Finally, the #metoo movement, that has the potential to redraw the workplace equations between men and women reaches the entertainment industry and the media industry. Some big name and some not so big names have been accused of sexual harassment of varying nature. I am sad but not surprised to see the influential men being accused of sexual harassment of various kinds. They have used their position of power and influence to abuse their women co-workers be it their subordinates or peers. They have considered the women as mere bodies and as an object for their lust fulfilling purpose. The … Continue reading Pass on the Baton of #MeToo movement
सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके । शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥ This is the first Mantra that my father me remember by my heart at the age of 3. This is the only mantra that I know by my heart. This is the only mantra that I need to cross the vast and mysterious dark ocean of ignorance and suffering. May the dark and beautiful Goddess of fierceness and compassion bless us all! Shubh Navratri! Shubh Navratri! Continue reading Shubh Navratri!
While reading Vedas, one encounters various Goddesses namely Aditi, Usa, Vac, Saraswati, and Prithvi among others. Aditi, meaning limitless, is the independent goddess with no evident male consort is invoked numerous times in Rig Veda. She also happens to be … Continue reading Aditi: The forgotten Mother Goddess
“What’s the use of clothes? You can strip me, but how can you clothe me again? Are you a man?… There isn’t a man here that I should be ashamed. I will not let you put clothes on me. What … Continue reading Draupadi to Dopadi
Forest cover one-third of the earth and give shelter to half of the world’s land-based species of animals, plants, and insects. We all recognize and are aware of the role forests play in the health of the planet and mitigating … Continue reading Eco-Feminist Goddesses who protect the Forests
As a child, whenever I accompanied my mother to the local temple, pouring water on ShivLinga and other members of the Shiva family was a norm. She also asked me to pour cold water on a little insignificant goddess seated … Continue reading Shitala: Goddess of cooling and healing
Being born and brought up in a so-called ‘third – world developing country,’ the kind of debates in the public domain I have witnessed in the supposedly ‘first world developed country’ in the last one year makes me both laugh … Continue reading What about the breast?
While searching about Goddesses associated with various handicrafts, I came to know about Goddess Kubjika. She is associated with the potter community and is the prime goddess of pottery. Initially, I thought she is a local village goddess worshipped primarily … Continue reading Kubjika: Tantric Goddess with a Hunchback
Snakes or Nagas have their distinct place and play a vital role in the Hindu and other religions of the world. Snakes are revered in temples and their natural habitat. Devotees offer milk and incense to snakes on Naag Panchami, … Continue reading Serpent Goddesses: The Divine Connection between Human and Nature
Goddess Matangi or Ucchisht Chandalini, the dark-colored Goddess, is one of the ten Mahavidyas in Hindu Tantric sect who is ferocious and rebels against the humanmade structures. Lord Shiva narrates Parvati, 108 names of Durga. Matangi is one of those … Continue reading Goddess who broke the boundaries: Devi Matangi