Looking back now as an adult, I know they weren't exactly I began to feel as though I was somehow standing on the outside, watching a documentary to a life I wasn't a part of.
Couples would walk hand-in-hand to class and leave love notes in lockers.
Ophelia Balan grew up in Yorkshire, UK, and now lives in Bangalore with her Indian husband. 'There is no one solution to this problem, but I am absolutely elevated by the support and outspoken outrage that the women of India have not been shy to shout from the rooftops.
It is only with these voices, and hopefully many more who join them, that attention can be brought to the attitudes towards women in India.' More on this story here.
India is a country filled with positivity, hope, opportunities and generous, kind-hearted people, but we cannot brush negative issues under the carpet, try and cloak them in a politically correct banner or compare their issues with women to other Western countries where rape is also a serious issue.
- dsashin, CNN i Report producer I have been groped, stared at, masturbated over, inappropriately spoken to, sexually objectified and made to feel like I am a body, only worth of sexual misuse, not a person.
I was surprised therefore, to read some responses to her article.
Some people fantasize about that first date with someone new. I may have had different life experiences than my peers, but my disability certainly didn't make me immune to the emotional roller coaster of adolescence and young adulthood when it came to crushes, even if they were admittedly unrequited.
Those comforting nods as you both discover all the things you have in common. In high school and college, I fell hard for fellow newspaper editors — apparently, I go for the cute brainiacs who woo with their words — and for some 14 years, I nursed a hopeless crush on the son of my parents' friends.