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
Resist Much, Obey little- Walt Whitman The Oxford dictionary describes witch as a woman who has evil magical powers or an ugly and an unpleasant woman. Call them Chudail or Dayan (in Hindi) Pichal Pheris (in Urdu), or Hexe in … Continue reading Witches of the Yore
The book I have chosen for review goes perfectly well with the dominant theme of my blog. It is a retelling of a Japanese myth which is nested on the narratives of the women and their subjugation. It is undoubtedly … Continue reading The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino- Review
Every day we hear chilling reports of women being abused at shelter homes, public transport, hospitals or bars. Women are groped, raped, molested and abused across countries and cultures. Violence against women is rampant in both public and private spaces. As per UN Women, one in three women worldwide have experienced sexual assault whether at home, on the streets or during the war. The body of women has historically been used as a tool of oppression, subjugation, and control of women. Let’s admit it, women are not safe anywhere and from anyone and it’s not ok or acceptable! The ‘Me … Continue reading Sexual Assault and Our Goddesses
Recently, I saw pictures of Odiya women in beautiful sarees on swings splashed across the social media. I came to know that at this time of the year, Odisha observes a three-day festival called Raja Parba which celebrates a girl’s … Continue reading Even our Goddesses have Vagina, and they bleed!
In one of my classes, when I was a student, my teacher asked me to analyze ‘A Dolls House,’ a play by Henry Isben as part of the class assignment. I got an insignificantly small and pale copy of the … Continue reading Kashaf Murtaza: A modern day Nora Helmer
Shamshan (Cremation ground) Tara or Tara (means star) is a lesser-known goddess in Hindu tradition but is a prominent goddess in Tibetan Buddhism and ancient Bengali tradition. She is often confused with Goddess Kali because of her fiery and dramatic … Continue reading Tara: Goddess of Cremation Ground