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Radhika Apte’s new video is a befitting reply to the people who body shame women or criticise them on their outward looks caring two hoots about the person they are within.
We live in an age where the constant emphasis on looks is an issue that needs to be addressed seriously.
Recently, writer Shobhaa De body shamed the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton for not wearing the ‘sari’ when the Duchess was on her maiden visit to India with her husband Prince William. She said that she didn’t wear the ‘sari’ because she didn’t have the ‘curves’.
Then there was an incident on Twitter where a young woman from Mumbai was severely body shamed when she took to the social media platform to bring her predicament to light of being denied a ride by an ‘auto-rickshaw wala‘ because he thought that she was way too overweight to board his auto and should instead take the bus to work. And lastly but certainly not the least, India’s obsession with the ‘fair skin’!
Everywhere women are being constantly judged and body shamed either based on their skin colour or their body type caring two hoots about the person inside, her feelings, her choice. As if it doesn’t matter, what matters is the way she looks!
In this little over four-minute video “Find Your Beautiful”, actress Radhika Apte is seen talking to her 17 year old self explaining that it doesn’t matter what others say or what the society thinks of her. What is important is what she thinks about herself and do what makes her happy.
The video wonderfully captures and conveys the real meaning of ‘beauty’. Take a look at the full video here:
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"I chose to go out into the remote, wild, unknown, and make it home," says entrepreneur Kiranjeet Ahluwalia Chaturvedi, who owns Birdsong & Beyond.
The story of my mountain home Birdsong & Beyond started taking shape in 2009, on the internet, the way many stories do these days.
My childhood fascination for a life in the Himalayas led to an internship with a central Himalayan NGO instead of a much prized corporate assignment. But when they offered me a full-time job, I refused. I was overcome by fear and a lack of confidence.
My other longings pulled me away – the longing to fit in, to earn validation from others. By my mid-30s, with all the trappings of a middle-class urban life in place, the call of the snows couldn’t be ignored anymore. So I got to work on it with clearer intentions and a stronger sense of what I needed for myself, and why.
Many Indian elderly are firm believers in enslaving a daughter-in-law in the name of tradition which is actually a tradition of oppression and not of religious faith.
Albeit, the popular culture has interpreted scriptures as suggesting that Kanyadaan is the supreme form of donation given to someone, the connotation that the word donation alludes to definitely objectifies the girl.
Even when the exegesis justify the act of giving away the daughter, considering it a ritual to mark the initiation of the daughter into her husband’s gotra and her becoming the part of his family tree.
There is no denial of the fact that this initiation is not required on the part of the groom thereby formally denoting the end of the filial ties with the daughter as it was popularly instructed to the bride during the Vidai ceremonies:
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