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What Never to Tell Your Daughters

by Shikha S. Lamba


Paint landscapes with compromise.

Be strong enough to sit with grief.

Melancholy will only get you so far.

Acceptability and surrender will be the foundations

keeping your life stable. Life can be beautiful,

if you learn to stretch the meaning of beauty into denial.


Photo of a dark haired women with green eyes looking directly into the camera, with a dark green cloth covering the lower half of her face.
Image credit: Alexandru Zdrobău on Unsplash

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Black and white photo of author, Shikha S. Lamba.
Shikha S. Lamba


Shikha is a jewelry designer & poet living in Hong Kong. She is also the co-founder and co-editor of an online magazine, Coffee and Conversations. Born in New Delhi, even as a child Shikha was always inspired by all things creative, be it language, photography or art.

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