Cause A Chatter – Criminal Justice behind closed doors

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I recently watched the Criminal Justice Behind Closed Doors. It is a Hotstar special.

The story revolves around why did a wife kill her husband? She was the murderer for sure, BUT WHY? The victim, a celebrity Lawyer, loving father, great husband (portrayed) looks too tidy to be the perfect husband. The couple have a young daughter who plays a good role in the series. The mother of the victim essayed by Deepti Naval.

Right from the trailer I knew I would like it, it went beyond my expectations. Cinematically, theme wise, there was a comparison with the previous Criminal Justice, which was popular enough to garner views for the next season. I am usually more concerned with the story, and watching it was pretty painful (strong word) but yes, let me tell you why. A keen observer, I guessed she was in an abusive relation but in the court, this had to be proved with evidence. The wife was clearly silent but calm with respect to the murder, the only time she shakes up is when her daughter is at stake. This shows that she is at peace with the situation she is in but is immensly worried for her daughter.


The wife Anuradha, played by Kirti Kulkarni, wife of Bikram Chandra, played by  Jisshu Sengupta, is dazed most of the time, thinking but unable to say a thing. Bikram has scripted a story to the world, their daughter and Anuradha’s father about her illness. An imaginary illness. He tells the daughter that they are a team trying hard to save Mom from the illness. Manipulation by a lawyer keeping all the pieces intact. With this I could draw a conclusion, in today’s world, the more educated, the more intense the crime. He makes her believe that she forgets things by tiny incidents. As the story progressed, I felt more bad for the society we live in. The daughter is completely against the mother, it cuts out a sorry figure for all the mothers out there. But there is justice and it is through the daughter.

The police officer Gauri played by Kalyanee Mulay, deserves a special mention for the role essayed and and the character she plays. She is also in a subtle abusive relationship that gets visible towards the end, discovers it through the case and takes a final call to part ways.

There is Pankaj Triparti who is Madhav, the lawyer who takes up the case for Anuradha, who leaves his wife, just after getting married. This too is not clearly right in my opinion, but the wife, a strong Ratna played by Khushboo Atre shows him the pathway of marriage. How are women so taken for granted?

Another part played by Anupama Menon’s mother who is dealing with her husband’s second marriage throws light upon another problem women face, but must stay on putting up a brave face. Anupama is, Nikhat the lawyer assisting Madhav with the case.

I believe that if a story like this is made, it surely has been lurking around the corner. These four stories, all dealing with not very healthy relationships must be understood by the audience and seen as a perspective of saving such a relationship

Abuse at home, giving a cold glance, commenting on the suggestions offered, disregarding one’s opinion and laughing it off, trying to act indifferent with in-laws are all subtle forms of abuse. Many undergo these harsh yet subtle forms of abuse but very few actually speak up, some don’t even understand that they are being abused and are made to feel guilty for every tiny little act as simple as forgetting to buy ice-cream.

Criminal Justice behind Closed doors has the apt sub-title behind closed doors for this sort of abuse.


Where does learning take place?

Does learning take place only at school, college and university?

Formal Education gives you an identity and takes you ahead personally and professionally. It is indispensable.

Education, learning, teaching, studying takes place everywhere, it is accessible only if one is observant. A person absorbs information in different ways, be it an auditory process, a visual experience or an emotional trigger.

Right from the minute one wakes up, a plethora of sounds and images are presented in the form of daily routine, the running tap water while brushing, the smell of freshly-boiled milk detested by most children, the sharp turning of the geyser with the hotwater sizzling out into the bucket, the slish-slash sound of the latch, most of this with the background of family members nitter-natter, or the burrrr sound of the vehicles, if you are in a quiet locality, the chirping of the birds and sudden flutter of the birds going about their routine.

Science and art and present everywhere around us. All we need to do is look with a keen eye. Have a word with your parents, and you will be enlightened financially. Take a gander at the kitchen with everything at one arm distance, or even one glance distance. Just watch the homemaker in the kitchen, her/his hands move faster than her eyes, she/he knows where everything is. Watch one of your parents drive the car. They look on the road but can change gears, slow down, accelerate, roll down the window, turn on and off the AC without actually looking. The same way a child knows in and out of his school, recall the last PTM you went along with her/him. Her/his legs catch speed at the entrance and are hardly on the ground rearing to visit every corner with coloured clothes, trying to experience the same school emotions without a school bag, but with a different companion this time.

