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A couple of days ago, the highest court of the land delivered a verdict on a divorce case pending for almost a decade. The court held that the woman had shown cruelty to her husband by forcing him to...
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None of the accused have been arrested so far.
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I've been trawling social media this year to find the most abhorrent things people do on Women's Day. Every year, it becomes about roses, discounts at spas, offers on oil and atta, and huge sales at clothes shops. Every year it becomes the exact thing it ran from--greedy capitalism co-opting a fiercely anti-establishment movement. So much so that almost everyone's forgotten why we are celebrating it. Here are this year's top three winners of Women's Day Stupidity.
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"Are you really asking me to worry about imaginary children?" The Sunday conversation with my mother — usually spent cribbing about Delhi summer's unused conscience — has taken an unexpected turn. We...
There are a number of factors that affect the trajectory of a woman's career, starting from how she was raised and right through to her experiences with marriage and motherhood. As I was thinking about these factors the other day, I realised that they all - rather conveniently! -- happen to start with an 'M'. So here are 10 Ms that play a key role in deciding the course of your career.
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After six days there, I was convinced that Bangalore had a certain lazy sensuality to it, one that apparently extended to auto-walas. Using the mirrors on either side of the rickshaw, I glanced at him, imagining meeting him in a different context -- as a cousin's friend or a colleague at my internship in Hyderabad. A context that admittedly stripped him of his khaki uniform and punted him up several classes.
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We cut our hair, wear clothes that show skin, have multiple sex partners (sometimes even after marriage) and are basically as dysfunctional now as any other society on earth. Somewhere, Indian tradition has given itself away to international television. And the internet. Digital literacy is creating emancipation. Beware, wusses. We women have no intentions of turning back to analogue.
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Day after day during our pubescent years, and mostly over jam and bread after a long school day, my girlfriends and I would be tutored about the importance of the hymen. And not just that it should remain intact until your wedding night, it should also be gift-wrapped and handed to your husband. Our ayah would regale us with stories about how new brides had to ensure they bled, not just faked the pain. It made marriage seem like a death sentence.
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According to a 2015 report released by BNP Paribas covering the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia, India ranks as the most active country for women entrepreneurs. The report finds that an astonishing 49% of entrepreneurs in the country are women, and places India ahead of Hong Kong and France, the other two nations that follow India in terms of active women entrepreneurs.
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After 68 years of Independence, shouldn't women be free of tyrannical rules? What does it really mean for us, the women, on this 69th Independence Day of our country?
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I recently came across Barkha Dutt's viral interview clip in which she lambasts a foreign reporter who describes India as unsafe for girls. Like many others, my initial reaction was to feel pride in my childhood idol. But as her response slowly started sinking in, I started to feel uneasy. My gut did not agree with her. Though her arguments sounded reasonable, I knew that her facts were part of an incomplete story. I decided to investigate and dig out the complete truth about the plight of India's women.
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The questions kept coming like bullets. With each passing minute, what seemed like an eternity, it was getting harder and harder to stand there with his lewd gaze and highly judgmental tone, answering questions which as the time went on became more and more personal, intrusive and inappropriate.
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A woman who earns more than her husband is emasculating. A woman who doesn't work is a failure. A woman somewhere in between is blah. I can't even explain this one, it hurts my sense of self worth having to explains such an offensive feature of this list.
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While we teach our daughters to have courage, we ridicule the ones who actually do. While we teach our daughters to be kind, we physically hurt the one who actually show kindness. And while we hope our daughters will believe in magic, we act otherwise by saying that a girl can summon bad luck on a nation.
These invisible women work in the homes, streets and markets in our cities, and yet we do not see them, or acknowledge their myriad contributions. They can be working in your home and mine, or providing us with our daily needs or collecting our garbage. Despite their daily contributions to our lives and needs, how many of us are ready to acknowledge that they are indispensable to our very existence?
Plus she is low-maintenance. She will never complain she's doesn't have a thing to wear even when her wardrobe is spilling over with her indulgences. She is happy with her God-given hooves and never craves for Jimmy Choos. All she needs is grass to moo with contentment. She's every man's dream come true!
I am a woman, a feisty feminist, and yet I am going to tell you why women like me change their surname after marriage.