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The time had come when the moon got hidden and the sky turned black, taking the world with it. Shadows became one with space, and everything breathed but was dead, neigh non-existent, at the same time. A spark, that was all, just a spark was what she looked for. Anything to jolt awaken at least the hope that something once lived and will live once more in the world. How weird it was that it seemed like a piece of herself would and should burn for it to occur; and what’s more that she wasn’t afraid of that, but she yearned for it. The pain. It seemed like the only emotion that would prove that there was a soul in the planet. That it wasn’t just a rock, and the breathing wasn’t just her imagination. …


Why repression isn’t all that awesome.

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The other day, I was sitting in my Organizational Behaviour class for MBA, when the professor started on her slide for defence mechanisms. I did my Bachelors in Psychology Honours, so all that she was teaching was something I covered as basics during that time. So I sat there listening in a relaxed way, till she talked about repression. Mind you, she had taken to learning psychology later on in her life, probably through a course catered to MBA, and maybe that’s why the discussion went in the way it did.

She said, as one of the defence mechanisms, an individual represses, or ‘forgets’ the painful or traumatic experience. A student in class responded, ‘Oh wow, so that’s actually a good thing. Like if you have a breakup, you won’t remember the painful stuff or anything about that person. The people who have this must be blessed. So lucky.” Another person then added, ‘Yes, especially in cases of traumatic experiences like being raped, as well.” To which, to my utter dismay, the professor said, “Oh yes, you are right. They’ll be able to move forward more easily.” and then she added, despite just talking about regression (another defence mechanism) with a negative connotation, “All these defence mechanisms help people.” …


Are homeless animals really homeless?

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I know it’s not easy — more than 7.5 billion people, the world’s getting a little too crowded, even for our own liking. The only other species that can probably compete with our breeding problem, are cockroaches, who, like us in the present, are born faster than they can die. As our race becomes larger and larger in size, it seems like we are going to be encountering a problem other than the lack of food resources: housing. Though this should be a problem of the future, it is something that is prevalent even today — many of our own species are homeless. …


‘Why don’t they just leave?’

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If you have witnessed someone you know in an abusive relationship, and you yourself haven’t ever been in one, you would probably wonder: why the hell does he/she stay in that relationship? Can’t he/she just leave? This is quite understandable as running away from torture and pain should be the normal and sane thing to do — right? Why would anyone be ok with receiving pain willingly? Well, breaking apart a relationship is more complicated than it may seem.

There are many reasons why a victim of abuse holds on to a relationship. While going through these reasons it’s important to remember that we should condemn the abuser and not the abused. It is never the victim’s fault. It’s not about the victim choosing to stay, it’s about how the abuser thinks it’s permissible/ok and chooses to abuse. …


We’ve all heard about the Virgin Mother Mary and the miraculous conception of Jesus. But did you know that there’s more than one such story?

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There’s something about Mary. No, I’m not talking about Cameron Diaz’s movie. I’m talking about Mother Mary from the Bible. The miracle birth of Jesus is an event of utmost significance in Christianity. It is said that he was conceived without ‘sin’. Mary was still a virgin when she became pregnant. Many people believe that this phenomenon and story is exclusive to Christianity. But this is not so.

Interestingly, stories about miracle births are spread across the globe. Each version varies from the other to a small extent but has similarities that are thought-provoking. All of them have few things in common — the mother is human and God, or a being from the spiritual realm with a similar status, is the father. …


What if Earth was like a cell?

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It is popularly known that religions based on paganism and animism see Earth as a being — mostly as a mother. Mother Earth is seen sometimes as a benevolent and generous God, as a sentient being, a wrathful destroyer (during famines etc) and even a blissful deity. These religions, mostly look to her as a female God that looks after every living and non-living thing on this planet. Science sees the Earth as a planet — and planets are considered to be non-living. Life according to this subject, grows on top of the planet. These theories are not the only theories. …


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Binge-watching an entire gameplay of ‘Detroit: Become Human’ might cause one to think about which side one would take. A game about how robots that are more human than humans start a revolution with humans who are scared robots will take over the world? Seems like a cliched and unrealistic conundrum. As humans, most of us are brought up to be empathetic — fear being one of the main reasons we see divide despite this fact. But if we dispose of the fear that robots could one day rule us, what is left? The fact that there would exist an entirely new species (though man-made) that is alive? …


From personal experiences.

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There’s a common social construct which states that children should respect their elders. While this is more flexible on the Western side of the world, it is contrastingly more rigid on the Eastern side. This ideology of respect and compassion has created an enriching atmosphere of love and growth, as it stems from the mutually beneficial scenario where younglings imbibe the wisdom of those who have experienced living for years in our only world and in turn, benefit the dependent elderly by providing a warm (emotionally and hopefully physically as well) home for them. In the end, this creates a more productive environment which benefits society as a whole. …


Think again.

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Individuals merely in their mid-20s complain about body-aches, stiff muscles, cracking bones, and heaviness. Thyroid levels seem to be directly proportional to stress levels; 1 in 10 Indians have thyroid diseases. Almost everyone older than 20 has experienced the ill-effects of spicy foods and irregular eating habits first-hand. Skincare has become a new priority, and backaches a constant dilemma. You can forget about doing cartwheels and head-stands. While some believe that this wear and tear is the consequence of unhealthy, busy, anxiety-ridden lifestyles that encompass the pursuit of riches, fame, and deadlines, still others see this as an inevitable consequence of one’s ever-recurring birthdays. …


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These are the times when I get a rush of creativity,

before the fall,

as if my intense sadness,

came with a few days of limitless imagination,

the universes’ way of showing me mercy,

as if to say,

here you go my girl,

take a flight into another galaxy,

live as pollen in the breeze, drifting away from all which binds it to the flower,

jump through a thousand marigolds in the meadow like a cricket during spring,

before you feel like flying off of a cliff like Pocahontas did,

only this time towards demise.

I know the next few days will be…

Nikita Harindranath

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