At the recent Oscar event, Guneet Monga, the producer of “Elephant Whispers,” deviated from the norm of Indian women wearing gowns at global events by wearing a silk saree while celebrating the documentary’s win. Seeing the unpretentious silk saree being … Continue reading Tribute to the Saree
I recently had the chance to read “My Brother” and found it to be an insightful account of the life of Mohammad Ali Jinnah by his devoted sister and companion, Fatima Jinnah. The book provides a good glimpse into Jinnah’s childhood and family environment but leaves us wondering about his inner thoughts and motivations. The book was an attempt to make him a hero, but it gives a very limited understanding of the man and his motivations. We may never truly know what lay behind the pragmatic politician. Still, Fatima Jinnah’s book gives us a valuable perspective on the life … Continue reading Unravelling the Mysteries of Mohammad Ali Jinnah: Insights and Challenges
In recent months, there have been several cases of young women in live-in relationships who their partners have brutally killed. Reading about young urban women in live-in relationships who have faced such brutality from their partners is tragic and deeply concerning. The loss of life due to such violence is heartbreaking, and its impact on society is immense. I have wondered why leaving an abusive relationship was difficult for these women. They were all educated, independent, and financially secure; why did they continue to suffer? Why didn’t they come out of abusive relationships? Why didn’t they pay heed to signs … Continue reading Why Emotional Empowerment is Essential?
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