Legacy for our children

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Image from here When your mind is not in a turmoil, close your eyes and think about your childhood. Dive as deep as you can and remember the moments of a different era, a warmth of a different kind. Remember the time when the complications and realities of the world meant nothing. It

Another Child? You must be off your rocker

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Anika will the three this year. My wife and I are about to enter a dangerous phase of our life where we will be assaulted by our relatives, their maids and drivers and their relatives to have another child. They will fall at our feet and beg to have some mercy on our only child.

Don’t flinch

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Don't flinch. Stare at three year old Aylan. Stare at him lying on a beach, his face half buried in the wet sand. Stare at his bright clothes. Stare at his tiny hands, his shoes. Stare at his future that drowned with him. Stare at the million ways he could have been saved. Don't look

A Square Meal

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  In 2012, the world's 100 richest people earned a stunning total of $240 billion in profits. That is enough money to end extreme poverty worldwide four times over. In 2007, the total volume of trade by private corporations the world over was over $1,171 trillion; the sum of the earnings of all countries was a

Now that you are here my daughter…

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My eyes are adjusting to your presence. The moment when I held you in my hands for the first time seems like a dream. Your being is so surreal that I have to see you again and again to make sure that you are not a figment of my imagination. Your crying sounds like a creaking door and

Sensitization begins at home

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We are contrary creatures, us humans, but that isn't something we need to be afraid of, or even much troubled by. And if you make a list of those people who worship consistency, you'll find they are one and all tyrants or would-be tyrants. Ruling over thousands, or over a husband or a wife, or some

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The glasses and the tussle

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I recently crushed my glasses under my feet because of which it ended up with a broken right nose pad and a twisted frame temple. As I was not having a spare which I am quite sure nobody has, the loss sent me reeling to an Optical shop close by, named Blue Bay. The name

Severn Suzuki and THE One tight slap

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It was the year 1992 and Severn Suzuki was a 12 year old kid. She raised money with the members of the Environmental Children's organization (ECO) and attended the United Nation's Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro. She gave a six minutes speech there which received a standing ovation from the delegates of the various