fruits, reading something productive is a matter of grave concern too. For instance, girls are mostly handed…

  • Life,  Social Life

    I’m Not Rude, I’m Just Quiet

    A group of friends sit together, giggling and tittering over idle gossip. Bouts of laughter strike sometimes, and all of them snicker over some joke. Each one of the girls contributes in telling her narrative. One, however, remains silent. Not in a harmful sense, though, because she pitches in her participation by bursting into laughter and sweetly smiling whenever someone…

  • Life,  Social Life

    Older Child Syndrome

    While many of us might view this as an inside joke designed to tease our middle sibling, the Middle Child Syndrome does exist. I was surprised myself when several years ago I first came across that term. Before the discovery, I assumed that it only had to do with a person’s behavior. However, upon closer observation, the syndrome is, in fact,…

  • Life,  Personal Life

    Seven Spices of Teenage Life

    Our teenage life kicks in when we realize how important we are to ourselves. It’s when every little aspect matters: from little details in the eye makeup to the little toe being painted with the perfect matching shiny lacquer; from the spikes in our hair to the best brand sneakers; and all the ABCs of our looks, outfits, and accessories.…

  • Life,  Social Life

    In One Ear, Out the Other

    People who pay heed to the gossipers in their friend groups by and large end up with wrinkled brows and a deep frown. This is because people who make gossip their code of life are never really satisfied; they pick faults from all that is sour as well as sweet. Nicely done or poorly done, nothing in particular contents them, and…

  • Life,  Social Life

    I’m Not Thick-Skinned, I’m Strong

    In a group of friends or among our colleagues, there is always one strong person who does not seem offended by anything you throw at them. It could be a pun spun their way, silly sarcasm, or simply a taunt, and the overall response is a chuckle. How such people remain within the boundary of expressionless or how they share…

  • Love,  Love Love

    Acts from the Eastern Stage: Love Stories

    Romeo and Juliet as well as Antony and Cleopatra are among several famous love stories that have left their mark in our collective cultural conscience. Here is a curtain-raiser over more love stories crafted in the Eastern hemisphere of our globe. Act I, Scene I: Salim and Anarkali Blood cakes the stonewalls that silently witnessed the unfair sacrifice of a beautiful young…