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Kiran Jhamb writes about things that disturb her, or fascinate her or amuse her - in short things that she feels strongly about. For her writing is an exploration.
I am encouraging Leena, too, to buy a flat and set up a home of her own. Parents inhibit. She does not want to get married again but why should she be deprived; sex outside marriage is still frowned upon by society.
She was worried all the time. She is used to fear. She does not want to let it go. It makes her feel safe. What difference does it make if the things she is scared of, are not real?
I always thought I hated cooking. But around my 40s I realised the the real problem was something else. So here's my take on this...
She had known all her life that righteous anger is a male prerogative, not meant for women. As a girl, she was told to keep her eyes down and voice lowered. She was never given what she wanted, was always handed over what was conveniently available.
But now she did not have to be an ideal wife, DIL, SIL, etc. The people who used to frighten her had lost their power. Her adult progeny was adult; she did not have to be a role model for them anymore. In nutshell, she did not have to be a good girl.
These are not the grannies of old who attended keertans and just wanted their vansh to continue. These are women who are persons in their own rights!
Moms-in-law today are changing from the monsters they often were in the past. Often being educated women themselves may have something to do with it, and is a welcome change.
Despite all her personal problems, my domestic help Sunita bai has proven herself to be an indomitable woman who is a feminist in action.
All my life, I've done what was expected as a woman. Now as an older woman, I'm going to do what I have always wanted, and never could!
An unmarried pregnant girl is considered a sinner, but what about the young man whom she willingly had sex with? How can his family judge only her?
A mother who has seen her daughter being brought up by a protective father, tells her from self-experience about the realities of an Indian marriage that await her.
In a society which measures a woman's worth only by her reproductive prowess, a woman becomes an invisible woman when she becomes old.
These are the daily topics discussed by the Bhabis on their evening walks - the stuff of the daily woes and wins of upper middle class women. A humorous read.
Nuclear families mean that caring for ageing parents is fraught with difficulty, even if economically things might be better. An insightful short story.
He had to take mother’s body home for the last rites. It was a good networking opportunity - elections were round the corner, and it would elicit sympathy.
For Queen Bee relationships are a battle ground of power, where she wields power over her opponent. However, the future might have a different story!
In a humorous take, a viewer describes what it takes to make the quintessential families in the Indian Television Serials.
Encounter is a story about trust and respect. It describes how emotions come into play between women - the mistress of a home and her domestic helps.
This poem on women's lives examines the many ways in which women's spirits are subdued - right from girlhood.
Here's a story about taking care of elderly parents, the ingratitude children are capable of, and the things that truly matter in life.
Here is an ode to lost romance, in the time of busy kitchens, offices, and homes. The title is borrowed from Eliot's poem The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock.
How does a man deal with his empowered wife? Here is a tongue-in-cheek look at the musings of a mere male!
Popular TV shows often influence attitudes and trends. Here is an article about Comedy Nights With Kapil, and why we must be alarmed.
Mothers are often at the receiving end of our waste and ugly emotions. This tongue-in-cheek piece tells you why mothers are akin to family dustbins!
Tradition demands that an Indian bride should cry when she leaves her home. With social evolution, we should put these petty expectations to rest!
Many men believe that peeing on the streets is a divine right. This thoughtful post raises important questions about this ugly practice.
Loss alters us in more ways than one. Here is a gut-wrenching story about love, loss, and a lesson all of us should remember- Don't be a 'good girl'.
Society often dictates how our lives should be led. Kiran Jhamb brings forth a dilemma society poses for parents, with this evocative story.
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