Source: Wikipedia

A meaningful piece of art is always thought provoking. It stirs something within and helps us be better versions of ourselves.

It can enlighten, it can educate. But sadly, not all, in the name of art, do that or are able to achieve that.

There’s usually a message or a theme in an artist’s work. They might touch upon other issues or themes on the way but to expect that they’ll address and resolve all of them in the same work might be too idealistic.

Mimi touches a sensitive social issue that is still not talked about openly…


Ever met yourself in the people you meet?

Like that old friend who reminds you of those careless days of free laughter and dance routines?

Like the woman that lived in the flat below when you were 10 who reminds you of the innocent days of pretend play and evening snacks?

Like that old friend of your father, who reminds you of the blissful days of candy and rides on the Bajaj scooter?

Like that ex-colleague who reminds you of the learning days of playful banter and gossip over drinks?

Like that old college mate who reminds you of wild parties and late night movie sessions?

Like that…


In You

It dwells

In Me

It swells

For You

It’s real

For Me

It’s surreal

To You

It takes

To Me

It fakes

By You

It stands

By Me

It lands

On You

It hinges

On Me

It binges

At You

It glances

At Me

It prances

With You

It sticks

With Me

It tricks

This Love

This Love of Ours

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Written by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A painfully dark story that lingers, not in the background, but right in your face even after you decide to close the pages and go back to life.

But that’s exactly what a well-written book does to its reader, does it not?

Even when you want to break away from the narrative to take a break, breathe and gather yourself for the next chapter, you just cannot. At least I couldn’t.

I believe that is also the reason why I finished the book in a couple of days as I didn’t want to feel the churning in the pit of…


When you’ve drowned once

You know well when you’re about to, again

The anticipation can be suffocating

However hard you may try to abstain

A day turns into a week

A week into two

But then you look in the mirror

And face the new You

Staring, confronting, comforting

The Self wants to take over

If only you would let it

You shall not go deeper or lower

What leads to this path

Find out what’s the trigger

Love yourself more that week

Don’t let the fears be any bigger

The mind will play all tricks

To make you dive more intensely

But when You take over this game

The same mind will reward you, immensely

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Image by author (Anushka Bhartiya)

Innocence, purity, warmth and love

You stand for all these and more

Fearless, undaunted, always determined

Let these be your absolute core

May compassion and kindness be your guide

But even at your lowest low

Never feel the need to please everyone

And never find it hard to say No

Be it that uncle who wants to hug you

Or that man who ask you to sit on his lap

Be bold and shout out the nay loud

Your inner strength is what you must tap

May valiance and courage be your virtues

Not beauty or capacity to endure

You fight with everyone, including me,

In order to make your future secure

Make your own plans and stick to them

Never let a man tell you he’ll take good care,

Of you, your desires and your dreams

Be cautious, when you decide to let that soul bare


The 13th-century Japanese monk Nichiren Daishonin said, “First of all, learn about death and then about other things.”

According to him, to build a truly happy life, one must face the inescapable question of death.

As someone practicing Nichiren Buddhism, I believe in the Mystic Law of Cause and Effect. I also believe in signs that the universe sends us, almost every moment of our life.

(This belief doesn’t have much to do with the book titled The Secret)

So I don’t think it’s a coincidence that after I studied about the interconnectedness of life and death as part of my Buddhist study group last weekend, I was asked by a dear friend to share my take on…


Netflix’s latest docu-drama has put a lot of us in a dilemma, with technology and social media being called the modern-day Frankenstein’s monsters (though not for the first time!) by those who created their dangerous and dark features in the first place.

Woah!

Scary!

Depressing!

These are just three of the most common reactions I could gather for Netflix’s latest docu-drama, The Social Dilemma, released on September 9, 2020.

We already know how creepy social media can be, especially platforms like Facebook, Twitter and even Gmail, but to watch it for real how we are manipulated every single time we go online, is something that nobody seems to have been prepared for.

Not even my husband, who, up until now, believed that he wasn’t a “product” for social media as he stayed away from it as much as possible.

Unlike his wife…


(Clockwise from top left) Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Mary Wollstonecraft, Betty Friedan and Simone de Beauvoir,. Source: Wikipedia

The word “feminism” has taken on different meanings for different people for many years now. The movement continues to baffle, empower, engage, and enrage women and men across the world equally.

Its history and the journey feminism took in the hands of powerful women writers is what this particular write-up is about.

In order to find out whether one identifies themselves as a feminist or not, it is important to first know its origin and how it has shaped the lives of…


I had never seen him. Just had a word with him once when he wanted me to visit him.

But I didn’t go. I had something more important to do. Also, I found it weird. Weird that a person, who personified loneliness, was calling me in the middle of the night. He had mentioned that he had heard about me and wanted to know me better.

But I did not understand his request. All I heard was his weirdness.

The first time we met, he was about to turn into ashes. We couldn’t talk. Rather, he couldn’t respond in the…

Anushka Bhartiya

Writer. Buddhist. Feminist. Looking for freelance projects.

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