I never took gender classes at university, in fact I have avoided them feeling that it may shape my world view in a certain way. Still I find myself constantly battling gender sensitivities and insensitivities in my interactions.
Abidjan on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in West Africa is a wonderful mix of history, culture, religion, food and nature
What is it about watching the oceans that makes one nostalgic, remember people and places, and wonder about life?
Standing at the glass panes is a de-stressor for me. In the expanse spread out before me I see so many things - observe new facets of the city. Traffic weaves it way in the roads below, life gushes forth everyday as people mill the streets, and birds encircle the sky.
When I visited Vietnam, I had never thought that I would write about it. Vietnam was a part of movies and books about the Vietnam War for most people like me. Much like it's history, I discovered the place has a lingering effect.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was unceremoniously thrown off the train at Pietermaritzburg in the night. The momentous journey to India’s freedom had begun on that railway station.
It was like the entry into in a Universal Studios set, where one moment you are in line and the next moment you are living a fantasy. Failure, I thought, hits you in a similar fashion; suddenly out of nowhere, except that you know it’s been lurking in the dark all along.
One realizes as the years pass that parents never go away from our lives. At happy moments, more so in sad ones, they come unbidden in thoughts. Also, as time goes by one understands them more, in a way one never did when they were around.