Saumya Khanduja

A cat lover, a book lover, and a beach lover: Saumya is all shades of being human. A sociology graduate from India, who spends most of her time writing. Outside the realm of the web, she loves cooking, sketching, and listening to the cello. A Game Of Thrones enthusiast, she might be small, but can "slay" you!
human rights

I Stand for Human Rights, Do You?

Human Rights – In about a 100 billion galaxies, possibly even more than that, our home – the Milky Way Galaxy – exists, consisting of more than a hundred billion stars. Of which, our planet earth, the blue planet, is the one and only planet where we know that life exists. The total human population, as of 2016, is about 7.44 billion people. 7.44 billion hearts are beating on this planet, at this very moment, calculating every step, every move, aspiring to reach their dreams and goals.
Read more

Women in India: Rape, Sexual Harassment and Molestation

Women in India: Rape, Sexual Harassment and Molestation

In the land of Kamasutra, the land of approximately 1.324 billion lives, ironically, “sex” is a taboo. Women in India have it worse. Rape, Sexual Harassment, and Molestation are a part of everyday life. Let me take you to the real India, where we are not going to look through rose-tinted glasses to show how developed our country is, or how brilliant our minds are.
Read more

India Drugs

India in a Trance: The Gritty Reality of Drugs

A typical day in my life; I was busy on my phone, scrolling through Instagram and Facebook. That’s when I came across new memes about a child addicted to some “solution”. I passively ignored it, thinking it was just another meme. Little did I know the reality behind it. Spoiler: it’s related to drugs.
Read more

Teenage pregnancy

Being Mum Too Young: The Tribulations of Teenage Pregnancy

Sarah, a young girl, age 14, found out one morning that her parents filed for a divorce, and are going to live separately from now on. With no one around, she went out for a stroll in the nearest park. While on her way back, she met a friend from her school, along with two boys.
Read more

human rights

Human Rights: A Historical Perspective on Fundamental Rights

Just like the phoenix, human rights emerged from the ashes and ruins of the world. The beginning of human rights as a revolution is said to be in the late 19th and the whole of the 20th century. However, from ancient texts and research, we can gather that the first time human rights were talked about was back in 539 BC. This is when the armies of Cyrus the great captured ancient Persian lands only to free the slaves and establish equality. This significant historical act provided a basis for today’s human rights decrees.
Read more

Partition of India and Pakistan

Uprooted: The Partition of India and Pakistan

Two nations standing on the ruins of a humongous blended family — India and Pakistan. The partition of these two nations was the biggest ever recorded in the World History. Millions forced to leave not just their homes and their valuables, but their identities. Identities that make us who we are! It was not their homes they were leaving behind, but their roots.
Read more