I came to you

I came to you for your guidance I came to you Because I thought you would understand More than others would I came to you Because I thought you were the light At the end of a long, inky black tunnel Never did I think That you would shatter my hopes so cruelly That I…Read more I came to you

To a smoker I meet everyday

Every day you smoke that cigarette of yours Leaving the air around you full of toxic fumes Which coil into a gigantic serpent That turns its baleful eyes on my helpless form And slowly, but surely, slithers towards me Hissing evilly as it prepares to send me to my maker Before rearing sharply, and plunging…Read more To a smoker I meet everyday

Expose of a former friend

Today is Friendship Day, a day on which you usually celebrate friendships. However, some friends, over the course of years, become a toxic influence on your life; such that you wish you could get rid of them altogether. I shall use this occasion to expose Srirang Jairam Gollerkeri, who goes by the Facebook name of…Read more Expose of a former friend

Sexism and the difficult task of convincing men – 2

This is part 2 of my blog post on sexism in India, and the difficulty in convincing other men on our sexist culture and the need for change in attitude towards women; continued from https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/10/27/sexism-and-the-difficult-task-of-convincing-men-part-1/ . This mainly concerns the conversations between me and my right-wing and anti-feminist friend mentioned in Part 1, whose attitude proves…Read more Sexism and the difficult task of convincing men – 2

Sexism and the difficult task of convincing men – Part 1

The #MeToo campaign was helpful in many ways. It got me to publicly admit my wrongdoings  towards women (before I became a feminist); something that I should have done much earlier, without the need of a campaign to bring out guilt and remorse buried at the back of my mind. These are my two posts …Read more Sexism and the difficult task of convincing men – Part 1

The magic spell cast by Dhanushkodi

As we head towards Dhanushkodi On a road smooth as velvet Tall trees of coconut surround us Forming a canopy to shield us From the wrath of the mighty Sun Whose eyes pierce us all And cast an everlasting glow Over the silken stretches of sand Erstwhile a tiny speck in the horizon Now omnipresent,…Read more The magic spell cast by Dhanushkodi

A chaotic experience at Tiruchendur temple

As I head into a temple Standing tall with its gopuram Underlining its grandeur and monstrosity Luring the faithful and the besotted As an ocean opens its arms To invite the mighty ships To sail in its capricious waters Even the cynical and non-believing Can't help but turn their heads Letting their eyes widen and…Read more A chaotic experience at Tiruchendur temple

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…Read more I am part of the problem – Part 2

How an autowallah broke my spirit

11th October was not a great day. My new Acer laptop (purchased by my boss just a month ago) was already having all sorts of problems - the charging was taking ages - 5 mins for a mere 1 % ! :O Later, I had found out (at a service centre near my home) that…Read more How an autowallah broke my spirit