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My first book - Second Chances has just released and is present on all online book stores. Do pick up a copy to read about the adventures of a novice ghost.
For years, I was shamed for my bust size, and was made to feel it was my fault. But not anymore! Now I know I am perfect the way I am!
I went to my desk and sat for a long time, shivering at the step I had almost taken. I thought of all the people in my life who loved me, my husband, family and friends, and how broken they would have been.
Soon well-meaning nudges turned to nasty personal questions. Was there something wrong with one of us? Was it financial issues? Were we heading for a divorce?
In a distressing piece of recent news, a young woman was found tortured to death, in a small town of Kerala. Her natal family had not been allowed to meet her for some time - why is that considered 'normal' in India?
Chauvinism reared its ugly head once again on Twitter, this time against politician Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her choice of clothes.
Indira Jaising, lawyer and human right activist has written an open letter to the Chief Justice of India on the occasion of this Women's Day, which she has called out sexism in the judiciary.
In a ground breaking new step, Permanent Commission will now be granted to women in the Indian Army across 10 branches of the Indian army including signals, engineering, army aviation, army air defense, electronics and mechanical engineers.
Most Indian women face questions at interviews about marriage and children; questions that have nothing to do with their abilities. Perhaps we can look at the latest measure from China instead.
The recent tragic attacks in Pulwama, Kashmir which took the lives of more than 40 CRPF jawans left the entire nation grieving. Noted journalist Barkha Dutt shared her nuanced piece on Twitter regarding these attacks; however soon she was horribly trolled.
The response to Anand Mahindra's recent tweet has raised the hackles of women who have been saying this for ages without being acknowledged, but let's also look at the positive.
Following upon the heels of northern states like Haryana and Punjab, now the sex ratio is skewed against the girls of the southern Indian states too. A worrying development.
The political scenario of our country is set to see interesting times as a new all-women party – The National Women Party (NWP) has been launched.
Once in a rare while, comes along someone like Jitender Chattar, who proves himself to be a feminist despite being an ordinary farmer in a state like Haryana, famous for its discrimination against women.
In the state elections of 2015, women turned up in great numbers, exceeding men by 7%, and a big ask on their agenda was a ban on alcohol, which they felt was a key factor in the high crime rates.
2018 was an important year for women across continents, as we decided to raise our voices together against oppression and harassment. The #MeToo movement which originated in USA swept across India and started the cycle of much needed change.
Shilpa Shetty presents a new radio show on the Mahabharat, speaking in the voice of Draupadi. Here's a look at how the modern woman still has the same woes.
While the possibility of sexual assault and harassment impacts most women in India, Dalit women in India are particularly vulnerable. Caste based crimes need significantly more attention than we give them now.
Senior women journalists like Tavleen Singh, Seema Mustafa, and Manjeet Kripalani are questioning the women who speak up in the #MeToo movement. Barkha Dutt asks them why, in an open letter.
Minister of State for External Affairs, MJ Akbar has filed a defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani. He has called her accusations of sexual harassment against him a political conspiracy.
Last year, Delhi High Court overturned rape conviction against director Mahmood Farooqui, due to survivor's 'feeble No'. With such regressive ruling, how assured of justice can women speaking up in #MeToo be?
When does ‘harmless flirting’ become harassment? When powerful and reputed men like Chetan Bhagat ignore a woman's discomfort and disapproval.
After actress Tanushree Dutta opened up, this author pens down her own workplace harassment experiences in 11 years of being a woman in the corporate world.
Being saved from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad members, a young Meerut girl became the victim of police brutality. Does moral policing has no end?
It took more than two years in filing sexual harassment charges against the environmentalist RK Pachauri. With this delay, when are women in Indian workplaces ever going to be safe?
How hideous of Haryana men to gang rape innocent young girls and blame them for 'inviting' it? The root cause is the prevailing conditions in the state feels the author.
With all the Bollywood celebrities marrying people of varied ages, this man from Mysore wants a much younger 'non-feminist' wife too. So he says in a matrimonial ad.
They are being wrongly accused of rape and harassment, A National Commission For Men is needed says a BJP lawmaker. Really? Is it so?
Many rape cases in India involve men in positions of power, like a recent case that has emerged in Chattisgarh. Until we have strict implementation of existing laws, this will continue.
