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Image courtesy of Jezebel.com Scenario 1: A friend of mine called me out of frustration last week. He owns a South Asian bridal boutique. Shopping season for South Asian brides takes place now for wed...
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Note: this post contains some spoilers As a feminist activist who has worked on systemic violence on Indian women for over 15 years, I have long waited for India to produce a film like Parched. Direct...
Whenever we visit India, we prefer to travel on trains in order to see the countryside and listen to fellow pa engers talk about their changing nation. On one such trip, we chatted with a young couple...
The notion that I will be given away by my father to my would-be husband is frankly cringe-worthy. My father has, without doubt, been one of the most important influences in my life, but that does not give him or anyone else the right to give me away. For me, a ritual like this is downright misogynistic and I decided to share my concerns with the people around me.
When my mother got married she was expected to look after her husband, raise children and manage the house. It was unthinkable for her to work or even go to family get-togethers without her spouse. But women's lives have transformed dramatically since then and sociolegal changes have supported and encouraged these paradigm shifts.
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"The capital of Boman Irani is Bmuscat Tehrani."
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The girls are not alright.
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Model-turned-actor and fitne enthusiast Milind Soman is planning to revolutionise the sari in a way no Indian designer ever has. According to reports, Soman, who recently won the Ironman title, is pl...
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India is on course of becoming the world’s most populous country by 2050 with 1.6 billion people, up from 1.2 billion in 2011. So, there's no doubt that education on contraceptives is increasingly bec...
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Our memories of food tend to revolve around two distinct themes: one, of home-cooked delicacies, and, two, of mom smilingly slaving over a hot stove. These memories may seem heart-warming, but in my mind they've ruined things for thousands of Gen X women in the Indian diaspora who are trying to carve out a life of economic empowerment and equal partnership at home. The Bharatiya Nari image is so ingrained that we are neither able to follow Sheryl Sandberg's exhortations to "lean in" nor Rosa Brooks's call to "recline".
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For two years, my mother and I have been living in hell. We've been subject to harassment, abuse and intimidation in our own home by a clearly criminal gang that calls itself a "syndicate". Its primary motive is real estate. As my mother holds a good portion of the land title through inheritance, the idea is to subject us to such terror that we flee. Syndicate gangs, like the mafia, have become an open, dirty "secret", a factor of life in West Bengal.
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Roman philosopher Marcus Cicero once said there is no nobler profe ion than teaching. Tatahir Fatima takes that very seriously — the head teacher of a government primary Urdu school in Bihar didn't ev...
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Career women in India are defining happiness on their own terms. What does an entrepreneur, an author and a C-suite executive have in common? These women have followed their dreams, overcome feelings of guilt and self-doubt, and leaned on supportive spouses, colleagues, family, and friends to build fulfilling careers. And, they all share one common trait: they cannot imagine their lives without a career.
Kathakoli Dasgupta was about 26 when she found her first husband through a newspaper advertisement. That was about a decade back. “I used to be in love with the idea of being married and getting marri...