The Thing About Boys & Men.

I am bored. I mean not that I don’t have anything to do, but I am just bored. Bored with stressful working, with useless studying, with meeting deadlines, with assignments, with reading, with writing, practically everything. So I keep finding new things to do. Now, I haven’t been very successful with it, but I think I am obligingly eating people’s head with my tantrums. But I guess I am so bored that I get bored with that too. And hence, I keep finding things like reading short biographies of inspiring authors, what they have done, listening to music I have never heard before or going out to new places. Now, that last thing that I said is more useless than the word ‘useless’ can signify. Living in such a small city comes with its dirth of new and exciting places to go to. So, I am left to be doing only two things, reading and ranting. I could say I am just writing but I know my writing is not writing, it’s only a rant, a cribbing rant with no solutions which a set of very few loyal friends will read and tell me that it is not a rant and they liked it, but I know better than their kindness.

Just one such rant, actually, a very furious rant with a failed attempt of humor was written after an impulsive decision and was mailed without any eidting. I regretted it the minute I sent it. Honestly, I did. But very surprisingly, the local supplement of Times of India weren’t offended by my rant and they published the column all the same.

I am happy.

Today, I am not bored.

I am sharing the picture below.

Because today I am not bored.

I will rant and keep you bored.


Published by Moushmi Radhanpara

A bilingual writer, Moushmi Radhanpara has authored three poetry collections so far, namely POSIES and 03:21 AM –An Ode to Rust & Restlessness, and Resignation of an Angel. She is also scribbling an unplanned rough draft of a story as a part of NANOWRIMO 2020 and hopes that something might come out of it. She has also co-authored two books, The Lockdown Stories and Mirage so far. Her poetries can be found on her blog and a few other online portals. She believes in the fact that a better reader makes a better writer. Reading a 100 books a year is her latest obsession. She can be found either drunk on coffee or hiding away from everything and admiring the gorgeous sun.

43 thoughts on “The Thing About Boys & Men.

  1. Very well written, moushmi. If actually men start respecting women, women would feel so much safer. It’s strange and pathetic that coming from a country, where women are worshipped in different forms, they have to deal with fear, while simply walking past men or walking on a road.

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  2. As a man, it’s sad to read about violence perpetrated by men on women. I think that it”s not about educating boys and men by itself. The culture needs to change to a place where violence isn’t even considered. Where disagreements are only differences of opinion. What a wonderful place the world would then be.

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    1. Yes, even with so much change in the world this is still happening in India, and also in many other countries. Time and again women come up from all around and speak up with issues of patriarchy and gender related issues. It may be that some countries have progressed a few steps further, but I am yet to hear of a place where this doesn’t happen at all. In some form or the other despite all the changes it sadly still exists!

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  3. Good writing, IMO. The words come from the heart and you write in a conversational tone that your readers can relate to.

    There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
    Ernest Hemingway

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  4. Well Moushmi first things first. Congratulations for the article in TOI. As for your complaint, I guess time to catch the boys young and stop waiting for their wives to do the needful. Also it’s great to be bored sometimes. They say it might just mean that creativity is teething again.

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  5. Congratulations! Nice article and one does wonder what these men, or boys, which they actually are, try to accomplish by such actions. They must already know it wont impress anyone, forget impressing a soon to be seasoned writer for TOI.
    Btw you are being too harsh on your writing, just look at the comments your posts elicit. All I would hope is for you to remain bored so we get to read more of these rants, and some good writing.

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  6. Lack of moral values is the main reason behind this type of behavior of boys and men. Showing women as an object in movies, songs, advertisements, newspapers, magazines, etc. is also the reason behind such a mentality.

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  7. Congratulations on getting published!! I totally agree with you though, it’s shameful that women are often the ones told how to behave/dress/talk to “avoid getting harrassed” when in fact we should be educating men on how to behave properly and with respect.

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