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When I turned twenty, I did not cut a birthday cake like Tiwari's daughter, but sat down to cut the tall grass overgrowing on his field!
When I turned twenty, I did not cut a birthday cake like Tiwari’s daughter, but sat down to cut the tall grass overgrowing on his field.
When I turned twenty
strangely I remembered my birth
the silent cries and the silent sighs,
hopes failed and expectations dwindled,
I was born into a deathless abyss.
When I turned twenty,
I astonishingly remembered the battles fought
the scars endured,
the labour undergone
to just live.
strangely I was reminded of the dead brother who shot himself,
and his speeches which brought us to no good.
For I remain a farmhand and he an ignored voice-deprived soul.
When I turned twenty ,
I sat not to count my gifts,
but to count the burning blisters on my dark Dalit hands;
and the countless black rings around a despised toe.
I did not cut a birthday cake like Tiwari’s daughter
but sat down to cut the tall grass overgrowing on his field.
I did not remember happy memories of a shielded childhood,
but strove to forget a neglectful existence.
To say the truth,
when I turned twenty
I had no time to think,
for there was lessons to be done,
grass to be cut,
the rice to be boiled
and a world to be fought.
Isha wants to be called a poet but cannot be considered as one . She can now be termed as a 15 year old who is trying to understand the sudden changes of adolescence and coming read more...
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Shows like Indian Matchmaking only further the argument that women must adhere to social norms without being allowed to follow their hearts.
When Netflix announced that Indian Matchmaking (2020-present) would be renewed for a second season, many of us hoped for the makers of the show to take all the criticism they faced seriously. That is definitely not the case because the show still continues to celebrate regressive patriarchal values.
Here are a few of the gendered notions that the show propagates.
A mediocre man can give himself a 9.5/10 and call himself ‘the world’s most eligible bachelor’, but an independent and successful woman must be happy with receiving just 60-70% of what she feels she deserves.
Darlings makes some excellent points about domestic violence . For such a movie to not follow through with a resolution that won't be problematic, is disappointing.
I watched Darlings last weekend, staying on top of its release on Netflix. It was a long-awaited respite from the recent flicks. I wanted badly to jump into its praise and will praise it, for something has to be said for the powerhouse performances it is packed with. But I will not be able to in a way that I really had wanted to.
I wanted to say that this is a must-watch on domestic violence that I stand behind and a needed and nuanced social portrayal. But unfortunately, I can’t. For I found Darlings to be deeply problematic when it comes to the portrayal of domestic violence and how that should be dealt with.
Before we rush to the ‘you must be having a problem because a man was hit’ or ‘much worse happens to women’ conclusions, that is not what my issue is. I have seen the praises and criticisms, and the criticisms of criticisms. I know, from having had close associations with non-profits and activists who fight domestic violence not just in India but globally, that much worse happens to women. I have written a book with case studies and statistics on that. Neither do I have any moral qualms around violence getting tackled with violence (that will be another post some day).