Mallika Writes: View From the Bridge

From 99 onwards I was writing a column for the Times of India, Gujarat on things that mattered to me, people I met, things that made an impact or an impression. I called the column View From The Bridge.


Decisive Moments
I remember the day clearly. It was the end of a strangely mixed time. Four months previously, doctors had given me two verdicts on the same day; one that I was pregnant, the other that I had hepatitis. I had then spent four months in bed, very yellow, and very restless. Finally on the 2nd of April the doctors declared me well enough to get out of bed and travel to the US to join my husband. I was to travel on the night of the 12th...

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FEMINISM? Whos that?
One of the attributes of a victor is that he assumes that anything that happens in the world happens in relation to him, either for him or against him, but with him in mind anyway. Judging from this attribute, the male has won. Why else would a male figure in the understanding of the word feminism?

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The Bus Trip
The call came very late at night. I was in the middle of a rehearsal, far from a phone. PMs office on the line for you. Close to midnight? I ran to the phone. Could I go on the Lahore bus on the 20th? Just like that, out of the blue. Could I get to Delhi the next morning? No, I had to perform on the 19th in Ahmedabad. Where was my passport? I had no idea. Could I get it to the PMs office the next morning? I will try.

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