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Do You Swim Free?

Sometimes I feel like a particle of sand trapped in an hourglass, rising and falling in the same confined space– and that’s when I break out, write in a different genre, try an experimental narrative structure, read an anthology of poetry from cover to cover.

So do you believe in breaking out of the hourglass? Do you believe in smoking new words for a different pipe dream?

How Fair is Fair?

I’m not sure what’s with the Asian obsession with fair skin. Fairness creams are all the rage. Fair skin makes you a better person, more successful: Bollywood figures endorse these creams.

The Asina craze for fair skin
The fairness craze in Asia

This craze isn’t limited to India though, where you do see dark people, but also in Singapore, where the populace is generally fair-skinned. Some whitening creams I’ve seen here cost more than a few months’ worth of groceries. Having never been fascinated by fair skin (quite the opposite in fact), I haven’t tried out these creams, so can’t comment on how effective they are– but as a writer, the obsession with ‘whitening’ seems rife with fictional possibilities.

What is Normal?

Normalcy has many definitions— probably as many as there are people in this world.

Recently, I heard a statement: Anything or anyone can be normal no matter how bizarre or extreme, you just have to get used to it.

In some societies female infanticide is normal, in others cannibalism used to be normal, in some societies equality between men and women is normal, in others, patriarchy. For a thief, stealing is normal, for a priest, praying is normal.

Should we define normalcy? What are its advantages? Disadvantages? Is there something that is normal for you, and is completely abnormal for someone else?

Is’ normalcy’ the name for ‘what we’re used to’? Who defines ‘normal’?