Dusshera Reflections

Dusshera Reflections

Dusshera, the day of annihilation of the evil is also the last day of my novel ‘Ten Days in October’. This is the day that celebrates the Goddess Durga’s victory over the demon Mahishasura and Lord Rama’s victory over the demon king Ravana. On this day we burn the effigies of Ravana with fireworks with the hope that the demons inside us get destroyed with it. I started writing the novel almost two years ago,…

Does the mantle of social reform only rest with judiciary?

Does the mantle of social reform only rest with judiciary?

Supreme Court of India a new paved way for social reform with two landmark judgements. First was declaring the practice of ‘triple-talaq’ unconstitutional and second ruled privacy as a fundamental right for every person in India including freedom of sexual orientation. We need to answer why we rely on judiciary to fix social issues plaguing the society? Triple-Talaq First in the matter of ‘triple-talaq’ or the practice where a Muslim man divorce his wife by…

Lynching: A New Normal in Social Justice?

Lynching: A New Normal in Social Justice?

No one knows more about lynching than United States. Since the days of Klu Klux Klan lynching was used for targeted killings by white supremacists and as a tool to crush the identity of people of color. It is estimated that more than 4000 people were lynched in United States from 1877 t0 1950. Lynching is not just a murder but spectacle leading to mass euphoria. Tickets were sold in past and families made picnic…

No Moral High Ground for Racism Remonstrance

No Moral High Ground for Racism Remonstrance

                    The beating of young Kenyan woman by a mob and attack on two Nigerian students in a mall near New Delhi ooze of racism that is deeply engraved in Indian psyche. As a brown skin Indian living in America, there is renewed debate about increased racism faced by Indians after recent political changes. Others However, most conversations focus around the fact that ignorance is clubbing…

Significance of the title ‘Ten Days in October’ and Navratri

Significance of the title ‘Ten Days in October’ and Navratri

The story of this novel unfolds over ten days in October, but that is not the reason behind the title. The ten days have great significance not only from mythological and religious perspective but also for the plot. The first nine days of the story line happen over Hindu festival of Navratri, which literally means ‘nine-days’. #Navratri is the celebration of feminine divinity in the form of universal mother, Devi (Goddess). The first three days…