About the Author

  • Name

    pratakshya

About Me

  • Education

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Profession

    Mass Communications

  • Your URL (Blog/Tumblr)
  • Tell us about yourself

    I am a very hard headed person in life. When the excess emotion needs an outlet, I use words. Hence, writing has kept me sane so far. Most of what I write is based on how I experience the world, good or bad.

ARTICLES PUBLISHED

  • How to be a (feminist) warrior without actually going to war

    March 8, 2017 • WOMEN • Author:

    Years ago, women began fighting for equal rights. Fast forward to 2017, and we’re still fighting. Except that we now have slight (slight!) freedom to pick our battle — and our choice of weapon. Let’s face it, not all of us have the luxury of disappearing for a day or the security of going to...

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  • Menstruating women, biased god, and the aftermath

    December 23, 2016 • NEPAL • Author:

    Last week, a 15-year-old girl in Nepal died after being sent to live in a “shed” while she was menstruating. The news has been everywhere, sending the world into a frenzy that a practice like this could still exist in 2016. It exists. Not only in villages of Nepal but also in ultra-modern homes...

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  • Retrospect: On courage and the day it became my friend

    December 6, 2016 • NON-FICTION • Author:

    “What do you think you were doing?” You ask yourself. “I don’t know. I wasn’t being myself!” You answer for yourself. I remember a plane ride from many years ago. A world was opening up for me on the other side of a long flight. Oceans away, a new country was waiting for me. In...

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  • The American Dream – from this end of election day

    November 7, 2016 • NON-FICTION • Author:

    Election day is approaching! The other day, I was waiting for a bus when a man stood next to me and lit a cigarette. We were both standing under a large, glaring sign that asked people not to smoke in the area. I felt helpless that there was very little I could do – it …...

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  • When in doubt, be orange

    September 8, 2016 • POETRY • Author:

      If you can be a fruit, be an orange. Don’t be an apple. Don’t be zero shades of white. Be an orange. Be so orange that they have to name a color after you. Don’t be an apple covered in lousy, scratchy skin. Apples can get away with it. They need no cover. Don’t …...

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  • A mile, in my shoes

    August 3, 2016 • WOMEN • Author:

    I’m walking on a busy street. It’s mid-afternoon, in a great city, in a great country. What could go wrong? The weather is nice. The mood is solemn. What could go wrong? It’s busy and bustling. There isn’t an inch of concrete where someone isn’t driving or walking. So...

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  • Give me words. I’ll give you nothing.

    June 11, 2016 • NON-FICTION • Author:

    Right here. This is where life shuts down so you can hear it sing. Do you hear the absolute? Do you feel it tingling your bones? It is you. It is everything that went wrong. Everything that didn’t happen. Everywhere that you were meant to be. Everyone that you were meant to see. The core …...

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  • Apathy, very much

    February 23, 2016 • NON-FICTION • Author:

      In all these years of being in the United States, the one unaltered feeling underneath it all has been the feeling of not belonging. Most of it is my own doing – building root has never been my priority. I’ve been too busy chasing dreams. I’ve had a crazy winding road for a journey;...

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  • It’s a bird it’s a plane it’s a rant.

    February 8, 2016 • WOMEN • Author:

      Settle down, woman! Because your unsettled, frisky self is threatening my uninspired soul. Because your lonely existence is giving me chills. Because your relentless drive is sucking the air out of my lungs. Because your fearless pursuit of “what you want” is unsettling my existence....

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  • New you. New me. New year.

    December 31, 2015 • NON-FICTION • Author:

    Author’s note: I wrote this post at the end of 2014 when I was hopeful about 2015 and what it could bring. The fact that it is just as relevant today, tells us something about human nature. Every year, we hope. Every new year, we celebrate. At the end of each year, we say goodbye …...

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  • Adulting 101 – Losing my religion

    December 16, 2015 • NON-FICTION • Author:

    It happened one day. Years of fighting with disbelief and suddenly one day, the looming, looking, ever-present, know-it-all god disappeared from above my head. Growing up, I never had doubt that there was a god, always hovering around. But the rituals that made little sense, made me question its...

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  • Dear ungrateful, unappreciative Nepali Citizen

    October 14, 2015 • NEPAL • Author:

      This is a rant of mixed emotions. A lot of anger mixed with heartbreak from the earthquake that killed so many people yet failed to bring this country together. On behalf of the 8000 people who died and thousands of others who lost something irreplaceable: Dear ungrateful, unappreciative...

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