One day I got a phone call from a reporter. She wanted my comments about talking to young children about rape. That got me thinking. Being associated with institutions dealing with the rehabilitation of child rape victims, I always felt the need to make parents aware of techniques to deal with the topic of rape with their children.
Dashain is almost here. Even the mornings look like Dashain. Looking around the market place, you see people gearing up to celebrate it with much fanfare. Each year it is bigger and better than the previous year. People look forward to the long bida (vacation) after a whole year of hard work. Bida is especially exciting for the children. They can go after their passion for linge ping (traditional swing built with bamboos during Dashain) and also chasing kites after changachet (falling of a kite after a kite fight).
I am sure you will agree with me when I say social media plays a role in our lives. I am tempted to ask you a very personal question: How many times do you check your social media account in a day? Now, don’t be embarrassed. At the same time also think of how you feel when you cannot check your social media account for a few days. Do you feel you are missing out on something someone said or even the reaction to your pictures that you recently posted? If you do, believe me, that is the beginning of anxiety disorder.
On my recent trip to the United States, I had a connecting flight from Dubai airport. In the process of getting to the departure gate, I had to take an elevator, a very fancy one at that, with glass doors with opening both front and back. I got in from the front door and exited from the back door. This fancy elevator reminded me of the first time I rode an elevator long time back during the 1960s in Kolkata. At the time I was living with my father and attending school there. One day my father took me to a building where his office was located. It was in Russel Street. As I remember, at the time I believed, the building belonged to Subarna Shamsher’s family.
There are a few things that you don’t forget from your childhood, like the storybook Alice in the Wonderland. Whenever someone talks about time I always remember the March Hare saying, “The time! The time! Who’s got the time?” Just the word ‘time’ takes me back to my first wristwatch that I got after finishing my 10th grade exam.