Open UP: # 135

I grew up in a family that inculcated values like standing up for the truth and being true to yourself. I always wanted to be a journalist and pursued it with all my energy. I graduated top of my class with a gold medal. I worked as a journalist for 8 years. Though the work…

Open UP: #133

  I grew up in a rough neighborhood and was misled in my childhood. I lost my path and got entangled into all the vices like drinking, gambling, drugs and what not. I joined a gang and was very good at beating up people and escaping when needed. My life was in doldrums and then…

Open UP: #132

I grew up in a very studious, modern, competitive family and was always ahead of my peers both in studies and sports. I had the best campus placement among all my friends and was blazing through my career. I thought I am settled now. Then it happened. One of my team managers started getting close…

Open UP: #131

I was in PU when my parents got this proposal from a business man. We got married as soon as I hit 18. As in every arranged marriage we took time to adjust. He was very caring and supported my studies. I soon got a job. His business was stabilizing. All our relatives, friends were…

Open UP: #128

“I take every day as it comes – fresh, open to challenge, adventure, peace, joy and a chance to share happiness. I strive to be kind, humble and learn something new. I am truly blessed with many loving people around me. I want to be remembered as a good human being than anything else.” Yes….

Open UP: #124

Every once in a while we come across someone who stands so tall, strong and energetic that they just lift up your spirit and make everything look possible. If angels were true, these people would be no less.  Devi is one such person I had the pleasure of knowing on a first person account. Her…

Talk to Tiger: Suicide is not the solution

When she faced adversity, she didn’t back down or run away, she stepped over it and conquered with a smile and took it upon her to spread the message that Suicide is not a solution. We met Sana and she bowled us over with her story. A winner in her own right with a clear…

Open UP: #122

“I have three sons. The eldest got married and threw us away from home. The second one committed suicide. The third one went away somewhere 10 years ago after a fight. I have two daughters too and no one wants us to be home. Both my husband and I are very old and he works…

Open UP: #120

There are angels in this world and they come in many forms!

Open UP: #116

“I have a daughter and two younger sons. Both the sons go to school and are studying well but the daughter is at home. In our village and culture we don’t send daughters to school. She goes to Madrasa and studies Quran there along with other life skills. But she is very interested in school…

Anita Nair and Tiger discuss Alphabet Soup for Lovers

“No book can be a happy ending per say. It is not so in real life. There can be a happy ending for the book but the characters cannot be happy ever after. Life is more real and practical. I like my stories to be the same as life.”