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Sanam Sharma

Writer, Author of 'Tamed Words'

Originally from Punjab, India. Now in Melbourne, Australia.  Abundantly opinionated, adequately grounded, and moderately flawed. I try not to hold back an opinion.

After years of being a paper napkin poet, I recently became an author of an anthology. My first book Tamed Words is out now. A collection of 36 poems, this book is my 'one giant leap', towards writing.

I also have a website called the “Small Town Boy”.  Or you can reach me on Twitter @thesmalltownboy.

I write about anything and everything that tickles my fancy – sports, politics, parenting, poetry, movies – everything. A hobby that has gradually turned into a passion for me.

Becoming A Published Poet Cured Me Of Crippling Self-Doubt

My book is a culmination of a dream that was stitched over a long time as I grew up, and which, at times, seemed improbable. For me it signifies the triumph of a “below par” schoolboy who always wrestled with doubt and wondered if he was good enough at anything. Getting this volume of poetry out bolstered my self-belief and gave me faith that I too could carve a little corner for myself in a wide wide world.
21/07/2016 11:33 AM IST
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Indians Are Not Intolerant, They're Desperate

India's strong moral fabric often haemorrhages in the hands of opportunistic power mongers. The naiveties of its masses are preyed upon by the power-hungry, robbing them of opportunities to thrive and prosper. Bereft of choices and let down by their supposed caretakers, the disenchanted masses are bound to develop an affinity for anarchy in their struggle for survival.
06/07/2016 7:46 AM IST
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Learning From The Un-Indianness Of Raghuram Rajan

The rational and fact-based views of the Indian economy and its future, as often presented by Rajan, ran the risk of empowering the citizens and making them aware of the real challenges faced by their nation. That was extremely un-Indian of Rajan, no doubt. How could the political parties have allowed him to derail their shabby rhetoric of "acchhe din" and so on?
22/06/2016 8:30 AM IST

Votes Matter, Voters Do Not

"Democracy" in India continues to be severely impaired. It is mercifully loaned to the citizens only to cast a vote during elections, but at all other times "democracy" remains a mere throwaway phrase, conveniently molested by the Indian political class.
28/05/2016 12:32 AM IST
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Chetan Bhagat, Barkha Dutt And A Tale Of Two Chitthis

I was pleased to read Chetan Bhagat's letter to the youth of Kashmir. It seemed like a sincere attempt at conveying a heartfelt opinion to perhaps the most disenchanted group of citizens in India. I remember feeling an urge to send him a tiny tweet back, appreciating his write-up. But in the meantime, Chetan Bhagat unravelled himself on Twitter. He did not have to seek the assistance of a troll to do so. Instead, he shot off a tweet to the famed Barkha Dutt, seeking feedback...
10/05/2016 6:27 PM IST

A Very Human Successor To The God Of Indian Cricket

Cricket, they say, is a 'gentlemen's game'. Played by mortals. Hence, each time 'god' and his allies played against the mortals, they had a tendency to ignore a sledge. Walk away from a verbal contest. Be humble and gracious. And we all know that's not how mortals play cricket these days. Especially those Aussies. So the successor to 'god' had to be a human. An ambitious, arrogant, aggressive, sledging, tattooed human. And that's everything that Virat Kohli is, and a bit more.
14/04/2016 8:03 AM IST
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I'm Not 40 Yet, Goddammit!

I will be turning 40 later this year. But the people around me have let me down. They have done so by robbing me of an entire year of my life. The 39th year of my life. The year that I am currently living. My current age. In their heads, I have already turned 40. So now, I am more intent on reappropriating my 39th year. I refuse to be 40 when I am technically 39. And it's not just a number. It's a darned fact.
24/01/2016 12:04 AM IST

BCCI And IPL Need To Clean Up Their Act -- Cricket Australia Can Show Them How

The IPL, to me, is a sporting circus synonymous with brand endorsements, Bollywood stars and drunken after-parties. Throw in a raft of "match fixing" allegations, corruption-prone officials, and banned franchises, and there you have it -- Brand IPL at its inglorious best. A perfect recipe to bastardise a popular sport. The most disturbing part is that the BCCI seems to be content with such a projection of the IPL to the rest of the world.
14/01/2016 8:31 AM IST
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Why India Needs A Mindset Revolution

Governments may change every five years, but changing the collective mindset of the biggest democracy in the world will take time. The turnstiles of change have to be set into motion though. Pronto. There will be setbacks. There will be a backlash. There will be resistance. But if Indians get serious about such change, it will happen.
08/01/2016 8:32 AM IST
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5 Ways To Kick-Start Your Career In A New Country

Qualified professionals are increasingly migrating between countries to enhance their personal and professional lives. However, each country has its own set of social, political, academic and workplace cultures. For instance, work cultures vary significantly between India (my country of birth) and Australia (my adopted country). Therefore, for a professional migrant who intends to shift base and navigate the cultural divisions of the "East" and the "West", finding that first professional break can become a daunting task. Not because of a lack of skills, but because of a lack of know-how.
23/11/2015 9:54 AM IST
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My Love Affair With The Melbourne Cricket Ground

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), for me, is a sacred place. It's my boyhood cricketing dream. A solemn shrine for those smitten by a cricketing romance. The Colosseum of modern-day cricket. Australia is my adopted home now, and has been since I migrated to Melbourne from India in 1999. I did not move to Melbourne by design but for a cricket lover like me, destiny could not have dealt me a better hand.
15/11/2015 8:21 AM IST
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A True Hindu Is A Secular Hindu

I am a Hindu. An educated, community-oriented, peace-preferring, patriotic Hindu. I do not affiliate with the RSS and Shiv Sena and their brand of "Hinduism". And, I hope that am not the only Hindu that feels that way. The Hindu in me does not discriminate based on surnames, caste and creed. The Hindu in me does not choose to impose my religious preferences on others. The Hindu in me does not support violence.
05/11/2015 8:31 AM IST
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Falling In Love - The 1990's Way

A lot was said with ink on paper. The moon and the stars featured a lot in love notes hidden amongst notebooks. Love and romance in my days may have been slow, tedious, and 'Bollywood-ish', but it was the way it ought to be, intense, over-powering, enduring, and at times, dramatic. Lovebirds longed to be with each other (in person and not online with a green dot next to their names), wrote to each other, and stole secret moments out of their days to be with each other.
13/10/2015 1:59 PM IST

Modi's Selling A Dream But We're Living A Nightmare

A few days ago, the Indian Prime Minister was busy promoting India as a nation of opportunities to Silicon Valley, urging the corporate giants there to invest in India. Make India digital, he roared. Within hours, Indians responded to their leader by jazzing up their Facebook profile pictures with a tricolour filter. The whole world took notice of a "modern", "upcoming", and "enterprising" India. Around the same time, back home, the other face of India was about to raise its ugly head.
09/10/2015 8:17 AM IST
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Indian For A Week

For an entire week (or so) this month, India celebrated itself as "nation". An independent, unified and secular nation. All over the world, we participated in this carnival of independence as "Indians". The tri-colour temporarily overshadowed the divisions of race, caste, creed, religion and state. But alas, this carnival is now over.
21/08/2015 8:09 AM IST