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Me too.

Me too.

Me too. Me too. Me too. No matter how many times I say it, it won’t be anywhere near enough. Strangers on the street, boyfriends, acquaintances at parties, “friendly” uncles, neighbours- the reality that our bodies belong to everyone but ourselves is one that women realize rather early into their lives. The first time I […]






Because Only Women Need To be “Responsible”!

Because Only Women Need To be “Responsible”!

“Live Responsibly or Anticipate Death and Destruction” reads the title of an article on the death of model Sonika Chauhan. “We want ‘equal rights’ – we want to be able to go out late at night as men do, bar-hop, drink and relax, have several rounds of drinks. It’s our ‘right’. We too need to […]






Bombay: A Defiant Love Story

Bombay: A Defiant Love Story

“Job Offer” read the subject of an email I had been waiting to receive for over two months. I finally had a job in Bombay- a city I’d wanted to move to for two years. I was ecstatic, and then of course, terrified. You see, I have a special knack for always finding the bad […]






Thank you, Women’s Studies!

Thank you, Women’s Studies!

Two years ago, the decision to take up Women’s Studies was one I made after a fair bit of struggle and trepidation, and I’d be lying if I said it’s something I always wanted to study. But life never quite turns out the way one would expect, and now, sitting on a flight home, having […]






The Breakups Nobody Talks About

The Breakups Nobody Talks About

“How to Survive a Breakup” “Getting Over an Ex in 5 Simple Steps” “10 Things You Should NEVER Do After A Breakup” Over the last few years, I’ve read more issues of Cosmopolitan than I can count, and I’ve read more self help books than I care to admit – “He’s Just Not That Into […]






Dude, We Don’t Care If You “Don’t Like Too Much Makeup”

Dude, We Don’t Care If You “Don’t Like Too Much Makeup”

In my first year of college, a questionable decision I made (read: boyfriend) said the following to me: “You’re not as hot as the girls I usually date, but you’re really sweet, know what I mean?” As an 18- year-old with major self esteem issues and social anxiety, no, I didn’t know what he meant. […]






A Very Personal Ode To Love And Loss

A Very Personal Ode To Love And Loss

  A few nights ago, I was counselling a friend of mine who was grieving the end of a two year relationship. My advice to her was to put herself out there. Embrace singlehood, get on Tinder and meet some good looking (?) men. Her expression told me she didn’t take me seriously, but she then […]






Why Patriarchal Curfews Are Not For “Our Own Good”

Why Patriarchal Curfews Are Not For “Our Own Good”

A while ago, a friend of mine, doing her Masters in an apparently premier institution, was rather excited because her boyfriend was coming to visit for a weekend- however, the thrill soon dissipated when she realized getting out of hostel for a weekend, that too to meet a boy (!) would be rather difficult. “Why […]






Please Don’t Mansplain!

Please Don’t Mansplain!

I’m often asked why there is such a long gap between my articles. My response is always the same: that I need something to make me really mad, an experience that agitates me enough to write about it. Usually, it takes a while, but I don’t worry much- I know that sooner or later I […]






Freedom Did Not Kill Swathi, Misogyny Did

Freedom Did Not Kill Swathi, Misogyny Did

Being accustomed to receiving information about the outside world through the NDTV app on my phone and articles on Facebook, it’d been a while since I read an actual newspaper. However, paranoia emerging out of rumours about the city I live in being on “high alert” led me to pick up a copy of the Deccan […]






Whisper- Now 5 Times More Regressive!

Whisper- Now 5 Times More Regressive!

I’m taking up another ad as part of ‘Conditioning is for Hair, Not Minds’ – a series in collaboration with The Spoilt Modern Indian Woman. This one is by Whisper Ultra. The ad review suggestion was made by award-winning bloggerSheena Dabholkar, who is also the co-author of this post. So let’s begin. I was sent a […]






Kapil Sharma, We’re Tyred of Your Misogyny

Kapil Sharma, We’re Tyred of Your Misogyny

Hello again! The ad I am taking up for the “Conditioning is for Hair, Not Minds’ series in collaboration with The Spoilt Modern Indian Woman is by TVS tyres- watch it here and cringe once again at Indian TVs favourite misogynist, Kapil Sharma. The commercial starts with Sharma offering a lift to a young man holding […]






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