Partha PD

The Mother and the Ladies

They were in love. I could see that in the pink flower tucked into her wavy hair and in the matching colours both of them wore to the early-morning session. Together they seemed carefully crafted to be framed but not to be posted on social media, lest love is robbed of itself. Certainly, they would say 'certainly' to marriage to those who don't believe in the institution of marriage. After all, they were holding hands, an unconscious gesture that seemed too appropriate to be inappropriate after celebrating 25 years of marriage and parenting two lovely children.

Good Morning, Madam. Good Morning, Gentleman. How may I help you today?

"Good Morning. It is about my son. He is 20. I am not liking the way he looks at ladies. The way he looks at the helpers at our home and when we go to restaurants to eat, the way he looks at the ladies around. It is disturbing." The lady was disturbed by her own words. Her husband affectionately handed her a minimum bottle of mineral water.

Isn't this natural?

"My husband and I thought so but it is not about staring at ladies. It is about where he focusses, where his eyes go, and how he does that. Last week we were in a temple in South India and the ladies were standing on one side and the men on the other side. After all, a temple. There also! It was embarrassing for both of us." She exhaled. The empty water bottle shivered.

She wasn't ready to buy a well-defended social construct. This mother is a ray of hope in a world celebrating toxic masculinity at the expense of the dignity of not only women but also countless men who aren't 'man enough' or refuse to 'man up'.

Hope, nonetheless.

After a long, heartfelt discussion they left holding each other's hands.

Love actually.

Application Guidelines

Application to any of the programs follows a two-step process:

1. Essay: Please e-mail a statement of purpose, as a single-spaced PDF, to Limit your story to 800 words.

Be bold. Be original.

If your essay is shortlisted, you move to the interview round.

2. Interview: The purpose of the interview is to understand you and to assess whether you are a good fit for the intensive mentoring sessions, assignments, and social experiments. Interviews are conducted either in person or online. Interviews are conducted in English and last for 30-90 minutes.

The entire process takes three weeks from the date of application.

Next deadline: July 15 2020.