Author: Maya Khandelwal

Hold Your Tongue and Let me Love!

Reading Time: 5 minutesLove is no more a taboo thing meant to be talked of in whispers, in dark corners or hidden nooks. The defiant rays of it are more than visible in dreamy eyes of those who love. Riding the wild horse of adolescence, our lovers are no more the slaves of slow speed things. It’s more ‘love at first […]

Why a Daughter gets Complaints and Comparisons instead of Love?

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe mother-daughter relationship is complex. In this fictionalised account, Maya shows how a mother-daughter duo, who danced and laughed like best of friends, suddenly became distant. Trisha, the daughter feels, that what she gets the most from her mother, Ritika, is finger pointing, pricking comments, hurting comparisons and mocking smiles at how incompetent she is. Maybe she isn’t as […]

I Wanna

Reading Time: 1 minuteA soulful love poem by Maya, for Different Truths. I wanna kick up the heels!  I wanna have full moon nights with You my love.  I wanna have some soul-stirring music  singing lullaby to us.  I wanna flower and ripple with the virgour of passion.  I wanna have crackling bonfires.  Solitary walks.  Long drives.  Gypsy […]

My World

Reading Time: 1 minuteAs a poet, Maya, has the capacity to create a world that’s her own – away from the divisions and dissensions, the mundane existence. Here’s an evocative verse, in Different Truths. It’s a world of reasons,  arguments,  naked truths,  bitterness,  monotony,  satiety,  loves,  hates,  bitterness,  despair…  It’s world out there…  mundane to the core.  You can’t […]


Reading Time: 2 minutesA poetic dialogue by Maya about the clandestine life in the post-social site world. The kiss-and-tell truth of the now generation, where lust is not only lived but flaunted too. Exposing the harsh realities of the contemporary times, for Different Truths. “You know what?” “!!!!” “I slept with a tycoon last night!” “Don’t tell me!” “Yesss!!” […]

Ma Durga

Reading Time: 2 minutesMaya 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…

Reading Time: 1 minuteA 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

Reading Time: 13 minutesFired 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

Reading Time: 9 minutesThe 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

Reading Time: 3 minutesMaya 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 […]