I am part of the problem – Part 2


Continuing more of my contributions towards misogyny from https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/10/18/i-am-part-of-the-problem-part-1/ , I also had another female friend from my undergraduation; whom I didn't give space - I sent her many Facebook messages (seeking reassurance from work stress) without giving her enough time to reply. I also posted on her wall quite a few times; without bothering to…

Why I am not proud of the new India


I have always been proud to be an Indian, partly because my childhood has been largely happy; apart from bullying which I experienced when I was around 9-10 years old. I am blessed to have a supportive family and relatives, and thus a good environment to grow in. However, I have also been sheltered by…

Fascism cannot win without neutrals


Never forget old sayings One rings louder than all Watching evil and doing nothing Is as bad as doing evil So, neutral is not cool Not in new India Where lynching is now normal State controls the media Rationalists are murdered Sane voices are silenced Misogyny is rampant Abuses flow in a torrent Ominous signs…

How difficult it is, to be a woman


How people change! Well, times change There was a time When I used to complain About extra bus seats for women Yes, this is not a lie! Having a female friend certainly helps With a different perspective With counselling, you believe That you can make changes But this is not about that This is about…

I am an angry Indian


I am an angry Indian There are many reasons But silence I cannot maintain I dare you to call it treason People are being lynched Minorities are being targeted Voices are being silenced Rationalists are being eliminated Patriotism is being forced Sexism is getting enhanced This is not my India This is more like China…

A night out at Currey Road – Part 2


This is a continuation of my experience in the recent Mumbai floods. You can read Part 1 here https://ashwinkumar1989net.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/a-night-out-at-currey-road-part-1/ . The intensity of the rains reduced, but the water level was still well above normal. The NGO continued to distribute biscuits, this time along with a packet of thil laddus as well 😉 . There weren't…

A night out at Currey Road – Part 1


Tuesday 29th August 2017. Wow. What a day. There were already some subtle signs early in the day, though I managed to reach my office (at Lower Parel) without much ado in the morning. Things were not going that great at work (Recruitment), with candidates either losing interest or not responding to my calls. Then,…

Once a railfan, always a railfan


At the age of two, it started Love for wheels on rails The way trains moved, fascinated The track clatter, gave goosebumps The window seat was heaven Countryside in all its glory The journey had a story Charming, were the stations The engine horn was music The beats were the diesel chugging The transition jerk…

Best way to spend the first weekend of the month – Part 1


I had an exciting first weekend of August ahead for me, which involved a trip to Manthralayam; primarily for the train journey, secondarily for the Tungabhadra river; and lastly for darshan at the famous Swami Raghavendra Temple . I was to take my favourite train 12163 Dadar Chennai Super express , from Dadar to Raichur ; on Friday…

My experiences as an Aspie: Part Seven


Again, to refresh you all; here are the first 6 parts:  https://ashwinkumar1989net.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/my-experiences-as-an-aspie-part-one/ ,  https://ashwinkumar1989net.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/my-experiences-as-an-aspie-part-two/ ,  https://ashwinkumar1989net.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/my-experiences-as-an-aspie-part-three/ , https://ashwinkumar1989net.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/my-experiences-as-an-aspie-part-four/ , https://ashwinkumar1989net.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/my-experiences-as-an-aspie-part-five/ and https://ashwinkumar1989net.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/my-experiences-as-an-aspie-part-six/ .  One of the things that I have not discussed so far is the therapy itself. As mentioned earlier, the counsellor in Mumbai has been far more effective than the one in Chennai; as she made a concerted effort to understand…

Save Oviya, Save Bigg Boss


Kamal Hasan may host Bigg Boss But participants give it life Sometimes creating strife Eviction is a big loss Nice people are rare But lend the show character For others they truly care Oviya is such a character Whom we should save She personifies humanity By the path she paves Speaks with the best clarity…

My experiences as an Aspie: Part Six


Well, well. It has been a while indeed. 2 months! If you have forgotten the earlier parts (I wouldn't blame you at all if you had 😉 ) here are the links:  https://ashwinkumar1989net.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/my-experiences-as-an-aspie-part-one/ ,  https://ashwinkumar1989net.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/my-experiences-as-an-aspie-part-two/ ,  https://ashwinkumar1989net.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/my-experiences-as-an-aspie-part-three/ , https://ashwinkumar1989net.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/my-experiences-as-an-aspie-part-four/ and https://ashwinkumar1989net.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/my-experiences-as-an-aspie-part-five/.  To keep you up-to-date, I started working at a recruitment consultancy in Malad West since April 2016; involving a…