After gathering much courage, I went to see The Kashmir Files yesterday evening. I have read and heard the different narratives on Kashmir and Kashmiris, the strongest often coming from my alma mater, Jawaharlal Lal Nehru University. I am a … Continue reading The Kashmir Files: No easy answers
I remember I heard someone saying years ago that having children after marriage is a natural trajectory. I was too young to understand the meaning and repercussions of marriage and children. But somehow it got registered. Years later, I overheard … Continue reading Is it ok to not have a Child?
Meet Megha Srivastav, Head of the South Asia operations of a reputed Canadian University and a living organ donor who rummages into her parenting experience of her 6-year-old daughter who is a budding tennis player and pianist and loves doing … Continue reading Working Mom’s Perspective: Balancing Career, Family and Her Own Well-Being
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
In a very progressive judgment, Supreme Court of India scrapped Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which was introduced by Britishers in 1861. Though it took independent India, around more than 70 years to term it unconstitutional and irrational, … Continue reading Homosexuality and Article 377: A Chance to Reclaim our Culture
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?
The social media is flooded with a series of articles for and against Feminism. The ‘Me Too’ movement has started a new conversation regarding feminism. The other day, I overheard a few people talking about feminism and how the ideology … Continue reading Feminism and Me
‘Hijras,’ ‘kinnars’, ‘khusras’ (transgenders) singing, dancing and blessing the mother after childbirth and newlyweds for fertility is a common sight in my middle-class Punjabi neighborhood in Delhi. One can not ignore their sexy moves and the choice of raunchy songs at such festivities. And now one can often see ‘hijras’ begging at traffic signals and railway stations. They are revered and have divine sanction in Hindu religion, and people seek their blessings. Indian epics such as Mahabharata and Ramayana are full of references to Hijras and Kinnars. The union of Lord Shiva and Parvati resulted in the formation of Ardhnarishwar … Continue reading Hijras: Looking for Respect
Whenever I hear the word ‘tawaif,’ an image of beautiful women bedecked with jewels comes to my mind. Maybe Hindi film industry has too much on my impressionable mind. Hindi films like Umrao Jaan, Amar Prem, Devdas, and Pakeezah celebrated … Continue reading Where did all the Tawaifs go?
Yesterday night, I got a message from my neighbor’s daughter. She is a young and smart woman in her mid-20s working in the hospitality industry. She informed that her marriage is being arranged soon. But her mother-in-law wants her to … Continue reading Is it still Marriage vs Career?