Awanthi Vardaraj

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The Welfare State

It’s been a time of deep uncertainty for much of the world. People are struggling to make ends meet, the job market is still an uncertain beast, and everywhere belts are tightened as everyone tries to ride out this section […]

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My Pinterest Obsession

  So, all my friends and loved ones know that I’m currently on a bit of a Pinterest kick. I fell in love with Pinterest the moment I saw it; your own personal cork board, so to speak, where you […]

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Anti-Twitter? Not me!

  I _love_ quirky things! So I was enormously delighted when my friend sent me this link to this creative and quirky start up that has quirk written all over it. Sadly, not everyone in the world shares my enthusiasm […]

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Project Prevention – Don’t Play God (You’re Only Human)

Have any of you heard about Project Prevention? For those of you who aren’t in the know, it’s a campaign that pays addicted women drug money in exchange for their getting sterilised. It’s being funded by the far right, and […]

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What happened to common sense?

It seems to be a week of rants for me. I was chatting to my friend a while back and discussing her plans for the day (which included baking for her husband and children) when she suddenly informed me that […]

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Name Your Source!

It’s time, dear readers, for you to read about one of my pet peeves. I was meandering around Facebook today when a certain eco-friendly eco-education eco-resource page that I ‘like’ happened to post this picture with the caption: Communities protesting […]

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What if?

    A friend recently broke up with her boyfriend of four years, because of what if. What if, she said, it didn’t work out? What if her ex-boyfriend who was still in her life was still the one for […]

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Sex and the Indian Woman

Does anyone remember Lakshmi Pandit? I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t. Her story was small and insignificant in the face of other stories, but it changed her life. Lakshmi was a beautiful and ambitious young woman who competed in […]

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Tiny tiny town

“I just feel so wrong.” That was my favourite phrase when I was growing up and my friends learned to dread it. It was usually followed by my fervent wish that something would happen to get me out of the […]

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Love (Excerpt from a private letter to a friend)

Like you, I firmly believe that fantasy must lie in reality. The weaving of an extraordinary tale in an extraordinary world must take its cue from the everyday lives and trials of the souls that inhabit this one. Even though characters in fantasy […]

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