Poetry, Quill

A living, bleeding Threat

This isn’t another rape poem

This isn’t another plea

This isn’t another story about

The howling of our mothers

from being married at fourteen

The reek of alcohol from shanty pub

Where our fathers go and commit adultery

The bloody wounds on our wrists

From being chained by male chauvinists

The white sheets welcoming a bride

For we always have to prove our purity

Being a man isn’t easy

You have to prove your masculinity

By exploiting our fertility

The more hymens you break

The more you prove your virility

Extra points for exerting force

for overstepping your boundaries

But this isn’t another rape poem

This isn’t another plea

For this is a threat

Before you assent to

Trespassing our dignity

Think about our powerful legacy

For when Draupadi was molested,

she washed her hair

with the blood of her own enemies

How Kali, bloodthirsty and fierce

Danced on the constraints of patriarchy

with a garland made of demon’s heads

dangling around her dark, sacred skin

Or how Saraswati picked up a pen instead

And waged a war against society

These goddesses were still women who bled

women who crossed swords with patriarchy

Leaving their mark since centuries

So before you embody rape culture

Before you disdain femininity

Think about how we are together

Not another rape poem

Not another plea

But a living,



to misogyny.

Poetry, Quill


Under these sheets of time
I search for my name
behind all the fallen borders
Lost I am, in the burning flame –

flames in which my home was melted
given with nothing but grey stones
among these slayers of time
my name mirrors fields of white bones

and desert of death in which my house sleeps
abandoned by laughter, song, and play
where days are washed by a tango of tears …
what other could my name say …

alone, I walk this earth nameless… homeless
for my home is sorrow, my name is pain:
and I bury them under these sheets of time
so it won’t ever happen again …

Quill, Write Ups


The pandemic has disrupted the world, however, it may even be a chance to form some abundant required social and environmental changes as countries attempt to adapt and recover. In the house of simply a couple of months, the planet has seen forceful amendment. People that commuted to figure and had spirited social lives have found themselves confined to their homes. Entire industries have paused production and plenty of businesses have shut their doors for good.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced governments, solely recently free of the shackles of self-discipline, to borrow and pay billions to shore their faltering economies. Within the global organization, state rates are currently rising sharply from what had been a twelve-year low.

The abrupt, precipitous visit productivity has left several countries facing the worst economic worsening since the good Depression some ninety years agone. Daily world greenhouse emission emissions fell by around 17 November – and in some countries by a median of twenty-sixth – at the height of the imprisonment. Alternative kinds of pollution have conjointly fallen resulting in clearer, cleaner skies that might barely are unreal before Covid-19.

Crime rates conjointly born and plenty of consultants predict the pandemic could lead on to long-run enhancements within the means we tend to work, like bigger flexibility by harnessing digital technology.

Scientists round the world have engaged in unprecedented levels of cooperation and knowledge sharing as they work along to tackle the Covid-19 virus. These dramatic shifts have fueled hope that a lot of lasting transformation could emerge from the disruption caused by the pandemic. By harnessing the momentum of changes occurring and also the can to require action, some consultants believe it should be potential for European countries to form fairer, a lot more sustainable societies and economies as they live through the coronavirus crisis.


‘Climate, innovation, medical aid are the keywords,’ aforesaid Dr Debora Revolt Ella, director of investment at the ECU Investment Bank, the disposal arm of the ECU Union. ‘The challenge is to use the crisis to create a lot of competitive Europe, and to kick starter a method to higher assign the consequences of climate change and digitalization.

This could embrace measures like funding packages for businesses to longer-term commitments to develop new technologies and build bigger use of digital technology, says Dr Revoltella.

Financial bailouts from national governments {and the|and therefore the|and conjointly the} EU ought to also accompany inexperienced strings hooked up to push corporations towards reducing their carbonic acid gas emissions. The European Council has already in agreement a €750 billion recovery package of grants and loans which will be created obtainable to the EU Member States to financially support investments and reforms in green programmes, digital transitions and improving the resilience of national economies.

But there has been concern from scientists concerning what proportion of the EU’s €1.07 trillion budget over following seven years – that was in agreement as at identical time because the recovery package – are lost sight of to support analysis itself.


A central part of the Covid-19 recovery strategy, however, is that the European inexperienced Deal – the roadmap for reducing gas emissions and creating the EU’s economy property. By guaranteeing investments and loans are given to firms that are developing environmentally friendly technologies and solutions, it ought to facilitate to reshape economies during a greener method as

‘Many of the technologies and innovations exist already like electrical vehicles and renewables,’ aforementioned academician Frank Geels, AN knowledgeable on system innovation and property at the University of Manchester, in the UK, and one in all the authors of the SRIP report.

Other major changes in infrastructure are attending to be required as transport systems move towards a lot of electric-powered vehicles, as well as modernising the electricity grid and building charging. To help largely little and medium-sized European firms through the depression caused by the pandemic, the EIB has proclaimed that it’ll be providing an extra €200 billion of funding.


‘Many individuals are pushing to use the recovery packages to stimulate each a move to be inexperienced and build jobs at the identical time.’ Its own analysis has recommended that digital technology – that has contended a large role in permitting individuals to keep up social contacts and continue operating through the imprisonment – can be at a possible ‘tipping point’ thanks to the pandemic.

