Swasti Gautam
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I am a student of Political Science, currently studying in Lady Shri Ram College For Women, New Delhi. I have a keen interest in writing about various social issues.
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Invisible Migrants

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 11:33am 1 Comment

When I asked Dil Bahadur (Name Changed), who is currently working in one of the fast food restaurants behind my college in Delhi University, “When did you migrate to India ?”, his response was, “ I am not a migrant, I go back home once in 2 years.”

Nepal has had an extended history of migration. This country over the years has faced immense poverty, underdevelopment, political turmoil and a ten year long civil war. These factors have undoubtedly been one of the major driving forces of…

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“You are impure right now, you stupid girl, the plant will die!”

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 2:40pm 1 Comment

This is my best friend,” she said smiling, as she watered the sapling in her garden. “I planted it last month on my 14th birthday. My mother says this young sapling resembles my cheerful exuberance. Mom is never wrong, you know.” A few months later, an unusual Sunday compelled her to dissolve her magnificent smile beneath an enigmatic face. Little did she know that the menstrual myths prevalent in her society would choke her with tears of both mental and…

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The morning cup of tea

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 1:07pm 2 Comments

Ah! My back hurts”, she murmured typing the report with one hand while nursing the baby on the other. A moment later, hearing her husband complain about the pile of not ironed clothes, she shut her laptop. Recently, she had found a great job with an impressive pay check. But her family was unable to appreciate her new position.…

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Beauty: an illusion

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 1:02pm 0 Comments

She yelled, yelled as loud as she could, but her voice only echoed inside her head. Unable to express her inaudible chunter, she survived with the smoke that blinded her every minute.

From a well-educated background to a well-paid job, she had everything she wanted. A woman of the twenty first century, they said. Yet, she was no more liberated than her ninety-five-year-old grandmother. The images of socially constructed beauty pulled her back every time she tried to take a step…

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