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This edition of our weekly posts engages with change – be it retaining one’s name post-marriage or breaking away from conventional feminist perceptions.
This edition of our weekly posts engages with change – be it retaining one’s name post-marriage, breaking away from conventional feminist perceptions, or embracing a new mantra for expenditure.
“The unvarnished truth is that how you spend money can affect your well-being, as well as the well-being of the woman you’ll be someday.” On ‘Do No Harm Spending’.
“I can do very well without prostitutes impaling themselves on lust running rampant, martyring themselves in the interest of common good. The worst of all is this assumption of the unbuttoned, lust driven man who can’t control himself.” Sangitha writes a powerful post on prostitution.
What is in a name?
“It annoys me that the world’s concept of India is filtered through the surreality of Bollywood. It would be like South Asians imagining the U.S. solely based on images of Las Vegas or something.” – When the reel is taken for the real.
“I like when a man I’m out with holds the door but I’ll hold one for him too. It’s consideration, not a sexist issue!” – Daylle Deanna Schwartz on the changing etiquette between the sexes.
“The compassion of the author’s voice extends to men with a complexity that only a feminism that has been steeped in actual human engagement, not just political rhetoric, would allow.” – A review of Fish In A Dwindling Lake, a collection of stories by Ambai.
Does a preference for make-up make you a bad feminist?
*Photo credit: tanakawho (Used under the Creative Commons Attribution License)
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Many women have lost their lives to this darkness. It's high time we raise awareness, and make maternal mental health screening a part of the routine check ups.
Trigger Warning: This deals with severe postpartum depression, and may be triggering for survivors.
Motherhood is considered a beautiful blessing. Being able to create a new life is indeed beautiful and divine. We have seen in movies, advertisements, stories, everywhere… where motherhood is glorified and a mother is considered an epitome of tolerance and sacrifice.
But no one talks about the downside of it. No one talks about the emotional changes a woman experiences while giving birth and after it.
Whether it is spunky Lali or wise and profound Baai, overbearing Sui or a gracefully ageing Dilbar, sensitive Saiba or a quietly ambitious Latika, this webseries showcases women characters who are as complex, compassionate and conflicted as real women.
The first short film in the latest Amazon Prime anthology – Modern Love Mumbai( inspired by the much acclaimed Modern love column of New York Times) is titled “Raat Rani” deriving it’s name from the fragrant night-blooming jasmine flower.
*A few spoilers
Director Shonali Bose uses this flower as not just a plot point but also a metaphor for her protagonist Lalzari (a fiesty Fatima Sana Shiekh), a Muslim migrant worker from Kashmir who has eloped with her husband Lutfi to the city of dreams, Mumbai. She works as a cook-cum-nanny and her husband as a watchman in a Mumbai high-rise. After work they spend time with each other gazing at the sea, sharing ice-cream and taking a scooter ride back home, to their kholi, on which they have spent all their earnings.