The summer vacation is one of the best teachers. Each time, the school re-opens, you are compared to the person existing withing you a few months ago. A change in personality, a feeling of growing a year older. Even after your birthday, you don’t experience such a large change. The visit to the grand-ma’s house, catching up on films and TV series missed during the academic year, learning to cook that breakfast, or re-heat the breakfast the morning you chose to wake up late, participating in household activities, understanding that mangoes need to be kept in water, can be eaten with or without the peel, whether it needs refrigeration or not, making mik shakes, or pickle, or muraba, all contributes to learning. Interacting with cousins who hail from different cities, dressing up for functions and trying to be extra careful while consuming the colourful-looking dishes are as important as attending school.

Travel is another teacher, it makes you look at the world with a different pair of eyes. Visiting contrasting cities, being a part of the noteworthy culture, finding yourself outlandish but with a streak of sanity teaches you a lot in the bargain. Travel in the school bus, the cab, your car, your two-wheeler, the auto, the cycle rickshaw, the metro, the aircraft, each one is a unique experience on its own. You feel like a different person when in a different mode of transport.

Schools and colleges are the best place to be in to receive formal education. Along with them, each day anywhere is a unique learning experience. Make the best of each situation, grab every opportunity that comes with a practical experience.

Questy Musings is a musing with a question. Where do you think learning takes place? Also do you think learning is a natural experience or can it be enforced? Why is school given importance during childhood? What values does it inculcate apart from formal education? Well, my views are in the form of this write-up. Looking forward to hear yours.

This post is written as a part of Blogchatter’s #CauseAChatter program. Writing with a purpose is a concept that made me delve into the realisation that a word written, spoken or heard can bring about a change. Let’s change our thoughts, our perspectives, think and act towards the benefit of the people we interact with in any way.

Education in the time of Covid-19

A couple of memes on Social media said “What! Education is not essential service, I have spent so many years of my life on it.” And many laughed over it. Well… It is essential according to me.

Reading learning, studying, assignments, test, exams, all are a part of education. So are mentors, teachers, non-teaching staff, seniors and friends. I knows students reading this would want friends on the top of the list.

Everyone is concerned about the students. They are important. They are our future. The Lockdown has been a complete change for them. Little ones are happy to see both parents together, not rushing goodbyes and missing their lunch box and water bottle the most. It is their responsibility to bring it back home safely. I am sure they have their eyes on them right now.

The school goings ones have mixed emotions, wondering whether staying at home and watching TV is better than going to school, or spending time with friends is better than being shouted at by Mom and Dad.

The teenagers are anyways in a world of their own, they would use Mom’s phone to chat with friends but how would they watch TV with Dad glued with it. Studying was the reason for not watching TV. Now what’s the reason?

University students are usually independent and think they know how much to study. They have their own devices and can pretty much manage online education if provided with good internet facilities. Still disputable. That’s for another day.

All these children, students have participated during the Lockdown teaching their parents how to use different social medium platforms, some have helped parents pay the household bills online, some have recorded videos of their mothers and grandmothers cooking and posted them on YouTube, many have learnt cooking through YouTube, some learnt grocery shopping, some learnt household chores like dusting, sweeping and washing dishes, while others posted beautiful pics of delicious meals prepared at home. I am sure they have done much more.

Charity begins at home. This is a famous idiom which means take care of your family before helping people living further away or in an another country. If each parent does just that, then education is not lost. Education is taking place in every home that has turned out to be the school for the child especially in large towns and cities.

Educations doesn’t involve only classroom teaching. An environment inculcating positive learning is a classroom. Let each household provide the education it can, so that when the students get back to the usual course they are ready.

Some call it Life Lessons. Some call it Education. I call it Learning.

Learning never stops.

This is a part of #CauseAChatter written for Blogchatter.