INDIAN TRADITIONS

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Karva Chauth: A Womanly Celebration Of Cultural Misogyny

There is a cultural explanation for Indian women's fixation on their husbands' long lives. Whether a man lives or dies ultimately defines how his wife is socially perceived and treated! A married woman is called Sumangala -- the fortunate one, the bringer of good luck. A widow, on the other hand is called Amangala -- the unfortunate one, the bringer of bad luck. The reverse logic does not apply to men.

India In All Her Blazing Glory

India, you will meet her, not in newspapers nor in a movie, not an idea or fantasy, not solely in her texts, nor what the journalist, moviemaker or prejudice says, nor in fables or documentaries. Y...