Syria Beyond Facebook

Delta Vie

Normally, I write long pieces to make a point. But sometimes, images say far more than anything I could ever write. The civil war in Syria is continuing to rage on. My Facebook feed is full of images of frightened children and their equally frightened parents. In some cases, we don’t know where the parents are or if they are even alive anymore. The following images are from Eastern Ghouta where over 250 civilians were killed in less than 48 hours.

heavy-fighting-resumes-in-syrias-eastern-ghouta Image Courtesy: Business Insider Image Courtesy: Image Courtesy: Voice Of People Today Image Courtesy: Crisis Aid Image Courtesy: Digital Journal Image Courtesy: Times Of Saudia Image Courtesy: Britain Post

If these images have hurt you, caused something inside you to cry, then your way forward is clear. Stop sharing Facebook statuses, thoughts and prayers, and other things that make you feel good but don’t actually do anything.


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| The one with the Sketches |

Some of my favorite pencil sketches from over two years ago, still feels like yesterday!


So my summer vacations are finally on and I’ve taken a break from a lot of things and moved back home so that I can finally concentrate on things that I’ve always loved doing. Sketching happens to be one of them. Also we don’t have a WiFi connection at my place and the dongle that I’m left with isn’t really the kind of thing you’d associate with high-speed Internet, a.k.a it’s effing slow! I can hardly Google things but that’s obviously the last thing I’d like to bother myself with. 😛 There is a sense of happiness and a lot of peace in not being able to have a perfectly fine Internet connection. Where I currently live is far-far away from the city. So there’s no traffic, hardly any people, or any noise. So I am mostly hibernating and then the time I’m left with is usually spent in sketching…

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Kolor Me Kitsch

Since I discovered Photoshop (that was back in July 2015), I've been trying my hand at different styles of sketching and illustrating using the available set of tools in the software. But all throughout remains my love for colors, and almost all the brights colors in the entire spectrum. Kolor me Kitsh came out as …


The Indelible Muck

When I'd started off Effeminare back in 2014, (amidst all the resistance that there was) I believed that if I could reach out to even one individual, then that would be enough. While walking through the stats for my November post, I realized my posts have reached 38 countries ranging from Canada, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Guernsey, Belgium, …


Ugly Enough to be Mr. Gay World India

I don’t think I would’ve ever thought about writing an article about this, especially months after having been through the sort of Internet bullying I was subjected to, not that it made me feel any less fabulous about myself (mostly because I honestly don’t give a fuck). But I’m very well aware of what the …


Why you need to learn to say No!

    I have been trying to get this out of my system for long now, but let’s just say it has been pretty difficult. In fact to put it in simple words, I’ve been scared to even talk about it, simply because it involves someone so influential and someone who I truly admired and …


| Why we should all be Humanists |

  The recent attack on Pulse, a gay bar in Orlando has been immensely shocking and devastating and has been a huge jolt to the LGBTIQA community from the entire world. Enough speculations have been made on how the attacker was a closeted homosexual and had been a regular at Pulse himself. But the attack is a …


Why you should talk about Sex and Sexuality with your Ma and Pa

  I very clearly remember this one time my father, my sister and I were watching 'Gladrags Supermodel Hunt' on television  way back in 2003-04 or probably before that and they had a swimwear round. So they had all the men and women parading down the ramp in thongs and under-wears and there was suddenly …


A Gender And Sexuality Glossary For Parents

I've always felt that it is extremely important for people to be aware of the vocabulary that is appropriate to use when referring to the LGBTIQ community, more so amongst kids so as to ensure that tomorrow they grow up to become responsible, sensitive and mature citizens of the country. As a result I collaborated …