I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news is that I have a hacking cough that resurfaces every time I talk or laugh or breathe too hard. And if I take deep breaths, there’s a “znnnnnnk” noise coming because of phlegm I think.
But the GOOD news is that, after my exam on 17th I have a loooong break till the 24th and on the 24th is my last exam. And then I’m going to Shillong. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
A book I wish more people would read is Bitter Chocolate by Pinki Virani. It’s non-fiction and it is about child sexual abuse in India. It freaked me out so much. People need to learn the reality of our “chaste society” with “family values’ where a lot of children are taught that adults can do no wrong. See, family values have their place but let’s just realise that not everyone is well-meaning or genuine as we may be.
I was reading this during my internship in Delhi and I was staying at a Paying Guest accommodation when one of the girls in a neighbouring room asked me what the book was about. I told her it was about child sexual abuse and she asked me why I was reading something so boring. BORING. This girl was engaged to be married and in that moment, I feared for the safety of her future children (If she has any). I… it isn’t boring. It’s relevant and it’s a pretty huge problem.
Please read it. Awareness is the first step to making a change, you know? Yeah? Let’s protect the rights of children in our country (and all over the world), guys.