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Dear Self,

For the last 20 years we have been together and finally I have come in terms with the fact that there is a lot about  you that is unfamiliar. And while this seems to me as a major identity crisis, I thought what better way than to confront you once and for all. This may be the only letter that I have ever written to you but you know deep inside that all my letters are your reflection.It is not very comforting to being unknown to you. Everyday seems to be a day at mine field and while I try to unearth the traps I seldom do fall in one. And as it ticks off, I realize that something about us just doesn’t seem right. I feel that I have betrayed you. Honesty is not a great virtue of mine when it comes to us. I have hidden truths, incomplete truths, truths that I scapegoat under layers of excuses, truth that I don’t wanna tell, truth about you that I myself do not know. And I know that you know this too. But of all people, I know you the best.

When I am alone, at my vulnerable best, I am completely yours. Untouched. Unfiltered. But does that mean that, that is who I am. Is it your company that brings out my truest self? Or do I fake it with you too? I am confused. You are good at this. Whenever I ask you something, a straight answer is the last thing I expect. It’s all murmurs, riddles, sentences with strange demand for search. And while I do get answers, I never know if it was the right one and though you know the right one, you make me believe that whatever I have chosen, whatever I have made out of your riddles is indeed the true one. Till the time I get to know that I had been led astray into something unwanted it’s too late. You make me feel miserable and desperate at such times. I curse you, but since we are inseparable there is nothing I can do either to reprimand you. In the end we both suffer. It takes time, but you refurnish the hope in me, recreate memories with positive filters, stack up the bitter ones as experiences and put out your brave foot down to recreate me. You are the change in me and although it was you who put me through all these, it is you who make me get back to normal, even better most of the times.

For sometime now, somehow I have felt that you are unhappy with me. Deep inside I get these vibes that are creating ripples in my existence and it is difficult to comprehend why. I have tried it all. Involving myself in things that you love, things that make you happy. But you have stayed discontent. Cross with some fault of mine. I have made a lot of futile attempts, so I ask directly to you now and while I won’t expect an answer, your riddles will be good enough to bring something out of the whole mess you have put me in. Are you dying young? Are you distressed with your suppression in front of the people whom I love? Are you sad because people rarely get to see you? Does my perfection annoy your flawed behavior? Do you find me more detached than I used to be? Or are you worried about the time we spend together, because even though we are together all day long, we hardly seem to talk!

I recognize these, but there is very little that can be done about it. I am sorry for it all, if at all these are bothering you. But there is so much to catch up on with the world, the desire to expand my skill set, the work pressure, the attempt to keep everyone pleased. I try to fit in the ways of world, to gain social acceptability, on demanding likes and praises on trivial things on social media, and in all these where do I have time to cater to your needs? How do I make you feel free? There is time and still there is none. And while it is eating me up as much it is destroying you and sooner and later I do realize that this realization will seep in, I fear it will be too late. You are the source of change in me and unless I ask you, talk to you about myself, how can I expect it to happen.

I hope you understand where I stand. Let’s try to bond over at a cup of coffee. Maybe we can have a book reading session together. Or we can jam together. What say, just you and me in our alone time in this fast paced world try to slow time down for a while.

-From Yourself

Written by Jash Jain from The Folded Page

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Rang Barse: Celebrating the Fervour & Zeal of Holi

The carnival of colours is here, marking the arrival of spring.

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वृन्दावन की होली लठमार,
मथुरा की होली फुलमार|
रंगों की आई फुहार,
मुबारख हो होली का त्योहार|

The carnival of colours, Holi, is here, marking the arrival of spring. With splashes of multiple different colours in the air, it fills everyone with the spirit of happiness, enthusiasm and optimism.

Mythologically, there are numerous legends associated with it, like the tradition of burning Holika or the ‘Holika dahan’ or celebration of the death of Ogress Pootana who tried to kill infant Krishna by feeding poisonous milk to it and many more. Eventually, it signifies the power and victory of truth, morality and goodness over evil.

With the spirit of Holi, let us look at some of the remarkable themes of art, music and comedy.

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Credits: Ashish Chanchalani

Credits: Chandana Bala Kalyan
Credits: DVK TheBeatboxer, Divyansh Kacholia

Team The Talented Indian wishes you all a very happy and bright Holi.

(Poem Credits: www.holifestival.org)

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Balance for Better : Empowering Women This International Women’s Day

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Balance for Better, International Women Day, Women Empowerment, Himanshu Arora, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao

Half the share of the force, strength, dreams, and efforts in the world belongs to half the population – women. At every point in history, there were women who with their contributions left an indelible impression, changing the world forever. Ranging from scientists like Marie Curie and to literary sensation Jane Austen to national leaders like Indira Gandhi and Margaret Thatcher to devoted social activists like Mother Teresa and  Savitribai Phule to even powerful fictional female characters of Hermoine Granger and Elizabeth Bennet to countless more incredible women, they influenced every aspect of our lives.

