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I’m an absolute chaikhor.. but today I raise a special chai toast! I raise my cup of chai to join #chaiathon a very special marathon to raise awareness and money for CML patients in India. CML: chronic myeloid Leukaemia is a type of blood cancer that is chronic but can be treated and contained. 22nd sept is World CML day and in Chaiathon , each cup of chai you raise is a Rs. 100 pledge for CML patients via @chaiforcancer and #FriendsOfMax support group arm of @themaxfoundation .. i pledge to raise a cup everyday for this amazing cause. Pls do the same! Take a Chai selfie, post it and tag @vvsquare the powerhouse warrior behind this effort, @themaxfoundation and @chaiforcancer #Chaiathon and make your pledge. The log onto www.chaiforcancer.org and DONATE! 🙏🏿♥️ #notanad #choosejoy #spreadjoy
Experiencing stalking or anything to that effect is something that is always a traumatising event. And what’s more, is having the courage to confront it and talk about it. Swara Bhasker recently came out and spoke about how she had also been a victim of stalking and how the experience deeply affected her. This was even before she really became a star, which goes on to prove that anyone can experience it and not only celebrities.
Swara has always been someone who is vocal about her opinions and has never been afraid to speak up for what is right. MX Player’s web series called ‘Hello Mini’, which released on the 1st of October gives people who have experienced this trauma a voice. While talking about how such a show is so important, Swara spoke about her own story and how scared and nervous it made her feel.
I think the experience of being stalked is one of the scariest things that can happen to a person in their lives. I had a stalker in college once and I was surprised to see how nervous, scared and uncomfortable he made me. He would just keep following me and staring at me from a slight distance. He would just ceaselessly be lurking in my line of vision- non-stop. And actually, I had no reason to fear because our university was super safe for women and my parents lived on campus – so at a rational level I knew I was safe. But that’s the thing with stalking- it can turn your safest spaces into sinister seeming, fearful ones. One day the stalker showed up at my house at 6am and confronted my parents and asked for me and said he was in love with me. My parents were quite taken aback as well but sent him off politely.
Being the person she is, she says she finally confronted him and felt her fear for him disappear. Se even made sure to say hello to him whenever she saw him thereafter. Swara rightly adds that it is always romanticised in our cinema and how irresponsible that is. Way to go, Swara!