From a textual idea about miscarriage and abortion, to knowing of actual experiences of whom I know, in the past few years has shaken me in a sense. From being neutral on the topic, and then judgemental. Why won't she take care and see through the pregnancy? Then knowing, that there are instances when a … Continue reading Woman. Womb. Motherhood, or not..
Book: No ghosts in this city by Uddipana Goswami Part 5 - Assam One feature of a cosmopolitan place is that the culture gets jumbled. At least, as children, there is freedom and much joy in friendship with the others. An Axamiya child goes in and out many houses, savoring the duck eggs and buffalo … Continue reading Fading away in the harshness
Book: No ghosts in this city by Uddipana Goswami Part 3 - Assam The book is the story of small towns in Assam. Many stories within a single town, a lot of these towns were built around the creation of tea estates. There were the Axamiya, the Bodo, and then other tribes living in Assam before the … Continue reading We are all migratory birds
Part 1 - Assam Maybe this is insignificant. Still. I started reading a new book, full of anticipation. A book set in Assam where I had lived briefly in. I read about the author a bit, a woman writer. The publisher is Zubaan, so the stage was set for a women oriented story. The first … Continue reading How do we read gender?
I used to ask my sister to get me books from her school library. I was in college and I was reading the classics (and otherwise) of children's literature for the first time. Borrowed from my kid sister. Thinking back I had not read much outside of school textbooks growing up. We did not buy … Continue reading The reading life
Part 5 - Telangana Looking back, it seems like I spent a large portion of my wandering years in this State. We were first in Hyderabad, maybe close to the iconic Charminar. Now about the Charminar, once every couple of years, they would close the top floor right after someone attempts (yet again) a suicide jump. … Continue reading Living in the twin cities