A very strange event was reported recently about men in Varanasi 'fighting feminism'. Why do men feel they are the silent sufferers, being harassed and victimized in the name of feminism?
Recently the External Affairs Minister has announced an increase in the legal and financial aid offered to Indian women deserted by their NRI husbands in 13 countries. Will this really help the wives? The author tries to answer.
An anti-rape poster that went up recently has received a lot of flak and rightly so. The poster states that it's wrong to rape a woman because then by extension you rape and hurt her entire family, because she is a daughter, sister, mother etc.
In a disturbing incident that came to light recently, a man convinced his pregnant wife to have a natural delivery at home, and tried to perform this complex procedure himself with the help of a Youtube video.
In a horrifying case that came to light recently, a 21 year old female tourist from Russia visiting the temple town of Tiruvannamalai was allegedly gang-raped by six men.
A PIL is being heard by the Supreme Court of India to ban the horrifying practice of Female Genital Mutilation, and the next date given is 16th July 2018.
Almost 6 years after Jyoti Singh's murder sparked off public outrage, her killers will face execution, affirmed the Supreme Court today. Yet, is this justice enough?
The recent murder of Shailza Dwivedi which made newspaper headlines is a gruesome example of 'love' turning into obsession. This is not the first time an innocent life was lost because a woman spurred a man's unwanted advances.
In a shocking incident, a North Eastern woman, a journalist, was attacked by a female co- passenger pooling with her in Uber.
Reports of harassment against women employees at Rashtrapati Bhavan have surfaced recently. Makes us wonder if harassment laws can actually protect women in India.
In a ground-breaking ruling, Supreme Court recently held up a decision by the Rajasthan High Court, which enabled a woman to file a domestic violence complaint even if she is divorced.
In a recent event, the High Court has allowed a woman to divorce her husband for shaming her and calling her 'kali- kaluti'. It is time, the society stops shaming a women for her skin-colour.
300 women constables have been added in Patna's Law Enforcement Unit. This step will go a long way in initiating the participation of more women in police forces.
Delhi government's decision to provide legal aid to JNU students who registered an FIR against a professor for sexual harassment should set a precedent.
Recently, the Supreme Court approved the suggested compensation for female survivors of acid attacks and sexual assaults.
With the Veere Di Wedding trailer out, it appears as if finally, Bollywood has decided to fill in a glaring gap and make a fun movie on a girl gang.
The current media circus around Sridevi’s death is not just saddening but also insensitive and disrespectful towards the late actress who was an icon.
She continued putting coffee powder in two mugs. It was still strange to hear about her father from Chahana, who had once been her best friend, but now was her stepmom.
On the eve of her wedding, a woman writes a letter to her shallow ex-boyfriend. There is a surprising thing she has to thank him for!
Once in a while comes a movie comes which breaks through the clutter, dismisses regressive social practices and tells a story of guts and belief. One such, is Padman.
New Year's Eve is around the corner. However, instead of getting excited, we have started to dread this event, as most of them end with horrifying molestation stories.
I chose to quit my job for personal reasons, but my colleagues couldn't wrap their heads around my decision. Here are some hilarious questions I was asked.
The trauma of divorce can shatter your world and your sense of self. How do you cope with this, and how do you start living again?
I was asked these questions by prospective grooms - and of course, I rejected them. Crazy that such expectations are there from women even today!
Want to reconnect with the person you are and not just the daughter-in-law/wife/mother/employee you are expected to be? Go on a vacation with girlfriends.
Devdasis. Sati. Child marriages. Menstrual Taboos. All examples of religious exploitation of women. The Ram Rahim case is the latest symptom of this disease that must be eradicated.
The evil stepmother of fairy tales is just that - mostly a myth. Women trying to bond with children from an earlier marriage can be just ordinary moms!
I have a young friend who is currently in an abusive relationship. This is not a physical abuse case but an equally damaging and hurtful one – emotional abuse.
The obsession with looks and fashion that today's teens and even younger children have as a result of media exposure is a sad trend, taking away their carefree childhood.
Every woman has a story, and often ordinary women have extraordinary stories of strength. A personal tribute to a mother by this author.
What is harassment? Sexual harassment in the workplace is not just about physical contact; suggestive words and bullying are harassment too.
