They follow my trail

Friday, 16 January 2015

Bathed in Sunlight...

The curtains barely move,
Yet the cold draught in the room is too much bare,
So cold so that I don’t feel any hair!

The day outside is grey and dim
As if the clouds have decided to do so on a whim!
My shivering hands reach for my coat,
As my doggie dearest sleeps as if a quivering goat.

These winters days are days I dread,
But I have to earn my bread!
So I set out, overstuffed and ear muffed,
Hands in glove, the winter winds seem chuffed.

Blowing my hair in my face,
Turning me into a hopeless case,
Up above, the ominous clouds
Sure do winter proud!

But winds of change were about to come,
As the noon sun thawed my bones numb.
Then the grey clouds ran for shelter,
Their silent chattering aloud, they ran

The mighty sun made an appearance,
And the clouds made haste for disappearance!
My unsettled heart stood still,

Bathing in sunlight gave me quite a thrill!

Monday, 12 January 2015

A world without religion would be a great place to live in, won't it be?

Long ago in class IX, I sat filling a form in my calendar to be submitted to the admin department. Nervous as I was, I took longer to fill the dumb form but my partner was already scribbling things in he notebook. She was done ages ago. So I asked her to let me copy. I remember these details clearly as I was super surprised!

She wrote –

Religion – not religious
Mother Tongue – Pink
Annual Income of parents – Sufficient.

These simple details shocked me. I mentioned punishment to her what with us being in a convent school with prayers being conducted thrice each day. But no, she wouldn’t budge. She was like, ‘believe me, no one is going to notice!’. And no one did. For the silly me, this was way too radical for my time. I wanted to be sure of my religion.

Today, I feel differently.

Religion – a word today that spells terror, phobia, misunderstanding, intolerance and of course, terrorism. We have been raised to believe in our faith and respect the others. But nothing of this sort is happening or will ever happen as it seems now. Too much has been said and done in the name of God and religion.

What was the way of life, a doctrine for hope, has been stashed away as something so inaccessible to the common man that we now have to resort to extremism to prove ourselves to be believers. And God forbid, what if the proof isn’t enough?

I am angry like so many others. I am not Islam-phobic. I am not faith phobic (if that is a word), but I am beginning to think otherwise. This is not a world I want to grow old in or raise a kid. I’d rather hope for a peaceful world without any religion.

I wrote this post on Speaking Tree sometime back - A world without religion would be a great place to live in! and this it is very apt for our times. 

What are your thoughts on this?

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The Mother-in-Law syndrome

Yes, it is true; it does exist, The Mother-in Law Syndrome!

This is a never ending war – the one between a mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law! Such is their popularity that they have been written about in the puranas, books have been dedicated to them, television soaps, movies etc. have been made in the honour of their life-long tiff!

But why do two women who barely know each other turn enemies as soon as the former’s son marries the latter? Why does the mother-in-law view the young daughter-in-law as competition from day one? Psychologist have an interesting term for this situation; they call it the ‘Mother-in-law syndrome’!

Picture used is only for editorial reference. The copyright lies with the artist.

What is the ‘mother-in-law’ syndrome?

A mother’s continuous interference in the marriage of her child – boy or girl, that which includes high stress levels being experienced by the previously happy couple due to their mother-in-law’s disastrous influence or imposed ideas in their lives. Such is its effect that it is now accepted and recognised as a proper condition within the psychiatric circles. The good news is, it is curable! 

But this phenomenon isn't new! It has been in existence during the early stages of civilisation and Vedic times. Let us take a look at the worst mother-in-laws according to mythology!

P.S: The blog was originally published on


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