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Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods – A Discourse on Rape in India

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“Girls are coming out of the woods,
wrapped in cloaks and hoods,
carrying iron bars and candles
and a multitude of scars, collected
on acres of premature grass and city
buses, in temples and bars. Girls
are coming out of the woods
with panties tied around their lips,
making such a noise, it’s impossible
to hear. Is the world speaking too?
Is it really asking, What does it mean
to give someone a proper resting?


These words taken from the poem Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods by Tishani Doshi only begin to talk about the issue of rape in India. For years we have seen, read, and heard of tragedy after tragedy, girl after girl, injustice heaped upon injustice, in state after state. Where does it stop? Where do we draw the line? What are we doing?

The Problem

Let’s call a spade a spade; we are afraid. We are afraid to speak up for the victim. Haven’t we heard of case upon case where people are being silenced for their dissenting words? Therefore, we cower. Even though we say we want a change we are unwilling to be the agents of change. Our mothers, our well meaning mothers tell us not to get involved. After all, they don’t want to see us harmed, or worse, murdered.

The Reason

I don’t write this article to condemn, I am writing first and foremost, to myself. I am writing to the people of India to rise up out of your slumber and take a stand against the iron hand of injustice weighing upon our nation. Women, who are worshiped as gods are also treated worse than criminals. My fellow Indian, would you do that to your god; the god you have set up of brick and stone? Have you then no reverence for flesh and bone?

The Answer

This is not an article for answers, of those I have none. I have questions, and questions, and questions for us to ponder upon. In a book I once read it says to look out for the cause of the widow and the orphan. But to quote Tishani Doshi, they are a victim to “…all the lies/ whispered by strangers and swimming / coaches, and uncles, especially uncles…”. This cannot go on.

In Conclusion

So I ask you, my friends, spread your arms and feel the winds of change. Let us stand together and encourage the victims to come out of the fear, out of the shackles of bondage, out of the woods of despair, and to speak, to write, to sing; let us stand together for those who are oppressed, especially those who are so because they were not born boys.

Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods

A writer, poet, lyricist, and musician who is in his early twenties and is pursuing his MA in English Literature at Goa University. His work deeply reflects his Christian faith and the testimony of all the good that Jesus Christ has done in his life once he accepted Him as his Lord and Saviour. He hopes that through his work others would know Jesus the way he has come to know Him.

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The problem solver element: Self Motivation

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Theses days all of the people are integrated with the negative thoughts and feel demotivated. Seems we have lost the battle, we have dropped our weapons and surrounded. Then the question invokes can we get spark to do our things ? can we make our life better than before/now ? Yes, for sure you can do. Just you need to find the reason and lit your lamp with the spark of desire. In short amtanirbhar – motivate yourself. It’s not that difficult or out of the context as we usually think. It’s pretty easy if you are determined but terms and conditions are always applicable.

The first thing you need to do is to find out the thing you love to do most, then try to engage in. As we know success or the happiness is hidden in the work we love. As per human nature we all want to achieve our goals. We day dreamed about that, we always imagine that situation. What if really you are there, so let’s take a step closer towards it. Make your day plans- own plans execute them try to fix bugs and errors that leads you out of it. Adding up the days will make your week planned. Then you can directly shift to a week-long plan, for example : you should set a short goal to complete your work then track the process often and then try to complete it in a week.

We all know it will be not that easy, what if we failed ? but at the last you will be step closer towards it. Setting the tasks is good thing, if you complete it in time then you are on the right path. If not don’t worry the goal setting will teach you efficient time management. At last you will be better than yesterday. The thing matters here is to be better than today and I think that’s not that hard for you. I know you are capable to do so.

Don’t do something because you have to do, work on that because you wanted it to be done. A burning sense of passion is the most potential fuel for your dreams. We all say motivation is just for few days or even few hours, but it depends on our desires. You know you yourself are the unique creature of all time and your desires are fuel that makes you run. Being consistent can make big difference.

Don’t stop when you are tired of it or want to quit, just remember why you started then work on it until you are done with it. We should make self-promises, as because here we can’t lie. Never ever think I am smartest, may be you haven’t meet your better version.

Be into your stuff thoroughly, water your grass such that you don’t even need to check others grasses are green. Every grass will dry one day but will grow much greener other day. Seems nature knows solution to every problem.

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Failure? Complains?
All you need to know

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The world facing the huge pandemic- the covid-19. Its worst out there. Nearly it’s been year we are locked -down. The situation is getting worst sometimes. Actually, due to this thing many of are mentally disturbed. We overthink, we be sad for no reason and often get annoyed to simple things in surrounding. We’ve simply had enough: Enough of being inside. Enough of working remotely. Enough of having businesses shut down. Enough of schools being closed. Enough of being isolated. Enough of everything.