Cyber bullying has reared its ugly head again as young student Gurmehar Kaur was made a target for vitriolic attacks on social media channels. It reveals the ugliness to which young women with opinions are subjected.
Regardless of which party is in power, women's safety and right to go out freely continues to be very low priority for all governments in India. When will this change?
A single woman is discriminated against even in a liberal and cosmopolitan city like Mumbai, as she is seen to be deviating from societal norms.
I am a hopeless animation movie addict. Hence, when Moana released I had to ensure I caught it, and I was not disappointed!
Stress relieving is not about an occasional vacation to get away from everything. Stress – and its antidotes – are in the here and now. I am a TV remote nazi and as soon as ads start running in between my favorite series, I begin channel surfing. However, a few days back a new and […]
These simple life lessons from Dear Zindagi have touched a chord with many, even though it has been criticised for not being realistic about therapy.
When a woman says NO, she means NO, even if she might seem fair game to those who think she should subscribe to society's idea of propriety to be respected!
Does a female boss really mean trouble? Or is it a combination of society's perceptions of women at the top and the need to make things work that make them so?
Why is it that we seek to avoid therapy for depression and want to hide it instead? Is avoiding the stigma worth your life?
Loved the Da Da Ding video? The new 'Da Da Ding: The other women' video is equally empowering and focuses on the really hardworking women of rural India.
Many serials like 'Dr.Bhanumati On Duty' are in reality sexist in nature and need to be taken off air. Read to know what this serial is all about.
Shahrukh Khan's poem - 'You fight like a girl' is making waves. Read to know the message he sends across to every woman through his poetry.
Honour killing in India and the the larger Indian subcontinent rears its ugly head every now and then. A look at movies that revolved around it.
Bollywood has played a small role in promoting Indian women in sports through movies and can do so much more! Here's a good list to check out.
The TV Series Sarabha Vs Sarabhai may return. What caused friction between the mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law duo?
Bollywood Actor Kangana Ranaut is known for her bold and fiery statements. Here are ten Kangana Ranaut quotes that caught the public's eye. Read on.
Female Actor Soha Ali Khan was trolled on twitter for tweeting on Raghuram Rajan's exit. Why are Female actors perceived as being less intellectual?
Celebrities who made insensitive comments on rape and rape victims faced the ire of media and fans alike. Below is a list of some of them.
TV series, ‘Game of Thrones’, has a cult following. With diverse characters, each having their own story running, the series is intriguing and engaging.
Last year saw a spate of divorces amongst the high powered bollywood couples. Listed below are some of the prime reasons.
Popularity of female actors takes a decline after marriage. Below are the names of some famous female actors who struggled to make a comeback. The newspapers have recently been filled with the details of the weddings of two Bollywood beauties. The pretty Priety Zinta tied the knot with her foreign boyfriend, whereas the Bengali bombshell, […]
Women unaccompanied by men at certain places are considered fair game, without the right to be taken seriously when they say no. My experience of this.
While the censor board slashes half of Udta Punjab, how do movies that demean women face no trouble at all?
Control issues in marriage are because of mistrust and insecurity, and society's belief that it is OK for her husband to want to control her.
Once again there has been a horrific rape and murder incident that has rocked social media. When will there be justice and when will it all stop?
Dowry in India is illegal. Yet, it seems to be everywhere. Can we, the supposedly 'modern' lot, ever hope to eradicate this evil? Since childhood we have le
We are often defined by our relationships, but should a failed relationship become a cause for death?
Behind every big movie star is a whole army of hopefuls, with only their broken dreams and the reality that forces them to make hard choices.
Is following the traditional social rules the only way to a happy life? A modern Indian woman does not need to.
A woman secret service agent? Yes! Read on this breathtaking tale of a woman spy, with a twist in the end.
No matter what life throws at you, facing it with courage can turn your life around. Here are the stories of 3 such inspirational ordinary women.
Mumbai has long been a 'safe' city, especially for women. "How and when did my city become unsafe?" The writer muses.
Many women still persist living in broken relationships, following society's dictum of get married, stay married, instead of breaking out to find their happiness. Why, asks the writer.
This is a story of how I almost got married at the tender age, but missed my chance due to Pepsi and Karan Johar.
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