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
Almost two decades ago, my father gifted me, ‘The God of Small Things’ written by Arundhati Roy. The book was immensely popular, a copy was peeping out of every prominent window of the bookstores or was happily waving at you … Continue reading Zindagi ki Talkhiyaan (The Bitter Life)
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
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
I have selected the story, ‘Story of Prince Sobur’, from the book, ‘Folk-Tales of Bengal’ by Lal Behari Dey. But the title didn’t do justice to the brave and rebellious woman on whose life the story is based. Hence, I … Continue reading The woman who lived by her fortune: Bengali folktale (Through my eyes)
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?
It was Ismat Chugtai’s birthday yesterday. She was one of the foremost voices of reform in the Urdu literature. She has written prolifically on women’s liberation, free speech, and many other progressive themes much before the West discovered feminism through … Continue reading Dastangoi and the Persian Princess