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Karishma has been writing short stories since she was 8 and poetry since she was 12. She ended up studying Zoology, then Montessori, and then psychology, always feeling ‘’something was missing’. She worked in the corporate world as a trainer, in schools as a Montessorian, and finally stumbled into the world of content writing, which is when she finally felt at home. She freelanced for 3 years with digital branding agencies and IT firms before becoming a full-time financial writer for a fintech firm. She still spends her free time writing about things that matter to her, which includes personal growth, feminism, parenting, food, movies, books, and politics. She is a foodie who loves cooking and baking and manages an FB page and food blog that goes back to 2009. She lives with her son and a whole lot of books in Bangalore.
If you enjoy cooking, good for you. But for women who don't, to have cook three meals a day, day in and day out, all of their lives is nothing more than torture.
I love to see stories like Average Ambili, written and directed by men which show sensitivity, and awareness of a woman's psyche and lived experience in our culture. Remember The Great Indian Kitchen?
The Manasa Rakhil twin murder case in Kerala is about a man allegedly stalking and murdering a woman who allegedly "broke up" with him; a tragedy showing the influence of internalising too many films?
From shaming women for choosing to be child-free (as trolling of movie Sara's showed) to offering freebies for 5 or more kids, Kerala's Catholic Church doesn't care for women's choice!
Arranged marriages are a tool of patriarchy that restrict the lives of not just women, but also of men, even though they favour men to an extent...
Malayalam movie Mālik is what mature cinema is all about, where nuanced filmmaking met a mature audience, where newbies and youngsters stood shoulder to shoulder with more seasoned actors.
The definition of marriage differs for everyone. For some people, basic understanding, caring, and respect is enough. But some people may want more.
Traditional mindsets need to take a good look at their bubble of entitlement; why should a woman's worth be measured only by the money she gets home?
Keeping women financially dependent is an old patriarchal trick. Enough of this. You have no right to keep daughters powerless for your 'honour'.
Women, let's refuse the crumbs of power that patriarchy throws at us to keep us chained, and find our identity and power within.
Meet Kerala's new Health Minister Veena George, earlier a TV news anchor and the state's first Executive Editor, now taking over from the extraordinary Shailaja Teacher.
If a woman has given up so much to support a man and their family, if not financially, then emotionally and logistically, how can alimony not be her right?
Applaud those who leave a broken marriage, they may now be free to live far more fulfilling, productive, and meaningful lives individually than when they were together. Or even with someone else.
What is there to glorify in pain? Do we need to prepare young girls for the pain of childbirth by making them get used to it in the years leading up to it, whether or not they decide to become pregnant later?
When Manju Warrier came in a white shirt and short black skirt for the Chathurmukham press meet, at least one man wrote a viral post about how it was about men's schoolgirl fetishes. Should we care?
A Bad Girl is labelled so only to control women's sexuality by a society afraid of it, in the garb of 'protection' to 'good girls' which we all now know is nonsense.
Even if he was a 'superstar', it's a wonder that Rajesh Khanna in his 30s got away with marrying a 16 year old Dimple. It was child marriage, even if she was 'in love' with him!
Superhit Drishyam is remade in multiple languages, has a sequel, and everything to reinforce the fact that honour resides in a woman's body? Shame on the makers.
Kani Kusruthi not only won the best actress award at the recent Kerala State Film Awards, but also made a clear feminist statement with what she wore.
Wondering if that joke you just shared is a rape joke? Do you get called out for finding rape jokes funny? Here's some gyaan for you.
I have wondered why the series The Handmaid's Tale is so uniformly triggering for women across different backgrounds, life experiences, and ages. Collective trauma of generations of women.
Anyone who thinks that domestic abuse is only when a man hits or shouts, please watch a brilliant movie that portrays reality, The Great Indian Kitchen, on Neestream.
Malayalam actor Anaswara Rajan was showered with the vilest of misogynistic abuses in Malayalam for wearing what girls and women in most cities across the world wear every single day.
Do adult children have a right to tell elderly parents what they can or cannot do with their lives, even if it is out of love?
The noise over the new paid period leave policy by Zomato, even from women, is nothing but internalised misogyny, and ensuring equity should be the aim.
My divorce will come through soon, but people are already asking me about getting married again. WHY would I want to?
I finally said yes to a proposal at the age of 29, as my patriarchal conditioning made me feel I was a failure if I didn't get married by the age of 30.
An angry woman is probably taken more seriously than a woman in tears, though men in a patriarchy would prefer the crying woman who they feel superior to.
If the only reasons for a divorce your daughter gives are that they are miserable with each other and don't love each other, will you still support her?
This kind of eulogising of a woman who wears only a saree and being sanskaari is why questions about Sonia Gandhi trigger the feminist in me - just let women be and keep off!
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