Remarkably the potential of every little girl is similar, provided she is given the freedom to learn. Exquisitely described by Himanshu Arora’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, the poem speaks volumes of the prevailing condition and power of knowledge in changing lives.

Presenting our daughters’ the gift of education we ensure that they have curious minds, thoughtful actions, and strengthened voices, in turn contributing to the growth story of the world.

On this International Women’s Day, we wish every woman a fulfilling and thriving life ahead.

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‘Gully Boy’ : An Unconventional Tale of a Rap Artist

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Gully Boy, Rap Artist, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Divine, Naezy

Struggles are an inevitable part of life. But, the fortitude to overcome them makes victory really worthwhile. The latest Bollywood movie, “Gully Boy” celebrates the spirit of thriving in challenging circumstances of life, despite all odds.

The story revolves around the journey of an ambitious “gully” boy, who despite belonging to a lower section of the society, aspires to accomplish his dream of becoming a rapper. His knack for telling his story through street hip-hop music, his rigour, hard work and passion, gives him a breakthrough in the music industry. The movie is inspired by the real-life stories of street rappers Divine and Naezy, who despite being in similar circumstances, thrived and succeeded in life.

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Referred to as a “Cinematic Masterpiece”, the film has garnered accolades in the Berlin International Film Festival and international media alike. The power-packed performances of Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, brilliant direction by Zoya Akhtar and an absorbing script and screenplay, makes this a masterpiece while giving the social message to follow one’s heart and passion.

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Gumption Beats Obstacles & The Story of Arunima Sinha Vindicates That!

Arunima Sinha, a former national level volleyball player turned mountaineer who despite her disability of being an amputee has managed to climb Mt Vinson.

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There is an age old saying that the world worries about disability more than disable people do. There is also a saying that fortune often favours the brave. Both these phrases can be attributed to Arunima Sinha, a former national level volleyball player turned mountaineer who despite her disability of being an amputee has managed to climb Mt Vinson, the tallest peak of Antarctica.

Losing her one leg in a horrific incident where she was thrown off a moving train for resisting chain snatching didn’t deter the brave heart in going after her goals. The latest feat just goes on to add another feather in the cap of the Uttar Pradesh girl who had earlier achieved the excellent feat of being world’s first female amputee to climb the Mt Everest in the year 2013.

As Arunima announced her distinguished feat to the world on Twitter, the whole nation raised a toast to her and her social media was flooded with heaps of praises. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated her in a tweet calling the 30 year old as “Pride of India”.

A Padma Shri Awardee and Tenzing Norgay Awardee, Arunima aspires to open a free sports academy for the poor and differently-abled persons. She is an epitome of bravery, strength, and spirit.

We at The Talented Indian congratulate her for outstanding achievement and wish her all the luck for her future adventures.

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Behind Every Successful Person is a Supportive Family : Story of Priya Punia

After years of struggle on December 21, Priya was named in India’s T20 squad.

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Priya Punia, Indian Women Cricket Team, Supportive Family, Story, Father Builds Cricket Ground

This story begins with the unachieved dream of a man to play cricket for his country and his wish to live it through his daughter’s dreams. In the Pink City of India, Jaipur, a man worked relentlessly hard to make wings for his daughter, so that she could fly high in the sky of the opportunities and possibilities to achieve her dreams.

Priya Punia’s father built a cricket ground for her training to master the game. Surendra, a Government clerk, sold his property and took loans to buy a 1.5-bigha plot on the outskirts of Jaipur at Harmada for Rs.22 lakh in the year 2010.

Priya Punia, Indian Women Cricket Team, Supportive Family, Story, Father Builds Cricket Ground
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Priya, a 22-year-old opening batswoman, is a native of Churu in Rajasthan. She plays for Delhi in domestic circuit and has been among the leading run-getters. On December 21, she was named in India’s T20 squad to tour New Zealand. After years of struggle, she is all set to make India proud in the international arena.

Priya Punia, Indian Women Cricket Team, Supportive Family, Story, Father Builds Cricket Ground
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Just like Abhinav Bindra’s father, who built a shooting range for him to practice, Priya’s father sets an example with his immense dedication and enthusiastic support for his daughter, despite all odds.

The Talented Indian Community extends best wishes to her for her upcoming match and the brightest future ahead.

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