Competition Entry #27 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   The Freedom to Dream: India at 70 Vashi Negi, 20 years old, Roorkee   When I see ‘freedom’, ‘dream’, and ‘70’ in the same sentence I think about my grandfather. He came from a small village in the tribal region of Kinnaur and had a modest… Read more »

Competition Entry #26 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   The Freedom to Dream: India at 70 Ivy Bhattacharya, 20 years old, Vellore A war had just ended. India sat at the breakfast table, hunched over the morning newspaper, reading article after article full of death and drear and pointing fingers. The words rose in ragged sharp… Read more »

Competition Entry #25 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   The Freedom to Dream: India at 70 Aruja Pandey, 21 years old, Patna   Separated by miles, geographically and socially, two sons were born on the same day, albeit to different mothers. Nobody knew what destiny awaited them, but born into a free India, they had… Read more »

Competition Entry #24 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   Amidst the Worldwide Distortion of Dreams Rahul Rema Mukundan, 24 years old, Gujarat   The signal to noise ratio is highly in the favor of noise today. Everybody is an expert, everybody likes to believe that they are the best of the experts. The world is… Read more »

Competition Entry #23 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   Babur’s Grindr Year  Rohit Chakraborty, 21 years old, Calcutta   Surreptitiously, with quiet exhilaration, in-betweeners and Nethersexuals study the digital tiles, a hesitant, submissive selection of other Nethersexuals and in-betweeners. Each comes with their best features, each specifies their interests, their proportions, their positions, their HIV… Read more »

Competition Entry #22 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   Equalisers: Of Dreams, Stories, and Education Aparna Srivastava, 23 years old, Mumbai   “This education has reduced us to a nation of morons; we were strangers to our own culture and camp followers of another culture, feeding on leavings and garbage . . . What about… Read more »

Competition Entry #21 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   Discovering India through Indians Aleena Khan, 20 years old, Uttar Pradesh Buzz… buzz…buzz…splat!! Ah, I finally caught that annoying fly invading my personal space for the past ten torturous minutes. Napping in the railway station restroom is a Herculean task. I stretch and yawn; steal a… Read more »

Competition Entry #20 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   Different Shades of the Indian Dream By Gitanjali Maria, 27 years, Gurgaon   India is both 70 years young as well as over 5,000 years ancient. Like every nation, every society, and every family, India too is built upon the bedrock of many dreams. Dreams of… Read more »

Competition Entry #19 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   A Refugee’s Dreams By Anmol Gupta, 21 years, Kolkata   Ask an Indian of their dreams And they will tell you happily Of the rights guaranteed To them as Indians, under Article 19. But only as Indians, only if they Were born here, raised here, And… Read more »

Competition Entry #18 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   Freedom to Dream: India at 70  Aurodeep Mukherjee, 24 years old, Hyderabad   I am twenty-four and immortal. Today, a group of people who barely know me in spite of numerous enquiries into my background and my past as well as my current physical constitution, come… Read more »

Competition Entry #17 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   Tasveer Vrinda Vaid, 19 years old, Delhi “Hayaat, The world seems black to me. I had been trapped in this gloomy place for the last 30 nights, nights because the day came as death to me. The marks on my face don’t concern me, nor do… Read more »

Competition Entry #16 | Freedom to Dream: India at 70

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogging Competition Shortlisted Entry   Epistle Ravi Valluri, 52 years old, Telangana   To our dearest parents Rashid and I are celebrating the New Year in a house boat as shadows lengthen on the Dal lake where we pen our finals thoughts. We understand, despite a modern outlook and liberal values,… Read more »