"You are beautiful," her mother tried to make her feel better at home. "You need more confidence," said her brother. She nodded as if she agreed with them. The truth was that she didn't believe her mother and she wanted to laugh at her sibling. She wanted to tell them to put themselves in her…Read more Fat Girl
Things got more complicated in the ninth standard, when our hormones started acting up. Suddenly, holding hands just wasn’t enough. A school in India wouldn’t allow much room for experimentation. Teachers kept an eye on who sat next to each other and were aware of the current couples and serious crushes. Most of us did…Read more An excerpt from Just me, the Sink & the Pot
Cinderella was supposed to be beautiful. She couldn't be Cinderella. The teacher asked, "Who would like to audition for the role?" She felt her heart fall down. Even if she was brave enough to try out, the others would laugh at her audacity. A fat Cinderella could not exist.
"The chair will break!" A classmate yelled out as she sat down. Fifteen mean giggles followed. She didn't look up as her vision clouded with tears. She could never get used to this. The others went back to their daily lives, not noticing her injured heart.
"I don't want to go," she told her mom for the fifth time. But her mother didn't understand. "What's the big deal?" She shrugged and left. Preeya wished she could tell her what the big deal was without bursting into tears. She had tried telling her friend at school. But her friend was a size…Read more Body Image Series 4
She wanted a boyfriend like the popular girls in class always had one. But who'd like her? "I'm so fat and ugly," she told herself every time she dared to have a crush. Her sister told her to just go and say, "I like you." But how could she? Sometimes she wondered if she hated…Read more Body Image Series 3
"The annual swimming competition will be next Monday," announced the teacher. Rita's heart started pounding. She needed to get sick by Monday. She couldn't bear to see the other girls looking so nice when a swimsuit would make her look like a big hippo. But mother would be angry - five years of swimming lessons…Read more Body Image Series 2