Archu From The Archive, Personal, Poems

Farewell India

I am not a great traveler, I haven’t seen the world. India has been my home, Through all the years I am old. With books as my windows, I’ve gathered the most I could. The prints have painted pictures, Revealing more than what it should. I am so eager and excited, A little scared and anxious too. My life is…

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Archu From The Archive, General, Social

Chastity an armor? Oh please!

“Chastity is not an outdated idea, use it like an armor. There is a difference between old things and tradition, you need to understand the difference. What is rebellion and what is blossoming, you need to act accordingly……..” I read this status message somewhere in Facebook. Chastity? Armor? Really? Can someone please tell me how? How can chastity shield anyone…

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Archu From The Archive, Fictional

Short Story: The Delivery

The fetal heart rate monitor makes a beeping noise. The steady graph is now distorted by a sharp spike. I close my eyes and clench my fist. Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out, I tell myself. Thirty seconds of excruciating pain makes me quiver. Thirty seconds that seem like an eternity. And then I relax. I know that…

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Archu From The Archive, General, Social, Tamil

Kumudam Reporter – Backlash on the Cover Story

Kumudam Reporter’s cover story on women’s leggings faces backlash from the social media – Long overdue and well deserved. When I scrolled across the social media pages last night, reading the outrage against this sexist story, I couldn’t help but let out a sigh of relief and smile. Smile? Seriously? Am I insane? I should have felt indignant and horrified.…

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