It’s not often you meet people like Rohini. A rebellious, witty soul… a poet at heart, writing and carving her way through life – one single powerful poem at a time.
We met at one of those well-known cafés. Food meandered its way to our table, coffee was served, and our conversation began to unfold. Rohini can come across as intimidating. Her straight-forward attitude and unambiguous approach, however, will never have anyone second-guessing her intentions. She is as she presents herself.
The conversations continue, and I discover the many sides to her amazing personality. Rohini prefers to lose herself in a book but also enjoys the occasional whiskey with friends — ‘a man’s drink’ (so she was told). Born in India, she spent her early years in the United Kingdom, moved back, settled in Bengaluru and has remained a local at heart, ever since.
She swears by her right to the freedom of expression. Her beliefs, her love for reading, and her respect for the written word, drew her quite naturally into poetry. In a parallel universe, she’d be a legendary star-ship captain, a time-traveller; but here, in this galaxy, she chooses to be an active member of the LGBTQIA+ community and hopes to bring change and challenge the abusive systems in place. She believes systemic change and advocacy are the only ways to bring about actual change. She’s also is passionate about education and wants to work towards unhindered access to education.
“We (women) need to watch out for each other. Forgive each other,” she says as we wind up our conversation.
Simple. Direct. Unapologetically opinionated...
...meet Rohini Malur, our third and final spoken word artiste, performing ‘One of those Girls’, the final spoken word piece in this edition of #SheSpeaks.
- Neesha Premaka