One cannot be humble and aware of oneself at the same time.
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet
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I used to develop stories to lull my youngest sister to sleep (she always wanted something new every time!). I began writing poems for my friends on their birthdays, for my parents on Mother’s or Father’s day, etc. This entry is my first written story. I am Uzma Imtiyaz Shaikh, a science student who likes to imagine and introspect. I am the eldest of the three daughters of parents who continue to inspire and encourage us every day. I study Microbiology and Chemistry at Kishinchand Chellaram College, Churchgate and am an undergraduate researcher of the Jigyaasa Science Honors Programme under the UGC. Besides writing, I spend my leisure time drawing animal and insect figures; folding origami birds; building cardboard spaceships, fighter jets and tanks and reading fiction.
I was inspired to write ‘Speaking to a Transgender’ after a gender sensitization workshop in my college. I was overwhelmed on getting to know about the harsh conditions and prejudice that transgender people faced every day. This is a story of a young college-going girl, busy in the bustle of...