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The Editor's Pick - sharing my favourite articles on Women's Web this month
April is the cruelest month indeed. Soaring temperatures everywhere and us Indians begin dreaming of Switzerland (ok, make that Himachal Pradesh for those of us who can’t muster up the moolah!). “Summer Vacation” – these two words are the one reason to love April and that is precisely what I did earlier on this month.
Away in beautiful Uttarakhand for 10 days, I returned to find Women’s Web looking interestingly new – partly a function of not having looked at the site for over a week. Like me, if you missed some of our new content this month, here is your chance to catch up on what I think were our best reads in April. And if you didn’t miss anything – re-read and enjoy the best of our work!
With sex education in India still poorly delivered or totally missing in schools, many Indians are clueless about contraception – and unable to make the right choices to suit their needs. In this article, Dr. Lakshmi Ananth busts some of the common myths about contraception prevalent in India. Read it even if you think you know all about sex – it might just surprise you.
Even today, women in science, whether research or academia, struggle to manage career and family, and battle institutionalized sexism. How then did women in the 1970s do it? Dr. Chandrima Pal, chronicles the stories of two female Indian scientists who were part of the pioneering generation.
With summer vacations along, interest in our Travel With Kids series is hotting up! This month, vibrant New York was one of the cities we covered.
The Indian Women’s Boxing team has worked its way up against heavy odds, and is now among our brightest hopes for the London Olympics. Two young women, Ameesha Joshi and Anna Sarkissian shine the spotlight on their journey, in this new documentary, With This Ring.
With a few years to turning 30, Paromita Bardoloi lists the lessons life has taught her. Lessons worth learning.
Have you ever been the only or one of very few women on a work team? How did it make you feel? Cee Kay shares her experience
“History” rarely includes “her” stories. We interviewed noted writer and researcher Dr. C.S.Lakshmi (she writes under the pen name Ambai), on why documenting women’s work and stories is so important.
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What I loved was how there is so much in the movie of the SRK we have known, and also a totally new star. The gestures, the smile, the wit and the charisma are all too familiar, but you also witness a rawness, an edginess.
When a movie that got the entire nation in a twist – for the right and wrong reasons – hits the theatres, there is bound to be noise. From ‘I am going to watch it – first day first show’ to ‘Boycott the movie and make it a flop’, social media has been a furore of posts.
Let me get one thing straight here – I did not watch Pathaan to make a statement or to simply rebel as people would put it. I went to watch it for the sheer pleasure of witnessing my favourite superstar in all his glory being what he is best at being – his magnificent self. Because when it comes to screen presence, he burns it, melts it and then resurrects it as well like no other. Because when it comes to style and passion, he owns it like a boss. Because SRK is, in a way, my last connecting point to the girl that I once was. Though I have evolved into so many more things over the years, I don’t think I am ready to let go of that girl fully yet.
There is no elephant in the room really here because it’s a fact that Bollywood has a lot of cleaning up to do. Calling out on all the problematic aspects of the industry is important and in doing that, maintaining objectivity is also equally imperative. I went for Pathaan for entertainment and got more than I had hoped for. It is a clever, slick, witty, brilliantly packaged action movie that delivers what it promises to. Logic definitely goes flying out of the window at times and some scenes will make you go ‘kuch bhi’ , but the screenplay clearly reminds you that you knew all along what you were in for. The action sequences are lavish and someone like me who is not exactly a fan of this genre was also mind blown.
When Jaya Bachchan speaks her mind in public she is often accused of being brusque and even abrasive. Can we think of her prodigious talent and all the bitter pills she has had to swallow over the years?
A couple of days ago, a short clip of a 1998 interview of Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan resurfaced on social media. In this episode of the Simi Grewal chat show, at about the 23-minute mark, Jaya lists her husband’s priorities: one, parents, two kids, then wife. Then she corrects herself: his profession – and perhaps someone else – ranks above her as a wife.
Amitabh looks visibly uncomfortable at this unstated but unambiguous reference to his rather well-publicised affair with co-star Rekha back in the day.
Watching the classic film Abhimaan some years ago, one scene really stayed with me. It was something Brajeshwarlal (David’s character) says in troubled tones during the song tere mere milan ki yeh raina. He says something to the effect that Uma (Jaya Bhaduri’s character) is more talented than Subir (Amitabh Bachchan’s character) and that this was a problem since society teaches us that men are superior to women.
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