Altered Realities

The biggest challenge facing emotional well-being today A report released by Common Sense Media, which was covered by Fox News as well as The New York Times, found that 72 percent of teens feel the urge to immediately respond to their phone notifications, and 59 percent of parents feel their teens are addicted to their mobile devices. The numbers are steep and concerning, but the … Continue reading Altered Realities

Be Your Own Aesthetic

Ever felt conscious of your Indian accent when talking to someone with, say, a British or an American accent? That’s a very small result of how toxic mainstream youth culture is to us. We’re constantly exposed to instances that glorify everything that’s from the west and downplay anything that’s our own. We all know that one friend who goes to New York for a week and comes back with a terrible, terrible fake accent. Being able to speak English is considered to be synonymous to being considered “cool” or “smart”. We take turns to make fun of our friends’ mispronunciations, as though English is the only language we’ve ever had in our country.  We all know people who wouldn’t ever hesitate to trash talk our societal rules, our traditions, our ethics. Continue reading Be Your Own Aesthetic

To, The one who doesn’t (seem) to care…

As the months passed, I’ve come to realise that you have many personalities. One for school, one for home, one for the world and one for me. There’s a part of me that’s scared that you’d drown yourself in all these personalities. But you’ve been playing this role for far too long now. But if you do feel like you need a bit of saving, I could be Prince Charming once in a while. I don’t always have to be the one getting rescued. Continue reading To, The one who doesn’t (seem) to care…