Growing Up Dark-Skinned in a Country Obsessed With Fairness

I was in eleventh grade when confession pages were the rage across schools and universities — not only in India, but across the world. Taking advantage of the anonymity the world wide web offers, they were sometimes a platform for people to profess their love, crack harmless jokes, or reveal juicy secrets; but more often…

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Resplendent Glory

Hoist that flag up higher, stretching your pride as high up as the sky. A flag of a country repressed under a fist of colonial servitude. A boot stamping on the face of a native — forever. A bloodstained shade of red, dripping in blood, toil and a legacy of agitation. Restored glory, unsung bravery muffled…

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Breaking The Silence

When I first saw you experience anxiety and depression, you could not name it. Maybe you thought if you didn’t talk about it, it wouldn’t be real. Maybe you thought you had to be strong for us, to pretend that things were okay, that you weren’t hurting inside. You never had to say it out…

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