First Person

First Person

16 articles

Arré invites people from all walks of life take us into their world and give us their POV, in their own words.

  • Spatherapist Confessions of a Spa Therapist

    A youngster traverses the distance from a shady “massage parlour” in Siliguri to a plush New Delhi spa.

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  • Chasing Blue Skies: My Stint in Rehab

    An alcoholic checks into a rehab centre only to find drug addicts abandoned by their kin and beaten by their supervisors. A first-person account from inside the hellhole.

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  • Where the Cold War Never Ends

    Nothing endures at -55°C except the commitment to your nation and your men. Sachin Bali, a decorated former officer, recounts a rescue mission at the highest battlefield on earth.

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  • Eat, Eat, Repeat

    Overeating is as compelling an addiction as drugs or alcohol. A food addict confesses about her struggle to kick the habit.

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  • The Rime of the Ancient Submariner

    A retired naval officer recounts living in a submarine with 70 men, who have not seen sunlight or breathed natural air for months on end.

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  • The Death Penalty

    The total cost of Uncle Eustace’s funeral including the burial, pre- and post-funeral meals, and bribes: ₹61,000. That’s more than the cost of a Google Pixel, or really amazing coke.

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  • The Poster Boys of Affluenza

    A dangerous disease spreads unchecked across continents. Symptoms: low tolerance and a false sense of entitlement. We all suffer from it.

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  • The Wild Hounds of Kargil

    In inhospitable Kargil, my only solace was two canine friends who lived on scraps of the unit kitchen. I couldn’t leave without saying goodbye to them, recounts a young army captain

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  • Surviving War Propaganda

    During the 1971 war, as India clashed with Pakistan, disinformation gained a life of its own. Shalini Asher recalls the dark days.

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  • Confessions of a Spa Therapist

    A young woman traverses the distance from a shady “massage parlour” in Siliguri to a plush New Delhi spa.

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  • MentalHealthDay My Mother, the Madwoman in the Attic

    Most people know schizophrenia as a mental disorder that affects the way a person behaves and perceives the world. I know it intimately as the event that shaped my life.

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  • TheBeastinmyMothersBreast-HerBattlewithBreastCancer-Arr The Beast in My Mother’s Breast

    In the early 2000s, when women were being advised regular mammograms, I dismissed the idea. We were a family of non-smokers with no history, I reasoned. But the cancer came anyway.

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  • ChasingBlueSkiesMyStintinRehabAnAudioStory Chasing Blue Skies: My Stint in Rehab | An Audio Story

    An alcoholic checks into a rehab centre only to find drug addicts abandoned by their kin, beaten by the supervisors.

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  • TheMiseryofMyMiscarriage-Arre The Misery of My Miscarriage

    If miscarriages are common, then why the stigma against speaking about them? If more of us spoke about our failed pregnancies, I wouldn’t have to bear the weight of my grief alone.

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  • WhenCondomsSavedtheDay-Condom When Condoms Saved the Day

    There is no one way to remember a war. For Colonel K’maneck, who served in Bangladesh in 1971, memories of the war are linked to rifle muzzles covered with condoms.

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  • ConfessionsofaCamgirl Confessions of a Camgirl

    Some want to pour their heart out, and some just want to play with cucumbers. A camgirl comes clean about virtual sex, with virtually no hassles.

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  • “Beta, Gana Ga Ke Sunao!”

    There is a tribe of parents that subjects their guests to the talent of their kids, even when said guests have no desire to be subjected. My parents were the leaders of that tribe.

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  • PsychiatricFacility Two Weeks in the Psych Ward

    In the common ward of the psychiatric facility, I was certain my condition was worsening because of the atmosphere. In that motley crew of recovering addicts and schizos, I found friendship and the will to go on.

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  • Depression I Slept with Depression…

    Sleeping with depression was the biggest mistake, and also the best decision of my life. I know he’s not in love with me. He’s just using me. I’m that crazy girl who keeps sleeping with the guy she’s in love with and then cries about it but then repeats the process again.

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  • When Surgical Strikes Were a State Secret

    Our wars now unfold on a public stage. Thirty years ago, surgical strikes were business as usual. Colonel Abir Choudhuri recalls a gripping operation in Myanmar territory.

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