It predicts that conversion can become a vital part of lifestyle and business. And it’s found that digital technologies, like 5G portable networks and therefore the services which will grow around them, might create a major contribution to reducing carbon emissions by reducing the need for travel and improving efficiency.

There are different things governments are doing to assist support the changes that require to happen on the far side direct resource, says Dr Revoltella.

‘Their development also will have to be compelled to have a lot of just impact on social development, up opportunities for all, instead of resulting in the success of some,’ aforementioned, UN agency is currently director-general of the Human Brain Project.

He adds that the 3 most significant areas for analysis and innovation are those associated with temperature change, digital technology as a result of this has the foremost potential to form worth, and health problems connected to the ageing population, chronic diseases and new health emergencies, like future pandemics.

But if the threat posed by the coronavirus fades as new treatments and vaccines emerge, can or not it’s potential to stay the momentum of dramatic modification going?

When months of disruption, many folks and businesses are desperate to come to normality.


Prof. Geels sees Associate in Nursing increasing tension between the massive, transnational firms as they struggle to come to the recent establishment and people that area unit pushing for greener economies.

‘There may be a ton of fancy concerning this being the time for solutions to be advanced, however, I believe we tend to square measure aiming to see major struggles concerning however the long run can play out,’ he said.

‘Aeroplanes aren’t flying, cars aren’t being sold-out, the oil worth has born massively.

But, of course, {they area unit|they’re} still immense and powerful firms that are lobbying terribly arduous and obtaining heaps of the bail-out cash,’ he said. But instead of a David and Goliath battle between the massive, ancient firms and therefore the new, smaller start-ups developing property technologies, Prof.

‘It is concerning obtaining things onto the market and into people’s homes,’ he said. Whereas start-ups area unit sensible at innovation, the established firms, he says, have the finances, political muscle and skill to figure at scale. He desires to envision a lot of collaborations like the ECU Battery Alliance, started the ECU Commission, that brings along new businesses and automotive firms.

‘They also are thinking of putting in place a Clean element Alliance, that may additionally probably have oil firms in there. It’s concerning finding a balance,’ he said. Part of this method will be to make sure that governments support industries and businesses that their populations wish them to.

In several cases, however, the solution involves difficult ethical queries.

Health authorities and governments in Europe and around the world, as an example, have sweet-faced showing emotion charged dilemmas within the Covid-19 crisis whereas attempting to decide how much to spend on various interventions and treatments during the pandemic.

Quill, Write Ups


For years, I have had a theory about readers and empathy. It’s a fairly simple theory: basically, I assume that people who are avid readers, or who grew up reading a lot, tend to have higher empathy levels than non-readers. I should be clear, I’m speaking specifically about fiction readers here as that plays a big part in this next part of my theory. My theory basically centers around the idea that, as people who spend a great deal of their time essentially in someone else’s head and experiencing life and different situations and emotions through someone else’s eyes, it’s only natural that over time that ability to see things from another person’s point of view might grow stronger. (And yes, empathy is a lot more than just seeing things from another person’s point of view absolutely, I’m just simplifying for the sake of keeping this on the shorter side since we all know I ramble.)

I know I am not the first to come up with this idea, and while I don’t really have a ton of data to back up my theory, I’ve done the very briefest amount of “research” to find a few articles and studies that seemed to essentially arrive at this same conclusion. But I do think it’s important to add that I have no formal background in psychology (just a personal fascination with it) and nothing to back up this theory. It’s mostly just always something I’ve believed must be true in some way, just because it felt like it made sense.

Recently, however, a conversation with a friend of mine made me look at this idea a little bit deeper, and from a slightly different perspective than I have before, and I started to wonder: Does reading make you more empathetic, or does being more empathetic naturally make you more drawn to reading? Or is it both?

Basically, my friend was reading a book she knew I had read before, and we struck up a conversation based around her opinions surrounding some of the actions or thoughts of the characters in the story. Essentially, she was struggling to understand why the characters would react a certain way or think certain things. She thought it seemed unrealistic and over dramatic.

I tried to point out how the character’s feelings and reactions made a lot of sense based on the world where the story is set and the circumstances they were dealing with, but she didn’t seem to really see that. Now, this friend does not enjoy reading – I’m not even 100% sure why she had decided to read this particular book at this particular time – and she also doesn’t happen to be the kind of person who I would say is a very empathetic person (for the record, she agrees with this and also said it was OK to write this so don’t worry, I’m not trash-talking a friend here!) and often simply can’t see things from another person’s perspective. Realizing all this, I started wondering if maybe part of the reason she doesn’t enjoy reading is because of the fact that she doesn’t find it easy to relate to the way the characters are feeling.

This makes sense to me in away. I’ve definitely had the experience while reading where the character’s actions were really hard to understand or justify and unless the author did a really good job of making the story compelling in some other way, it was difficult to get through. So I could see there is a connection between finding it difficult to empathize with others and finding it difficult to enjoy reading.

Obviously, this isn’t the case for everybody. There are plenty of extremely empathetic people who can’t stand reading I’m sure, and probably just as many avid readers who can’t for the life of them understand the perspectives of most other people. But it does make me curious about the potential connection between empathy and reading.

Let me know what you think. Do you believe there is a link between empathy and reading? If so, do you think it’s more prevalent with readers of fiction or do you think non-fiction would have the same effect? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.