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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 […]






Why Are Bollywood Actresses Afraid Of The F-Word?

Why Are Bollywood Actresses Afraid Of The F-Word?

Lisa Haydon was the latest some time back to join the bandwagon of Bollywood actresses who say, “I’m not a feminist.”   Vidya Balan has said it too, so has Madhuri Dixit and many others.  So why are Bollywood actresses so scared of the F-word? I do accept the fact that people could have different […]






How Hate Trumped The World

How Hate Trumped The World

The US elections saddened me beyond belief.  I didn’t know that an election process in a part of the world so far away from mine would impact me to such an extent. Truth be told, it has. I’ve considered myself an optimist and have always banked on the hope that the world is slowly gaining momentum towards […]






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. […]






Pink: When Men Speak For Women

Pink: When Men Speak For Women

Poet Majaz Lakhnawi wrote once, “Yeh tera zard rukh yeh khushk lab yeh waham, yeh wahshat.. Tu apne sar se yeh baadal hata leti to accha tha.. Tere maathe pe yeh aanchal bahot hi khoob hai lekin.. Tu is aanchal se ek parcham bana leti to accha tha..” (Your pale face, your parched lips..these doubts..this […]






Why Mr Bachchan No Longer Rings True  

Why Mr Bachchan No Longer Rings True  

No, there is no real evidence that Mr Bachchan’s daughter-in-law had to marry a tree before she could marry his son but a gentlemanly, deep-seated patriarchy has long been a part of who he is. Many years ago, on Karan Johar’s talk show, he expressed his sincere admiration and absolute respect for Kajol because she […]






Feminism: How Much Is Too Much?

Feminism: How Much Is Too Much?

  Feminism is evil. Feminism destroys families. Feminism is anti-men. Feminism teaches women to see men as perverts, bullies and misogynists. Anyone who has had anything to do with feminism has heard these sentences being repeated again and again in different ways. A cursory search on the Internet for the memes on feminism throws up […]






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 […]






Amazon, Women Can Shop for Themselves

Amazon, Women Can Shop for Themselves

Here’s the next edition of ‘Conditioning is for Hair, not Minds’ in collaboration with The Spoilt Modern Indian Woman. The ad I am taking up  is Amazon’s new groundbreaking (not) social experiment, titled “When a Woman Shops”. Check it out here. The ad begins with a group of men, in a generic, posh, urban living room, talking […]






Feminism Is For Everyone

Feminism Is For Everyone

“Men who want to be feminists need not be given a space in feminism. They need to take the space they have in society and make it feminist”. -Kelley Temple For some reason, this year began with a number of my male friends accusing my writing of being “alienating” and “scary”. I was told (by […]






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