Author: Maya Khandelwal

Ma Durga

Maya prays to the Mother Goddess, the one who had slain the powerful demon kings, Shumbha and Nishumbha. Here’s a poem for the Durga Puja special feature, in Different Truths. Spurred by power  Intoxicated by their feats The demons called Shumbha and Nishumbha Had snatched Indra’s Kingdom.  Began performing the offices of Wind and Fire.  The angels […]

The Teacher Whispers Within…

A tribute to the ‘Teacher’ within each of us, on the occasion of Teacher’s Day, in India, by Maya. It’s the birthday of a great teacher, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (5 September, 1888 – 17 April, 1975), an Indian philosopher and statesman, the second President of India from 1962 to 1967. We, at Different Truths, pay homage to all our […]

Three Women and Their Passion to Excel: Women as Engines of Social Change – II

Fired by fierce passion and never-say- die attitude made simple next-door girls, achievers. They are gutsy and spunky. Maya profiles three such women, a dog trainer who broke the glass ceiling and take up a career despite rebukes; a Chemistry teacher who tried her hand in fashion designing without formal training and a spunky doctor making her mark […]

Ordinary Women with Extraordinary Dreams: The Engine of Social Change

The fire in the belly and an ardent wish to do something worthwhile became the driving force for three women, our next door neighbour kind of girls, to step out of their comfort zones and challenge the existing mores in the society. Maya profiles three such women, two dentists, who chose jewellery designing and handicrafts and another, who […]

Nastanirh: A Lyrical Love Story of Tagore in Translation

Maya reviews a translation of Tagore’s love story, Nastanirh, into English by Lopa Banerjee. It is one of the most lyrical love story, which was made into a film, Charulata, by the renowned Satyajit Ray. Book Details The Broken Home: English Translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s Nastanirh Translator: Lopamudra Banerjee Published by: Finaldraft Editing and Publishing Services Number […]

Four Entrepreneurs Inspire to Fly with Broken Wings

Maya profiles four entrepreneurs who broke their comfort zones, had faith in themselves. They had the courage to dream with their eyes wide open. Working against many odds and personal challenges, each one of them drank the proverbial poison before drinking the elixir and creating wonders. The fire in the belly and focus never fails. I always think […]

Dad and The Longings

Here are two chapters of the autobiographical novel, A Beautiful Mistake, by Maya Khandelwal. The author says, “These are two of my favourite chapters from my novel that beautifully describes my relationship with my father.” This is part of the special feature of Different Truths on Father’s Day.                     […]

Live-in Relationship or Marriage: What Keeps the Spark Alive in a Couple?

Is live-in relationship a mere fad or fashion? Does it make us more ‘trendy’? Is it the product of deep identity crisis amongst the youth? Many say that these things might also be linked with the economic independence of women, while others condemn is as a narrow and parochial outlook. The deeper questions are has marriage failed as […]


An inward looking poem where Maya talks about the dynamics of creativity, how it’s not easy to write about melancholy. I wring my eyes, tighten my jaw lines, and my muscles heave a few deep sighs. I clear my throat, trying to give a poem of melancholy, a shot. I visualise, … make a bad attempt […]

Have a Break!

We all need a break to beat the drudgery of life. We have breaks in schools, offices, factories, et al. Maya suggests that married couples need break too. Just be with your group of friends or visit your maternal home. It will rejuvenate you and keep the romance alive in your relationship too. Constant work brings fatigue for […]

Why Some Men Love to be Househusbands?

Role reversals are not new. In the Vaishnava paintings, we see Radha play the flute instead or Krishna decorating Radha’s feet with alta (red colour) or tie her hair. Assigning gender specific roles were absent in ancient times. With the patriarchal system holding sway, things changed. Though women work and share responsibilities of being the bread earner, men conveniently […]

Goa Diary: When a Pleasant Surprise Went Unpleasant!

Maya recounts a visit to Doodh Sagar, a beatific natural site in south Goa. Their pleasant trip became unpleasant. Find out the reasons in this interesting travelogue, a Different Truths exclusive. It was our day two in Goa. South Goa actually. We had taken a car on rent for the entire week so that our beautiful family feel […]


A protest poem by Maya. She addresses the gender issue in a patriarchal system.   I was not a rebel                                                                       […]

The Gap

In this women-centric short story, Maya shows the generation gap between daughter-in- law and mother-on- law. How they are from different worlds, different times. The resolution is heart-warming. She has her gaze fixed on the monitor. Google is open. ‘Breast feeding mothers….’ She fills in the search column. A flood of websites related to the quest overwhelms […]

The Power of Touch

Maya talks about the importance of touch in a married life. She reveals one of the most important secrets to a long and happy married life. It’s not just making love but also cuddling and caressing affectionately immediately after sex. It’s important for a woman to feel needed and accepted. Mutual affections restores the magic and romance. It […]


A heart-wrenching poem by Maya. There’s fire in the chulha Daal simmers thereupon She watches it intent Lost somewhere… Screams all of a sudden as if pulled out of some trance. “Fire! Fire!’ she rushes out of doors. A few vessels fall onto the floor with a sound echoing for long. The headlight of a […]


Here’s a short story by Maya for Different Truths. She looked substantially fine but for the over-ripened complexion and a little rowdiness in all her movements that perhaps she got from her ethnic group. We never believed in things like destiny and we professed to be enlightened enough not to fall prey to things that gripped the […]