Self-Belief

BY MEGHNA PATTAVI She mopped the room as she knelt on the floor. Her dark brown skin shone with the sweat that soaked her. Her feet were cracked and I wondered if they hurt.  Bali. She was my house help now for a long time. My support system.  "Didi, your tea cup is looking at … Continue reading Self-Belief

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The Queer Girl

There was a girl in our class that everyone called a freak. I called her queer and my friends frowned at me for that. Some days the queer girl looked like she’d just returned from a costume party, dressed in a tutu and sneakers or wearing an animal ears hat and vintage shades. Other times … Continue reading The Queer Girl

Thorns and Petals

The air was filled with cries demanding justice. The crowds were swelling on the icy cold winter night. The entire city had forgotten to sleep. The media was on a warpath, whereas a group of students quietly marched with candles. I looked at them and wondered if the dripping wax was burning their fingers. Maybe … Continue reading Thorns and Petals