Be careful when you venture into the seedy alley of the Internet.

Some time back I read an article about FBI agents hunting down online pedophiles on the Dark Web. It piqued my interest. What and more importantly where was this ominous-sounding place?

I naively thought it was the black screen I browsed in incognito mode. Turns out I was wrong. While the incognito mode will keep my browsing private, it won’t stop my ISP or employer from seeing where I’ve been online.

The Dark Web is the seedy, back alley of the internet kept intentionally hidden. …


My Uterus Does Not Belong To You.

This Wednesday, a law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy went into effect in Texas. The ban is extreme, to say the least. There is no exception for rape or incest, other than for medical emergencies.

By signing the bill, lawmakers are trying to flash their holier-than-thou badges. We have such high morals. We value the life of the unborn.

Sorry, but your halo is not showing. Your need to control and persecute women is. Your Taliban buddies are applauding you for following in their repressive footsteps. Congrats!

No doubt it’s the same lawmakers who oppose wearing masks or…

Just beneath the surface.

Grief lives just beneath the surface,

in the first rushes of the morning sunlight hitting us,

in the genesis of waking thoughts,

in reflections of fragmented memories, we desperately hold on to,

in framed pictures of loved ones halting us with their piercing eyes,

in cobwebs of past regrets entangling our hearts,

in hopes for the future never to be shared together,

in the cacophony of a joyous celebration,

in the mundane and dreary tasks of a busy life,

in the beats of an old song on the radio,

in the fading colors of polaroids,

in the jarring silence of…


Your privilege is showing.

I did a double-take when I read this headline- “Parents in Orange County protest against mask requirement at schools.” They called the mask requirement a draconian measure by the school board which would affect their kid’s ability to learn.

Misty Griffin, the chair for Orange County’s chapter of the national conservative parent group Moms for Liberty had this to say—

We’re not happy. We do believe that parents have the right to choose what goes on the face of their child and a mask is a medical decision. So we’re going to fight it.”

Another parent Denise Ramirez, her voice…

But love to read how much you make.

Medium is flooded every day with stories about how much moolah writers make. You get to know who went viral, who got the bonus and what their payment is down to the last decimal.

That’s actually how I landed at the pearly gates of Medium in the first place. About 3 years ago, a story popped up on my Flipboard app. The writer claimed she made $80 in her first month on Medium. I was intrigued and signed up for an account that very day.

At work, it’s taboo to publicly share our salaries. No one volunteers that information unless…

My journey to salvage it back.

I was a stay-at-home mom for wait for it….10 years. Like many women, I put my career on the back burner when my 3 kids were little. It was my decision to trade in office meetings for toddler tantrums.

Looking back in the rearview mirror, I have no regrets about it now. But at the time I felt unfulfilled and unaccomplished.

Raising kids was important, but I wondered if that was the only purpose of my life? …

I was scrolling through my old messages on Facebook. I came down to a message I had sent my brother a year ago, a few days after his death. It was just 3 words- “Where are you ?

I knew I would never get a reply back, but that was my burning question. It’s like he performed the ultimate Houdini act and vanished into thin air. It boggled my mind.

If only I could just press the Connect button and have one last video call to behold him. I’d have so much to tell him and ask him.

First of all bro, a lot happened last year.

You won’t…

Now, that’s how you play a game!

Naomi Osaka, the 23-year-old Japanese tennis professional is a four-time Grand Slam singles champion and the reigning champion at the US Open and the Australian Open.

During the 2021 French Open, she announced she wouldn’t participate in the mandatory press. She was fined $15,000 by the French tournament referee for refusing to hold a press conference after her first match.

She eventually withdrew from the competition entirely, citing her mental health struggles. …

Understanding the why behind prostitution

A few months back, I watched a gripping Indian movie on Amazon Prime — ‘C U Soon’. A young man falls in love with a girl over the phone without meeting her. She tells him her life is in danger. He rescues her and lets her stay in his home. He is ready to marry her and even introduces her to his family. Then one day she suddenly leaves him and returns to her country.

He is devastated and after much investigation, he finds out that she was a human trafficking victim who had been forced into prostitution. …

Does a mother ever stop being a mother?

Last Friday, Carolyn Pawlenty, the mother of former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin addressed the court. She pleaded for leniency in Chauvin’s sentencing in George Floyd’s death.

She told the judge, “My son is a good man. He is a quiet, thoughtful, honorable and selfless man.” Not once did she mention George Floyd’s name or even offer her condolences to the family. She was there only to save her son’s life.

Had Carolyn’s motherly love turned her blind to her son’s crime? She forgot that George Floyd too was another mother’s son. …

Tina Viju

Cancer geek I Lover of words & fried rice I Memory Keeper

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