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Manages supply chain teams in Intel Corp. Blogger, writer and poet. Founder and Director Her Rights (www.herrights.website). Contributor Huffington Post US, The Logical Indian. Poetry and fiction published in several US, UK and Indian literary magazines including honorable mention for The Glimmer Train. Significant mention anthologies: Defiant Dreams with Readomania (Oprah list 2.0), The Best Asian Short Stories with Kitaab Singapore. Previous affiliations: Brookhaven National Laboratories, The Cornell University, IIT Kanpur and Presidency College, Kolkata. Upcoming works: Twilight's Children with Readomania in partnership with Govt. of India.
The bodies and lives of girls and women are 'supposed' to uphold the 'honor' of family, of society, through their sacrifice of their dreams, even their lives sometimes.
‘I don’t wear the bindi anymore na, Didi! Neither the thread. He felt I am not wearing signs. Signs of being his. So he lost his temper.’ Preeti pressed the ice against her cheek and walked to the sink full of dishes.
Every Indian woman has been through something like this. Written in light of the criticism faced by Samantha Ruth Prabhu for divorce and the moral trial of women who don't want to fit a definition.
I hadn’t analyzed what possibly made her happy, or what her motivations might have been in what she said. Nor had I bothered to verify my suppositions about her life.
When Radha couldn't come for a few days, Mimi's parents behaved like the world had ended. Then they realized their house help's son had a fatal disease...
Let's take criminalising of marital rape seriously. Else let’s try telling our daughters that sometimes they will be forced into sex. Even if they don’t want to and they don’t enjoy it, they must.
Surrogacy can be a knotty problem, but only deeply patriarchal societies like India would come up with a ban solution, instead of a freedom of choice bolstered by strong governance and prosecution solution.
Women, especially those further marginalised by caste, class, etc., are seen as 'disposable', and 'punishment' has just pushed rapists to 'finish off' their victim completely, further increasing violence against women.
But the aftermath was lethal as expected. Word spread like fire. Phones were ringing off the hooks, not in the Sinha household, but in the homes of the first cousins and close friends.
How are we NRIs dealing with the COVID crisis our loved ones in India are being engulfed by? Praying helplessly, and hoping that our families are spared...
The pandemic has affected all livelihoods, some more than others. Women have suffered in domestic as well as professional life. How do we change this regress?
Only this time, the unsightly and unmentionables aren’t going to be there watching silently, invisible in plain sight.
Vijayalakshmi Harish's debut book Strangely Familiar Tales is an anthology of 3 stories based on mythology and fantasy, a great addition to SFF, and something that made me think laterally.
Why is it that the Fab Lives show has attracted so much criticism? What is it that we are missing out on examining instead?
Virat holding his spouse's hand while she gives birth (or just being around her) is more important for the Indian youth to see and model, than learning to be men who excel in playgrounds.
As the nepotism debate rages (and the rightful fight to counter it continues), what stays valid is the fact that connections (and networking) matter.
Bengali women have been called manipulative witches who do black magic on mainstream media, which follows from the shaming of Rhea Chakraborty in the Sushant Singh Rajput case.
As Indian Matchmaking – Netflix’s new documentary on the ever-puzzling, 'need to hate it but can’t really' arranged marriage – aired and climbed ranks, so did the backlash on social media. But do the accusations hold?
Broken pieces salvaged - brilliant and beautiful - sparkled against her fate lines. It was a promise of sparkling tomorrows made out of broken yesterdays.
Suicide is a side effect of a much misunderstood illness that can be fatal, much like cancer is, and like with cancer, conversation around it needs to be normalised.
Violence and discrimination is so normalised that we need increasingly more horrifying images to be affected; to make us feel the need for social justice.
Interracial marriages in the US – let's examine the very telling desi POV on mixed marriages between an Indian and a black person.
keep your counselling appointments and stick to the wellness practice that works even when things are great.
We need to seriously re-think the way we as human beings live, and I'm not just speaking of being mindful. There are practical things at stake, like what happens after all this is over?
Deciding what is 'morally' correct or incorrect is a confusing road for most of us. However, when does helping someone become more of social justice and less caring?
Love for a nation comes not from history or expectations, but from how accepted, how at home a person feels. A commentary on the Naseeruddin Shah controversy.
That consent is simply a 'yes' or 'no' is quite easy to understand. However, it is not that easy in India. Here's looking back at history of why consent is so hard to understand
Instead of trolling Deepika for her support to JNU students' protest, or calling her actions 'promotional', the need of the hour is to recognise that her new movie speaks up against a gender based crime.
No country in the world has successfully eliminated discrimination against women or has achieved full equality.
Learning to hear and accept a NO is one of the most important attitudes that we can encourage in ourselves, and the path to realism and resilience. Are we ready?
Activist Shehla Rashid recently announced that she was deactivating her Twitter due to the toxicity of many on it. We need to understand that the hate we direct at some women, will one day have repercussions for all of us.
How can we ensure that the #MeToo movement leads to lasting change and not just short-lived outrage? Here are some thoughts on truly making a sustainable mindset change.
The author opens up about her mental issues and how she manages it. It's her courage manifesto to fellow sufferers.
While we push for women's equality so that working or being a homemaker should be choice, we need to push for a similar choice for men too. That's true feminism.
Many still do not understand what postpartum depression is, and seem to think that it happens when women are in bad marriages or don't want to have a child. This is certainly not true!
For years we have been clamouring for stronger punishment for rape, including the death penalty. Here's a closer look at the multi-faceted approach needed.
Involved parenting is not about being paranoid about your child. But yes, it does mean being fully aware of what is going on in your child's life.
The #MeToo movement brought down many powerful men internationally over the last months. So why are some women distancing themselves?
Bollywood style 'love' is toxic, unacceptable, and encroaches upon a woman's right to consent. Criminalisation of stalking is imperative.
Our path to gender equality is muddy; until we acknowledge that men and women have far more in common and start raising our boys and girls in a truly equal manner.
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