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Food, Travel tips, Feminism 101 - sharing the best of Women's Web during Sept 2012
One of the best things I like about being Editor of Women’s Web is the diversity of writers we get to work with, and the lovely surprises we get as a result. Sometimes, we know what we’re getting in advance, because we’ve asked a writer to work on something, and sometimes, a reader will just send us something that totally blows my mind. Even when we have asked a writer to work on a story, we never know exactly what the end result is going to be like – and that’s really the fun of working with words.
So this month, I’d like to raise a toast to all of our wonderful writers, and if there is a writer on Women’s Web that you particularly like, do take a moment to comment on her story. Newsflash: Writers, (mostly) love your feedback.
Going on to my favourite pieces on Women’s Web this month, here we go:
Anne disabuses people of the myth that the modern Indian woman cannot cook – read for a good dose of humour and a masala prawns recipe.
Tired of hearing about vaginal whitening and tightening? We got Dr.Lakshmi Ananth to give us the true health and hygiene tips that women need.
You may believe in equality, but Indian customs and traditions offer plenty of scope for discrimination, whether it is against women, those considered ‘lower caste’ or on the basis of class. Sandhya Renukamba shares her thoughts as a parent, on teaching equality to children.
Our travel section focuses on the experiences of women having fun and being adventurous! Divya has an account of scuba diving in Thailand that will make you want to go book your tickets…
Call yourself a feminist, and you’re likely to get people telling you to ‘get real’ because the world is not perfect. Archismita has a wonderful Feminism 101 post on why feminists fight – its precisely because they know the world is imperfect.
The recent exodus of people from the North East from many Indian cities on account of rumours of violence, makes Makepeace Sitlhou examine her identity as a single woman living in the city.
Those were my picks from this month. Do share with me your favourite recent articles on Women’s Web!
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Neena Gupta’s take on love between a man and woman opens a can of worms. She’s speaking her truth, which is a reality for so many people, but is it universal?
Neena Gupta made a statement in her interview with Humans of Bombay that she doesn’t believe love exists between a man and a woman. She said it starts off with lust, which then changes into affection, and becomes a habit. The only love she’s ever known and felt is for her daughter, Masaba.
Neena is married to Vivek Mehra, a chartered accountant who she first met on a flight. Vivek Mehra has two children, and it’s his second marriage. It’s Neena’s second marriage too. She was earlier married at an early age of 20. She has one child, Masaba, from her previous relationship with the now retired West Indian cricketer, Vivian Richards.
Her statement about love evoked some vehement reactions ranging from she’s not met the right man to “blood runs thicker than water”.
A man doing a PhD is rebuked for not earning well. A woman on other hand is constantly questioned why she's doing a PhD when she should have been married and raising kids.
Indians have an almost fanatic obsession with the salutation Dr. Even a child who barely understands the world around, when asked “what you want to become later in life?” usually blurts out a teacher or a doctor, as these are the professionals we first encounter early on in our lives.
I too, was fascinated with the white coat fascination alongside with the Dr tag, right from childhood. However, I did not score the marks required for getting into medical college, and my dream landed on the ground with a thud, and I went in for a graduation in sciences.
My graduation and post-graduation were a roller coaster ride and a second post-graduation which I pursued since I wanted to get into the academic career brought with itself a new perspective towards life. That year I shone like the brightest star and became the most meritorious student of the campus. I cleared my Net exam much before the post-graduation results were declared, and became a sort of sensation in the university. One of my professors remarked, “So we see the next doctor in making now” when he congratulated me.
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