NAMASTE!

© AGHIL MENON

story   |  ATHEENA WILSON'S STORIES

NEVERTHELESS REWIND

ATHEENA WILSON

I hesitated for publishing this story quite late, but there’s a beauty in rewinding. Makes me appreciate how all those days have become of me. The clever fall of dominoes of life events that led me to still standing. A very happy new year to all!

© RAKESH ANAND

story   |  ZUZANA'S OWN GODSSSIPS

FRIDA'S GONE HIGH

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Thoughts inspired by Atheena Wilson's booty shaking anti-bachelorette tea party with wine. The journey of womankind from being ripe for the marriage market to become the Goddess. All in Frida Kahlo style with blessings of Her Highness Princess Gouri Parvathi Bayi.

© DENNIS ANTONY

story   |  79 IN TIME

79 IN TIME
Nº8: Epilogue

ATHEENA WILSON

Before I left to London, it was always a wish to gift Ammachi something special. She always said that only until I was a woman, I would wear sarees. I picked up the sarees from her wardrobe and visited some of the most important places in her life.

© AGHIL MENON

story   |  79 IN TIME

79 IN TIME
Nº7: Love

ATHEENA WILSON

She may never say,” I love you,” she never has to. We all just know. This may perhaps be the shortest chapter. Only because Ammachi believes that love is pointless if only talked about or even boastfully shown. It’s something that ought to live in you.

© DENNIS ANTONY

story   |  79 IN TIME

79 IN TIME
Nº6: Bravery

ATHEENA WILSON

Four days before her sister’s wedding, they lost their mother. My grandmother had a wedding and a funeral on her shoulders. She put on the bravest face and a dull colored saree to the wedding, she was now the mother of all.

© DENNIS ANTONY

story   |  79 IN TIME

79 IN TIME
Nº5: Identity

ATHEENA WILSON

When I was thirteen never grasp it all. But in time we were learned to sit and listen to the stories of our ancestors, real life stories of hardships and triumph, the abhorrent views of the society, how a family functions.

© AGHIL MENON

story   |  79 IN TIME

79 IN TIME
Nº4: Beauty

ATHEENA WILSON

Growing up with someone brutally honest, I knew she always wanted to teach us beauty lay in how content we were with ourselves not the one that thrived in compliments. Another person’s opinion of how you look never mattered if you don’t know how you look.

© DENNIS ANTONY

story   |  79 IN TIME

79 IN TIME
Nº3: Taken by the Current

ATHEENA WILSON

I once read, “A woman armed with ancestral wisdom is an unstoppable force.” Kerala was never easy, and she never made it easier. You may take this in the wrong sense, but my grandmother showed me the hardships of how a society works.

© AGHIL MENON

story   |  PERHAPS AT PONDICHERRY

Perhaps at Pondicherry N°6

ATHEENA WILSON

Ten years from now, we would remember how we set off to Pondi one summer. Sometime again I suppose, I would be sauntering in eye-clashing clothes in another city, but my first one would always be Pondicherry.

© AGHIL MENON

story   |  PERHAPS AT PONDICHERRY

Perhaps at Pondicherry N°5

ATHEENA WILSON

Usually during Onam, I used to see pavements lined with flower markets in Kochi. I grew up hearing tales on how flowers were transported from Tamil Nadu, but this was another world. The stalls were divided by stunning velvety rose garlands.

© AGHIL MENON

story   |  PERHAPS AT PONDICHERRY

Perhaps at Pondicherry N°4

ATHEENA WILSON

Even by 6:30 am, to our surprise the market was already on its feet. Women peeling fresh prawns, a lot of them comfortably squatted, and their wringed sarees tied around their waists. There were hints of jasmine among the pungent smells.

© AGHIL MENON

story   |  PERHAPS AT PONDICHERRY

Perhaps at Pondicherry N°3

ATHEENA WILSON

On our first day at Pondi, we imagined cycling through Rue Suffren till Paradise Beach, rather we found ourselves going around in circles. Riya and I never got our hands on bicycles, but we had a better experience with the rickshaws.

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