Love be­tween the lines

Friday - - Friday Society Living Leisure - JAYASHREE KULKA­RNI, ABU DHABI NIVEDITA FER­NAN­DES, VIA EMAIL

The ar­ti­cle on Kriti Bharti – a young so­cial ac­tivist from Jodh­pur in Ra­jasthan, In­dia, who is fight­ing against age-old mal­prac­tices such as child mar­riage – was very poignant (‘I’ve had over 50 death threats...’, Novem­ber 8). De­spite end­less death threats from po­lit­i­cal big­wigs, vil­lage heads and other com­mu­nity lead­ers, she is con­tin­u­ing her strug­gle to bring an end to many so­cial evils and save young chil­dren from un­wanted bonds.

Kriti, with her in­domitable spirit, steely de­ter­mi­na­tion and self­less vi­sion has been toil­ing to bring an end to such ap­palling prac­tices. It is heart­en­ing to know that this no­ble cru­sader has kept her per­sonal hap­pi­ness on the back-burner and is striv­ing to bring hope and sun­shine into many lives. It was sad to read about Dr Has­nat Khan, the doc­tor who was deeply in love with Princess Diana and who has still not come to terms with her death (‘It’s been hard to cope with los­ing Di... we were inseparable’, Novem­ber 8).

What sad­dened me most was the re­al­i­sa­tion that in some way we – the read­ing pub­lic who en­joy spicy gos­sip about celebri­ties – fuel a cul­ture where all that mat­ters are those bold, mas­sive head­lines that are as ex­ag­ger­ated as the news items they speak of and are to­tally in­sen­si­tive to­wards how they af­fect the lives of those who are cov­ered in news­pa­per and mag­a­zineg sto­ries. Whyy is it dif­fi­cult for us to think of celebri­ties as nor­mal hu­man be­ings who – just like us – are also hop­ing to find love, com­pan­ion­ship and pri­vacy without the fear that there could be a stranger tres­pass­ing in our per­sonal, phys­i­cal space?

I won­der how we would re­act if there was a cam­era or a mic thrust into our faces ev­ery time we stepped out the door and our life was turned into a cheesy re­al­ity show.

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