We all complain about the things, we live over the excuses in day to today life. You don’t like the way you are – change it. You don’t like what you do – change it. Change is everything and the rule of the mother nature. Adopt yourself in every condition, always be ready to face upcoming hurdles. Complaing about the things is not going to change the situation. You’re the one who can overwrite the story and create new history. Fit in your mind no one is coming to help you in life and no one will is going to save you. Nothing will change until you act for the change. If you make changes on daily basis…. Daily improvements to make your life better. Leo Tolstoy once said: “everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one things of changing himself”.

Actually we all have heard this before many times in life but none of us acted for it. Talking truly we have reason for every problem and solution for the for the problem of others. And that’s just it isn’t it .. you cant change the world until you change yourself. The world could be right, if man could be right. Getting the motivation from other sources wont work until your fuel starts burning. Be self-addicted, self-motivated, self-focused. The day people start talking about you that day would the day you start making changes. You deep inside know you are the problem for the problem because you don’t find the solution for problem. So gradually problems don’t go away and decide to stay up there with you. Knowing that thing and not making the changes is ALL ON YOU.

When you started and you feel like quitting. Remember the all those who said you’d fail. Remember what made you to do this. I know beginning is half done but being in constituency is never done, starting is hard – working on it is tough. Remember pain is temporary greatness lasts forever. You can quit but before that take a deep breath look back into life and ask yourself how bad do you want? Stick it out and get your rewards. The rewards wont leave their home to come up for you. You should approach them , you fail , you approach, you get. If your will and hard work is real rewards can leave their home and live up with you. If you think getting more money is reward then you are on the wrong bus.

At night when you are broke- you ask life why me? For the pains and problem. God whispered why not you? I believed you can do, I know your ability. I am giving you this because I want you to be better. I want you to help. But you doubt yourself, although I believed in you. If you don’t want me ? you will be reasons for the permanent tears and pain in your life. He said you are the solution for the problem until you see it as a problem. You are drowning yourself in a dead sea. Now you are one who will decide what you have to do.

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How to kill a person with a smile ft. Sakshi Margaje

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Sakshi’s Love for her Audience Proves She’s Queen Of Many hearts.

Sakshi Margaje, the popular Influencer and Social media content creator, puts out every sort of fun content to entertain her audience!
In just a short duration, she has won the hearts of millions through her extremely relatable and funny videos. In an interaction with Paradox India, she opened up on her experience of the content creation journey.

Sakhshi’s videos are all about goofiness and her motivating fitness moves. She enjoys a following of 17k and has acquired more than 30 million likes on the app.

From talking about trolling on social media to the best thing about using Instagram, Margaje revealed it all! Before we get on with her big reveals, check out some of her interesting clips right here:

Her hilarious videos and interesting have become the talk of the town, especially for youth, and she has risen to fame in a very short span of time. Here is everything you need to know about the internet sensation.

The stunning content creator Sakshi Margaje is known for her incredible short clips on Instagram, but it is her style sense we just can’t seem to get enough of! She is a diva, who rocks the feminine, girly-yet-sexy vibes with enviable ease. Her workout gear and body-hugging silhouettes have gained a lot of attention ever since she came into the limelight.

It’s not long since Sakshi started her journey, describing her time period as a content creator she says,”Though I started making videos in September! I never expected that people would shower their tremendous love on me. But as the time passed, I got many messages saying I inspire them with my dedication for fitness and other videos, and they love how positive I am (I am not😂).”

She joyfully said, “People loved the Maharashtrian side of me and they demanded for marathi videos.”
Sakshi is a skillful girl enjoying every bit of her life. She also expressed her fears by saying that, ‘she was kinda insecure at first to make original videos but when people liked what she did, she became confident enough to get into this marathi comedy too.’
She also shared something funny about her followers, well let’s see what juicy she got for all of us now?

“I call my followers Zhandu Baam because the same as Baam they heal the pain’.

We all know how good Sakshi is when it comes to creation of content, but apart from that you will be astonished to know she is a studious girl. She completed her 11th and 12th from Bhandup DAV. Born and brought up in Mumbai (Kanjur Marg) and belonging to a typical Maharashtrian family with thought that study should be the main concern, she was not always praised for the work she did.
“My parents always said “yeh sab thik hai par, padhai karo” 😂 First my mom and dad didn’t give a damn about my content creation thing but now when they see me doing brand collaborations and talking over the net they are somewhere happy and proud,” says Sakshi.

Sakshi being totally herself on social media is a treat to our eyes with her not only goofy but beautifulpics as well!

Concluding with a message for her followers she says,“Never give up or never settle for anything less and love the way you are because no one can love you more than yourself ♥️.”

It’s important that social media influencers talk about things not always being perfect and just “keep it real” with their followers, and it’s so heartwarming to see Sakshi Margaje doing just that. More power to this Supaarwoman!

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