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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Whose Body Is It Anyway?

 An entire page of amazing memes dedicated to teaching girls body acceptance and positive body image.

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I have battled body and personality issues all my life. Ever since I can remember, I have been an extremely shy and introvert child, a girl who would have so much to say and so many ideas and views, but who would always stand quietly, listening to others, observing, and carrying on those discussions inside her head.

I found it difficult and even painful to speak in social gatherings, even in a classroom or in front of family and friends. I have faced many academic stumbles owing to this issue of mine. But even though I was always battling it, I knew it would hardly ever change. And it didn't change. I still am the same way, tongue tied, finding it hard to speak when in a gathering (maybe that's why I write so much??!!)

Things didn't really change, now that I have overcome those years. I still remain as shy and introvert, and as picky. I find it difficult to speak to strangers, and even to those I know or love. Put me in a closed group of only those I really feel close to and I can be the chatterbox you would wish would shut up. But that's just me.....I can be me, but provided I am with those who truly love or know me.

This was all the confusion that was happening inside me.

Now lets come to the confusion or image that was being created around me, or still is..

The Age-Old with the Modern: Kolkata Heartbeat

I happened to click this on my trip to Kolkata a few years back. I was on my way to probably one of Kolkata's biggest mall South City (at least that's what I thought based on how popular it is there) and was in a cab.

The cab stopped right opposite the mall in a small lane. And that is when I looked out and saw these two men, one old, one young, sitting there, oblivious to the world, working on with the utmost concentration.

The 'shop' they have looks more like a closet in a corner wall of some home, but it's their all. The signboard says 'Roy Enterprises' and it says something in Bengali, all of which I couldn't read, but the bottom line says that 'all kinds of chart papers are available here.' I quite liked the way it was written as we don't speak bengali that way, so it was a novelty for me.

The cab was waiting there for quite some time, but not for a moment did these two look up from their work. I couldn't help but realise that bang opposite was this swanky mall with Kolkata's decked up youth flocking to it sporting the latest fashion. And here was this lone young guy, sitting with the older man, carrying on with his work like any other day.

I moved on once the light turned green for us, but some day, if I happen to be near there again, I would like to look them up....

- Debolina Raja Gupta
And like I always believe in and say: "Heal the world we live in Save it for our children" - MJ Debolina Raja Gupta