In the shadow of a glass and more

  It all started with the habit of having one or two glasses of wine during my college days. I was a go-getter and a smart young man with friends all around. I was proud to get my first salaried job after just completing my teens. Life was a blessing, and everything was near perfect. Going to the office, coming back with success stories, and chatting with friends was my daily routine. However, work pressure slowly crept in, and I started spending my evenings with a glass or two. Gradually, arguments with my friends increased, and I started using slang … Continue reading In the shadow of a glass and more

The Unwanted

  I am a nineteen-year-old girl from northeast India. Unlike other girls in the country who are pursuing a career and shaping their future, I am married with a one-month-old baby. I was born into a low-income family as the eldest of three siblings. Despite our poverty, I would say that we were a happy family until ‘the unwanted’ secretly crept into my father’s life. My dad, a labourer, started loving the unwanted more than his wife and children. Gradually, he started spending his total income on the unwanted and left my mum with no choice but to opt for … Continue reading The Unwanted